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Fall Boston Event Recap: Safety, Facilities Management and Security

By Amanda Czepiel | Product Director, BLR Media

Facilities management, security, and safety professionals gathered at the Boston Marriott in Quincy, MA for this year’s Total Security, Facilities Management and Safety Forum Events to learn about new solutions to solve their organization’s current and upcoming project needs.

Attendees hailed from companies across the country, including DHL Express, Harvard Pilgrim, Liberty Mutual, PepsiCo, Southwest Airlines and Stanley Black and Decker, to participate in one-on-one private meetings to discuss solutions, to network with peers, and to participate in professional development workshops.

Following the opening reception on Sunday night, Monday morning kicked off with a keynote presentation, Reducing Serious Injuries & Fatalities - Three Approaches & Their Effectiveness, by Don Wilson of SafeStart. The workshop addressed a trend of a slower decrease in serious injury and fatalities as compared with overall injury rates and looked at three different approaches for improving an organization’s top safety metric.

After Wilson’s presentation, attendees quickly moved into a day of one-to-one meetings and information-packed workshops, including:

  • Low Energy Operators, Exit Devices and Exit Alarms
  • Construction and Security Trends in 2018 and Beyond
  • Sustainable Materials in Restrooms, Locker Rooms and Other Applications
  • Savings Without the Budget – Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficient Upgrades in 2018
  • How to Deliver OSHA-Compliance Training in a Multimedia World
  • Best Practices in Vendor Prequalification
  • Employees Know What They’re Supposed to Do – So Why Don’t They Do It?

To close out day 1, both solutions providers and attendees participated in dinner and the Forum Events traditional Casino Night with the night’s top winners receiving cash prizes. We adjourned the following day, after another meeting and workshop-filled morning.

According to our post-event survey, 94 percent of attendees said that they found their time at Forum Event useful:

“I had a great experience with this event and gained for sure new vendors and contacts I will use in the short and long-term future both in my current position and firm and also my career in the future as well.”

“I learned a lot, made great connections, and was able to create relationships with vendors with whom I had previously been on calls. Highly recommend from a networking or solution perspective!”

“This was my third event. I think that sums it up.”

“More effective than trade shows.”

“I found the event extremely valuable. The meetings with the vendors were just what I needed and it was a very efficient way to learn about products and services in a fun environment.”

Want to join us, or know someone who would benefit from this great event? 

https://www.forumevents.com/Delegates

 

 


Summer Plano Event Recap

By Chris Douyard | Editor, EHS Media

We're still catching up and feeling motivated after an action-packed 2 days in Plano, TX!

The Total Security Summit, Safety Forum, and Facilities Management Forum took place from June 25-26, 2018 at the Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center. 

The delegate executives in attendance came from leading companies and organizations across the country including AbbVie, American Girl, Behavioral Hospital of Bellaire, Freeman, Harbor Pipe & Steel, Novartis, Office Depot, Starbucks and more.

Following the opening reception and dinner on Sunday Night, Monday morning kicked off with our one-on-one meetings, the heart of our Forum Events program.

One on One meetings

There were 27 solution providers at the joint event to meet face-to-face with executives to discuss the latest technology and services to help delegates meet business demands.

Based on the feedback we’ve received, we can say that these meetings were very successful, both for the delegates and solutions providers.

Here’s is just a small sample of some of the testimonials we’ve already received:

