Jonathan Burgess, President and Principal-in-Charge
Jonathan Burgess assumed the role of President of The Spinnaker Group in November 2018. With more than 15 years of experience in landscape architecture and sustainable design, in 2017 Jonathan became the youngest person in the world to achieve the prestigious accreditation of LEED Fellow. He also maintains LEED specialties in Neighborhood Development and Building Design + Construction, is a SITES Accredited Professional (AP), a WELL AP, and a FGBC Designated Professional. As a much sought-after speaker and lecturer, Jonathan also tours the country as both LEED Faculty and WELL Faculty. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami’s prestigious School of Architecture, and a co-Founder and co-Facilitator of the Living Building Challenge: Florida Collaborative. Jonathan has long-believed in giving back to the community, serving in various volunteer leadership capacities with the US Green Building Council, International Living Future Institute, American Institute of Architects, Florida Native Plant Society, and Habitat for Humanity. As a civil servant, Jonathan was the founding Chair of the City of West Palm Beach Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Committee, and has since served on the City of Miami’s Parks Board and City of WPB’s Golf Advisory Board. Jonathan is also co-founder of the Green Veterans group, an organization formed to empower our Nation's heroes; both to learn about sustainable building and green living, while helping ease the hardship of military-to-civilian transition. Originally from coastal Maine, Jonathan and his wife, Lindsay, live in West Palm Beach. Contact Jonathan ...
Rob Hink, Founding Principal
Rob Hink founded the Spinnaker Group in 2003, and sold the company to his longtime Vice-President, Jonathan Burgess in November 2018. Rob is a LEED Fellow, LEED Faculty, and LEED AP, BD+C/OM/ND. Upon passing the torch to Jonathan (above), the firm had more than 130 LEED Certified projects under its belt and more than 600 million sf of commissioned building space to its credit. Rob is a Past President of the USGBC South Florida Chapter -- indeed, he was involved with USGBC governance as a volunteer leader for more than 15 years. With more than a decade of full-time green-design and commissioning experience, and more than 30 years of experience in facilities and project management and control systems, Rob has been a catalyst in effecting change in the marketplace for sustainable design, especially in the South Florida region. He has worked with many local governments to mandate or incentivize the use of LEED in both the public and private realm. Rob spent the first eight years of his professional career in the United States Navy nuclear power program, serving in the submarine force and acquiring extensive experience in power generation, mechanical and electrical systems, and leadership expertise. After leaving the Navy, Rob taught HVAC and Electrical Theory at the collegiate level. Originally from Iowa, Rob lives in Weston. Contact Rob ...
Ernesto Collazo, Senior Commissioning Agent
Ernesto Collazo came to the Spinnaker Group team in 2010. He has 35 years combined experience as a Mechanical Technician, Installer, Project Manager, HVAC Design Engineer and Commissioning Agent. This combination of in-the-field experience and engineering-design background enables Ernesto to have a keen sense of knowledge regarding every aspect of project commissioning. Working on various types of projects in his past experience -- including governmental, high-rise office and residential buildings, hotels and hospitals -- has given Ernesto the skill set required for advanced Commissioning projects such as Palm Beach and Brevard School Districts, Torrey Pines Institute of Molecular Studies, College and University Buildings, amongst others. Ernesto has completed full Building Commissioning services for more than 40 LEED certified projects. Ernesto has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Jose Antonio Echeverria Higher Polytechnic Institute. He is fluent in English and Spanish. Originally from Cuba, Ernesto and his wife, Maritza, live in West Palm Beach. Contact Ernesto ...
Margaret Fitzsimons, Sustainable Building Consultant
Margaret Fitzsimons is a Sustainable Building Consultant, Architecture and Interiors Specialist at The Spinnaker Group. She spearheads the certification process for multiple green building rating systems, and provides sustainable building research, as well as LEED and WELL education. With more than 28 years of diverse experience, Margaret’s work bridges architecture, urban planning, interiors, sustainable design, and education and strategy. Previously a sustainability leader for some of the world’s largest architectural firms, Margaret offers Spinnaker clients sustainable design strategies tied to all areas of the built environment, applying detailed acumen to the LEED and WELL certification of project types ranging from large-scale commercial, multi-family, civic, institutional and collegiate to hospitality and urban environments. Margaret was appointed to the prestigious USGBC Faculty Program, a global network of qualified instructors, facilitators and practitioners. Locally, she serves as the Chair of the Sustainability Advisory Board for the City of Boca Raton, where she has also provided extensive volunteer work in sustainable urban planning and design efforts. She has held leadership roles in multiple design and sustainability organizations, and is currently a member of USGBC Florida, a Climate Reality Leader for The Climate Reality Project; an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects; and an active member of the AIA's Committee On The Environment (COTE). Originally from Georgia, Margaret lives in Boca Raton. Contact Margaret ...
