Conferences Upcoming for Facility Managers and Real Estate Professionals

June 2, 2008 at 11:18 pm 3 comments

There are more than a few conferences that have advertisements showing up in my mailbox each year. There are more and more all the time. Some are meant to be all encompassing, while others are very specific.

Those that try to be appealing to a wider spectrum are often good for no one. However these are recommended as good general choices:

IFMA’s World Workplace: Oct 15 – 17 2008 Dallas TX.

This is put on by the International Facility Management Association and generally rotates across the country with one year being on the east coast, then in the middle of the country and then onto the west coast. It has generally a very large vendor display area and lots of classes. Most of the classes support the continuing education for IFMA’s own CFM and FMA certifications and are often excepted for other professional certifications where such credits are also needed.

Today’s Facility Manager: TFM Show 2008 April 22 – 28 2008, Chicago IL.

This show is already over for this year and it looked to be as complete as the upcoming IFMA show. It is held every year in the same place so I have never attended as I could never justify the travel from California.

Neocon: World Trade Fair 2008 June 9 – 11 2008 Merchandise Mart Chicago IL

This show tends to somewhat furniture and fixture heavy but offers a full slate of seminars and classes that qualify for continuing education for Architects, Interior Designers and Facility Managers. There is also a west coast version of this show: August 21 – 22 2008 at the L.A. Mart in Los Angeles.

Disaster Recovery World magazine presents: DRJ Fall World Sept. 14 – 17 2008 San Diego, CA

This conference is all about Disaster Preparedness and recovery solutions. I recommend this highly if you are tasked with the responsibility for planning in your organization.

Commercial Construction Show: June 6 – 8 2008 Orlando FL.

Very specific show as you can probably tell from the name.

BOMA Intl., The Office Building Show June 21 – 24 2008, Denver CO.

This is the show that truly caters to the commercial landlord and property manager, highly recommended.

Buildings Xchange: Being held at Park City Utah on Sept. 14 – 17 and features a section focused on interiors and another on engineered and energy solutions.

I hope that you get to go to one or more of these as I find that the experience can be really eye opening.

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