ProcureCon Facilities 2019 – What Will We Share At This Year’s Conference?

You may remember that last year at this time, I announced that I would be speaking at the inaugural event for ProcureCon Facilities in Fort Lauderdale Florida.  Well I am excited to share that the folks at ProcureCon have asked me to return again this year.

The event will be held January 28th and 29th at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort.

ProcureCon Facilities is the only procurement conference dedicated to facilities services.  This year they have a jam-packed agenda.  The theme this year is Building the Future: Preparing for Disruption.

In true ProcureCon fashion day one is filled with a keynote presentation, a panel discussion, and a case study.

The keynote presentation will be given by Meenakshi Nieto.  Nieto who was a Senior Manager for Corporate Real Estate & Facilities at American Airlines is now an Assistant Vice President for West Coast Aviation Planning at WSP and will be talking about Smart Buildings.  Her presentation is called Anatomy Of A Smart Building: Integrating Data With User Experience.  She will be sharing how American Airlines is using active and passive forms of energy efficiency.  I’m really looking forward to this talk.

The panel discussion also sounds interesting.  It is called On the Cutting Edge: The Digitization of Facilities and the Road to 2030.  The panel of speakers includes John Sklet, Senior Vice President for North America Facilities and Construction Procurement at Citi,  Jennifer Ahrens, Director of Integrated Facilities Technology Sourcing from Intel Corporation,  Maureen Ehrenberg, President of Global Integrated Facilities Management, with JLL,  and Henry Chacon, Global Integrated Facility Management for The Boeing Company.  The panel will be moderated Bob Bruning, Vice President of Supply Chain Solutions at CBRE.  You may remember Bob from the conference last year.

The rest of the day is filled with three tracks of workshops and presentations.

Track A is called Nuts And Bolts: Facilities and Real Estate Sourcing Fundamentals and includes workshops on Facilities Outsourcing, presentations on predictive maintenance, and a panel discussion on the impacts of the modern workplace on Employees.

Track B is called Mastering Facilities and Real Estate and it includes a workshop on improving the source to contract cycle and a presentation on driving process efficiency and a panel discussion on trends in sourcing.

Track C concentrates on Construction and Energy and includes a workshop on the basics of construction sourcing followed by a boardroom event where the sourcing discussion will dive even deeper.  There is even a workshop on energy sourcing.

Day two promises to be just as exciting with a interactive workshop on the impact of technology on consumers, a panel discussion on how to navigate the relationship with your outsourced facilities management provider, and two tracks of workshops and presentations.

Track A is called Hand in Hand: Optimizing Supplier Relationships and Track B is called Do the Right Thing sustainability and Supplier Diversity.  I have been asked to present during Track B.

My topic will be How To Manage Your Construction Supply Chain And Benefit From Self-Performing Contractors.  You may recall that I wrote an article on this topic a few months back.  I will be expanding on this topic and sharing best practices during my workshop.

I am thrilled to be part of the ProcureCon Facilities conference once again and really hope you will be able to join me.  If you do make it to Florida, do stop by and introduce yourselves, I would be happy to meet you.

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