Strategic Advisory Group

 


President
Mr. Abraham Ponniah, FMP, PMP
Community SAG Chair

Message from Abraham:  I am pleased to accept this new responsibility and look forward to helping the BIZ execute its mission

Abraham is a versatile corporate real estate professional currently as the Manager, Capital Projects at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and brings with him a rich experience of over 9 plus years working with large multi-geography organizations such as AFL, Thomson Reuters, Carillion, and Truven Health Analytics. Part of Abraham’s experience is in the highly dynamic emerging markets of Asia Pacific where he managed facilities housing an employee base more than 7,000 people.

Abraham strongly believes in a people-first approach to facilities and project management. He is highly experienced in interpreting and implementing global/regional policies in local contexts. He has a Masters in Labor Management, Diploma in Electrical and Electronics, and holds Red Seal papers as an Electrician. He holds a project management professional (PMP) designation from the Project Management Institute. Being an active member of IFMA, he also pursued his Facility Management Professional (FMP) designation.


Vice President 
Mr. Val Moraes, CFM, MBA, Assoc RICS
Community SAG Member

Past President IFMA FM Consultants Council
Global Liaison Australasia IFMA FM Consultants Council
CEO & Managing Director GregMore Group

Val Moraes CFM MBA Assoc RICS, is the CEO and Managing Director of GregMore Group, a Facilities Management Consultancy based in Auckland, New Zealand. He has more than 30 years of Facilities Management experience in various countries including India, Australia and New Zealand. His past experience includes senior FM roles with Super Deluxe Hotels (Oberoi Group), High Rise Commercial Buildings (Colliers International) and Supermarkets (Progressive/Woolworths Australia) besides large Corporates.

He holds a Graduate Certificate in Building Management (GCBM) and a certificate in Project Management from Victoria University, Wellington. He is also the first New Zealander to qualify as a Certified Facilities Manager (CFM) from International Facilities Management Association, USA (IFMA) and is accredited Assoc RICS from Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. He is one of the Founding Fathers/Foundation Board Members and Past Chair of Facilities Management Association of New Zealand (FMANZ) besides being the Past President of IFMA FMCC .

Val is also an Accredited Professional for Green Star rating of Buildings in New Zealand (GSNZAP).


Director of Professional Development
Edward Kacal BSc, MBA, PMP, CFM

Edward’s career is centred on utilizing his Industrial Engineering, Project Management and Business Management expertise to improve business processes: building efficiency within business, and developing strategic growth opportunities.
Since 2013, Edward has been CEO of Servus Limited, an Integrated Facilities and Project Management Company, and lectures part-time at the UWI in Project Management and Strategic Planning.

Edward is also the President of the Trinidad & Tobago Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and the Chair of the Facility Development & Management Committee of the T&T Chamber of Commerce.


Director of Communication
Mr.  Christopher Wilimitis, LEED AP

Christopher is a member of the New Jersey IFMA Chapter, previous to that he was with the Northern Illinois IFMA Chapter.  He currently serves as Director of Communication for the BIZ Community, and is eagerly supporting its members with enthusiasm and intent.

Christopher has worked for global companies Fiat-Chrysler, Ford Motor Co., Siemens, Bristol-Myers Squib, Nokia-Lucent, and currently with JLL for ExxonMobil as Regional FM.

Given the variety of industries he has worked in, he has gained a broad knowledge of facilities management, from project management to property management.  He certainly appreciates the largest common thread of the multi-skilled workforce and their challenges in serving the needs of the demanding and ever-evolving workplace.

Christopher completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Indiana University Kelley School of Business and his Associate of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.  He received his LEED AP certification in Operations and Maintenance, holds a Real Estate Brokers License in the State of Illinois, is a certified BOMI International course instructor, and is pursuing his IFMA FMP designation.


Director of Stakeholder Engagement

Past President
Mr. John Ringness, SFP, MRICS
Community SAG Member

John serves as a member of the Strategic Advisory Group of IFMA’s Business (BIZ) Community, and during the day is the Managing Director of NEXT FMS in Vancouver, Canada. Mr Ringness has over 30 years of experience in the FM industry with major global FM companies such as Johnson Controls, Carillion, Marriott Corporation – Facilities Division, Sodexo, ARAMARK Corp., Partners in Health (Haiti/USA), Lavasa Corporation (India), and Kohinoor Group (India).

Within IFMA, John was the founding President of IFMA’s Business Community, founding President of IFMA’s Mumbai Chapter, Past-President of IFMA FM Consultants Council, member of North American Operation and Maintenance Benchmarking Project Advisory Group, Asian Operations and Maintenance Benchmarking Project Advisory Group, Co-Author of IFMA’s Essential Education program, Co-Author of several IFMA’s Sustainability How-to-Guides, and Facility Management Journal author.  John has the pleasure of speaking at various FM global conferences and is the Chair of the CanBIM Think Tank for Digitization and Data.

John has completed the Facility Management certificate program at the University of Toronto, Canada, and several other FM related training programs. He first joined the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) in the early 1990s and 2012 joined the Royal Institution of Surveyors as a Chartered Surveyor. John started pursuing his MBA in 2020.


Community SAG Member
Giselle Holder MSc. (FM), BSc. (Eng), PMP, FMP

Giselle Holder has gained a wealth of expertise and experience in the field of Facility Management (FM) and is a locally and regionally recognized young leader in providing FM consultancy. Giselle currently works as the Director of Acuitas Caribbean Facility Management Company Limited based in Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. She graduated from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus with a BSc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2008 and later on attended Rochester Institute of Technology where she completed their Masters of Science in Facilities Management program in 2015. Giselle has worked in the field of FM for the past 12 years and has acquired much experience working with Facilities Engineering Associates (FEA) based in Fairfax, Virginia, USA on international, regional, and local projects where she worked on facility condition assessments, restoration consultancy, and facility management consultancy.

In 2013, Giselle co-presented with Geoffrey Abdulah, Director of Acuitas, at the IFMA World Workplace in Philadelphia on the topic, “Putting the ‘P’ in FM: Project Management for the FM Professional”. She is the first female President of the local IFMA Chapter of Trinidad and Tobago and is one of only four IFMA FMP Trainers in the Caribbean. She continues to work towards changing the FM culture both locally and regionally through her involvement with TT IFMA local Chapter as the current Treasurer and was recently recognized in 2020 by IFMA as one of its “40 under 40” FM professionals in the world.


 

Community SAG Member
Doug Litwiller, P.E., C.E.M.

Doug Litwiller is the Business Development Manager for Building Maintenance Optimization Consultants, Inc., an asset management program consulting company based in Atlanta, GA.  Doug has been involved in the facilities management industry his entire career from being a college campus utilities distribution engineer, a power plant engineer, an engineering director for two hospitals, and, most recently was the Associate Director for Energy Conservation at the University of Iowa.

One of Doug’s passions is to connect people who have questions with people who have the answers with the ultimate goal of helping prevent the reinvention of the proverbial wheel. Doug has created and facilitated a number of interinstitutional facilities management collaboration groups during his career.  One of his other passions is spreading the gospel of effective asset management.

Doug has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University.  He is a registered professional engineer (Iowa) and is a Certified Energy Manager (Association of Energy Engineers).