For the month of October we are going to shake things up a bit. In lieu of our normal LFMC meeting that takes place on the 3rd Thursday of each month, we were invited to the IFMA Octoberfest Tailgate Event happening on Thursday, October 26th. This is a social meet and greet from 4pm-6pm hosted by MacDonald Miller and Swallowtail Spirits. The cost to attend is $10, and includes food, beer and spirit samplings provided by Swallowtail Spirits Distillery.
If you are interesting in attending, please RSVP so they know how many people to expect and can plan accordingly.
The LFMC will resume its normal schedule on Thursday, November 16th. If anyone is interested in hosting or has a topic they'd like to discuss, please let me know.
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Stephanie Matthews, who currently serves in the facilities management profession as the Facilities Specialist for Eugene, Oregon based Northwest Community Credit Union (NWCU), is stepping into the role of Director of Local Facilities Manager's Connection (LFMC). For those who are unfamiliar with LFMC it is a monthly gathering of facilities, maintenance and risk professionals who have found value in meeting for free at local facilities and discussing relevant topics among peers. More information can be found regarding the origins and philosophy behind the LFMC group as covered in Facility Executive Magazine.
Stephanie transitioned from 10 years of prior work experience at Northwest in various roles into the facilities management team within the last two years. Stephanie, the facilities team and NWCU saw value in being active participants in LFMC as so she has been a part of this networking and education group for about the same period of time. Her professional experience prior to Northwest Community Credit Union included working at Pentagon Federal Credit Union and EWEB Employees Federal Credit Union (EWEB is also an active member of LFMC).
Stephanie has always had an eagerness to learn as much as she can and to excel in whatever role she was given responsibility for, she is currently enrolled and pursuing her Facility Management Certificate through an online program with Arizona State University (ASU). Participation in the Local Facilities Mangaer's Connection group has provided additional value to her in her role, enabling her to get to know other professionals in similar fields and absorb knowledge from them along the way. With her commitment to growing as a practitioner in facilities and her desire to connect local professionals Stephanie and her team will bring LFMC into the next progression of its growth as an organization.
With regards to core values for her approach to facilities management, Stephanie shares two quotes that come to mind for her: “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful," which comes from Albert Schweitzer. The second is a quote by Henry Ford, “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” Adding to this Stephanie shares, "I think there’s a lot of value in enjoying the work you do and in doing it well."
Stephanie will be the primary point of contact for LFMC business as she helps to facilitate monthly meetings. In additon to Stephanie taking on this role, Erik Westerholm of the Northwest Water and Energy Education Institute will be assisting our group as the Outreach Coordinator to help us continue to grow our member and professional base. Both Stephanie and Erik can be contacted through the LFMC Contact page or directly by email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to what the coming years will bring as we continue to connect, collaborate and conquer together. Thank you all for your investment of time and commitment to our local network, together we will keep this momentum and build upon our accomplishments.
As many of you know, Local Facilities Manager's Connection (LFMC) was formalized in 2015 as a networking and education group that was member supported and discussion based. After several attempts to work within existing organizations Rex Fox and Jon Isaacson, along with the input and efforts of many others, collaborated to start a group that would meet the need of local professionals.
The core principles of LFMC have always centered around:
1) Create value
2) Discussion based peer interaction
3) Keep operating costs low by being member supported
In short, rather than membership to a national organization to meet and listen to a speaker, we have found value in meeting for free at local facilities and discussing relevant topics on a monthly basis. If you haven't already, you can read more about the origins and philosophy behind our group as covered in Facility Executive Magazine.
We have toured many of the renowned facilities throughout Eugene and Springfield, learning from each other and expanding our group of local professionals. LFMC has grown from a few key members to a size able network of facilities professionals in various industries. We have come so far in our two short years because of the efforts of those who have invested in the group and we want to keep that momentum in the coming years. Our prior director, Jon Isaacson, has moved out of the area due to the next steps in his career. Jon continues to stay connected with the LFMC group through managing the website, social media and content as well as consulting but will no longer be engaged in the day to day operations.
LFMC is excited to announce that Stephanie Matthews, who is a longtime member and currently works with Northwest Community Credit Union, will be stepping up as our new LFMC Director. Stephanie will be the primary point of contact for LFMC business as she helps to facilitate monthly meetings. In additon to Stephanie taking on this role, Erik Westerholm of the Northwest Water and Energy Education Institute will be assisting our group as the Outreach Coordinator to help us continue to grow our member and professional base. Both Stephanie and Erik can be contacted through the LFMC Contact page or directly by email email@example.com. We look forward to what the coming years will bring as we continue to connect, collaborate and conquer together. Thank you all for your investment of time and commitment to our local network, together we will keep this momentum and build upon our accomplishments.
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