Education Facilities Management Forum Kicks Off Oct. 19

DALLAS — An estimated 70 directors of educational facilities will meet in Dallas Oct. 19 and 20 for the complimentary Education Facilities Management Forum. With a unique appointment-based format of one-on-one meetings, a line-up of seminars by industry leaders and peer-to-peer networking opportunities, the forum is recognized as an efficient method for sourcing new solutions in the education facilities industry. Sponsors include companies such as Axis Communications, Detex, Kimberly Clark and Bradley Corporation.

Appointment-based events are revolutionizing the networking industry and are considered by many decision makers to be a great way to learn about new products on a personalized basis. Unlike a traditional trade show, executives, also known as delegate attendees, select solution providers of their choice from a catalog prior to the forum. At the event, they meet one-on-one for 30 minute consultative appointments with the providers to discuss their needs and tailor the services to their facility.

“I enjoy the format because it’s short but it’s really, really concentrated,” said Melvin Green Jr., director of custodial services at Des Moines Public School District. “You can really get a wealth of information just by speaking with professionals in the industry for a set amount of time.”

The forum also hosts a seminar program led by industry experts covering topics like energy efficiency operations, a CEU qualifying sustainability workshop, crisis management and planning for the mobile age, LED-lighting and construction management. During the selection process, attendees select both the seminars and solution providers they would like to learn about.

The appointment-based format serves as an efficient method to connect with the most relevant providers. “We tailor the entire event to the delegate attendee,” said Steve Parsloe, CEO of Forum Events. “When they register, our team of event organizers reaches out and finds out each attendee’s specific needs. We then find the best-suited providers and make the connection at the forum.”

The day-and-a-half event provides the most efficient method for industry learning and networking, and the most productive relationship-building for attending vendors.

Solution providers attending the Education Facilities Management Forum – Dallas include Axis Communications, Armstrong International, AVO Training Institute Inc., Belimo Americas, Bradley Corporation, Detex, Dryvit Systems, Ecolab, Hussey Seating, Kimberly Clark Professional, Lakeside Project Solutions, LG Electronics, MySmartPlans, Resolute Building Intelligence, Rinnai Corporation, SchoolDude, Scranton Products, SmartWatt Energy Inc., The Enpro Group, TOTO and Veritiv.

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Yasmin Parsloe is the director of communications at Forum Events. Working alongside a team of event organizers, Parsloe is dedicated to the company’s vision of building relationships through face-to-face communication and continuously striving to make business better.