Annmarie's Breaking Ground Podcast Show

Annmarie's Breaking Ground Podcast Show Podcast

“Annmarie’s Breaking Ground Podcast” shares interviews with industry leading executives, CEO’s, and product innovators to discuss topics from Engineering to Operations and everything in between. This is your go-to podcast for best practices and industry trends on new products, services and facility operations. Annmarie Bhola is the owner of Enhanced Building Solutions, a company that's committed to transforming the culture in the building industry through training and development.

017 Sista in the Brotherhood
Meet Dawn Jones Redstone. Dawn worked as a union carpenter before teaching at Oregon Tradeswomen, a non-profit that helps women access living wage careers in construction. During the sixteen years she spent in these positions, she was also making films and is now a full-time filmmaker. Dawn made a short film called Sista in the Brotherhood, which involves a female African American apprentice carpenter who experiences discrimination on the job site and has to choose between making a stand and keeping her job...

016 Diversity and Inclusion
Meet Nancy Novak, she is the Senior Vice President of Construction at Compass Datacenters and has been working in construction for many years, you can see her bio here. I first discovered Nancy through a LinkedIn post she shared back in February this year. I checked out her profile, immediately recognized our similar interests, and did what most people on LinkedIn do; I requested to connect and messaged her to be on the show. After many attempts to sync our calendars, we were finally able to connect and on ...

015 Can Stakeholder Engagement Enable Cities to Meet their Energy Transformation Goals?
While facing growing, life-threatening risks from climate change, city leaders across the US have pledged to completely transform their cities to meet clean energy goals within 30 years or less.  Many believe that turning these promises into a reality will never happen on this aggressive timeline.  H.G Chissell is the Founder and CEO of Advanced Energy Group, a quarterly stakeholder engagement platform focused on collaborative leadership operating in New York City, Boston, Washington DC, Chicago and San Fra...


014 SS El Faro A Tribute to the Unsung Heroes
On October 1st 2015 Hurricane Joaquin took down the SS El Faro cargo ship along with the lives of 33 people. This tragic event ranks as one of the worst Maritime disasters in the United States history. Sophia Meyer, a 16-year-old Thornton Academy student from Maine became interested in the El Faro after reading an article about a year ago. She wanted to learn more and decided to research the El Faro for the 2019 History Day Contest. In her research she found out there was an additional ship the SS Matsonia....

013 How Men Will Stay Significant with Robots and AI
A little bit about Geir Isene, he is a nerd from Norway. Yes I said that! He loves mathematics, astronomy, astrophysics, particle physics, chemistry, hardware and software. He is the most diverse person I’ve had on my podcasts to date. What’s most awesome is that he helps people, he is a coach and mentor who inspires others to reach their goals and potentials. If you would like to learn more about him, you can visit his website. https://isene.org  Geir held a workshop at the annual WISTA conference (WISTA b...

012 Breaking Ground is Back
Before I apologize for not launching an episode in over a year, I want to thank the operator who called me out on this. I was at a hospital the other day, an operator opened up his podcast app and showed me my cover photo and asked, “is that you?” I smiled and said "yes", he then said, “You haven’t launched one in a real long time”. That’s when I knew he was a true subscriber. Thank you for for calling me out, it has inspired me to get me back on it. When I initially launched the first episode I didn’t know...


011 - Residential Heating Systems - Waste Prevention vs. Energy Conservation - Asit Patel
Asit has taught over 2,200 students in several different courses related to energy efficiency in multi family residential buildings ranging from 20 to 1000 units. His students include facility maintenance and operations staff, facility management and owners, trade contractors, as well as other energy and engineering professionals. Asit and I met when I spoke on the topic of Preventative Maintenance at AEE in 2015 and again when he discussed Condensing Boilers at NYC’s 32BJ Union in 2016. I asked Asit to b...

010 - Air Cooled Condenser optimization with Enercoat®
Join me in an interview with Don Yeganeh. Don is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York State and also a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional who graduated from Columbia University as a Mechanical Engineer in 2009. Since then he has spent 6 years as a commissioning engineer and the last 2 years of his professional experience has been with a start-up company Ener.co In our interview we talk about the existing problems with Air Cooled Condensers and their solution that has a payback in le...

