From Boiler Room to Board Room by Brad Howlett, CFM

Let’s face it—the facilities management industry has been undervalued since buildings became more than shells.  While facilities specialists and operators realize this, usually top brass does not.  Buildings are believed to be static, boring, and simple, so why should they pay a business manager to run the facilities department when any ol’ janitor will do? […]

The Hands-On Hand-Off by Brad Howlett, CFM

At some point in every facilities manager’s career there comes a time where the FM’s responsibilities need to be passed on to a successor, or a replacement.  Hopefully this happens because of upward mobility—being offered a higher level position.  Sometimes it comes under more difficult circumstances for the FM—organizational restructuring, downsizing, etc.  Either way, it […]