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Lauryn Blank

Chief Executive Officer
(CEO)

lauryn@gfm247.com

631-617-6500 ext 300

I started my career as a lawyer, but like my father, I was inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit, and saw an opportunity to make a difference in facilities management. Together with my husband, Sean, we started Global in a small studio apartment in New York City in 2004. It was a perfect combo: between my experience and skill as a lawyer and Sean’s industry knowledge, we were able to identify what clients needed, and create unique, personalized solutions for each situation.

As word got out about our tailored approach to service, Global’s business grew steadily every year. Within 6 months, we had moved the business out of our apartment and into our first location. Through solid relationships and referrals, Global’s client base continued to grow – and so did our commitment to service.

Our secret? Treating clients as individuals.  Everyone’s different.  Some people want to oversee every single detail: some people just want you to handle it and tell them when it’s over; some people want weekly reports.  Whatever the client needs, Global goes the extra mile to give it to them.  We like to anticipate client’s questions and answer them preemptively,  so they feel as though they are in good hands and have been thoroughly informed.  Our clients have said, “We feel like you’re here in the cubicle with us.”

Global’s commitment to responsiveness starts with the very first client contact.  When we began our business, we wanted to make sure that no matter what time of the day or night the call comes in, our clients would be able to speak with someone, not a recording or an answering machine.  We always have an agent on call 24/7.  You don’t have to wait for someone to wake up and return your call in the morning.  We are there to help, “whenever, wherever!”  That’s our motto.

That motto came in handy when Hurricane Sandy hit New York. Equipped with a fall-over generator and many remote locations, our office was able to stay up and running throughout the disaster, and continue to serve our clients. That’s Global: when other people are running away from a situation, we’re running toward it. We are prepared and stocked for every emergency, seasonal or otherwise. We really have your back in a crisis!

Today, Global has over 200 employees and thousands of vendor partners around the world. Our company continues to evolve and adapt, honing our processes to enable us to better serve our clients. We truly believe that building a company is really building a team of people who can help you grow your company. We’re always open to change. If somebody has a good idea, we’ll listen to it.

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Sean Blank

President

sean@gfm247.com

631-617-6500 ext 200

I grew up working in retail stores, and my dream was always to be a retailer. In college I power-washed homes and decks as a summer job – this was before everybody had a power-washer – and it was my first business. One day I was looking at a job I had just finished, and the deck was beautiful: it looked brand new, sparkling. But I looked at the dirt on the patio furniture, the windowsill, the side of the house, and I thought, “no, you can’t leave it like this.” I wanted it to look perfect. So when I finished power washing a deck, I’d make sure there wasn’t a speck of dirt on furniture, or the siding, or the windows. It’s all how you finish a job. That’s how it should be. If you do a job, you do it 100%. It’s about whether you give that extra something to the client. Give them 100% of what they are looking for, and more. And that’s what I truly believe in.

This has been my philosophy as I worked my way up in the industry. I started working in my cousin’s signage company, got a couple of big contracts, and then we started expanding into rollouts, facility management and maintenance and finally, construction. We did so well, a friend of mine brought me into his construction company and said “We want to do facilities. We need a partner who can do this.” Two days later, Lauryn convinced me to start Global.

We were in business two weeks when we signed our first big client at a tradeshow. Eleven years later, we’re still working with them. The key is that no matter how big we get, you will never know whether we have one person in our office or 1000. I will never make a client feel like they are not a priority. We are all about service, communication and pricing. If we do it, we do it 110%. We don’t slow down, even if I have to work 25 hours a day. That’s how we run our business.

When we first started our company, Lauryn and I did everything: insurance, service calls, we handled every aspect of the business. I love to sell, I love to be front of the company, that’s my passion. Lauryn loves structure, operations, the backbone of the company. She’s looking three, four, five years down the line. So we have two different roles within the company. We make good partners and we surround ourselves with the most amazing people here at Global. Some people can’t cut it; even if they’ve been working for five years somewhere else – the level of customer service is intense. But for people who share our passion, we have great opportunities. The way we treat our vendors, we don’t have to find new vendors every time we go into a town. I can tell you our first vendor’s phone number off the top of my head. They’ve stayed with us and helped us grow our business, and we’re very fortunate.