  • “I enjoyed the dedicated one-on-one time with vendors. It allowed me and my colleague to get to know the vendor and products without the pressure a hard sell.” – Corporate Director, BCP-Security at Freeman
  • “This was my first time at a Forum Event and I thought it was great and well organized.” – Facilities Manager with Zaxby’s
  • “This was our first time to a BLR Forum Event; I guarantee you that it won't be our last! This format was so much more focused on our interests and needs and was extremely productive for us compared to the strict exhibition/expo style conference…Kudos to the Forum Event team for an outstanding, enjoyable event (Casino night was the greatest!)” – CEO of AlgEternal Technologies, Inc.
  • Great information, networking, and vendor discussions!! – Director of Corporate Security & Communications with AbbVie
  • “Great opportunity to meet with colleagues and have designated face to face meetings with sourced vendors that is highly tailored and valuable to your company's specific needs.” – Corporate HSE Manager at Republic Plastics
  • “Great event - well planned and organized. Immense opportunity to network with peers and the workshops were informative and thought-provoking. The ability to select and have designated time with vendors was extremely productive. My first time attending, and I would attend again as well as recommend to colleagues.” – Safety and Worker’s Compensation Specialist at DAVACO, Inc.

The solution providers also had some great things to say about the event:

  • “Great ROI at every event. Wish I'd know about Summit/Forum many years ago.” – Representative from LifeSafety Power
  • “Great event with delegates that were interested. Doing a presentation at the event there helped us better connect with buyers.” – Representative from Delta Controls
  • “I thought the summit was beneficial to our organization and we have an opportunity to get new business from our meetings. The staff was very friendly, cooperative, and personally involved in the activities.” – Business Development Manager with Bulwark Protective Apparel
  • “This was our first attendance at Summit/Forum. The Forum Events team created a very comfortable atmosphere, well-coordinated and professional. I would plan on attending this event once a year and recommend it to all vendors.” – Director of Business Development with Camelot Commercial Management

In addition to the one-on-one meetings, there were 16 security, safety, and facilities management workshop sessions running throughout the 2-day event. The security talks were wide-ranging and informative. Some of the standouts include:

  • Terry Gold of D6 Research discussed the current state of mobile access control technology and the benefits of incorporating cybersecurity best practices into physical security programs;
  • Kent Nelson from Detex outlined updated security solutions for exit devices and alarms;
  • Tommy Poynter from Delta Controls presented solutions for incorporating automation systems;
  • We learned about appropriate responses to active shooter situations from security expert Greg Shaffer; and
  • The CSO of Everbridge, Tracy Reinhold, walked us through how building relationships with other executives can make security officers more effective in their roles.

Forum Event Workshop

Beyond all the meetings and workshops, there were plenty of opportunities for networking and fun. The 3 catered meals and cocktail receptions each day provided a great opportunity to continue conversations with vendors, connect with other delegates, or simply meet new people.

The casino night, a staple at Forum Events, gave everyone a chance to relax and have some fun. Oh, and win prizes! Derek Pinnock of Freeman came in first place and walked away with a $250 gift card from Marriott! Runner-up, and winner of a $100 Marriott gift card was Mike Bosslett of Pioneer Properties, LLC.

If you missed out on these particular Forum Events, never fear. The next round of events is going to be held in Boston on November 12-13, 2018. If you are a manager, director, or executive with a project in the pipeline that you need solutions for, one of these events will be a great opportunity to meet with colleagues in similar positions and source solutions.

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Get more information about upcoming Forum Events in Boston, MA:

Hope to see you there!


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!


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 jamie.stewart@forumevents.com or by phone at (941)925-7585 ext. 101. For media questions, contact Yasmin Parsloe at yasmin.parsloe@forumevents.com.

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


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 

FM Philadelphia Testimonials

Philadelphia, 2014

Delegate Testimonials 

 

“Enjoyed the one-on-one conversations with the vendors.  Almost like interviewing a new employee. I met some extremely knowledgeable people during the couple days.” 
- SEI Investments

“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

“This summit was the best that I have attended. The attention to details specified by the delegates was spot on and perfect!”
- Victoria Mehmel, Hamilton-Madison House, Inc.

MISS THIS EVENT?
DON'T WORRY, REGISTER NOW FOR THE NOVEMBER SUMMIT: 

Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
November 17-18, 2014
Register here 

Join us for the Facilities Management Summit at the award-winning Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota - all at no cost to you! You'll meet one-on-one with solution providers based on your facility's own needs and upcoming projects. The concentrated two-day event also includes attendance at industry seminars, networking events and a full schedule of appointments. 

