Record Year for NFMT Conference & Expo in Baltimore
Milwaukee and Baltimore – Management for the NFMT Conference & Expo, a national trade show and educational conference for commercial and institutional building owners and facility managers has announced a record breaking year for its flagship event, which was held at the Baltimore Convention Center March 13-15. This year, NFMT attracted 176 new companies showcased in the exhibit hall, contributing to a total of 685 booths on display. Overall attendance was up three percent over last year, breaking previous records with 5,301 facility managers on-site for the big event.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with this year’s show,” said Todd Kotlarek, director of events for Trade Press Media, co-owner of NFMT. “The attendance was huge, the exhibit hall was enormous and the networking that took place was extremely fruitful. We are grateful to all of our attendees, speakers and exhibitors for making NFMT 2012 such an exciting and rewarding experience.”
With more than 120 educational sessions, NFMT is the country''s largest and most robust event dedicated to professionals responsible for the management, operations, maintenance, design and construction of commercial and institutional buildings. Conference sessions focused on sustainability, energy conservation, leadership, staff development, strategy, technology, security issues and more.
“When the expo opened up, it was like being in Grand Central Station – attendees were marching with a purpose,” added Frank J. Distefano of Goodway Technologies. “Many decision makers were arm lengths away, asking intelligent questions about our products. Within minutes, we had product interest; within seconds we had the contact info rolling out our printer. And the funny thing was, they were thanking me for scanning them!”
Throughout the three days in Baltimore, decision makers responsible for facility management, executive/property/asset management, construction and engineering management, maintenance and grounds care, operations and energy management gathered to do business and network across various sectors of the facilities management industry.
“I was blown away by the magnitude and wealth of facilities management information available under one roof,” said Melvin Vincent Pierce, Project Manager, Maryland Transit Administration. The programs were well attended, the product offerings were unparalleled and the networking was very collaborative. I look forward to next year already.”
Highlights from NFMT 2012 included:
Winning projects for Building Operating Management’s FMXcellence Awards were announced and spotlighted at the annual panel discussion and special general session. Winners include: Architect of the Capitol, Crouse Hospital, EMD Serono, Inc. and Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.
The annual Solutions Exchange speed-learning event was packed with facilities management professionals who participated at their choice of three different hosted, 20-minute table discussions focusing on more than 20 topics.
Exclusive, in-depth pre and post-conference workshops focused on facilities master planning, communicating maintenance performance and goals, and how to comply with recent changes to titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Special general session presented by Lenny Jachimowicz, Vice President, Engineering and Facilities Management, Global Operation Services Marriott International Inc. Jachimowicz shared his expertise on how to engage in the “Five C’s of Leadership for Success.”
NFMT 2013 will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center, March 12-14. For more information, visit www.nfmt.com/baltimore
About Trade Press Media Group
Milwaukee-based Trade Press Media Group owns and publishes Building Operating Management and Maintenance Solutions magazines, FacilitiesNet.com, an online portal for the facilities industry, and FacilityZone.com -- the premier vertical search engine for building owners and facility managers. More than 100,000 facility professionals rely on these information products to help them manage and operate their buildings at peak efficiency.
With its partner ROC Exhibitions, Trade Press also owns and manages NFMT. The joint venture also produces the NFMT Vegas and NFMT Virtual events. For more information on NFMT, visit www.tradepress.com.
About ROC Exhibitions
ROC Exhibitions, Lisle, Ill., produces eight trade shows annually in the United States and Mexico. ROC also produces events that serve the fields of fire-and-life safety, law enforcement and security, metalworking, plastics fabrication, assembly technology and electronics manufacturing. More information can be found at www. rocexhibitions.com.