Syska Snippets

We know you’re pressed for time, so in every issue of Connections we include a roundup of all the Syska news you might have missed. Here are the latest updates:

A Presidential Win

Our co-president Cyrus Izzo has been elected president of 7x24 Exchange International, a not-for profit organization for professionals in the mission-critical industry. Cyrus first joined the 7x24 board of directors in 2010. Bob Cassiliano, the chairman and CEO of 7x24 Exchange, notes that Cyrus “has provided strategic direction and industry insights resulting in 7x24 Exchange maintaining its position as the leading knowledge exchange in the mission-critical industry.”

Facility Management Advisory – a return

We recently announced the reboot of our Facility Management (FM) advisory practice. Although we’ve been providing FM consulting for more than 20 years, we decided to formally bring back this practice to address challenges our clients face. Many of them struggle to balance control of costs and energy usage while providing viable working environments. That’s where we can help.

Our FM Advisory Practice offers facility and operations assessments; development of operating procedures, service provider evaluations; development of service level agreements and FM contracts; assessments of sustainability, implementation of reliability-based maintenance; and other related services.

To celebrate our relaunch, we are pleased to offer a complimentary Facility Management Maturity Assessment. This service helps our clients identify and determine which critical areas of their FM department can benefit from improvements.

If you’d like to find out more, please contact Michael Falkenstern, CEA, CxAP, LEED BD+C, principal, at

New Faces at Syska

We have a number of new hires to welcome, including four new associate partners – Leigh Ann Vogel, Scott Bull, Joseph Romano, and Divya Hariharan. Leigh Ann and Scott joined the Atlanta office, while Joseph and Divya are based in Chicago and NYC, respectively.

Leigh Ann, PE, LEED AP BD+C, who has 25 years of experience in engineering, manages multi-disciplinary projects, spearheads business development, and provides technical leadership. Scott, a business development professional with more than two decades of experience in the A/E/C field, cultivates new client relationships and manages projects for the critical facilities, commercial, life sciences, and healthcare sectors.

Joseph, PE, is an associate practice area director with 15+years of experience. In his new role, he supervises teams for aviation projects in the Central region.

Divya, MBA, serves as the director of strategic initiatives. In this capacity, she leads facilities management, real estate, leasing, and the rollout of our new enterprise resource planning system.

Another addition to our NYC office is Donn McMullen, a technical manager and senior associate with more than 30 years of experience. Today, he leads facilities management and commissioning projects.

Additional Syska Hires:

  • Johnny Szto, Senior Associate, Boston
  • Dave Adams, Associate Partner, Los Angeles
  • Joseph Scarola, Senior Associate, New York
  • Elise Wei, Senior Associate, Los Angeles
  • Lucy Vereenooghe, Associate Partner, New York

If you find yourself in our NYC, LA, Boston, Chicago, or Atlanta office, stop by to say hello!

More Promotions!

We have several senior-level promotions to announce:

  • Val Loh to senior principal (New York City)
  • Josh Fluecke to principal (Chicago)
  • Nick Fox to principal (New York City)
  • Mike Falkenstern to principal (New York City)
  • John Reis to associate principal (New York City)
  • Anthony Jamsek to associate principal (New York City)

Congratulations to all!

Leigh Ann Vogel

Scott Bull

Joseph Romano

Divya Hariharan

Donn McMullen

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