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Member PRO Files is a blog created to help RFMA members “get to know” each other. Every few weeks we will post a Q&A from a RFMA member highlighting their accomplishments and involvement with RFMA, as well as fun facts about themselves. If you would like to nominate a RFMA member to be highlighted in Member PRO files, please contact Rheagan at rheagan@rfmaonline.com.

 

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Meet our RFMA Member, Wendy Gallo, CRFP!

Posted By Rheagan Willis, RFMA, Monday, January 20, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, January 15, 2020

What year did you join RFMA? 2008

Why did you join RFMA? I joined for the education sessions, as I was new to Facilities, and to source vendors.

What RFMA groups are you involved in? 
I have a passion for education and presenting. The conference curriculum committee is always my top choice for participating. I am also a board member and a member of Females in Facilities.

What do you like most about RFMA and why? I love the networking with both vendors and peers. The Annual Conference Exhibit Hall allows us to get to know new vendors, new services and new products. The Roundtables provide an excellent venue for sharing ideas and concerns with our peers. I also really enjoy the Express Exchange at the Annual Conference.

Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why? At this time, I utilize the Facilitator most often. I’m starting/trying to use SocialLink more, as a way to stay connected to everyone after the conference.

Where did you grow up? Parsippany, NJ

What is your proudest accomplishment? Wow, there are a couple. I’m proud of breaking down doors, ie, being the first female captain of my college speech team, joining the USMC, way back when, before it was common for women. I’m also proud of my Theater accomplishments. Producing and directing successful shows are a big part of my life, as well as performing Stand-up Comedy.

If you weren’t in the Facilities Industry, what would you be doing? I would do whatever was thrown my way – I fell into Facilities and have enjoyed learning a whole new industry. I would love to be an FBI agent or an actor in movies and on TV.

Who is your favorite sports team? Football Giants!

What is your favorite place in the world? Although I haven’t been able to enjoy it, yet, Bora Bora is the place I most want to vacation. If not there, I’d be happy living in or near Rome, Italy.

What’s your favorite type of food? French Fries

What is one of your favorite quotes? "Nothing tastes as good as thin feels!"

What is your favorite song? "Play that Funky Music"

Do you have a secret talent and if so, what is it? I guess it would be acting – not sure that is a secret and probably not a surprise to anyone. I’m a clarinet player.

If you could meet an iconic person from History, who would it be? Definitely John Adams!


Wendy has been a RFMA member for 12 years and has been a part of the Conference Curriculum Committee, Females in Facilities Group and the RFMA Board of Directors. Over the years she has moderated virtual calls, met us at various regional events and attended the RFMA Annual Conference. Click here to view Wendy's profile and connect now!

If you know of someone that you think should be highlighted in our Member PRO Files Blog please nominate them by emailing rheagan@rfmaonline.com.


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Meet our RFMA Member, Robert Blum!

Posted By Rheagan Willis, RFMA, Monday, December 16, 2019
Updated: Monday, December 9, 2019

What year did you join RFMA? 2017

What RFMA groups are you involved in? The Franchise Committee and Red Carpet Crew

What do you like most about RFMA and why? The Peer to Peer Calls because of the open dialogue and sharing of ideas. I also like the informal format where we are able to get to know other RFMA members.

Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why? I use the website for researching vendors and industry resources whenever I have a question that my team can’t answer. I also have been using the app more and more for similar searches. The conference in the spring is also a great resource for making contacts, both peers and vendors.
 
Where did you grow up? Pittsburgh, South Hills area.

If you weren’t in the Facilities Industry, what would you be doing? I came from the automotive repair industry so I would probably still be working in that industry.

Who is your favorite sports team? Penguins and Steelers

What is your favorite place in the world? Any place warm.

What’s your favorite type of food? Steak

What is your favorite book? 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

What is one of your favorite quotes? “If you want shade today, plant a tree ten years ago. If you want shade ten years from now, plant a tree today.”  Asian Proverb

What is your favorite song? "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen

If you could meet an iconic person from History, who would it be? Abraham Lincoln

Who knows you the best? My family

 

Robert has been a RFMA member for 2 years and has become so involved. He actively participates on the Franchisee Task Force and Red Carpet Crew, and has attended several regional and virtual events. Robert even moderated a Restaurant Peer to Peer call! Click here to view Robert's profile and connect now!