Jesse Rittenhouse, Sustainable Building Consultant
Jesse Rittenhouse is a Sustainability Project Manager for The Spinnaker Group, consulting and leading project teams on achieving LEED and FGBC certifications. He is also an LCA Consultant who provides Whole Building Life-Cycle Assessments for projects. A LEED AP BD+C and a FGBC Designated Professional, Jesse joined the Spinnaker team in 2016, and has consulted on dozens of projects of all scopes and sizes, including being the LEED Project Manager on the first LEED Platinum office building in the City of Coral Gables. He was also the Consulting Project Manager on the design and construction of the first fully permitted biodiesel factory in Miami-Dade County. Jesse has long given back to his community as volunteer leader. He was the Vice-Chair of the USGBC Miami Branch and is currently the Co-Facilitator of the Living Building Challenge Florida Collaborative, a member of the USGBC Florida Chapter and the AIA Miami Committee On The Environment (COTE) and the Resilient Recovery Task Force. He is also Chair of the Board of Directors for Dream In Green, a nonprofit that develops educational programs promoting environmentally sustainable behaviors with a particular emphasis on K-12 students. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Jesse currently lives in Miami. Contact Jesse ...
Edel Travieso, Commissioning Agent
Edel Travieso does LEED commissioning for The Spinnaker Group. He is a Veteran who served six years in the US Air Force. While serving his country, Edel performed many roles including logistics, mobility air freight, traffic management and EMT. He served during Desert storm and Kosovo, supporting the Alabama Air National Guard. As a civilian, Edel has been in management with various companies throughout his 20-year career, including ownership of a roofing and solar company. Edel’s many strengths include innovative planning, project management, business management ... and always thinking outside the box. He holds an MBA and a BS in Alternative and Renewable Energy Management with a minor in teaching, and holds several professional certificates and licenses, including BPI building analyst, HERS rater. Edel is passionate about leading the way forward in sustainability while at the same time helping his fellow Veterans. He served as a PACE manager for Saint Lucie County under the Solar Energy Loan Fund (SELF), and as a Project manager for Venergy Group, a Florida based energy-service company. Amongst his volunteer activities, Edel is an active member of USGBC Florida Chapter, and serves as the Chair for the USGBC's Green Veterans Group. Originally from Cuba, Edel and his wife, Ivette, live in West Palm Beach. Contact Edel ...
Lee Cooke, Director of Administration
Lee Cooke assumed the position of Director of Administration for the Spinnaker Group in October 2018. Prior to that, he was with the US Green Building Council for 10 years in various administrative roles, most recently Director of Market Transformation & Development for USGBC Florida, and with the American Orchid Society as its Executive Director for 21 years. An extensive background in administration, public relations, marketing, writing and editing, customer service, HR, and business operations have formed the foundation of a 35+ year career overseeing organizations. Lee has a journalism degree, a business minor, and a public relations certificate from the University of Maryland. He has been married to his best friend, Debbie (an education and professional development consultant), for 38 years. Originally from Washington, DC. Lee and Debbie live in Lake Worth, and enjoy the company of three "extreme" Yellow Labrador Retrievers. Contact Lee ...
Razan Nejem, Senior LEED Compliance Engineer
Razan Nejem is an Environmental Engineer working on several LEED projects in the MENAregion. She has been a LEED AP with the building design and construction specialty since 2009, and is currently involved with the Spinnaker Group in the LEED certification process of the new Kuwait International Airport-Terminal 2. Razan has been involved in the establishment of the Jordan Green Building Council, including volunteer service as an elected Board member and also responsible for the organization and delivery of green-building trainings and education-related projects. She was also a member of the Jordan GBC outreach and technical committees. Currently, she is the Vice Chair of the Education Committee with the Kuwait Green Building Council. A graduate of the University of Jordan with a BS in Land, Water & Environment, Razan is a LEED Faculty certified LEED Instructor by the USGBC, and has been offering LEED courses, seminars and lectures for professionals since 2011. She is also USGBC course pro reviewer.Originally from Jordan, Razan and her husband, Raed, lives in Kuwait. Contact Razan...
