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DAVID L.

LEFORGE
203 Lady Palm Drive, Naples, Florida 34104, 513.604.4108
daveleforge@aol.com

BUSINESS OPERATIONS & PROJECT MANAGEMENT


EXECUTIVE
Sales Management – Process Improvement – Turn-around
Initiatives

Accomplished Business Operations and Project Management Executive


delivering outstanding returns by building, developing and driving business
operations to new and exciting levels of performance. Highly successful manager of
projects that have resulted in bottom line profits and organizational excellence.
Masterful at making rapid assessments of projects and operational challenges,
developing and leading the resulting action plans. A mentor and model of
leadership behavior, known to push the envelope, capable of precise
communication, and willingness to aggressively guide a project toward the desired
result.
• Especially adept at multi-project assignments in defining and organizing
priorities, delegating tasks, and resolving problems all within or under budgets and
on time. A do-what-it-takes attitude that brings people and project teams together
to produce results, ultimately winning the hearts and minds of stakeholders.

Strategic Project Planning - Lean Processes – Multitasking - Innovative


Leadership – Time Management
Project Management - Business Development - Team Building - Team
Leadership - Change Management - Continuous Improvement Initiatives -
Productivity Enhancements – Negotiations - Needs Assessment - Training -
Development

• Involved in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design


program which is an environmental rating and certification system for
residential and commercial buildings from the U.S. Green Building Council
(www.usgbc.org). LEED provides benchmarks for the design, construction and
operation of a property and covers site makeup, building materials, water
and energy efficiency as well as indoor environmental quality.
• Began working with variable feed drives that were new to the
industry. It entailed replacing primarily water loop pump motors to DC
motors and regulating the speed of usage on demand through an electronic
control station. The savings were great, but again ahead of the time and
most companies would not buy into it, until the government came out with
their Green programs to help offset the cost. Consulted with several
companies regarding the strategies and development of a more
efficient building.
• Executive leader with 30 years experience in planning and directing Projects
and Operations. Management involvement in leading operations of multi-
million dollar projects and attaining gross margins up to 58%.
• Managed multimillion dollar project to its completion when a major
hurricane destroyed the project, leaving us to virtually start over.
Immediately set up meetings with all General Contractors and Insurance
Providers to come up with a viable solution without wasting time or missing a
step. The project was completed ahead of schedule, increasing the gross
profit from 14% to 55% based on $12 million dollars.
• Ability to recognize and convert a product to allow better quality and
value through RFI and change order, always looking for a better and
more efficient way. Highly capable of leading projects through all phases to
completion. Analyze business operations and implement continuous
improvement programs designed to enhance efficiency and
productivity.
• Expert at organizing complex mechanical projects, including cooling
towers, chillers, boilers/steam, water loop systems, split systems, heat pump,
gas, roof-top, stairwell pressurization, specialized filtration systems, and
building automations.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES/CAREER HISTORY


Atlas Comfort Systems USA, LLC, Houston,
TX………………………………………………………………………….2008
Atlas Comfort Systems USA, a subsidiary of Comfort Systems USA (NYSE: FIX), is a
major mechanical contractor specializing in HVAC and Plumbing systems for such
projects as multi-family developments, garden style and high-rise apartments,
hotels, luxury condominiums, and commercial applications. Atlas Comfort Systems
USA has developed into one of the nation's major mechanical contracting firms with
approximately $100 million in projects currently under contract.
Executive Project Manager
• • Developed plans, directed, coordinated, and exercised functional
authority of operations for the organization, implementation, control, and
completion of up to 10 HVAC/Mechanical projects at a time to provide
efficient, manageable streamline processes.

DAVID L. LeFORGE
Atlas Comfort Systems USA, LLC, Houston,
TX…………………………………………………………………………...cont
• • Originated HVAC designs and wrote procedures to ensure project
completions, RFI, and Change Order effectiveness. Prepared operational
budget requests, P&L’s, job costing, job close-outs, and as-builts. Set up
specifications, technical plans/blueprints product testing and reviewed design
for compliance with engineering principles and company standards via the
RFI process.
• • Supervised numerous employees, determined work schedules and
salaries, and promoted harmonious relations among contractors, project
personnel, and the community. Achieved gross profit margins ranging
from 28% to 58% for several multi-million dollar projects managed in
Texas during the past nine months with Atlas Comfort System.

Self-Employed, Mason,
Ohio………………………………………………………………………………………..1998 to
2008
Mechanical/HVAC Project Consultant
• • Consulted with clients to define needs and problems of HVAC and Clean
Room applications. Carried out surveys to obtain data to advise clients and
recommend solutions for building automation applications.
• • Analyzed data to determine solutions, such as installation of alternate
procedures, changes in processing methods, modification of equipment, and
redesign of products and services. Successfully negotiated client contracts of
up to $20M.

Steelman of Cincinnati, Cincinnati,


OH……………………………………………………………………………1996 to 1998
Executive Manager
Steelman International Engineers was established in 1982 and executes various
Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, H.V.A.C., and Interior Design jobs, including Power
Plants, Grid Stations, Distribution Networks, Consulates, and Embassies.
• • Supervised daily personnel activities for 78 employees, including
training in the HVAC/Mechanical industry that achieved significant
improvements in company productivity. Oversaw finances of Board of
Directors, including long-range forecast and monthly/annual budget
reports.
• • Participated in preparing informative materials for media presentations to
the public in newsletters, magazines, news releases, radio and television.
Represented association in negotiations with representatives of government,
business, and labor. Conducted and compiled research surveys for
analysis of income, benefits, standards, and problems for presentation to
CEO and CFO for appropriate action.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCES
Airtron Heating and Cooling, Cincinnati,
OH……………………………………………………………………...1995 to 1996
Sales Manager
Heating and air conditioning manufacturer that designs, installs, and repairs indoor
comfort systems. To date, Airtron has installed over 500,000 comfort systems.
• • Managed and coordinated daily sales activities and established
distribution of territories, quotas, and goals. Supervised staffing,
training, mentoring, and conducted performance evaluations to develop,
grow, and control sales program.
• • Reviewed market analysis to determine customer needs, volume
potential, price schedules, and discount rates. Recommended and approved
budget, expenditures, and appropriations for research and development
work.
Complete Comfort Systems, Wilmington,
OH……………………………………………………………………..1978 to 1995
CEO/Owner/Operator
• • Oversaw and managed all aspects of a commercial HVAC
company with a staff of 65 inner office employees, including full P&L
responsibility, financial forecasts, departmental budgeting, allocation, and
monitoring. Authored and facilitated policies, procedures, objectives, and
strategies of the organization.
• • Completed major building projects from $1M to $22M, several
ahead of schedule, and achieved gross profit margins of 30% to 42% by
pinpointing operational inefficiencies. Initiated goal-oriented strategies and
encouraged vitality to bolster employee morale and confidence while working
within the established corporate culture.

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION
Wilmington College, Wilmington, OH, 1980, BA Business
Progress Technical College, Dayton, OH, 1981, Technical Certification
Hondros College, Cincinnati, OH, 1998, HVAC Certification Training

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