If you know of someone that you think should be highlighted in our Member PRO Files Blog please nominate them by emailing rheagan@rfmaonline.com.

 

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Meet our RFMA member, Jenna Dominguez!

Posted By Rheagan Willis, RFMA, Friday, October 25, 2019

 

What year did you join RFMA? Why did you join RFMA? I joined in 2018  as a Young Professional looking for a network in the industry.

What RFMA groups are you involved in? I am a Member Engagement Committee member, Mentorship Program Mentee, and member of the Female in Facilities group.

What do you like most about RFMA and why? The people of RFMA really make the difference! The staff and members are kind, fun and knowledgeable. In general there is a sense of willingness - willingness to help, share, and collaborate.

Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why? Facilitator Magazine helps us as a vendor stay on trend, and prepare for the waves of changes in the industry.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Hacienda Heights, CA - fun fact: one of the largest Buddhist Temples outside of Asia is located in Hacienda Heights.

What is your proudest accomplishment? Why? I just became a homeowner at 25! I now have a place for my son to call home and make great memories in, and that is more than I can ever ask for.

If you weren’t in the Facilities Industry, what would you be doing? I would be in Art Therapy, working with underserved communities or the prison population.

Who is your favorite sports team? *eight clap* Go Bruins!

What is your favorite place in the world? The mountains with family.

What’s your favorite type of food? Tie between Italian and Mexican.

What is your favorite book? Harry Potter...always.

What is one of your favorite quotes? “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light” - Albus Dumbledore

If you could meet an iconic person from History, who would it be? Frida Kahlo

 

Jenna has been a RFMA member for a little over a year and has already become so involved! She serves on the Member Engagement Committee and is involved with Females in Facilities, has lead a Maximize Your Membership Webinar and has completed the Mentorship Program as a mentee. Click here to view Jenna's profile and connect now!

If you know of someone that you think should be highlighted in our Member PRO Files Blog please nominate them by emailing rheagan@rfmaonline.com.



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Meet our RFMA Member, Josh Pringle

Posted By Rheagan Willis, RFMA, Monday, September 30, 2019
Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2019

What year did you join RFMA? Why did you join RFMA? We were delighted to discover RFMA and join in 2016. Within a few weeks our team exhibited at our first RFMA event – the annual conference in Nashville. We were “hooked” from the first moment. We originally joined, like I’m sure most companies do, to get direct access to facilities managers and decision makers. However, we quickly found that RFMA means so much more than just the price of membership because of the invaluable resources each member offers to others. The overall relationship is more than just a card in a rolodex – those connections are bonds.

What RFMA groups are you involved in? As a small manufacturer we’ve been involved in very little to date. However, we made the decision in Austin this year that we were going to increase our activities with RFMA as our team grows. We’ve recently expanded the business and we should now have the bandwidth to give back and participate in more groups such as RFMA Gives.

What do you like most about RFMA and why? For our team, two things stand out about RFMA:

  1. RFMA is a collection of intelligent restaurant professionals that want or need to solve problems. They are also willing to share their time and information so we can collectively find solutions.
  2. RFMA members are not just our business partners, but friends now too. The willingness of members to create relationships with suppliers is unparalleled in our manufacturing world! 

Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why? Facilitator magazine and the Member Directory. 

Where did you grow up? Litchfield, CT; home of America's first law school, author Harriet Beecher Stowe, and signer of the Declaration of Independence Mr. Oliver Wolcott.

What is your proudest accomplishment? Why? I am very fortunate to be the proud stepfather to Emma and Evan Craig.

If you weren’t in the Facilities industry, what would you be doing? I always dreamed of being the General Manager of a minor league baseball team. I’d have our Director of Marketing, Morgan Morris, as my team's mascot too.

Who is your favorite sports team? The Washington Nationals

What is your favorite place in the world? I love Asheville, NC. The combination of the NC mountains, friendly people, great food, and its status as the “brewing capital of the east” makes it ideal for me.

What’s your favorite type of food? I really want to say tacos but because I am trying to lose some weight I will say salad.

