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Feb. 19, 2013





RFMA 2013 attendees: Important information has been sent to your inboxes!
Make sure to check your inbox for all the tips you need to know before coming to RFMA 2013 in Orlando! All attendees should have received the "Things to Know Before Coming to RFMA 2013" last Friday. We want to encourage all RFMA 2013 attendees to take a few minutes to review this important information. Even if you have been to RFMA in the past, there is always something new in store and each location is a little different. Also keep a look out for badge information and more information about the RFMA 2013 Mobile App coming to your inbox in the following weeks.

If you have not logged onto our conference website, please visit to find out more on conference details, online registration, session information, exhibitor lists and hotel booking information.

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Conference Spotlight: Working with Emotional Intelligence
In this session, you will learn how to apply the seven-step conflict resolution model to potentially sensitive situations. If you struggle with building consensus and gaining buy-in, you will learn the right words to use with sincerity by applying non-defensive communication when conversing with others. As leaders, you will also find out the 10 keys to managing your own emotions and four questions that will help you gain a more objective perspective of the person and the situation. Developed by RFMA Females in Facilities Group. Presented by Lorinda Lewis, Training Consultant with Rockhurst University.

Interested in attending this session? Make sure to register for RFMA 2013, March 10-12 at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, Fla. RFMA members get a special member rate, so make sure to renew your membership and take advantage of the savings today. Visit our conference website and register now!

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Welcome new RFMA members
Click here to see the list of restaurant and vendor members who joined RFMA so far in February, including these new restaurant members: Michael Monzo with Veggie Grill Inc., Buz Campbell with Benihana, Craig Martin with White Castle System and Jay Roach with Carlson Restaurants.

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Consider the Big Picture Before You Buy
Looking at the cost to operate your new foodservice machine

Richard Young
What are the three things you consider when buying a car? Most people will start with the size, style and functionality of the car and determine whether it fits their needs. Then there's the price tag and some consideration about how much financial pain this purchase will cause. Finally, there is the MPG rating, from which one can calculate how much your stylish purchase will cost to operate. Whether you sit down and calculate your estimated fuel costs or just compare one MPG rating to another, you have moved beyond simple first-cost analysis to a bigger-picture life cycle cost analysis. The Food Service Technology Center offers a simple acronym that can help you do the same bigger-picture analysis when purchasing foodservice equipment.

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Driving traffic with digital message boards
Ken Blum, who operates 13 Dunkin' Donuts units in northeast Ohio, installed his first digital message board in 2008 and wants them at all 13 of his locations: The boards reach up to 25,000 people every day, he said.

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New York City eyes Styrofoam ban
The Associated Press via Daily Record
Could plastic foam containers get 86'd from the menu of takeout food options in the nation's biggest city? A New York City official says the idea is under discussion but it's too soon to say what will happen.

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Seasonal parking lot maintenance
Mike Condon
Winter is here, and some of your parking lots may be buried in snow. But that does not mean they should be buried on your checklist. In fact, winter is the perfect time to budget and plan for springtime parking lot repairs.

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13 ways to painlessly improve profitability: Energy as a profit center
By Jay Fiske
As the economy appears to be gaining steam, are you prepared to reap the full benefit? There are still plenty of economic challenges that require both business acumen and financial agility. We hope you'll join us as we bring you 13 installments that provide a step-by-step roadmap to help you become master of your energy fate. It begins by looking at energy in a completely different way. Reining in energy costs doesn't have to be rocket science. Here's how you can get started.

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Industry Pulse: What is the biggest energy expense in your facility?


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New York City eyes Styrofoam ban (The Associated Press via York Daily Record)
Franchisee drives traffic with digital message boards (QSR Web)
Timing is everything: Seasonal parking lot maintenance (Mike Condon)
Technology and FM: Integrating security systems (Today's Facility Manager)

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App helps diners find sustainable restaurants
A new free mobile application and website, GoPure, launched this week, helping users find, share and learn about healthy and sustainable dining options. The app, currently for iPhone and Android, provides information on the food sourcing and environmentally sensitive choices of restaurants.

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New committee to discuss federal standards for appliances
Appliance Magazine
The U.S. Department of Energy has set Feb. 26 as the first meeting date for a new group charged with studying the standards, certification and regulation enforcement associated with appliances in the commercial and residential sectors.

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Cutting energy usage with evaporative cooling
One of the greatest challenges for facility maintenance managers is the desire to save energy, but the need to do so economically. Although entire industries have sprung up around energy technologies, there's a simple, time-honored concept that's showing more promise recently: evaporative cooling.

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Planning for nontraditional locations
Foodservice Equipment & Supplies
The number of branded chain concepts located in nontraditional venues continues to grow. With this growth comes increased awareness and understanding of the particular design and layout challenges that arise from operating in a fraction of the brand's usual space.

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Guidebook outlines steps to achieve ADA-compliant restrooms
Nation's Restaurant News
Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc. has developed a guide that addresses the new building standards promulgated under the updated Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA. Bobrick's "Planning Guide for Accessible Restrooms" discusses requirements contained in the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design for restaurant and other commercial bathrooms.

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Still fighting to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy
Three-and-a-half months after Hurricane Sandy, it's still not clear whether a longtime Staten Island, N.Y., restaurant will ever reopen, but the owner won't go down without a fight. Joe LaRocca has spent nearly every day of the past 25 years at the Midland Beach restaurant that bears his name. LaRocca's was ruined when the storm surge flooded it and the roof collapsed.

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