We want to thank everyone who attended VFA Connections 2014. We enjoyed our time with our customers as they shared their successes and goals for the road ahead. Hearing how our products and services have impacted the organizations we work with allows us to continually improve our offerings and deliver the highest quality facilities capital planning solutions. Below are some images and highlights from the event, hosted at the beautiful waterfront Seaport Boston Hotel.
This year’s conference theme – Take Charge! – was reflected in the presentations, particularly these three focused on strategic facilities capital planning, which went from a high level approach to more hands-on details and finally, to the personal.
Strategic Facility Planning
Mark Sekula, FMP, CFM, LEED-AP, IFMA Fellow President, Facility Futures, Inc.
As a facilities professional, you know how important it is to be proactive and strategic, but that’s easy to say and hard to do. With insights from IFMA, Mark discussed how strategic facility planning helps facility professionals excel. This approach to facilities management ensures that every decision made regarding your organization’s real estate assets and needs is connected to business objectives, and you’ll discover how a SFP approach can be used to develop a flexible and implementable plan.
Managing Your Facilities Strategically: VFA’s Insights on Developing a Strategic Facility Capital Planning Program
Neil Lieberman, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, VFA, Inc.
Facilities are often an organization’s second largest expenditure, and they impact every facet of an organization’s activities. Yet for most, the alignment between facilities and key business goals leaves much room for improvement. Neil discussed how VFA shows organizations how to use its facilities strategically to reduce risk, lower costs, improve service quality and client satisfaction, and meet compliance requirements.
Becoming A “Chief Facilities Officer”
Marco Benitez, Director of Analysis, Assessment, and Risk Management, Florida International University
A Chief Facilities Officer, whether he or she has that specific title or not, is an organizational leader with responsibility for the care, maintenance, and development of an organization’s facility portfolio. Marco asked our audience, ‘Who is Chief Facilities Officer?’ Someone who is interested in moving to a programmatic, strategic approach to facilities capital planning and management. Marco covered the benefits of this role to both your organization and to you and discusses ways of moving your career towards this path.
We also heard from customers in a variety of industries including corporate real estate, higher education, healthcare and government.
This year we built extra time into the program to allow our customers to network and share ideas. We also made sure that fun was on the menu, too! We had a great evening at the Waterworks Museum in Chestnut Hill with great food and great storytelling. The engineers in the group were fascinated by the 19th century water system.