Our goal is to become the #1 company in this space. Whether we grow, or whether we stay a certain size, we want to be in a place where people are calling us up and saying, “Global, can you work with us?” That’s the best compliment in this business. We’re the difference makers. We want to give you such an experience that you won’t believe how well we handled it – whether it’s the emergency at three in the morning, or the grout that one person in the office thought was off. We will make it right. When it comes to service, communication, and being a partner, nobody is going to touch us. We won’t allow it.

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Michael Speiller

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

mike.speiller@gfm247.com

631-617-6500 ext 118

I come from a long career in financial and executive management for large publicly traded companies, with responsibility for financial reporting and corporate taxes. After working for multi-billion dollar companies for many years, it’s gratifying to work in an environment where you can get things done and implementation doesn’t take forever. At Global, I feel as though what I do has an immediate impact.

Something you may not know about me: I’d rather be golfing.

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Michael Russo

VP of Operations

mike.russo@gfm247.com

631-617-6500 ext 233

I spent 14 years as VP of Operations for a national cleaning company, and four years as the owner of a handyman franchise. I love what I do, and Global is a great place to do it. The work ethic and sense of urgency demonstrated by our employees on a daily basis puts us head and shoulders above our competitors.

I also enjoy the opportunities for advancement that we can afford our employees as the company continues to grow. It’s been amazing to watch people take that opportunity and develop into strong Account Managers, Team Leaders, Assistant Managers and Department Managers. We have over 100 employees all pulling in the same direction, which fuels the “Global Machine”. This is truly an amazing place to work, and I’m proud to be a part of it!

Something you may not know about me: Coached youth sports in Baseball and Hockey for 15 years.

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Robin Baskin Ladner

Vice President, Sales

robin@gfm247.com

631-617-6500 ext 336

I started working in retail in the 80’s, and have been in the facilities maintenance & construction business for the last 15 years. My previous expertise in the industry was with glass, doors, locks and HVAC.

Reputation in our industry is everything and ours is stellar. Sean and Lauryn are owners who care about the top three: the customers, the employees and the vendors. Being able to sell our services to customers, and knowing we can back it up, is everything to a sales team. Today, we still have our very first employee and our very first customer. That’s because we believe in building and keeping relationships. Everyone at Global, no matter what their title, at the end of the day, is customer service. None of us are above doing anything for a customer or each other. We have had such great success because we all want to continue to grow and succeed together.

Something you may not know about me: I absolutely love live sports. I especially love to watch & play golf. My favorite players are Jordon Spieth, Ricky Fowler, Bubba Watson, & Adam Scott.

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Stacy Brown

Vice President, Strategic Planning

stacy.brown@gfm247.com

631-227-6230

My background is in Facilities. I fell into this industry after college, and I feel like I’ve grown up in it. My experience encompasses all sides of the industry – retail, technology and vendor – which gives me a unique perspective on all aspects of our business.

What drew me to Global was the energy of the team and their desire to continually improve. I was also excited about the potential value I could bring to Global. It was a good opportunity for a self-motivated and entrepreneurial person, and that suits me to a “t!” I love having the opportunity to both learn and teach something every day.

Something you may not know about me: My new favorite mode of transportation is the Segway

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Chris Cucuzza

VP Technology

chris.cucuzza@gfm247.com

631-227-6289

I started my career as a CPA working in a large accounting firm then transitioned over to systems consulting by implementing financial and ERP systems for mid to large size companies. Following that, I joined a retailer with over 1,100 stores and led the IT Department for the past 16 years.

Global is a company that has grown tremendously in the last few years and is at a critical inflection point with tremendous opportunity ahead. Because technology is the backbone of the service that Global performs, the opportunity of leading the Technology Department was very attractive for me.

