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At Facility Executive Live!, industry experts will present on a variety of topics that are of critical importance to facility management professionals.

At Facility Executive Live!, industry experts will present on a variety of topics that are of critical importance to facility management professionals.

Facility Executive Live! Conference Speakers

At Facility Executive Live!, industry experts will present a variety of topics that are of critical importance to facility management professionals.

Speaker Line-up

Kevin Borg, UCLA Athletics

Kevin Borg is director of facilities and project management for the UCLA Athletics Department. He has worked for the university since 1982.

Judie Cooper, Smithsonian Institution

Judie Cooper, CFM, is Associate Director of Organizational Development for the Office of Facilities Management and Reliability at the Smithsonian Institution, where she is responsible for strategic initiatives that support continuously improved organizational performance including benchmarking, best practices, strategic planning, change management, outreach, professional development, and staff education.

Judie is a Certified Facility Manager and a member of the IFMA ISO Technical Committee 267 (Facilities Management), Chair of the Federal Facilities Council Committee on Workforce and Management Practices, and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Catholic University of America Facilities Management graduate degree program.

In addition to being a frequent speaker about facility management, leadership, and career development and branding initiatives for facilities teams, she is the co-author of “The Care and Keeping of Cultural Facilities: A Best Practice Guidebook for Museum Facility Management”. Judie is also active in the International Association of Museum Facility Administrators, Society of Human Resources Management, and Association for Talent Development.

Tom Dunn, Helbling & Associates

Tom Dunn is a Senior Managing Consultant with Helbling & Associates, a retained executive search firm in Pittsburgh, PA that specializes in conducting facilities-related searches for healthcare, higher education, and cultural institutions, as well as corporations with significant campuses and real estate assets. Tom has been with the firm for more than eight years, and he focuses in the New York City and Mid-Atlantic (Eastern PA, MD, VA, and DC) regions.

James (J.B.) Messer, Community College of Allegheny County

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.

Andrew Nye, United Nations Headquarters

Andrew Nye, Chief Facilities Management Service at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters, leads the initiative to transform the approach to office space management at UN headquarters in New York City. Through sharing lessons learned with facility managers in the UN system and other international public-sector organizations across the world, this traditional sector has now opened itself up to cutting-edge workspace environments.

In 2013, Andrew saw that the recently completed $2Bn renovation of the UN headquarters campus had installed state-of-the-art building infrastructure yet office space use followed an inefficient 20th century hierarchical model. After piloting unassigned seating in a variety of space types and zones with an enthusiastic pioneer group, Andrew’s team demonstrated the benefits including financial gains and built a compelling case for transformation. Other recent efficiency changes Andrew and his team have introduced include: SAP Real Estate, LED lamping, exploration of green roofs and solar panels, and improved service delivery through right-sizing of insourcing and outsourcing.

Andrew holds an MBA and bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and came to facility management in the new millennium from a background of more than 20 years in the television broadcast and international news industry as an engineer, video producer editor, and operations manager.

Jeffrey O’Neill, Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Medicine

Jeff O’Neill, AIA, ACHA, CHFM is the Senior Director of Facilities at Penn Medicine’s Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first hospital. Facilities is responsible for the maintenance of the physical plant, security, and cleanliness, while developing and implementing capital construction projects. Previous roles at Penn Medicine Director of Engineering, and Senior Project Manager for Real Estate, Design and Construction, which include four hospitals and multiple outpatient sites. Before joining Penn Medicine in 2006, Jeff worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia, and Vitetta, an architecture consulting firm, progressing to shareholder and Healthcare Program Manager.

Jeff holds a Bachelors of Architecture degree from Catholic University, is a Registered Architect in Pennsylvania, holds certifications from the American College of Healthcare Architects and the American Hospital Association as a Certified Health Facilities Manager. Professional society memberships include the American Institute of Architects, the National Fire Protection Agency, the American Society for Healthcare Engineers, and the International Code Council.

Jeff is currently active in Building Code Development as Vice Chair of the International Code Council’s Health Care Committee, Vice Chair of the International Existing Building Code committee, and member of the ICC Interpretations Committee.