The 2018 Higher Ed Facilities Forum was a true meeting of the minds, bringing together 150 facilities leaders from colleges and universities across the nation to connect with the industry’s most innovative suppliers. The beautiful Woodlands Resort provided the perfect backdrop for an inspiring cross-pollination of ideas.
John D’Angelo, Vice President of Facilities Management at Northwestern University, said: “The mix of topics and collaborative activities was perfect. This is the only national conference that I attend. You pick great locations, but that is not why I come… The content and delivery would get me to go to any site.”
Tom Morrison, Vice President Capital Planning & Facilities at Indiana University, also complimented the thought leadership displayed at the forum. “Excellent use of time and talent. Your sessions always create thought-provoking new ideas to apply in our everyday capital planning.”
Suppliers and attendees also placed a premium on the opportunity to schedule time for candid conversations. “There is nothing to compare your event with. I spoke to more leaders at this forum than I did at the last five shows I’ve participated in,” said Brent VanHoose, Senior Business Development Manager, United Technologies Corporation.
It wasn’t all business, however! Whether indoor skydiving, exploring authentic Texas cuisine on a BBQ & brewery tour, or enjoying a little friendly competition at TopGolf, participants welcomed the opportunities to have a little fun with industry peers. The informal setting and intimate size of HEFF ‘18 truly allowed for an organic exchange of ideas.
All in all, “the engaging sessions and speakers, social interaction, and some fun makes the Higher Ed Facilities Forum a perfect event,” said Pete Strazdas, AVP Facilities Management at Western Michigan University. Participants left the retreat reenergized with fresh approaches to some of their biggest challenges and a network of peers to reach out to in the future .
Stay tuned for our Highlights video coming soon! You can also view our blog for write-ups and original content from the event.
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