Case Studies

Janet Young – The Fresh Market

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Last May marked a milestone of sorts for The Fresh Market, albeit one that’ll soon be overtaken. The grocery chain with its specialty assortment of fresh foods and ingredients opened its 160th store, this one in Carmel, Indiana. That’s yet another store for Janet Young to oversee as director of real estate administration, and with […]

John D. Tweedy – Georgia Tech

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field is home to the Yellow Jackets football program and the Georgia Tech Athletic Association—and one of the most prominent, recognizable sites on Georgia Institute of Technology’s campus. It can seat around 55,000 people—and John D. Tweedy is the one making sure the gates are open to welcome everyone […]

Joe Connelly – Connelly Electric

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Joe Connelly knew he wanted to earn a spot in the family business since he was a 15-year-old helping Connelly Electric with its deliveries. Yet, when he graduated with his bachelor’s in business administration and management from the University of Iowa, he believed a skilled project manager should have field experience. Wanting to gain hands-on […]

Jason Moss – Batteries Plus

Est. reading time: 4 mins

You’ve taken the leap and made the investment to own and operate a franchise business. The franchising company sells great products that are always in demand and provides the demographic data to help you find the best location, the real estate savvy to negotiate a good lease and the construction connections to build your store. […]

Jim Fay – Brinker International

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Each time Jim Fay helps Brinker International open a new Chili’s restaurant site, the average cost at the moment is close to $4 million as a result of inflation. In 2019, the cost was just over $2 million. While this may seem astronomical to the layman, working with this type of budget is typical for […]

John LaBare – Uniondale Union Free School District

Est. reading time: 5 mins

For 15 years, John LaBare has directed facilities and operations for Uniondale Union Free School District, leading a team of more than 100 people responsible for “everything from the curb in.” That’s included sidewalks outside schools and hallways inside them, as well as playgrounds, heating and cooling systems, snow removal and plumbing. The work LaBare […]

Jason Stone – Green Country Interiors

Est. reading time: 4 mins

For more than 40 years, Green Country Interiors has provided Oklahoma’s largest commercial contractors with services including exterior and interior framing, drywall, acoustical ceilings, exterior insulation and finish systems, stucco and plaster. But for Green Country’s employees, the work is more than just a job; it’s like hanging out with extended family. “We have employees […]

Jared Kroner – Blue Arc Electric

Est. reading time: 4 mins

By many measures, Blue Arc Electric of Campbell, California, was a thriving business as it neared its 20th anniversary.  It was founded in 2003 by Jared Kroner, who began his career as a journeyman electrician and had become project manager and sales associate at SDB Electric Inc. before launching his company.  About six years after […]

Jim Arnold – PENN Entertainment

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Casinos are unique facilities, not because of all the lights and sounds—but because neither ever stops. Before stepping into the world of flashing lights, pinging slot machines and spinning roulette tables, Jim Arnold had already racked up nearly three decades in the construction and facilities management industry. In July 2022, he became the executive director […]

Jeff Tilly – Sodexo

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Describing how Jeff Tilly went from production management to facilities management isn’t exactly a “stop the presses” story. The story does begin in a pressroom, however—specifically, at the Rockford Register Star, which covers the Chicago suburb of Rockford, Illinois, and surrounding area. When joining the paper in in 1994 following his honorable discharge from the […]

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