Introducing B & I’s Executive Team

Meet our Executive Team members who head up B & I, where more than 670 people are employed.

Gary H. Griffin, BSME, PE


Gary has more than 34 years’ experience in all phases of engineering, estimating and project management on projects of significant value. He is a State of Florida Certified Mechanical Contractor, a Florida Registered Professional Engineer since 1992, and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida. Gary has been employed with B & I Contractors, Inc. since 1984 and has spent the last twenty-four years as the company’s President and CEO.

Gary currently sits on the board of the following organizations:

  • Horizon Council | Lee County Economic Development, Member-At-Large

  • Horizon Foundation Member

  • The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Current Chair & Board Member since 2010

  • Healthy Lee – Chair, Steering & Executive Committees

  • Lee County American Heart Association, Chair 2020

  • FGCU Whitaker College of Engineering Advisory Council, Executive Committee Chair

  • The Chamber of Southwest Florida, Board Member since 2011

  • The STEM TEAM of Southwest Florida, Board Member since 2010

  • Tri County Apprenticeship Academy (TCAA), Current Board Member

  • Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), BOD 2010 -present, Member since 1997

  • Florida Building Commission-Mechanical TAC

  • ASHRAE SWF Chapter, Member since 1984

Jason Grabowski, BSME

Executive Vice President & COO

Jason has more than 25 years’ experience in mechanical estimation, construction and operations, and has been employed with B & I Contractors, Inc. since 1991. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University.

Jason is currently associated with the following organizations:

  • ASHRAE SWF Chapter, Past President

  • ASHRAE Region XII Regional, Vice Chair

  • Collier County Heart Association Executive Leadership Team

  • Duke University Alumni Admissions Advisory Committee

  • USGBC Member

  • Milton Garland Refrigeration Award Recipient

Brian Kelly 

Secretary, Treasurer & CFO

Brian has more than 30 years of experience in Accounting/Financial Management and Information System applications. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in accounting with 15 years’ experience in manufacturing business systems and 16 years in the construction industry. Brian also has extensive experience in risk and insurance management and is OSHA certified. He also holds numerous certifications in technology and software applications. Brian started his career with B & I Contractors, Inc. in July 2001.

Brian is currently associated with the following organizations:

  • Construction Financial Management Association

  • Accountants in Construction

  • National Center for Employee Ownership

  • The ESOP Association

  • Risk Management Society

  • Florida Notary Association

  • Habitat for Humanity Lee & Hendry Counties

Mike Novo

Operations Manager

Mike has over 35 years’ experience in commercial and industrial piping. He is responsible for all B & I Contractors, Inc. trade department operations and profitability including HVAC piping, sheet metal, plumbing, electrical, controls, and service. Duties also include coordination of support groups including accounting, purchasing, human resources, safety, shipping and receiving. Mike started his career with B & I Contractors, Inc. in 2000.

Additional B & I Experience:

  • HVAC/Piping Department Manager
    Mike managed and supervised all aspects of the HVAC/Pipe-fitting department. He was responsible for monitoring and controlling job costs and budgets as well as and achieving departmental budgetary goals and company objectives.

  • HVAC Department Superintendent
    Mike worked with the job foreman on planning, scheduling and tracking job progress through completion.

  • HVAC Department Piping Foreman
    Mike planned and executed installation and fabrication of HVAC systems with craftsmanship and safety.

  • Education: Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School, Fall River, Mass.

Mike is currently associated with the following organization:

  • American Welding Society – 10 years

Jeff ZenonianiJeff Zenoniani

Vice President of Service

Jeff has over 36 years’ experience in mechanical, electrical and plumbing design, construction and operation. He holds a B.S.M.E from the University of South Florida and has been registered with the state of Florida since 1992 as a Certified Mechanical, Plumbing and General Contractor. Also holds the State of Florida LP Gas license for B & I Contractors, Inc. and is LEED Certified in New Construction. Jeff started his career with B & I in 1995.

Professional B & I Experience:

  • Vice President of Service
    Oversees the 24-hour HVAC service and refrigeration departments and special projects.

  • Senior Project Manager
    Jeff performed estimating and project management of mechanical, plumbing and electrical projects including schools, hospitals, government office buildings, nursing homes, office buildings, etc.  Jeff provided supervision of Project Managers.


    • B.S.M.E. University of South Florida, Graduated 1984

    • State of Florida Certified Mechanical Contractor CM -C057019
    • State of Florida Certified Plumbing Contractor CF -C057484
    • State of Florida Certified General Contractor CG-C1507478
    • State of Florida Professional Engineer 44208

Jeff is currently associated with the following organization:

  • ASHRAE SW Chapter, Past President

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