VFA Connections to Examine Best Practices in Strategic Facilities Capital Planning

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VFA Clients and Staff Will Share Insights and Discuss Trends in Facilities Capital Planning

VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced it will be hosting its 10th VFA Connections from May 4-6, 2014 at the Seaport Boston Hotel. The conference brings together VFA clients from the corporate, education, government and healthcare sectors across North America and the U.K. to share insights and trends in facilities capital planning, discuss product directions, and participate in interactive workshops and roundtables.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Take Charge!” Sessions and roundtables will focus on how to think strategically about facilities, be proactive in planning and preparing for the future, build relationships across the organization, elevate the facilities function to reflect the crucial role that buildings play in any organization’s success, and participate in organizational decisions.

The keynote will be presented by Mark Sekula, president of Facility Futures, Inc., IFMA Fellow, Certified Facility Management Professional and LEED AP. He will discuss how strategic facility planning (SFP) helps facility professionals excel. He will explain how this approach to facilities management ensures that every decision made regarding an organization’s real estate assets and needs is connected to business objectives.

Neil Lieberman, chief marketing officer at VFA, will lead a session on “Managing Your Facilities Strategically: VFA’s Insights on Developing a Strategic Facility Capital Planning Program.” Facilities are often an organization’s second largest expenditure, and they impact every facet of an organization’s activities. Yet for most, the alignment between facilities and key business goals leaves much room for improvement. VFA shows organizations how to use its facilities strategically, to reduce risk, lower costs, improve service quality and client satisfaction, and meet compliance requirements.

VFA Connections will feature case studies from a variety of VFA’s leading clients, including Marco Benitez, director of analysis, assessment and risk management at Florida International University. He will present on “Becoming A Chief Facilities Officer.” A chief facilities officer is an organizational leader with responsibility for the care, maintenance and development of an organization’s facility portfolio. Benitez will discuss the benefits of this role and how attendees can prepare to move their careers in this direction.

VFA will provide an update on its software platform, including the latest functionality and a preview of upcoming enhancements. A demo room will feature VFA experts answering questions and providing hands-on demonstrations of VFA.facility®, VFA FacilityView™, VFA.auditor® and VFA.spendManager®.

“We are pleased to welcome our clients to VFA Connections for the 10th time,” said Jerry Kokos, president and CEO, VFA, Inc. “This year’s conference will offer attendees, whether they are first-time or return participants, valuable opportunities to learn how to take their facilities teams and careers to the next level by taking a strategic approach to facilities capital planning.”

To connect with VFA, please follow us on Twitter at @VFAINC, or visit our blog, Foundations, which provides information to readers that serves as a foundation for intelligent facilities capital planning and management.

About VFA
Headquartered in Boston, VFA is the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and management. Over the past 15 years, VFA has shown more than 800 organizations around the world how to ensure that their facilities optimally support their strategic business objectives. Partnering with VFA, our clients have been recognized for delivering programs that impact the bottom line by aligning facilities capital plans with organizational objectives to reduce risk, lower costs, improve service quality and client satisfaction, and satisfy compliance requirements. VFA’s flagship software product, VFA.facility®, is used to manage more than 4 billion square feet of real estate. For more information, please call 800-693-3132 or visit http://www.vfa.com.


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