Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM Pacific/2:00 PM Eastern
Length: 30 minutes
Fees: This webinar is complimentary
Location: Available Online Using WebEx

During this 30-minute webinar you will hear Skip Smith, VP Supply Chain, Physical Asset Services for Catholic Health Initiatives and past president of the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE), discuss  5 key steps you can follow to take your career to the next level.

You’ll discover:

  • Why your role is steadily evolving
  • The importance of developing a “Chief Facilities Officer mindset”
  • How you can become a strategic leader in your organization and get recognized for your contribution

Speaker: Skip Smith, VP Supply Chain, Physical Asset Services for Catholic Health Initiatives and past president of the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE)
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Also, check out our upcoming webinar schedule.

Last week, our annual VFA User Forum was held in Victoria, British Columbia at the Fairmont Empress, with facilities management professionals from across North America gathered to hear about best practices. We had over 75 participants from 32 organizations attend. There were exciting speeches from some of our clients: Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt spoke about “Leadership in Facilities Capital Planning,” Carleton University discussed “Stewardship of the Facility Portfolio,” and the City of Richmond explained “Building a Foundation for Facilities Sustainment.”

VFA also awarded the VFA CapStar Award, the VFA Vanguard Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award at the User Forum.


Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt won the 2013 VFA CapStar Award














City of Richmond won the 2013 VFA Vanguard Award

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Peter Jansen of City of Richmond won the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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We want to thank everyone for attending and we hope to see you all next year!

To see more photos, check out our Facebook page.

Dates: November 7 – 8, 2013
Venue: Crieff Hydro Hotel, Scotland, United Kingdom
Booth: 31

Dates: November 5 – 7, 2013
Venue: Ottawa Convention Centre, Ottawa, ON
Booth: 5

Dates: October 22 – 24, 2013
Venue: Isleta Resort & Casino, Albuquerque, NM

Vice President, Sustainability Services Susan Buchanan to Discuss New Decision-Making and Problem-Solving Protocols for a Sustainable Building

BOSTON—October 1, 2013—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced it will be presenting at the International Facility Management Associate (IFMA) World Workplace, October 2-4, 2013 in Philadelphia. VFA will also be exhibiting in Booth 1236 and featuring VFA.auditor®, its facility self-assessment solution, and VFA.facility®, its facility capital planning and management software.

Susan Buchanan, LEED-AP and vice president, sustainability services, VFA, will discuss “How Sustainable is Your Building? New Decision-Making and Problem-Solving Protocols” on Friday, October 4, at 10:30 a.m. While the triple bottom line provides a potential framework for maintaining and operating existing buildings, its practical application can remain elusive. The scale ultimately tips toward the economics of payback and return on investment, as opposed to a truly balanced system.

Attendees will be introduced to a systems approach to analyzing a building’s purpose, function and impact on an organization’s mission, operations and the environment. A systems analysis considers the functions, inputs, outputs and connections within and between systems, with the goal of identifying opportunities for a more sustainable presence and role in the built environment. The introduction of decision-making and problem-solving protocols based on Permaculture principles and the observation of patterns in nature will illuminate a new perspective of understanding sustainable and regenerative human landscapes.