Vice President, Facilities Management
John has built a 35+
year career applying his leadership and management across a wide variety
of endeavors in both the private and public sectors. With 20+ years as a
U.S. Army infantry officer serving in a variety of staff and command assignments
both in the United States and overseas, coupled with 11 years in
the private sector, Mr. Cal brings unique depth and breadth of experience to the University.
He has a track record of strengthening performance and building sustainable
organizations oriented on results and continuous improvement.
As the Associate
Vice President for Facilities Management at the University, John is responsible for real
estate master planning, facilities operations, and
construction. Operations include the management of more than 120 permanent
buildings totaling more than 8 million square feet located at the two major
campuses, Modesto Maidique Campus (MMC) and Biscayne Bay Campus (BBC), along
with the Engineering Center (EC) located in Sweetwater, and the Wolfsonian
Museum and Annex located in Miami Beach. Together all four sites encompass
approximately 575 acres and require an operating budget of $35 million with 330+
employees. The University also operates 3 satellite locations: the Business
School site at 1100 Brickell in Downtown Miami, CARTA’s Miami Beach Urban
Studio on Lincoln Road, and a Broward location in Pembroke Pines.
Beginning his service at the University in November 2007, John has
focused the organization on meeting the demands of an aggressive capital construction
program while maintaining and upgrading the existing physical plant to meet the
requirements of a growing research institution. With an emphasis on
coordinated design followed by intense project management and construction administration,
the department has delivered high quality construction on-time and
on-budget. In the past 5 years the $196 million major capital program added over
1 million square feet of new space and the minor capital modernization
program totaled over $77 million in construction expenditures. Operationally, FIU has
led the State University System (SUS) in energy performance for four
consecutive years, achieving the remarkable metric of 60.9 kBTU/sf/yr, saving
over $1 million per year in utilities costs.
Prior to joining FIU, John worked 11 years for Assurant, Inc.
and its predecessor company, American Bankers Insurance Group. Serving first as the Senior
Director for Operations in International Development, he then became the
Chief of Staff for the President & COO. From 2002 – 2007, John was Senior Vice
President, Corporate Resources, with responsibility for all facilities management,
real estate, lease management, construction, food services, procurement,
travel, security, and warehouse operations. As an Army officer from 1976 – 1996,
John attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. While serving in the
Pentagon from 1992 – 1996, he served as the Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Army,
who was also the Chairman of the Panama Canal Commission. John
assisted the Chairman in developing the policy and strategy to transfer
the Panama Canal to the government of Panama.
John and his wife, Helen, a native of Madrid, Spain have raised their
five children here in Miami since 1996. Their community activities have centered
around their five children and their varied extracurricular interests. Nerea and
Elizabeth attended Coral Reef High School, went on to graduate from the
United States Military Academy, and both currently serve as Captains in the U.S. Army.
Michael graduated from FIU in 2011 with a degree in Criminal Justice.
Stephen is majoring in Fashion Design at Drexel University in Philadelphia,
PA and Mark is majoring in Marketing at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. All
three brothers attended Christopher Columbus High School. John and his family are active
members of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and St. Richard’s Roman
Catholic parish in Palmetto Bay.
John holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Engineering from the United States
Military Academy at West Point graduating in 1976. As an Olmsted Scholar,
he studied International Relations at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)
from 1981-1983. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration
(MPA) at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 1992.