Case Studies Region: Southeast

Sameer Kapileshwari – Florida A&M University

A mechanical engineer with a master’s from the University of Texas and undergrad credentials from Pune University in his native India, Sameer Kapileshwari raised eyebrows among his colleagues when he left a plum private-sector position to direct and manage facilities in academia 17 years ago. “My friends would ask why I’d go to such a […]

Danny Koontz – Collier Restaurant Group

He started in the company’s commissary group, working after school and weekends in a kitchen while attending the University of Tennessee. In 1980, he was given a purchasing job at corporate headquarters. A few years later, he moved to facilities and quickly scaled the ranks to facilities management director overseeing all company locations. So when […]

Karen Hodson – CM Group

From the moment Karen Hodson walked into CM Group’s former San Francisco office, she knew the vibe was all wrong. Conference rooms unnecessarily clustered in the center demanded the most attention, making the open-concept desks surrounding them feel scattered and sparse. Adding to the effect, the office was just too big for the number of […]

Porter Contracting

Eli Porter, owner of the Florida-based company Porter Contracting, has decades of experience to draw from to help him hold tight to his standards in the booming Florida real estate market. Still, his youth spent playing sports sticks with him. The importance of being a team player, for instance, has left a lasting impression and […]

Sara Nomellini – LPL Financial

As you are reading this, look around you. How do you feel about the space you’re in? No, give it some real thought—how does it make you feel? Whether you’re aware of it or not, you have an emotional connection with your home, leisure space and workplace. Sara Nomellini knows this. An architect with decades […]

Lee Drywall Inc.

A company’s reputation being priceless, Lee Drywall Inc. will spend more to get the job right, the Fort Myers, Florida, subcontractor deeming it “simply good business.” For when competitors were using cheap Chinese drywall, the company, founded in 1991 by the husband-and-wife team of Mitchell and Traci Lee, stuck to tried and true products. That […]

Ackerman Plumbing Inc.

Carly Bonora is proud to say that “plumbing is in my blood.” It makes sense for Bonora, who grew up around plumbers, and is the fourth generation of her family to run 72-year-old Ackerman Plumbing Inc. Bonora worked her way up to vice president and co-owner from humble beginnings in the family enterprise, mowing lawns […]

Roark Perkins Perry Yelvington Architects

It’s an exciting, and maybe overdue, concept in modern health care—the so-called microhospital. Capable of providing emergency—even trauma—treatment while sparing the patient what’s almost certain to be a longer wait in a big-city ER, microhospitals are a significant upgrade from urgent care centers and have been springing up and operating around the clock in a […]

Testerman Restoration

Heavy snow is a rarity in and around Knoxville, Tennessee, but that doesn’t mean the skies there are always forgiving. Indeed, Amanda Moore remembers a spring storm of not too many years ago, when golf-ball sized hail hurled from the heavens like rocks from an angry God. For many homeowners, a blizzard would have been […]

Restore Construction Group Inc.

It might be the finest residence in very exclusive Fisher Island: The 5100 Bayview Avenue condominiums, whose listings this past May ranged from $1.99 million for a two-bedroom unit to $10.5 million for a place that sleeps five. Mediterranean in style with white exteriors and red-tiled roofs, the high-rises line the perimeter of the wedge-shaped, […]

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