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The Business Journal held its inaugural North Bay Facilities Managers Recognition Awards luncheon June 15. The awards were intended to recognize the people who work behind the scenes to make their organizations run smoothly. The work they do -- and the occasional miracle they perform -- are critical to a successful organization. The 15 recipients from wine, high-tech, food processing universities and schools and other industries were selected by the Journal editorial staff from nominations solicited last spring. The recipients' profiles,  generated by Business Journal Staff Writers Jeff Quackenbush, Dan Verel and Eric Gneckow, are below in alphabetical order.Sal Balderrama, Trivascular

Facilities Supervisor, Trivascular, 3910 Brickway Blvd., Santa Rosa 95403; 707-543-8800; www.trivascular.com

Residence:   Bodega Bay

Professional background:  Self -employed –Owner operator Landscape construction / Janitorial services business for over 20 years. Sales experience in the pharmaceutical and banking industry. Restaurateur for 5 years, Facilities experience in the Hospitality Industry

Education: University of California, Davis

Staff: Two full-time employees and we enlist HVAC , plumbing, electrical & general contractors

Describe the facilities you oversee: 110,000-square-foot building with 24,000 square feet of clean rooms used in manufacturing (class 100,000 rating)

Tell us a little bit about yourself:  Grew up in a farming community helping my family raise crops.  Baseball has been an integral part of my life since Little League, playing in high school, college and in the minor league system with the Kansas City Royals in Florida & Latin America. Married with two children and a granddaughter. My family’s adventurous spirit led us to move to the ocean in Bodega Bay (Love Sonoma County). I appreciate my folks for instilling in me my work ethic, drive for success and zest for life

What do you see as the role of the facilities managers within your organization?: We have to be diligent to maintain the facility in a way that ensures a safe and quality environment in order to produce a first in class medical device. It’s imperative that we stay informed and organized.

What is the achievement you are most proud of?. By partnering with PG&E I was involved in targeting equipment upgrades which included HVAC, exhaust system, boiler and lighting changes. These upgrades resulted in a reduction of utility expenses totaling $500K in the past year. These changes were integral in our clean environment maintenance program which contributed to the process toward an FDA GMP audit approval

What is your biggest challenge today?: 

Trying to further reduce energy costs and keep up with technical innovation

What the next major project either under way or on the horizon?: We are looking to partner with PG&E in order to use their zero interest “On Bill Financing” to implement a new humidification system that has significant energy savings relative to our current humidification system.

 What product or service would/or is helping you do your job more effectively?: Being a member of IFMA (International Facility Management Association). Also, the vendors that we use who show us better ways to use existing products, who introduce new products that are safer and more cost effective and share with us what other facilities are doing to be more efficient. 

How do you think your profession will change in the next five years?: More emphasis will be on converting to smart buildings, green technology and energy efficiency.

Most admired businessperson outside your organization: I tip my hat to anyone that has the energy, perseverance and courage to start and run a business. 

Current reading: “50 years from Today" by Mike Wallace

Most want to meet: Jim Rohn (many of his thoughts have influenced my life), Ewing Kauffman (Owner KC Royals. I am impressed by his conviction to go against the system with his dream)

Stress relievers: Sipping Sonoma County wines, walking on the beach, yoga

Favorite hobbies:  BBQs with the family, volunteering in the community, watching and coaching baseball,  pretending I am a chef

Words that best describe you: I try to live by the 3 P’s -- constantly develop my People skills, Produce more than the job requires, always be Passionate at whatever I do.

Is there something we didn’t ask that you would like to add: It’s very rewarding working for a company that makes medical devices that saves human lives. All of our departments work hard. I am just grateful on behalf of my staff that I was nominated for this facilities recognition award.Jennifer Bruneman, Santa Rosa City Schools

Director of Maintenance and Operations, Santa Rosa City Schools, 211 Ridgway Ave., Santa Rosa 95401; 707-528-5124; www.srcs.k12.ca.us

Age: 34

Residence: Santa Rosa

Education: A.A.S Degree in Computer Science

Staff: 3 direct reports, 96 indirect reports

Describe the facilities you oversee: I oversee 23 elementary, middle and high school campuses and three non school site district owned properties.  Our school buildings total a little over 2 million square feet on 427 acres. 

 Tell us a little bit about yourself: I’m a proud mother of a soon to be fourth grader, Dasie, newly engaged to Jay and very excited about my new stepmom status to my fiance’s son Ethan.  I am very family oriented and especially love summer time because of the possibility of BBQs in the backyard with family and friends.  I love to read, shop, eat good food and lounge. 

What do you see as the role of the facilities managers within your organization?: As the maintenance and facilities manager for Santa Rosa City Schools this position requires me to wear a multitude of different hats.  On the maintenance end, this position involves managing people from my supervisor staff, maintenance /grounds technicians, head custodians and night custodians; working with principals, teachers, office staff and the greater public on the day to day needs of our schools. 

This can involve work request repairs, outside use group needs, emergency preparedness questions and concerns.  On the facilities end I manage all of new construction, modernization, deferred maintenance projects.  I work with outside consultants like architects, engineers, construction managers and contractors to take a project from concept, to design, through construction.  I am also responsible for working with all the approval agencies for facilities such as the Division of State Architect, Office of Public School Construction and California Department of Education. 

As a facilities manager, I have a responsibility to provide a healthy, safe and comfortable learning environment for students and staff.  I see the facilities manager role with the district as the foundation in which we educate students. 

What is the achievement you are most proud of?: Personally, that would be my family.  Professionally I would have to say getting this position 6 years ago.  I applied on a whim and got the job.  I had no prior experience with facilities management and have learned so much over the past several years.  I can’t imagine doing anything else.  I am truly passionate about facilities management; its one of those jobs where you learn something new every day.  I love the challenge it presents.      

 What is your biggest challenge today?: Not having enough facilities funds to be able to make the improvements to facilities.  It’s definitely a struggle; thankfully, I have a great maintenance staff that helps to keep our facilities up and running. 

What the next major project either under way or on the horizon?: Piner High School Science and Technology Center.  We start construction June 2012 and expect completion June 2013. The single story building will be approximately 4,059 square feet and will have a foyer entrance that has steel framed curtain wall type feature, two classrooms both of which are multiuse classrooms, one that is a computer classroom specifically for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the other is a science classroom with a planetarium dome that also functions as a student project center and presentation theater for students and visiting guest speakers.

