2015 Maintenance Hero Winners

Building Engines, a provider of comprehensive web and mobile property management software for the commercial real estate industry, has named McKinley Ricks, Chief Engineer, Divaris Property Management, as its 2015 Maintenance Hero. Ricks received the most overall votes in the first annual competition, and will be awarded $750, a feature in the Building Engines Blog, and of course, official bragging rights as a standout in their field!

CRE professionals nominated their “heroes” of choice from March 9 through March 15. Four finalists were chosen by the Building Engines staff for each of the five categories, which included:

Tenant Service – Consistently exceeds tenant expectations. Grace Under Pressure – Gracefully handles daily operational tasks and emergency/unexpected situations. Equipment Guru – Excels at maintenance and equipment know-how. Breaking Boundaries – Spearheads new process and technology efforts to achieve building efficiency. The Moneymaker – Finds unique ways to save money with building maintenance.

Voting was open to the public through 5 p.m. EDT on April 3, 2015, and in addition to the overall winner, the finalist in each category with the most votes will be awarded $200. Those winners are: TENANT SERVICE: Pedro Carrasco, Chief Engineer, JLL GRACE UNDER PRESSURE: Michael Sartoris, Building Engineer, Harsch Investment Properties EQUIPMENT GURU: Michael Savage, Maintenance, National Church Residences BREAKING BOUNDARIES: Dennis James, Service Supervisor, Timberland Partners THE MONEYMAKER: Larry Hatton, Chief Engineer, NAI Norris, Beggs and Simpson

Building Engines thanks their sponsors, The News Funnel and Bisnow, and everyone who voted. Click here to see a full list of finalists and read their stories. About Building Engines Building Engines supports innovative commercial real estate owners & managers with web & mobile property management software that creates the visibility & control needed for more profitable operations, happier tenants and an identifiable brand. For more information, visit:

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