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RFMA Events a Plenty

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Updated: Monday, August 19, 2019

Hello RFMA Members,

The hot summer is finally ending. Hopefully, your workload is becoming a bit more manageable as the cool weather approaches. RFMA's gearing up for a busy fall and we have a host of events lined up for the next few months that will include great opportunities for education, networking, socializing, and giving back. Take a look at the following to consider:

- Dallas Restaurant Roundtable, Wednesday, Sept. 4th

- Member Meet-Up, Westmont, NJ on Tuesday, Sept. 10th

- Peer to Partner covering "Plumbing Maintenance" on Monday, Sept. 16th

- Western Region Restaurant Roundtable, Denver, on Friday, Sept. 20th

- RFMA Gives Volunteer Day in Denver on Saturday, Sept. 21st

- Peer to Peer call covering "Preventative Maintenance and Refrigerators/Chillers" on Tuesday, Oct. 1st

- Member Meet-Up in Tampa, FL on Thursday, Oct. 10th

- Franchisee Focus Peer to Peer call covering "Repair vs Replace" on Wednesday, Oct. 16th

- Member Meet-up in Naperville, IL on Thursday, Oct. 17th

- Peer to Partner call covering "Snow Removal" on Monday, Oct 21st.

There's a lot going at RFMA the next few months. Pick a few of these to expand your knowledge and further your growth in our industry. Check out additional details on any of these under "Events" on our website. Going to be a busy fall. Any questions or comments, let me know.

Dover and out.

Jeff Dover, CRFP 
Facilities Resource Manager | Restaurant Facility Management Association
972-805-0905 ext. 3

Tags:  member meet-up  restaurant facility education  restaurant roundtable  RFMA events  RFMA Gives 

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What Did You Takeaway From The Conference?

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Thursday, February 14, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Hello RFMA members,

Well, another great national conference. I appreciate all your engagement. I hope you all had a good time and were able to have some good takeaways. From the opening party at the Fairmont rooftop pool deck to the closing party at the Coppertank Event Center, there was plenty of opportunity to have fun and network with your peers and vendors. Hope you took advantage of the great educational sessions and spent plenty of time on the exhibit floor checking out new vendors and technologies that can make you more efficient.

During the Opening session Jim McKnight provided numerous examples and ways to create a "rocking" culture within your own company. It starts with you. Make an effort, make it work. You, along with your co-workers will appreciate each other more than you ever had and the entire organization will profit from it. As Jim said, EVERY employee changes the "culture". Be the positive one and reap the benefits.

It can be a bit overwhelming to get back into the work routine after the conference but now is the time to keep the momentum going on the items to assist you with your daily facilities responsibilities. Reach out to those vendors, suppliers, and peers on new initiatives that will benefit you and your company by saving time, money, and provide a better quality product and/or service. RFMA has the tools to help. Embrace the ever changing facility environment. Be proactive and make a difference. RFMA realizes you have to juggle several different jobs at once and we are here to help.

Thanks to all for making this conference a success. Don't hesitate to contact anyone at RFMA on any issue. Rest assured, we are already working on making the next conference in Denver better than Austin.

Dover and out.

Jeff Dover, CRFP 
Facilities Resource Manager | Restaurant Facility Management Association
972-805-0905 ext. 3


Tags:  Education sessions  National Conference  RFMA  RFMA Gives 

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The Conference is Almost Here !!

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Updated: Monday, December 19, 2016

Hello RFMA members,

It's less than two(2) months until the conference in Orlando, running from March 5-7. Are you ready? Have you registered and made hotel reservations? The national conference is such a busy time. It gives everyone a great opportunity to learn, network, and explore methods on saving valuable R&M dollars and look at better ways to take care of your facilities. The conference is designed and intended to to make your life easier in protecting your company's assets. It is the only conference designed specifically for restaurant facility professionals.

Due to the size and scope of this event, it is highly recommended do a little research to gain as much knowledge as possible to prepare. The RFMA Conference App is scheduled to be available in a few weeks but feel free to visit our conference website at to review all the scheduled events. Reviewing all the events will give you a better opportunity for projecting your time out efficiently. Check out all the great educational sessions to determine which is best suited for you and your company. Are you looking for new vendors or following up with existing ones? The Exhibitor List shows who's attending along with where their booth is located. With over 300 booths, it can be a bit overwhelming if you do not have an effective game plan when the conference floor is open so plan accordingly. Make sure to sign up for the Restaurant Roundtable as it provides an excellent opportunity to network with other facility professionals in your same geographical area(s).

If you are arriving early, don't forget to sign up for the 5K Fun Run/Walk which benefits RFMA Gives 2018 or play in the golf tournament. Enjoy the conference and have fun. There are no secrets being shared just great restaurant facility best practices. Lastly, don't forget to stop by the RFMA booth to learn more or ask questions. We are here to help. See ya soon!

Dover and out.

Tags:  2017 RFMA National Conference  education  restaurant facilities  RFMA Gives 

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Welcome To "From the Inside Out"

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Monday, July 14, 2014
Hello all and welcome to the new RFMA member Blog site, "From the Inside Out". This is being created similar to my Facilitator magazine article which is intended to provide members with periodic facilities information to assist you with protecting company assets and general information on RFMA activities. My initial entry is to remind everyone to get involved with our yearly RFMA Gives project. It is a fantastic way for us to give back to a local homeless community shelter. The planning for the 2015 project in San Diego is well under way and we are currently looking for any type of donation you can provide. For further information, feel free to see the initial entry in the RFMA Gives 2015 Blog. It briefly describes the chosen site along with who to contact to get involved. As always, if you have any questions, call me direct at (972) 805-0905, x-3 or email me at
Also, it's been a hot summer thus far. I'm sure the a/c's at your stores have been running full time for a few months. The more they run, the dirtier the filters get. Ensure these are being changed or inspected, at least every other month during the summer. Have your contractor send you before and after photos when they are changed. This will keep your units running efficiently and minimize major component repairs.

Dover and Out !

Tags:  Facilities  HVAC  RFMA Gives 

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