What is your favorite book? To Kill a Mockingbird

What is one of your favorite quotes? “Control only the things YOU have control over.” – F. Herlihy (my grandfather)

What is your favorite song? "Sing a Song" – Earth, Wind & Fire

Do you have a secret talent and if so, what is it? I would say a talent is finding ways to achieve “Lifetime Diamond Member Status” on Delta! Friends, family, and co-workers would say my secret talent is my likeability and social skill set.  Being able to connect with a broad range of individuals, regardless of industry, status, or age - harmoniously.

If you could meet an iconic person from History, who would it be? James Madison – Father of the Constitution

Who knows you the best? Jackie Bean or Caitlin Herlihy

 

Josh has been a RFMA member for nearly 4 years and has attended every RFMA Annual Conference since. Click here to view Josh's profile and connect now!

If you know of someone that you think should be highlighted in our Member PRO Files Blog please nominate them by emailing rheagan@rfmaonline.com.

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Meet our RFMA Member, Greg Clark

Posted By Rheagan Willis, RFMA, Thursday, August 1, 2019

What year did you join RFMA? 2014, our company was looking to centralize our in-house facilities teams.

What RFMA groups are you involved in? Resource Committee and Board of Directors

What do you like most about RFMA and why? How helpful everyone is and the sharing of ideas. We are all dealing with the same job trying to maintain our restaurant building grounds and equipment and everyone enjoys talking solutions and ideas. It’s awesome how many friends I have made.

Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why? The website for possible vendors and ideas. Because I know our vendor partners have restaurant experience and it makes a big difference.

Where did you grow up? Columbus, OH

What is your proudest accomplishment? Getting my Professional Engineers License, because it took a very long time and a lot of sacrifice on my family and me to achieve it.

If you weren’t in the Facilities Industry, what would you be doing? Designing MEP’s for buildings.

Who is your favorite sports team? Ohio State football

What is your favorite place in the world? The beach…mostly Myrtle Beach out of convenience. St. Thomas’ Sapphire Beach preferably, though I haven’t been to Hawaii.

What’s your favorite type of food? Smoked Barbeque Brisket with southern style hush puppies.

What is your favorite book? The Shack

What is one of your favorite quotes? "As iron sharpen iron, so a friend sharpens a friend" - King Solomon

What is your favorite song? Not really one favorite, anything from Queen or REO. (Yes I’m old)

Do you have a secret talent and if so, what is it? I can tie a lot of different knots.

If you could meet an iconic person from History, who would it be? Thomas Edison, anyone who keeps after something after 1,000’s of failed attempts would be really cool to talk with about what motivates them.

Who knows you the best? My wife, she’s my soulmate, best friend and the most compassionate person I have ever met.

 

Greg has been a RFMA member for 5 years and has served on the Resource Committee and the Board of Directors. Click here to view Greg's profile and connect now!

 

If you know of someone that you think should be highlighted in our Member PRO Files Blog please nominate them by emailing rheagan@rfmaonline.com.


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Meet our RFMA Member, Rob Foraker

Posted By Rheagan Willis, RFMA, Monday, July 1, 2019

 

What year did you join RFMA? Why did you join RFMA? 2006. RFMA was just starting out and I didn’t not know many other RFM’s. It was an exciting time to branch out and network with others in the industry, and still is today.

What RFMA groups are you involved in? 2010 Membership Development Committee, 2018 Co-Chair Franchise Task Force and Leadership RFMA Class of 2019-2020

What do you like most about RFMA and why? I like the fact that the organization is a member driven association. You are with peers who face the same challenges and have input to solutions that help each one of us be a better RFM. It’s the people that make RFMA great. Proud to be a part of it.

Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why? I use the new app all the time as well as Facilitator magazine. Great way to stay connected to everything and everyone.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Canton, Ohio, home of the Pro Football HOF and Marilyn Manson…

What is your proudest accomplishment? I am most proud of my family, we are the perfect mix of chaos and love. They are my everything. 

If you weren’t in the Facilities Industry, what would you be doing? I always wanted to be an Archeologist, but I guess if I was an archeologist, my life would be in ruins...

Who are your favorite sports teams? I am a big Red Wing Hockey fan as well as a fan of all my CLE teams (Indians, Browns, Cavs). 

What is your favorite place in the world? At home, hanging out with my wife and kids (and dogs).

What’s your favorite type of food? Anything grilled. Steak, Burgers, Ribs, Chicken, vegetables, cheese, pineapple, etc.

