Here is a little background about Eddie “Z” Luchs. Eddie is a native of Oregon and came to San Diego in 1989, via orders from the Navy. Before that he spent 10 years on the island of O’ahu, Hawaii. Eddie works for Illumina which has 4,000 employed at the San Diego campus and more than 6,000 globally.

Eddie had a natural transition into facilities management from managing diving systems and submarine maintenance in the Navy. Compliance is a major factor in military maintenance. The process and following of strict regulations and documentation requirements is similar to the required maintenance of Biotech, Labs and Life Science building which is a good fit for Eddie.

One of Eddie and Illumina’s biggest challenge is that they are growing so fast that it is difficult to keep up with the expansion. One of Illumina’s company values is “We move fast and embrace change” and they certainly move fast with bringing up 4 new major sites over the past 2 years. With this big challenge, Eddie brings a positive attitude and confidence that he can do anything he sets his mind to. Eddie’s motto is “audentes fortuna iuvat”, translated means “Fortune Favor the Bold”

Congratulations to Eddie for Mentor of the year. Eddie would like to see more Life Sciences/Biotech companies Joining IFMA. We hope to promote the benefits of IFMA and how IFMA has made a difference in our careers.