In the short time I have been here, I attest that there is a true sense of hard work and drive to succeed at Global!

Something you may not know about me: I am an avid snowboarder!

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Jeff Levyns

Director of Field Operations

jeff.levyns@gfm247.com

631-227-0702

I’ve been in facilities for 30 years, 15 of them in the retail sector. I was drawn to Global because of the passion of its owners, Lauryn & Sean. Their philosophy and dedication to clients was very appealing — and the vision that they outlined for the Director of Field Operations position was a perfect fit for me. I can be intense, but I can also quickly formulate an effective game plan for whatever situation I’m called upon to address and be a calming influence for clients who may be under pressure. It made joining the company a no-brainer!

Our people are really what makes us different. Global’s most successful employees share the same drive and passion as our ownership. People don’t join Global because they need a job. They join Global for the career opportunities, and they are eager to learn and grow with the company. In addition, the camaraderie we share with one another is unlike most companies I’ve worked for. This is a special group. The days are never long, and the work never boring.

Something you may not know about me: I was a DJ, as well as an amateur magician.

I’m a graduate of Pace University and a CPA with over 30 years in accounting. Before coming to Global, I spent eight years as a Controller at a national cleaning company and another 6 years as CFO at a national sign company.

A lot of companies talk about team building and ways to get people to work together, but at Global, it’s a reality that seems to come naturally. We truly have a top-notch team of people, who all work together to make Global the success that it is. We focus on the future by building strong partnerships with our clients and vendors. Global truly cares about their clients and employees, and they know how to show it. You don’t feel like you’re going to work, but rather like you’re a part of a great team.

Whether it’s working with a new team member, solving a vendor/client issue, or designing and implementing a new process, I try to make a difference with everything I do. Whatever the task is, my goal is to make an improvement with long-term benefits.

Something you may not know about me: I love kayaking with my sons at Lake George, road trips, and roller coasters!

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Micheal Nicholson

Director of Construction

Micheal.nicholson@gfm247.com

631-617-6500 ext 375

Prior to joining Global, I was the Regional Director for an International Construction Company. I’ve been in  facility management & construction for over 30 years, with experience on both the contractor and retailer sides of the industry. The team’s drive and passion is what initially drew me to Global – everyone has so much ambition…they will go to the end of the world and back for our clients. The energy that is always present in this office is contagious and I’m excited to be part of the team.

Something you may not know about me: I have five daughters that keep me very busy! I’ve also run numerous marathons and half marathons for charity.

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Danielle Uanino

Director of Operations and Process Improvement

danielle.uanino@gfm247.com

631-227-0707

I started at Global as a part-time employee in my junior year of college as an Account Coordinator. I had no facilities experience prior to that but Lauryn and Sean and their passion for the business made me want to stay in this industry. I loved the fast-paced environment and the fact that my ideas, thoughts and opinions were heard, respected and implemented. I was given the opportunity to advance. Now, I’m the Director of Operations and Process Improvement. I love the fact that I have seen it grow over the past eight years, and that all the people I work with – owners, managers, and employees – are aligned to the same goals.

Our commitment to customer service makes us stand out from the crowd. I’m proud of our response time and communication, and our “Get it done” attitude.

Something you may not know about me: I have a pink vespa.

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Kathy Whelan Tarrant

Operations Manager

kathy.tarrant@gfm247.com

631-227-6231

I spent many years in the Operations Department of several national facility maintenance companies. Upon joining Global, I immediately felt the energy and positivity of the employees. Without a doubt, this is a great company to work for and it’s refreshing to know that we are one team striving for the same goal; servicing our clients to their complete satisfaction.

I tremendously respect and support the dynamic built by Sean and Lauryn which truly exemplifies every aspect of top-notch customer service, teamwork, and ever-advancing methodologies. We efficiently and professionally meet our client’s requirements by providing high quality, cost-effective service solutions.

We work hard, but also have fun along the way. We end each day with a sense of accomplishment and a readiness to start up the next challenge in the morning!

