Building a Strong Organization for Customers, Shareholders and Employees

 Stuart Dean’s leadership is focused on leading and inspiring all, adding value to our customers , employees and the communities in which we serve.

Collectively, the team is committed to continually developing and implementing state-of-the-art methodologies and technologies for our customers. We constantly work to achieve service excellence in each client engagement.

Our Leadership Team

Timothy Shea

Timothy Shea

Chair

Tim was elected to the Stuart Dean Board of Directors in 2002 and became Chair of the Board in 2018.

Tim retired in 2016 as Global CEO and president of Assa Abloy Hospitality, a global division of the Stockholm-based Assa Abloy Company. The Hospitality Division is the world leader in hotel security technology with products installed in more than 42,000 properties worldwide, securing in excess of 7 million hotel rooms. The Division consists of 17 international business units coupled with local distribution networks serving 155 countries globally. Under Tim’s leadership the business tripled in size becoming the largest hotel locking company in the world.

Tim currently is consulting with several industrial clients and serves on the boards of Oracle Elevator, Essex Electronics, and Crane1. Tim is currently interim CEO of Oracle Elevator.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Adriene Bailey

Adriene Bailey

Board Member

Adriene Bailey joined the Stuart Dean Board in 2016. Adriene serves as Partner and Head of the North American Rail Practice for Oliver Wyman. Her transportation and logistics industry experience spans more than 25 years with well-established organizations in the logistics, intermodal and management consulting sectors. Ms. Bailey has held leadership positions at Yusen Logistics, Pacer International, CSX Transportation, Southern Pacific Railroad, and Oliver Wyman Consulting. She earned a Master in Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Princeton University.

Thomas B. Brown

Thomas B. Brown

Board Member

Thomas Brown is a partner at LGT Capital Partners (USA) Inc., where he is a senior member of the real estate practice.

Prior to joining the firm, he co-founded Clerestory Capital Advisors in 2007, now part of LGT CP. Before that, Mr. Brown headed the global real estate practice of Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management, based in London. Earlier still, he was real estate investment banker for 12 years at J.P. Morgan in London, New York and Frankfurt. He began his career with Oak Tree Capital, Inc. in New Orleans, formerly a real estate asset management firm and a subsidiary of Oak Tree Capital Savings and Loan.

Mr. Brown holds a BA from the University of Mississippi. He is fluent in English and conversant in German. Thomas serves on the Management Board of the European Association for Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles (INREV) and also serves on the Editorial Board of Summit Journal, a publication of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE).

Margaret (Peggy) Cullen

Margaret (Peggy) Cullen

Board Member

Peggy was the President of EnviroPro Consultants, overseeing the inspections of residential fuel oil tank removals and remediations for the ProGuard Program and providing investigative, technical, and site reports to ProGuard’s claims adjustors.  She also managed the field unit.

Peggy previously served as Director at Aon Environmental, responsible for the insurance brokerage business. Before that, Peggy was Senior Vice President for AIG Environmental over a twenty-year career, including managing the worldwide environmental underwriting for AIU and the mergers and acquisitions unit for AIG Environmental.

Peggy holds a degree in Environmental Science from New England College, Henniker, NH. She has served on the board of directors for Riverkeeper – ‘New York’s Clean Water Advocate,’ and a previous 7-year tenure on Stuart Dean’s board.  Peggy is a licensed Property and Casualty Broker in NY, CT, PA, MA, and NJ. She holds OSHA HazMat and NJ DEP Storage Tank Closure training certifications.

Cathleen Degan-Nikas

Cathleen Degan-Nikas

Board Member

Cathi enjoyed a 38 year career as an employee of Stuart Dean. During that time, she served in every position within the company including stints in operations, sales, regional management and executive positions including CEO. She previously served for 7 years on the Board of Directors and after a brief hiatus, was re-appointed in 2019.

Cathi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Portland.

Chris Degan

Chris Degan

Board Member

Chris has served on the Stuart Dean Board of Directors since May 2010.

Chris is currently president of Razzoo’s, Inc. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University.

Scott Halstead

Scott Halstead

Board Member

Scott Halstead was elected to the Stuart Dean Board in 2001. He serves on the Audit and Compensation Committees and currently chairs the Compensation Committee. Previously, he chaired the Audit and Investment Committees.

