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Forum Events Make 'Top Facilities Management Conferences to Attend in 2018' List

Two of our events, the Healthcare Facilities Management Forum and the Facilities Management Summit, have been named among the top 50 facilities management conferences to attend in 2018.

Here are the details on the Forum Events (@ForumEventsUSA) selected by Camcode as two of their top facilities management conferences for this year. Don’t miss them!

Healthcare Facilities Management Forum

Taking place April 23–24 in Chicago, Illinois The Healthcare Facilities Management Forum is designed specifically for managers, directors, and VPs of healthcare facilities who have projects in the pipeline and actively are sourcing solutions. Over the course of two action-packed days, attendees will meet one-on-one with solution providers, attend workshops and sessions, and network with peers from leading companies.

Cost to Attend: FREE for qualified delegate attendees!

Facilities Management Summit Boston

Taking place November 12–13 in Boston, Massachusetts The Facilities Management Summit Boston will feature two action-packed days designed specifically for facilities decision makers, including managers, directors, and VPs, who have projects lined up and are actively sourcing solutions. Attendees have the opportunity to choose the solution providers you have the most interest in meeting and to shape your agenda of one-on-ones and sessions. You will appreciate being able to source solution providers more efficiently and get attention specific to your needs at the Facilities Management Summit Boston.

Cost to Attend: FREE for qualified delegate attendees!

The Duralife 123 Challenge: Do Your School Lockers Pass the Test?

Guest blog from Scranton Products

School personnel including teachers, principals, facility managers, PTA members, and superintendants all around are taking the Duralife 123 Challenge to find out if their school lockers pass the test. Lockers line the hallways of schools and face harsh wear and tear every day as students unload their books and belongings, open and close them between every class, and even draw on them. Will your school lockers pass the test? Take the Duralife 123 Challenge to See for Yourself.


You may think that metal lockers are more durable than plastic lockers, just like some of the school personnel who took the Duralife 123 Challenge, but they quickly found out that High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Duralife Lockers are far superior.

The first test of the Duralife 123 Challenge is to use forceful impact against a metal locker, then again against an HDPE plastic locker.

After hitting both lockers with a hammer, the school personnel found that the metal lockers were easily dented with little force while HDPE plastic lockers could be hit as hard as possible and did not leave a mark.

Traditional metal lockers are usually made from 16 gauge steel which is less than 1/16 inch thick material. This thin material makes metal lockers prone to denting and other types of damage. But Duralife Lockers are made of 1/2 inch thick rigid HDPE plastic, which makes them 59 times greater in resistance to impact than metal lockers.

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Graffiti is a big issue when it comes to school lockers. Students may write all over their lockers, leaving damage and making your school appear in a negative light. It’s important to avoid a locker material that makes it difficult to clean graffiti off, and it’s also costly to utilize various cleaning methods in an effort to do so. You may also have to end up replacing the lockers or repaint them which is very costly. 

The second test of the Duralife 123 Challenge is graffiti. School personnel wrote on a metal locker and a Duralife Locker with permanent markers, and then they attempted to clean the marker off. As they tried to wipe the marker off the metal lockers very little came off and the graffiti was still very visible, , But when they wiped the marker off the HDPE plastic lockers, there was no residue left with little effort.

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One big issue with metal lockers is the noise they produce when students close them. Hearing this loud sound ring throughout the halls is enough to give anyone a headache, and it’s particularly distracting to the students in class when they hear various locker slams in the hallway.

The third and final test of the Duralife 123 Challenge is noise. School personnel slammed a metal locker then slammed an HDPE plastic locker to see which one made more noise. Metal lockers made a loud sound, while HDPE plastic lockers made a more muffled, quieter sound.

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So take the Duralife 123 Challenge today and find out if your school lockers pass the test. If not, click here to check out Scranton Products and find out where you can buy Duralife Lockers.

Facilities Management Summit to Take Place in Chicago on November 9 & 10

The Facilities Management Summit will take place on November 9th and 10th at the Westin Chicago Northwest. Facility executives from the Midwest region will meet with solution providers at the appointment-based event to discuss upcoming projects and sourcing needs.

A seminar program running alongside meetings throughout Monday and Tuesday will cover topics like sustainability, dashboard interfaces and system analytics, corporate security and energy savings. All speakers are renowned for leading the facility industry and will share their experiences during 45-minute seminars.

The Westin Chicago Northwest is the perfect back drop for professional networking over complimentary meals and breaks at the Facilities Management Summit. Located just a stones-throw from the city, this venue provides a luxurious, laid-back setting for executives to connect with their peers and solution providers.

