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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, Preston Funkhouser

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 19, 2018

Preston Funkhouser
Sr. Director, Facility Services and Construction
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.

 

What year did you join RFMA? 2014.  As a newcomer to the restaurant facility services industry, I was thrilled to learn that there was a trade organization designed around coaching, teaching, and mentoring our industry. 

What groups are you involved in with RFMA? 
Honored to join the board in 2018 and join the online training and leadership development committee. 

What do you like most about RFMA?  Networking with peers and meeting our vendor base. 

Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why?  The annual conference is my opportunity to explore industry trends with peers and leaders in the service organizations who support us.

What’s your hometown? Sonora, CA, not too far from Yosemite National Park.

What is your proudest accomplishment? Raising two brilliant and respectful teenagers who love their mother and me. 

If you weren’t in the Facilities Industry, what would you be doing?  I would like to be a farmer one day.

Who is your favorite sports team?  Nashville Predators, NHL Hockey

What is your favorite place in the world?  I’ve been all around the world and my favorite place is right here in America.

What’s your favorite type of food?  I like food.  All of it. 

What is your favorite book?  Undaunted Courage, by Stephen Ambrose

What is one of your favorite quotes?   “Don’t do dumb stuff!” one of my Airborne Instructors to our class before a weekend.  Summer of 1992. 

What is your favorite song?  Amazing Grace

Do you have a secret talent and if so, what is it?  Not so much a secret by one of my favorite hobbies is blacksmithing

If you could meet an iconic person from History, who would it be?  Thomas Jefferson (he commissioned the Lewis and Clark expedition)

Who knows you the best?  My wife, Sheila.

 

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

Preston has been a RFMA member for 4 years and is a new member to our 2018 Board of Directors. Preston always has a positive attitude and is an eager learner. 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, Shane Brock, CRFP

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 5, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Shane Brock, CRFP
Regional Facility Services Manager
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.

What year did you join RFMA? Initially joined in 2014 to attend the annual conference.

What groups are you involved in with RFMA? RFMA Gives, 2018 Board of Directors Nominating Committee, and CRFP

What do you like most about RFMA? I like the relationships that are made at conference.

Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most? Peer to Peer calls, I have picked up tips on every call!

What’s your hometown? Mt. Vernon, KY (yes it is really a town) Where were you raised? Somerset, KY

What is your proudest accomplishment? Being husband to Katie and dad to our blended family of three brown eyed girls.

If you weren’t in the Facilities Industry, what would you be doing?  Radio DJ

Who is your favorite sports team? Kentucky Wildcats

What is your favorite place in the world? By the ocean with my wife and three brown eyed girls.

What’s your favorite type of food? Large (is that a type?)

What is your favorite book? The Bible

What is one of your favorite quotes? It is what it is.

What is your favorite song? Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler (don’t take away a man card!)

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

Who knows you the best? Katie my wife


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Shane has been a RFMA member for 5 years. He has been involved with Peer to Peer calls, RFMA Gives, and has achieved his CRFP Certification. 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, Jenn McCoy

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 22, 2018

Jenn McCoy
Director of Operations
Retail Mechanical Services, Inc. 

What year did you join RFMA? 2007

What groups are you involved in with RFMA? Membership Committee, RFMA Gives and Females in Facilities

What do you like most about RFMA and why?
I enjoy the members, staff, education and networking opportunities RFMA offers.   

Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why?  In-site.  Its user friendly and you are able to connect with others members. 

What’s your hometown? Where were you raised?
 In-between Wallingford, Connecticut & West Babylon, New York

What is your proudest accomplishment?
Becoming a mother. Watching my daughter grow into the little lady she is today has been one of the greatest gifts life has to offer.

If you weren’t in the Facilities Industry, what would you be doing?
 I’d like to say Event Planning

What’s your favorite type of food? Smart food…you can’t just stop at one!  

What is one of your favorite quotes? We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give – Winston Churchill

What is your favorite song? Whatever It Is by Zac Brown Band

If you could meet an iconic person from History, who would it be?
Whitney Houston

Who knows you the best?
My mom

Connect with Jenn on InSite! Click here to view Jenn’s profile and connect now. 

Jenn has been a RFMA member for 11 years. She enjoys connecting with her peers through Insite, participating in the Females in Facilities Group, and volunteering for RFMA Gives. 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.

Tags:  blog  Jen McCoy  member profile  member spotlight  Retail Mechanical Services 

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Meet our RFMA Member, Bevin McPherson

Posted By Rheagan Baker, RFMA, Monday, January 29, 2018
Updated: Friday, January 26, 2018
Bevin McPherson
Ruby Tuesday
Facilities Financial Analyst|Project Manager


What year did you join RFMA? 2015

Why did you join RFMA? I joined the organization to build relationships with peers and vendors, as well as seeking educational and development opportunities.

What groups are you involved in with RFMA? 
Co-Chair Member Engagement Committee, RFMA Gives and Females in Facilities.

What do you like most about RFMA and why? The conference is a great way to get face time with both vendors and other restaurateurs. The organization provides support and really pushes everyone to be open and share ideas to better the industry. As a restaurateur it’s a great way to get all of our National accounts in one room for brief meetings throughout the week.

Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why? Facilitator, Insite, and blogs have all been good resources to use in understanding others learning experiences.

What’s your hometown? I was born and raised in a small town outside of Knoxville, TN.

