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"Tomorrow is here!"
2005 OPFMA Annual Conference and Trade Show

October 31 & November 1
Columbus Marriott North

In Ohio we're 3-4 years deep into one of the worst fiscal crises in memory. As public facility maintenance administrators and employees know far too well, reduced funding and staffing cuts haven't reduced expectations. Everyone is expected to do more with less all the time.

If it weren't challenging enough to handle the basics - keep roofs from leaking, HVAC systems humming along, restrooms clean, and so forth - now you're expected to help prevent terrorist attacks, improve "indoor environmental quality," and learn about dozens of new building systems and products that might save money but could bust the budget if you're not careful.

That's where OPFMA and our 2005 Annual Conference and Trade Show will help you. Whether you're working within a small school district, large university, a mid-sized municipality, a non-profit, or any other public facility maintenance department, and whether you're an administrator, building operator, custodian or grounds keeper, the conference will help you navigate the tough challenges - providing a path to the future.

As usual, the workshop sessions will be strong and will include many topics we've never offered before. We will offer 6 sessions in 4 tracks over two days - 24 in all to choose from. Tracks, titles and most of the speakers are listed below. Session descriptions and speaker bios will be available soon. Watch this page for additional updates.

Like last year, we also expect a strong collection of exhibitors on Monday, Oct. 31. Exhibitors tell us that they come because attendees are "knowledgeable" and "seriously interested in learning" about products and services that can help them solve problems at their facilities. This year every exhibitor will be given the opportunity to offer at least one 25 minute table talk session during exhibition periods. Check this page periodically for the updated list of registered exhibitors.

While the focus is certainly education, attendees will have time for networking over good meals and during breaks in the wide concourses of the Columbus Marriott North. Monday evening will feature a dinner/awards banquet at the hotel. On Tuesday, following a business meeting over breakfast and three more workshops, we'll wrap up with lunch and our annual raffle with over twenty prizes!



Attendee Registration Brochure

Exhibitor Registration Brochure

(These documents require you to have the free Adobe PDF Reader. Download the free reader here or send us an email and we will mail one to you directly)

Register Early and by Email for Special Gifts and Raffle Entry

Attendee Fees – Including Multiple Attendee Discounts

Location and Accommodations

Directions to Columbus Marriott North

Regular Workshop Sessions

2005 Conference Exhibitors

For more information call Alexandra Schneider at:

Phone: (440) 716-8518
Email: info@opfma.org
Fax: (440) 716-8519

P.O. Box 835
Cleveland, OH 44070










Questions / Registration

You may register by email, fax or regular mail:

PO Box 835
Cleveland, OH 44070
Fax: (440) 716-8519


Please call (440) 716-8518 or (866) 570-7880 (toll free). Sorry but we can’t accept registrations over the phone.

Register Early and by Email for Special Gifts and Raffle Entry

We will give the first 100 people who register before September 16 a special gift. Also, if you register by September 16 you will be eligible for a special drawing at the conference open only to early registrants. Plus all of those who register by email will be entered in another special drawing for email registrants only. We’ll send special vouchers that qualified people may redeem for the gift and raffle tickets at the conference.

Special Note: Please don’t wait for your purchase order. Register today then send the PO number when you receive it. This will ensure that your registration arrives in time.

Registration Deadlines (for registration forms and P0s or checks):

Early Deadline – September 26 (includes thank you gift)
Final Deadline –
October 24

Attendee Fees:
(Institutional Members Only Eligible for Multiple Attendee Discounts)

Member Fee: $250 each
Non-Member: $295 each (includes 2003 individual member dues)
3-4 Attendees from Same Facility: $225 each
5-9 Attendees from Same Facility: $215 each
10+ Attendees from Same Facility: $200 each

If your facility is an institutional member in good standing, you may send multiple people at these discounted rates. Call the OPFMA office at (614) 262-8620 if you have any questions.

Location and Accommodations:

We're pleased to be at Columbus Marriott North – our gracious host of last year Conference. We've negotiated a block of rooms at a conference rate of only $92/night plus applicable taxes. Available rooms at this rate are limited so please call Marriott North hotel at (614) 885-1885 soon to make a reservation. Be sure to mention that you are attending the OPFMA conference.


From north: take I-71 south to Exit 117 (Rte 161, E. Dublin-Granville Rd.), one exit south of the I-270 outer belt. (You also may take I-271 to I-71 south then take the above exit.) Turn right on Rte 161 and go west about half a mile. Then turn right on Busch Blvd. and go north for a little less than a mile. Turn right on Kingsmill Parkway and go east for less than half a mile until you run into the hotel.

If traveling from any other direction: take I-71 north to Exit 117, turn left on Rte 161 and follow the directions above.

The hotel web site, www.marriott.com/CMHNO, has maps and driving directions along with more information about the hotel.

Schedule and Session Titles      

Day 1, Monday, October 31  (Click Here for Workshop Descriptions)

8:30 am Registration
9:00 am Welcome; Keynote Address: Gene Rugala, former FBI Agent, “Protecting Our Public Buildings – My Job and Your Job”
9:45 am BREAK
10:00 am

Training for Non-trainers

Pat Reid, EDD
Cleveland State

Behavior Pattern Recognition – what it is and how it’s used

Gene Rugala
Rugala Associates

Efficient Lighting Fundamentals
(BOK 104)

John Fetters
Effective Lighting Solutions

Dealing With the Project in Trouble

Jack Rosati
Bricker & Eckler Attorneys

11:00 am

Time Management

Pat Reid, EDD
Cleveland State

Access Controls & Surveillance Equip.

