President FM&O Advisors, Inc.

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How did you end up in facility management?

Following my enlistment in the US Navy, I started school at SDSU and was lucky enough to land a part-time job at Gen-Probe as a safety technician (based on my Navy experience.) Once at Gen-Probe I realized that my experience as a nuclear propulsion plant operator in the Navy was aligned more with facilities. The folks at Gen-Probe were very supportive of me shifting to facilities–they provided the foundational experience that built a career not to mention the flexibility in schedule that allowed me to earn my bachelor’s degree.

What is your favorite after hours hobby and why?

My favorite after hours hobby, well it’s not a hobby but one of the most important parts of my life—being a dad. We have a young son and it is a thrill to have him in our lives.

What is your number one priority to provide in facility management?

My facilities career is rooted in San Diego’s life science industry and with that my number one priority is deliver the facilities results needed for my customers to do their work and achieve their goals so that they may advance their science and products.

What is your personal secret to success or personal motto?

Fortes Fortuna Juvat (Fortune Favors the Brave)

What is your company’s most important commodity or service?

FM&O’s most important commodity is perseverance. Facilities management is an active occupation with multiple balls in the air or multiple plates spinning (pick your metaphor) simultaneously and that is the fun of it for me. We persevere through multiple requirements, challenges, changes, and unexpected U-turns.

How many people does your business employ?

One and growing…

How long have you lived in SD?

I’ve lived in San Diego 26 years. I’m a native Coloradan and my assignment to USS La Jolla (SSN-701) brought me to San Diego back in the 80’s