Letter from Karim Allana

I am pleased to report some great news about Allana Buick & Bers’ (ABBAE). We are pleased to share with you new promotions of Senior Principals, Principals, and Associate Principals. These individuals possess the expertise and the dedication to ourclients, which has been the hallmark of our success and growth. I congratulate these individuals for their promotion, and thank them for their hard work and loyalty to ABBAE.
Karim Allana, PE, RRC, RWC
CEO & Senior Principal

Senior Principals

Eugene Buick

Eugene Buick, PE
COO & Senior Principal

Mr. Buick joined the company in 2002 as a Principal in his 20’s, when there were roughly 20 employees. In 2004, Mr. Buick was promoted to COO and Principal. Since then, Mr. Buick has assisted ABBAE open ten additional offices and expand its service offering. As COO, Mr. Buick is responsible for day-to-day operations for investigation, design, construction administration and construction management of over 500 projects each year. In 2018 has been promoted to a Senior Principal. He has a passion for cooking, wine, and spending time with his family.
Gerson Bers

Gerson Bers, LEED AP
Vice President & Senior Principal

Mr. Bers joined the company in 2002 as a Principal and General Manager, then subsequently was promoted to Vice President in 2004. Mr. Bers has over 30 years of consulting experience in building sciences, architectural-engineering, and construction Mr. Bers has a passion for working with prominent architects on challenging projects. In 2018, ABBAE promoted Mr. Bers to Senior Principal of the firm.  Mr. Bers lives in Palo Alto with his wife Tory, adorable dog Juno, and occasionally sees his twins who are juniors attending college in Boston.


Peterson Lambert

Petersen Lambert, PE, CDT
Seattle Division Manager & Principal

Born and raised in New Jersey, Petersen Lambert, PE is the Principal for the Seattle Branch Office and has been with the firm over 17 years. He joined the team in 2001, after making the move to California as a recent graduate of Rutgers University College of Engineering, as a Field Technician. Mr. Lambert spent time supporting ABBAE’s main Palo Alto office, and eventually moved to Hawaii for a short stint. In 2005, Mr. Lambert moved to Los Angeles as a Senior Project Manager. In 2007, Mr. Lambert was promoted to Branch Manager of the Los Angeles office. In 2009, Mr. Lambert moved to Seattle and opened the Seattle Branch office where he currently consults and manages. He is a frequent presenter of technical information, including regular presentations for the Roof Consultants Institute at both the regional and national level. He was recognized as a rising star in the ENR Young Professionals category in 2015. Mr. Lambert currently concentrates on project and client management, team training and development, consultation oversight, and the occasional whiskey tasting. He was promoted to Associate Principal in 2013, most recently promoted to Principal in 2018.
Joe Higgins

Joe Higgins, PE
Hawaii Operations Manager & Principal

Mr. Higgins is originally from Arizona where he practiced as a Professional Engineer and mechanical contractor. In 2008, he joined ABBAE and moved to Hawaii and served as a Project Manager in Maui. In 2012 he was promoted to Mechanical Division Manager for Hawaii and moved from Maui to Honolulu. In 2013 Mr. Higgins was promoted to Hawaii Operations Manager and in the same year, was alsopromoted to Associate Principal. In 2018, in his tenth year at ABBAE, he has been promoted to a Principal. He has over 30 years of experience with the engineering, installation, and service of building mechanical systems
Jerome Jeffers

Jerome Jeffers, RBEC, CCS, CCCA
Design Services Manager & Principal

Mr. Jeffers joined ABBAE in 2008 as the Design Services Manager. Mr. Jeffers’ leadership and in-depth knowledge of building enclosure and waterproofing systems gleaned from 40 years’ experience has greatly contributed to ABBAE’s ability to provide comprehensive building envelope services. He was promoted to Associate Principal in 2009. In 2013, Mr. Jeffers earned the Registered Building Envelope Consultant (RBEC) certification, the most prestigious certification for the roofing, waterproofing, and building envelope consultant practice; and was amongst the first two people in California to receive this certification. In 2018, he has been promoted to a Principal. Mr. Jeffers also serves as the Vice-President of the Northern California Chapter of RCI.
John Williams

John Williams
North Carolina Division Manager & Principal

Mr. Williams joined ABBAE in 2016 as the North Carolina Division Manager, opening the North Carolina office. He brought with him extensive mechanical engineering consulting expertise with his oversight of over 2,000 projects. Mr. Williams has extensive experience in the hospitality sector and manages over 100 projects a year. In 2018 he was promoted to a Principal.
John Kelleher

John Kelleher
CFO & Principal

Mr. Kelleher joined ABBAE in 2013 as Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, Mr. Kelleher manages ABBAE’s accounting staff and oversees the project accountants, kp A/R, A/P, collections and reporting functions to ensure accuracy, completeness, timeliness, and adherence to generally accepted accounting principles. In 2018 he has been promoted to a Principal of the firm

Associate Principal

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James Engler, CSI, AIA, SCIP, BESI
Senior Consultant & Associate Principal

Mr. Engler joined ABBAE in 2014 as a Senior Consultant, working out of the Hawaii office. Mr. Engler has over 35 years of experience in building envelope design, construction, and analysis. Mr. Engler has provided project management and quality assurance services on all types of building envelope projects in Hawaii, California, and the State of Washington. He is a key member of the Hawaiian staff and is welcomed as an Associate Principal.

Highlighted California Projects

ABBAE looks forward to further supporting you, our clients, with the assistance of our promoted Principals across the country.