September – 2012 Presidents Message

“Getting to know your Chapter President, Jeff Tyburski”

By Linda Kops,  Lan-Way Roofing Co., Inc.

1.   What is your title at Mid Atlantic Associates and tell us what your job entails? 

I have worked at Mid-Atlantic for over 12 years and am Senior Geologist, Licensed in the state ofNorth Carolina. I work with clients to provide innovative solutions to address subsurface contamination and/or other environmental issues such as storm water permitting, air quality permitting, indoor air quality issues, asbestos containing materials, mold, and lead paint. This requires working with engineers, regulators, attorneys, lenders, architects, a variety of subcontractors, and, of course, facility managers.

2.   What is the most challenging aspect of your job?

The fact that no two jobs are the same is challenging.  Every project is unique with its special set of challenges. I have to help people understand something that can be very technical so that cost-effective strategies can be developed and implemented to meet their needs.

3.   Most unusual project you’ve worked on with Mid-Atlantic Associates? 

I am currently working on a recently constructed multi-story student housing project on a Brownfields site (A Brownfields site is a property that is underutilized due to the real or perceived presence of subsurface contamination).  This required the performance of a site-specific risk assessment and the use of several different types of engineering controls to make sure the site is safe for use as student housing. This was a unique project were we worked with the design-build team and State regulators to develop new and innovative approaches that have now been adopted as new guidelines and policy under the Brownfields Program.

4.  How has IFMA influenced your career?

The contacts I have within IFMA made are invaluable. I have had the opportunity to build great business relationships and friendships.

5.  What goals, as the recently elected IFMA Chapter President, do you wish to accomplish in the year ahead?

1. Celebrate the Facility Management Profession by refocusing on the mission and vision of our Chapter.
2. Manage the growth of the Chapter to provide more streamlined processes and operate more efficiently.
3. Continue to be financially strong which we have already accomplished beyond expectation.

6.   Best vacation ever taken?

Last March I spent a weeks’ vacation on a bucket list type trip. We started in Moab, Utah where we cycled over 180 miles through Arches National Park, Dead Horse Point and other destinations over three days to benefit a local charity dedicated to cancer research. We then took a scenic drive to the Grand Canyon where we hiked from the south rim down to theColorado Riverand back in one day (18 miles, one mile down, and one mile up). Finished up inLas Vegasfor a day of R&R. This is what I consider a great vacation!

7.  3 words that best describe you?

Intuitive, Positive, Creative

8.  Throughout your career, who are you most thankful for?

The ownership at Mid-Atlantic Associates has created a great work environment and have been very supportive over the past 12 years.

9.   Name 5 things in your refrigerator right now?

Fruit, Beer, Chicken, Cheese, and an assortment of fresh veggies.

10.   Last book read?

Hunger Games book series. Love to read books I can share with my kids.

11.   If you had to give a 10 minute speech to a High School, what would the subject be on?

I would speak to the students about the importance of integrity, honesty, and hard work. If you have those attributes, everything else will fall into place. These things will almost always keep you at the top.

12.   What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I really enjoy the time I spend with my 4 kids, my loved ones, and friends. A big passion of mine is cycling which I share with my friends. I am not very good at sitting still, so I am usually on the go.