Something you may not know about me: I row several times a week.

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Lexi Giannecchini

Senior Manager, Facility Services

lexi@gfm247.com

631-227-0706

I came to work for Global when I graduated from The University of Rhode Island. From day one, I knew that Global was the place that I wanted to start and continue my career — I was drawn to the way everyone always worked as a team and knew this was a company I could grow with.

Our customer service is like no other! We go to all lengths to meet our clients satisfaction.

I would have to say that my reliability is the most positive quality I bring to my job at GFM. I make sure that my co-workers, managers, clients and vendors can always rely on me. I also love being able to help people within the Repairs Department grow and move to the next level.

Something you may not know about me: I played Lacrosse for the URI club team in college

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Jaime Trujillo

Sales Manager

jaime.trujillo@gfm247.com

631-227-6284

Before I came to Global, I spent many years in the facilities industry, including 13 years with a national HVAC vendor, and eight years with Grainger. I really feel like the culture, the people and the level of communication at Global makes this company truly different. I felt at home here right away and I continue to bring a positive attitude to work every day.

My favorite thing about Global? The people!

Something you may not know about me: Completed two Iron Man triathalons

Margaret Lanza

Margaret Lanza

Human Resources Manager

margaret.lanza@gfm247.com

631-227-0709

I’ve been working in HR for over fifteen years, and my experience is with facilities management companies. What drew me to Global was the opportunity to start an HR department from scratch. I sensed I could make a difference, and help create an environment at GFM that was caring and supportive. What do I love the most about GFM? Definitely the people!

Something you may not know about me: I was a lifeguard on the swim team in High school.

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Ashley Orfini

Billing Manager

ashley.orfini@gfm247.com

631-617-6500 ext189

I have an Accounting Degree from St. Joseph’s College, and an extensive background in retail. I was drawn to Global because of the atmosphere, as well as the company’s determination to complete a job efficiently and honestly with compassion behind the work. We proudly educate ourselves in all aspects of the industry. I truly admire the management team and the owners who strive to take excellent care of the customers and vendors, as well as its employees.

I love coming to work each day knowing that it will be different than the day before. There are always goals to reach and clients depending on us. We are able to handle a great deal of work, in a fast-paced environment, while working together to solve complex issues. Everyone is always willing to jump in and assist when needed.

Something you may not know about me: I have been coaching gymnastics since the age of 13.

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Larry Schwartz

Director of Sales

larry.schwartz@gfm247.com

631-227-6295

I have over 20 years’ experience in the commercial flooring industry. What drew me to Global was the family oriented atmosphere. I’m excited to learn new skills and I thought Global would be the perfect vehicle to leverage my current relationships. I love the freedom that this company provides in finding new and innovative ways to support our customers.

Something you may not know about me: I have sampled food from more than 50 different Countries, all in New York City

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Ian Mizel

Sr. Business Development Specialist

ian@gfm247.com

631-227-0708

I spent many years working in my family’s business, which gave me an appreciation for the family atmosphere here at Global. During that time, I made my way into sales and sharpened my skills as a cold caller. Later, I sold radio and television ads.

I was drawn to Global because of the passion and hard work demonstrated by Sean and Lauryn. I was excited to be part of their expansion, and I’ve really enjoyed watching the company grow over the years. In retrospect, I could not have made a better choice. Global accepts the challenges that many companies will not. All of the people in the company proudly share the passion for being the best at what we do.

Something you may not know about me: I interned and wrote for the Howard Stern Show.

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Global has always supported community events and charitable organizations, but as the company grew and expanded, we wanted to do more than just celebrate our growth and success with our employees and their families. We wanted to make a difference.

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Global Facility Management & Construction is dedicated to providing superior rollout, repair, maintenance and construction services to our clients. To do so we must consistently strive to offer the lowest possible price, the highest level of communication, and the most reliable technician performance in the industry. Our commitment to achieving this mission is the backbone of our success.

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