This project incorporates very specialized science elements such a pre-manufactured fiberglass observatory that will house a celestial and solar telescopes and allow for viewing of the night sky that can be controlled in the observatory or by computer in the warm room, crystalline and thin film solar panels on the roof of the foyer, an outside wind turbine, an outdoor amphitheater with above ground seating, a sun dial and brass discs embedded in the site concrete representing the planets of our solar system and a survey marker course.   The foyer will function as a readout center featuring a Data Wall for the Weather Station, Seismograph, Wind Turbine and Solar Demonstration Platforms, and All Sky Camera.

What product or service would/or is helping you do your job more effectively?: A facility management system. Currently we  have a plan room that houses all our projects old and new.  With so much access to technology, I’d like to step into the 21st century (when budget permits) and have all our facilities information available at my finger tips. 

How do you think your profession will change in the next five years?: I think school districts/facilities managers coupled with educators will be designing schools for the 21st century learning.  This concept which incorporates flexible learning spaces where there are no walls, teachers  will team teach, incorporate the myriad of technology that is available.  I truly believe kids today do not learn in the same way I did when I was a kid; so we need to adapt and teach them differently.  A classroom facility can really affect the way a student learns.

Most admired businessperson outside your organization: my mother, Lorie Churich.  She was a single mom who raised four kids and worked full time.  She is simply amazing and taught me so much about what’s important and how to find balance between work and family. 

Current reading: I have nothing in my queue. I’m anxiously waiting for the next Emily Giffin book to come out, Where we Belong…July 24, 2012.  I’m a huge fan…

Most want to meet: Author Emily Giffin

Stress relievers: I love to nap.

Favorite hobbies: reading, shopping, baseball game with the family

Words that best describe you: Pssionate, loyal, loving, honest, and stubbornJacques Charton, Dominican University of California

Executive Director of Facility and Auxiliary Service, Dominican University of California, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael 94903; 415-485-3227; www.dominican.edu

Age: 56

Residence: San Rafael

Professional background: General Contractor/Higher Education Facilities Management

Education: College of Marin

Staff: Maintenance, grounds, custodial, security

Describe the facilities you oversee: College campus covering 86 acres.

 Tell us a little bit about yourself: Marin County native with nearly 30 years of facilities management experience who is responsible for implementing the campus’ transformation into the 21st century, following the vision of the Board of Trustees’ and the Campus Master Plan while working collaboratively with the City of San Rafael and the neighboring community.

What do you see as the role of the facilities managers within your organization?:

 Overseeing and supervising a staff of more than 18 -- in addition to campus security, food services, custodial services and campus bookstore -- dedicated to implementing projects and all services required by the University.

What is the achievement you are most proud of?:  Overseeing construction and maintenance of Joseph R. Fink Science Center, a $20 million, two-story, 35,000-square-foot facility dedicated in 2007, the first new academic building on campus in 40 years.

What is your biggest challenge today? Keeping up with the pace of rapid technological changes in the industry.

What the next major project either under way or on the horizon?: Waiting for the University’s next Master Plan to be formulated with leadership and vision of new Dominican President Mary B. Marcy.

What product or service would/or is helping you do your job more effectively?: Introduction of newest technological advances that allows staff to execute its job more efficiently.

How do you think your profession will change in the next five years?:

Facilities managers are evolving into CFOs with heavy management edge.

Most admired businessperson outside your organization: Leslie Alspach, owner of Pound Management Inc.

Current reading: The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone, MSN.com

Most want to meet: Roger Penske, because of the vast empire he has built since first being a “gearhead” fixing cars

Stress relievers: Cooking at home, going to beach

Favorite hobbies: Swimming

Words that best describe you: Passionate about whatever I do.

Is there something we didn’t ask that you would like to add: Love to rebuild cars and motorcycles.

 Christopher Dinno, Sonoma State University

Senior Director for Facilities Management, Capital Planning, Design and Construction, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park 94928; 707-664-2870; www.sonoma.edu

Residence: Sonoma County

Professional background:  Architect

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, University of California Berkeley

Staff: Responsible for overseeing 96 Employees within the Facilities Management and Capital Planning, Design and Construction Department,

(6 Directors, 4 Managers and 86 staff/skilled trade employees – California State University Employees Union, (CSUEU) and State Employees Trades Council, SETC).

Describe the facilities you oversee: As the Senior Director for Facilities Management and Capital Planning, Design and Construction I oversee and have stewardship responsibilities for the physical plant campus-wide and the University’s Preserves, which is a comprehensive portfolio.  I am in charge and accountable for all aspects of the development, sustainability, and operations and maintenance programs for Sonoma State University

The portfolio includes:Sonoma State University campus: 269 acres with 2,296,379 gross square feet of buildings, of which 904,585 gross square feet are student housing.Mendocino Community College: 2,880 gross square feetFairfield Osborn Preserve: 411 acresGalbreath Preserve: 3,670 acresLos Guillicos Preserve  43 acres

Capital planning, design and construction responsibilities ensure that the vision of the physical development of the campus supports the academic mission of Sonoma State University and the campus master plan.

Typical responsibilities are five-year capital-outlay programming, campus master planning, modifying and renovating spaces, managing the facilities database and general-purpose classroom furniture inventory, assisting with implementation of university policies and managing the riparian area of Copeland Creek, which runs through the campus.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: As far back as I can remember, I have been passionate about and have wanted to be an architect and draw, I have always been captivated by and gravitated to buildings and art.  It was a privilege for me to have attended the University of California, Berkeley pursuing my architectural dream and becoming a licensed architect. I am extremely proud of my 29 years of combined experience in the field of architecture and facilities management. Over the past 12 years it has been a privilege to be associated with and linked to Sonoma State University; to be associated and part of so many great projects and working along-side so many dedicated people.

I have also been fortunate enough to work with many prominent architectural firms in Silicon Valley, San Francisco and Sonoma County in my career.  Each of these experiences has provided me with a broad, diverse base and comprehensive understanding of senior level architectural design, facilities management, construction contract administration, and managerial experiences. 

What do you see as the role of the facilities manager within your organization?: The role of the facilities manager is to be accountable for all executive level management responsibilities within the organization.  The position within the Facilities Management Department is all-encompassing with broad oversight responsibilities to ensure that appropriate resources are directed toward meeting the requirements of proper operations and maintenance of the campus physical plant.  To be directly responsible for overseeing the trades groups within the Facilities Management organization, including: Maintenance, Mechanics, Carpenters, Plumbers, Electricians, Painters, Lock, Auto and Engineering Services; Landscaping and Grounds; Custodial and Housekeeping Services; and Environmental Health and Safety.  

Additional responsibilities include, acting campus Deputy Building Official and Building Coordinator duties. Responsible for developing policy and providing operational direction for the campus-wide capital planning, design and construction five year capital outlay planning process, master planning, design, and construction, management oversight of all campus buildings,  sustainability programs, and energy utilities management for Sonoma State University, its auxiliary organizations and Preserves.  

