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[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.


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 media@forumevents.com


Marketing Your Biggest Asset: YOU!

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Every day you are critiqued on your presentation. Your presence on LinkedIn, your Facebook profile picture, the posts that you ‘like’ and the links that you share. While you’re busy marketing to the masses on social media, in email communication and through your website, you could be missing one very key platform: Yourself.

A key component of networking is in-person communication, and while the focus is often on online outreach, your face-to-face persona and presentation are often your biggest asset. Simon Sinek explains the importance of this in his TED talk, “How Great Leaders Inspire Action.” He suggests that people don’t buy into a product, they buy into the leader. With software for improving your post outreach, ads to boost your followers and engagement analytics, there's no specific tool to help you, as a person, improve – how can you upgrade your most human asset? Here are a few tips to help you market yourself:

1.      Become Magnetic.

Professionals should aspire to attain magnetic qualities to attract the attention of valuable colleagues, employees and customers. Traits of a magnetic person include authenticity, confidence, eloquence, energy, motivation, an active listener, well-versed, optimism, imagination, and a sense of humor. As a magnetic person, you are a role model and someone that others enjoy being around – people turn to you for assistance and advice because they respect and trust you.

 2.      Identify your expertise and then project it into the world.

Know your value and be willing to express it. Find an area that you excel in and then become an authority on the subject within your circle. For example, if you are an e-marketing guru, let your friends and coworkers know by offering to help or by making suggestions. Before you know it, people will come to you for advice and you will truly build your value among your peers and within your organization. By identifying and expressing your value, you will have more of a presence and will become highly respected and easy to remember.

 3.      Be the best version of yourself.

In-person communication is very reliant on presentation and a first-impression is made in fractions of a second – like many top selling products, your “package” is often your most valuable asset. Have you invested in your professional image? Are you healthy and positive? Are you well-versed on current events? Can you hold a strong conversation? To attract others, you must be the best version of yourself. If you are constantly aspiring to improve, you will inspire and attract others.

 4.      Know who you are.

Not to be confused with knowing your value, knowing who you are helps you build strong talking points and create a stand point on most topics. Self-awareness requires you to understand the factors that positively inspire you to achieve something substantive and relevant every day. Your thoughts, beliefs, work ethic and attitude become your personal brand and are increasingly important as you connect with other professionals.


795+ Meetings Held at Total Security Summit - Houston, TX

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

Delegate attendees, including security directors from Amazon Web Services, American Airlines, Atlanta Braves, Greyhound Bus Lines, Justice Stores, Michelin North America, City of Austin, Starbucks Coffee Company and University of Chicago Medicine, met with providers for a total of 795 combined meetings over the day-and-a-half with solution providers including Assa Abloy, 3M Building Company, Detex, CAP Index, Avigilon, Snaptrends and Axis Communications.

“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.

“The one-on-one meetings are excellent and give one an opportunity to discuss more in depth with the vendor.” – Greektown Casino

Delegate attendees made new connections while also learning about new solutions as part of the seminar program at the summit. For both first-time and return attendees, the event was an intimate networking and educational experience, Amazon Web Services reporting "[The Summit was] very educational and gave good insight. I was able to talk to vendors about product modifications for possible solutions.” For many attending security directors, the format made for a comfortable and relaxing event, "I appreciated the method of vendors coming to your table and the established schedule," says UT System Police, meanwhile Fiesta Mart, Inc. applauded the "relaxing atmosphere."

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. 


Surviving an Appointment-Based Event Alone

“Even high achieving, apparently extrovert people find it difficult to get into the habit of initiating face-to-face encounters, often using time poverty as an avoidant excuse.”


The thought of attending a conference alone can be daunting. When you add up the pressure of making introductions, hearing pitches, walking through thousands of busy booths and collecting business cards, these events can be exhausting. The need to network is a vital part of business though, yet one in four professionals say they do not network at all, even worse 40 percent of professionals say they would like to network more often, but just don’t have the time. Attending an appointment-based event is the perfect solution to concisely meeting with relevant providers, concentrating up to 30-meetings in just a-day-and-a-half – better yet, there’s no hard sell and no awkward introductions.

