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Get Registered for the Conference and Save!!

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Updated: Monday, August 26, 2019

Hello RFMA Members,

RFMA 2020 conference registration is now open. This is the premier annual event for restaurant facility professionals to gather with peers, vendors, and other industry-shapers under one roof. Two (2) full days of building existing and new relationships, learning from speakers and education sessions, sharing knowledge, networking, and gathering new resources. This is the place to be for anything related to restaurant facility management. This conference will help you in your mission to "protect your company's assets". Everything from energy saving devices to new building materials to better ways to perform necessary services will be displayed for your interest and education.

Please note the following concerning the registration:

- For restaurant members, register by December 15th to receive the $150 early bird registration rate. If you register by November 1st, you will automatically be placed into a drawing for a free 3-night stay at the Gaylord in Aurora (Denver), CO.

- After December 15th, the rate is $300 and by waiting to register on site the cost is $450.

- Remember to use your RFMA member number to get the reduced rate. By using this number when registering the majority of the required "fields" will auto populate. If you do not remember your number, log into the RFMA website and check on the "Manage Profile" at the top of the page to find or feel free to contact anyone within RFMA to obtain.

- Ensure your 2019/2020 RFMA membership is current and up to date

We are looking forward to seeing you all again in Denver. This will be another great conference. Any questions, feel free to contact anyone in the RFMA office.

Dover and out. 

 


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

Tags:  Denver  education  netwroking  RFMA National Conference 2020 

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Are You Registered for the Conference?

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Updated: Thursday, November 8, 2018

Hello RFMA members,

Well, it's only a few months until the conference in Austin, running from Feb. 10-12th. 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 doing a little research to gain as much knowledge as possible to prepare. The RFMA Conference App will be available in a few weeks but feel free to visit our conference website at www.rfmaannualconference.com 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 Roundtables as these provide 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 2020 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.



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

Tags:  Austin  education  exhibit floor  RFMA national conference  roundtable 

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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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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 www.rfmaannualconference.com 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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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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After the Conference

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Hello RFMA members,

I hope you all had a great conference. From the Opening Party, Phil Vasser's dynamic and hilarious performance to the wonderful closing party, it was a non stop affair. Hopefully you were able to learn a few things from the educational sessions, networking with your peers, and visiting all the booths. "What if" is such a powerful statement made by Mike Rayburn. Can you act on it? Now is the time to follow up on your learning experiences. Don't let the momentum fade as you return to your regular work routine. With all the activities happening, I'm sure there were several takeaways to assist you in your daily facility 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.Our association has the tools to help. Embrace change as it's always there. Be proactive. Be bold. Make a difference.

Lastly, after a tremendous membership effort at The Journey Home for RFMA Gives 2016, please volunteer for our project in Orlando in 2017. Feel free to contact me anytime to discuss.

Thanks to all for making this conference a success!! Rest assured, we at RFMA are already working on making the next conference in Orlando even better.

Dove and out.

Tags:  conference  education  suppliers  vendors 

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Get Engaged

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Hello RFMA Members,

Today's post is on elevating your position and the status of facilities management within your organization. In the past, most facilities professionals were tasked with protecting company assets thru proper PM contracts, R&M and capital projects. Today, they must have knowledge in numerous other areas. Change is constant in our industry and we all must embrace it and get engaged in these new areas to make yourself a valuable asset to your company. The marketplace seems to be moving towards a more franchisee ran industry with many of the larger chains selling off numerous stores to either new or existing franchisees. The large facilities departments of the past will not be in high demand in the future. The facility role needs to be of even greater importance withing the individual organizations. This means elevating the facilities role by embracing change and leading in other areas. Restaurants will always need to be properly protected and maintained, whoever owns them, which is why it's very important to grow professionally in your field. If not already involved, it's highly recommended to look into the following areas:

- Company P&L's, if not currently receiving your company P&L's, request them to get baseline data on current R&M and utility costs along with your personal department information. It's important to follow costs versus budget to anticipate future potential changes in the spending. Be prepared. Take the initiative. Fiscal responsibility is a must in today's environment. Track the PM charges always looking for savings thru better contract management such as volume buying, analyzing current services, etc.

- Sustainability, this is a huge area to be involved in and it covers everything from energy/waste management to building design and materials. Energy management is the easiest area to generate savings and create a high profile within your company. Get engaged. Ensure the basics are covered with programmable t-stats, LED lighting, low flow aerators, etc.

- Education, continued education will be necessary to assist with all the new areas of responsibility that invariably will fall into your lap. A good start is the free CRFP prep course on the RFMA website. This is a wonderful tool to expand your facility knowledge and I would also recommend taking the exam to be certified. This is another example of elevating your status within your organization.

This post is just a quick reminder of how competitive the restaurant industry is. Every management position must be continually justified. Facilities professionals need to elevate their expertise to contribute in many uncharacteristic areas. Take the lead, get engaged. Your future depends on it.

Dover and out.

Tags:  capital projects  CRFP  department  education  elevating your position  engaged  P&L's  R&M spending  sustainability  training 

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