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Brian Kump

Fire Sprinkler Inspector @ Capitol Fire Sprinkler

Jamie Levine

President @ Capitol Fire Sprinkler

Jamie Levine is the President of Capitol Sprinkler Service Corp. and has been running the service company since 2010.  Jamie studied Economics at the University of Maryland (’08) and received an MBA from Hofstra University (’10).  Jamie belongs to multiple professional trade organizations, including the New York Fire Sprinkler Contractor’s Association.  Jamie takes her Grandfather’s saying “If you love what you do you’ll never have to work a day in your life” to heart. She thoroughly enjoys getting to know all of Capitol’s customers and ensuring they have a positive experience. Don’t be shy to reach out to Jamie for any matter big or small. She is here to help. 

Adam Levine

President @ Capitol Fire Sprinkler

Adam Levine is the President of Capitol Fire Sprinkler and has been with the Company full-time since 2011. Adam studied Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland (’06) and received an MBA from Baruch College (’12). Adam is a Licensed Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractor in NYC (#1063B), a registered Professional Engineer (Fire Protection #093393) in New York State, and holds several additional licenses in Nassau County and Suffolk County.  Additionally, Adam volunteers as a Principal on the Technical Committee for NFPA-14 (Standpipes), as a member of the Fire Protection Technical Committee for the NYC Building / Existing Building Codes, as a member of the NYC Plumbing and Master Fire Suppression Piping Licensing Board, and as a member of the FDNY Fire Code Advisory Committee. He belongs to multiple professional trade organizations, notably as the current Vice President of the New York Fire Sprinkler Contractor’s Association and as a Professional Member of the SFPE. Outside of work Adam enjoys spending time with his family, his Peloton, and listening to his favorite band Phish. 

Marc Zuluaga

CEO @ Steven Winter Associates

Marc Zuluaga began his tenure with SWA in 2001 and assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of SWA in 2019. He leads an interdisciplinary team charged with growing the firm as a means to positively impact people and the environment through improved building performance. Working in close partnership with Srikanth Puttagunta, COO, Marc is focused on positioning the firm for the future by nurturing SWA’s unique culture of innovation and diversification, while building on 50 years of industry success.

Marc has served in a variety of leadership positions within the firm, supporting real estate clients within both existing building and new construction segments, along with government clients for applied R&D projects. Throughout his career, Marc has collaborated with a wide variety of industry stakeholders to contribute to the definition and dissemination of standards necessary for our industry to grow. This interest has led him to providing technical expertise to many policy initiatives. In 2010, he served on the NYC Green Codes Task Force that was convened by the NYC Mayor’s Office (MOS) to recommend green changes to the laws and regulations affecting buildings in New York. In 2016, he co-chaired the NYC MOS Technical Working Group that developed a plan to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050, an initiative that has been referenced and pursued by many other cities. And in 2020, he was appointed to serve on the NYS Public Service Commission Strategic Advisory Group to inform utility energy efficiency program investments.

Bradley Green, Esq.

Partner @ Cohen Hochman & Allen

Bradley Green joined Cohen Hochman & Allen in 2009 and became a partner in 2013. Mr. Green began his career as an attorney for the Administrative Enforcement Unit of the NYC Department of Buildings in 2003. He subsequently worked in the private sector at several litigation law firms where he handled various land use matters including discretionary approvals before the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals and NYC Department of City Planning. He also has worked on complex litigation matters stemming from large construction projects throughout the State of New York.

Mr. Green now focuses primarily on Respondents at administrative hearings before the OATH Hearings Division, defending violations issued by NYC agencies for illegal use and occupancy and zoning and construction code infractions. Mr. Green currently oversees a calendar with an average of 4,000 summonses per year. Mr. Green also regularly serves as a litigation and compliance consultant on Building Department issues. 

Lindsay Garroway, Esq.

Partner @ Cohen Hochman & Allen

Lindsay Garroway joined Cohen Hochman and Allen in 2010 and became a partner in 2017. Ms. Garroway’s represents property owners at administrative hearings before the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, defending violations issued by New York City agencies for illegal occupancy, zoning and construction code infractions.

She counsels her clients on many issues relating to property management and legal compliance (i.e. questions on the legality of AirBnb or transient occupancy, questions on what type of outdoor signage is permissible, etc.) She specializes in Outdoor Advertising Signage regulations and zoning/ land use issues. Ms. Garroway also oversees all appeallate litigation at Cohen Hochman & Allen including Article 78 lawsuits. She recently argued a case before the New York Court of Appeals.

