Neil Lieberman to Help Strengthen VFA’s Leadership Position in Facilities Capital Planning

BOSTON—April 30, 2013—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced the appointment of Neil Lieberman as senior vice president and chief marketing officer. In his role, he will be responsible for driving the company’s marketing strategy and growth in the facilities management industry.

Lieberman brings more than 30 years of experience in marketing, business development and product development to VFA. He previously worked at AT&T for five years as executive director and general manager, designing and launching the company’s new cloud-based, mobile-centric unified communications service. Prior to that, Lieberman was the vice president of marketing for six years at Interwise, directing the company’s strategic evolution from eLearning vendor to leader of converged voice, web and video conferencing market, and facilitating the company’s acquisition by AT&T. He also previously held executive positions at Intralinks, Beansprout Networks, Radnet, Monitor Company, and Open Environment Corporation.

“Neil is a seasoned software and technology executive with a proven track record of launching and growing profitable businesses and the ability to lead high-performing teams that consistently exceed targets,” said Jerry Kokos, president and CEO, VFA, Inc. “He is a great addition to our senior management team and his extensive experience will help us to continue to extend our leadership in facilities capital planning.”

To connect with VFA, please follow us on Twitter at @VFAINC, or visit our blog, Foundations, which provides information to readers that serves as a foundation for intelligent facilities capital planning and management.

2013 VFA CapStar Award Highlights the Innovative Application of VFA.facility to Support Facilities Capital Planning

BOSTON—April 23, 2013—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced client Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt received its 2013 CapStar Award for the innovative application of software technology or business processes to support facilities capital planning and management. VFA presented the award to CFB Esquimalt on April 22 during a ceremony at its ninth annual VFA Connections customer conference in Boston.

CFB Esquimalt implemented facility capital planning software VFA.facility® to address the challenges posed by building age and condition, seismic concerns, operational requirements, and heritage building preservation.

“VFA is pleased to recognize Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt with the 2013 CapStar Award,” said Jerry Kokos, president and CEO, VFA, Inc. “They have transformed their approach to facilities capital planning by leveraging objective data and intelligent decision support, and changed the way the Navy approaches planning and budgeting.”

CFB Esquimalt contributes operational capability and provides services, support and staff to Maritime and Canadian Forces operations on the west coast of Canada. Located in British Columbia, the base has a diverse portfolio of 23 sites with more than 850 buildings including offices and schools, warehouses, industrial, jetties, ship refueling, and ammunition handling.

CFB Esquimalt had been using traditional methods of data collection and decision making, including meeting with long-standing employees to glean corporate knowledge and annual inspections that only met immediate needs. In 2009, the base began working with VFA to complete a five-year rolling facility condition assessment on all of the buildings in its portfolio, and implemented VFA.facility, a centralized database and decision support tool for managing and analyzing facility information. The VFA solution enabled the facilities team to forecast budget requirements using various scenarios for funding levels and facility condition, and to demonstrate the impact of reduced/increased inspection, maintenance and rehabilitation (IM&R) budgets.

“With VFA.facility, the Base, and not just the local project manager, now has a snapshot in time of the assessment of facilities,” said Marcel Gingras, base development engineer, CFB Esquimalt. “The solution has provided us with justifiable and quantifiable data to help make sound facility capital planning decisions.”

To connect with VFA, please follow us on Twitter at @VFAINC, or visit our blog, Foundations, which provides information to readers that serves as a foundation for intelligent facilities capital planning and management.

VFA Connections 2013 had a great turnout of facility management leaders from across industries and regions, ensuring the conversations in each session were wide-ranging and thought-provoking. We had the opportunity to hear stories from numerous universities, government agencies, and national organizations from the US, UK and Canada. Topics included functional adequacy, methods to obtain funding for deferred maintenance, and prioritizing capital budgets.

Our customers always provide great insight into new processes and trends, but this year proved just how innovative FM teams have become to keep up with the constantly changing climate of our economy. The intense discussion found in our breakout sessions as well as the interactive roundtables showed that despite budget cuts, staffing issues and uncertain funding, commitment to accurate data and efficient capital planning goes a long way in overcoming the financial challenges faced by most organizations.

The speakers’ captivating presentations illustrated exactly how they leveraged VFA solutions to become facility heroes in their organizations and showed attendees how they can do the same. But Connections does not only benefit our customers; our staff learns a tremendous amount listening, too. The best feedback for our software and services comes from real-life experiences, which are a crucial point of inspiration for innovating to keep VFA solutions the best-in-breed. We are already looking forward to next year’s conference!

