Facilities Midwest Expo Improves on Initial Success

New features, returning favorites highlight conference's return to Rosemont, Ill.

By BOM Editorial Staff  

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” At least that’s how the adage usually goes. In more recent times, however, a desire to break from convention has prompted a new conclusion: “If it ain’t broke, break it — then start over and make it better.”

Organizers for the upcoming Facilities Midwest Expo have opted to borrow from both axioms for the event, which returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill., Sept. 18 and 19.

“We knew we wanted to offer our attendees the same high-quality conference content at no cost,” says director of education Wendy Loerch. “That wasn’t about to change. But we wanted to enhance the amount of information available, increase networking activities and give our attendees more in-depth learning opportunities.”

With that in mind, several popular features of the 2006 inaugural event will return in 2007:

  • Facilities Midwest Attendance Tracker. This online reporting system records the seminars attended and generates electronic certificates of attendance to be submitted to a variety of organizations and associations to obtain continuing education credit.

    Attendees who maintain industry certifications requiring continuing education are invited to use the Facilities Midwest online reporting system to track credit maintenance while at the show. To take advantage of the Attendance Tracker, attendees need to be scanned within the first 15 minutes of every session attended. The online tool can be accessed during and after the show.

    “We’re pleased to provide this service to our attendees,” says Loerch. “We expect this system to provide the utmost flexibility and convenience for certification maintenance.”
  • Solutions Exchange. Back by popular demand, this round-robin-style speed-learning event allows attendees to interact and share thoughts and ideas on critical, timely topics affecting facility executives in the Midwest. Taking place Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 7:45 a.m. to 8:50 a.m., Solutions Exchange offers free coffee and free-flowing conversation on everything from preventive maintenance to energy management to water conservation.

New and Improved

As for what’s new at Facilities Midwest, a special afternoon session has been added to Wednesday’s conference schedule:

The Disaster Experience for Facility Executives. Not for the faint of heart, this session led by Bob Mellinger of Attainium Corp., puts participants in the throes of a real-life disaster situation as it unfolds. Attendees will be asked to make the critical decisions any organization will have to make and deal with the consequences of those decisions. Facilities Midwest has arranged for a discounted price of $49 for online registrants. The exercise takes place Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

“This is an exceptional value and a great opportunity for Facilities Midwest attendees,” says Loerch. “This tabletop exercise demonstrates potential weaknesses in an organization’s disaster plan — before a disaster actually occurs.”

With the exception of the $49 Disaster Experience, all other sessions and exhibit floor access is free.

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