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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 
jeff@rfmaonline.com
972-805-0905 ext. 3

 

Tags:  Education sessions  National Conference  RFMA  RFMA Gives 

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Are You a CRFP (Certified Restaurant Facility Professional)?

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Updated: Friday, August 24, 2018

Hello RFMA members,

Wow, the year is flying by. Cool weather is right around the corner. Hopefully your workload is getting a bit easier with the summer months behind you. How has your year gone? Have you achieved all your goals? How about Professional Development? A CRFP designation would surely help. Attaining RFMA's CRFP is a huge step in increasing your facilities management knowledge and elevating yourself within our industry. The prerequisite, in general, for taking the exam for the designation requires 3-5 years of restaurant facility experience, knowledge of all aspects of facility management, and a commitment to advancement of the restaurant facility management industry. To prepare for the exam there is a CRFP Prep course on the RFMA website consisting of fourteen (14) topic areas (modules) to review. They are:

- Site Work

- Building

- Kitchen Equipment

 - HVAC

- Electrical Systems

- Plumbing Systems

- Preventative Maintenance

- Disaster Management

- Energy Management

- Financial Planning

- Financial Management

- Project Management

- Property Management

- Codes & Guidelines

The modules are free to RFMA members and are online for self training with no time constraints. Each has a pre-test, the learning material, and a post-test. They take anywhere from 15-45 minutes to complete and will prepare you for the CRFP exam. The modules provide valuable information that will benefit you in your day to day decision making activities. I highly recommend this great learning tool as it will only help in your professional development. How about a great way to finish off 2018 in your professional development?

So, are you up for it? Are your ready to elevate yourself in our industry? Challenge yourself. You will be better qualified in restaurant facility maintenance. Feel free to contact me to discuss further.

Dover and out.



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

 

 

 

Tags:  CRFP  facility management education  restaurant facility management  rfma 

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Peer to Partner Call

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Hello RFMA members,

Recently we held a Peer to Partner call on the topic of "HVAC and Spring Start Ups". It was a great call with discussions on one of the most important aspects of restaurant facility maintenance. There is some thought throughout our industry that spring PM equipment maintenance may be the single most important item to complete each year. Data reflects how PM's consistently and substantially reduce equipment R&M spending. Chemically cleaning the a/c coils along with belt and air filter replacements are the main tasks for RTU's. Spring is also a good time to check the condition of the heat exchanger as if it needs replacement, it can be budgeted and completed during the warmer months. Roof maintenance discussions were held concerning developing a "roofing checklist" for items to be surveyed once or twice per year. Some restaurants use their own personnel to complete while others use a handyman, local roofer, or even their HVAC service company. Stores should always maintain a "roofing log" for whomever goes on it which will help determine who may be responsible for items left on the roof or causing damage. Parking lot preventive tasks were talked about with the general consensus of the need to seal and stripe every 3-5 years depending on lot conditions and geographical area. It was also noted that crack-fill should be done yearly to prevent a major repair and/or replacement expense in the future. This will minimize water getting under the surface which, over time, will certainly cause damage. Some discussions were held on landscape maintenance which centered on having professional companies versus in-house personnel supervise and complete the necessary tasks. There were several restaurant members on the call which noted overall landscape contract management was controlled by corporate rather than at the store level which resulted in better looking and more consistent exteriors. Lastly, exterior lighting and signage PM's were discussed but most do not have a normal schedule for this due to the fact of switching over to LED bulbs minimized the need for regular bulb replacements.

The Peer to Partner and Peer to Peer calls continue to provide great educational content for protecting your valuable store assets. I recommend engaging in all these calls when time permits. They are worth it.

Dover and out.


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


Tags:  Education  Peer to Partner  RFMA 

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Are You Ready To Be a CRFP?

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Hello RFMA members,

2017 is right around the corner. Have you reached your 2016 professional development goals? Was one of them to attain RFMA's CRFP designation? There's still time to elevate yourself within our industry and increase your overall facility knowledge. The prerequisite, in general, for taking the exam is 3-5 years of restaurant facility experience, knowledge of all aspects of facility management, and a commitment to advancement of the restaurant facility management industry. For those unaware, there is a CRFP Online Prep Course on our website. It's a self-paced presentation of fourteen (14) different topic areas, or modules. These can be reviewed and completed on your time-frame and are free to any RFMA member. Every module has a pre-test, the learning material, and a post test and takes anywhere from 15-45 minutes to complete. The subjects covered are:

- Site Work

- Building

- Kitchen Equipment

- HVAC

- Electrical Systems

- Plumbing Systems

- Preventative Maintenance

- Disaster Management

- Energy Management

- Financial Planning

- Financial Management

- Project Management

- Property Management

- Codes and Guidelines

These modules will not only prepare you for the exam but are a great way to provide valuable information that will benefit you in your day to day decision making duties. Are you up for it? Ready for the challenge. It's a professional decision you won't regret. Feel free to contact myself or any other RFMA staff member to discuss.

Dover and out.

Tags:  CRFP  CRFP Online Prep Course  education  professional development  RFMA 

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Franchisee Members

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Updated: Friday, June 10, 2016

Hello RFMA members,

Today's post is geared mainly towards our franchisee restaurant members and others with a small or no facilities staff. With the recent development of some of the larger chains franchising a majority of their corporate locations and the explosive growth of the fast casual segment, numerous additional franchisees have entered the restaurant industry. Typically the new restaurant owners may not have a dedicated facilities professional on staff. This is where RFMA can step in to assist. Our website and membership is full of useful, educational information to enable organizations to be more effective and efficient in handling the numerous facility related tasks that protect valuable company assets and save you money. Check out the following:

- Need a specialized vendor to clean your hoods, service the a/c's, or repair floor tile? Use the Member Directory and click on "Vendor Search".

- Are you hiring or building a Facilities Department? Look at the Job Descriptions in the Resource Library by clicking on "Facilities Toolkit", then post the position on our website.

- Need a preventative maintenance scope of work document to review and provide to vendors for a RFP? Again, check out the "Facilities Toolkit".

- Learn more about what facility professionals need to know to help with their job by reviewing the fourteen (14) certification/learning modules. They provide great educational information ranging from Energy Management to Plumbing. They are free to members and, after you review them, take the CRFP exam to get certified.

- Have a specific facility issue or question? Post it on one of the Forums under the "Insite" tab. No reason to spend valuable time researching a nagging issue that has probably already happened 100 times in other restaurants. Simply reach out to a peer for answers.

- Want to get more involved with RFMA? Join a committee, attend a regional event.

- Need information on a particular piece of equipment? Check out the "Industry Guide"

RFMA's mission is to equip members to advance their professional careers and organizations. Our purpose is to promote the advancement of the restaurant facility management professional.

Any questions or comments, feel free to call me anytime at (972) 805-0905, x-3.

Dover and out.

Tags:  assets  facilities education  franchisee  preventative maintenace  RFMA 

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