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
Vaughn Halliday - President
Vaughn Halliday is a dynamic Management Executive specializing in Facilities and Project Management. His career spans over 20 years in both the operational and strategic aspects of facilities and projects within the Caribbean. Vaughn enjoys and actively lectures in both Project and Facilities Management. He is an International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Qualified Instructor, as well as a Commissioner on IFMA’s Certificate Committee.
Fuelled by a deep passion for the advancement of the FM industry, Vaughn has actively contributed to the development of the Trinidad and Tobago Chapter of IFMA, of which he was a founding member. He has served in several positions on the Chapter Executive since its formation.
A strong believer in continuous development, Vaughn holds an M.Sc. in Project Management, a B.Sc. in Management Studies, and an Associate Degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. He also holds the Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Facility Management (CFM), Facility Management Professional (FMP), Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP), Change Management (Prosci Methodology), and RICS Associate (AssocRICS) credentials.
Cindy Guevara - Vice-President
Cindy Guevara is a resourceful, versatile, and committed facility professional who has a great passion for advancing the Facility Management profession. Her career in Facility and Corporate Services Management spans over 25 years as she worked through the ranks, gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience in operations and maintenance management.
Cindy's versatility has seen her undertake many different roles at locally and internationally based organizations, spanning areas such as accounting, administration, purchasing, security services, project management, and health and safety. As the Facilities Coordinator at the Office of the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago, Cindy holds a BSc in Management from the University of the West Indies, an MBA with specialization in Supply Chain Management from Anglia Ruskin University and is a Certified Facility Manager (CFM) with The International Facility Management Association (IFMA).
A strong believer in continuous improvement, Cindy's vision is to see the FM profession grow and develop within the local and regional industries and become more recognized as a strategic and necessary component in developing and executing an organization's strategic goals and objectives.
Giselle Holder - Treasurer
Giselle Holder is a dynamic, competent, and assertive engineer, who values client satisfaction. 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.
In 2013, Giselle had the opportunity to co-present at IFMA's World Workplace Conference 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 the Caribbean.
Richard Gunpat - Secretary
Richard Gunpat is a highly experienced Executive Leader and Consultant with over twenty (20) years of experience locally and regionally in facility management, engineering, project management, energy management, aviation, and consumer services sector.
Richard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of the West Indies as well as the following professional credentials:
• Certified Facility Manager (CFM) credential and Facility Management Professional (FMP) designation from the International Facility Management Association
• EDGE EXPERT designation from the International Finance Corporation
• Project Management Professional (PMP) and Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) credentials issued by the Project Management Institute
• LEED AP Building Design and Construction designation issued by Green Business Certification Inc.
Richard is also an exam content developer and subject matter expert for the LEED Green Associate ,CFM and SFP programs – a true testament to his unwavering commitment to the professions. He is currently pursuing his ProFM credential under a scholarship from ProFMI as well as the ASHRAE Building Commissioning Professional BCP certification.
As a creative and forward thinker, Richard is highly able to inspire others and drive strategic action. He has a unique ability to see the big picture and identify opportunities, which has resulted in tangible success for his clients and organizations.
Edward Kacal - Immediate Past 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 Facility 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.