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Dec. 17, 2013





Thank you to all of our RFMA Gives volunteers!
RFMA would like to thank all of our wonderful members who volunteered with us at Dallas Life this past Sunday. Thanks to everyone's efforts, the residents and guests of Dallas Life will enjoy their Christmas meal in the comfort of the beautiful new dining area, with custom-designed restaurant group seating. Special thanks to Jay Alexander with Pizza Hut, who is overseeing the dining room redesign, as well as Starbucks and Chipotle, who provided breakfast and lunch for our volunteers.

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Renew your membership for 2014
Renewals are in full swing and many memberships expire on Dec. 31, 2013. Make sure you renew your membership for 2014. Log in to and renew today! If you have any questions about your RFMA membership contact our Membership Coordinator, Carly Wohlers at or at 972-805-0905.

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Facilitator: How to change the game of work
Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE
Life is a game. Business is a game. Everything is a game that involves winners, losers and spectators. Each day, we choose which one of those three we want to be. Tim Gard says there's an important game-changer you should be using to improve morale, self-esteem and productivity in your organization: humor.

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Wherever you are...We can be!
When your business has multiple locations, coordinating all of them is a massive job. You need one source to get everything functioning as a unified whole and to keep it that way. Source One is that one source.

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Strategies for snow and ice management success
Facility Maintenance Decisions
Fuel consumption and equipment maintenance rank among the most costly — and essential — aspects of snow and ice management at institutional and commercial facilities. Grounds and landscape managers who train mechanics and equipment operators to focus on conserving fuel and performing routine maintenance tasks can help departments achieve the overall goal of a more efficient snow and ice removal program.

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4 tips on plumbing
From restroom hygiene to maintenance to water management to Legionella, there are issues to consider when trying to manage your facility's plumbing.

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Personnel management: What workers want
Mel Kleiman
For more than 20 years, employee exit interview research has been telling us the No. 1 reason the best people leave is because they feel they are being poorly managed.

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Applebee's plans for tablets in all US locations
Nation's Restaurant News
Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar is rolling out touch-screen tablets to its 1,865 U.S. restaurants next year with the goal of putting guests more in control of the dining experience.

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The ROI of preventative maintenance
When you think about the phrase "preventative maintenance" do you ever ask yourself, "What exactly am I preventing? Am I truly reducing the chance of a catastrophic failure?"

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Wendy's, iDriveThru experiment with E-ZPass as fast food payment device
Fox News
Too bothered to dig in your wallet when paying for food at your favorite drive-thru? Why not use your E-ZPass, the electronic toll-collecting tag system, to pay for those burgers and fries?

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5 LEED tips for existing buildings
Becky Bicks
Over the past several years, the world has seen a shift toward green thinking. If you have an existing building that you'd like to see earn a LEED score, then check out this list of five important tips to help make your building more energy efficient and better for the Earth.

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Subway set to debut pizza concept
A Subway franchisee in Nebraska plans to open a Subway Pizza Express in the University of Nebraska Union in the first quarter. According to the Daily Nebraskan, this will be the first pizza restaurant in the Subway system.

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Menu trend bingo: Do you have these top 5 trends covered?
Fast Casual
Just as knee-high, flat boots were all the rage this year in the fashion industry, menu innovation was on trend in the fast casual segment. Restaurants rolled out a variety of creative menu items, including spicy sandwiches and new spins on teas, desserts and yogurt. Here are just a few of 2013's top trends.

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Concrete Repair and Floor Resurfacing

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LYFE Kitchen certified for wellness as part of pilot program
Fast Casual
The world's first WELL certified restaurants were unveiled today by Delos and LYFE Kitchen Restaurant. The new LYFE Kitchen Restaurants in Tarzana, Calif., and Chicago are now certified under the "WELL Building Standard" pilot program.

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RFMA 2014 Update (RFMA)
The future of facility management: On the move (Automated Buildings)
How to build your dream team (Mel Kleiman)

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We hate to break it to you. If you’ve waited until June to prepare for the coming winter, you are already behind. As this year’s unusual weather patterns have shown, snow is a year-round concern.

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Water Heat = Scale

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