Crete United

Leadership​

A spirit of collaboration. A culture of sustainability. Our executive team is united in our ambitions and our actions to do the right thing for our customers, companies and employees.

Bold visionaries & community champions

Our dedicated team of industry veterans and corporate leaders have banded together to deliver a future-forward approach to MEPB. We are truly invested in the places we do business, the companies we acquire, and the greener tomorrow we’ll create for all. Get to know our team.

Our Leadership

Michael Cox, Chief Executive Officer, Crete United

Michael Cox

Chief Executive Officer

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Michael Cox joined Crete United 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 United and its partners. Before joining Crete United, 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.

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Trae Fletcher, Chief Financial Officer, Crete United

Trae Fletcher

Chief Financial Officer

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Trae Fletcher is the Chief Financial Officer of Crete United. He leads Crete United’s financial and accounting functions and provides strategic guidance in support of the company’s growth initiatives. Trae brings more than 15 years of finance experience across multiple industries. Before joining Crete United in 2023, Trae served as Vice President of Finance for American Tire Distributors (ATD), North America's largest replacement tire distributor, where he oversaw treasury, investor relations, corporate finance and financial shared services. He was also Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis at ATD. Prior to ATD, Trae held financial roles at Lowe’s Company and Delhaize America.

Trae earned his B.A. in Economics from Davidson College and his MBA from Wake Forest University.

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Phil Finley, Senior Vice President of Operations, Crete United

Phil Finley

Executive Vice President of Operations

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Phil Finley is the Executive Vice President of Operations at Crete United. He joined Crete United in 2023 to support the delivery of the company’s growth and strategic vision, bringing over 30 years of operational and business leadership experience. Prior to Crete United, Phil served as the Chief Operating Officer of Bilfinger Inc. in North America, a global provider of industrial and commercial services. Before Bilfinger and throughout his career, Phil led numerous successful company formations, transitions and expansions in the industrial services and construction sectors.

Phil was educated at the English School of Paris, France and Accrington & Rossendale College in the UK.

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April Sayer, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Crete United

April Sayer

Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing

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April Sayer joined Crete United in 2021 as the National Sales Director and was promoted to Vice President of Sales & Marketing in 2022. She now serves as the Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing and oversees Crete United's sales and marketing teams, identifies sales targets and goals, and then brings together all the efforts needed to achieve them. She brings over 15 years of national sales experience in the MEP industry to Crete United and its partners. Prior to joining Crete United 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.

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Christine Suhs, Vice President of Human Resources, Crete United

Christine Suhs

Senior Vice President of Human Resources

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Christine Suhs joined Crete United in 2021 as the Director of Human Resources and was promoted in 2022 to Vice President of Human Resources. She now serves as the Senior 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 United, Christine held the position of Executive Vice president at Stellar Partners, Unc, a leading national airport retail company.

Christine earned a B.A. in International Relations from Drake University, where she graduated magna cum laude.

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Dwight Abshire, Vice President of HSE-ESG, Crete United

Dwight Abshire

Vice President of Sustainability

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Dwight is the Vice President of Health, Safety and Environment – Environmental, Social and Governance (HSE-ESG) at Crete United. He has more than 30 years of experience in domestic and international construction management. Before joining Crete United, Dwight was Vice President of Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ) at Bilfinger North America and Corporate HSEQ Director at Bilfinger Westcon. Prior to Bilfinger, he served as Global Director of Engineering and Construction for CB&I and Global Director for Mining and Metals for Fluor. He started his career in refining and has held positions including project manager, operations manager, construction/technical services manager and various levels in health, safety, security, environment and quality.

Dwight served in the US Army Medical Regiment at the 100th General Hospital. He holds a degree from Bossier Parish Community College and attended Rice University’s Advanced Leadership program.

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Kyle Greer, Vice President of Operations, Crete United

Kyle Greer

Vice President of Operations, East Region

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Kyle Greer is the Vice President of Operations, East Region at Crete United. He joined Crete United in 2023, bringing over 15 years of leadership experience. Prior to joining Crete United, Kyle was a Vice President of Portfolio Operations at Ridgemont Equity Partners, where he led operational improvement initiatives primarily within Ridgemont’s industrial growth sector. Before Ridgemont, Kyle was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, serving clients in the industrial services and manufacturing industries. Kyle began his career as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army, leading teams in the US and during operational deployments.