The summit hosts a selection of sponsors covering a wide variety of services from access control to thermal imaging and audit security. Sponsors include Architectural Graphics, Inc., Axis Communications, Bradley Corporation, CollectiveView, Inc., DC-Group, Delta Controls, Detex, GAF, Icon – Maintenance Services, Integrated Building Maintenance, Lightstat, Inc., MSM Global One, Scranton Products and Veritiv.

Delegate attendees include executives from Caesars Entertainment, City Colleges of Chicago, City of Atlanta, Goodwill Industries, Papa John’s Pizza, RaceTrac, Rooms To Go, Inc., Speedy Cash Holding, Sbarro, Kohls, US Cellular and Walgreens, just to name a few.

For more information on the Facilities Management Summit, or to register for future events, contact

Understanding CollectiveView's Space & Move Management Modules

Let’s be honest, AutoCAD is a complicated program to use. A lot of facilities management systems were designed as "visual databases," meaning they require the user to interact in the CAD system for nearly everything they need to update with regards to their building or floor. This is what we call the AutoCAD trap.

CollectiveView’s IWMS software takes that trap away from the facility managers and translates the information into a visual format.  Facility mangers are used to inputting data into a spreadsheet format (Access or Excel) or a form format (on-line shopping sites).  The Space management tool used in conjunction with the Moves-Adds-Changes forms combines the inputting of information such as where the person sits, why they are moving and when they need to be moved with the visual layout of a floor plan with highlighted vacant offices. 

CollectiveView’s ViewSPACE and ViewMAC simplifies the business process and streamlines the work flow.  The ViewMAC form gathers data from a HR feed, associates the person to an AutoCAD polyline, and asks the pertinent questions that are needed for the software to update the AutoCAD, such as, when will the person move, which office/cubicle will the person move to, and why is the person moving?  As ViewMAC processes those answers, the form transmits the data to AutoCAD to recognize the square footage of the new office, update the personnel data to the HR feed (ie. new phone number or extension) and finally, display their name on the on-line floor plan for colleagues to find that person within the building.

The following day, ViewSPACE prints an output of the AutoCAD drawings to a searchable pdf format, which has multiple layers of visual information: which office is occupied and by whom, which department do they work for, how many vacancies are within the building, how do people exit the building in an emergency, and ultimately, is there cost savings to be gained by moving people into other spaces or buildings?  Facility managers are asked these questions on a daily basis by their C-level executives, peers and vendors, ViewSPACE can provide the answers to those questions in a real-time report or dashboard display.

Once those daily questions are answered, further strategic planning can be done and software traps can be avoided.

For further information or a demonstration of either ViewSPACE and ViewMAC, please contact Andrew Metzler at CollectiveView. 

Andrew Metzler

303-268-3840 office

303-358-9763 cell



Facilities Management Summit Partners with Green Building News

fms.jpgThe Facilities Management Summit is pleased to announce a media partnership between Green Building News, a publication by Emlen Media.

By partnering with Green Building News, the Facilities Management Summit is now at the forefront of industry news and trends. “Most of our attendees are constantly exploring new ways of implementing green building strategies,” says Kester Van Fleet, Event Manager of the Facilities Management Summit hosted by Forum Events. Van Fleet adds, “I am excited about partnering with such a relevant publication to offer our attendees current information about trends and resources in the industry.”

Launched in 2006, Green Building News provides product news and business information for a number of different vertical markets focusing on energy efficiency and sustainable building information. GBN readers include architects, engineers, and contractors, as well as facility and operational managers. Specific to commercial and industrial facilities, GBN is committed to a common goal of teaching how to more efficiently run industrial, transportation, public, education, commercial, healthcare and R&D facilities.  

“Our media partners are trusted names in the industry and are a great way for our entire team to stay current on industry trends. With that being said – our events cut through the nonsense and give attendees the most informative and productive experience based on current industry news,” says Yasmin Parsloe, Director of Communications at Forum Events.

The Facilities Management Summit is taking place on November 9 & 10, 2015 in Chicago, IL. Complimentary registration is available to qualifying senior-level facility executives who are currently sourcing projects to network with solution providers in a one-on-one setting, attend seminars and network with other C-Level peers.