What is your favorite book? It is a toss-up between “Still Life with Woodpecker” by Tom Robbins and “Practical Demonkeeping” by Christopher Moore.

What is one of your favorite quotes? “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” - Shakespeare

What is your favorite song? Too many to name. I stick to the 3 R’s…The Replacements, the Ramones, and The Rolling Stones.

Do you have a secret talent and if so, what is it? Before kids I was a 220 average bowler…

If you could meet an iconic person from History, who would it be? Joe Strummer. I would love to sit and have a few pints with him.

Who knows you the best? My wife…She filled out this PROfile for me…(not really, but she could have)



Rob has been a RFMA member for 13 years and has participated in committees and task forces over the years. Click here to view Rob's profile and connect now!

If you know of someone that you think should be highlighted in our Member PRO Files Blog please nominate them by emailing rheagan@rfmaonline.com.

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Meet our RFMA Member, Shane Sommer

Posted By Rheagan Willis, RFMA, Thursday, May 23, 2019

What year did you join RFMA? 2014. I joined RFMA to network and connect with other professionals in facilities management and to learn more about the industry.

What RFMA events have you attendedI have enjoyed attending and networking at Member Meet-ups, Peer to Partner calls and RFMA Gives.

What do you like most about RFMA and why? The people in RFMA are awesome and fun to be around. I look forward to the national conference each year because I truly enjoy meeting new people and catching up with all of the fantastic people I have met over the years.

Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why? I utilize RFMA Online and the membership directory frequently. I like to connect with other members through SocialLink on RFMAonline.com because it is a great way to share personal information in a safe, non-threatening manner.   

Where did you grow up? New Berlin, IL population 700, a small farm community near Springfield, IL.

What is your proudest accomplishment? I am so very proud of our amazing children. Both of them are firmly grounded in their Christian Faith and I know they will have very positive impact on our society in the future.

If you weren’t in the Facilities Industry, what would you be doing? Construction Management

Who is your favorite sports team? I love the Tampa Bay Lightning. I watch them on TV whenever I can and I attend a few of the home games at Amalie Arena in Tampa each year. GO BOLTS!

What is your favorite place in the world?
 The Rock House in Negril, Jamaica

What’s your favorite type of food? BBQ

What is one of your favorite quotes? “If you love your job, you haven’t worked a day in your life” Tommy Lasorda

What is your favorite song?
 Tom Petty, “Running Down a Dream”

Do you have a secret talent and if so, what is it? I help construct sets for my kid’s local theater and school plays/musicals.

If you could meet an iconic person from History, who would it be? Thomas Jefferson

Who knows you the best? My wife, of course.

 

Shane has been a RFMA member for 5 years, participated in Peer to Partner virtual calls, Regional Member Meet-Up events, and utilizes SocialLink on RFMAonline.com. Click here to view Shane's profile and connect now!

 

If you know of someone that you think should be highlighted in our Member PRO Files Blog please nominate them by emailing rheagan@rfmaonline.com.

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Meet our RFMA Member, Jorge Rodriguez

Posted By Rheagan Willis, RFMA, Wednesday, April 10, 2019


What year did you join RFMA? On and off since 2011. I went back to the retail sector for a bit and decided to come back where the action is.

What RFMA groups are you involved in? None… yet.

What do you like most about RFMA and why? Being around people who get what I do. It’s tough to relate with people outside of our industry and it’s great to connect with people who know what you go through daily.

Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why? RFMA Annual Conference for sure. It’s where all the magic happens. 

Where did you grow up?
 Passaic, NJ and Miami, FL. 

If you weren’t in the Facilities Industry, what would you be doing? Commercial sales of some sort. I love connecting with people and fulfilling their needs. 

Who is your favorite sports team? Miami Heat. FYI – I liked them before LeBron James joined. 

What is your favorite place in the world? Home. It’s where it all matters. 

What’s your favorite type of food? Pizza. There’s nothing better than a good slice. 

What is your favorite book? The Servant as Leader by Robert K. Greenleaf

Do you have a secret talent and if so, what is it? I would say it’s the ability to read people very quickly, but my wife would say it’s ironing clothes well. 

If you could meet an iconic person from History, who would it be? Benjamin Franklin. One of the last true renaissance men. 

