Case Studies Region: Southeast

Andy Snead – Campbell University

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Few people are as acquainted with the North Carolina State University campuses as Andy Snead. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering there and then led facilities management and capital projects in a variety of roles for more than 25 years. Whether leading the installation of air conditioning into his residence hall—after he graduated, […]

Ray Ramos – Raymond Engineering-Georgia

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Burned out from corporate life, Ray Ramos started Raymond Engineering-Georgia (now known as Raymond) in 1992 as a single-person operation; he was the owner, president and roofing engineer. He knew he had the skills and expertise and was confident his business would grow—and, one day in 2010, the globally recognized aerospace, arms, defense, information security […]

Mike G. Schilling – West Jefferson Medical Center

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Mike G. Schilling never considered working in facilities management in health care as he worked as an area operations manager for Dave & Buster’s or as a property manager for Corporate Realty Inc. in the New Orleans area. Then in 2021, Schilling was diagnosed with a type of cancer so rare it could only be […]

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 […]

Russell Thompson – Duke University

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Seeing Duke University’s two coal-fired power plants is one of Russell Thompson’s indelible memories from touring the campus before he was hired as director of utilities and engineering in 2007. Then, one of the first initiatives he led was replacing coal-powered plant boilers with ones powered by natural gas—the last chunk of coal was burned […]

Herbert Chu – RAM Partners

Est. reading time: 4 mins

No matter how well-crafted an air conditioning system is or whether it’s cooling one bedroom in a ranch home or 500 offices in a 15-story skyscraper, it’s completely worthless if a maintenance person can’t service it. According to Herbert Chu, architects and engineers design heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems based on what the books […]

Caleb Lee – Kennesaw State University

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It’s summer vacation for the students and faculty at Kennesaw State University in metro Atlanta. Not so for Caleb Lee who’s got an extensive to-do list to complete before the campuses in Kennesaw and Marietta reopen in August. Lee is director of housing facilities and that means upgrading and sprucing up units with 6,000 beds […]

Blake Broadway – Elgin Power Solutions

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Being away from family for sometimes two weeks out of the month can be tough on Blake Broadway. There’s something magical, he says, about his 2- and 4-year-old sons at home in Midland, Texas. But at least the older boy seems to appreciate what his dad’s been doing. “We’ll pass a substation, and the 4-year-old […]

Harry Yeatman – Gulf Coast Supply & Manufacturing

Est. reading time: 5 mins

For more than 25 years, Gulf Coast Supply & Manufacturing has made its name covering Florida with metal roofing panels, trims and accessories primarily for residential construction and re-roofing. While supplying contractors from mom-and-pop operations to large-scale roofing contractors, the company made its reputation by delivering on its promises, says company President Harry Yeatman. Although […]

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