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Facilities: What Independent Schools Need To Know
NBOA, SchoolDude & Building Solutions

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Hotel Allegro
Chicago, IL

This workshop will present the rare opportunity to focus specifically on your school’s facilities.  NBOA, SchoolDude and Building Solutions will share NBOA’s toolkit used to manage facilities, present strategies to create a culture of excellence in facilities management, provide information on how to manage energy & build a conservation culture, give facilities a voice at budgeting time and build an all star facilities team. 
Included in the workshop will be the following topics:
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.
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
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 resulting in "Little Energy Wastes". 
  2. These "Little Things” can amount to between 15-25% of a schools energy consumption. 
  3. How you can empower students, staff and faculty to impact and control energy costs, while building a conservation culture.
Giving Facilities a Voice 
Who is your facilities asset manager, overseeing one of your school’s largest assets?  Are you informing your finance committee of the real cost of deferred maintenance? Build a persuasive case for allocating resources to Facilities, and be a more effective “voice” of the facility at the boardroom table, using industry benchmarks and your own records. 
Building a Facilities All Star Team
It’s not only “Director and an org chart”- it’s about leadership, culture, skills, and teamwork. How do the best managers define job responsibilities, use good HR practices, determine employed vs. shared services.  How do we decide if we should do HVAC in-house or hire our own custodians ? Consider succession of leadership, offer training and development, and find the servant-leader that fits the school culture. 
This workshop is for heads of school, business managers, facility managers/directors and trustees.

This workshop will be presented by representatives from National Business Officers Association (NBOA), SchoolDude and Building Solutions.

Jeff Shields, Executive Director, National Business Officers Association (NBOA)
Jeff has served as Executive Director of the National Business Officers Association since March 2010.  NBOA is the premier national association serving the needs of business officers at independent schools in the areas of business operations including human resources, facilities and information technology.  The association has 825 providing a full range of live events, webinars, online toolkits, research and other services. Prior to this role, Jeff was employed by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) for almost ten years and held positions including Senior Vice President and Chief Planning Officer.  Jeff, an active member of the American Society of Association Executives, is a member of the 2008 Class of ASAE Fellows (FASAE) and earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 2002.  He has also been recognized by the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives (GWSAE) with the “Super Star” award as their active member of the year. He holds a BA from Shippensburg University and an MA from The Ohio State University.

Nicholas Mirisis, Director of Business Development & Public Affairs,

Nick serves as the senior business development executive for, 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 U.S. 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,
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.
Bill Keslar, President, Building Solutions
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.  
The workshop will take place in Chicago at the Hotel Allegro, 171 West Randolph Street. The Hotel Allegro is located in the heart of downtown Chicago in the busy theatre district in close proximity to the Art Institute and Navy Pier. It is also just minutes from Grant Park, Millennium Park, Lincoln Park and Chicago's beautiful lakefront that stretches for miles.
Hotel Allegro offers valet parking service.  Valet parking is $26 for 4-6 hours and $49 for over 6 hours with in and out privileges (rates are subject to change).  The self parking rate is $44 for over 6 hours. There are several lots within a few blocks of the hotel that offer less expensive daily parking.
Click here for directions and parking information for the Hotel Allegro.  
Hotel Reservations
ISACS has secured special discounted room rates at the Hotel Allegro: $179/night plus tax (single or double occupancy). To make a reservation, call 1-800-KIMPTON and use Group Code: "ISACS Facilities" or click here to reserve a room online. Special discounted rates are available until Monday, April 2, 2012
Registration Fee
$155 Member Fee
$200 Non-Member Fee
First registrant pays full fee, each additional registrant receives a $20 discount
Workshop includes lunch
We anticipate reaching capacity for this workshop, please register today!
Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund. 
Questions? Please call 312-255-1244. 

Member Cost: $155     Non-member Cost: $200


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