December 2021: Welcome Ross & Baruzzini New Hires

As we start the holiday season, we are grateful for our new employees joining the Ross & Baruzzini team this month. From Mobility Systems to Medical Equipment Planning, here is our newest talent:

Maroun Ghanem, MBA, PMP, PSM I 

Advanced Mobility Commercial Director
Mobility Systems

Maroun is a PMP and Scrum certified Director of Product Management professional with 20+ years of experience in leading complex domestic and international product development efforts within various fields including information technology, transportation, communications, cybersecurity, and other leading-edge technologies.

We look forward to Maroun using his skills to build our market position and strengthen our customer relations in the US and internationally.

Ryan High 

Medical Equipment Planner 
Medical Equipment Planning

Ryan will help manage planning and design for some of the most advanced healthcare projects in the U.S and around the world. He will use his strong analytic skills to collaborate with hospital leaders, engineers, and architects as he works to ensure all planning activities adhere to client scheduling and requirements. Ryan will also assist in the preparation of project design and attend planning sessions as a project representative, working to establish positive client relationships. 

Danielle Thomas 

Proposal Specialist 
Marketing

As our newest member of Corporate Marketing, Danielle will play a critical role in proposal management and production. She will develop, manage, and edit proposals for potential clients while collaborating with our business development and technical teams across multiple disciplines to create engaging bid materials for new clients. She will also assist in organizing our content management systems and maintaining our marketing resource library. 

Connor Wesley

Electrical Engineer 
Kansas City

Our newest Electrical Engineer, Connor, will perform electrical evaluations, system calculations, and equipment layouts for lighting, power, and communications while reviewing codes to ensure designs meet all applicable codes and safety standards. Connor will coordinate with facility owners, clients, designers, and architects throughout various markets as well as conduct site surveys to determine existing facility conditions. 

Jerome Williams

Logistics Project Manager
Medical Equipment Planning

As Logistics Project Manager, Jerome will be responsible for providing procurement and installation project management as well as acting as a liaison between warehousing companies, logistic providers, and hospitals for new construction and renovation projects. 

He will manage installations from start through project sign-off. In addition, he will help oversee strategic planning while managing logistics relating to warehousing, transportation, and customer service. Jerome will also supervise and mentor warehouse employees. 

Brian Willis

Logistics Technician
Medical Equipment Planning

Brian will assist in maintaining warehousing activities and work closely with hospital staff, contractors, and outside vendors to accomplish our clients’ operational goals. He will train and supervise various warehouse crews and ensure his team receives specialized training as necessary. Brian will also manage, inspect, and assemble equipment for deployment into hospitals while also coordinating warehouse activity with office and hospital staff. 

CAGE Inc.

Founded in 1997 by the former President and Senior Vice President of a major baggage and material handling systems supplier, CAGE Inc. is a diversified consulting and management company with specialized engineering experience in aviation support systems. Based in Irving, Texas, the company’s primary professional services focus on planning, design, procurement, installation and commissioning of complex automated baggage handling systems (BHS), explosive detection and trace detection systems for baggage security screening, aircraft parking and movement planning, and aircraft gates support systems including Passenger Boarding Bridges (PBB), 400 Hz ground power, Preconditioned Air (PCA), and potable water systems.

Ross & Baruzzini | CAGE Inc.’s full range of services are provided by a professional staff with extensive hands-on experience and in-depth knowledge of applied technology, manufacturing, construction and application of governmental security mandates and processes.

Ross & Baruzzini | CAGE Inc. has delivered advanced engineering solutions in the field of airport information technology, security, and electronic systems and has worked in more than 200 airports worldwide including 90 percent of the largest US airports and iconic international airports throughout the Middle East, Canada, and South America. We offer fully integrated and innovative solutions for airlines, airports and passengers around the globe.

FCC Modifies Rules on Licensing Interstitial 800 MHz Channels

In December of 2018 the FCC introduced rules identifying the licensing of interstitial channels in the 800 MHz frequency band. This ruling added 318 new channels to the mid-band portion of this spectrum. During this timeframe the Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) filed a petition requesting a modification to how interference is determined in filing for channels. The FCC has addressed this petition and released its Order of Reconsideration which we have summarized. The FCC will still need to publish a Public Notice identifying the release dates of the spectrum along with filing windows when frequency advisory committees can certify and submit to the FCC.

CLICK HERE for a summary of the ruling.  

Public Safety Communications

Public Safety users demand reliable, secure and feature-rich radio communications. Whether it’s police, fire, EMS or Emergency Management, these first responders rely on their radio systems for support and interoperability. Ross & Baruzzini in-house engineers and subject matter experts work directly with the end-users to conduct operational, physical and technical analyses, leading to the optimal design for a public radio system, including dispatch centers, remote radio sites and backhaul interconnectivity. 

Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist with regulatory and FCC support including licensing, acquisition, Special Temporary Authorization (STA), interference mitigation and waiver development for systems governed by FCC’s Rules and Regulations.


Ivan Pagacik
Executive Consultant
Director of Communications Systems     
T:  +1  800.404.7677
C: +1  978.375.7914
E: ipagacik@rossbar.com
LinkedIn: Ivan Pagacik

Ryan Felmlee
Subject Matter Expert
FCC regulatory activities
T:  +1  800.404.7677
C: +1  703.338.1704
E: rfelmlee@rossbar.com
 

Ann Barry – Aviation Security Expert

Ann is a nationally-recognized Subject Matter Expert in all facets of aviation security. As Ross & Baruzzini’s Director of Security Consulting, Ann has more than 34 years of experience leading the development of strategic planning and assessment of technology platforms for a wide range of airport programs, including JFK, BWI, and LAWA. Her recent experience coupled with her leadership on the development of the AAAE BASIC program for Airport Credentialing and Identification as well as her expertise on Airport Perimeter Advanced Intrusion Programs makes her the ideal expert. Through her work at PANYNJ, BWI, DFW, and SFO, Ann has strong working relationships with the TSA and other regulatory agencies that will support the Airport with properly interpreting TSA mandates and requirements and in developing appropriate compliance standards.

Contact Ann

T:  +1  800.404.7677
C: +1  301.613.3303
E: abarry@rossbar.com
LinkedIn: Ann Barry

Airport Recovery Services

As one of the most respected professional services providers in the world, Ross & Baruzzini is dedicated to supporting our clients in meeting their COVID-19 requirements during these unprecedented times. Regardless of the technology, security, communications, emergency preparedness or business continuity challenges your organization faces, our Team stands ready to support your needs. Learn more

Response to COVID-19

To all our valued clients and business partners,

Effective Monday, March 16, Ross & Baruzzini and all of its subsidiaries will be instituting a remote work policy in order to protect our people and our clients. We are making this decision out of an abundance of caution to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus throughout our organization as well as in our homes and communities. Nothing is more important than the safety of all the fine people who work here and our valued clients that we treat as mission-critical.

We are a global company that executes complex, multidisciplined projects as our normal course of business and it is our great fortune to have migrated our entire operation into a cloud computing solution. This allows us to continue to seamlessly provide consulting and engineering without interruption whatever the needs of our clients, regardless of the location of our people or your project.

You can be assured that during these challenging times our dedicated staff will do everything it can to continue to deliver the highest quality services to you and support your operations in the safest and most efficient way.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us at info@rossbar.com

Thank you for your loyalty and stay well.

Sincerely,

Craig A. Toder
President & Chairman

Yale – Bridgeport Hospital Secures a 32 Bed Temporary Facility

In preparation for the COVID-19 crisis, our Ross & Baruzzini Medical Equipment Team worked with Yale New Haven Health – Bridgeport Hospital to secure a 32 bed temporary facility. Our strong connections in the medical equipment planning industry allowed us to have the temporary facility tent delivered and set in place in less than a week from the original request. Working in conjunction with Anne Diamond, President of Yale New Haven Health – Bridgeport Hospital, and Beachview Logistics, the temporary facility is up and running and ready to manage the anticipated patient surge.

“I have worked with Anne over the last 15 years on multiple projects for different health systems and consider her to be one of the true innovators in healthcare. When Anne reached out with the need to find a solution for a temporary tent hospital I was able to use my connections to help make this happen. Working with my friends at Beachview Logistics, the tent was delivered, and up in running in a very short timeframe.” Scott Vinson, Ross & Baruzzini | Medical Equipment Managing Principal.

Bridgeport Hospital is a not-for-profit general medical and surgical hospital in Bridgeport, Connecticut. It is a member of Yale New Haven Health System and affiliated with Yale School of Medicine.

Ross & Baruzzini Medical Equipment has planned and implemented some of the largest healthcare projects in the world. We are committed to providing comprehensive and objective medical equipment planning, procurement and installation management services. Our comprehensive services include:

  • Equipment Master Planning
  • Planning, Design and Construction Coordination
  • Procurement
  • Installation and Relocation Management

Our approach to every engagement is putting our equipment KNOWLEDGE IN ACTION.