For more information on the Facilities Management Summit, contact Event Manager Kester Van Fleet at

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Event Testimonials - Facilities Management Summit, Houston, TX

HOUSTON, TX – More than 795 pre-scheduled meetings took place at the Facilities Management Summit in Houston, Texas this June. Here is what attendees have to say about the event:

Delegate Attendees:

“As this has been my third show in which I continue to meet people in the industry, it’s a smaller summit which gives you a better insight of meeting vendors and the industry peers.” – Biscuitville

“Great format! Very productive!” – Oklahoma City Museum of Art

“I enjoyed the discussions and interactions with vendors and other facility managers. The format was perfect!” – Penske Automotive

“I always end up meeting some great vendors to do business with. This is my second Forum in three years, and it did meet my expectations again! I would love the opportunity to attend more conferences like this in the future. The Forum staff are very friendly and helpful. Class act! A+! Thank you for the invite! Rob and Jamie are great hosts!” – ICON Hospital

“I enjoyed the one-on-one with the company reps. This helps better understand what they can do for the needs directly without someone else watering down the information.” – Baker Hughes

“Was very good.” – Friendship West Baptist

“Excellent conference. I met with several groups that shared critical information. This was a great first conference.” – Ace Cash Express

“Informative, focused, needs based, comfortable, useful, much better environment than trade shows! Would attend again! Outstanding facility, great food! Thanks for the invite!” – City of Houston

“Very educational and good insight. I was able to talk to vendors about product modifications for possible solutions.” – Amazon Web Services, Delegate 1

“You treated us well, thank you.” – CSU

“Pleasantly surprised! Enjoyed the ability to have one-on-one interaction.” – Austin Police Department

“The vendors spending time at your table was very productive.” – Arlington ISD

“The one-on-one meetings are excellent. Gives one an opportunity to discuss more in depth with vendors.” – Greektown Casino

“First time attending – event staff were professional, helpful and accommodating. Appreciated the method of vendors coming to your table and established schedule.” – UT System Police

“I had a very positive experience. Networking was very useful.” – Atlanta Braves

“It was pleasantly surprising. I liked the relaxed atmosphere.” – Fiesta Mart, Inc.


Vendor Attendees:

“Very good event with great direct staff. Easy to talk with everyone, open to any and all ideas.” – Integrated Building Maintenance

“I enjoyed it – it was a good crowd and a great concept! Will be recommending further participation. Ya’ll did good!” – Quest Construction

“Your staff was amazing, vendors were friendly and buyers were ready to buy!” – MySmartPlans

“Really good run event! Meetings with end users with an active need for our product.” – Detex

“Great first event!” – Super Clean

“Enjoyed our first experience with Forum.” – The Enpro Group

This was extremely well done. Enjoyed the format, the pace, the flow. List of delegates was excellent. Avigilon has absolutely added revenue to the pipeline, established new relationships and event bolstered new ones. Will definitely be at the next event.” – Avigilon

“Very helpful staff. Good show!” – Video Insight

“Excellent face-to-face time way more effective than chasing people down at conferences and trade shows.” – SnapTrends 

795 Meetings Conducted at Facilities Management Summit - Houston, TX

event photo houston.JPGThe Facilities Management Summit dodged flash floods in the Houston Galleria area in the first week of June. As facility directors from the area gathered at the JW Marriott, the skies cleared, setting the scene for the second Facilities Management Summit of 2015.

Delegate attendees, including facility directors from ACE Cash Express, Biscuitville, City of Houston, Cracker Barrel, Enanta Pharmaceuticals, General Electric, HHS, Panda Restaurant Group, Inc., Penske Automotive Group, Race Trac, Speedy Cash Holding and The Apparel Group, met with providers for a total of 795 combined meetings over the day-and-a-half with solution providers including Architectural Graphics, Inc., Axis Communications, Detex, Egan Sign, MySmartPlans, Lightstat, Inc., Veritiv and Service Channel.

“This was extremely well done. Enjoyed the format, the pace, the flow. List of delegates was excellent. Avigilon has absolutely added revenue to the pipeline, established new relationships and even bolstered old ones. Will definitely be at the next event,” says Avigilon, who attends numerous summits, including the most recent in Houston, Texas.

“Informative, focused, needs based, comfortable, useful, much better environment than trade shows! Would attend again! Outstanding facility, great food! Thanks for the invite!” – City of Houston

Delegate attendees made new connections while also learning about new solutions as part of the seminar program at the summit. Biscuitville returned to this summit, saying “As this has been my third show in which I continue to meet people in the industry, it’s a smaller summit which gives you a better insight of meeting vendors and industry peers.”

Following the event, the Forum Team has received feedback from delegate attendees and all have reported they intend to do business with at least one connection they made at the summit. 


Facilities Management Summit Offers CEUs for Seminar Program

The Facilities Management Summit is offering continuing education learning credits during a one hour seminar program on Sustainable Materials in Restrooms, Locker Rooms and Other Applications. In order to attend the seminar, executives must register for the complimentary Forum taking place on June 1 & 2, 2015 in Houston, TX.

