Mark Schiff Named EVP and COO of Sightlines

GUILFORD, Conn., Sept. 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sightlines, a leader in helping academic institutions better manage their facilities and capital investment strategies, today announced that Mark Schiff has joined the company as executive vice president and chief operating officer.

"Mark has deep expertise in developing and marketing data-based tools and services to professional markets, which will be extremely valuable to us as we move deeper into providing robust information services to universities that will help them better manage their facilities investments," said David Kadamus, president and chief executive officer of Sightlines.

Schiff, who fills a new position at Sightlines and will report directly to Kadamus, comes to the company after serving most recently as president of Hubbard One, a business within Thomson Reuters Corporation that provided business development tools to lawyers. Schiff was charged with transforming the business, repositioning it in the market, as well as launching innovative data-fueled products and services. Prior to Hubbard One, Schiff served as vice president of product marketing for Thomson Reuters' Legal division, where he was responsible for their largest and most successful product launch in company history.

Schiff earned a bachelor of arts degree from Duke University and an MBA with Distinction from New York University's Stern School of Business.

"Throughout my career, I've recognized the power of data to provide insights for professionals by developing information tools that are easy for them to use," said Schiff. "I was attracted to Sightlines because I saw an opportunity to build on an already successful business by finding new ways to mine their incredibly robust database and deliver even deeper and broader insights to the higher education market."

Sightlines has attracted significant attention from academic institutions this year after rolling out ROPA+, the next chapter in the company's service offering that helps colleges and universities transform their approach to facilities management. ROPA+ is an evolution of Sightlines' proprietary Return-On-Physical-Assets (ROPA) planning model, which helps colleges and universities define their strategic decision making around campus planning and investments. This unique service allows members to optimize their campus investments and contribute to the mission and long-term financial health of their institutions.

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About Sightlines

Founded in 2000, Sightlines works with approximately 400 academic campuses annually to create its ROPASM (Return-on-Physical-Assets) service, which provides a holistic approach to defining capital needs and provides an independent view of campus performance, reliably benchmarked against peer institutions. Academic institutions use ROPASM to defend budgets, secure additional funds, evaluate new construction, rebalance budgets, assess maintenance backlogs, determine proper staffing and service levels, and successfully present budgets to boards. Sightlines was named to the 2012 Inc. 5000 list, an annual report from Inc. Magazine of the fastest growing privately owned businesses in the U.S., for the fourth consecutive year. For more information, please call 203.682.4952, go to or email

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