009 - I-Star Energy Solutions - Jim Park - Interview
James Park (Jim) is an Energy Conservation Specialist who currently works for I-Star Energy Solutions, a company that focuses on Mechanical Insulation Assessments. Jim brings 42 years of experience in the building industry and has had many different roles since he started as an asbestos worker back in 1974. He has reinvented himself many times to stay relevant and it was a pleasure chatting with him to hear about the significant of amount of money he has helped save companies over the years. Jim shares some...


008 - NYC Cooling Tower Inspections & Services - Steven Serrano
Steven is the CEO of NYC Cooling Tower Inspection and Services operating out of Queens, NY. Steven graduated in 1998 with a bachelor’s degrees in biology and has been in the water treatment industry ever since; he’s also a Certified Water Technologist. The reason I asked Steven to be a guest is because I wanted him to share some of his expertise on the topic of legionnaires disease. For anyone who doesn’t know in 2015 NYC had its worst outbreak in the city’s history — 12 people died and more than 120 people...

007 - IFMA Board of Directors - Thomas Mitchell, Jr.
Join me in a passionate podcast interview with Thomas Mitchell, Jr. A former chairman of the International Facility Management Association Board of Directors, Tom brings over 28 years of facility and asset management experience gained from serving in positions of increasing leadership responsibility within the government, commercial and not-for-profit industries. He presently serves as senior vice president and chief operations officer for FM3IS Associates, L.L.C., where he oversees organizational strategic...

006 - Dual Fuel - Joseph Bohm - Interview
Joseph Bohm is the CEO of Dual Fuel. Joe share why he started his company, the culture he’s creating, and where he sees our industry going. He mentions the primary qualities he looks for when hiring and the services he offers not only to his clients but also to his most valued asset, his employees. Dual Fuel is an integrated service provider of cost savings and energy efficient solutions. A culture driven company that offers energy, compliance, and mechanical services to residential, commercial and industri...


001 - Meet the Host
Welcome to the first episode of “Annmarie’s Breaking Ground”. First of all thank you for listening. I want to let you know what you can expect in the upcoming episodes, briefly introduce myself, and let you know why people in this industry is so important to me. This podcast is for you if are in the building industry and would like to learn about best practices, new products, and ways to optimize your building efficiency. You’ll hear what some pioneering CEO’s and leading executives are doing to improve the...

005 - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – Bob Berninger
Robert Berninger (Bob) is the Director of Plant Operations, Energy, and Engineering at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is responsible for nearly four million square feet of facility space in New York City. He oversees managers and supervisors who support a staff total of approximately 90 employees. He was named the 2016 Energy Manager of the Year by the Association of Energy Engineers and honored as 2008 Corporate Energy Management of the year by the New York chapter of the Association of Energy ...

004 - Comfort Systems USA - Mylett Interview
Comfort Systems USA is a nationwide company that provides commercial HVAC, mechanical, and electrical contracting to customers ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies offering a wide range of technical expertise and experience. They employ approximately 7000 employees, 1600 that directly service customers and is amongst the top 5 HVAC service providing companies in the country. James is a fellow Brooklyn, New Yorker who started as an apprentice when he was only 18 and is now the Senior Vice P...

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003 - The Lost Art of Steam Heating - Dan Holohan
On August 10th, 2016 Dan Holohan a known authority on steam systems, and legend to many in the building industry, shared deeper insight on how he started his teaching and speaking career. This self-taught expert has been able to continually captivate new audiences for years that followed his initial start in 1970. His original masterpiece, “The Lost Art of Steam Heating” started the domino effect for creating 18 books that followed. This interview delivers a deeper insight of the Man himself. He explains ho...

002 - Walt Disney World Resort - Lee Cockrell
On July 20th, 2016 Lee Cockrell, former Executive Vice President of Operations at Walt Disney World Resort for over 10 years, provided additional insight on his book Creating Magic. His latest book Career Magic is currently available in stores. This “Retired and Inspired” 72 year, energetic author of 4 books, who’s been married for 48 years, and a grandfather to three is probably more active now than he was, when he was in charge of over 40,000 employees at Disney. He’s travelling the world, writing books, ...