Attending an appointment-based event by yourself is simple. Unlike a typical trade show, you are given a pre-arranged itinerary of meetings. Everyone has a reason to be at the event and to meet with you, making all of your appointments relevant and meaningful. Here are some tips to survive attending an appointment-based event alone

1. Be honest when completing your profile

The most crucial step to organizing a Forum is the matching process. In order to ensure everyone has a productive event, the matching process takes into account any upcoming projects or needed-services. This information is used to connect you with solution providers who can actually assist you in meeting your company’s goals. An honest profile means more beneficial meetings and better expert advice.

2. Manners Cost Nothing

At an appointment-based event, you don’t have to worry about the anxiety that surrounds making an introduction. Everyone has a place to be at a Forum, and so each person’s time is valuable – it’s as simple as meeting with someone in your scheduled time and having a conversation. Remember to be polite and courteous, have a real conversation and make a valuable connection.

3. Be Open When Meeting Your Peers

Part of the fun with appointment-based events is the networking activities that separate the full days of meetings. During the networking breakfasts, lunches, the Gala dinner and casino evening, you will casually meet peers from your industry. Be open to hearing about their company and their suggestions. Every piece of knowledge is up for grabs at an appointment-based event and a connection could turn into an opportunity down the road.

4. Navigate the Room

Throughout the two days, you will meet hundreds of attendees. To make the most of an appointment-based event, challenge yourself by separating from your typical group and meet with new professionals. A good example is sitting at a dinner table where you know no one and initiating a conversation, or adding to a topic at a seminar. Be friendly, be open and be approachable.

5. The Staff are Your Best Friends

Every member of the Forum Events team is dedicated to making the attendees feel at home. If you ever feel you are out of your comfort zone, or want to make a connection that you are not scheduled for – don’t hesitate to let a staff member know. Throughout the networking activities, staff will be seated and mingling also, so if you have any questions – be sure to ask.

By scheduling up to 30 appointments over a-day-and-a-half, we eliminate the adversity to time excuse for not networking. The concentrated appointment-based strategy for connecting professionals provides opportunity for expanded knowledge, new business and potential career advancement, all in an intimate and informal setting, perfect for a lone ranger to attend.


Why Attend an Appointment-Based Event?

Facts About Our Events:
55% of attending Delegates do not attend
any of the major national trade shows. 
96% of attending Vendors say a Forum is a more 
effective way of meeting potential buyers.
95% of Vendors say attending a Forum saves their
company time sourcing and meeting new buyers. 
40% of Vendors attend 4-7 of our events.
62% of all Delegates say they will do business with
1-3 Vendors they met at our event. 

Our niche networking concept develops a pool of potential clients who are qualified and seeking new services. All attendees are senior-level executives with decision-making abilities and sourcing responsibilities. In a traditional setting, a meeting with these clients could take several months to confirm. That’s months of empty calling that may never result in a face-to-face introduction. At a Forum, you meet with up to 30 end users who have indicated they need your service – 62 percent of whom say they plan to do business with 1-3 Vendors they connected with at a Forum! 95 percent of past Vendors report attending an appointment-based event with us saves their company time sourcing and meeting new buyers (consider this cold calling, emailing, travel and maybe – a meeting with a decision maker).
We are able to boost your numbers by generating a pool of hot leads under one roof,
guaranteeing a return on investment! 

