Speaker/Presenter Bios

Gary Brennen

Gary Brennen, PE is Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-President of Syska Hennessy Group, Inc., as well as a member of Syska Hennessy Group’s Board of Directors. He began his career in 1982, joining the firm’s New York Office, and then relocated to their Los Angeles Office in 1986. In his current role of Co-CEO, Gary works closely with Cyrus Izzo (also Co-CEO and Co-President) in building a high-energy, creative and collaborative environment to foster the growth of a dynamic Syska management team. Together, they are also growing the firm’s national and international presence to bring innovative, high performance solutions to clients globally.

Gary obtained his Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree from Pennsylvania State University, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in California, New York, Arizona, Florida and Kansas. His professional affiliations include: the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), 7x24 Exchange, and the ACEC Risk Management Committee. Gary is a LEED AP as well as Syska’s first certified Carbon Reduction Manager (CRM).

Cyrus Izzo

Cyrus Izzo, PE is the Co-Chief Executive Officer/Co-President of Syska Hennessy Group. Cyrus has over 20 years of management level client experience, including extensive involvement in all aspects of major building systems projects, incorporating a comprehensive approach blending facilities management, MEP design, IT, and security

In 2005, Cyrus accepted the challenge of conceptually designing and managing the formation of the first major market focused business unit for Syska, the Critical Facilities practice. Under Cyrus’s leadership, the Critical Facilities practice has become a market leader in technical thought leadership within the International mission critical market. Since then, Cyrus has accepted the role of Co-Chief Executive Officer/Co-President of Syska Hennessy Group. In this role, Cyrus supports the development of a management team that is more diverse in practice, and that will contribute even more to the long term growth and profitability of the firm.  He is a Board member of the National 7x24 Exchange, a Board member of the ACEC Metro NYC Chapter, a member of the IEEE and a member of Corenet Global.

Greg Jasmin

Vice President, Greg Jasmin has over ten years of experience as a Project Manager and Consulting Engineer for 7/24 Critical Facilities. His extensive experience and ability to facilitate communication and coordination are vital to maintaining uptime and reliability for our clients. He assures appropriate staffing and resources of the firm are available to meet design, budget and schedule commitments. He is a member of professional organizations: AFCOM, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Project Advisory Committee (PAC) on Energy Efficient Data Centers, Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), and the Atlanta Telecom Professionals (ATP).

Chris Johnston

Christopher Johnston, PE, is a Senior Vice President and Chief Engineer for Syska's National Critical Facilities Team and brings over 38 years of engineering experience with him. He leads research and development efforts to address current and impending technical issues (i.e. cooling, power, etc.) arising in critical and hypercritical facilities, and specializes in the planning, design, construction, testing and commissioning of Critical 7x24 Facilities.  Chris has served as Quality Assurance Officer and Supervising Engineer on many projects, and has designed many electrical and mechanical systems for major critical facilities projects throughout the U.S. and internationally.  He is a regular presenter at technical conferences such as Data Center Dynamics and the Uptime Institute, and frequently authors articles in technical publications. He heads Syska’s Critical Facilities’ Technical Leadership Committee, and is a member of Syska’s Green Critical Facilities Committee.

Vali Sorell

Vali Sorell, PE, Associate Partner, has 25 years of experience as an HVAC design engineer.  He is one of the lead technical resources for mechanical design for Syska Hennessy Group’s Critical Facilities Team.  Through industry publications and speaking engagements, Sorell has become a leader in updating best practices and advancing the principles of sustainable design for critical facility work.  He is also a voting member of ASHRAE TC-9.9 “Mission Critical Facilities, Technology Spaces & Electrical Equipment,” and serves as the TC-9.9 Program Subcommittee Chair.

Robert Ionna

Robert Ioanna, PE and LEED AP, serves as Vice President as well as the site leader for our New York Critical Facilities Group. Robert fosters team driven solutions and mentors others to have the tools to succeed in their careers. In addition to his management skills, he also acts as client leader for some of the firm’s largest Critical Facilities clients, answering their needs during difficult times in that industry. He not only understands what it takes to successfully manage a team, a project and a client relationship, but he is also one of the key technical members of the team, with a focus on the QA/QC process.

Terry Rodgers

Terry Rodgers, CPE, Associate Partner, has over 25 years of progressive experience in Critical Facilities operations and management which includes, Strategic Planning, Critical Infrastructure Design, Management, Operations, and Commissioning; Business Protection and Recovery, Preventive and Predictive Maintenance; Technical Training and Professional Training Development.  Terry is a member of ASHRAE TC9.9 "Mission Critical Facilities, Technology Spaces, & Electronic Equipment", the ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel working group for Enterprise Power Security, Syska's Critical Facilities Technical Leadership Committee, Chair of the Syska Green Critical Facilities Committee, and a member of the Syska Facilities Management & Commissioning Services Technical Leadership Group.  Terry has co-authored many books, white papers, and presentations on critical facilities and formal commissioning. He has also developed and taught multiple training classes in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of critical facilities, including commercial nuclear power plants, aerospace facilities, and large data centers.