Jorge has been a RFMA member for 8 years, participated in Peer to Peer and Peer to Partner virtual calls, and attended five Annual Conferences over the years. Click here to view Jorge's profile and connect now!

If you know of someone that you think should be highlighted in our Member PRO Files Blog please nominate them by emailing rheagan@rfmaonline.com.


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Meet our RFMA Member, Felix Vega

Posted By Rheagan Willis, RFMA, Monday, March 11, 2019


What year did you join RFMA? Why did you join RFMA? I joined in 2017 at the recommendation of my director Dino Tatangelo.

What RFMA groups are you involved in? I am currently in the Leadership Program and studying for my CRFP exam.

What do you like most about RFMA and why? I enjoy the peer to peer discussion and networking with other FMs. There is still lots to learn! Hearing solutions and ideas of how other FMs handled situations is great. 

Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why? I use the Facilitator magazine because it is a great tool for information. I also use the resource library to research information on rfmaonline.com.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Corpus Christi, TX. It is a small coastal city about 4 hours south of Houston, TX

What is your proudest accomplishment? Why? Other than my 25 years of marriage and my 3 kids, I originally came from Store Operations and won a new car as one of our national incentives.

If you weren’t in the Facilities Industry, what would you be doing? I would probably be in Store Operations. I have done that for so long that it seems most likely.

Who is your favorite sports team? My favorite sports team is the Houston Texans football team.

What is your favorite place in the world? My favorite place would have to be the beach. I am an avid fisherman and anytime I can get to the water would be great for me.

What’s your favorite type of food? I am a foodie and like to try it all. I have to say my favorite is traditional authentic Mexican food.

What is one of your favorite quotes? “The problem is rarely the problem, it is the reaction to the problem that becomes the problem.”

What is your favorite song? "Faithfully" by Journey. I am a die-hard Journey fan

If you could meet an iconic person from History, who would it be? I love being outdoors and fishing is my passion. So I would love to meet Jose Wejebe, professional guide and global fishing ambassador that died in a plane crash. His passion for the ocean and living the dream life is inspiring.

Who knows you the best? Hands down, MY WIFE!!

Felix has been a RFMA Member for two years, has attended Restaurant Roundtables, is a part of our 2019 Leadership RFMA class, and is working towards achieving his CRFP designation. Connect with Felix on InSite! Click here to view Felix's profile and connect now. 

If you know of someone that you think should be highlighted in our Member PRO Files Blog please nominate them by emailing rheagan@rfmaonline.com.

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Meet our RFMA Member, Blake Callahan, CRFP

Posted By Rheagan Willis, RFMA, Monday, March 4, 2019
Updated: Friday, February 1, 2019

What year did you join RFMA?  2014

What RFMA groups are you involved in?  Recently I was involved in the Membership Development Committee.

What do you like most about RFMA and why?  The comradery and communication. Everyone truly wants to learn and share what they know.

Which RFMA Resource do you utilize the most and why?  The RFMA Annual Conference. The conferences are great not only from an educational stand point but also because of all the hard work everyone puts into it to make them a success.

Where did you grow up?  I grew up in rural Tennessee on a farm and still use those values I learned from my early years today. 

If you weren’t in the Facilities Industry, what would you be doing?  I’m actually a CPA as well and was in the public accounting industry for 12 years. I am sure I would still be grinding away at that if not for loving the construction business.

What is your favorite place in the world?  Love San Diego. Always great weather and a very laid back city.

What is one of your favorite quotes?  “You have to be willing to fail while working your tail off to succeed.” I actually have this quote on my office wall. 

If you could meet an iconic person from History, who would it be?  Abraham Lincoln – I think he did so many great things for this country without a lot of resources. Just remarkable. 

Who knows you the best?  I would have to say my wife. She works side by side with me at MC Builders so she definitely goes through the daily process and grind with me. 

 

Blake has been a RFMA Member for 5 years and has achieved his CRFP and attended RFMA Member Meet-Ups. Blake was also nominated and won a RFMy Award at our RFMA 2019 Annual Conference in Austin a few weeks ago! Connect with Blake on InSite! Click here to view Blake's profile and connect now.

If you know of someone that you think should be highlighted in our Member PRO Files Blog please nominate them by emailing rheagan@rfmaonline.com.

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