What is the achievement you are most proud of?: I have been very fortunate to be part of many outstanding projects not only in my architectural career in the private sector but also in my tenure at Sonoma State University, including the design and construction of two new Student Housing Villages, a new Recreation Center and Student Center, the renovation of Salazar Hall and Darwin Hall and new Environmental Technology Center.  There are a great many accomplishments I am extremely proud of at the institution in support of the mission, vision and core values of the University.  Two projects genuinely stand out for me: to be part of a conscious effort to build a world class concert hall at Sonoma State University, the Green Music Center, and to be directly responsible for its implementation is very gratifying.  To be in charge of managing all levels of the architectural and engineering master planning efforts, design process and construction, leading to the Grand Opening Gala event in September 2012 is an honor. 

The other project at the University that is an honor and a privilege to be part of is the Holocaust and Genocide Memorial and the Anne Frank Tree project and proposal. To be part of the team working along-side the artist to construct the Holocaust and Genocide Memorial project, and instrumental in writing one of the winning proposals selected by the Anne Frank USA Committee, as one of only eleven host sites around the country to receive the Anne Frank tree sapling, (from the 150 year old chestnut tree that grew outside Anne Frank’s hiding place in Amsterdam) is very exciting for me personally and for the University.

What is your biggest challenge today?: I believe the significant challenges facing the Facilities Management Department today are the ever-increasing responsibilities within the university and decreasing resources, employees and funding support.  Facilities management is in a stewardship role for the largest capital asset on campus, (buildings and infrastructure), and must be accountable for the assets entrusted to it.  The current state of the State and the challenges we face ahead with the capacity to implement needed improvements is tempered by the realities of limited resources and funding. Too often Facilities Departments reflect an organization’s short-term resources rather than its long-term needs - reacting rather than being proactive. As important is the ever-changing marketplace as it relates to technology and trying to keep pace with its integration into the Physical Plant.

What is the next major project either under way or on the horizon?: As mentioned earlier, I have been very fortunate to be part of many outstanding projects over my career and specifically with Sonoma State University. The next major capital outlay projects under way are the master planning effort, design and construction of a high quality outdoor music venue to complement the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Concert Hall on campus, and the current construction and opening of the Student Center at the University in the summer of 2013.

What product or service would/or is helping you do your job more effectively?: If I had to select one product that would assist the Facilities Management Department and me in my area of responsibility, it would be the integration of a new comprehensive work management system CMMS – Computerized Maintenance Management System.  It is a necessary tool to support a productive and effective facilities management organization.  The CMMS program is effective in capturing enough information and  monitoring the performance of the facilities portfolio: monitor key performance indicators and financial reporting, work order tracking, tracking cost of equipment, systems and building maintenance, equipment maintenance history, preventive maintenance protocols, inventory control - location of parts and materials, work scheduling, rework tracking, tool management, track crew assignments and campus user interface on the status of work orders – online.  I believe with the limited resources and funding available this improvement will enhance efficiency and increase the front line Directors/Managers effectiveness.

How do you think your profession will change in the next five years?: From my perspective I believe the significant changes that will be felt by facilities management departments, and indirectly to architectural and engineering firms as it relates to the Public Sector work, are the challenges with declining funding support for deferred maintenance and capital outlay projects, (energy, capital renewal, minor and major capital projects).  It is increasingly difficult to keep up with the level of managed care for deferred maintenance of aging facilities and infrastructure.  Funding is always one of the key issues and will continue to be a challenge in the future for the facility manager to manage efficiently and effectively.

Most admired businessperson outside your organization: Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and Warren Buffett, chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway

Current reading: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. I enjoy reading non-fiction mostly, world history, biographies, architectural and art history.

Most want to meet: Living: President Bill Clinton and Warren Buffett. Historical: Robert Kennedy, Mother Theresa, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Frank Lloyd Wright, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Vincent Van Gogh and John Singer Sargent.

Stress relievers: I enjoy my time with my family and cycling, backpacking, camping, walking ... any outdoor activity.

Favorite hobbies: Drawing, watercolor and acrylics painting, stamp collecting (for the graphics and the artwork, not as a serious collector), visiting art museums and reading

Words that best describe you: Integrity, accountable, persistence, fair-minded, dedicated, family man, loyal and strategicJason Duval

Facilities Manager, Clos Pegase Winery, 1060 Dunaweal Ln., Calistoga 94515; 707-942-4981; www.clospegase.com

Age: 37

Residence: Cloverdale

Professional background: Facilities management, contracting

Education: Ongoing

Staff size: 20

Describe the facilities you oversee: Clos Pegase is Jan Shrem's and Michael Grave's answer to a working ultrapremium winery and fine art museum in one. Having to keep both in mind while attending to one or the other offers an extra challenge and demands much research and creativity.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: As a child, I was drawn to exotic animals, parrots and aquariums. The successful care of these animals requires specific microclimates, precise husbandry and expensive equipment. In the mid '80s and early '90s, people were still learning how to maintain many exotic species, and there were no "kits" one could purchase. Always faced with limited funds, I would study the enclosures in zoos and public aquariums, then take apart appliances, go through my father's garage and recreate smaller versions of what I had seen.

This passion led to my love of research, creating, building, inventing and repairing. My love for art and wine came later, but you can see how I have found a perfect fit here.

What do you see as the role of the facilities manager within your organization?: My role at Clos Pegase Winery is to ensure our talented staff has the ability to perform their duties without complications, interruptions or downtime. Keeping the building and equipment in perfect working order is only part of my responsibility. Don't forget, we are also a fine-art museum, and I am fortune enough to care for some of mankind's finest creations.

What is the achievement you are most proud of?: My bride's believing I am also Husband of the Year.

What is your biggest challenge today?: Energy and waste are the two areas where Clos Pegase is focusing. Sustainability is a word you hear everywhere now, but for a building constructed in the mid '80s, being green meant something quite different. With every repair or replacement, we are looking at all the eco-friendly options available.

What is the next major project either under way or on the horizon?: We are currently in the middle of replacing our wine tank's glycol cooling system plumbing with Georg Fischer Cool-Fit ABS Plus pre-insulated piping. This piping is hermetically sealed, guaranteed not to leak and has zero condensation, so no slips from drips. Albin Nebel of Nebel Plumbing is a magician with this material, and it looks fantastic installed.

What product or service would help or is helping you do your job more effectively?: "Jack of all trades, master of none " is a popular phrase used to describe facilities people. I think of plumbers as heart surgeons and electricians as brain surgeons, but facilities workers are like veterinarians. We have to be able to do anything at any time. For all my advanced questions and support, I turn to my PG&E representative, Lloyd Coker, and Chris Pilek of Resource Solutions Group. They can turn what would have been hours or days of research into a quick phone call.

