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.
Vaughn Halliday - Immediate Past President
Mr Vaughn Halliday is a dynamic and team-spirited Facilities Management and Project Management Professional. With over 18 years’ experience, his career has spanned both the operational and strategic management aspects of a diverse range of facilities within the Caribbean.
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 the International Facility Management Association (TTIFMA), of which he was a founding member. Over the years, he has held several leadership positions on the executive, and currently serves as the Chapter’s President. He is also a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Green Building Council (TTGBC) and the Project Management Institute (PMI) Southern Caribbean Chapter.
Vaughn has lectured frequently in Project Management and Facilities Management, and is an IFMA certified trainer for the Essentials of FM Programme, and the Facility Management Professional (FMP) Designation. Between 2015 and 2016, he served as a subject matter expert during IFMA’s Global Job Task Analysis, and currently serves as a Commissioner on IFMA’s International Credential Committee (ICC), which has oversight of all activities related to IFMA credentials.
A strong believer in continuous development, Vaughn holds an Associate Degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, a Bachelor Degree in Management, and a Masters in Project Management. He also holds the Facility Management Professional (FMP), the Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP), the Project Management Professional (PMP), and the Change Management (Prosci Methodology) certifications. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Business Administration focusing specifically on Performance Management in Facility Management, with the goal that his research will further add to the development of the regional FM industry.
Sue Ann Cyril - Secretary
Sue Ann Cyril, an employee of the Maritime Financial Group since 2002, joined the Property Management Unit in 2008 and her passion for Facilities Management has grown over those years. She has since developed and now holds the portfolio of the Operations Coordinator for the Team of twenty-eight (28) persons.
Her commitment to deliver exceptional service to her Clients significantly contributed to her being named 2015 Team Member of the Year Property/Leasing Unit of the The Maritime Financial Group.
Sue Ann recently completed the Essentials of Facility Management Workshop and will soon be pursuing her Facilities Management Professional designate.
Apart from her core duties, she’s also a member of the Group’s Health & Safety Committee and is a very active member of the Parent Teacher’s Association. She enjoys cooking and event planning.
Aykean Matthews - Professional Development
Aykean Matthews is the mother of three children, who along with her family bring tremendous support and joy to her life. Her passions flow beyond the plight of the aging building to the emotional needs and welfare of our nation’s children. To satisfy her passion for the care of children, she became the Founder/Director of Fun Memories Foundation, a non-profit organisation. Additionally, she is a member of the Building and Event Committees at Divine Destiny Worship Centre. Her professional career spans from her introduction to the world of work in 1995, at The Maritime Financial Group where she held the position of Human Resource Coordinator.
In 2000 she had the esteemed privilege of being the first employee of PriceSmart Trinidad Limited who worked closely with the foreign Directorship to establish the first membership shopping experience in Trinidad &Tobago. Her job included many aspects of start-up operations including the hiring of over 250 managerial and non-managerial employees, contributing to the establishment of Human Resource Department its policies and procedures, assisting with start-up operations for PriceSmart Aruba. She became Front End & Administrative Manager overseeing entire store operations including 50 direct employees.
In 2002, Aykean was hired as Human Resource Consultant and assisted with start-up operations (HR, Maintenance, Vault and Food Service) for Movietowne. Later she joined the Chief Designer of The Falls of Westmall as a Consultant to assist with administration and project management for the expansion and upgrade of West Mall. In 2005, she was hired as Operations Manager for The International School of Port of Spain where she currently holds the position of Facilities Director in charge of all aspects of facilities operations.
Aykean Matthews, graduated in 2014 with a Masters in Executive Business Administration, distinction from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business (UWI), earned a Facilities Management Professional Certification from International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Andrews University, Michigan.
Aykean Matthews has been a member of The International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) since April 2007, and in 2014 she held the position Professional Development Chair until she was appointed to the position of President of the Trinidad & Tobago Chapter of IFMA in July 2015. In this position her main goal was to increase the value and level of awareness placed in Facility Management in Trinidad & Tobago.
Developing a disaster management culture in Caribbean FM
The recent spate of natural disasters, specifically the devastating hurricanes of 2017, combined with the current news and literature surrounding the effects of climate change on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), have created an environment where the implementation of more robust ER/BCPs as being critical.
The SIDS of the Caribbean are under particular threat in that:
Their economies are small and often highly dependent upon tourism and agriculture – 2 areas that suffer greatly in natural disasters.