YOU PAY NOTHING TO ATTEND

We cover your hotel accommodation at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, all of your meals, your full itinerary of meetings, attendance at seminars led by industry experts, all meals & attendance at drink receptions - including a gala dinner and casino night.

REGISTER HERE



6 (Easy) Steps to Cooling Summer Energy Expenses

During the summer of 2011, Guilford County Schools in Greensboro, NC cut back big time to reduce their utilities cost. The district re-formatted their work week to four 10-hour days during the summer months. The district also made an effort to unplug all unnecessary electrical devices, adjust HVAC settings according to occupancy, curb water consumption and turn off unneeded lights. The extensive plan included everyone: team principals, administration, custodians and all school staff. Throughout the months of June, July and August – the district reduced energy costs by $508,413. Imagine what small changes like this could do for your facility.

FirstFuel, a company specializing in building energy analytics, monitored 60 million square feet of commercial buildings across the US. They report that America could save $17 billion just by making simple behavior changes and minimal alterations to operations as shown in the Guildford County School District.  

During summer months, energy-use is at an all-time high. Weather is a key energy driver as summer cooling systems account for 13-percent of total energy usage in commercial buildings nationwide – there is no better time to implement an energy saving plan.

Below are some simple methods to cool climbing summer energy expenses:

  1. Measure and Compare your expenses. Get a general idea of what others in your industry are spending on energy costs and how those expenses vary throughout the year. Are other commercial buildings doing something that you’re not to keep energy bills down low? Compare your facility’s energy usage to similar buildings with this tool.
  2. Regular maintenance is key. Routine inspection of cooling systems before the summer season will save you time, money and discomfort. Be sure to have an air conditioning professional check your system along with inspect ductwork and seal leaks. Replace air filters frequently and dust outside units before heavy use. Also, ask your AC professional to calibrate your thermostat – make sure that you are getting an accurate reading and that cooling equipment is working correctly.
  3. Apply occupancy monitors. There’s no need for cooling systems to maintain the same settings 24-hours per day, especially when facilities are empty at certain hours. Consider occupancy monitors that adjust temperature depending on habitation of the facility. Just a couple of degrees can save a huge amount, for every degree increase in temperature over a 12-hour period, you can save 1.5 percent in cooling energy costs.
  4. Consider upgrading lighting systems. All of that talk about LED lighting wasn’t for nothing. Save money by replacing incandescent bulbs with long lasting LED lights. This lighting upgrade runs at an estimated energy efficiency of 80% to 90% compared to the traditional incandescent bulb which runs at just 20% energy efficiency – wasting 80% of electric energy. That wasted energy is converted into heat – a big negative for the summer months!

                                                
  5. Be aware of peak-demand charges! Utility companies define a “demand charge” as a charge that “is determined using the maximum demand (or “peak demand”) occurring during the monthly billing period.” This charge is a fixed rate calculated on a per kilowatt basis. There are several strategies to cut back on peak-demand charges: first, be sure to establish the facility’s load profile identifying high-energy use equipment. Initiate an Energy Management System (EMS) that creates a sequence or schedule for high-energy equipment avoiding peak energy use. Consider using backup generators to power equipment that cannot be shifted away from peak demand periods.
  6. Work as a team! None of these strategies will work without the help of employees. Implement a goal within your team so that everyone feels as though they are a part of this reduction – share the responsibility! Encourage employees to turn off lights, turn off personal devices using electricity during the day and unplug things that aren’t being used! This is a team wide effort!

We want to know: what are you doing to keep your energy usage lower during the summer months? How are you encouraging your team to get involved and help alleviate the extra costs of higher energy usage? Email us at media@forumevents.com to share your ideas!


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