How do you think your profession will change in the next five years?: Technology and equipment are changing and advancing so fast. If you don't have a passion for this field and enjoy staying abreast of things like high-efficiency motors, LEED and new refrigerants, you will no longer be an asset to your company and most likely become a liability.

Most admired businessperson outside your organization: A tie between Randall Grahm and my cousin Michael Duval.

Current reading: Just finished Gavin Menzies' 1421: The Year China Discovered the World and starting Karen Armstrong's A Short History of Myth.

Most want to meet: The descendant of the inventor of the gate valve. Those things are the bane of my existence.

Stress relievers: Making my bride laugh, cooking, playing guitar, diving and being outdoors.

Favorite hobbies: "Flippin'" rocks and logs, looking for snakes with my buddy Peter Jordan.

Words that best describe you: I've been told I have valor, but while self-reflecting "analytical" and "goofball" seem to fit quite nicely.

Is there something you would like to add?: A great staff makes a company special, but what makes this company exceptional is having an owner with such passion and clear vision and a general manager with the rarest gift of both brilliance and compassion. Thank you Jan Shrem and Jackie Downer for allowing me to be a member of the greatest winery-museum in the world.Willie Ghilotti, Ghilotti Construction Company

Co-owner and Facilities Manager, Ghilotti Construction Company, 246 Ghilotti Ave., Santa Rosa; 707-585-1221; www.ghilotti.com

Age: 34

Residence: Petaluma

Professional background: Facilities manager, Ghilotti Construction, 2010--present; foreman, Operating Engineers Union Local No. 3, 2000--present; Laborers' Local 291, 1994--2000 

Education: College of Marin, Santa Rosa Junior College, Ghilotti Construction Company University

Staff size: 5 in peak season; company employs 100 full-time, 350 in the peak season.

Describe the facilities you oversee: Buildings and construction yards at Ghilotti division offices in Santa Rosa, American Canyon/Napa, San Rafael, and Livermore; North Bay Construction facility in Petaluma during acquisition. Plus job-specific projects that require satellite yards, such as the new 49ers stadium site in Santa Clara, the new Sutter Health hospital site north of Santa Rosa, East Washington Plaza shopping center site in Petaluma.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I am passionate about what I do and always perform to the best of my ability with all responsibilities, decisions and opportunities. I help drive growth, innovation, efficiency, safety and productivity. I set the bar for myself every day and always remember what this company was built on “hard work and dedication.” I strive to be the best because there is no alternative and am fortunate to be a part of such a great company and to be surrounded by a strong army of men and women and attribute my success to my fellow team members here. I am most grateful to the previous generations that have paved the way and made my success possible.

What do you see as the role of the facilities managers within your organization?: There is so much to mention. I maintain each facility for operational purposes, ensure that the locations are state of the art, safe and organized in an ergonomic and efficient manner. I manage and juggle equipment and products to make sure jobs have what they need on a daily basis. As the purchasing agent, I make sure I get the best service from suppliers and products at a competitive price.

We have more than 50 jobs annually, and to ensure that each person, division, and job location has what is needed is challenging. Day to day, the needs of each changes and the ability to respond efficiently and timely is hard, but you learn to adapt and make it work. As many other facilities managers can attest to, my role at Ghilotti Construction extends beyond facilities management, and I welcome opportunities to grow and learn in other areas of responsibility.

What is the achievement you are most proud of?: Being a dad to my new baby girl, Vivian, and my son, Jayden. Profession-wise, being involved in numerous projects, knowing I contributed to their completion, including Sears Point (Sonoma) Raceway, Hiddenbook subdivision, Mare Island subdivision, Mark West Rock Quarry, Highway 101 widening in Santa Rosa, Interstate 80 interchange at North Texas Street, numerous Discovery Builders projects, the new 49er stadium and Sutter hospital north of Santa Rosa, and Highway 12 in Jameson Canyon between Napa and Solano counties. One of the projects I am most proud of is helping my father and Stacy Magill, our chief financial officer, design the company's new "green" office building, inside and out.

What is your biggest challenge today?: With the day-to-day demands and ongoing changing needs within my position, my biggest challenge is learning where and how to be the most productive. Focusing and not losing sight of goals and working to obtain them. Learning to use my time wisely, as well as manpower, wisely and efficiently.

What the next major project either under way or on the horizon?:Converting the entire company to various digital platforms. Implementing on- and off-road GPS systems on equipment to maximize accuracy and efficiency. Software utilization to capture real-time equipment, labor and job costs through HCSS heavy construction bid-estimating software.

What product or service would help or is helping you do your job more effectively?: ToolWatch software allows us to manage and track thousands of pieces of tools and equipment, consumables and materials, as well as service, calibration, purchasing and receiving, job cost and billing.

Most admired businessperson outside your organization: Mark Breslin, chief executive officer of United Contractors Association, renowned speaker on construction leadership, strategy and labor-management relations and author of Alpha Dog and Survival of the Fittest, and Keith Ferrazzi, expert on relationship development, a world-renowned speaker, and New York Times best-selling author of Never Eat Alone and Who’s Got Your Back.

Current reading: Good to Great by Jim Collins

Most want to meet: Sun Tzu, Chinese general and military strategist who wrote The Art of War, and Dale Carnegie, author of How to Win Friends and Influence People

Stress relievers: Vacationing and hanging out with family and friends

Favorite hobbies: Snow skiing, riding dirt bikes, playing basketball, DJing

Words that best describe you: Fortitude, tenacity, passion, hard-working, loyal, no-nonsense, generous, detail-oriented, considerate, organized, patient, diplomatic, dynamic, motivated and driven

Is there something we didn’t ask that you would like to add: The most influential people in my life have been my grandfather Dino Ghilotti, my father, Richard Ghilotti, and my brother Dino Ghilotti.David Gonzales

Facilities and Maintenance Manager, La Tortilla Factory, 3300 Westwind Blvd., Santa Rosa; 707-586-4000; www.latortillafactory.com

Age: 55

Residence: Santa Rosa

Professional background: 32 years of technical and management experience

Education: Journeyman carpenter, commercial and residential projects, many certifications in safety, facilities management and HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points)

Staff size: 12

Describe the facilities you oversee: 75,000-square-foot concrete tiltup building with 29,000 square feet of warehouse, 15,000 square feet of office and cafeteria space and 31,000 square feet of manufacturing area. We run seven high-speed manufacturing lines 24 hours a day, five days a week. Supporting equipment includes silos, high-end air-compressor units, water chillers, etc.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I have been in manufacturing since 1980 and in the facilities and equipment maintenance field since 1983. Before 1980, I was a journeyman carpenter and built many residential and commercial structures throughout the Central Valley. I have been a facilities and maintenance manager for the last 22 years with four different companies.