 

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Key Topics Include Leveraging Facility Data to Obtain Needed Funding, Communicating with Stakeholders, and Disaster Recovery

BOSTON—April 18, 2013—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced it will be hosting VFA Connections from April 21-23, 2013 at the Seaport Boston Hotel. The ninth annual conference brings together VFA customers from the corporate, education, government and healthcare sectors across North America to share insights and trends in facilities capital planning, discuss product directions, and participate in interactive workshops and roundtables.

In keeping with the Boston setting, this year’s conference theme is “Trailblazing.” At the forefront of innovation and development, VFA has blazed a trail that has led facility management solutions into the cloud, to patented technology, to integration of related tools, and to mobility.

The keynote will be presented by Dr. Jeffery Campbell, chairman of the facility and property management program at Brigham Young University. Dr. Campbell, a respected facilities management authority and dynamic educator, will discuss leadership, innovation and creativity in 21st century facilities management.

Case studies from a variety of VFA’s leading clients will include topics such as informing and educating building users with an interactive dashboard, understanding the extent of deferred maintenance and recovering from disaster, moving an organization towards change, and successful funding requests based on current data. VFA will also moderate a panel discussion with four clients to examine how organizations can take a self-sufficiency approach, leveraging internal resources to obtain and maintain current facility condition data.

VFA will provide an update on its software platform, including the latest functionality and a preview of upcoming enhancements. A demo room will feature VFA experts answering questions and providing hands-on demonstrations of facility capital planning and management software VFA.facility®, facility self-assessment solution VFA.auditor Mobile™, and capital spend management software VFA.spendManager®.

“We look forward to welcoming our customers to VFA Connections,” said Jerry Kokos, president and CEO, VFA, Inc. “Whether a first-time attendee or regular participant, VFA Connections offers a valuable opportunity to learn how to enhance the value of facilities capital planning programs and to share experiences with fellow facility management colleagues.”

To connect with VFA, please follow us on Twitter at @VFAINC, or visit our blog, Foundations, which provides information to readers that serves as a foundation for intelligent facilities capital planning and management.

After a frightening scene at one of the city’s most cherished events, a community becomes a beacon of hope.

Yesterday, the world witnessed a devastating event during what is normally a celebratory and festive day. The Boston Marathon, the world’s oldest and most universally recognized marathon, was transformed into a day of tragedy.

Despite the terrible turn of events, there has been an immediate outpouring of response and support from the Boston community. VFA is proud to be a part of such a strong city and we are grateful for our first responders and their heroism.

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy.

Facility Departments Take a Self-Sufficiency Approach to Obtain and Maintain Current Facility Condition Data

BOSTON—April 10, 2013—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced it will host a complimentary webinar on “Establishing a Self-Sufficient Data Collection Program” for facilities capital planning on Thursday, April 10, 2013 at 2 p.m. ET.

Facility managers are looking for the right approach to obtain and maintain current facility condition data—one that meets their needs and budgets. The Four P’s (Program, Process, Productivity and Planning) of self-sufficiency can provide a framework.

In this live webinar, Scott Cormier, senior director of product management, VFA, will share with attendees how VFA customers are successfully employing the Four P’s to:

  • Establish an evergreen strategy for facility data
  • Increase productivity and reduce manual processes
  • Leverage data for powerful decision-making

Attendees will learn how organizations are benefiting from a standardized collection process and a frequent, consistent flow of data. As funding cuts force organizations to do more with existing resources and skill sets, a self-sufficient approach can help turn this challenge into a win.

Those interested in the webinar can register here.

To connect with VFA, please follow us on Twitter at @VFAINC, or visit our blog, Foundations, which provides information to readers that serves as a foundation for intelligent facilities capital planning and management.

Michael Crosson to Support VFA’s Growth in Education and Government Sectors

BOSTON—April 9, 2013—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced the appointment of Michael Crosson as senior business director. In his new role, he will be responsible for developing new business with clients across the education and state and local government markets in the eastern U.S.

Crosson, who has 23 years of sales and management experience, will cultivate VFA’s relationships with educational institutions as well as state and local governments that depend on VFA solutions to develop long-range plans, demonstrate the need for funding and create optimal capital budgets. He previously worked at VFA for more than 10 years as a senior business director, providing facility management teams with powerful solutions and exceptional customer support. He also held sales positions at Oracle, Loftware, Computer Associates International, Oberon Software and National Medical Systems.

