L-R: Keith Spencer, Marlon Allsop, Giselle Holder, Sue Ann Cyril, Tony Keane (IFMA), Josanne Marcano , Aykean Matthews, Jennie Alleyne, Vaughn Halliday and Rouven Wagner.
Our Executive Team
Edward Kacal - President
Edward Kacal CFM holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering from the University of the West Indies and an MBA from the Edinburgh School of Business. He is pursuing his Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) at the Arthur Lok Jack School of Business in Trinidad and Tobago, specializing in business model innovation, with special focus in improving the efficiency and competitiveness of Caribbean organizations.
He also holds the following professional certifications:
Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate of the Project Management Institute.
Certified Facility Manager (CFM) and Facility Management Professional (FMP) certificates from the International Facility Management Association.
LEED Green Associate (LEED GA) certificate by the Green Building Certification Institute.
Edward’s career of over 25 years has centred on utilizing his Industrial Engineering, Project Management and Business Management expertise to improve business processes: building efficiency and productivity across disciplines within the business, and developing strategic growth opportunities.
He has been a key team member or team leader of several company acquisition and merger projects, where business models have been improved as a result of the merging process. His experience includes several capital intensive projects in the manufacturing sector, the development of a Project Management Office to oversee multiple building related projects across several portfolios, and several Organizational transformation projects including the implementation of company-wide computerized systems.
Edward is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Servus Limited, a Facilities and Project Management Company operating in Trinidad and Tobago. He also lectures part time at the University of the West Indies in Project Management at the Masters’ (MSc) level for two programmes and in Strategic Planning for two programmes. Consulting and training experience includes management training at Kaleidescope Paints Limited, and project management training at Kimberly Clark and NIBTT.
Giselle Holder - Treasurer
Giselle Holder is a dynamic, competent and assertive engineer, who values client satisfaction. For for the past nine years, Giselle operated as a Facility Manager at Acuitas Caribbean Ltd, located in Trinidad and Tobago, before being promoted to Director of Facilities Management in January 2019. Giselle works with Acuitas’ strategic partner, US-based FM Consultanting firm, Facilities Engineering Associates (FEA) for their FM consultancy jobs based in the Caribbean and South American region.
Giselle graduated in May 2015 from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) with her Master of Science (MSc.) in Facility Management and achieved her BSc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2008 from the University of the West Indies. Giselle also holds both the prestigious CFM (Certified Facility Manager) and FMP (Facility Management Professional) credentials from IFMA.
Ms Holder has led TTIFMA for two terms and continues to play an instrumental role in developing the FM industry in the islands. She also serves on the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce Facility Management Committee where she was recently appointed the first female Vice-Chairperson. Giselle is one of four locals who were confirmed as authorized IFMA Trainers for the IFMA Facility Management Professional (FMP) Credential and Essential of Facility Management (EoFM) Workshop.
She co-presented at the IFMA World Workplace Conference and Expo in 2013 held in Philadelphia, on the topic “Putting the “P” in FM: Project Management for the FM professional.” Giselle has a genuine passion for youth empowerment and community service and currently serves as the incoming Secretary of the Rotary Club of Maraval which focuses on serving those in need in the community, country and Caribbean.
Aykean Matthews - Professional Development
Aykean Matthews is an Ambassador of Facility Management (FM). She is the Facilities Director at the International School of Port of Spain and in her role, she has had the opportunity to lead the project team to successfully construct a 12,800 sq ft fabric tension multi-sport gymnasium, the first of its kind in the region. Aykean Matthews is a Certified Facility Manager (CFM) the highest credential offered by The International Facility Management Association (IFMA). Additionally, she holds an Executive MBA from the University of the West Indies, (UWI) Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business and a diploma in Real Estate Brokerage from UWI ROYTEC. Aykean Matthews is also a qualified IFMA Instructor for the Facility Management Professional (FMP) credential. Aykean's passion is serving and working with others to positively impact workplace experience and supporting organizations in making their vision a reality.
As a professional service, Aykean Matthews serves on IFMA's Americas Advisory Board where she supported the launch of the Barbados Chapter. She was also recently appointed to IFMA's Audit Committee. During the period 2015-2017, Aykean Matthews had the esteemed privilege of leading the Trinidad & Tobago Chapter of IFMA as President. Her love of serving others extended to improving the lives of children as Founder/Director of Fun Memories Foundation, a non-profit organization, where she coordinated a Back to School Drive and Adopt-a-School programs, among other community efforts.