 
What is your proudest accomplishment? I am the proud mother of 2 children. I love to see how I my time with them makes an impact and helps ensures their success in life. 

 
What is your favorite place in the world? Anywhere that I can’t get emails.

What’s your favorite type of food?  I love eating at sporting events. HA!

 
What is your favorite book? Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

 
What is one of your favorite quotes? “Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt

If you could meet an iconic person from History, who would it be? Queen Elizabeth I


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on InSite! Click here to view Bevin's profile and connect now. 


Bevin McPherson has been with RFMA for 2 years and she is involved with RFMA Gives, Females in Facilities, and she is Co-Chair of our Member Engagement Committee. Bevin is a joy to work with and always brings a smile to our faces! 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, David Reeb, CRFP

Posted By Rheagan Baker, RFMA, Thursday, January 11, 2018

David Reeb, CRFP
Facility Solutions, Inc.
Business Development



What year did you join RFMA? Why did you join RFMA? I joined the organization for the educational, certification, leadership development and networking opportunities.

What groups are you involved in with RFMA? CRFP, RFMA Gives, Online Learning Committee

What do you like most about RFMA and why? I enjoy how close knit the membership is and their willingness to give back to the communities we serve.

Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why? The annual conference, I enjoy catching up with everyone and the chance to meet new people.

What’s your hometown? Where were you raised? Currently reside in a suburb of Detroit. I grew up in a small town in Northern Michigan.

If you weren’t in the Facilities Industry, what would you be doing? I would be in the restaurant industry, most likely in a different support role.

What is your ideal vacation? With family somewhere warm, preferably relaxing on a beach.

What is one of your favorite quotes? “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” William Arthur Ward

If you could meet an iconic person from History, who would it be? Isaac Newton

Who knows you the best? My beautiful wife of 26 years!


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


David has been a member for two years, is a part of the Online Learning Committee, Young Professionals, and has earned his CRFP. 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.
 


Tags:  blog  David Reeb  Facility Solutions  member profile  member spotlight 

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Meet our RFMA Member, Judi Scott

Posted By Rheagan Baker, RFMA, Thursday, December 14, 2017
Judi Scott
Facilities Representative
Starbucks Coffee Company

What year did you join RFMA? Why did you join RFMA? I joined RFMA in 2013. I joined to learn more about the facilities world outside Starbucks and to connect with others in my area.

What groups are you involved in with RFMA? Females in Facilities and RFMA Gives.

What do you like most about RFMA and why? RFMA Annual convention, Facilitator and RFMA.  The convention is a great way to connect with others in facilities and to network. I enjoy reading the many articles in Facilitator as it’s a great source of learning for me. And this year, I was able to participate in my first RFMA Gives in Phoenix. I had a great time connecting with others while giving back.

What’s your hometown? Where were you raised? Phoenix, AZ is my home now but I grew up in Frederick, MD (outside Washington, DC).

What is your proudest accomplishment? Why? Buying my house… because I did it on my own.

 
What is your ideal vacation?  Anywhere warm and sunny, close to water where I can kick back and relax with friends and adult beverages.

 
What’s your favorite type of food? Maryland Blue Crab… there’s nothing better!

 
What is your favorite book? Any good murder mystery.

 
What is one of your favorite quotes? “When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.” William Arthur Ward. 

 
What is your favorite song? I don’t have a favorite song as much as a favorite genre - Broadway.  Right now, I’m into “Hamilton”.

 
If you could meet an iconic person from History, who would it be? Agatha Christie

 
Who knows you the best? My Mom!


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

Judi has been a RFMA member for 6 years and is involved with our Females in Facilities and RFMA Gives groups. 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, Ashley Hodge, CRFP

Posted By Rheagan Baker, RFMA, Thursday, November 30, 2017

Ashley Hodge, CRFP
Panda Restaurant Group
Regional Facilities Manager

What year did you join RFMA? Why did you join RFMA? I joined RFMA November 2016 to prepare for the CRFP exam.

What groups are you involved in with RFMA?
- Females in Facilities
- Young Professionals
- Restaurant Members
- CRFP Group

What do you like most about RFMA and why? I love that RFMA provides a great community, support and a vast facility knowledge base for those within the Restaurant industry.

Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why? I use Peer to Peer calls the most because I get to discuss and exchange knowledge with my peers & vendor business partners. 

What’s your hometown? Buffalo NY

What is your proudest accomplishment? Why? Jan 2017—I won 3rd place in the USPA Powerlifting Competition lifting over 670lbs combined doing squat, bench press, and deadlift. Sometimes weightlifting is less about the weight. And more about what you are channeling through the challenge of hundreds of pounds crushing your back. The weights are objective. Will you let them dominate you? Or will you dominate them? Fitness is my therapy. Each of us has more strength than we know and can use it to make an impact in the world and in the lives of others. Why do I give my all? "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice your gift" - Steve Prefontaine

If you weren’t in the Facilities Industry, what would you be doing? I would manage a health/wellness center

What’s your favorite type of food? A classic PB & J sandwich

What is your favorite book? The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals

What is one of your favorite quotes? “I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” - Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Who knows you the best? My mom


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

Ashley has achieved her CRFP through our education program and she is involved in the Females in Facilities and Young Professionals groups. 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, 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


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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.

Tags:  blog  Brad Visser  Four Foods Group  Member Profile  Member Spotlight  Membership 

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