Scott has over 25 years of experience building high-growth venture capital and private equity-backed companies as a CEO, COO, and CFO. He is currently an advisor and consultant to growth companies, an active investor, and serves on the Board of Pendella Technologies. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Vital Strategies, a global public health non-profit.

Previous positions include being  CFO and head of customer operations for Viator.  He was key in its sale to TripAdvisor (for $200 million). Prior to Viator, he was CEO at WageWorks and COO & CFO at eBenX.

Scott holds a bachelor’s from Northwestern University and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children.

Charlotte Jensen

Charlotte Jensen

Board Member

Charlotte joined the Stuart Dean Board of Directors in May 2021

Charlotte has over 22 years in the facilities services & management industry working in leadership and executive roles with national and global organizations, including Sodexo, ABM, OneSource, and ISS.

In October 2020, she founded Guest Blueprint, a boutique, client-centric advisory firm. Guest Blueprint brings world-class solutions to enhance the global guest experience by optimizing hard and soft facility services.

Previous positions include CEO of Airport Lounges, a $500M operating division of Sodexo, North America, and Senior Vice President of the Sports & Entertainment division at ABM.

Charlotte holds a BS in Business Administration from Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania with a minor in Spanish and completed a year of Advanced Spanish from the University of Malaga, Spain.

Kristen H. Schorp

Kristen H. Schorp

Board Member

Kristen Schorp has served on Stuart Dean’s Board of Directors since May 2016.

A licensed attorney, Kristen serves as Associate General Counsel to Tulane University, where she advises senior leadership on matters related to contracts, legal and regulatory compliance, clinical and basic science research, and the day-to-day operations of the School of Medicine, Tulane University Medical Group, and the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Before joining Tulane, Kristen served as Assistant General Counsel to Ochsner Health System. Kristen began her legal career in private practice, representing a wide range of corporate clients on matters ranging from corporate formation and private equity financings to complex commercial litigation.

Kristen earned her B.B.A. in Business Honors and Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin and her J.D. from Tulane University Law School. Kristen lives in New Orleans, Louisiana with her husband and two children.

Chris M. Hughes

Chris M. Hughes

President & CEO

Chris Hughes brings more than 30 years of experience in the facility services industry to his role as President & CEO of Stuart Dean. He brings extensive experience in leadership positions with national service providers including positions as Executive Vice President of Operations for ABM, Chief Operating Officer for OneSource Building Services and most recently, CEO of City Facilities Management and Atalian Facilities Services, North America. Chris is a transformational and inclusive leader known for charting the vision and strategic path while cultivating stakeholder engagement to drive organizations to the next level. Chris looks to build brand value and engage employees to propel organizational performance and growth.

Chris is married and lives in New Jersey with his wife Jennifer and their three sons. Most weekends you will find Chris at a hockey rink watching his boys play hockey.

Chris M. Hughes

Chris M. Hughes

President & CEO

Chris Hughes brings more than 30 years of experience in the facility services industry to his role as President & CEO of Stuart Dean. He brings extensive experience in leadership positions with national service providers including positions as Executive Vice President of Operations for ABM, Chief Operating Officer for OneSource Building Services and most recently, CEO of City Facilities Management and Atalian Facilities Services, North America. Chris is a transformational and inclusive leader known for charting the vision and strategic path while cultivating stakeholder engagement to drive organizations to the next level. Chris looks to build brand value and engage employees to propel organizational performance and growth.

Chris is married and lives in New Jersey with his wife Jennifer and their three sons. Most weekends you will find Chris at a hockey rink watching his boys play hockey.

Robert T. Cook

Robert T. Cook

CFO & Executive VP

Robert (Bob) Cook has served as Stuart Dean’s chief financial officer since April 2006. Bob also serves as secretary of the company.

Bob is a certified public accountant with more than 35 years of experience. He began his career with KPMG, one of today’s “Big Four” global accounting firms and later held positions with Siemens AG, a global electronics and electrical engineering firm, in U.S. financial mergers and acquisitions, and with Omnicom, an international advertising conglomerate, as a divisional CFO. Bob’s disciplinary strengths are in corporate turnarounds and restructuring, due diligence activities, cost control and forecasting, strategic planning, Sarbanes-Oxley review and implementation, and operational and corporate third-party services.

Bob holds a BA in accounting from Adelphi University on Long Island, where he lives with his wife and three children.

