Facilities management is a behind-the-scenes role and professionals often go unrecognized for their hard work – and we aim to change that.
We all know that impressions matter. Occupants and visitors notice if the temperature is too hot or too cold, if the building is not clean or if the lights are burned out. Unfortunately, when things are going well, those same people probably won’t say, “Wow, the facilities manager is doing a great job!”
Facilities management is a behind-the-scenes role and professionals often go unrecognized for their hard work. This is something we decided to change when we launched the Facility Champion Award earlier this year – and the industry agreed with us.
We were amazed by the number of registrations we received in the program’s inaugural year. There were so many valid entries that our editorial team struggled to narrow down the field to eight winners, but I think you’ll agree with our picks.
The 2022 Facilities Champions come from different backgrounds, serve a variety of facilities, and span the spectrum of work experience. However, they share traits such as ambition, tenacity, and empathy. All have a strong work ethic and demonstrate outstanding leadership.
For example, when a sewer line is sabotaged, champions work long hours to fix it. They don’t just set energy-saving targets, but continually strive to exceed them. They find ways to improve staff productivity and succeed despite limited resources. When it comes to spending, champions keep multimillion-dollar projects within scope and budget, or even bring over-budget projects back to reality.
If you know someone who fits these descriptions and deserves to be recognized, we will run this program again next year. In the meantime, this year’s facility champions will be recognized among their peers at NFMT Remix in Las Vegas at the Paris Las Vegas Resort. Winners will participate in a Facility Managers Roundtable at a November 2 training session.
The winners were also featured in an e-book published on facilitynet.com.