Get Hot in February!
See How El Pinto
Their Renowned Salsa
at a Fun Networking Mixer and Onsite Tour
Plan today to attend an enjoyable post-Valentine's Day networking mixer beginning at 4 pm on Wednesday, February 19th at the iconic El Pinto Restaurant in the beautiful North Valley which will include a site tour of their manufacturing facility where they currently produce over 25,000 jars of salsa a day. Then enjoy their salsa served with a basket of chips and perhaps an award-winning margherita in the beautiful North Valley restaurant.
With the capacity to make 3-4 million jars a year, El Pinto's factory, which is both Safe Quality Food (SQF) and Organic Certified, the manufacturing facility was expanded in 2017 by 5,000 square feet, creating 25 new jobs to meet growing demand for individual sized portion cups for private label customers. Another expansion is planned for 2020.
"El Pinto began from humble roots in 1962 by my parents with 10 tables. Today our salsa manufacturing facility, located on the same property as the 1000 seat restaurant, shares the taste of New Mexico to the entire country," said co-owner Jim Thomas, quoted on the El Pinto Blog online. Twin brother and co-owner John Thomas continued, "With the support of the Economic Development Department, we continue to expand our manufacturing jobs, right here in New Mexico, as one of the largest employers in the North Valley of Albuquerque. Providing quality jobs and nutritious New Mexican food is what El Pinto stands for."
Meet promptly at 4 pm in their unique bar or come earlier if you wish. Ditch your Gucci loafers and Manolo Blanik heels for comfortable walking shoes as the site tour covers some uneven terrain. A special prize for the best cowboy boots will be awarded!
This event is corporately sponsored by Mooring Construction and Restoration
Have fun and bring your significant other and friends to this interesting and fun event. Members pay $30.00 and guests $35.00 for the onsite tour and subsequent mixer where FMANM will include a drink ticket for an adult beverage if desired. But make it a date and stay on for dinner! Click here RSVP. You can also pay with a credicard. FIRST TIME FACILITY MANAGERS ALWAYS FREE.
Appreciated Breakfast Burritos
and Roofing Inspection 101 in January
Facility managers, building engineers, commercial property managers and their suppliers gathered on an unseasonably warm January morning to get the gospel on how to conduct a proper roof inspection presented in an interactive, energetic, and entertaining format by an industry expert who advises contractors, architects, and building supervisors in these matters. The Facility Manager Association of New Mexico kickstarted the new year by providing solid information, warm networking, and delicious food to its supporters and guests.
"The way our roofs are being accessed by telecommunications companies—sometimes as a profit stream for the building owner—and by other tradespeople maintaining their own rooftop equipment can dramatically affect the deterioration of your roof," was just one of the many important points emphasized by Justin Birrell who represented Rio Grande Roofing Reps. His advice? "Have a mandatory sign-in sheet and know who has been up there. Then tell your own team that accountability is key. We all know that sometimes unintended accidents happen but don't be afraid to report them. This can affect the life of the roof in a big way," he said.
Victor Marquez, Chief Engineer for Heritage Real Estate and the Albuquerque Plaza commented that the breakfast meeting venue allowed him and his staff to attend and receive some solid information before going to work, a sentiment echoed by Angelica Restivo, Senior Real Estate Manager with CBRE, who brought four of her engineers and managers with her to the event.
The meeting was corporately sponsored by National Roofing who provided giveaways for the attendees. Full details of Birrell's presentation appear on the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico website at www.fmanm.com under the Resource Links tab.
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Feb Executive Director Column
Housekeeping is my least favorite activity, but a necessary evil. Here are some of the "rules of engagement" for the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico that you might find interesting!
If you are a facility manager and not a member of this group, please remember that you are welcome to attend FOR FREE as a guest of the organization at any meeting that catches your fancy. By the same token, if you are a supplier member to this group and would like to invite a non-member facility manager (maybe someone with whom you are working) to join you at any of our functions, please, just let me know, and I will be sure that he or she is welcomed to the meeting FOR FREE, and made to feel comfortable as a first-timer.
This is our way of attempting to expand our facility manager component into the mix. Take advantage of it, especially if you are a supplier who wants to forge better relationships with the facility folks with whom you work. Suppliers, you are "out there" and you know everyone! Bring a new face to one of our informative, friendly events.
Next, we are ALWAYS looking for new FACILITY MANAGER members for our Board of Directors. Nothing like a little new blood to shake things up and keep it fresh. If you are even remotely interested, please contact me, and I will give you a thumbnail sketch of what involvement with the Board really looks like.
See you at El Pinto in February!
Join Our Team!
