General who led Hurricane Katrina Response to Speak at IFMA’s Facility Fusion Conference

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Facility Fusion will include nearly 60 educational sessions and will be highlighted by a session on emergency planning and preparedness presented by retired Lt. Gen Russel Honoré, a 37-year U.S. Army veteran and decorated three-star general.

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The leadership role facility managers play is as important a part of our national security plan as public health and public safety. The message of my Facility Fusion presentation is that good leaders avoid crises by preventing them.

Heading to Boston March 23-25, the second annual Facility Fusion Conference & Expo will feature a broad range of educational content addressing issues relevant to the performance and safety of today’s built environment. The conference will include nearly 60 educational sessions and will be highlighted by a session on emergency planning and preparedness presented by retired Lt. Gen Russel Honoré, a 37-year U.S. Army veteran and decorated three-star general.

Currently a CNN preparedness contributor and senior scientist with The Gallup Organization, Honoré is perhaps best known for leading Task Force Katrina in the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes that struck the U.S. Gulf Coast in the summer of 2005. His leadership, which followed a heavily criticized response from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, led many in the media to hail him as the “Category 5 General.”

In his presentation entitled “See First, Understand First, Act First: Leadership and Preparedness in the 21st Century,” Honoré will discuss topics such as how to develop a culture of preparedness, the difference between leadership and management, the power of moving together simultaneously, and the art of getting things done.

“When I enter your facility, my life is in your hands. I expect facility managers to be leaders who will take action before there’s a crisis to ensure the security and safety of those who enter their facilities,” said Honoré. “The leadership role facility managers play is as important a part of our national security plan as public health and public safety. The message of my Facility Fusion presentation is that good leaders avoid crises by preventing them.”

Facility Fusion educational sessions will be held Wednesday, March 23, through Friday, March 25, at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel in Boston, Mass. Sessions will follow six educational tracks, including Sustainability, Best Practices, and Leading & Managing. Conference attendees can earn continuing education units for each session they attend.

Honoré’s presentation will take place on the conference’s second day, March 24, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. More information is available online.

Those interested in attending Facility Fusion may register online or by calling 713-623-4362. Members of the media may register at no cost by e-mailing communications(at)ifma(dot)org. To learn more about the IFMA Facility Fusion Conference & Expo, or to learn about the Certified Facility Manager® and Facility Management Professional courses being offered in conjunction with the event, visit http://www.ifmafacilityfusion.org .

IFMA is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for professional facility managers, supporting more than 19,000 members in 78 countries. The association’s members, represented in 124 chapters and 16 councils worldwide, manage more than 37 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$100 billion in products and services. Formed in 1980, IFMA certifies facility managers, conducts research, provides educational programs and produces World Workplace, the world’s largest facility management conference and exposition. To join and follow IFMA’s social media outlets online, visit the association’s LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter pages. For more information, visit the IFMA press room or http://www.ifma.org .

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