Name : Mary M Plant
Industry Type : Building Owners
City & State : Huntington, NY
Job Title Director Facilities
Relocation Preferences : no relocation
Objective : VP Facilities
Resume :  
9 Audubon Place Huntington, NY 11743
Phone (631) 692-4607 Cell (516) 993- 3368


Accomplished Professional with broad expertise in Facilities Management and Accounting/Finance and the technical expertise to manage resources, services, personnel and budgets in providing a healthy, safe, and attractive work environment. Direct capital projects, construction, repairs, renovations, preventative maintenance and full operational support. A dynamic record of crafting and implementing comprehensive plans to drive change, increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve employee morale. Built strong relationships with business unit leaders and senior executives to balance business needs. Recognized for achieving goals and delivering results within tight timeframes and budgets.


Operations and Staff Management
Budget Planning and Administration
Policy and Process Development
Innovative Thinking
Team Building, Mentoring & LeadershipProject Planning and Scheduling
Contract Negotiation
Client Relationship Management & Retention
Problem Solving and Change Management
Effective Communications


BOOKSPAN, Garden City, NY (Acquired by Direct Brands in August 2008) 2004 12/2008
(Bookspan is a joint venture between Time, Inc. and Bertelsmann, AG)

Director of Facilities
Direct Facilities, Purchasing, Security, Engineering, Design & Construction, Administration, Food Services, Mail, Conferencing, Travel Services and Transportation through 25 employees. With an operating budget in excess of $60MM and capital projects budget of $40-65MM, manage all activity related to 1.6 million sq. ft. of owned and leased real estate. Property includes Corporate HQ in Long Island, NYC office, and two warehousing and distribution facilities in Pennsylvania.
Orchestrated two major lease negotiations for a $3.5MM in annual savings.
Directed interior office build outs, construction of computer room and creative photo studios, new roof, replacement of six rooftop HVAC units, bathrooms, cafeteria, and carpeting.
Managed build-out and relocation of 80,000 sq. ft in NYC, without contracting project managers or move consultants, resulting in a 30% savings.
Restored Corporate Headquarters after it sustained $1.8MM in damages from three floods in 2007. Safely relocated all building tenants who were operational within one business day after each storm. Engaged civil engineers, risk managers, county and city sewer officials, and contractors, to restore operations quickly and efficiently after each occurrence. Directed planning and design of new drainage infrastructure, bidding, and managed construction process.
Reduced department staff headcount and outsourced personnel by 50%.
Reengineered and renegotiated the procurement of all goods and services, achieving a 38% savings.
Negotiated new cleaning, security and food service agreements resulting in a $230K savings.
Conducted energy audit that resulted in a refund from the utility of $380,000.
Eliminated van and streamlined travel services for a $200,000 savings.
Automated all service facets of the Facilities and Office Services areas. Created work ticket Email system, direct dial switchboard assistance, automated job ticket and materials requisition process. All resulting in position eliminations and operational efficiencies.
Presented operating budgets and capital plans to senior management group as well as to Time, Inc. and Bertelsmann senior management and consistently received approval.


CATCH N CUT SEAFOOD COMPANY, Huntington, NY2002 - 2004
(Remained with Marsh for almost a year after suffering the loss of over three hundred employees on 9/11. Was heavily involved in the transition and relocation of the surviving employees to new office space. Served as company representative in providing assistance to victims families.)
Accepted assignment as a financial consultant to assist in the sale of a family owned and operated retail/wholesale seafood business. Successfully sold all business assets and real estate holdings.

MARSH & MCLENNAN COMPANIES, Inc., World Trade Center, NY, NY1982 - 2002

Controller of Facilities Management & Purchasing 1993 - 2002
Vice President and General Accounting Manager1991 - 1993
Directed all administrative and financial aspects relating to owned and occupied real estate. Managed team of 45 responsible for Administration, Purchasing, Telecommunications, Food Services, Security, Building Services and Construction, Mail/Print Operations and Reception.
Planned/coordinated all facility projects and activities, encompassing approximately 2 million square feet.
Principle liaison with each propertys managing agent regarding all operational and financial concerns.
Coordinated, reviewed and presented the Real Estate and Facilities short and long term business plans and budgets to senior management.
Directed and tracked financials for interior renovation work and all capital improvement projects.
Administered design construction documents, RFP and bid processes, and vendor selection.
Ensured adherence to contractual performance, specifications, and terms.
Strong interaction with general contractors, architectural and procurement department.
At the CFOs request, created and staffed a professional procurement department. Analyzed and negotiated all major service contracts for major savings. Successfully implemented an automated purchasing system, earning tremendous buying power and leverage. Initiated e-procurement and EDI within the firm.

BOWRING NORTH AMERICA, Inc, New York, NY1985 -1991
(Subsidiary of Marsh)

Assistant Vice President1987- 1991
Budget Manager 1986 - 1987
General Accounting Manager 1985 - 1986
Progressively responsible for captive and off shore market accounting, financial analysis for all profit centers, and P&L reporting.
Managed and mentored a staff of accountants responsible for the day-to-day financial compliance for these profit centers.
Developed and provided month end flash results and variance analysis to senior management. Prepared and analyzed annual budgets.

MARSH & MCLENNAN, Inc. 1982 - 1985
Senior Accountant1983 - 1985
Staff Accountant1982 - 1983


B.S. Accounting: ST. JOHNS UNIVERSITY, College of Business Administration, Jamaica, NY

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