A Message from Loren Bender, Vice President, Business Operations and Finance
We are pleased to welcome two individuals to the Business Operations team: Jose Fernandez as the assistant vice president of facility management and real estate, and Estevan Baza as the operations manager of energy conservation. We look forward to their contributions to the team and the College.
Jose comes to us from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, where he spent six years as the university architect and executive director of campus planning, design and construction management. During this time, Jose provided leadership, direction and vision in the planning, design and construction of capital improvements to preserve, enhance and maximize the campus assets and ensure long-term sustainability. Prior to that, he spent eight years at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as the director of capital management, where he integrated evidence-based design and lean practices in the areas of facilities planning, patient care and hospital operations to create health care delivery designs that were cost effective and supported a high quality patient experience. He also spent considerable time in other notable places such as Stanford University Hospitals and IBM.
Jose received his Bachelor of Science in art and design, and master’s degrees in architecture, and civil engineering and construction management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Jose works out of Building 14 on West Campus but serves all campuses. He will be visiting each campus to understand the facility needs of each location. Additionally, he leads our building efforts at Osceola Campus as well as the Downtown Campus.
Estevan, a Florida native, joins us after serving seven years in the United States Marine Corps from 2003 to 2010. During this time, he earned the rank of sergeant, specializing in airport firefighting and security for U.S. embassies. In addition to his deployment to Afghanistan, Estevan has traveled to more than 20 other countries.
After completing his military service, Estevan moved back to Florida and earned his master’s degree in global sustainability from the Patel College of Global Sustainability at the University of South Florida. Prior to joining Valencia, he worked as the sustainability coordinator for the City of Oldsmar, Florida.
As the new operations manager of energy conservation, Estevan is committed to assisting Valencia in becoming more sustainable. Through this role, he will collect and analyze data on the College’s energy and water consumption to promote data-based decisions that support College President Sandy Shugart’s promise to uphold the The American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.
Operationally, Estevan is responsible for the collegewide scheduling of air conditioning and lighting. He partners with Plant Operations to identify and develop opportunities to optimize building usage and promote cost-saving efficiencies.
For example, Estevan is working diligently during half-day Fridays to ensure only areas that require air conditioning will be actively cooled on Friday afternoons to save energy. (If you do require air conditioning in your work area during half-day Fridays, be sure to notify the Operations team via Banner, or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-299-5000, extension 5495 with questions or concerns.)
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