Arnold Pirtle, Focus: HOPE’s Director of Facilities and Community Affairs, has served the organization in various management roles since 1998. He is currently leading Focus: HOPE’s efforts to sell 241,000 sq. ft. of underutilized real estate and thereby reduce long-term debt, eliminate overhead expenses, and improve the bottom line. Simultaneously, he is working on the renovation and design of 25,000 sq. ft. of new offices, classrooms and shop floor training space on Oakman Boulevard.
Arnold has led the completion of numerous face-changing capital projects totaling more than $35 million, including:
- A complete renovation with new construction of the 86,000 sq. ft. Machinist Training Institute;
- $2 million in energy efficiency projects including re-lamping to LED the 17,000 sq. ft. Center for Children; and
- Relocating, consolidating, and renovating a 128,000 sq. ft. onsite warehouse for food storage and distribution, then selling the offsite warehouse.
He also championed the successful ISO 14001 certification, bringing Focus: HOPE its first environmental management system. He oversaw the integration of ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and TS16949 under one quality management umbrella. In addition to his work with Facilities, Arnold has also led Focus: HOPE’s Sales, Purchasing and Volunteer departments over the years.
Arnold holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He is a founding member of the Presbyterian Villages of Michigan’s (PVM) Village of Oakman Manor (55-unit senior independent housing near Focus: HOPE’s campus), and is a former member of PVM’s Risk Management, Governance, and Human Resource Committees. Arnold is currently active with his children’s competitive swim and crew teams.