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Trade Press Honors 8 With First Facility Champion Award

The Facility Market has announced the winners of its first Facility Champion Award.   August 17, 2022

By Dave Lubach, Managing Editor

The Facility Market is proud to announce the winners of the inaugural Facility Champion Award, sponsored by Ferguson Facilities Supply. 

More than ever in the last three years, the importance of leadership and creativity in facilities management has been magnified as institutional and commercial facilities have dealt with challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In many examples across the country, facility managers and maintenance and engineering managers have repeatedly proved their worth to organizational leaders and building occupants. 

The Facility Champions have proven to be a cut above their peers. 

"With the difficulties of the pandemic and now the new challenges of remote workplaces, facility managers have never been more deserving of recognition. The Facility Champion Award is designed to shine a well-earned spotlight on facility manager efforts," says Dan Weltin, Editor-in-Chief, Facility Market, Trade Press Media Group. “We were amazed by the overwhelming support of this inaugural awards program. There were so many worthy entries, we had a difficult time narrowing down the field to just eight winners." 

The editors in the Facility Market at Trade Press Media Group received more than 50 nominations for the Facility Champion award. Winners are as follows:  

  • Dwayne Ellison, Assistant Superintendent of Operations, Scott (Kentucky) County Schools  
  • Ethan Fitterman, Chief Engineer, Marriott International/Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center   
  • Brandon McCullough, Facilities Manager/City Council Member, Northville (Michigan) Township  
  • Douglas Pearson, Associate Vice President, Facilities and Operations, Kent State University, Ohio 
  • Kristin Podwojski, Director of Operations, Variety the Children’s Charity of the Delaware Valley  
  • Mindy Stevens, Director of Sustainability, Hinds Community College, Mississippi 
  • Justin Tankersley, Senior Manager – Facilities, Firstsource, Ltd.  
  • Nico Viola, Director of Facilities, Holden Forest and Gardens, Kirtland, Ohio  

The Facility Champions will be recognized among their peers at NFMT Remix Las Vegas 2022 on November 2-3 at Paris Las Vegas Resort. Honorees will take part in a facility manager roundtable during an education session at the top facilities management show on the West Coast. 

Honored recipients will also be profiled on facilitiesnet.com and highlighted in an eBook to be published this fall. 


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