--Be Part of Our Story—
Coach Pat Dyer wants YOU to join the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico as the newest member of our Board of Directors. Bring your enthusiasm and facilities knowledge to help us write a new chapter in the history of this esteemed organization which provides resources and information to facility managers, engineers, and building owners and managers.
We provide unmatched access to the greatest networking opportunities, critical for success in this or any field. Join us as we continue the greater good of donating scholarship money to tradesmen and women at the University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College, the skilled people your company wants to hire today who become the facility managers of the future. Help others as you help yourself! Everyone benefits from professional development.
Need more information? Contact Carolee (email@example.com) for the details about the minimal time commitment that is requested.
Patrick Dyer: My Mission
My mission as the President of the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico is to make this organization a resource within the State of New Mexico for all building professionals, tradesmen, and anyone involved with facility management. I believe we can serve this community as a primary resource by providing our membership with access to the industry leading technology and knowledge which facility managers need to perform their jobs, and additionally to provide the endless networking possibilities which are critical in this environment. Our goal is to increase our membership base to include anyone who specializes as a facility manager, engineer, blue collar worker, business owner, or civic leader.
I have extensive experience in facility management and operations. From 2001 to 2007 I worked as an operations manager directly overseeing a 15 member service staff within the downtown Albuquerque area where I was responsible for special events and primarily served as a first responder for the Business Improvement District. While holding this position I worked closely with the City of Albuquerque regarding urban development, planning projects for the downtown area. I also served as a director for a federal halfway house, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the facility for 2 years, managing a team of 11 staff members, while working at the Albuquerque Convention Center. My next assignment was Facility Maintenance Director for the Rio Rancho Public Schools; I served for over 5 years. I now serve as the General Services Director for Presbyterian Medical Services where I oversee all maintenance, renovation, and construction projects for the organization.
My lifelong involvement with sports beginning with local youth sports leagues at age six through my collegiate career at New Mexico State University where I played as a defensive lineman and later coached for NMSU football for two years has taught me the value of teamwork and has provided me with the tools to effectively lead and enthusiastically inspire whatever organization where I choose to be involved. Connecting with people is the key to any successful career or organization. I will bring my experience and ability to my role as the president of FMANM.
Please Welcome Facility Manager
to the FMANM Board of Directors
A consummate facility professional and property manager since 2001, it is my pleasure to announce that Leslie Yardman has joined the Board of Directors for the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico. Leslie is respected by her peers and by her supplier partners for her knowledge-based ability to make informed immediate decisions while considering long-term outcomes.
Leslie started In the facilities world in 2001 working for Zia Rising Management, where she managed almost 500,000 square feet of commercial properties including medical, office, and retail businesses. Her expertise extends to financial management, staff development, property assessment, and project management. Leslie currently works for the Bank of Albuquerque where she is accountable for management, preservation and enhancement of their facilities including 17 banking facilities in New Mexico and 6 in Arizona.
Leslie has been an active member of FMANM since 2008 and has graciously and enthusiastically assisted in the golf tournaments, the trade shows, as well as the monthly membership meetings. Please join me in thanking Leslie for volunteering her time to guide this organization from the vital perspective of the accomplished, respected facility professional.
Vision 2020: FMANM Programs Revealed
February 19, 2020—Onsite Tour of El Pinto Salsa Manufacturing Facility and Mixer at 4 pm. Corporately sponsored by Mooring Construction and Restoration.
March 18th, 2020, 7 am, Breakfast and Learn at Garduno’s Uptown, “How Drug Use and How the Threat of Coronavirus May Affect You and Your Workplace”. Corporate Sponsorship available, contact Carolee for details.
April 15, 2020-7 am Wednesday morning "Breakfast and Learn" at Garduno's Uptown, "Getting a Grip on Risk", risk management strategies for facilities. Corporately Sponsored by Paul Davis Restoration.
May 20, 2020—Wednesday Mixer, time and location TBD, sponsorships available
June 17, 2020—7 am Wednesday Breakfast and Learn, "How to Get the Most Energy Efficiency from a Chiller Plant". Speaker TBD
July 24, 2020—Friday, 10th Annual Golf Tournament and Scholarship Fundraiser at Isleta Eagle Championship Golf Course
August 19, 2020—Topic, time and location TBD
September 15, 2020- Topic, time and location TBD
October 23, 2020—FAB O&M Show, Sandia Resort and Casino
November 18, 2020—Topic, time and location TBD
December 16, 2020—Holiday Mixer, TBD
Sustainable Comprehensive Water Management Programs for the Built Environment Training Course.
Board of Directors
General Services Director
Presbyterian Medical Services
Executive Director, Maintenance & Operations,
Albuquerque Public Schools
National Roofing Company
ABC and CNM
Honeywell Building Solutions
Leslie D. Yardman
AVP, Facilities Manager II
Bank of Albuquerque
505 577 4145