Announcing the Seminar Line-up for The Facilities Management Summit 2013 in Orlando, FL

It’s time to throw back the curtains and flip on the spotlights!


Without further ado, we present the complimentary educational  sessions for the Facilities Management Summit

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando,Florida.

December 3rd and 4th 2013


Innovative HVAC Technologies

 Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology was introduced as a system to minimize losses found in conventional HVAC systems. The modular design of a VRF system provides exceptional dehumidification and temperature control by efficiently adapting to the changing loads. This presentation will provide an overview of VRF and Duct-Free Systems. Learn how a quiet, energy efficient, easy to design, install and maintain VRF System can improve the environment.

Stress Test your Critical Crisis Management Decisions

 • Review best practices for crisis management

• Learn how to integrate stress testing into your existing crisis structure & architecture

• Experience an interactive Stress Test crisis simulation exercise

• Identify techniques for transforming stress testing from a regulatory exercise to a strategic management tool

How you answer the question “What should we do now?” can have far reaching implications for your company. Often, these questions are complex and require far more than insurance claims or legal responses. Companies need information and focus on the human, operational, reputational, regulatory, and financial impacts in a disaster or crisis. Regulators have established specific guidelines identifying the expectation of management of risk including social media risk. These requirements included specific social media risk profiles, requirement of a social media risk program with oversight of monitoring, and board or senior management accountability with the potential for fines and penalties. The session will explain what you must be put in place now, provide case studies, and conduct an interactive stress test crisis management exercise.

LED Lights That Transmit Data? Who are you trying To Kid?

 The presenter shall describe a case study of how a vendor meeting in February of 2013 developed into a collaborative effort between a vendor with a brand new and previously unheard of technology through a very rapid research and development curve to a completely installed and operational solution by August of 2013.

Details about the growing pains, the technology challenges and the means and methods to overcome the internal TM, Permitting, Code and Sr. Management stumbling blocks and absolute roadblocks will be presented.

The vendor’s challenges in supporting the R & D in Orlando from their Laboratory base in Minnesota and the schedule requirements of Orlando will be outlined with each solution hammered out in this collaborative effort.

The specifics of how the audience of members can take these lessons learned and their new understanding of this emerging technology back to their base for consideration will be shared.

Leveraging the Power of Story for Meaningful Change: Storytelling for Influence

If you have ever struggled to convince your clients to achieve a greater level of sustainability, this session is for you. Facility managers, architects, engineers, and product manufacturer’s often attempt to “make the case” for more aggressive sustainability or energy performance. However, while there is great opportunity for better buildings, it is often difficult to convince your audience to make the necessary commitment.

This interactive presentation will cover the powerful storytelling tools for sustainable design and present a practice case study for effectively using stories on green building projects. Key components of story structuring and order of magnitude estimates will be highlighted.

1. Identify the most common story structure and recognize it in practice.

2. Know the basic elements of constructing a story and be able to write a storyline for any project.

Be able to think through the process of crafting, refining and delivering a story.

Utility Lighting Rebates and Incentives: Making them work for you!

Statistically, commercial buildings consume approximately 25% of all the electricity produced in the USA with 35% of that specifically consumed by lighting. As a direct result, over the last five years, most states and utilities have dramatically increased their efforts to capture energy savings within this market segment by offering extremely aggressive Energy Efficiency Incentive programs. These programs target all the aspects of your business where potential energy savings can be realized: Lighting, HVAC, Water, Refrigeration, and Gas to name a few. Lighting is the simplest of these in which to implement an efficiency program.

Why not take advantage of the utility financial incentives to improve the efficiency of your lighting system when they can only help drive an acceptable ROI (Return on Investment)? By doing so you will dramatically reduce your operational and maintenance costs, while also helping the environment.

Note, that with the continuing advancement of technology within the lighting industry, funding for these programs will only increase during the next 4 years. At the same time, however, the older technologies will begin to drop from the list of available targets for these incentives. Now is the time to take action.

Meet with Specialty Lighting Group Energy Services to learn how these programs work nationwide:

– Access to funding available per state and utility area

– Overview of different types of Lighting Rebate and Incentive from utilities

– Application process at a corporate level

– Assessment and estimates for potential savings on corporate portfolios

-ROI analysis and additional benefits from energy efficiency projects

Before, During and After the Active Shooter Event – Are You Prepared?

Patrick will discuss risk assessments of the workplace, the shooter’s behavior, innovative security solutions and preparedness, aimed at mitigating this risk.

Patrick will present current information that will help organizations prepare for a potential crisis situation involving an active shooter. Patrick will speak on risk assessments of facilities, innovative security technologies, and the shooter behavior. The presentation will present ideas and solutions that will help organizations mitigate the risk of an active shooter event. The ideas presented will address what an organization can do to prevent such an event from occurring as well as what steps can be taken before, during and after a crisis situation such as an active shooter.

What will the attendees learn from the program?

1. Ways to prevent a crisis situation from occurring: Attendees will learn how a risk assessment can identify potential short falls in their organization’s security as well        as what innovative security technologies and other solutions are available to address these short falls.

2. Ways to deal with an active shooter prior to police arrival: Attendees will learn what steps can be taken to handle an active shooter situation as it is occurring and prior to police arrival.



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