Michael started BlackBerry Systems in 1980 with an emphasis on providing energy efficient building products to homeowners and commercial building owners. BlackBerry has evolved and grown over the years into something even Michael couldn’t imagine at the time of conception. BlackBerry has both highly successful residential and commercial divisions; but he spends most of his time managing the rapidly expanding commercial sector including historic window restoration and replication. No matter the direction of Blackberry, the goal of quality workmanship and product excellence has always been the driving force behind its success and has positioned the company as one of Michigan’s, northern Ohio’s and northern Indiana’s leading fenestration contractors and suppliers. Our primary focus still remains energy savings for our customers.
Project Estimator/Health and Safety Officer
Kaitlyn joined the BlackBerry Commercial Team in 2014 after working various positions within the company during her college years. Kaitlyn has her Asbestos Abatement Certification, is a LEED Green Associate and successfully passed her CDT examination. She is responsible for accurately calculating the total costs associated with each specific project by conducting a site walk through, window survey, take-offs, and reviewing all plans and specifications. Likewise, she provides all final proposals for project bidding and budget pricing. Safety is a major priority at BlackBerry and Kaitlyn heads up the development and implementation of workplace safety polices and continually monitors interoffice and job site activities to ensure workers comply with company policies and OSHA regulations.
Senior Project Manager
Jeff has been with BlackBerry for over 25 years. He started as a Field Installer, advancing his way into project management. Jeff has been a valuable asset to the Commercial Team since joining in 1987. He supervises each project from beginning to end, ensuring projects are completed within time and budgetary targets. He seamlessly plans and coordinates all aspects of the project, including assigning field personnel, project review with Field Foreman, and serving as a liaison with architects and vendors. He is also responsible for securing permits and licenses, the timely delivery of materials and equipment to construction sites and project close out. His expertise in historic and replacement window systems provides our customers with confidence and assurance of a quality completed project.
Lindsay worked for years in the banking industry before joining the BlackBerry team in 2012. She is the Finance Manager for both the residential and commercial divisions. Lindsay manages all project accounting including invoicing, accounts payable, receivables, and job costing. She develops all monthly and year-end financial reports. Her position is pivotal in helping the Project Manager and Foreman track project budgets and cost assignment. Lindsay manages the preparation of BlackBerry’s budget, interprets the company’s financial results to management and compiles key business metrics to track progress.
Gary has been a part of the Commercial Team since 2006. His official title is Project Superintendent but he wears many hats at BlackBerry, always going above and beyond his formal duties. Safety is also a number-one priority for Gary. He was instrumental in developing BlackBerry’s Health and Safety Program and always puts the safety of his crews first. Gary is responsible for directly managing manpower, monitoring daily construction procedures, developing progress reports, staying on budget, and following strict schedules. He deals directly with customers, contractors and site supervisors on a daily basis and flawlessly handles all the different elements and aspects of each project. Gary has his Lead Abatement Supervisor Accreditation, Asbestos Abatement Supervisor Accreditation and is First Aid Certified.