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Facility management is always changing, especially in unprecedented times like these. That is why roundtable discussions, such as the ones listed below, offer an important opportunity for FMs to share real-world experiences that inform other facility professionals as they pursue goals and encounter challenges. Spaces are limited, so join an IFMA Roundtable Discussion today to leverage your expertise and benefit from the knowledge of other FMs. Add your voice to the FM industry discourse!

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Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020


Time Session Presented By
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm FM Myths vs. FM Facts

Sometimes it’s difficult separating myth from fact. Come prepared to discuss how to become a more informed and discerning FM.

Facilitators Don Ricker, NCIDQ, IIDA, Senior Associate, Gensler; Federico Garcia Parra, Head of Global Strategic Accounts & Customer Advisory Board Chair, Otis Elevator Company; Michael Savitt, National Field Sales Manager, Excel Dryer Company

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lessons learned: competing safety vs privacy issues

How does an FM manage safety issues versus privacy invasion? Bring your experiences and share what worked and what didn’t.

Facilitators:  Niklas Moeller, MBA, LogiSon Acoustic Network;  John C. Wang, CEO and Co-founder of IAdea; Adrian Weygandt, Managing Director, Spacewell

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Isn’t it obvious? No – what to communicate and when

Communication is key, whether it’s within facilities teams, to building occupants, or other stakeholders. Share your knowledge on communicating effectively while managing liabilities.

Facilitators:  Kate Pichelman, Gensler; Stephen Nichols, Otis Elevator Company, Grant Morgan, CEO, R-Zero Patti Cruse

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Repair or replace – that is the question

FMs are always challenged to do more with less. How do you determine when to renovate/repair instead of starting fresh? What is your rule of thumb or guiding principle?

Facilitators:  Stephen Lewis, Senior Carpet Inspector (Floor Covering Institute of Technical Services), IICRC Master Textile Cleaner, IICRC Approved Instructor, Green Cleaning University Green Cleaning Professional, milliCare; Don Newell, PE, CEM, LEED AP, EMCOR Building Services

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Staying on top of your to-do’s

Efficient FMs manage competing priorities in a variety of ways. What are your favorite FM life-hacks? Tell us about the most important things on your to-do list and how you get them done.

Facilitators: TBA


*Limited seating available for IFMA members only. Sign-up for a roundtable session during the registration process to secure your spot today.

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020


Time Session Presented By
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm FM:Evolution or FM:Revolution

Throughout 2020, we’ve seen the world shift around us as the global pandemic unfolded. Will facility management slightly evolve in response, or is this a revolution resulting in profound and permanent change? Conflicting opions abound – share what you see happening today and what you think tomorrow will bring.

Facilitators:  David Trask, ARC Facilities; Brian Haines

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Developing FM Talent

As many seasoned FMs look toward retiring in the next few years, the industry works quickly to advance the FM profession. Is it more important to grow and develop FMs from within the organization, or attract new talent? Challenging hiring managers to join the conversation and discuss advantages/disadvantages to both.

Facilitators:  TBA

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Cap-Ex: I want vs. I need

Perception is reality and a true need may be viewed as a “want”. FMs must influence procurement contacts to approved large ticket items. Contribute your best tactics for successful negotiation.

Facilitators:  Adrian Weygandt, Managing Director, Spacewell; Jeff Himsel, Regional Sales Manager – West, Excel Dryer; Lisa McDaniel

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Economy: how does an FM prepare for the future during an uncertain economy?

Economic trends affect an FMs day-to-day more profoundly than one would think. That’s why Finance and Business is one of the 11 core competencies of FM. How has the recent fluctuating economy impacted your facility? Share your economic disaster preparedness.

Facilitators:  Earl Geertgens, FreeAxez; Marnik Vermuelen, Director, IBM Global Real Estate

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Risk vs Reward

You have to know when to hold ’em, and know when to fold ’em. Every FM knows that the secret to surviving is knowing what to risks to take to propel them toward their goal. Bring your stories of staking it all on FM success. How did it work out in the end?

Facilitators:  Heidi Shetler, New Pig Corporation; Marianne Flores, Director, Global Integrated Solutions Center of Excellence, IBM Global Real Estate


*Limited seating available for IFMA members only. Sign-up for a roundtable session during the registration process to secure your spot today.

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