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Spring Chicago Event Recap: Trends for 2018 and Beyond

We had a great event in the Windy City for our Healthcare Facilities Management Forum, Education & Healthcare Security Forum, and Education Facilities Management Forum. The co-located events took place April 23rd-24th, 2018 at the Chicago Marriott O'Hare, in Chicago, IL.

Facility and security executives from leading hospitals and educational institutions joined us for a day and a half of one-on-one meetings, learning-based workshops, and business networking.

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A sample of attending hospitals and institutions included:

  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Whitestone Healthcare
  • Nicklaus Children's Hospital
  • Children’s Hospital & Medical Center
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Jackson Park Hospital
  • East Aurora School District 131
  • Harry S Truman College
  • Faith Regional Health Services
  • Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • University of Findlay
  • New London Public Schools
  • Malcolm X College

Overall, the feedback from our attendees was overwhelmingly positive on the effectiveness of the face-to-face appointments, with 9 out of 10 attendees agreeing that this type of setup was a much more effective way to source new vendors.

“This event was a great way to quickly meet a variety of vendors and network with colleagues.”

“Very helpful and the 1:1 contact with the vendors was great to be able to ask questions.”

“It was a new and interesting way to meet and speak with potential vendors. I also enjoyed meeting with and speaking to other facility directors.”

“This was my first time attending this event, and already look forward to the next. I thoroughly appreciated having the opportunity to meet with vendors one on one and have ample time to discuss my district's needs, and how they could help me. The workshops were also beneficial, because they did not just focus on selling a product, but provided great information as well.”

Workshop Sessions in Chicago

The learning-based workshops in Chicago covered a range of important trends in FM and Security. Brad Hunter of SchoolDude covered 5 education operations management trends to know for 2018, while Kevin Hendershot covered construction and security trends that will affect us in the coming year and beyond. Rob Donlon of Scranton Products kept us up-to-date on the latest sustainable materials available for restrooms, locker rooms and other applications. We also covered dashboard interfaces, repair and renovation contracts, exit devices and alarms, and a host of other critical topics – a total of 10 workshop sessions in all.

Casino Night in Chicago

We also found time to network during Casino Night, a tradition that both solution providers and delegate attendees (as well as the Forum Staff!) always enjoy. We closed the event on Tuesday excited to start planning for our next upcoming events in Plano, TX and City of Industry, CA.

Want to join us, or know someone who'd be a great fit for this event? Reach out and let us know! You can drop us a line at or request more information here.

Testimonials Stream In From the Education Facilities Management Forum in Dallas, Texas

The Education Facilities Management Forum took place in Dallas, Texas on April 25 & 26, 2016. Feedback is streaming in from attendees already! Here's what they have to say about their Forum Experience:

"Forum did a great job! Positively was beyond my expectation! Love the layout, the best one I have been to yet!"
- Burleson ISD 

"This was my first time at an event like this format and it was great. I loved time with the companies without any pressure or sales pitch. All of them even said to just call and ask questions about anything. Great job by the Forum Events staff before, during, and after the event. Thanks!"
- CitySquare 

"The Forum was a great experience in allowing direct one-on-one contact with potential vendors. Having the opportunity to meet with several in a day with specific time frames made it much easier to get to the point and look at specific opportunities."
- Grand Prairie ISD 

"The one-on-one meetings with vendors allowed me to ask questions that pertained to my particular facility without interrupting or listening to others who had different needs than my own. The time allowed for these meetings was just right, enough to demonstrate the need for the product without it really being a sales pitch."
- Hendrix College 

"Very nice! Enjoyed the event. Well organized and the Forum staff were very helpful. Thanks for the invite!"
- Magnolia ISD 

"The ability to pre-select vendors prior to the event made my experience and met my organization's needs. Liked the schedule and format. Employees were friendly and helpful. As my district prepares for a new bond program, the contacts here were great. I also like it when companies bring demos of some of their latest products, as I need to see it and touch it to understand its capabilities."
- Spring Branch ISD 

[Event Recap]: Education Facilities Management Forum - April 2016

The Education Facilities Management Forum hosted approximately 532 one-on-one meetings at the Sheraton Dallas on April 25th and 26th,2016. Executives from companies including Burleson ISD, Cedar Valley College, Criswell College, El Paso ISD, Memphis University, Louisiana Community and Technical College System, The University of Tennessee, Westlake  Academy and the University of Arkansas connected for informative meetings with solution providers, seminars and networking opportunities.

Face-to-face meetings kicked off promptly on Monday morning and ran throughout the next day and a half, separated by meals and seminars. "The one-on-one meetings with vendors allowed me to ask questions that pertained to my particular facility without interrupting or listening to others who had different needs than my own. The time allowed for these meetings was just right, enough to demonstrate the need for the product without it really being a sales pitch," explained an attendee from Hendriz College. Speakers including Tim Grosse, George Belich and Dominick Armato led discussions on energy management, capital forecasting and operational efficiency.

Prime networking continued into the evening with a gala dinner and casino games overlooking the stunning Dallas skyline. 

After a fun evening, attendees reconnected on Tuesday morning for more face-to-face meetings and additional seminars, ending with a closing lunch.

For more information, or to attend future events, contact VP of Operations Rob Muise here.

