Alan J. Ruth 2970 128th Lane N.E. Minneapolis, MN 55449 314.814.3012
VICE PRESIDENT FACILITIES & CONSTRUCTION
Forecasting Strategic Planning Capital / Operating Budgets Cost Controls Construction Safety Energy Management Scheduling Program Management Lease / Contract Negotiations Subcontractor / Vendor Relations Hiring / Training / Supervision Technology PROVEN, RESULTS FOCUSED ORGANIZATIONAL LEADER WITH 20+ YEARS OF PROGRESSIVE CONTRIBUTIONS TO IMPROVED SAFETY, OPERATING EFFICIENCY, AND COST REDUCTIONS FOR NATIONAL CORPORATIONS INCLUDING ADVANTAGE, HARDEES, ABERCROMBIE & FITCH AND BALLY TOTAL FITNESS. POSSESS STRONG COMMUNICATION AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS. CONTROLLED $50,000,000+ BUDGETS; MANAGED STAFFS OF 35 FACILITY/CONSTRUCTION MANAGERS AND 700+ FACILITIES. INITIATED NATIONAL PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS AND NEGOTIATED VENDOR CONTRACTS THAT SAVED CKE $8,500,000 IN 36 MONTHS. HONORED BY BALLY TOTAL FITNESS AS NATIONAL EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR.
VICE PRESIDENT FACILITIES & CONSTRUCTION 2008 - PRESENT DENNY HECKER ENTERPRISES / ADVANTAGE RENT A CAR Minneapolis, Minnesota Responsible for the facilities / construction / property management departments for an entire enterprise that consists of 200 companies. Determine the short and long-term business needs while overseeing the acquisition and implementation of cost effective solutions to accomplish business objectives across all levels. Successfully completed 37 remodels ranging from $75k $1.1m on time and with-in budget, which reduced energy consumption and daily maintenance expenditures. Directed an energy management initiative predicted to reduce consumption 20% with an 18-month return on investment. Responsible for developing and administering department and project budgets; partner with finance department strategizing on the most efficient use of existing funds. Directly manage new location planning efforts, from site selection through regulatory compliance, code adherence, contractor hiring and management, purchasing and materials management, and quality assurance through on-site visits and troubleshooting. Key highlights include successfully reorganizing entire Facilities and Construction Department to achieve desired outcomes with minimal cost expenditures, and establishing guidelines allowing landlord financing of new build-outs for a $250,000 cost savings per new location. Developed programs to forecast planned capital and R&M expense; implemented a database to monitor employee schedules, work orders and warranties.
DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES 2004 - 2008 CKE / HARDEES & RED BURRITO RESTAURANTS St. Louis, Missouri Spearhead forecasting, strategic planning, budgeting and management of facilities operations for the chains 700+ restaurants. Control departmental, construction and capital improvement budgets in excess of $50,000,000. Institute action plans to reduce costs, improve operating performance and assure compliance with corporate policies. Negotiate contracts. Schedule and manage projects. Supervise activities of project managers, facility managers, office staff and 2,500 vendors nationwide.
Reduced downtime, increased efficiency and generated significant cost savings by introducing preventive maintenance programs for mechanical and kitchen equipment.
Conducted building surveys; managed leasing issues and business relationships; brokered national contracts that saved the company $8,500,000 in three years.
Managed national HVAC programs involving preventive maintenance, equipment purchases, hood cleaning and inspections, light bulb replacement, controls and automation systems.
Hired and supervised facility managers, project managers and office coordinators; initiated an educational program on time and cost saving techniques for employees and operators.
Delivered presentations on programs, problems and budget matter to corporate executives; collaborated with CFO to assure compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley and other regulatory requirements.
SENIOR REGIONAL MANAGER2002 - 2004 ABERCROMBIE & FITCH Columbus, Ohio Provided expertise in facilities and maintenance operations and handling damage claims for more than 700 retail stores located nationwide. Negotiated and administered service contracts and controlled budgets. Inspected stores and worked with managers on facilities issues. Directed construction projects; developed and instituted programs and special initiatives.
Implemented a new building automation system that decreased downtime and reduced expense; introduced in-house maintenance programs that cut facility costs by 25%. Orchestrated 225 remodeling projects that met budgets and deadlines; created a store maintenance manual; streamlined third-party damage claims and improved insurance company response time.
Recruited, assigned and managed the performance of a team of maintenance coordinators, managers and technicians.
REGIONAL MAINTENANCE DIRECTOR1998 - 2002 BALLY TOTAL FITNESS Minneapolis, Minnesota Orchestrated construction, maintenance and engineering operations for this national chain of 400 clubs. Forecasted and managed annual budgets of more than $10,000,000. Conducted facility inspections and advised local managers. Directed staff of 35 in facilities, construction and remodeling projects. Managed project bidding and negotiated purchasing.
Named National Employee of the Year 2001; demonstrated ability to plan, allocate resources and control multiple, simultaneous projects while meeting quality goals, budgets and timelines. Renegotiated vendor and supplier contracts and achieved $2,300,000 in savings; instituted tracking for orders and supplies, which cut costs by 25%.
LEARNING CREDENTIALS Building Owners Manager Association Certificate Associate Degree studies St. Thomas University - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Facilities Management Certificate Associate Degree studies Normandale Community College - Bloomington, Minnesota
Facilities Management Certificate North Hennepin Technical College Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Additional courses, seminars and workshops include: Commercial Real Estate Investing Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Strategies Stand Up and Speak Business Writing Ethics and Procedures Facilities Management