I spent 24 years in the high tech industry and moved to food manufacturing in 2006, when I joined La Tortilla Factory.

My favorite pass time when not at work is to take long motorcycle rides in the country with my wife. I have two grown sons, two grown step-daughters and two adorable grand-kids. I've had an interest in machines and systems since my childhood, so it was a natural move for me to go into this field.

What do you see as the role of the facilities managers within your organizaton?: The facilities manager's main function is to lead and support the facilities and maintenance crews to insure the equipment and building systems are maintained, assuring reliability and efficiency. Also the role supports growth, both for each team member and the company as a whole.

A facilities manager can wear many hats and be involved in many areas where his expertise and skills can help in improving systems, creating new systems, facilitating expansion and growth, etc.

What is the achievement you are most proud of?: My biggest achievement to date would have to be the planning and building out of a manufacturing facility within an eight-month timeframe, moving the entire factory into that facility and starting back up within four days.

My second most proud achievement would have to be the installation of two new mega lines here at La Tortilla Factory. The second mega line was moved into the building and was running quality product within four days. The whole project took just two and a half months, start to finish. That was a major achievement accomplished by my team and me with the startup help from the manufacturer.

What is your biggest challenge today?: Controlling costs. With costs on the rise in every aspect of our business, we have to stay focused and spend the time to shop around for best pricing on quality parts and supplies. Being a bakery, we use an enormous amount of utilities, and we are always looking for ways to reduce that usage and reduce our costs in that area. This plays a large part in our selection process for new equipment and systems. We look for the most energy-efficient products possible that will fill our needs at the same time.

What the next major project either under way or on the horizon?: Growth. Our products are very popular and over the last few years our company's growth has been phenomenal. I'm really not sure what the next big project will be, but it will be tied to company growth.

What product or service would help or is helping you do your job more effectively?: I have a select group of service organizations that I use regularly to help maintain certain parts of our processes as well as help install new systems and equipment. I know I can depend on these companies to come through and accomplish the tasks at hand in a timely and professional manner with quality results. We also utilize a quality CMMS (computerized maintenance management system) program, which helps us to track and evaluate every aspect of our departments' responsibilities such as costs, downtime, spare parts and supplies inventory, equipment history and ongoing day-to-day activities that effect the efficiency and reliability of the equipment and facilities.

How do you think your profession will change in the next five years?: In my field, food safety is always a big concern. With new regulations and requirements always coming down the pipe, we'll have to really stay focused and on top of the changes to stay compliant and food-safe. Also, equipment and facilities technology is always evolving, so that also requires a degree of ongoing learning, change and focus.

Most admired businessperson outside your organization: My former mentor and manager from previous employment, Jon Martens, CFM, CFMJ, principal in JEMCOR, LLC. I learned a lot and grew a lot as a facilities manager during Jon's mentoring, and much of what I do today as a facilities manager is the direct result of that experience.

Current reading: Nothing in particular at this moment. I read a lot about lean manufacturing, predictive and preventive maintenance systems and techniques as well as many publications that are specific to the baking and food manufacturing industry.

Most want to meet: I've met her and married her -- my wife. She is always encouraging and supportive in everything I do.

Stress relievers: Nothing relieves stress for me like a ride through the country side on my Harley with my wife. We also enjoy traveling and adventure and plan at least two trips per year to someplace we've never been.

Favorite hobbies: Riding my Harley and working in my yards, where we are always changing something.

Words that best describe you: Devoted, detail-oriented, hard-headed (sometimes), easy-going, loyal.

What would you like to add?: I firmly believe in the old saying that you are only as good as your people. Not only do I have an outstanding crew reporting to me, I also have outstanding co-workers and work for some great people. In other words, I work with great people and for a great company.Sue Maddigan, Exchange Bank

AVP, Facilities & Purchasing Manager, Exchange Bank, 545 4th St. Santa Rosa; 524-3252; Exchangebank.com

Age: 50

Residence: Santa Rosa

Professional background: 30 years with Exchange Bank

Staff: 5

Describe the facilities you oversee: 20 Exchange Bank Branches and 2 Administrative Office Buildings.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I am a Santa Rosa native.

What do you see as the role of the facilities managers within your organizaton?: To collaborate with senior management and business unit managers to fulfill the space, furniture and working environment needs of the bank’s staff.  Our goal is to create safe and professional work locations while respecting the financial return expectations of our shareholders.

What is the achievement you are most proud of?: Exchange Bank’s numerous recognitions for Environmental Responsibility, including: Recognition from the City of Santa Rosa in 2007 for our “Environmental Responsibility, renewable solar energy, and sustainability” efforts. In 2008 we were presented with a “Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition” award at the BEA annual Business Leaders “Best Practices Award” Breakfast.  All Exchange Bank facilities have been certified as a Green Business by the Sonoma County Green Business Program.

What is your biggest challenge today?: Balancing the desire of management to consolidate and become more efficient with our space, while meeting employee’s expectations for privacy and flexibility.  We sold one of our office buildings last year and moved the functions into existing space that required remodeling and in some cases, space downsizing, but increased our overall space efficiency.

 What the next major project either under way or on the horizon?: In the future we will be designing a “branch of the future” to reflect the changing branch servicing needs of the public as electronic delivery becomes more common. We will also be increasing our commitment to “green” or environmentally friendly facilities and operations, through such things as solar power and energy efficient lighting.

Most admired businessperson outside your organization: Cami Weaver, CEO of Becoming Independent

Current reading: The Charge by Brendon Burchard

Stress relievers: Walking

Favorite hobbies: Photography, bird watching and kayaking.Tony McCormick, Agilent Technologies

Facilities Manager, Agilent Technologies, 1400 Fountaingrove Parkway, Santa Rosa; 707-577-3000; www.agilent.com

Age: 60

Residence: Santa Rosa

Professional background: Journeyman electrician, facilities maintenance, facilities management

Education: Santa Rosa Junior College graduate

Staff size: 13 Agilent, 80 contract

Describe the facilities you oversee: Santa Rosa campus, headquarters for Agilent’s Electronic Measurement Group, the largest of the company’s three major business groups -- 1 million square feet, 195 acres; 1,150 employees. Business activities include research and development, marketing, manufacturing and administration. Site features are a 1 megawatt solar power system, on-site K-2 school; one-acre employee garden.

Roseville -- 150,000 square feet; 300 employees. Business activities include Electronic Measurement Group calibration and repair plus warehousing.

