Case Studies Commercial

Rabih Zahnan – Sorensen Gross Company

In 1913, Henry Ford developed his assembly line for mass production, famed for its efficiency. In the 1930s, Toyota took it a step further, developing a manufacturing production method—often referred to as LEAN—which not only limited waste and overproduction, but made it possible to create more variety of cars. Since then, the LEAN process has […]

Jeff Konkle – Agree Realty

In its heyday, it lured shoppers from all around Frankfort, Kentucky, offering everything they needed for their homes, wardrobes and leisure time. But heydays come and go, and the bustling Kmart fell closed in January 2018. A little over a year later, it was demolished, but the site did not remain a vacant field harkening […]

Jeff Dill – Party City Holdings Inc.

It enables balloons to fly and cools superconducting magnets in MRI units. And though it’s not advisable to inhale it, it also makes your voice sound funny if you do. That may be what your average reader knows about helium, but it wasn’t enough for Jeff Dill, vice president of facilities and energy management for Party City Holdings Inc. Because while it may not be a party without balloons, helium is part of a serious business. “What I […]

Chris Costa – Warby Parker

They’re among the few items you wear on your face, and that makes buying glasses a big decision. You want to be sure they look good and fit right, and that’s easier to do if the glasses shop is a pleasant place to be. As the director of construction for Warby Parker, Chris Costa ensures […]

Jason Kraus – Kohl’s

If business opportunities were drying up during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jason Kraus never got the memo. He was too busy coordinating the delivery of more than 200 projects for the national retailer, Kohl’s. Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, the company just completed its sixth and largest state-of-the-art fulfillment center in […]

Marc Caristi – Prestige Alarm & Service

Marc Caristi says he had the best role model and mentor for a career at an alarm company: his father, Joe. Growing up around the family business—Boston-based Prestige Alarm & Service—the younger Caristi was inspired his father’s commitment to installing and maintaining fire alarm and sprinkler systems for more than 25 years. In fact, seeing […]

Federico Pensa – Magil Construction

Although an industry heavyweight in Canada, Magil Construction needed a tech upgrade a decade or so ago. The same held true for the industry itself. To be sure, Magil was capably managing construction of notable projects in Canada and elsewhere, but here it was, the mid- and late-2010s, and Magil had yet to replace its […]

Daniel Munoz – Warner Constructors

Daniel Munoz has never been far from a construction site. He swept the dust of drywall adhesive off floors as a boy and learned the trades from his father and anyone else who’d teach him at Warner Constructors. Now the company’s Vice President of Project Management and Construction, and soon to be one of its […]

Weyen Burnam – StorageMart

So what do you do when rain ruins a day in the sun on South Padre Island in Texas? Start a chain of self-storage facilities. That’s how StorageMart was founded by Gordon Burnam, recalls his grandson, Weyen Burnam. While exploring the island with his family, Gordon struck up a conversation with the owner of a […]

Marc Rienow – Gengras Motor Cars

They told him when he started he wouldn’t be asked to work at the auto dealerships. No, Marc Rienow was hired specifically to care for the Gengras family’s 40-acre estate in central Connecticut; he’d not be setting foot on Motor Cars lots or inside showrooms. That didn’t last long—within three months after his 1993 hiring, […]

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