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CFI was founded by Gary’s grandfather and followed by his father. He began working full time in 1996 and served as Regional Vice President before taking on the role as CFI’s President in 2011. So, to say Gary grew up in this business is an understatement.
While Gary has a deep understanding of all aspects of the business he became a specialist in the management of the Laboratory division.
Gary earned a B.S.B.A. from the University of Arizona, an M.B.A. from Fisher College of Business – The Ohio State University and completed from Sons and Daughters to C.E.O. Program at Weatherhead – CWRU
Gary takes great pride in being a part of the CFI team. He has great appreciation of all the past CFI leaders and team members and is both passionate and eager to grow and sustain CFI for the next generation.
Thom is the Executive Vice President and has been an integral part of CFI’s growth since 1998. Prior to his current position he was a regional manager of sales.
Thom has a great deal of experience in the industry having spent more than 12 years working as a draftsman, estimator, and project manager and also worked in sales for a major Ohio based architectural woodwork manufacturer.
He attended Kent State University and earned an Associate’s Degree at E.T.I. in Architectural Drafting.
Linda has been with CFI since 2002 as a Project Manager specializing in laboratory casework and equipment. Prior to coming to CFI she owned and managed her own business for 10 years and was responsible for the day to day operations, administration and business development along with managing a staff of employees. Linda has a great understanding of business and has developed a unique specialty as a project manager in the laboratory division.
Carol is part of the CFI estimating team. She handles a wide variety of estimating and support functions such as providing information on upcoming projects to bid, downloading plans and specifications and building bid calendars. Her support and follow through throughout the entire process is unmatched.
Prior to joining CFI, Carol was an office manager for Florida Water Inc., where she led the corporate business development by implementing a new client database system. Carol also handled processing payroll, accounts payable and receivables plus managing and scheduling of the installation crews.
Carol attended college, has a strong organizational background, attention to detail, and the ability to function well under pressure. She is also certified in Estimating Construction Costs and AutoCAD Operation.
Maria brings a great deal of experience to CFI as the individual responsible for all aspects of accounting. While attending college and after graduating, she worked for an oil & gas company in Texas in the accounts payable department. Following that experience she was offered a bookkeeper position for a distributor of plastic cutlery whose main office was based in Mexico. Having gained additional experience Maria moved to Mentor, OH where she spent 8 years as the bookkeeper for a mortgage company who had 5 offices throughout Ohio.
Maria joined CFI as an assistant bookkeeper handling billing, payables and nearly anything else that was asked of her and in 2009 was promoted to Finance Manager.