Leadership | B&I Contractors, Inc. Executive Team (2024)

Leadership | B&I Contractors, Inc. Executive Team (1)

Gary H. Griffin, BSME, PE

Chief Executive Officer

Over 37 years of experience in engineering, estimating and project management, 27 years as President and CEO for B&I Contractors, Inc., an employee owned mechanical, electrical, HVAC and plumbing contracting firm with 2023 revenues of $188 million.

Professional B&I Experience:

  • Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering – University of Florida, Graduated 1986
  • Fort Myers High School Graduate
  • State of Florida Certified Mechanical Contractor
  • Professional Engineer in the state of Florida since 1991
  • Chair of Healthy Lee Steering and Executive Committees
  • 2022 FGCU President’s Advisors Circle
  • The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools – 2019 Past Chair & Board Member since 2010
  • Trustee for Collaboratory (f/k/a Southwest Florida Community Foundation)
  • Habitat for Humanity – Board Member
  • United Way of Lee, Hendry & Glades Counties – Executive Committee & Board Member since 2007
  • FutureMakers Coalition
  • FL Building Commission-Mechanical TAC, Member since 2005 (Chairman 2008 – 09)
  • 2021 Executive Leadership Team & 2020 Chair – American Heart Association – Lee/Collier Co.
  • Edison Festival of Light – Board of Directors, President 2000 – 2001
  • FGCU Construction Industry Advisory Board – Chair 2020 – 2022
  • Lee County Ad Hoc BH-SUD Steering Committee Member
  • The Unified Group, Member since 2016
  • Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Chair-Elect 2021; BOD 2010-present, Member since 1997
  • Horizon Council – Member at Large, Past President 2018 & Standing Member
  • The Chamber of Southwest Florida, Board Member since 2011
  • Tri County Apprenticeship Academy (TCAA), President 2005 & Current Board Member
  • ASHRAE SWF Chapter, Past President; Member since 1984
  • State of Florida – Commissioner Florida Building Commission 2005-2008
  • Southwest FL Air Conditioning Contractors Assoc. (SWACCA) (President 2006)
Leadership | B&I Contractors, Inc. Executive Team (2)

Jason Grabowski, BSME

President / Chief Operating Officer

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, Past Regional Vice Chair
  • American Heart Association SWFL Board of Directors
  • Collier County Heart Walk Executive Leadership Team
  • Duke University Alumni Admissions Advisory Committee
  • Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (CMON) – Board of Directors
  • U.S. Green Building Council Member
  • Milton Garland Refrigeration Award Recipient
Leadership | B&I Contractors, Inc. Executive Team (3)

Brian Kelly

Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer

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
Leadership | B&I Contractors, Inc. Executive Team (4)

Mike Novo

Director of Operations

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
Leadership | B&I Contractors, Inc. Executive Team (5)

Jeff 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.

  • 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
Leadership | B&I Contractors, Inc. Executive Team (2024)


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