1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you found your way to FSCJ.
My background is in construction and engineering. I attended Georgia Tech for my undergraduate degree in civil engineering and received my MBA at the University of North Florida. After undergrad, I worked for a consulting engineer for a number of years before moving over the real estate and facility side. Prior to coming to FSCJ, I worked as VP of Global Real Estate for JPMorgan Chase.
2. In your new role as Associate Vice President of Facilities, what does your average day look like?
I don’t think I have been able to come up with an average day yet. My first task each morning is typically an update on any issues that arose with the facilities overnight which require immediate action. The leaders and supervisors within the facilities department do an exceptional job of resolving issues. We have several Collegewide initiatives with the facilities that I am working to move forward, as well as the Downtown Immersion project at 20 W Adams St. The rest of my time is spent on the operations side of facilities.
3. What has been the most exciting/interesting/challenging task you’ve been involved in since your arrival?
The most exciting and challenging task I have encountered at FSCJ thus far was dealing with Hurricane Irma just after my first month. Irma had a significant impact on northeast Florida, however through planning, preparation and clean-up efforts, the impact on the College was minimized. The team worked diligently over the week after Irma to ensure that all clean-up efforts were complete when students and faculty returned to campus so that we could provide an environment where things were returning to normal despite what they might be experiencing elsewhere.
4. What does “student success” mean to you?
I think of student success in the same way that I view success in general. Success is accomplishing the goals that you have established for yourself. I think in the case of student success, it's challenging them to establish goals that push their limits and experience. For me, facilities has the responsibility to provide the environment to support the students and faculty in that pursuit.
5. How do you spend your downtime?
Most of my downtime is spent with my wife, Angela, and my daughters, Makena (11) and Jordan (9). Whether participating in activities with them or training, I enjoy being active outside. I compete in Ironman triathlons as well as various ultramarathons.