About Us

Leading Edge provides a broad range of sustainable building operations services that help building owners and managers increase net operating income while improving the overall tenant experience and reducing their facility’s environmental impact: the triple bottom line.

The Difference

By working collaboratively with the management and operations teams, Leading Edge makes it easy to in- corporate sustainable practices into everyday operations and to achieve the highest green standards, including LEED and ENERGY STAR. With over 75 years of combined experience in all facets of building management and operations, we have a track record of success.

Michael-OddoMichael Oddo,

a partner at Leading Edge, brings over 25 years of industry experience to the management team. Michael is responsible for strategic planning, analysis and marketing. He pursues his eco-positive vision by developing award-winning recycling programs and labor-saving, green cleaning systems. His area of expertise includes RFP development for green cleaning, product procurement, waste hauling and recycling services. Michael teaches RPA classes for BOMA and is active in several conservation and recycling related organizations including the US Green Building Council.

 

 

andyAndy Rhoades,

a partner at Leading Edge, leads our sustainability team. His responsibilities include project management, new business development, and overseeing all aspects of the firm’s operations. Andy brings over 20 years of extensive property and facility management experience.

Previously employed by Thomas Properties Group as Senior Operations Manager, Andy was instrumental in opening the Joe Serna Jr.- Cal/EPA Headquarters Building. The 25-story, 950,000 square foot office building was completed in early 2001. It is located in downtown Sacramento and is recognized nationally as a highly efficient and sustainable commercial office development winning the BOMA TOBY award and becoming LEED Platinum certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Andy is a LEED Accredited Professional and is very involved in determining ways to save energy and reduce operating costs on the projects he is involved with.

LEED AP

BOMA (RPA, SMA)

Northwest Water & Energy Education Institute (Energy Management Certificate)
PG&E Retro commissioning Workshop Series

Dan DeebDan Deeb,

LEED AP has thirty years of experience in a variety of different assignment from multi-tenant buildings, owner occupied, new construction and extensive remodeling projects. Dan’s previous employer was Jones Lang LaSalle where he spent 6 years as the chief engineer of the Team Disney building at Disneyland and an additional 6 years operating and remodeling Union Bank of California’s main data center. Dan has received many prestigious awards for his operations during his career.

Dan excels in the area of critical environments, automation and Fire/Life/Safety systems. He clearly understands the different requirements and visions that building owners have and communicates this to the property management teams.

BOMA SMA
Certified Operating Engineer
Certified Energy Manager (CEM)
Los Angeles Unlimited Steam License
OSHA 10 hour General Industry
ASHRAE and NFPA member

 

William RogersWilliam Rogers,

brings a blend of knowledge and skills to the company from his 31 years of experience as an Operating Engineer in commercial high-rise properties and from prior work in commercial construction and audio-video production. He was previously employed with ABM Facility Services for 28 years in the downtown Los Angeles and Century City markets. Twenty-four years were served as Chief Engineer. William’s varied background has provided him with an excellent understanding of the complexities of the modern high-rise and greatly influenced his approach to building operation and maintenance. He explains that his approach as simply (1) Identify, restore and maintain the original engineering designs of a property and (2) continually look for opportunities for improvement.   While this focus may seem obvious to most, the former continues to be the greatest drawback to efficient facility operations. William has enjoyed success with this focus and excelled, most notably, in the restoration and upgrade of underperforming properties. In addition one of his most memorable accomplishments was the 2008 BOMA Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) award for 1901 Ave of the Stars.

BOMA (PMFP)
Certified Operating Engineer
ASHRAE & USGBC member
ISO 9001
EPA 608

Jaime VillarinoJaime Villarino,

LEED Green Associate guides property and facility managers through the LEED certification process.

With a background in construction management, Jaime has over six years of project management, project engineering, estimating and scheduling experience. Jaime is passionate about integrated design to ensure efficiency and a healthy environment for occupants. She is an active member of the USGBC Los Angeles chapter on the Legacy Project committee for Greenbuild 2016. Project highlights include a LEED for Homes Mid-Rise 66-unit affordable housing project anticipating Silver certification and a 535-unit mixed-use development with six levels of underground parking in Hollywood, CA.

Jaime earned a B.A. in Geography with an Emphasis in Environmental Analysis from California State University, Fullerton, a Certificate in Construction Management from UCLA Extension, a Certificate in Project Management from UCI Extension and is currently enrolled in the UCLA Sustainability Certificate Program.

LEED Green Associate
Project Management Professional
OSHA 10 hour Construction Safety and Health

Patricia Piedrafita,

brings a blend of architecture and sustainability to the team. While her educational background had a strong emphasis on architectural design, Patricia’s passion for sustainability lead her to take an array of courses about different green building topics, including construction practices and materials, energy efficiency, landscaping, occupant comfort, and zero-net energy buildings. For two years she worked as assistant to a facilities manager, which peaked her interest in sustainable building operations and maintenance.

Patricia earned a B.A. in Architecture with a minor in Sustainable Design from the University of California, Berkeley. She is looking forward to continuing her education and is on her way to receiving her LEED AP.

LEED AP O+M

Katie Freeze,

developed an interest in green building and design through on-campus volunteer organizations while attending UCSB. With a background in LEED project coordination and engineering, she guides clients though the LEED documentation process and offers sustainability best practices advice to property and facility managers.
Katie earned a B.A. degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

 

 

 

LEED AP O+M

fullsizerender-1Andrea Rhoades,

is pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance and a minor in Education from University of California, Santa Barbara and will be graduating in Spring 2017. She is an active member in her sorority and was elected Property Manager for the 2014-2015 school year. This led to her interest in the field of building operations. She began interning for Leading Edge in the summer of 2015.