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Meet Our RFMA Member, Michael Kurland

Posted By Heather Webb, RFMA, Monday, June 26, 2017


Michael Kurland
CEO
Branded Group


What year did you join RFMA? Originally joined RFMA in 2009, have been a member with BG since 2014.

Why did you join RFMA? For the Networking opportunities with the industries finest.

What do you like most about RFMA? 
The ability to keep up with this fast paced industry.

Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why? 
I utilize the website often.

What would be the title of your autobiography? Happiness, The Key

 
What is your guilty pleasure?  Cassidy’s Cheeseburger, if you have never been to Newport Beach CA, put this on your list.

 
What is your ideal vacation? Sand, Ocean, Surfboard and Scuba Gear, Drink with an umbrella.

 
Who is your favorite sports team? New York Mets.

 
What was the last book you read?  Conscious Capitalism

 
Describe your best day.  Run on the beach, followed by brunch with friends and an afternoon sail with a special lady, sunset with a glass of wine.

 
If you weren’t in the Facilities Industry, what would you be doing?  I’d love to say working in professional sports.

 
What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Laundry.

 
What is one of your favorite quotes? "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference."

What is the most-played song? My most played song is Eric Church, "A Man who was Gonna Die Young."

Do you have a secret talent and if so, what is it?  I can read people.

If you could meet an iconic person from History, who would it be?  Prince, that guy changed the game, and made great music.

Connect with Michael on InSite! Click here to view Michael's profile. 


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Meet Our RFMA Member, Brian Davies

Posted By Heather Webb, RFMA, Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Brian Davies
Manager of Facilities
Border Foods


What year did you join RFMA? 2011.

Why did you join RFMA?
Networking with peers and source new vendor partners.

What do you like most about RFMA? The complete openness of everyone in the organization.

Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why? The annual conference mostly. I am working to use more online resources.
 
What would be the title of your autobiography? I did what ???

What is your guilty pleasure? Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

What is your ideal vacation? Tahiti. Would love to stay in the huts on the water for a week.

Who is your favorite sports team?
Minnesota Wild.

What was the last book you read? Live from New York, a book about the TV show Saturday Night Live.

Describe your best day. Travelling with my family with no phone or internet.

If you weren’t in the Facilities Industry, what would you be doing? Either managing a restaurant or an accountant.

What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Mowing the grass.

What is one of your favorite quotes? “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”.

What is the most-played song on your iPod? Metallica “Fade to Black”.

Connect with Brian on InSite! Click here to view Brian's profile and connect now!

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Meet Our RFMA Member, Shawn Black, CRFP

Posted By Heather Webb, RFMA, Monday, May 1, 2017



Shawn Black, CRFP
Regional Vice President
CGP Maintenance & Construction Services, Inc.


What year did you join RFMA? 2014

Why did you join RFMA? When I started with CGP they were already a part of the organization. I saw it as a way to connect with new people and get the opportunity to learn more about our clients. I was not disappointed!

What do you like most about RFMA?
I love the energy. The members aren’t like other organizations. I feel like I could walk right up and start a conversation with anyone and they would be open to it! It’s one of the best things about RFMA, you just feel WELCOME!

Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why? For me it’s using the find others feature of InSite. Always needing contact info and I know right where to find it when I am on the go.

What would be the title of your autobiography?  How to Survive being a Creative Mind.

What is your guilty pleasure? I am a big foody and love watching Bizarre Foods.

What is your ideal vacation? My ideal vacation would be somewhere tropical, I thinking Fuji. I would be sitting on the beach with a cool ocean breeze blowing. Relaxing while sipping on an ice cold drink!

Who is your favorite sports team? Kansas City Chiefs

What was the last book you read? I am currently reading The Power of Body Language by Tonya Reiman & Unshakeable by Tony Robbins. The last book I finished was Good Leaders Ask Great Questions by: John Maxwell.

Describe your best day. Honestly my best day happens as soon as my feet touch the ground. If I am above ground it’s the best day. I have very little rules when it comes to being happy. Being surrounded by my friends and family is just the icing on the cake.

If you weren’t in the Facilities Industry, what would you be doing?
That’s a great question; I think I would still be in construction. I love the idea of it! To create and build something that last for years and years. There is so much good that comes out of building.

What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
The Dishes 

What is one of your favorite quotes?  That’s hard because there are so many influences on my life. One that shows up every day would be: “Remember that if you don’t prioritize your life someone else will”― Greg McKeown, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.

What is the most-played song on your iPod? “May We All” Florida Georgia Line

Do you have a secret talent and if so, what is it? I can wiggle my ears.

Connect with Shawn on InSite! Click here to view Shawn's profile and connect now!



