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We are entrepreneurs with a proven track record and passion for bringing together other entrepreneurs. Jake Sloane and Frank Zhang founded Crete Mechanical Group to offer owner-operators of mechanical contracting businesses the ability to realize immediate financial gains and create a long-term growth plan for their company. Today, CMG has a full corporate level leadership team that shares the same vision and values as our local operators.

Senior Leadership Team

Jake Sloane
Co-Founder and Co-CEO

Originally from New York City, Jake Sloane is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Crete Mechanical Group. Jake currently sits on the board of Alliance Animal Health, which he co-founded with Frank Zhang and Matt Sussman in 2016. Alliance is a platform of over 80 veterinary practices across 12 states. Prior to Alliance, Jake was an associate at Carlyle where he diligenced and oversaw investments in the healthcare space. Prior to Carlyle, Jake worked at Blackstone in their Mergers & Acquisitions group where he worked with media, chemicals, and financial services companies. Jake is a Trustee of the Heckscher Foundation for Children.

Jake received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Political Science from Harvard University where he graduated magna cum laude.

Frank Zhang
Co-Founder and Co-CEO

Originally from Irvine, California, Frank Zhang is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Crete Mechanical Group. Previously, Frank started Alliance Animal Health with Jake and Matt Sussman and currently sits on the board. Prior to Alliance, Frank was an associate at Apollo where he diligenced and oversaw investments in gaming & leisure, metals & mining, security, and publishing. After graduating from college, Frank worked at Blackstone in their Mergers & Acquisitions group where he worked with companies in oil & gas, utilities, and chemicals.

Frank received an MBA from Harvard Business School as well as a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B. S. in Economics (Finance) from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated summa cum laude.

Mike Wade
SVP of Operations

With more than 30 years of experience, Mike is a licensed contractor that grew up in the trades. Having served as CEO at Comfort Systems USA Southeast, and Vice President of Mission Critical Facilities at ABM, Mike brings a wide range of industry expertise to his role.  As our SVP of Operations, he now leads operational initiatives within Crete and works closely with our Partners in supporting their businesses. Mike earned his Mechanical Engineering degree at Pensacola Christian College and his MBA at UVA Darden School of Business. He lives in Richmond, VA with his family and can be found on the water in his spare time.

Kelly Armagost
VP of Accounting

Prior to joining Crete, Kelly was an early team member and Group Controller for an HVAC Residential platform where she led all accounting related integration workstreams including ERP, treasury and other tech stack .  Prior to that, Kelly was a Sr. Director at CSX Corp – a publicly traded Fortune 500 company based in Jacksonville, FL, where she held various positions mostly focused on technical accounting, financial reporting and process improvement.  Kelly also spent several years working for PE backed property management companies as well as eight years in public accounting.

Kelly is originally from Maine where she received a B.S from the University of Maine and is a Maine CPA.  She currently resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and newly adopted dog Gemma.  In her down time, you’ll mostly likely find her on a tennis court or spending time with family.

Christine Suhs
VP of HR

Christine graduated with a bachelor’s degree in international relations, magna cum laude, from Drake University. Christine spent many years in the Airport Retail Industry where she led operations, merchandising, and supply chain teams in addition to human resources. Prior to joining Crete Mechanical Group, Christine held the position of Executive Vice president at Stellar Partners, Inc, leading project management, IT, Human Resources and business development finance.

In her free time, Christine enjoys spending time with her two daughters, ages 22 and 18, as well as travelling. She has visited a large majority of western European countries and is passionate about learning from diverse cultures. When she is home in Tampa, she loves spending time at the beach with a good book.