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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.

Sara Jacobi

Operations Coordinator and Community Manager @ Adams & Company

Sara currently works as the Operations Coordinator and Community Manager for Adams & Co.. Her day-to-day responsibilities span a wide spectrum of building operations and property management. As a relatively new addition to the Adams Operations department, Sara has played an integral part in the rollout of the newest building amenity, the Community Portals. Working closely with tenants, vendors and company players  she is helping bridge communication avenues to create a new sense of community and Workstyle within the buildings.

Having spent close to 3 years with Adams & Company, she has seen several shifts in day-to-day operations as well as industry trends. Before joining the “Adams Family” Sara spent a number of years working in residential real estate on the leasing side. Working in both NYC and Fort Worth-Texas she is no stranger to both Residential and Commercial Property Management.  If Sara is not onsite look for her somewhere with a microphone. She has been known to bust out into song, or a comedy set.

Victoria Benson

Project Director @ Adams & Company

Victoria has worked in various capacities at Adams & Company for five and a half years, currently serving as Project Director for the Operations, Construction and Brokerage Departments. She collaborates with staff, tenants and vendors daily to establish and execute various projects portfolio-wide.

She has a certification in Construction Project Management and has worked in commercial real estate for nine years, almost exclusively with pre-war construction. In addition to accomplishing projects large and small for the 100-year-old commercial real estate firm, she serves on the board of Fresh Squeezed Opera Company, consults on operations for the organizational development firm Sparktures, and performs classical music throughout the northeast region.

Kristen Hariton

Product Marketing Strategist @ SiteCompli

Kristen Hariton is the Product Marketing Strategist at SiteCompli, educating NYC owners and managers about real estate compliance and operations technology and information.
She joined SiteCompli in early 2013 as a member of the Client Services team, and has never looked at real estate the same way since. Kristen holds a BA from Montclair State University where she graduated summa cum laude. When she’s not talking about elevators, work orders, or saving time for property managers, she’s planning her next adventure to Walt Disney World.

Margaret Dwyer

Senior Director of People Operations @ SiteCompli

Margaret Dwyer, Senior Director of People Operations, leads human resources, recruiting, and culture initiatives at SiteCompli. Margaret joined SiteCompli in 2013 when the company only employed 16 people, and has helped to grow the team significantly over the last 5 years. Additionally, Margaret is proud of securing SiteCompli a spot on the Crain’s Best Places to Work in New York City list for 4 years in a row.

Prior to SiteCompli, Margaret was a professional actor in Los Angeles, CA, where she performed in plays and musicals, most notably winning the 2011 Stage Scene LA Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her role as Mayella in To Kill A Mockingbird. Margaret graduated cum laude from Vassar College and received her HR certification from the Society of Human Resource Managers. In her spare time, Margaret enjoys seeing theater and playing strategy board games.

Stacey Kwiatkoski

Manager of Operations @ MD Squared Property Group

Stacey Kwiatkoski is a residential property management professional with extensive experience in research, compliance, and creating standard operating practices and procedures.

Before joining MD Squared Property Group in 2018, she worked at the largest residential property management firm in NYC for seven years, managing compliance for a portfolio of over 500 buildings. Navigating the City’s toughest compliance requirements, including Department of Buildings annual boiler and elevator inspections and corrections, Department of Health Cooling Tower regulations, Department of Finance Abatement Filings, and New York State Department of Conservation Petroleum Bulk Storage requirements, her tenacity and dedication makes her an asset to any team.

Stacey has been recognized by her peers and awarded top honors, including SiteCompli’s Checkmark Award for Compliance Manager of the Year in 2017, and was a recipient of the FirstService Residential Star Award in 2016 for excellent service in her industry.

Adrian Hester

Assistant Property Manager @ The Durst Organization

Adrian Hester is an Assistant Property Manager at The Durst Organization’s mixed used building EOS Nomad with approximately 400 residential units, commercial and retail tenants occupying 175,000 square feet.  Currently in residential, Adrian has dealt closely with resident administration and is totally immersed in the accounting, compliance and legal aspects regarding various types of tenancy.

Adrian is also a recent graduate and has received a certification as an HVAC mechanic and EPA 208 certification from The Refrigeration Institute.  Previously Adrian worked at The Durst Organization’s flagship property, One Bryant Park, the iconic 2.4 million square foot tower, located at Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan.  During her time at One Bryant Park, Adrian compiled the successful submissions of the prestigious 2011 BOMA NY Earth and the 2011 BOMA NY New Construction awards, which won both categories.  At One Bryant Park, Adrian specialized in budget preparation, reporting and maintaining compliance with all city, state and federal agencies.

Adrian has worked in property management for 20 years. She holds an MBA in Business Management degree from Strayer University, Washington DC and a BBA in Human Resource Management from Baruch College, New York, New York.  She is also an RPA, a Class D REBNY member and holds a Certificate of Fitness from the FDNY as a Fire and Life Safety Director.

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