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Meet Our RFMA Member, Danny Koontz

Posted By Heather Webb, RFMA, Thursday, March 30, 2017

Danny Koontz
Director of Facilities Management
Collier Restaurant Group


What year did you join RFMA?
When it began, was part of group who met to discuss putting together an organization .

Why did you join RFMA? To be a part of an organization of people in the same industry as me, to learn from and to have access to the best vendors . Great opportunity to learn.

What do you like most about RFMA? The relationships I have developed with my peers in the restaurant industry and the best vendor network in the world. The ability to learn each day, not have to reinvent the wheel but ask for best practices and get it quickly from someone who has already experienced what I am dealing with .

Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why? The Staff, have went to different members at different times and they have always been on point and helpful in every way.

What would be the title of your autobiography?  Make it Go Away- A story of  Perseverance

What is your ideal vacation?  Golf trip.

Who is your favorite sports team? New York Yankees.

Describe your best day. A day of watching sports with my son Adam.

If you weren’t in the Facilities Industry, what would you be doing? ESPN Anchor.

What is one of your favorite quotes? "The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge , but rather in a lack of will." - Vince Lombardi

If you could meet an iconic person from History, who would it be?
Ronald Reagan- Would want to understand his ability to get people to move in the same direction for a united cause.

Connect with Danny on InSite! Click here to view Danny's profile and connect now.



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Meet Our RFMA Member, Summer Fredrickson

Posted By Heather Webb, RFMA, Thursday, December 29, 2016

Summer Fredrickson
Regional Facilities Manager
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers


What year did you join RFMA? 2011

Why did you join RFMA? I joined RFMA to network, learn from other peers in the industry, learn best practices and share experiences with others in the same field.

What do you like most about RFMA? When I was first starting out in Facilities, it was a great way for me to better educate myself on the different trades and it provided me with many resources and opportunities to meet other professionals in the field.

Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why? I would say that I utilize both the Resource Library and Education modules equally the most because it helps me find answers to new problems I’m faced with and it’s helping me to prepare for the CRFP exam!

What is your ideal vacation? I love to travel and cook so my ideal vacation would be backpacking through Europe, seeing as many countries as possible, taking cooking classes along the way. I also love to experience new cultures so finding spots where the locals hang out is always high on my list when I travel.

Who is your favorite sports team? The New England Patriots

What was the last book you read? The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins…now I can’t wait for the movie to come out!


What is the most-played song on your iPod?
 "First Day of my Life" by Bright Eyes 

Connect with Summer on InSite! Click here to view Summer's profile and connect now! 

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Meet Our RFMA Member, Kiira Esposito

Posted By Heather Webb, RFMA, Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Kiira Esposito
VP of Business Development
Branded Group


What year did you join RFMA?
2012

Why did you join RFMA? To build my network of facilities professionals and learn more about the Restaurant Industry, as the majority of my experience at that time was in the retail sector.

What do you like most about RFMA? The National Conference. I think it provides a great platform to network, as well as wonderful educational sessions.
  
Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why? I utilize the member directory on the website. I find it user friendly and easy to find the resources I am looking for. I also read the Facilitator Magazine and Newsletters. With these, I build a platform for our company’s internal growth based on the industry changes that are communicated through those materials. 

Who is your favorite sports team? Depends on the sport. Having lived in many places, I have adopted teams in each – FSU, NY Mets, NY Jets, LA Kings.

If you weren’t in the Facilities Industry, what would you be doing? Attempting to find a solution the Homeless epidemic in America. 
What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

What is one of your favorite quotes? "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better" - Maya Angelou

If you could meet an iconic person from History, who would it be? Richard Branson (not historic, but definitely iconic)

Connect with Kiira on InSite! Click here to view Kiira's profile and connect now!

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Meet Our RFMA Member, Julie Lapacka

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Julie Lapacka
Executive Vice President
Vixxo, Sign & Lighting Division


What year did you join RFMA? 2006

Why did you join RFMA?  I joined RFMA for the educational and networking benefits.

What do you like most about RFMA? I like the culture of the organization. It truly is an association that encourages partnerships with facility professionals on both the restaurateur and vendor side. And I especially like the RFMA Gives Program. I have participated in volunteer day and find it extremely rewarding.

Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why?
I utilize the website to keep current on events. I also utilize Facilitator Magazine and educational sessions at the annual event to stay fresh on trends and best practices in the field.

What is your guilty pleasure? Crème Brulee


Describe your best day.  My best day is always Christmas Eve with my family.

What is the most-played song on your iPod? “I Can Only Imagine” by Mercy Me

Do you have a secret talent and if so, what is it?  I write children’s stories.

Connect with Julie on InSite! Click here to view Julie's profile and connect now!


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Meet Our RFMA Member, Keith Moore

Posted By Heather Webb, RFMA, Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Keith Moore
President
U.S. Exterior Maintenance & Repair, LLC


What year did you join RFMA? 2009

Why did you join RFMA? I was invited to join by Tom Batten. At that time he was working for Taco Bell and we had been doing some work for him and I asked where I could meet other facility managers like him.

What do you like most about RFMA? The sense of community within the association and the opportunity it allows us to grow our business. The year we joined RFMA, restaurants represented less 2% of our customer base and revenue stream, this year it will represent over 40% of our revenue base.

Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why? We try to utilize all benefits of the association, from the networking opportunities, the educational series and the conference. All these benefits have helps us grow our business.


What is your guilty pleasure? A great Cigar and nice glass of scotch.

What is your ideal vacation? It has to have water, sand and family.

Who is your favorite sports team?
There are two, The Blackhawks and Bears.


What was the last book you read?
Gray Mountain by John Grisham.


Describe your best day. A day on the water with family and friends.

If you weren’t in the Facilities Industry, what would you be doing?
Prior to the construction/facility industry I was professional photographer.

What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Laundry.

What is one of your favorite quotes? "Love what you do and you won’t work a day in your life…"

What is the most-played song on your iPod? Dirt Road Anthem, Jason Aldean


Do you have a secret talent and if so, what is it?
Master Vodka Distiller…

Connect with Keith on InSite! Click here to view Keith's profile and connect now!


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Meet Our RFMA Member, Jeannie Malone

Posted By Heather Webb, RFMA, Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Jeannie Malone
Director of Operations
EcoTrak Facility Management



What year did you join RFMA?
2009

Why did you join RFMA? For the educational opportunities and exposure to new products and innovations.

What do you like most about RFMA? The peer to peer networking.

Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why? Hard to pick just one! I really like the guide book provided at the annual RFMA conference. I keep notes in this book and use it to look up prospective vendors (There is so much great information offered at the conference, great way to assist in recalling it all!) The magazine has great articles, and the website has some really wonderful tools.

What would be the title of your autobiography? “How come I do not have my own reality show?!”

What is your guilty pleasure? To trail ride in the hills, just me, my horse and the dogs on a beautiful day.

What is your ideal vacation? Family and friends all gathered, relaxing and having fun.

Who is your favorite sports team? I actually do not ever watch Team Sports, no favorite.

What was the last book you read? The Happiness Advantage, by Shawn Anchor

Describe your best day. Achieving a personal goal; for me, making a winning run (I am a barrel racer).

If you weren’t in the Facilities Industry, what would you be doing? Equine Industry.

What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Shopping for clothes!

What is one of your favorite quotes? “Don’t let in so much reality, that you don’t have room left for dreaming.”

What is the most-played song on your iPod?
“Free” by Zach Brown Band

Do you have a secret talent and if so, what is it? I am an Artist! I love to draw, paint and create.

If you could meet an iconic person from History, who would it be? President Ronald Reagan

Connect with Jeannie on InSite! Click here to view Jeannie's profile and connect now!

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Meet Our RFMA Member (& 2016 Board Chair), Tim Corcoran , PMP

Posted By Heather Webb, RFMA, Friday, April 8, 2016
Tim Corcoran, PMP
Corporate Projects
Jack in the Box


What year did you join RFMA?
2012

Why did you join RFMA? To grow my knowledge and resources within the Facilities Industry.  Everything I learned up until that point in my career was through experiences on the job.  I wanted to enrich that and learn from others via networking and benchmarking.

What do you like most about RFMA? The people and the free-flow of ideas and information.  It has a great membership base that understands the value of helping others.


Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why?
Two things I find great value in: our annual convention and the Facilitator magazine.  Our show offers great education opportunities as well as some great ways of networking.  The magazine offers great information as well, and also allows us to stay apprised of events and member activity within our industry.

What is your ideal vacation?  Hawaii and the Disney Aulani resort.  Just went there last year and it will definitely become a repeat trip.  Great balance of relaxation and fun for my wife and I, but also offers (as only Disney can) an amazing experience catered to the kids.

Who is your favorite sports team? The San Diego Chargers.  Yes, it has been a painful relationship, but one I can’t seem to pull away from.

What was the last book you read? Disrupt Yourself by Whitney Johnson. A book I recommend for those of you who are conservative when it comes to taking professional risks.

What is one of your favorite quotes? "What I hear I forget.  What I see I remember.  What I do, I understand." (Confucius)

Connect with Tim on InSite! Click here to view Tim's profile and connect now!



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