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|2020 Annual Conference Speakers|
2020 Annual Conference Speakers
Jeff Havens is not your typical business growth expert. His uncanny ability to provide actionable answers to today’s business challenges in an undeniably entertaining and impactful way has put him in front of over 1,000 eager audiences across North America and Asia. Delivering well-researched and relevant business insight is something a lot of keynote speakers do, but combining that with the entertainment value of a comedy show is not. Engaging, charismatic, and full of energy, Jeff Havens is the only business growth expert who provides serious solutions in a seriously funny way. But even more than that, Jeff makes things easy. All of us are constantly being asked to do more with less, so the last thing you need is someone to tell you how difficult your challenges are. Jeff has a unique ability to simplify seemingly complex problems in a way that will provide your audience with a fresh perspective, one that runs counter to the conventional wisdom of the business world. He’ll show you that we’re not actually creating a completely new type of person every 15 years, that being innovative is not something only a few special people know how to do, and that both exceptional leadership and exceptional customer experiences are built on surprisingly slender foundations. You will leave Jeff’s keynotes refreshed, relaxed, happy, and more confident than ever that you are prepared for the road ahead.
The first of its kind, Unleash Your Inner Tyrant! helps managers and executives become better leaders by showing them everything they should avoid – including how to create a culture of fear and mistrust, how to oppress and demoralize employees, and how to stand firm in the face of all change – before wrapping up with a serious conversation about the kind of leaders we should all strive to become.
Steven Call, PhD
Assistant Professor, Construction Management, Washington State University
Dr. Steven A. Call is an Assistant Professor in the School of Design and Construction. His research focuses on facilities workforce planning and education, having published several articles on workforce attrition and succession planning in the healthcare built environment. He is a member of the editorial committee for the Journal of Facility Management Education & Research and previously served in local leadership positions with the International Facilities Management Association and CoreNet Global. Dr. Call brings more than a decade of professional experience leading national and multi-national real estate, construction, and facilities programs across healthcare, defense, technology, and manufacturing industries.
Millennial Speaker & Consultant
After studying at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Richmond University in London, and finishing her degree in Performance and Film Studies from Loyola University in New Orleans, Amelie Karam recognized that people in her Gen Y age group, known as “Millennials,” view the world differently than do previous generations. The great divide between Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y piqued Amelie’s interest. Amelie is passionate about bridging generational gaps. She speaks and consults both nationally and internationally about how organizations can better work together to attract and retain the Millennial generation to ultimately bridge generational gaps.Through her Millennial perspective and rich research, along with her background in theatre, film, health, and wellness, Amelie brings an entertaining and informative voice to this important and highly sought-after topic of bridging generational gaps.
There is a “changing of the guard” in the workplace. Boomers are retiring at an accelerated rate and Generation X and Millennials filling the voids. This talk helps attendees clearly understand and think about how different generations respond in the workplace and how to use those generational differences to create more favorable work environments. The audience leaves this presentation with a broader understanding of all generations and how critical it is that different generations be respected for their unique contributions, as well as their differences.
James Kendig, MS, CHSP, CHCM, CHEM, LHRM
Field Director, Surveyor Management and Development Accreditation and Certification Operations
James Kendig is the Field Director for the Life Safety Code Surveyors/Engineers at The Joint Commission. In this role, he oversees half (approximately 40) of the surveyor cadre who specialize in surveying The Joint Commission’s life safety, environment of care, and emergency management standards.
Principal, Garner Fritsche Engineering
Alan Fritsche has 41 years of experience in HVAC system design and installation. His tenure includes 10 years of hands on experience as a mechanical contractor and 31 years as a design professional. Alan is a Principal Owner of Garner Fritsche Engineering. His company has been in business for 14 years exclusively serving the healthcare industry.
Principal Project Manager, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Currently, Walter Castillo is a Principal Project Manager at MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he manages projects within the Facilities, Planning, Design and Construction department (FPDC). These projects range from major redevelopment of clinical spaces, research laboratories to critical equipment upgrades.
President, HTS Texas
Mike Donovan, a four-time Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, is the president and owner of HTS Texas. In this role, he has incorporated market-changing, innovative concepts and personalized customer service, enabling the company to grow from start-up to gross $190 million in 2019, receive Houston Chronicle’s Best Workplaces Award in 2010 and 2011, Houston Business Journal’s Fast 100 award in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015, and the INC 5000 award in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center operates eight distinct and submetered building areas in its South Campus, most of which house mission critical laboratory space. These facilities are served by four chilled water plants totaling 12,800 tons in capacity. After previously unsuccessful attempts at automating as an integrated system, the plants were operated manually at the individual plant level for many years. This session reviews the collaborative efforts of Operations, Energy Management, Engineering, Building Automation, and vendor partners to translate critical operation knowledge to an automated controls system. The effort evolved from monitoring operation for efficiency recommendations to improving equipment, replacing sequences, optimizing operation, and ultimately providing completely automated integrated plant controls.
