Presenting to Upstate SC IFMA Chapter – “More Than Glorified Janitors?”

Most facility departments are under-funded and under-staffed.  They act as modern-day MacGyvers trying to resolve the decline of aging systems and the increase of operational demands with a piece of gum, a ballpoint pen, and a paperclip – sound familiar?  This lack of resources and seeming disconnect with management perpetuates the costly firefighting cycle in which many organizations find […]

The Hand-Off – Planning for Successful Transition from Construction to Operations

As published in the Nov-Dec 2016 edition of IFMA’s FMJ. Consider this: A building is designed, constructed, and turned over to facilities in roughly eighteen to twenty-four months – often launched without adequate testing, training that does not fully prepare engineers, minimal operating parameters defined, and no comprehensive documentation on how to operate & maintain […]

Commissioning & Retro-Commissioning as published in IFMA’s FMJ

Lowering Utility Costs and Increasing Facility  Performance through Commissioning and Retro- Commissioning by John Rimer as published in the November/December issue of IFMA’s  Facility Management Journal Commissioning is one of the most cost-effective means of ensuring optimum building  performance and efficiency, returning energy savings as high as 25% and payback periods  measured in months.  However, […]

Playing the “Green” Card – How to Make Green = Green in Facilities…

It doesn’t matter if you are a tree burner, tree hugger, or anything in between.  If your organization says “green” or sustainability is important to them, then it is important to you.  Does that mean you begrudgingly implement such programs?  No, rather leverage those corporate goals and objectives to solicit the resources you need to […]

Join us in Oklahoma City for IFMA’s FMP & CFM classes starting this June!

Want to Expand Your Knowledge and Grow Your Career?  Earn one of the most sought-after credentials in the facility industry – IFMA’s FMP and CFM…  Did you know? 79% of organizations prefer or require an IFMA credential when hiring, promoting, or making salary decisions about FM professionals 74% of employers feel that the overall reputation […]

Do you work in or support the Federal Sector? Then you’ll want to read this…

Do you work in or support the Federal Sector?  Have you earned your FMP or CFM yet?  If not, then you will want to read this…  If you don’t work in the Federal sector, why should you care?  The Federal government is the largest property owner and tenant in the United States – thus from […]

Are facility management credentials worth it?

Are you trying to enter or grow your career in the facility industry?  Do you want to gain more respect as a “facility professional”?  Looking to make more money?  Are you just trying to shake the stigma of “glorified janitor”?  If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, then you will want to read […]

Implementing a Robust Maintenance Program

In our daily reactive firefighting, it is easy to get lost in the smoke.  We don’t realize how much of our time is spent spinning our wheels and the negative impact it has on our staff, our reputation, and the bottom line.  It is imperative that we take a step back and pull ourselves out […]

Test-Taking Tips

The below tips are ones that I have given to folks preparing for IFMA’s FMP & CFM tests and the Building Operator Certification (BOC).  However, these tips would be useful to any test you may take. Link to Test-Taking Tips. Provided by John Rimer, CFM of FM360 Consulting and Facility University

Test-Taking Tips

Below are a few test-taking tips that are applicable to most tests in the industry.  I hope these help you in pursuing any related credentials and/or certifications. •Watch for EXTREME words (e.g. always, never, most, all, etc.) •Identify KEY WORDS that describe and color the question/answer •Pick the “Better” of the two; may not necessarily […]