Tony Smith Simplex-Grinnell

Facility Electrical Systems
(BOK 107)

Bill DeCoste
Stark State

Successfully Managing Your Construction project

Milt Lewis
Grange Insurance Co.




Pat Reid, EDD
Cleveland State

Why Your Staff Needs to know CPR

Bob Mossbarger
Franklin County PFM


Building Systems
(BOK 101)

Tom Hirsch
Beachwood City Schools


Life Cycle Costing

Todd Vandenbusche
Johnson Controls

4:30 pm BREAK
5:00 pm Cash Bar Reception and Networking
6:00 pm DINNER (Raffle Drawing Before)
7:00 pm AWARDS AND ENTERTAINMENT (Raffle Drawing After)

Day 2, Tuesday, November 1   (Click Here for Workshop Descriptions)

7:30 am Breakfast and Business Meeting
8:30 am

Cooling Tower Maintenance

Dave Klus
Benner Mechanical & Elec. Co.

Safety teams – Do’s & Don’ts

Dennis Jolly
Franklin County PFM

HVAC Systems & Controls 
(BOK 103)

Fred Guarino
Stark State

Making Your Old Building Green

Robert Fuller
Roberta Cameruca Fuller & Assoc. Engineers

9:30 am

Green Cleaning

Rebecca Reynolds
Green Clean, Inc.

OSHA – The Top 10 List of Citings to Avoid

Keith Bullock
Ohio Bureau of WC

Indoor Air Quality
(BOK 106)

Paul Novak
Cleveland State

Qualifying Contractors

Mark Wantage
Ohio School Facilities Commission


10:30 am BREAK
10:45 am

The ABC’s of Floor Care

Mark Zimmer
Roy Leahy
Legacy Commercial Flooring


Disaster Planning & Recovery

Ralph Linne
Hamilton Co. Facilities

Energy Conservation Techniques
(BOK 102)

Randy Crossley
Lima City Schools


Keep Your Building Dry

Bill Plate
Dave Youse
Joe Schappa
Feinknopf, Macioce, & Schappa Architects


11:45 am LUNCH
4:00 pm Conference Ends


List of Exhibitors for the 2005 Annual Conference


Mary Crespy: (614) 473-3500 / mecrespy@trane.com

     Total Building Comfort Solutions 
"Trane provides indoor comfort systems and comprehensive facility solutions for residential, commercial and industrial building needs"


Zesco Incorporated
Ed Sustersic: (440) 526-0603 / sales@zescoinc.com

     ABB Variable Speed Drives and Firetrol Pump Controllers - "Specialists in Electrical-Mechanical Motion Control"


Tremco Incorporated
Dick Farnsworth:
(800) 628-7501 / dfarnsworth@tremcoinc.com

For over 75 years, Tremco Incorporated has been the leading innovator and provider of roofing and weatherproofing solutions.


Engineered Systems
Michael Gottron:
(800) 836-7663 / engineeredsys@aol.com

Engineered Systems represents a full line of quality roofing, roofing accessory, acoustical, insulation and waterproofing products. Many of our products Energy Star products or qualify for the LEED program.


Service-Tech Corporation
Alan Sutton: (440) 735-1505 /

Air Duct System and Kitchen Hood Exhaust System Cleaning
"When it comes to fighting dirty indoor air, Service-Tech Cleaning has what it takes to help everyone breathe easier and feel better in the workplace"


Institutional Diversified
John Lawrence: (800) 735-5132 /

Featuring - MARKS-A-LOT Whiteboard Dry Erase Resurfacing Film
Distributor of extensive school and institutional replacement products.


Schaeffer Oil
Rich Greenwald: (216) 401-1845 /  rgreenwald@schaefferoil.com

We provide all essential lubricating products, including soy-based fuel additives, oil analysis, and in-house seminars. We don't just sell products, but go in partnership with our customers to provide TPM (Total Preventive Maintenance).


Johnson Controls
Mark Gresham: (614) 751-4118 /

     Controls and Facility Management
"The Controls Group of Johnson Controls invites you to "Unstructure Your Thinking" about your facilities"


Integrated Control Solutions, Inc.
Jim Duckworth: 330-273-9504 / jduckworth@icsteam.com


Legacy Commercial Flooring, LTD.
Roy Leahy: (614) 473-8444 / rleahy@legacyfloor.com

Interior Assessment  Products and Installation Continuous Care Reclamation


J.A. Sexauer
 Todd Secrist: (614) 329-5644 / tsecrist@sexauer.net

       "The Facility Maintenance Product Specialists since 1921, Sexauer is a major distributor of plumbing and maintenance products - the single source of supply for most of your maintenance needs."


Turner Logistics
Frank Pinciotti: (614) 781-8550 / fpinciotti@tcco.com

TIME SAVINGS, PRODUCT SELECTION, COST SAVINGS…Turner Logistics provides proven and successful solutions into the equipment/material procurement process – allowing your team to make more informed equipment and material purchasing decisions. Turner Logistics is your dedicated equipment and material procurement resource. 


Tony Smith: (614) 602-2000 /

Fire and Life Security Systems


Sean A. Curran: (614) 778-5850 / swpaintrep247@sbcglobal.net


IMAGINiT Technologies
Corry Gallaugher: (614) 410-1760 / 


The Brewer-Garrett Company
Ted Howell: (800) 686-6869 /










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