CEO, The Marketing Blender
A leading authority on business-to-business communication and influence, Dacia is the CEO of The Marketing Blender, a B2B sales and marketing alignment agency. She is a member of the Forbes Agency Council and a Forbes contributor. She was also named an American Advertising Federation Shooting Star in 2017. In addition to her client work, she writes and speaks on how people can use their work and words to unleash their potential and change the world.
Dacia Coffey, CEO of The Marketing Blender, will be leading a high energy session to help you effectively communicate your value.
Senior Electrical Systems Manager | Associate, Henderson Building Solutions
Tracy Wagoner has spent decades in the field taming electrical systems and making solutions for even the biggest challenges feel simple and straight-forward for his clients. As a master electrician and code guru, Tracy’s broad experience makes him an impactful teacher, mentor, partner, and an asset to every team he’s a part of. From his involvement in electrical and life safety projects – including initial assessments, project planning, and identifying what does or does not need to be serviced or added – to his focus on providing seamless integration of systems and equipment, to his level-headed leadership as the elevator and conveyance expert for Henderson Building Solutions, Tracy is a man of many talents.
Director of Market Strategy and Development, Healthcare Gordian
Mark Kenneday served the healthcare industry for over 35 years in various roles including the Director of Facilities Management at Texas Children’s Hospital, Sr. Director of Building Care and Operations at MD Anderson Cancer Center and Vice Chancellor, Campus Operations with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He was elected ASHE president in 2011, serving as incoming president, president and past president from 2012-2014 for the society. In 2016 he was honored with ASHE’s highest award, the Crystal Eagle, for lifetime achievement.
Business Development Associate, Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing
Tim Hooper graduated from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Marketing. Tim joined Chamberlin in 2018 with 14 years of previous experience in the architecture, engineering and construction industry, previously working for general contractors and engineering firms in California. Of those 14 years, Tim gained business development managerial skills working for S.C. Anderson and Krazan and Associates.
Director of Business Development, Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing
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Technical Director - Senior Environmental Consultant, W&M Environmental/Braun Intertec Corporation
Darrell has nearly 35 years of environmental engineering and compliance experience and for the past 11 years has directed and managed environmental compliance and risk management consulting projects for nearly 40 healthcare systems covering 23 states including on-site consulting at over 200 hospitals and at over 100 specialty centers, cancer treatment centers, surgery centers and clinics. Representative experience and consulting engagements included:
Member of American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and Association for the Health Care Environment (AHE) and has presented at ASHE's 2015, 2018 and 2019 National Technical Conferences and at several ASHE state and regional conferences.
Alex has more than 30 years of experience in the AEC industry performing project/program planning, development, design/construction management and commissioning management in the public and private sector. He has provided professional services on a variety of large, small, and complex projects. His project experience includes educational, healthcare, aviation, and industrial facilities and has been involved in all aspects and types of project delivery.
An examination of the needs of a healthcare client, and ways to improve the warranty phase and handoff to Operations and Maintenance Staff, as well as ways to provide post-construction energy management support. The University of Texas at Austin has transformed the requirements of their Commissioning Providers (CxA) to more robustly support their building operations and optimization while continuing to deliver quality design/construction projects. Dell Medical School at UT Austin benefited from these enhanced requirements through more involvement from the CxA during the warranty phase and beyond. Changes included more involvement in the phased turnover process, a stronger focus on the warranty period, and bringing additional expertise to the table to assist in energy optimization and on-going commissioning processes.
Medical Gas Instructor, Evergreen Medical Services, Inc.
Steve Bradshaw is the president of Evergreen Medical Services, Inc., a 60 employee medical gas and environmental services company working for over 1000 medical facilities and contractors in the US. Steve has worked as a Medical Gas & Environmental Systems Consultant for 28 years and specializes in environmental monitoring and piped medical gas systems consulting, education, inspections, testing, repairs, and design. He has worked for hospitals while based in New York, NY, Pittsburgh, PA, and North Carolina. Steve holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University, and his credentials include: ASSE/NITC Certified Medical Gas Systems 6010 Installer, 6020 Inspector, 6030 Verifier, 6035 Oxygen Bulk Verifier, 6040 Medical Gas Maintenance, 6050 Instructor, MGPHO CMGV®, and is a current VP of MGPHO.
ASSE Medical Gas Verifier
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HFL Program Director, Owensboro Community & Technical College (OCTC)
Mike Canales is a 32 year Healthcare Engineering Professional, who has worked as a Healthcare Facilities Director for 21 years. Currently serving as the program director for the Healthcare Facilities Leadership degree program at Owensboro Community and Technical College. Mike has been a long time ASHE member, earned his CHFM certification in 2003, and is a founding member and past president of the Virginia Society of Healthcare Engineers(VSHE). Mike has expertise in Clinical Engineering, Maintenance & Plant Operations, Security, Emergency Management, Project Management, Environmental Services, Telecommunications, Public Water Works, Leadership Development and Education. Mike is passionate about the professional development and advancement of healthcare facilities leaders from the entry level to the seasoned veteran. Mike holds a Masters in Personal Organizational Leadership from Western Kentucky University and a Bachelors of Science in Electronic Engineering Technology from DeVry University.
Healthcare Generator Sales, HOLT CAT
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Regional Healthcare Director, Specified Technologies
Tim has been in the healthcare industry for over 20 years working with large healthcare organizations in the Houston Medical Center, assisting with keeping their facilities operating efficiently and assisting with finding cost-saving measures to help the organization hit their financial targets. Currently, Tim is leading the Healthcare Initiative for STI Firestop in the southern states of the US.
TAHFM Past President, 2015-2017
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Clinical Transition Planner, Faithful+Gould, member of the SNC Lavalin Group
Sara has eight years of nursing experience, with four years in the Navy Nurse Corps, involving direct patient care as well as supervisory roles including Charge Nurse. Sara’s direct clinical background includes Obstetrics and Ambulatory Surgery, working primarily with Navy and Marine Corps MEDEVACs from Iraq and Afghanistan. Over the past four years, Sara has become intricately involved with clinical transitions for several activation and transition projects.
University of Texas Medical Branch opened its Clear Lake Campus on March 30th, 2019 after UTMB bought the Webster, TX Hospital that was operated under another owner. Although, UTMB has multiple campuses around the Southeast side of Houston, this type of Hospital opening was unique to the health system. The previous Hospital closed its doors in May of 2018 and sat vacant for many months before UTMB decided to take the building over and reopen its doors. By UTMB and Faithful+Gould working together to get the staff prepared, the staff was able to get trained on equipment, transitioned into their new spaces, and acclimated to the new building in just six short months. In this presentation, we will outline the Activation process taken by UTMB and F+G to get this hospital opened and ready for first patient day.
President & CEO, AQUIS
Since 2008, Mike Bodón has served as President and CEO of AQUIS, the nationwide leaders in air handling unit (AHU) refurbishment and optimization. An alumnus of the College of Engineering at Rutgers University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, Mike began his career with GE Plastics and later served as Director of Engineering for CHEP, a leading international supply chain management company. In early 2004, Mike and a colleague from GE Plastics were approached and asked to develop a fire code-compliant solution for the refurbishment of mechanical air handling units. Successful pioneering soon led to the formation of AQUIS, which has grown exponentially over the past 12 years largely through Mike’s leadership and vision, and whose customers include many of the nation’s top hospitals, universities, government organizations, and Fortune 500 companies. Mike is a native of New Jersey and has lived in Orlando with his wife and three children since 2000.
In this presentation, Mike Bodón, President & CEO of AQUIS, will discuss and educate attendees about the importance of NFPA 90A and why it’s the law, as well as outline common practices specific to air handling unit repair and maintenance that are not compliant with TJC or NFPA 101: Life Safety Code (of which NFPA 90A is a part). This is one learning outcome. Two other learning outcomes include:
Community Services Police Officer, Frisco Police Department
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Sergeant Evan Mattei
Frisco Police Department
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In this training, we will discuss Active Threat and Active Shooter events along with a detailed look at signs of a potential attacker and steps you can take to enhance your safety and survivability.
Senior Commissioning Manager, QCxA, Sebesta/NV5
Phillip has focused on management for the technical commissioning and retro-commissioning of building MEP systems, resource allocation, and quality control, bringing together more than 35 years of industry experience. His background includes healthcare, municipal, research laboratory, commercial, and higher education projects. He has also supported MEP design development and monitoring-based commissioning. He is adept in analytical analyses of existing mechanical system and systems in the design stages and their components.
Hospitals face challenges to maintain Temperature, Humidity and Pressurization control in surgical suites and supportive areas. The impacts of the investigative process that enable compliance with Texas Administrative Code (TAC) standards can be problematic. Challenges faced:
To accomplish this Enalytics®, a fault detection and diagnosis system (FDD) was utilized, that allowed data to be extracted during normal operational conditions without compromising network security.
Safety Officer, Texas Health Resources Frisco
Lorrie has over twenty-five years of safety experience with twenty of the years’ in the healthcare physical environment. She is working at Texas Health Resources Frisco as the Safety Officer. Most recently, Lorrie served as the Executive Director of Facilities Management.