Folsom -- 50,000 square feet; 90 employees. Business activities include high-volume gas chromatography column manufacturing for Agilent’s Chemical Analysis Group.

Everett, Wash. -- 50,000 square feet; 80 employees. Business activities include Electronic Measurement Group research and development, manufacturing and administration. 

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Married to Debbie for 40 years, and we have two daughters Laurel, 29, and Bonnie, 27. Have lived in Sonoma County since 1972. Active members of Santa Rosa Christian Church since 1975. Debbie and I run two small retail businesses in Rincon Valley: Sunnyside Cottage Gifts, Toys and Home Decor and Paper Dolls Women’s Clothing Consignment. I'm currently volunteering as Agilent's representative on the Hispanic Chamber of Sonoma County board of directors.

I was a charter member of “Hope Works,” representing Agilent on the gang-prevention program created through the Santa Rosa Mayor’s Gang Task Force. Served as a spiritual adviser at Sonoma County juvenile hall for eight years and continue to volunteer in that capacity.

Devoted to physical fitness with long-term memberships at Stan Bennett’s Gym and Tone Fitness. Exercise activities include weight-lifting, biking, running, Pilates and Bodeci. Enjoy snowboarding, open-water kayaking, hiking, gardening, cooking, listening to music and spending time with  Mom on Sunday afternoons.

What do you see as the role of the facilities managers within your organization?: We create an environment that inspires and encourages others to achieve their absolute best. This type of environment sets the platform for operational excellence, effective financial control, full understanding and response to business needs and timely project completion.

What is the achievement you are most proud of?: Achieving scores that were higher than "External Best in Class" for the annual Agilent leadership audit over the past two years. The survey is completed by employees and scores their manager’s performance on customer orientation, speed and decisiveness, risk taking and employee engagement.

What is your biggest challenge today?: Maintaining an effective variable organizational and operational support structure, able to expand and contract with changing business environment.

What the next major project either under way or on the horizon?: Now under way is the $4 million upgrade and renovation of Santa Rosa campus building 4, which was postponed in 2008 due to downturn in business. The project will include bathroom, conference room, ceiling, flooring and office furniture renovations. It's scheduled for completion in the first half of 2012 and will complete renovation of the site, which began in 2005.

What product or service would help or is helping you do your job more effectively?: Given my mobility needs, a laptop computer and smartphone are critical for my effectiveness.

How do you think your profession will change in the next five years?: The need for ever increasing awareness, focus and implementation of sustainable and environmentally sound building maintenance and construction practices. We must keep the health and well-being of future generations in mind in all that we do.

Most admired businessperson outside your organization: My wife, Debbie. She loves what she does and the customers she serves with her whole heart.

Current reading: Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament, My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, Abraham Lincoln’s Daily Treasure edited by Thomas Freiling

Most want to meet: Bono of U2

Stress relievers: Prayer and some form of exercise every day

Favorite hobbies: Biking, snowboarding and open-water kayaking

Words that best describe you: Faithful, determined, dependable, kind, good listener

Is there something we didn’t ask that you would like to add: I’m very grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given by HP/Agilent and the wonderful managers and co-workers I’ve worked for and with and learned from.Jim Neely

Facility Manager, Sonoma Wine Co., 9119 Graton Rd., Graton; 707-829-6100; www.sonomawineco.com

Age: 57

Residence: Santa Rosa

Professional background: 28 years in the wine industry

Education: High school, Santa Rosa Junior College, two years of welding and electrical classes, refrigeration service training school and management seminars.

Staff size: 13 employees

Describe the facilities you oversee: Sonoma Wine Co. is a contract service provider in the wine industry, processing from grape to bottle. We have barrel and bulk wine storage.

Sonoma Wine Co. has two crush facilities, one in the Santa Rosa area and the other in American Canyon. Our bottling facilities are in Graton and American Canyon. Bulk wine storage is in Cloverdale. And our finished casegoods warehouse is in Santa Rosa.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I am a local boy, born and raised in Healdsburg. I have lived in Sonoma County, except for the three years I was in the Navy, stationed in San Diego.

What do you see as the role of the facilities managers within your organizaton?: As facilities manager, my primary responsibility is to assure that all facilities are ready for each day's operation. I also handle capital expansion projects and equipment upgrades from planning to completion, tracking all costs and timelines.

What is the achievement you are most proud of?: I am most proud of an achievement accomplished by the entire facility and the hard work from all our employees. In 2003, Sonoma Wine Co. produced more than 1.2 million cases of wine with 4.20 gallons of process wastewater per case. In 2011, the company produced more than 2.8 million cases with 1.82 gallons of process wastewater per case. That's a huge reduction.

A lot of work went into accomplishing this: new equipment, upgrading the facility, water-conservation programs, SOPs (standard operating procedures) on tank and barrel cleaning. This is a credit to all of our employees and the goal of Sonoma Wine Co.'s becoming a green sustainable business. At the same time, we reduced our kilowatt-hours per case by 81 percent and reduced our therms usage by 269 percent.

What is your biggest challenge today?: Organizing and scheduling the maintenance needs of Sonoma Wine Co.'s five facilities and setting priorities according to safety issues and production and processing schedules.

What the next major project either under way or on the horizon?: I am just finishing a wine tank modification project at our Olivet Road crush facility, converting eight 10,000-gallon storage tanks into fermentation tanks. We are also remodeling all the employee break rooms at our Graton facility this year.

What product or service would help or is helping you do your job more effectively?: We use several outside service providers. When we can't fix or repair the facility support equipment such as HVAC, air-compressors or boilers, we call in the our outside service provider to handle the repair.

How do you think your profession will change in the next five years?: Over the next five years, I see trying to meet rising business demands while figuring out ways to reduce energy cost, increase productivity and continue to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

Most admired businessperson outside your organization: Jim DeBonis, chief executive officer of Ascentia Wine Estates. I worked with Jim at Simi Winery when I was a maintenance mechanic and he was the cellar master.

Current reading: Plant Engineering, Wine Industry Insight, Processing Magazine.

Most want to meet: I don't know. I did meet former British Prime Minister Tony Blair when he was at our Graton facility for the Dedication of our Cogenra solar electricity-thermal array in 2010.

Stress relievers: I push my maintenance staff pretty hard on projects and maintenance demands. Once each quarter, I have a departmental barbecue. This is my way of showing my appreciation for doing a good job and getting it done.

Favorite hobbies: I like golfing and fishing whenever I can.

Words that best describe you: I am a fairly easy-going person. I don't get too excited when things go wrong.John Nicolette

Director of Operations, Don Sebastiani & Sons, 135 W. Napa St., Sonoma; 707-933-1704; www.donandsons.com

Age: 49

Residence: Napa

Professional background: Seasoned director with 20-plus years in maintenance, production and winemaking. Prior to working in the wine industry, I worked in the oil industry.

