Dr. Bassam Gorgis, Chairman/CEO
Dr. Bassam Gorgis is President & CEO of Tuscanny Builders, LLC, a New York based international contracting and development company. He was fascinated with real estate at a very early age. Walking through the city of New York, he was always charmed by the high-rises and their magnificent personalities. He wanted to invest at an early stage. Along with friends, Bassam applied for a bank loan and, at the age of 19, bought his first rehab property in the city of Brooklyn on Kings Highway. With his friends, he renovated the property and put it on the market and immediately attracted a married couple who became his first buyers. Since then, Mr. Gorgis has purchased, renovated, and sold numerous properties. However, he wanted more. The properties he renovated did not have the proper elements in which he envisioned. Soon after, he began building and constructing his dream.
Raouf (RG) Ghattas, President
P. Eng., CPIM, CIRM, MSIE, GCPM; • Founder of Certified SIP Systems, LLC; IOL Projects, LLC; Takla Enterprises, Inc; RG & Associates and Beach Verandas 2005, LLC. • Senior Professor and Former Dean at DeVry University. • Former director at the Project Management Institute (PMI). • Accomplished international project manager and operations manager and plant start-up. • Manufacturing: —Over 30 projects covering design, engineering, construction and product development. Clients included Fortune 50 companies, such as Allied Signal, Nortel and Rockwell as well as universities and government agencies; DARPA and Georgia State DOH. • Training; Conducted numerous training assignments in SIP production, operations management, project management, energy and sustainability management. • Locations; United States, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iraq. • Most significant single project: Nortel manufacturing facility in RTP, North Carolina; a 250,000 square foot facility at $13.5 million in capital cost, employing 450. • Most technically challenging project: Lead-acid effluent treatment facility for C&D Batteries, subsidiary of Allied Chemical, to abate substantial EPA and Superfund penalties. • Current SIP-related project: 12000 unit housing project in Belize, Central America in the process of initiation, including a Lite-Core plant, EPS foam plant and a pre-cast concrete plant.
Dr. Richard C. Farmer, Vice President of Operations
Dr. Richard Farmer has more than 25 years as a resourceful strategist with strong Operations; Project Management and Business Expertise; in Operations, Project Management, Process Improvement, P&L Accountability, Quality Control, Risk Management, Staffing, Sales Training, Contract Negotiations, Customer Service, Creative Problem-Solving. He has directed as many as 400 employees in companies with revenues in excess of $200 million. Rick has led these companies through start-up, survival, turn-a-round and growth modes. Rick has spent over 20 years in upper management as chief executive officer and chief operating officer and as President in a variety of industries, including Cellular and Voice Telecommunications, Education, Medical Devices, building and construction products, International Business and financial services. His understanding of both domestic and international Business and distribution channels encompasses wholesale, OEM, Catalog sales, direct sales, leasing and government markets. Among his significant previous positions, Rick served as Executive Vice President of Oki Telecom’s International Field Service Organization a Japanese based Telecommunications company that supplied PBX’s and Cellular products; in addition Rick served as chief operating officer of AiM Medical, an Arizona Based Medical Device Company which manufactures skin mapping device products. Rick also served as chief executive officer and president of BMC Group, Inc., manufacturer of Voice products that interface with Telecom equipment; trademarked brand names included VoiceXchange® and MiniXchange®. Rick holds a Bachelor of Business/Science (BBA/Biology) degree from Mercer University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree also from Mercer University; additionally Rick holds an (Electronic Engineering Technology) degree, BSEET from DeVry University as well as a DBA-with a focus in International Management from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida..