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Member PRO Files is a blog created to help RFMA members “get to know” each other. Every few weeks we will post a Q&A from a RFMA member highlighting their accomplishments and involvement with RFMA, as well as fun facts about themselves. If you would like to nominate a RFMA member to be highlighted in Member PRO files, please contact Rheagan at rheagan@rfmaonline.com.

 

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Meet our RFMA Member, Steve Garver, CRFP

Posted By Rheagan Baker, RFMA, Thursday, November 16, 2017

Steve Garver, CRFP
Denny’s Inc
Project Manager

What year did you join RFMA? 2006

What do you like most about RFMA and why? Networking, Building relationships with peers and vendors.

Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why? I use the vendor search engine a lot. I have several geographic outliers and use the vendor search database to locate vendors.

What’s your hometown? Melbourne FL.

What is your proudest accomplishment? Why? I am very proud of my career, I never went to college.

If you weren’t in the Facilities Industry, what would you be doing?
I would still be a hands-on technician. I very much enjoy working with hand tools and making repairs.

What is your ideal vacation? Any vacation that involves close friends and our families. Cruises, Mountain Cabins, Beach

What’s your favorite type of food?
Mexican


What is one of your favorite quotes?  “The customer experience will never exceed the crew member experience.”

What is your favorite song?
Bodies-Drowning Pool

Do you have a secret talent and if so, what is it? I have a green Thumb

Who knows you the best?  Wife

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

Steve has been a member with RFMA for over 10 years and has achieved his CRFP through our education program. If you know of someone that you think should be highlighted in our Member PRO Files Blog please nominate them by emailing rheagan@rfmaonline.com.

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Meet our RFMA Member, Teresa Phelps

Posted By Rheagan Baker, RFMA, Thursday, November 2, 2017

Teresa Phelps
DENTCO
National Sales Director

 

What year did you join RFMA? Why did you join RFMA? 2006 I believe. To become a part of an association that focused on the services and needs of Facility Directors, managers and teams in the Restaurant & foodservice industry.

What groups are you involved in with RFMA? Females in Facilities, The RFMA  Community, The Vendor Community and RFMA Gives

What do you like most about RFMA and why? The people, the networking and this industry! This is the friendliest, most professional and hardworking group of people.  

Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why? The national Show, FIF and both the magazine and website.  Each resource provides a different avenue for me for networking, researching, and doing business.  Jeff’s blog’s are funny and interesting as well as informative.  I love the Females in facilities.  What we have accomplished together and the bond we have formed is great. I learn from the magazine about our members and their accomplishments as well as keep up on our vendors.  What is there not to love about our national show every year?  Such a great time, well organized and fun place to do business and learn at our educational break-outs.

What’s your hometown? Where were you raised? 
I was born and raised in Lansing Michigan during the booming automobile industry.  General Motors, Oldsmobile and Fisher Body were in my backyard.  In 1980 I moved to a small town in northern Michigan for 25 years where my husband and I raised our 3 children. I worked for a foodservice distributor as their marketing and office manager. I moved back to Lansing in 2004 to accept the Sales Director position with DENTCO.  It was a huge bonus to be back with my 6 siblings and their families and my parents.

What is your proudest accomplishment? Married for 37 years and raising 3 great kids. 

Who is your favorite sports team? Michigan State Spartans – Go Green!

What is your ideal vacation?
Anywhere warm and beautiful, preferably on the Gulf, no cooking, cleaning or laundry involved.  Adult beverages, good food with my friends and family in tow.

What’s your favorite type of food?
Pasta – preferably with homemade sauce and ice cream as a hard second.


What is your favorite book?
“Good to Great” by James Collins

What is one of your favorite quotes? “It’s nice to be important, but more important to be nice.” John Templeton.   I read it first in 6th grade and it has always stuck with me.  I strive to live this.

What is your favorite song? Growing up in the 70’s we had the best music so it’s hard to pick just one.  “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen remains at the top of the list along with America’s “A horse with no name”. Just try not to sing along….I dare you!

If you could meet an iconic person from History, who would it be? Helen Keller


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


Teresa has been a member with RFMA for over 10 years and she is involved in our Vendor Community, Females in Facilities, and RFMA Gives. If you know of someone that you think should be highlighted in our Member PROfiles Blog please nominate them by emailing
rheagan@rfmaonline.com.

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Meet Our RFMA Member, Brad Visser

Posted By Rheagan Baker, RFMA, Monday, October 9, 2017

 

Brad Visser
Facilities Manager
Four Foods Group
 

What year did you join RFMA? 2016

Why did you join RFMA? To network with likeminded people. To solve problems using others’ experiences.

What do you like most about RFMA? The exchange of information and communication.

Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why? The magazine…I like to go through page by page.

What was the last book you read? Learned Optimism, by Martine E.P. Seligman

If you weren’t in the Facilities Industry, what would you be doing? This is what I do…But, what is another dream job? Ranch’n!!

What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Meetings!!

What is one of your favorite quotes? “Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway!” – John Wayne

What is the most-played song on your iPod? Ronnie Dunn – “That’s Why They Make Jack Daniels”

If you could meet an iconic person from history, who would it be? John Wayne


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


We love to recognize our RFMA members throughout the year for being active and participating in different RFMA events. We want to share the diverse personalities of our members and have a little fun getting to know them! If you know of anyone you would like to nominate for the spotlight, please email rheagan@rfmaonline.com.

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Meet Our RFMA Member, Kevin Carringer, CRFP

Posted By Heather Webb, RFMA, Tuesday, August 8, 2017


Kevin Carringer, CRFP

Senior Director of Facilities
Ruby Tuesday 


What year did you join RFMA?
2011.

Why did you join RFMA? Saw the organization as the industry leader for education and wanted to brainstorm with peers.

What do you like most about RFMA? The open dialogue with industry leaders. It’s a one stop shop for answers. 

Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why? The magazine articles are great and I love to be able to search past articles. 

What is your guilty pleasure?
Cookies, mostly chocolate chip, but really any kind. Oh! And cheesecake!

What is your ideal vacation? Anywhere I don’t get cell service.

Who is your favorite sports team? Pittsburgh Steelers.

What was the last book you read? Jesus Calling

Describe your best day. That’s an easy one. Every day is my new best day. I have learned to try and seize life each day and make sure I do not miss any “open windows- opportunities” in my life. I have found there are always going to be some tough days but if they are few and far between then I am right in the middle of a blessed life.

If you weren’t in the Facilities Industry, what would you be doing?
College Coach or motivational speaker. Crowd attendance could be an issue but I would enjoy it…..

What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Cooking for myself.

What is one of your favorite quotes? “Get busy living or get busy dying.” 

What is the most-played song? Motivational sports audio clips.

Do you have a secret talent and if so, what is it? It’s a secret.


If you could meet an iconic person from History, who would it be?
 I want to meet the people that shaped, mentored and changed the lives of people such as Ronald Reagan, Martin Luther King, Abe Lincoln, General Patton, etc. It’s the people that shaped them I want to meet. 

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

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Meet Our RFMA Member, Jason Johnson

Posted By Heather Webb, RFMA, Monday, July 24, 2017


Jason Johnson
National Sales Manager-Commercial
Kinnetico Commercial Systems


What year did you join RFMA? I attended by first conference in 2013 and officially joined in 2014.

Why did you join RFMA? RFMA is a tight-knit group of professionals that all look out for each other and try to help our peers, our customers, and our industry to get better and, in turn, improve the experiences for restaurant guests.

What do you like most about RFMA?
I like how everyone is approachable and willing to help each other and others within the communities in which we work. We all call on each other to help. Seeing everyone at the conference each year is so enjoyable and every year make great connections with restaurateurs and vendors.

Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why?
I really enjoy the new Insite. If we got more people posting information, questions, it would unlock the knowledge base we have in this group and further drive the value of RFMA.

What is your guilty pleasure? Trying different types of beer and whiskey from different parts of the world.

What is your ideal vacation? A small island with clear, shallow water, cold drinks, and great food with my family.

Who is your favorite sports team? The World Champion Chicago Cubs of course. I have been a lifelong fan since I was born and raised in Chicago (just so no one thinks I am a bandwagoner). Lots of seasons of sadness up until this last year!

What was the last book you read? Yikes. I am not much of a reader but I think it was “Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose” by Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos.com.

Describe your best day. My best work day is when I can help a customer with a difficult situation or help someone I work with, but my best days are the days I spend having fun with my wife and three kids.

If you weren’t in the Facilities Industry, what would you be doing?
If I weren’t in this industry, I think I would be a police officer or a Federal Agent for the FBI.

What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Dishes. Been around too many dirty dishes during my time in the industry.

What is one of your favorite quotes? “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” – Theodore Roosevelt

What is the most-played song? “Little Wing” - both the Jimi Hendrix and the Stevie Ray Vaughan versions

Do you have a secret talent and if so, what is it? I can do some pretty funny impressions, which I never realized until I had kids.

If you could meet an iconic person from History, who would it be?
Abraham Lincoln


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

Tags:  Jason Johnson  Kinnetico Commercial Water Systems 

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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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