Staff size: 25

Describe the facilities you oversee: We are a wine negociant company that contracts grapes from growers to crush off site. We also purchase wine from the bulk market. Our facility ages, filters and bottles our wines, producing 1.6 million cases of wine per year. Being an ISO and HACCP Certified facility and having the capabilities to put together an array of packages, makes us an attractive alternative source for contract bottling that services a number of other local wineries.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I'm originally from the Southern California area where I grew up in the restaurant business. My mother and father owned and operated two Italian restaurants. I currently reside in Napa with my wife of 29 years, Jean, and Shane my youngest of three sons as well as my 95-year-old father who my wife and I provide care for.

What do you see as the role of the facilities managers within your organization?: It's my responsibility to oversee winemaking, purchasing, distribution and production while ensuring production of quality products in the most effective and cost efficient method possible.

What is the achievement you are most proud of?: Obtaining the role of Director that oversees Winemaking, without having a formal winemaking background.

What is your biggest challenge today?: My biggest challenge today has to be trying to effectively secure bulk wine in a very difficult market.

What the next major project either under way or on the horizon?: I'm currently expanding our office space, essentially doubling the size. In the meantime, we are reduced to half of our normal office space with employees doubling and even tripling up in work spaces. I'm also in the middle of installing a bag in the box production line.

What product or service would/or is helping you do your job more effectively?: Having competent and dedicated employees keeps me on top of my game. Every one of them is a huge part of my success. 

How do you think your profession will change in the next five years?: Our industry is going to continue to go more green, whether it's in the packaging arena, i.e. lightweight glass or recycled paper, or in the area of alternative energy. We will continue to devise ways to use less water and to deal with waste produced by our operations. As the company continues to grow and requires more resources, we will have to adapt in ways that lessen its impact environmentally.

Most admired businessperson outside your organization: This would have to be my Father. He was born in 1917 and grew up through the Depression in a very poor family. He was able to overcome times of adversity and become a very successful businessman that was looked up to in the community.

Current reading: Enterprise Sales and Operations Planning by George Palmatier and Colleen Crum

Stress relievers: Working out

Favorite hobbies: Golfing, boating, and relaxing on the lake, hanging out with my sons, Chris and Shane

Words that best describe you: Creative, perfectionist, honest, straight forward, hardworking, dedicatedRalph O'Rear, Buck Institute for Research on Aging

VP, Facilities & Planning Buck Institute for Research on Aging, 8001 Redwood Blvd., Novato, CA  94945 415-209-2056 buckinstitute.org

Age: 62

Residence: Sebastopol

Professional background:  1998 to Present with the Buck Institute.  1988 to 1998 with the Lucas Family of Companies.  1985 to 1988 with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company.  Self-employed in construction and real estate for years before Fireman’s Fund.  Professional Associations:  Associate in Risk Management, Insurance Institute of America;

Education:  Attended Arizona State University a long, long time ago.   Attended Sonoma State University a long time ago.  Majors included industrial arts architecture and law.  Lifelong learner in addition to formal education. 

Staff: Excellent staff of 7.

Describe the facilities you oversee: A biomedical research facility comprised of three buildings situated on 417 acres.  The buildings total 245,000sf and house laboratory and support facilities along with an auditorium, atria and conference facilities.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I enjoy the mental and physical challenges of construction.  The entire process is part knowledge, part experience and has elements of an elaborate risk/reward game.  Even as a child I spent many happy hours building and demolishing structures and machines of all kinds.   I enjoy sports of all kinds and they have been an important part of my life.  I learned what it means to be part of a team and how individual effort can lead to group success.  One of my earliest construction projects was a large “fort” built from discarded Christmas tree and snow structures in a Midwest winter.  I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to do work that I love with outstanding people.

What do you see as the role of the facilities managers within your organization?: The Buck Institute, like many facilities, is like a small town.  Our role is to foster and promote a pleasing and productive work environment for our staff, visitors and guests.  We do this by doing our best to assure that the buildings and grounds are in good operating order.  Moreover, we are responsible for the health and safety of hundreds of people who work in our labs and visit our auditorium on a daily basis.  I like to refer to facility management professionals as asset managers.  The asset value of the facilities and grounds of any organization is second only to the value of the people in that organization.   

What is the achievement you are most proud of?: The recently completed laboratory building at our research campus. 

What is your biggest challenge today?: Balancing operating costs and expense with revenue.  As an independent non-profit research institute, the more we can do to operate the facility as efficiently as possible returns funding to the important research housed at the Buck Institute.

What the next major project either under way or on the horizon?: We intend to produce all the energy we consume on site through renewable energy sources.   

What product or service would/or is helping you do your job more effectively?:  Computer assisted facility planning and management software.

How do you think your profession will change in the next five years?: Energy management will become a key component of facility management.  Facility managers will also increase their effort in regulatory compliance activities.

Most admired businessperson outside your organization: It is impossible for me to single out one person.  I have the privilege of interacting with outstanding professionals from all facets of the construction, real estate and facility management industries.   

Current reading: Shape Shifters by Tony Hillerman

Most want to meet: Thomas Friedman

Stress relievers: Gardening, humor, basketball, golf

Favorite hobbies: Gardening, home remodeling

Words that best describe you: Problem solver,  helpful, reliableJake Pewitt, Mary's Pizza Shack

Facilities Manager, Mary's Pizza Shack, 19327 Sonoma Hwy, Sonoma; 707-938-3602 www.maryspizzashack.com

Age: 32

Residence: Vacaville

Professional background: commercial electrician, general construction, real estate, leadership training 

Staff: in house maintenance crew and 15-20 sub-contractors

Describe the facilities you oversee: Mary's Pizza Shack is a family owned business that started in 1959.  From Mary Fazio's original "Shack," the company has grown to include 19 locations in Northern California.  We serve an extensive menu of Italian Comfort Food, and are open 7 days a week.  My team is responsible for the facilities in Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Napa, Solano, Contra Costa and Placer counties. Because we prepare our dishes from scratch, we have extensive kitchens, with equipment that has to work well for our cooks every day, to ensure that our food is of the quality our guests expect.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I am a husband and father of three great kids. I feel compelled to community outreach with a focus on helping kids and families in need. I love my job and the great group of people I have had the pleasure to work with for the last 8+ years.

What do you see as the role of the facilities managers within your organization?: Our customers rely on our staff to provide the great food and service we are known for and my job is to do whatever it takes to make sure the stores have the tools to do so. From minor cosmetic repairs to major troubleshooting, equipment maintenance / repair / installation  general construction, managing invoices, contract negotiations, and vendor management, my team plays a vital role in the infrastructure of our business. Communication is also a big part of my job. Good communication solves problems while poor communication creates them.

