James (J.B.) Messer, the 2013 Facility Executive of the Year, is chief facilities officer at Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) in Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to joining CCAC, he was the director of Facilities Management at Oklahoma City Community College for 15 years and spent six years at the University of Oklahoma in utilities systems and power production management.
He began his career with the United States Navy as a certified, licensed nuclear engineer. His 21-year career included service aboard nuclear-powered vessels and four years teaching at the Naval Nuclear Power School. He completed his military career as a member of the Naval Reactors training & inspection team for all Atlantic Fleet operational and repair facilities.
For the past two decades, Messer has demonstrated consistent leadership at the state, regional and international levels of APPA. Over the years he has held leadership roles on the boards of directors of the Oklahoma state chapter (OACUPPA), Central Association of Physical Plant Administrators (CAPPA) and APPA International.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and a Master of Science in Business Management from Southern Nazarene University.