Mark Crosby Appointed Chair of ACC’s Security Committee

Mark Crosby, principal consultant at Ross & Baruzzini, was recently appointed Chair of the Security Committee for the Airport Consultants Council (ACC). The ACC is the global trade association that represents private businesses involved in the development and operations of airports and related facilities.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to Chair the ACC’s Security Committee this year. It’s a great leadership opportunity to help fellow ACC members advance important security issues with the TSA and the airport trade associations,” said Crosby. “Security considerations are an integral part of airport terminal design and recapitalization. With TSA rolling out its new Capability Acceptance Process (CAP) for airports and airlines to donate screening equipment during terminal upgrades, our committee priority will be to facilitate communication between the TSA, airports, airlines and equipment manufacturers to help implement these new CAP guidelines and improve them with lessons learned.”

As for what advice he would give to young members of the aviation industry? “If you want to learn more about the industry, participate in the committees that interest you. Many of them are via telecom and it gives you an opportunity to listen and learn. When you do attend a conference, try and find mentors to learn from. We were all young professionals in the past and share a love for the aviation industry.”

Mark has more than 25 years’ experience in the aviation industry. Prior to joining Ross & Baruzzini, Crosby served as the Director of Public Safety and Security at Portland International Airport/Port of Portland. He has held leadership positions with AAAE, ACI-NA, ACC, ACI-World, IAAE and the Safe Skies Alliance, working directly with senior leadership at the TSA to help mold aviation security policy for over a decade. Mark is a leader in the Aviation Security, Public Safety and Emergency Management industry.

ACC is the only association that focuses exclusively on the business interests of firms with airport-related technical expertise. ACC informs its members of new trends while promoting fair competition and procurement practices that protect the industry’s bottom line. It is the responsibility of the Security Committee to stay abreast on aviation security issues that impact the members and stay engaged on these issues with the TSA and airport trade associations.

Ross & Baruzzini Gives Back: Watson Transitional Home for Veterans

Ross & Baruzzini has been involved in architectural and engineering projects for US Veterans for over 30 years and is pleased to contribute to the Cissell Mueller Construction, Inc. design-build team for the Watson Transitional Home for Veterans in St. Peters, Missouri being developed by St. Clairs Hearts Foundation. https://lnkd.in/eikEXjg

The historic two story+ building on Main Street will be renovated and brought up to current codes and standards as a facility that provides a home for Veterans to live for up-to a year while gaining employment in the region. The facility features an activity room, kitchen, dining and bedroom accommodations as well as a screened porch and detached workshop. The brick building was constructed as a residence and drug store in the 1870s’s and the intent is to maintain the historic character of the building.

The goal for this worthy cause is to have the facility operational by the end of 2018.

Allan Shapiro, Senior Transportation Consultant, Passes Away at Age 80

Allan Shapiro, Senior Transportation Consultant, passed away on September 2, 2017 in Scarsdale, New York after a battle with colon cancer. Allan was a well-respected friend and colleague to Ross & Baruzzini staff, clients, and project partners around the world and was a key member of Ross & Baruzzini’s North American Aviation team.

With a career that spanned more than 40 years, Allan participated as a senior program manager on numerous large-scale transportation, public works and Homeland Security critical infrastructure projects throughout the United States and internationally. He was a registered architect and terminal planner who began his career in 1967 at HNTB and went on to work at some of the leading firms in the U.S., including HOK and DMJM/AECOM. Allan joined Ross & Baruzzini as a Transportation Consultant in 2007. During his illustrious career he served as a planner and program manager for over 100 airport projects.

“I first met Allan nearly 20 years ago at an aviation conference and immediately took a liking to him,” commented Craig Toder, chairman of Ross & Baruzzini. “He was a fixture in the industry and a friend to everyone. His career led him towards business development because he was such a people person. You could put him in front of any type of person from any walk of life, and he would find some common ground. In addition to his dedication and contribution to the industry, he was first and foremost a devoted family man. He will be greatly missed.”

“Allan always considered everyone a close friend and held them in the highest regard which spoke to his caring and devoted nature to the Industry and the Ross & Baruzzini family,” commented Michael Zoia, Director of North American Aviation at Ross & Baruzzini. “He always had a smile (and a hat) and could immediately find a friend in any room he entered.”

Allan was well-recognized in the transportation industry. He served on the boards of all the leading aviation organizations, including Airports Council International (ACI), American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and Airport Consultants Council (ACC), and was a keynote speaker at many of their conferences. He was also a lifetime member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He was a member of the Construction Specification Institute (CSI). He was an Emeritus of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a past National Vice President of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).

He was born November 21, 1936 in Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up excelling in academics and in football. Following in the footsteps of his father, who was one of the first registered architects in Ohio, Allan was inspired to also become an architect. He received his degree from Cornell University in 1959.

Allan is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Healy Shapiro, a brother and sister, their seven children, and sixteen grandchildren. Cards can be sent to his wife at 6 South Old Orchard Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63119.