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ICB was founded in 1989 as an Architectural consulting firm focusing on commercial office space efficiencies and internal facility process improvement. Our focus is to develop strategies that directly and measureably improve the Facility Management functions in the realm of real estate, operations, and strategic sourcing. Although we utilize a varied range of process improvement strategies and design methodologies, we are defined by how we help our clients manage their facility portfolios and drive out costs. At the core we are Facility people but we bring the rigors of process management, Six Sigma, and strategic planning to everything we do.
CrateXpress was formed in 2005 in answer to the demand for an equipment rental services company that understood and addressed the needs of the facility professional.
CrateXpress is a joint venture company between a registered small business product manufacturer (Samson Carts) and a MWBE product manufacturer (Tyga-Box). David King, AIA, CFM, serves as its President with a vision to help Facility and Relocation professionals work together to realize better, safer service offerings at the best possible price. By bringing years of experience in the profession to the table we share the same sensitivities and grasp of reality that our customers have. Mr. King's vision is to elevate the "back-office" operations to which he has been a part of his entire professional career to a new, process-oriented, and respected position in the Corporate hierarchy. 
The main product lines are known commodities in the marketplace: Samson Carts products have been in the marketplace since 2001 while Tyga-Box moving crates have been in the market since 1999. We have a fleet of 100,000 crates and hundreds carts as well as the requisite moving supplies and facility protection products. 
We have worked with the moving industry to identify and address common problems in the field and even took it a step further by creating a field safety booklet “GASP!” which we offer for free to help mitigate damaged assets and improve worker safety.
#David L. King, AIA, CFM, LEED AP
dlk@cratexpress.com
 
As a Facility Management and Real Estate expert with over 25 years of experience in a myriad of corporate cultures and environments, David King combines a background as a commercial designer and Architect with fourteen years experience as a global facility/real estate executive for companies such as FMC Corporation, The University of Chicago, Heller Financial and GE Commercial Finance.
Over the past several years he has designed and developed commercial products for corporate facility operations as well as the development of cross-platform real estate management technology strategies coupling third-party service providers to build global portfolio management capability, improve accountability, and deliver positive financial results. Mr. King has a broad range of experience in Facility development and management, strategic sourcing, and real estate disposition. He has worked as a Carpenter, facility manager, corporate asset manager, lead project manager, corporate Architect, corporate change agent, merger and acquisition real estate team leader, and global facility leader. As the head of global real estate and facilities group for Heller Financial, Inc., in addition to managing multi-facility operations, global real estate strategies, global service and commodity contract negotiations, he developed the global real estate leased property vision for six divisions, consolidated rooftops to reduce facility portfolio costs by 13%, and led the adoption of a company FM/RE system.
At GE Commercial Finance, Corporate Financial Services he was the global director of real estate and facility operations and sourcing where he directed all aspects of a $34mm leased portfolio, the built environment, M&A disposition, process and procedure development and inter-company facility strategies. He was GE’s foremost authority on technology integration with real estate and facility management processes and databases. Mr. King was one of the first executives in the industry to e-bid a major lease negotiation in 2004. His strategies effected a $23mm portfolio cost reduction in two years. Mr. King was integral to GE Commercial Finance’s recent migration to an automated lease audit and management system for 450-plus properties in North America.
As Assistant Director of Facility Construction at The University of Chicago he managed fourteen campus project managers with oversight of all renovations and new construction including the Ratner Fitness Center and the university’s co-generation plant. Mr. King was the university’s project leader in the joint venture project with the Chicago Park District on the Midway Plaisance Skating Rink. Mr. King initiated a “Balanced Scorecard” program within the department to streamline the process and help his team manage more than $240mm in capital projects through the development of a process and procedures manual.
Mr. King was formerly a member of the Financial Research and Advisory Committee for the Chicago Transit Authority, a member of the Education Advisory Committee for the Illinois Institute of Art in Schaumburg, Illinois. He has been published by the National Association of Purchasing Management (Construction Services: “How to Hire the Trades”) and has written several white papers on operational improvement for GE, Kinko’s and Pitney Bowes. He received his Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from De Paul University in Chicago.
Mr. King is passionate about developing products and processes that reduce operational costs and include sustainable qualities that promote green design whenever possible.
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