From the Desk Of Your RFMA Chair,
Roger Goldstein, CRFP
We are very excited about some recent changes we
have made to our committee structure that will offer more volunteer opportunities and help you find a volunteer position that fits your interests. The truth is, we cannot do what we do without the involvement of our members and I believe you do not fully reap the benefits of your membership without getting involved!
Seven years ago as a second year restaurant facilities manager, I attended my first RFMA conference and I was instantly hooked. I made immediate connections with many members I met there and I was sure that being a part of RFMA would improve how I performed in the restaurant facilities field. At that first conference I realized that to get the greatest professional benefit out of my membership I had to get involved in some way. Because an annual conference, while fantastic, was not enough to make a true connection.
Getting involved was not at all difficult to do; it simply required asking myself, “What are my interests?” and asking the staff, “What can I do to help?” Wanting personally to focus on the career development benefits offered by RFMA, I first joined the Education Committee and played a role in developing conference curriculum and other learning tools. While I was not on-board early enough to be part of development of the CRFP exam, I was also chomping at the bit to be one of the first to become certified. So I volunteered to take the Beta exam and was thrilled when I passed to earn my CRFP designation!
I have definitely seen the value of getting engaged by volunteering and how it has helped me to learn and grow in my personal life and career. Because of this involvement, I have had the good fortune of being elected to the Board of Directors and then honored to become Chairman this year. At the same time I saw my professional career grow as I moved from a Facilities Manager 7 years ago to my current position as Executive Director of Facilities.
If you are serious about a long-term career in restaurant facilities or are a Vendor who wants to build relationships with existing or prospective customers, I can recommend no better avenue for success than volunteering to serve on a committees and staying actively involved in RFMA all year long.
Roger Goldstein, CRFP
Executive Director of Facilities-Panda Restaurant Group, Inc.
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