What is the achievement you are most proud of?: Being a father. ... Nothing else is even close.

What is your biggest challenge today?: I believe efficiency should always be the main focus.  A variety of challenges come every day in this field. Simply getting the job done isn't always enough. We should always be searching for ways to do things better, more efficiently, more cost effectively, and with less waste. Mary's has put a priority on being environmentally responsible wherever possible. My responsibilities include actively searching for environmentally friendly ways to operate our business. From lighting retrofits, recycling, composting, refrigeration upgrades, to recycling our clean FOG's. Making the environment a factor in our decision making can be a challenge, but is one that we feel is necessary.

What the next major project either under way or on the horizon?: We have recently added refrigeration to the list of things we service in house. This offers significant savings and service benefits to our business but also adds a significant amount of work to our already busy workload. This is a much needed step for growth in my dept and one I'm happy to have accomplished. 

Most admired businessperson outside your organization: Dave Ramsey. I admire his ability to achieve success almost as much as his ability to properly handle it.

Stress relievers: I'd say golf but golfers would know I'm lying. Laughter is great medicine and I try and laugh as often as possible. Besides, stress is a useless emotion. It's like a rocking chair in that it gives you something to do but doesn't get you anywhere. My faith plays a big role in helping me keep these type of things in perspective and I'm proud to have a reputation of one who manages to to keep a level head in the face of adversity. 

Favorite hobbies: Golf, riding my motorcycle, real-estate, coaching and playing sports

 Matt Rudie

Facilities Manager, Enphase Energy, 1420 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma; 707-763-4784; www.enphase.com

Age: 53

Residence: Glen Ellen

Professional background: Construction management

Education: Certificate in Construction Technology, LEED Accredited Professional and California real estate license

Staff size: 3

Describe the facilities you oversee: Enphase Energy is a high-tech solar microinverter systems producer. We currently are located in five floors in three buildings at our headquarters in Petaluma, with additional facilities in Santa Clara; Boise, Idaho; China; New Zealand; France; and Italy where we design, research, test and manufacture our products.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I have more than 35 years of construction management experience. Prior to joining Enphase, I was a senior project manager with responsibility to build commercial tenant improvements in class A office buildings in downtown San Francisco. Prior to that, I specialized in building wineries and custom homes. I also have experience in the construction of condominium, multifamily and single-family dwelling production housing.

What do you see as the role of the facilities managers within your organizaton?: As the facilities manager, I am responsible for the overall construction, logistical operations and providing environmentally friendly resources at our facilities. I am also responsible for ensuring the safety of the work environment for our employees. I strive to support them in any way I can so they can perform their duties efficiently and effectively.

What is the achievement you are most proud of?: We recently relocated more than 300 employees in four separate moves into four new locations to support our company's growth. I am most proud of the fact that employees were able to shut down their workstations, test chambers and laboratories on Friday evening, move into their new spaces on Monday morning, plug in and go right to work seamlessly.

What is your biggest challenge today?: Managing all our global facilities with all the different regional compliance considerations, laws and regulations.

What the next major project either under way or on the horizon?: We anticipate future expansion both internationally and domestically in the future, but nothing is currently ongoing.

What product or service would/or is helping you do your job more effectively?: An excellent team to work among. Our vendors are outstanding to work with.

How do you think your profession will change in the next five years?: I believe that facilities management will become more challenging as buildings become more technologically advanced. Facility management will have to continually reeducate themselves to keep up with advances in building facility technology.

Most admired businessperson outside your organization: Warren Buffet

Currently reading: A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

Most want to meet: Warren Buffet

Stress relievers: Open-water swimming, transcendental meditation

Favorite hobbies: Photography, ocean fishingDale Withers, Pacific Union College

Director of Facilities Management, Pacific Union College, One Angwin Ave., Angwin 94508; 707-965-7150; www.puc.edu

Age: 50

Residence: Angwin

Professional background: I began working in facilities maintenance while I was in high school.  I specialized in steam and boilers in the early years and moved into water treatment from doing water treatment on boilers and cooling towers.  I gained experience in drafting and computer-aided design (CAD) along the way.  I took a job at Pacific Union College in 1984 and became the Director in August 2011. My goal was to become familiar with the campus, complete a few projects and move on.  I have always had one more project to complete.

Education: Associate of Science degree in Facilities Maintenance, Walla Walla College, 1983. Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, Pacific Union College, 2007. 

Staff: 28 full-time employees  and about 35 student employees

Describe the facilities you oversee: The college owns about 1,900 acres of land with the core campus occupying around 300 acres.  We have one million square feet of building space which includes seven residence halls, a commercial complex, and your normal academic buildings.  We own and operate a co-generation plant to produce 90 percent of the electricity for the campus, as well as all of the steam used for heating and cooling of the campus.  We own and operate our water and wastewater systems, as well as our electric grid and parts of our gas grid.  We use all the recycled water from our sewage treatment plant to irrigate hay, which we grow to sell to people who board horses on our property.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I was raised in the Pacific Northwest, and I have always been interested in mechanical things ever since I was a kid.

What do you see as the role of the facilities managers within your organizaton: My main goal for my managers is getting to the root of the problem.  I want to fix the root of the problem so we can have time in the future to address other issues.

What is the achievement you are most proud of: The building of the cogeneration plant at Pacific Union College

What is your biggest challenge today: Keeping in front of the ever-growing number of regulations and having the budget to deal with them.

What the next major project either under way or on the horizon: Building renovations, constructing a new residence hall, and providing air conditioning to all buildings on the campus.

What product or service would/or is helping you do your job more effectively: Smartphone, CAD and the Internet

How do you think your profession will change in the next five years: I think the field will be more electronically based. Things will become more energy-efficient, and there will be more web-based interfaces.

Most admired businessperson outside your organization: Robert Walther, chief executive of Industrial Power Technology

Current reading: Men of Steel: The Story of the Family That Built the World Trade Center by Karl Koch III and Richard Firstman

Stress relievers: Long distance kayaking trips. I have circumnavigated Lake Tahoe and kayaked 108 miles on the Green River in Utah and 70 miles on the Bowron Lakes in British Columbia. This summer I plan to do 149 miles on the Upper Missouri River in Montana.

Favorite hobbies: Kayaking. I have also built five kayaks – 1 triple, 1 double, and 3 singles. I just completed a 17-foot single kayak for my wife. I used marine mahogany plywood and fiberglass cloth inside and out.

Words that best describe you: Hard-working, taking life with a sense of humor