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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? 

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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!


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


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

andrew.metzler@cvpo.com

303-268-3840 office

303-358-9763 cell

www.collectiveview.com

 

 


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. 

 


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!


Forum Update: Ever Been to Sarasota in November?

 

Complimentary to all Delegate Attendees 

Venue Confirmed:

Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, FL
November 17-18, 2014 

    

We're pleased to announce the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota is the confirmed venue for the Total Security Summit, Facilities Management Summit and Contact Center Summit this November. This luxury venue is renowned for its elegance in the heart of downtown Sarasota. Our guests will enjoy breathtaking bay views while meeting with solution providers in a relaxed and intimate environment. 

By attending a summit, you will be experiencing the best of Sarasota - with gourmet meals and nightly entertainment on the grounds of the city's most highly acclaimed resort.

About the Summits...

The Summits are unlike any networking experience. The appointment-based strategy introduces attendees to solution providers based on their own personal needs. Unlike a traditional trade show - delegate attendees are seated at their own tables and meet with providers relevant to upcoming projects. Attendees also casually network over meals, cocktails and seminars. 

What Past Attendees Are Saying...

"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

"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

"Much more informative than tradeshows. Better use of the investment of time, opportunity to form relationships that are more meaningful and lead to partnerships."
- Beckman Coulter

“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 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


Register for the Summits, here.

 

 

 


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