“We’re excited to have Mike return to VFA as we continue to grow our leadership position in the education and government markets,” said Rodger Morrill, vice president of U.S. sales, VFA. “Through his past involvement at VFA, he brings knowledge of facility management challenges at schools and government agencies, as well as a deep understanding of how VFA solutions benefit facility departments. Mike’s experience will help VFA customers maximize their investment in facilities capital planning and meet their organizational goals.”

To connect with VFA, please follow us on Twitter at @VFAINC, or visit our blog, Foundations, which provides information to readers that serves as a foundation for intelligent facilities capital planning and management.

Industry trends come from industry leaders and the Breakout Sessions at our VFA Connections customer conference spotlights these FM trailblazers. The Breakouts are designed to give our customers a chance to speak about their experiences in facilities capital planning and management, and this year’s sessions feature a variety of speakers from all fields and industries.

Beginning Monday, April 22, learn how Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt reduced subjective data and increased transparency in capital maintenance; ultimately leading them to a data-driven, mission-centric prioritization model that resulted in a defensible capital budget. Monday will also feature discussions on the importance of condition and inventory data during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, as well as the increasing focus on effective spending given the expected effect of the government sequestration on public entities. Other topics include “A Positive Approach to Making the Business Case for Facility Needs” and “Developing a Proactive Lifecycle Asset Management Program,” along with many others.

Monday will also feature a panel discussion entitled, “The Path to Self-Sufficiency.” Facility departments are looking for the right approach to obtain and maintain current facility condition data – one that meets their needs and budgets. The Four P’s (Program, Process, Productivity and Planning) of self-sufficiency can provide a framework. The panelists will discuss what they have learned, including how to establish an evergreen strategy for facility data; create a workflow that gets the most out of facility staff knowledge; increase productivity, reduce manual processes, and stay on top of the most pressing facility needs; and leverage data for enhanced strategy planning that impacts the entire organization.

On Tuesday, April 23, VFA Connections will feature Breakout Sessions focusing on managing risk, and on the need for functional adequacy data beyond facility condition to make decisions about the disposition of facilities.  There will also be a session with one of VFA’s own Project Directors, Susan Buchanan, as she breaks down how to efficiently integrate energy audits into facility capital planning, with a growing emphasis on energy savings opportunities. Tuesday’s Breakouts will also feature customer speakers on topics such as “Promoting the Maintenance and Renewal of Public Infrastructure” and “Moving the Organization Towards Change.”

VFA Connections is only two short weeks away, so start preparing your questions now for these exciting discussions on FM trends!

 

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Building Operating Management’s FMXcellence Recognition Program awarded Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Facilities Division with the 2013 FMXcellence award for their creation of a systematic and multifaceted plan to comply with government sustainability mandates while continuing to innovate in green building practices. The award, presented at the recent National Facilities Management & Technology Conference & Expo at the Baltimore Convention Center, acknowledges in-house management teams that apply best practices to meet their organization’s priorities. Berkeley Lab was recognized for their dynamic sustainability program that incorporates LEED standards for construction, energy efficiency upgrades, employee involvement, and extensive communication.

Berkeley Lab, a leading research center for environmental studies, nanoscience, quantitative biology, physics and nuclear energy, needed to comply with government sustainability mandates, including Executive Order 13423 and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 – and they went above and beyond this call to action. Comprised of 107 buildings across 203 acres, Berkeley Lab’s extensive facilities require a unique and innovative approach to green building practices.

To comply with government sustainability mandates, Berkeley Lab critically analyzed the sustainability of each asset in their facility portfolio. Partnering with VFA, Berkeley Lab combined facility condition assessments with green building assessments to identify cost-effective measures that would help the lab achieve their goals. A comprehensive integrated facilities assessment, analysis, planning, work execution and reporting system was developed to ensure that maintenance investments are spent wisely in support of the scientific mission and planned with sustainability and resource conservation as priorities. The Department of Energy has recognized Berkeley Lab for developing a best-practice integrated facilities management solution.

Ken Fletcher, deputy director of the Facilities Division at Berkeley Lab, appreciates the recognition. “Researchers at Berkeley Lab are addressing the world’s most urgent scientific challenges, and the Facilities Division’s role is to build, modernize and maintain sustainable mission-ready facilities to support the research.”

Berkeley Lab’s leading-edge approach to meeting and exceeding sustainability goals sets a powerful example for other organizations.