Don’t believe us? Here’s what past attendees have to say:

"I received excellent leads; contacts I wouldn't have been able to make were it not for these quality meetings!" -Elkay

"This event was well worth my time and investment." -Kimberley-Clark

"This is an event that provides vendors the chance to really connect with potential clients without the hassle of a trade show booth!" -Detex

"Productive day and a half!" -ISS

"Very effective process in meeting with interested customers!" - Container Store

“Easily the most beneficial summit/conference I have attended. Very well organized and to the point.” –ABM

And You Know What Makes Successful Business Deals? Satisfied Clients…

Here’s What Past Delegates Are Saying:

"I was pleasantly surprised about the number of new or improved products I learned about that I can use. I can think of three suppliers whose products I will begin using immediately!" -Innovative Senior Living

"I was very surprised: This gives you the opportunity to have one-on-one contact with the vendors which allows you to get a better feel for their product unlike conventions where they are talking to several people at one time. I really like the one-on-one experience." - Bolivar Medical Center

“Summit was a success.  Vendor array across many trades and lines.  Thorough, well-presented workshops. Very well organized, productive, fun event. One-on-one sessions timed perfectly.  Food, awesome. ” 
- Burlington Stores

"As a first time participant in this Forum - I sincerely appreciate the pace, schedule and enthusiasm of the team! The event was a tremendous help to my company."
- NFL

"It was a wonderfully organized event and very relevant to our business needs…and yes we also enjoyed ourselves. Thanks!"
- West Coast Security Operations Team, The Walt Disney Company

"I have only high reviews for every aspect of the conference.  I made some outstanding contacts and will likely be partnering with one or more of the attending vendors. The event was nothing less than outstanding.  You guys did a great job!!"
- VP Security and Transportation, Valley View Casino and Hotel




Healthcare Facilities Management Forum; Are You Coming?

 

REGISTRATION OPEN
CHICAGO, IL
OCTOBER 27-28, 2014
REGISTER HERE 


What to Expect:

  • One-on-one meetings with solution providers based on your upcoming projects and facility plans.
  • Relaxed, all-inclusive environment with no 'hard sell' approach. 
  • Networking with both solution providers and other professionals in your field.

 


Not just meetings:

  • Attend seminars by industry experts.
  • Attend networking events including luncheons, coffee breaks and networking breakfasts.
  •  Your registration includes attendance at a Gala dinner and fun Casino night along with intimate cocktail receptions.

 


What does it cost to attend?:

Nothing. We cover:

  • Itinerary of one-on-one meetings
  • Attendance at seminars and networking events.
  • All meals including a Gala dinner.
  • Overnight accommodation at the Marriott O'Hare.

Register Here

October 27-28, 2014
Chicago, IL 

Chicago Testimonials: Attendees Sound Off

Delegate Testimonials:

“I enjoy the one-on-one meeting format. I can get more information and explain my organization’s needs in more detail in each 30 minute meeting. This is my first Forum experience and I can’t imagine going back to the old crowded, noisy and distracting tradeshows!”
- Chinese American Service League

“This experience was very enlightening… Everything was wonderful.”
- Department of Mental Health 

“This Summit provided an extremely novel way to connect! I loved the approach.”
- DePaul University 

“Very unique format, which allowed for one-on-one time that you don’t get at a normal tradeshow.”
- Forefront Dermatology 

“Very organized event.  Interesting and relevant workshops and excellent accommodations.”
- Jewel- Osco 

“This was a great networking event and the most convenient way to source vendors. It was definitely a personal touch where the vendors could focus on my organizational needs.”
- Lake County Health Department

“Forum events are my favorite conferences of the year.”
- Tech Air Companies 

“Very well organized and planned.  Great team of people!”
- ReVive Center for Housing and Healing 

“The Summit was well organized and beneficial with a good representation of vendors.”
- Wakefern Food Corp 

“Forum Events really has a unique approach to building business partnerships. Thank you Cherissa for such an awesome event!”
- WSI

“This has been a great experience.  Having the opportunity to have one-on-one time with vendors really personalized my sourcing needs.  They were able to assist me based on my organizational needs.”
- Anonymous 

“I really liked the format of this Summit. It was not stressful and you were able to determine if you and the vendor were a fit.”
- Anonymous


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