CGL Announces New Chief Operating Officer

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CGL, a leading international public facility design, management, and maintenance firm, today announced the hiring of Vahé Gabriel as its new chief operating officer.

CGL, a leading international public facility design, management, and maintenance firm, today announced the hiring of Vahé Gabriel as its new chief operating officer.

Gabriel is a management executive with more than 20 years of experience in senior–level leadership positions for start-up, early stage growth and existing, on-going operations. He has been involved in all aspects of due diligence on a number of acquisitions that totaled more the $500 million, as well as provided corporate oversight of monthly operating reviews, capital expenditures, annual budgets, and monthly forecasting.

“Vahé’s deep experience in M&A work and corporate integration is critical to achieve success in our growth objectives. He, and his fresh perspective, are welcome additions to our team,” said Buddy Johns, President and CEO of CGL.

Before joining CGL, Gabriel served as senior vice-president and regional vice-president for Waste Services, Inc. (WSI) where he was responsible for all operational and planning management of the South Florida Region with $100 million in annual revenue. In this role, he developed successful partnerships and strategies with Miami Dade County officials and customers to ensure operational and financial success.

“I am excited to join the CGL team and look forward to adding to the continued success of CGL. Steve Carter, Bob Goble, and Joe Lee have built an incredible foundation from which we can deliver ‘A World of Solutions’,” said Gabriel.

Gabriel also served as the eastern area controller for Waste Management. During his time with Waste Management, Gabriel was responsible for all financial management and reporting, as well as all operational reporting, budgeting, and monthly reporting for the Eastern region which had annual revenues in excess of $4 billion and included approximately 100 collection operations, 50 transfer stations, and 80 landfills.

Gabriel earned his MBA from the University of Washington’s Executive MBA Program in 1994.


CGL was formed in 2002, combining 35 years of experience in planning, design, and management through the merger of Carter Goble Associates, Inc.; CGA Facilities, Inc.; Lee Design and Management Group, Inc.; and Lee Engineering and Management Group, Inc.

CGL is focused on providing creative, practical solutions to system and facility development needs. CGL offers the fullest complement of services in the field, including: planning, project management expertise, facility design, facility maintenance, and robust facilities management services for social infrastructure. CGL has provided its broad range of services in 17 countries, 49 states, and more than 500 counties, applying its inclusive process to deliver more than $7 billion in public facility construction. CGL is a partner of and advocate for its clients, seeking to fulfill every operational and facility need through superior service. CGL’s one-on-one connection to its clients ensures true owner’s perspective representation for facilities that meet public need.

CGL’s history spans decades of work with governments, justice facilities, and other public organizations. Its client-focused services carefully guide owners through the process of defining and developing public facilities that are sure to provide users functionality for generations. Visit to learn more about CGL.

CGL is an affiliate of Hunt Companies, Inc., a leading national real estate company dedicated to building value through development, investment, and management. Together, Hunt and its affiliates have more than $13 billion in assets under management. Visit to learn more about Hunt and its commitment to Values that Build.

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