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Facilities Management: From Good to Great

Date: Thursday - April 19, 2012
Time: 8:30 AM to 11:45 AM
Location: Brooklyn Heights Montessori School
NBOA, School Dude & Building Solutions
Brooklyn Heights Montessori School
185 Court Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Independent School Facilities Tour

Proudly Sponsored by:

NBOA, SchoolDude & Building Solutions




8:30am – 9:15am

Taking Facilities From Good to Great: A Culture of Excellence in Facilities Management

Most of us believe we have a good facilities operation. But how do we measure good…or great? Have we looked at our processes and ensured they are as efficient as possible? As budgets continue to tighten and we are expected to “do more with less” we must constantly assess how we operate and look to improve. This presentation will help you:

(1)   Identify and implement action items related to improving facility operations processes

(2)   Monitor your progress on those actions items over time to provide accountability

(3)   Create a culture of excellence in the Facilities and institute best practices to help you achieve your goals.


Nick Mirisis, Director of Business Development & Public Affairs, SchoolDude

9:15am –


Keynote: Independent School Facilities Management Toolkit

An introduction to NBOA’s “facilities toolkit,” including elements such as hiring a new director, staffing your department, understanding your physical plant building by building, life-safety issues, and outsourcing options. Discover how to manage all of the critical functions of maintaining an optimal campus, while dealing with “distractions” such as transportation challenges, traffic duty, custodial requirements, fire drills, and more.


Genevieve Madigan, Director, Research and Online Resources, NBOA

10am – 10:15am



10:15am – 11am

Managing Energy & How to Build a Conservation Culture

Energy is the 2nd largest element of a school budget, and with costs rising and increased educational requirements, it must be properly managed. Learn how:

(1)   Lack of knowledge on how energy systems and the building should be operated result in "Little Energy Wastes".

(2)   These "Little Things can amount to between "15-25%" of a school’s energy consumption.

(3)   How you can empower students, staff and faculty to impact and control energy costs, while building a conservation culture.


Rachael Buchanan, Independent Market Manager

11am – 11:45am

Giving Facilities a Voice


Learn how using facility assessment tools and historical records you can demonstrate to those controlling financial decisions the real cost of deferred maintenance. Build a persuasive case for allocation of resources to Facilities, and be a more effective “voice” of the facility at the boardroom table, using industry benchmarks and your own records.


Bill Keslar, President, Building Solutions

About the Speakers

Genevieve Madigan, Director,Research and Online Resources, NBOA: Independent School Facilities Management Toolkit:
Genevieve Madigan is the Director of Research and Online Resources for NBOA.  As such, she directs all of NBOA’s research initiatives including the Business Office Survey, Financial Position Survey and the Independent School Business Office Compensation Benchmark Study as well as maintaining NBOA’s online Library and Toolkits.   She is a former Business Officer with 14 years experience prior to joining NBOA in 2008.   She worked in a variety of school settings, from co-ed elementary, co-ed K-12, to spending ten years at The Gow School,  a single sex (boys) boarding school outside of Buffalo, New York.
Over the years, she has been involved in various outside committees, involving schools, athletic organizations and religious institutions.  She and her husband live in the Philadelphia area when he is a head of school in Newtown Square, PA.  They have four children, three of whom have finally reached school age.

Bill Keslar, President, Building Solutions - Giving Facilities a Voice
Bill Keslar founded Building Solutions in 1990, after nearly 20 years of working professionally in construction and real estate. Prior to founding Building Solutions, Bill was partner at P.O'B. Montgomery & Co., where he was responsible for property management and asset management. He also served as Vice President, Division Manager of Sverdup Corporation, a worldwide engineering and architecture firm, in its Dallas regional office. He is a LEED Accredited Professional. Bill holds a BA from Princeton University and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. Bill’s credentials for working with independent schools include two years as a middle school teacher on the Navajo Indian Reservation and his current role as Trustee and Chair of Building & Grounds for Ursuline Academy of Dallas.
Nick Mirisis, Director of Business Development & Public Affairs -- Taking Facilities From Good to Great: A Culture of Excellence in Facilities Management
Nick serves as the senior business development executive for SchoolDude.com, working with the sales leadership to develop important business relationships, as well as managing partner relations, government & regulatory affairs, and public affairs.  Prior to SchoolDude, Nick worked for the North Carolina Technology Association, a United States Congressman and a nationally-recognized government affairs, public opinion and strategic communications firm.  Nick earned a BA from North Carolina State University and an MA with honors from The Johns Hopkins University.
Rachael Buchanan, Independent Market Manager - Managing Energy & How to Build a Conservation Culture
Since 2000, Rachael has worked both in and for the Higher Education and Independent School community.  Rachael currently serves as an Independent School and Higher Education strategist interacting daily with educational professionals to determine current needs and offer solutions for how they can improve their organization’s effectiveness.  Rachael is a graduate of East Tennessee State University.

Fee includes Continental breakfast,  and all materials
Early Registration Fees apply until 2 weeks before the event

Regular Registration Fees apply within 2 weeks of the event

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