Dan Wukitsch

Dan Wukitsch

Senior VP of Sales

Dan joined Stuart Dean in June 2021 as the Senior Vice President of Sales. Dan has a unique combination of Sales and General Management experience that spans over 20 years in the construction and service industries.

He has spent the majority of his career in vertical transportation (elevators) and fire protection. Dan has held key roles in National Account Sales where he developed solution-based strategies for the healthcare, government and retail markets. In addition to his background in service sales, he has also taken on roles as a General Manager in the Chicago and Philadelphia markets.

Nick Panetta

Nick Panetta

Regional VP - Eastern Region

Nick Panetta joined Stuart Dean in November 2021 as Vice President of the Eastern Region. He brings over 30-years’ experience of working in the metal and stone industry. Prior to joining Stuart Dean, he was Chief Operating Officer of Wallico Maintenance which he joined in 2007. Nick’s customer relationship skills are second-to-none, and as a result, has built solid customer relations nationwide, particularly in New York and Chicago where he previously managed crews of 50 technicians and more. Nick’s experience to better serve customer needs through adopting appropriate technology and enhance customer satisfaction will be an asset to Stuart Dean.

Nick is an active volunteer firefighter and a New Jersey foodbank volunteer. Nick is fluent in English and is skilled conversationally in Spanish and Italian. He has two sons and is married and lives in New Jersey with his wife Adriana.

Louisa Stephens

Louisa Stephens

VP of Human Resources

Louisa Stephens joined Stuart Dean in May 2022 as Vice President of HR.

In this role, Louisa is responsible for delivering the people agenda supporting our business growth, and helping drive business performance through the engagement and development of all our employees.

Louisa has over 10 years of HR experience working in various industries, including facilities management, real estate, healthcare, travel, and media in small and large international companies. Her most recent role was with Ready, a US start-up company focused on providing healthcare services directly to patients’ homes.

Louisa’s expertise is in organizational design, succession planning, performance development, recruitment, and employee relations. She has managed HR functions in the US, UK, Asia, and Australia.

Louisa has a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree from the University of Southampton in the UK. She lives with her husband, Tom, in Long Island City, New York.

Randolph Wells

Randolph Wells

VP of Information Technology

Randy Wells heads up the Information Technology function at Stuart Dean. With over 30 years in the field of Information technology, he has been with Stuart Dean since 2001 with a spell away from the company working with Computer Network Solutions and Highstreet IT Solutions. His current tenure at the Company started in 2015. Before joining Stuart Dean, Randy served in various leadership and other capacities in IT at Random House, Bantam Double Day, New York Power Authority, and Time Warner.
Randy resides with is his family in New York.

Stephanie Merkel

Stephanie Merkel

Vice President - Strategic Accounts

Stephanie oversees a key part of Stuart Dean’s business by managing all national accounts with her team.

If you have a question about your national account, need account service, or wish to become a national account client, please contact Stephanie.

Nick Oceanak

Nick Oceanak

Director of Façade

Nick is a certified NACE Coating Inspector as recognized by the AMPP.

Adolfo Bran

Adolfo Bran

GM - Los Angeles, CA

Service area includes Central California, Southern Nevada and Hawaii.

Ed Gola

Ed Gola

GM - New York, NY

Service area includes New York City, Northeastern New York, Western Connecticut, Northern New Jersey and Central/Eastern Canada.

Cliff Goodson

Cliff Goodson

GM - Phoenix, AZ

Service area includes Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.

Joe Hric

Joe Hric

GM - Cleveland, OH

Service area includes Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Northwestern New York, Western Pennsylvania, and Western West Virginia.

Andrew Grzebien

Andrew Grzebien

GM - Chicago, IL

Service area includes Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

James Lynch

James Lynch

GM- Orange County, CA

Service area includes Southern California.

Cynthia Maley

Cynthia Maley

General Manager - Boston, MA

Service area includes Eastern Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Fran McCusker

Fran McCusker

GM - Philadelphia, PA

Service area includes Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Southern New Jersey.

Carlee McConnell

Carlee McConnell

GM - Falls Church, VA

Service area includes Virginia, Maryland and Eastern West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Patrick Doyle

Patrick Doyle

GM - San Francisco, CA

Service area includes Northern California, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Nevada, Alaska, Washington and Western Canada.

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