Our knowledgeable, proactive professionals are leaders in our industry. Each is well-versed in all facets of technology, office management, and client services. Dedicated to assisting you, they are always on hand, making sure you have everything you need to succeed. When you’re out of the office, they’re only a phone call away.



“The benefits of good design and a congenial, well-run office environment are unmistakable. Nothing confirms this more powerfully than our clients’ success and productivity.”

Howard J. Watler, Vice President

With comprehensive responsibility for managing Rockefeller Group Business Centers' four locations, Howard's business acumen and attention to detail are apparent in his approach to everything from site selection and workspace design, to product development and client satisfaction. Howard earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Western Michigan University, followed by a master of fine arts from the California Institute of Arts. He managed the blue-chip McKee Gallery in Manhattan for 16 years before joining RGBC in 1998 as operations manager. Howard's sensitivity to clients' priorities and needs—whether stated or implied—and his ability to manage a myriad of details while considering the larger picture has led to RGBC's reputation as a gold standard in the executive suites industry.

Howard J. Watler, Vice President
Rockefeller Group Business Centers
1221 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 4200
New York, NY 10020
212.918.4800
howard@rgbc.com



“It is satisfying to work with and support a diverse group of entrepreneurs and companies who are constantly generating new ideas, developing leading-edge technologies, and creating new services for today's world. That's what makes it exciting to be here in the heart of Silicon Valley.”

Joanne Escobar, General Manager

A second-generation native of San Jose, Joanne joined RGBC in 2004. Her prior experience in technical sales with AT&T and SBC, where she managed the accounts of major corporations, government, and educational institutions in Silicon Valley, gave her a profound grasp of communications technologies and how various applications can help businesses prosper. She holds a bachelor's in business from San Jose State University and a master's in organizational development from the University of San Francisco. Joanne is a member of Commercial Real Estate Women of Silicon Valley (CREW-SV), and is active in Business Network International (BNI) and the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Joanne Escobar, General Manager
Rockefeller Group Business Centers, Inc.
San Jose–Silicon Valley
560 S. Winchester Blvd.
Suite 500
San Jose, CA 95128
408.572.5600
joanne@rgbc.com



“In an ever-changing business environment, my goal is to meet and exceed the specific requirements of each client. As they grow from start-ups to formidable companies in their industries, I feel a bit of pride at having been there to assist at the very beginning, when support was needed most.”

David E. Jakubowski, General Manager

A native of Long Island, David holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Marist College. Following eleven years in hotel management and administration with the Marriott, Wyndham, and Hilton brands, David turned his passion for superb customer service to supporting his clients at Rockefeller Group Business Centers. Since joining the team in 2000, David's energy and vision have been important to its growth. He is active in the New York chapters of the Mexican-American and Brazil-American chambers of commerce, and the Lower Manhattan Marketing Association. A longtime member and 2011–2012 president of the Workspace Association of New York, David also serves on the board of directors of the Global Workspace Association.

David E. Jakubowski, General Manager
Rockefeller Group Business Centers
Wall Street
48 Wall Street
11th Floor
New York, NY 10005
212.918.4832
david@rgbc.com



“Nothing is more exciting than partnering with our clients in the heart of Rockefeller Center as they develop world-shaping deals and trends. Here in Midtown Manhattan's landmark business location, I feel an atmosphere of energy and vitality that exists nowhere else in the world.”

Margaret M. Myhan, General Manager

Margaret's broad experience in marketing, advertising, and business operations has included sojourns in London, Paris, Milan, Vienna, and San Francisco. Before transferring her expertise to Rockefeller Group Business Centers in 2008, Margaret was a senior partner and member of the operating board at Ogilvy, one of the world's largest marketing communications networks. The native New Yorker holds an MBA in marketing and management from Adelphi University and a bachelor's from Molloy College. Active with the British, French and Brazilian bi-national chambers of commerce, and the New York Chamber of Commerce, she serves on the education committee of the Global Workspace Association, and on the ethics committee of the Workspace Association of New York.

Margaret Myhan, General Manager

Rockefeller Group Business Centers
Rockefeller Center
1221 Avenue of the Americas
42nd Floor
New York, NY 10020

Rockefeller Group Business Centers
Rockefeller Plaza
45 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10111

212.899.5450
margaret@rgbc.com



“I love wowing new clients with all the things our IT platform can do for their businesses. We have the most advanced communications systems available, yet we are constantly upgrading and expanding them. Our goal is to make sure our clients have the best, most appropriate technologies at their disposal.”

Mary Ann Walthers, Operations Manager/National Systems Support Specialist

Mary Ann Walthers understands the importance of perfectly-functioning technology in today's fast-moving business world. Her in-depth background in software development and technician management prepared her well for the critical job of managing IT for Rockefeller Group Business Centers coast to coast. She pursued business management studies in her native West Virginia, and has lived in San Jose since 1998. She joined the team in 2001. A notary public, Mary Ann also provides that service at the San Jose center. Whether clients are tech-savvy or new to the game, they all benefit from Mary Ann's impressive abilities and approachable, can-do style.

Mary Ann Walthers
Operations Manager/National Systems Support Specialist
Rockefeller Group Business Centers, Inc.
San Jose–Silicon Valley
560 S. Winchester Blvd.
Suite 500
San Jose, CA 95128
408.572.5600
maryann@rgbc.com



“Clear, accurate statements are our goal and we are always available to answer clients' questions. Through our Client Care Portal, clients can book meeting rooms online, view their account, and pay electronically—an efficient, time-saving option.”

Kyle A. Ruggieri, Director, Business Administration

When Kyle joined Rockefeller Group Business Centers in 2001, she already had many years of experience in the executive suite industry with ever-increasing responsibilities in accounting and finance. Her thorough understanding of clients' expectations and needs are a constant consideration as she oversees the company's financial operations and strategic planning. Kyle grew up in Venezuela, Curacao, and Australia, finally settling in Northern California where she now resides.

Kyle A. Ruggieri
Director, Business Administration
Rockefeller Group Business Centers, Inc.
San Jose–Silicon Valley
560 S. Winchester Blvd.
Suite 500
San Jose, CA 95128
408.572.5614
kyle@rgbc.com



“For 15-plus years I've worked with countless businesses—from small start-ups to Fortune 100 corporations. It's very satisfying to help clients secure flexible agreements in the most appropriate office environments for their needs. With staffing and facilities management taken care of, they can concentrate on growing their businesses.”

Blair Whiteford, New York Sales Manager

Blair handles business development and sales for RGBC's three Manhattan locations. Before joining the team in 2010, he was sales director for the world's largest provider of executive suites, and had also worked as an online office space broker. As a result, Blair's insight into both the management and consumer aspects of the office suites industry is unrivaled. He has developed a strong rapport with the region's commercial real estate brokers and facility managers, with whom he has interacted productively for many years. A native New Yorker, he holds a degree in land surveying from Paul Smith's College in Lake Placid. Blair is active with the Global Workspace Association, the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, and bi-national chambers of commerce for France, Mexico, Brazil, and Great Britain.

Blair Whiteford
New York Sales Manager
Rockefeller Group Business Centers
1221 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 4200
New York, NY 10020
212.899.5420
blair@rgbc.com

 

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