Rick Echeverria, BS

Director of Facilities
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road
Miami, FL 33156 USA
305.667.1651 ext. 3319
recheverria@fairchildgarden.org

Education

Belen Jesuit Prep. High School, Miami, FL

AA in Construction Management, Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, FL

BA in Construction Management, Florida International University, Miami, FL

Employment

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, FL 1998-present

Director of Facilities, Responsible for the management of facilities personnel, care of buildings, electrical, telephone, plumbing and mechanical repair and maintenance.  Work closely with all other departments for the production of special events, classes and seminars. Coordinate and supervise new construction projects and all contractors.

ProSource Distribution Services, Coral Gables, FL 1997-1998

Facility Service Manager, Coordinated all construction projects in multiple facilities. Supervised mailroom and administrative services personnel. Purchased all office supplies and equipment. Maintained supply inventory control. Developed operating budgets for the facility and administrative services. Negotiated contracts with vendors. Responsible for maintenance of all building and office equipment. Coordinated the installation and maintain emergency generator and UPS. Oversaw computer room operations as it related to the facility. Coordinate the purchase of all office furniture and the relocation of departments.

United HealthCare, Coral Gables, FL 1993-1997

Facility/ Construction Manager, Primary responsibility was to ensure a smooth running facility. Job duties and responsibilities included: supervision of maintenance and mail room personnel, monitoring the performance of all contracted services, reviewing and modifying building security procedures, coordination of all construction projects of multiple facilities at one time, lease negotiations and renewals, coordinate all aspects of the relocation of all departments, coordinated the development and implementation of a preventive maintenance program for mechanical and electrical systems, responsible for the application and compliance of all life safety matters as they related to the building, responsible for OSHA and disabled compliance, met with all tenants on a regular basis and promptly respond to any problems, responsible for creating operating budget and construction costs, negotiated with General Contractors, approved payments and change orders, responsible for all security guards.

Caval Real Estate Management, Coral Gables, FL 1988-1992

Property Manager, Liaison with owners, tenants, vendors, contractors, architects, and engineers. Performed budgeting, forecasting, cash flow analysis, employee scheduling and supervision, implementation of procedures and preparation of status reports. Supervised all construction projects, negotiated contracts with general and subcontractors, secured all proper permits, approved payment requisitions, prepared purchase requisitions and authorized all change orders. The commercial properties included: 12 story, 81,000 square foot office building, several shopping centers located in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Homestead Florida ranging in size from 30,000 to 85,000 square feet and industrial parks located in Melbourne and Miami ranging in size from 22,000 to 450,000 square feet.

Skills & Certification

Languages:  Fluent in English and Spanish.

Certified General Contractor, State of Florida since 1993