This Is Us! Welcome to Team Spinnaker!
The Spinnaker Group prides itself on bringing the best team to the table -- every time for every project for every client. Spinnaker Synergy – where the combined effect of our team is greater than the sum of our individual efforts -- is a real thing, and it underscores our commitment to effective teamwork and our pledge to create and demonstrate:
- Commitment and Trust
- Keen Listening Skills
- Transparent Communication
- Diversity of Capabilities and Skills
- Creative Freedom
And we walk the talk, from driving hybrid vehicles to being a
completely carbon neutral company.
At The Spinnaker Group, sustainability is not a passing fad. It is in our
corporate DNA. It is how we live our lives. It is who we are.
Natalie Lipsey, Project Intern
Natalie Lipsey accepted an internship position with Spinnaker in March 2019. She is on pace to secure her Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Miami in 2021. She is an honor roll student, Foot Fellow Honor Roll Student, and School of Architecture Student Ambassador. In addition to a heavy course load and Spinnaker work, Natalie is an active volunteer in the US Green Building Council, the American Institute of Architects, Student Council, Alpha Rho Chi, Woman in Architecture, and the Univen Club (United Venezuelans). Additionally, she is President of the USGBC Students and the AIAS. Originally from Weston, Natalie currently lives in Brickell. Contact Natalie ...
Rafael Sánchez, Sustainable Building Consultant
Rafael Sánchez joined The Spinnaker Group in 2019, and currently serves as a Sustainable Building Consultant. With more than 15 years of experience in residential and retail architecture, Rafael thinks sustainability should be part of everyone’s life. He is a LEED Green Associate and is pursuing LEED AP and WELL AP accreditations. Having lived in Colombia and Spain, Rafael has always believed in helping in the community as a way of gratitude for receiving him, working with the Research Center for Unprotected Youth and Children in Bogotá and with the Tecnocampus University in Matarò, Spain. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Rafael with his wife and daughter, Patricia and Alessia, live in Miami. Contact Rafael ...
Amith Banduvula, Energy Analyst
Amith Banduvula is an architect with an engineering background and a passion for sustainable design. He received his Master of Science in Architectural Science from Arizona State University in 2018 and joined The Spinnaker Group in the Spring of 2019. Moving from one area to another in the construction industry and wearing many hats has helped Amith develop a unique perspective in design. Amith comes to Spinnaker from Phoenix, where he worked in as a Designer. Most of his studio projects in graduate school were focused on climate-responsive architecture, and he worked as a Design Performance Analyst intern with a Seattle-based architecture firm. Amith is an active member of professional groups, including IBPSA, ASHRAE and AIA. Contact Amith ...
Sub-Consultants -- Tapping Subject-Matter Experts
To optimize project results, The Spinnaker Group occasionally taps subject-matter experts. A Spinnaker-approved sub-consultant -- essentially a niche expert -- allows us to serve our clients at the deepest levels, rounding out our project teams. It's with deep apprecipation that we acknowledge the services provided by Jeff Benavides, Kathy McGuire, Camilo Velez and Daniel Ciarcia. Each shares Spinnaker's core values of top-shelf, responsive service.
In Memorium -- Michael Lydon
Michael Lydon, 38, passed from this life on June 18, 2019.
He joined the Spinnaker team in 2018 as a Commissioning
Agent, bringing more than a dozen years of expertise in
project management, facility condition assessment,
sustainment planning, lifecycle-based computer modeling,
cost forecasting and commissioning. He earned a
Mechanical Engineering degree from Virginia Tech,
along with an E.I.T. (engineer-in-training) certification.
Michael loved the outdoors, and was a bright, classy
gentleman with a quick, engaging smile. He touched all of us in the Spinnaker family early and often in so many positive manners. He valued his craft, and his counsel was wise and straight-forward. Some people make indelible marks upon the heart. Michael was one of those people. We are better individuals because of him. He is deeply missed.