Editor's note: This is the Business Journal's first Spotlight on Facilities Managers in the North Bay. According to the International Facility Management Association, professionals in this job usually are responsible for compliance with laws and regulations on real estate, efficient operations of buildings to limit waste in natural and human resources, safety for employees and environmental sustainability.
"People, place, process, technology," is the association's catchphrase for such a position. The following are facility managers identified from among the largest public and private North Bay employers.
(Listed alphabetically by company)
U.S. Northwest Region Manager, Agilent Workplace Services
Agilent Technologies, 1400 Fountaingrove Pkwy., Santa Rosa 95403, 877-424-4536, agilent.com
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Tony McCormick joined Agilent's facilities maintenance division at the former Rohnert Park plant in 1984 after 12 years in electrical contracting. He progressed to management roles, particularly as facilities operations manager in the mid-1990s for Agilent's four Sonoma County sites at the time. In 2004 he was promoted to his current role, responsible for the 800,000-square-foot local campus for the Electronic Measurement Group, now only in Santa Rosa, as well as plants in Folsom and Everett, Wash.
One of the major projects he has been involved with recently was Project Viva, which in Santa Rosa involved renovating and upgrading 300,000 square feet of facilities at a cost of $50 million.
Agilent employs about 1,100 workers and is Sonoma County's fifth-largest private employer.
Senior Vice President for Human Resources
Autodesk, 111 McInnis Pkwy., San Rafael 94903, 415-507-5000, autodesk.com
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Jan Becker is responsible for Autodesk's worldwide human resources, corporate real estate, facilities and community relations. She came to the developer of design and media-creation software in 1992, just a decade after the company started and a few years before the product line started expanding into markets beyond AutoCAD. She was promoted to her current position in 2000.
Marin County's fourth-largest private employer has nearly 900 employees in four San Rafael buildings and expanded development functions to San Francisco in recent years. The company had $1.7 billion in revenue last fiscal year.
Before Autodesk, Ms. Becker held senior HR management positions at Sun Microsystems, Activision and Digital Equipment Corp.
R. Andrew Ramelmeier, Ph.D
Vice President of Manufacturing, Process Sciences and Facilities
BioMarin Pharmaceutical, 105 Digital Dr., Novato 94949, 415-506-6700, biomarinpharm.com
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Andy Ramelmeier has overseen bulk manufacturing, manufacturing sciences and process development for the developer of treatments for rare diseases since 2006. In that time, he managed the expansion of the Novato headquarters plant from five buildings to 10 with more than 500,000 square feet, including a major production upgrade in the past couple of years. That doesn't include new administrative space secured in another Novato office building and a newly acquired production plant in Ireland.
"The most significant issue for life science facility managers is making facility investments that best address the complexity and uncertainty of developing and commercializing pharmaceutical products," Dr. Ramelmeier said.