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 33 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 since 1984 and has spent the last twenty years as President/CEO for B & I.

Gary currently sits on the board of the following organizations:

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

  • Healthy Lee, Current Chair, Steering & Executive Committees

  • Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance, Chair Elect

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

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

  • United Way of Lee County, Board Member since 2007

  • The Chamber of Southwest Florida, Board Member since 2011

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

  • Edison Festival of Light, Board of Directors, President 2000 – 2001

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

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

  • Construction Advisory Committee for Lee County Public Schools, Member 2007

  • Compliance Advisory Committee for Lee County Public Schools, Member 2006-2007

  • Florida Building Commission-Mechanical TAC

  • Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)

  • First Jobs/First Wages Committee of SWF Workforce Development Board

  • US Green Building Council, Member since 2008

  • Tri-County Apprenticeship Academy (TCAA), 2005 President

  • Florida Building Commission, Commissioner 2005 – 2008

  • Southwest FL Air Conditioning Contractors Assoc. (SWACCA), 2006 President

  • ASHRAE SWF Chapter, Member since 1984, President 1991–1993

Jason Grabowski, BSME

Executive Vice President & COO

Jason has more than 25 years’ experience in mechanical estimation, construction and operation, and has been employed with B & I 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

  • Leadership Lee County

  • Milton Garland Refrigeration Award Recipient

Brian Kelly 

Secretary, Treasurer & Chief Financial Officer

Brian has more than 29 years of experience in Accounting/Financial Management and Information System applications. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in accounting with 14 years’ experience in manufacturing business systems and 15 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 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

Over 30 years experience in commercial and industrial piping. Responsible for all trade operations and profitability of a full service mechanical contracting business, including HVAC piping, sheet metal, plumbing, electrical, controls, and service departments. Duties also include coordination of support groups including accounting, purchasing, human resources, safety, shipping and receiving.

Additional Experience:

  • HVAC/Piping Department Manager
    Oversee and manage overall HVAC/Pipefitting department. Responsible for monitoring and controlling job costs and budgets. Achieve departmental budgetary goals and company objectives.

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

  • HVAC Department Piping Foreman
    Plan and execute installation and fabrication of HVAC systems with craftsmanship and safety.

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

Jeff ZenonianiJeff Zenoniani

Vice President of Services

Over 35 years of experience in Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing in design, construction and operation. He holds a B.S.M.E from the University of South Florida and has been registered with the state since 1992. State of Florida Certified Mechanical, Plumbing and General Contractor. Also holds the State of Florida LP Gas license for B & I and is LEED Certified in New Construction. Employed with B & I since 1995.

Professional Experience

  • Vice President of Services
    B & I Contractors, Inc., Fort Myers, Florida
    Oversees the 24-hour HVAC service and refrigeration departments and special projects.
  • Senior Project Manager
    B & I Contractors, Inc., Fort Myers, Florida
    Estimating and Project Management of Mechanical, Plumbing and Electrical projects including schools, hospitals, government office buildings, nursing homes, office buildings, etc.  Oversee 5 other project managers.
  • Director of Engineering

    • Cape Coral Hospital, Cape Coral, Florida
      400 private bed hospital, 2100 tons of cooling, 750 HP of duel direct-fired boilers, 2MW of cogeneration/backup.
  • Commercial Energy Advisor

    • Lee County Cooperative, Inc., N. Fort Myers, Florida
      Liaison between large commercial customers and the Co-op.  Responsible for energy saving plans, rate analysis and load studies.
  • Design Engineer

    • O’Neal Engineering/Best & Associates, Fort Myers, Florida
      Responsible for producing Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing design and construction documents.

    • 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


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