Jo Ann Caracappa

Vice President of Finance @ Sierra Consulting Group, Inc.

Jo Ann started her work career in the beeper communications business, prior to the advent of cell phones. She worked for a private company for many years where she advanced to Director of Operations. Through company acquisitions, Jo Ann advanced her position to become Vice President of Operations for a software company in the communications industry servicing clients all over the world. Her responsibilities included overseeing a 55 person office, traveling to client sites, training, software manipulation and integration through data analysis. In 2002, Jo Ann decided to join her husband Joseph, as he started his own elevator consulting firm, Cappa Consulting Group, Inc. In 2004, Jo Ann then joined Joseph as he started Sierra Consulting Group, Inc. (SCG). The company has been and continues to be one a major elevator consulting firm in the New York Metropolitan area. Jo Ann oversees their 22 person office and is responsible for the company finances, human resources and software development.

In addition to being the Vice President of Finance at SCG, Jo Ann currently serves on the board of directors of Project To Cure (PTC), which is a foundation she has been involved with since inception. This foundation raises money towards research for pediatric brain tumors. In addition she serves on the board of Trustees for The Partners Circle for Salesian Sisters. Jo Ann is passionate about the sisters as she attended summer camp every year as a child with this order of Nuns.

Joseph Caracappa

President @ Sierra Consulting Group, Inc

Joe started his elevator consulting career at Vertical Systems Analysis, Inc. (VSA) acting as the Director of Operations. After five years, he broadened is elevator industry experience and worked for two elevator contractors, Central Elevator and McGlynn Hayes Elevator, where he performed various duties. It was at that point that Joe realized his passion was in the consulting industry, and after returning to VSA for a brief period, he started his own consulting firm, Cappa Consulting Group, Inc. After three years, he created Sierra Consulting Group, Inc (SCG). Since its inception in 2004, SCG has grown in size and continues to be one of the major elevator consulting firms in the New York Metropolitan area. Anyone who knows Joe can attest to his dedication and passion to his career.

In addition to being the President of SCG, Joe currently serves as the North East Chairman of The International Association of Elevator Consultants, an organization that works with the Department of Buildings, Elevator and Real Estate industry to discuss elevator testing and code requirements. Joe also holds a New York City Inspector and Agency Director License, enabling him to facilitate any elevator project in the City of New York.

Jaclyn DiRenzo

Senior Regional Sales Manager @ Milrose Consultants

Jaclyn DiRenzo is the Senior Regional Sales Manager for Milrose Consultants. She joined Milrose in December 2001 and has over seventeen years of industry experience. In her current role, Jaclyn is responsible for the managing the Mid-Atlantic Regions focusing on Washington, D.C. and the Carolinas. She manages and helps to expand current relationships leading to strategic partnerships on a National level. She has been a mentor and key resource to Milrose’s internal Account Management and Project Management teams in aligning project objectives and fulfillment of project strategies. Jaclyn’s exceptional market savvy has allowed her to develop and maintain relationships throughout the industry, yielding a significant increase in sales opportunities and exceeding sales goals. Additionally, Jaclyn has held committee and/or board positions in industry organizations including IFMA, CoreNet, AREW, CHCF, Special Olympics, and Covenant House. Jaclyn attended Pennsylvania State University where she studied International Business and Real Estate. She currently resides in Cary with her husband and three young children.

Cindy Boyea

Property Manager @ Paramount Group, Inc.

Cindy Boyea has over 25 years’ experience in the Property Management field. She currently works as Property Manager for Paramount Group, Inc., at 745 Fifth Avenue in New York. Beginning
with the company in April 2002, she has overseen day-to-day building operations at several Paramount properties in Manhattan, as well as leading management transition in Washington, DC. Cindy believes in a team approach, working closely with cleaning, security, and engineering staffs to optimize building appearance, safety, and functionality. Her knowledge of property management has allowed her to control expenses without effecting operations. At 1301 Avenue of the Americas, she lowered operating expenses $2 million in her first year.

In addition to designations as a Certified Property Manager (CPM) and Real Property Administration (RPA), Cindy is the Building Owners and Managers Association of New York (BOMA/NY) Board Secretary, and a member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), and Commercial Real Estate for Women (CREW). She was named 2011 On-Site Manager of the Year and received the John M. Griffin Community Service Award in 2014 from REBNY, and was named 2012 Property Manager of the Year (over 10 years’ experience) by BOMA/NY.

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