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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, 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.
 


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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


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! 

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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”.

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