Ron Wilhite, CRFP
Regions Facility Services
What year did you join RFMA? I had to look back in my records to accurately recall this one. I actually joined in 2006, thus counting this year as the beginning of my second decade of membership!
Why did you join RFMA? RFMA is a tremendous venue for becoming more involved and informed in our industry. Just like with so many things in life, “the more you know, the further you [can] go”
What do you like most about RFMA? The high level of engagement of both facility managers and vendors, not just at the annual show, but throughout the year at regional events and definitely with RFMA Gives.
Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why? Unequivocally, I would say that the resource most used, time and time again, is that of relationships- both old and new among the ranks of the RFMA membership. If assigned a renovation project in Seattle, Scottsdale or San Diego, I don’t hesitate to reach-out to an industry peer to source materials or expertise in our less frequented markets.
What was the last book you read? One of my most favored authors is Nelson DeMille. He recently amended and re-released a title he first wrote in 1975 called The Quest. It’s a great read about the pursuit of the Holy Grail deep in the jungles of Ethiopia. Kind of an Indiana Jones plot.
If you weren’t in the Facilities Industry, what would you be doing? With roots as a contractor going back 30 years, I started as a residential builder and quickly moved into restaurant facility contracting and never looked back. I do, however, have an equal passion, on the personal level, for home renovations. There’s nothing better than renovation a residential kitchen or bathroom over a weekend to take your mind off of renovating a restaurant kitchen or bathroom during the week. Jokes aside, I love being a contractor, and even more so being a contractor to the restaurant facility industry. I am truly pursuing my passion and chasing down my vision.
What is one of your favorite quotes? Master In The Art of Living (J. Michener). “A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence throughout whatever he is doing and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always seems to be doing both”
What is the most-played song on your iPod? Well, that depends. If it’s heavy-lift leg day at the gym, the song of choice is I Will Not Bow (Breaking Benjamin) and if it’s the official end to the workweek and a cold libation is in-hand, My Way (Frank Sinatra) can be much more effective.
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