Kyle earned a B.A. from the University of Mississippi and an MBA from Rice University. He and his family live in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Dominic Holmes, Vice President of Service Operations

Dominic Holmes

Vice President of Operations, Central & West Region

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Dominic Holmes is the Vice President of Operations, Central & West Regions at Crete United. He joined Crete United in January 2022 as Director of Service Operations and was promoted to his current position in April 2023. Dominic has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of service within the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and facilities maintenance industries. Beginning his career as an apprentice electrician, Dominic broadened his expertise to the HVAC service industry as a service technician, eventually becoming the Vice President of Operations for an international facilities maintenance organization. Dominic has held senior management positions with national and international service organizations. Before joining Crete United, he managed a sales team for an HVAC distributor based in the Midwest.

As a mature student, Dominic earned a B.S. in Business Management from the UOP.

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Lia Bosma is Crete United’s Vice President of Integration.

Lia Bosma

Vice President of Integration

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Lia Bosma is Crete United’s Vice President of Integration. She leads Crete United’s partner onboarding and platform integration efforts. Lia has been leading post-acquisition integration programs for over a decade, enabling sustained growth and operational excellence. Lia brings to Crete United her experience in working with cross-functional teams to implement an end-to-end playbook that starts in the M&A process for new deals, includes developing platform post-close integration strategy and tailored plans for every acquisition, and executing roadmaps for platform systems implementations. Previously, she was the VP of Operations for Warren Equity Partners, a private equity firm investing in industrial and business services firms. Lia holds a BA and MA from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Lucas Price, Vice President of Energy Services, Crete United

Lucas Price

Vice President of Energy Efficiency Solutions

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Lucas Price is the Vice President of Energy Efficiency Solutions at Crete United. He joined Crete United in 2023, bringing over 20 years of experience in the building services and energy retrofit industry. Prior to Crete United, Lucas was ABM’s Senior Director of Data & Analytics, where he led enterprise-wide improvement strategies for their largest Integrated Facility Services clients. While at ABM, he also led programs around energy savings reporting and risk analysis, financial database creation and deployment, and large project forecasting processes. Previously, Lucas held roles at Honeywell in Sales and Operational Leadership, serving public and federal Energy Savings Performance Contract clients across the U.S. and Canada.

Lucas earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and is Six Sigma Green Belt certified.

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Chase Cormier, Vice President of M&A

Chase Cormier

Vice President of M&A

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Chase Cormier is the Vice President of M&A at Crete United. He joined Crete United in 2023, bringing over 10 years of M&A experience. Chase began his career in investment banking and private equity and was most recently the Vice President of Corporate Development at Addtronics, where he led M&A and integration. Prior to Addtronics, Chase was at IES Holdings, making acquisitions in the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC space.

Chase earned a B.S. from North Carolina State University.

Nick Miller, Vice President of M&A

Nick Miller

Vice President of M&A

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Nick Miller is the Vice President of M&A at Crete United. Before joining Crete United in 2023, Nick was an Investment Banking Associate at Piper Sandler, where he executed M&A transactions in the Business Services and Industrials sectors. Prior to his time at Piper Sandler, he served in the military for 10 years as a US Navy SEAL.

Nick is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Co-Founders

Jake Sloane, Co-Founder / Mergers & Acquisitions, Crete Mechanical Group

Jake Sloane

Co-Founder / Mergers & Acquisitions

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Jake Sloane is Co-Founder of Crete United and currently leads Crete’s mergers and acquisitions initiatives. Jake has vast experience in operations, finance, and acquisitions, most recently co-founding Alliance Animal Health and Legacy Service Partners with Frank Zhang. Alliance Animal Health is a platform of veterinary practices operating across 25 states. Legacy Service Partners is a platform of home service companies operating in more than 15 states. Prior to co-founding the three companies, 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 Crete United and Legacy Service Partners 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.

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Frank Zhang, Co-Founder, Crete Mechanical Group

Frank Zhang

Co-Founder

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Frank Zhang is Co-Founder of Crete United. Frank has vast experience in operations, finance, and acquisitions, most recently co-founding Alliance Animal Health and Legacy Service Partners with Jake Sloane. Prior to co-founding the three companies, 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 Crete United and Legacy Service Partners.

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.

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