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

President

Over 35 years of experience in engineering, estimating and project management, 26 years as President and CEO for B&I Contractors, Inc., an employee owned mechanical, electricial, HVAC and plumbing contracting firm with 2020 revenues of $141 million.

Professional B&I Experience:

  • EDUCATION

    • Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering – University of Florida, Graduated 1986
    • Fort Myers High School Graduate
  • CERTIFICATIONS

    • State of Florida Certified Mechanical Contractor
    • Professional Engineer in the state of Florida since 1991
  • AFFILIATIONS/ORGANIZATIONS

    • Chair of FGCU Construction Industry Advisory Board
    • Chair of 2021 ABC of Florida (Associated Builders and Contractors)
    • Board Member Tri-County Apprenticeship Academy
    • Past Chair/Member – ASHRAE SW Florida Chapter
    • Mechanical Technical Advisory Committee of the Florida Building Commission
    • The Unified Group

Gary is currently associated with the following organizations:

  • BOARD MEMBER:

    • Horizon Council
    • The Chamber of Southwest Florida
    • United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades
    • Habitat for Humanity
  • FGCU President’s Advisors Circle

  • Past Chair & Board Member for The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools

  • Trustee for Collaboratory (Southwest Florida Community Foundation)

  • Futuremakers Coalition

  • Chair of Healthy Lee Steering and Executive Committees

  • American Heart Association – Lee/Collier County

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’s 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’s 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 and pipe-fitting department. He was responsible for monitoring and controlling job costs and budgets, as well as 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, refrigeration department, 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 also provided supervision of project managers.

  • EDUCATION

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

    • 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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