Crete Mechanical Group
Michael Cox joined Crete in 2022 as Chief Executive Officer to support the company’s growth and strategic vision. Michael brings over 28 years of leadership experience to Crete Mechanical Group and its partners. Before joining Crete, Michael served as the CEO of Bilfinger North America, a global provider of industrial & commercial services. Prior to Bilfinger, he served as the President of Austin Industrial, a leading provider of industrial services.
A proud military veteran, Michael spent 13 years in the U.S. Navy as a Navy Diver and a member of the Underwater Construction Teams.
Michael earned his B.A. in Business Administration from Saint Leo University, his M.S. in Strategic Leadership from Michigan State University, and his MBA from The Citadel Military College.
Mike Wade joined Crete in 2021 as the Senior Vice President of Operations and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2022. As the Chief Operating Officer, he leads operational initiatives within Crete and works closely with our partners in supporting their businesses. Mike brings more than 30 years of experience to Crete Mechanical Group and its partners. Mike brings a wide range of industry expertise to his role having served as CEO at Comfort Systems USA Southeast and Vice President of Mission Critical Facilities at ABM Industries. He is also a licensed contractor that grew up in the trades.
Mike earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Pensacola Christian College and his MBA at University of Virginia Darden School of Business.
Kelly Armagost joined Crete in 2020 and is the Vice President of Accounting. Kelly brings over 25 years of accounting experience to Crete Mechanical Group and its partners. Prior to joining Crete, Kelly was an early team member and Group Controller for Apex Service Partners where she led all accounting related integration workstreams including ERP, treasury and other tech stack. Kelly was also a Senior 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 property management companies as well as eight years in public accounting.
Kelly earned a B.S in accounting from the University of Maine and is a Maine CPA.
Christine Suhs joined Crete in 2021 as the Director of Human Resources and was promoted in 2022 to Vice President of Human Resources where she is responsible for setting, enforcing, and evaluating HR policies, procedures and best practices. 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, a leading project management, IT, Human Resources and business development company.
Christine earned a B.A. in International Relations from Drake University, where she graduated magna cum laude.
April Sayer joined Crete in 2021 as the National Sales Director and was promoted to Vice President of Sales & Marketing in 2022. April is responsible for overseeing and directing the sales and marketing team as well as identifying sales targets and goals and then bringing together all the efforts to achieve them. She brings over 15 years of national sales experience in the MEP industry to Crete and its partners. Prior to joining Crete April worked for ABM Industries as a General Manager and then as the Regional Director of Energy Services. Preceding her time at AMB Industries she was a senior account executive at Belfor Property Restoration and System Tech Services.
Martin Katz joined Crete in January of 2021 as a Director of Business Development and was promoted to Vice President in January of 2023. Martin is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and closing new partnerships. In his role, he leads and oversees the full M&A process. Martin has over 7 years of experience in M&A and investing. Prior to joining Crete, Martin was an associate at Pegasus, a leading private equity firm in Latin America, and an analyst at J.P. Morgan. Martin earned a B.S. in Economics and Finance from Torcuato Di Tella University in Buenos Aires, Argentina and graduated with an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Jake Sloane is Co-Founder of Crete Mechanical Group and currently leads Crete’s mergers and acquisitions initiatives. Jake has vast experience with mergers and acquisitions, most recently co-founding Alliance Animal Health with Frank Zhang and Matt Sussman in 2016. Alliance Animal Health is a platform of over 80 veterinary practices across 12 states. Prior to co-founding Alliance Animal Health, Jake was an associate at Carlyle where he effectuated and oversaw investments. Preceding Carlyle, he worked in the mergers and acquisitions group at Blackstone.
Jake currently sits on the board of Alliance Animal Health and is also a Trustee of the Heckscher Foundation for Children.
Jake earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Political Science from Harvard University where he graduated magna cum laude.
Frank Zhang is Co-Founder and CFO of Crete Mechanical Group. Frank has vast experience in the mergers and acquisitions arena, most recently co-founding Alliance Animal Health with Frank Zhang and Matt Sussman in 2016. Alliance Animal Health is a platform of over 80 veterinary practices across 12 states. Prior to co-founding Alliance Animal Health, Frank was an associate at Apollo where he effectuated and oversaw investments. Preceding Apollo, he worked at Blackstone in the mergers and acquisitions group.
Frank currently sits on the board of Alliance Animal Health.
Frank earned 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.