[Sponsor News] Dryvit Introduces Outsulation HDCI System With a First-of-Its-Kind Warranty

Outsulation HDCI final c-a-w.jpgWEST WARWICK, R.I. - High Durability Continuous Insulation (HDCI) is the newest addition to the Outsulation line of energy efficient building envelope solutions from Dryvit Systems, Inc.

Backed by a unique 20-year performance warranty against punctures and including other performance features, HDCI stands alone in providing building owners and operators with a peace of mind warranty that the system will perform as specified for years into the future. HDCI combines an integrated air/water-resistive barrier, continuous insulation (CI), a superior reinforced base coat and virtually unlimited aesthetic options. Outsulation by Dryvit provides substantially improved energy efficiency over more traditional exterior building products, enabling projects to achieve the latest in ASHRAE and Energy Code Standards. 

"The Outsulation HDCI system is a game changer in the market," said Bruce Wingate, Vice President of Marketing and Sustainability. "This new, advanced system provides a stronger, more durable cladding and a warranty that provides the most comprehensive coverage in the EIFS industry. Outsulation HDCI provides architects, contractors and building owners a superior EIFS solutions and an answer to the need for a more durable wall." 

As with all Outsulation systems, HDCI provides increased energy efficiency, a complete single-sourced cladding system and compliance with IECC code requirements. Outsulation HCI is available now. For more information, please visit

About Dryvit Systems, Inc.

Dryvit Systems, Inc. ( is the manufacturer of Outsulation by Dryvit, the premier Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS), in the U.S., as well as Triarch, a line of architectural finishes and coatings for the interior of both commercial and residential projects. Dryvit operates all North American manufacturing facilities to both ISO 9001:2008 and 14001:2004 standards. Dryvit is a member of, and is actively engaged in, many relevant construction-related organizations such as AIA, CSI, AWCI, EIMA, NAHB, USGBC and ABAA. Dryvis works both independently and within those organizations to promote energy efficient construction methods that create jobs, reduce reliance on non-renewable energy sources, and reduce the carbon footprint of our nation's buildings.

Dryvit is headquartered in West Warwick, R.I., and has manufacturing facilities there, as well as in Georgia, Oklahoma, California, Canada and Poland.

Editorial Contact:

Barbara Catlow

Director of Marketing Communications

Dryvit Systems, Inc.

800-556-7752 ext. 1268

Seminar Program to Take Place at Education Facilities Management Forum

The Education Facilities Management Forum taking place on October 19 & 20 in Dallas, Texas has slated a seminar program that explores the many facets of school construction and facility management. The seminar program consists of 45-minute seminars by industry experts, some of which are offering CEUs.  

All speakers are qualified based upon their industry expertise and host editorial seminars followed by an open-discussion with attending C-level executives. The open format of these discussions allows for shared knowledge and brainstorming within the industry.

 While the Forum is built on the needs of registering delegates, our current seminar program consists of the following sessions:

Repair and Renovation Construction Projects – A Better Way: Job Order Contracting by Mike Coberley, the senior manager at KBR On-Call Construction.

Leveraging Analytics for Energy and Operations Performance in Facilities by Patty Anderson, CEO of Performance Building Solutions

“What We Need is a Plan” School [and Corporate] Security Gets Smarter; New Trends Emerge by Steve Surfaro, Security Industry Liaison for Axis Communications

Sustainable Materials in Restrooms, Locker Rooms and Other Applications by Rob Donlon, the director of sales at Scranton Products (1 AIA HSW/SD CE Hour & 1 GBCI CE Hour)

Crisis Management and Planning for the Mobile Age by Brad Hunter, private/independent and higher education sales manager at SchoolDude

Tips for Achieving Capital Forecasting Success by Brad Hunter, private/independent and higher education sales manager at SchoolDude

How Dashboard Style Interfaces and System Analytics are Increasing Operational Efficiency and Reducing Energy Costs in Commercial Buildings by John Mitro, business development manager at US East Delta Controls

To suggest an additional seminar topic or speaker, please contact To receive your complimentary space at the Education Facilities Management Forum, including access to the seminar program, visit

The Healthy Schools Project

The importance of sanitation in schools is obvious. Given the current threat of a contagious virus, school authorities are on especially high alert to boost sanitation procedures and ensure student safety. The Kimberly-Clark Professional Healthy Schools Project gave education facility managers and directors insight into how to manage during their workshop at the Education Facilities Management Forum in Chicago, IL. 

Andrea Burich led the workshop filled with guests from James Korfas of ISS and Jessica Holloway from Malcolm X College. She pointed out that the common cold costs Americans more than 189 million school days a year, almost $14.5 billion in lost productivity - the Healthy Schools Project aims to save schools money, time, productivity and to maintain the health of students.

The dirtiest places in an education facility are the door handles and shared water fountains. While most schools have protocols in place to reduce the spreading of germs - like regular wipe downs - the Healthy Schools Project has implemented a plan that places hand sanitizer at key hot spots, making cleanliness easily accessible. By combining the placement of sanitation projects with hygiene programs in schools, the Healthy Schools Project has reduced germs by 51% at the elementary level and 43% at the university level.

The project pairs hygiene programs with sanitation projects and marketing that enhances school image. Using posters and signage throughout facilities, the project raises awareness and reminds student to protect themselves in high-germ environments.

Offering certified green products, Kimberly-Clark Professional works one-on-one with schools to develop a plan that is personalized to the school's needs and budgets.




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