Attendees will earn one AIA HSW/SD CE hour and one GBCI CE hour by completing the one hour program sponsored by Scranton Products. The program will take an in depth look at sustainable materials in restrooms and locker rooms, offering an explanation of how High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) reduces environmental impact and ways it offers both initial and long term improvements to the indoor air quality of any project.

Scranton Products is a confirmed vendor attending the Facilities Management Summit. The summit is designed to connect senior facilitiy management executives, GPOs and solution providers. During the day-and-a-half summit, executives will attend pre-arranged business meetings, industry seminars and networking experiences – all in a small scale and intimate setting.

The Facilities Management Summit is complimentary to the first 50 qualifying registrants, meaning hotel accommodation, meals, refreshments and personalized itinerary are covered.

Since 1996, Forum Events has hosted successful appointment-based events in Europe and North America with 96 percent of attendees reporting that attending a summit is more effective than a traditional trade show. Of the attending decision makers at the summit, 55 percent say they send junior levels of staff to national conventions to collect data, while the decision makers themselves attend our events. 

In order to reserve your complimentary place at the Facilities Management Summit and earn CE hours at Scranton Products’ seminar, register here.

For questions about attending the summit, contact Jamie Stewart at or by phone at (941)925-7585 ext. 101. For media questions, contact Yasmin Parsloe at

For a full list of industry events and our upcoming schedule of events, click here.

Throwing Out Resolutions: Goals for the New Year

New year, new you, right?­­­ Not necessarily. While many of us have resolved to throw out those annual goals, there is still room to improve on our tried and treasured measures in the facility management world. We have some suggestions for making 2015 the year of optimal success without reinventing your facility and personal mindset.

Here are a few tips:

1. Less surprises, more planning.

Most facility executives emphasize the need to plan and strategize all phases of management. To save time and unforeseen hassle this year, develop a plan for all of your facility goals with clearly described steps to achieve those goals – consider including the people who will play a role, departments that can help and clear methods to make it happen. This plan will help you organize and implement your goals.

2. Monitor progress

You may spend a fair amount of time creating systems at the beginning of the year, but this will make for a lot less headaches in the long run. Develop a standard reporting procedure for your entire facility or department. Use this system to measure progress, earn feedback and really analyze the reports. This information will allow you the means to request additional resources or investments in the future.

3. Encourage growth in your team

Investing in your team may lead to your biggest payout yet. Be sure to encourage growth and self-improvement within your team. Allow your staff the tools and means to grow and be successful in their roles. You can do this by listening to their feedback and adjusting or adding to their roles to allow them to grow and expand their experience. A valuable team is your best asset, put this to work in 2015.

4. Learn from others

They say that the best ideas are often copied, make an effort this year to gain new connections. Consider joining an association of facility managers, attending a networking event or using social media to learn about your peers in the industry. By expanding your connections, you will be able to learn about other methods in facility management, troubleshoot and inevitably better your own facility. There is no shame in creating your own support network to ask questions.

While these ideas may seem fairly simple, you will find that by taking extra time to set foreseeable goals, monitor all phases of those goals and develop a valuable team – you will see all faculties of your facility improve. Let us know how your year turns out!

FM Summit Round Up

VP of Global Security & Facility Operations
at ESPN attends the Facility Management
Summit in Philadelphia. September, 2014. 

Keynote speaker Rick Abbott, Vice President of Global Security and Facility Operations at ESPN, gave the opening presentation following the 35th anniversary of the sports broadcasting legend. His speech set high expectations for the day, highlighting key moments in sports history and the work behind broadcasting them.Just last week, the Facilities Management Summit Team returned from Philadelphia following another successful event. From the pre-event drink reception on Sunday evening, to the casino night on Monday night, to the ending luncheon – the crowd of attendees was focused, energetic and fun!

The main ballroom at the Summit was buzzing at the first introductions on day one – this atmosphere continued throughout the entire event as guests started to laugh, joke and really get to know one another. By the second day, all attendees were on a first-name basis and prepared to continue their business relationships.

Eight-hours of consecutive meetings can be exhausting, but this crowd didn’t hesitate to enjoy another round of networking at the Gala dinner, which was intimate and delicious! Following this, attendees got extra competitive around casino tables where they battled it out over games of roulette, blackjack and poker.

The next day, everyone was back in the swing of things, continuing their meetings and introductions. During the final luncheon, everyone bid farewell following a successful two-days of meetings.

The Forum Team wants to thank everyone who attended this event and hope to hear many stories of new connections and better business!


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