FPC Sessions

7:30am - 8:00am 

Registration &  Refreshments

8:00am - 8:20am 

Welcome & Opening

8:20am - 9:30am

Keynote: Josh Peach: Are You Taking on the World or Taking up Space?

Join presenter Josh Peach as he walks through his own personal journey of frustration, denial, acceptance and ultimately, action.  Hear how Josh shifted from being an under performer filled with negativity and excuses to not only an achiever but also a mentor to others.  Josh shares his own life changing “ah-ha” moment that took him through a powerful mindset and attitude transformation, all from one simple question asked to him by his own mentor; “ Are you going to take on the world or just take up space?”

Speaker: Josh Peach, National Strategic Account Executive, SchoolDude


9:30am - 10:00am 

Exhibiting Time

10:00am - 11:00am Sessions

Energy Efficiency Incentives for Illinois K-12 Public Schools

Join us as we discuss all available forms of energy efficiency incentives for K-12 public schools, focusing on Com Ed, Nicor and North Shore Gas programs for public sector customers. We will also discuss other potential sources of energy efficiency incentives for your electric and gas projects in your buildings.

Speakers: Steve Kosmicki, CPMM, Dir./Buildings & Grounds, River Trails SD 26

Mobile Classroom Construction A to Z

Hear an informative discussion on the full installation process of mobile classrooms including planning, design, site preparations and utilities.

Speakers: Robert Gillingham, Sales/Project Manager, Innovative Modular Solutions, Inc., Mary Gorr, Principal of Westbrook School for Young Learners, Mt. Prospect School District 57, Adam Parisi, Asst. Supt./Finance & Operations, Mt. Prospect SD 57

Everyone Can Afford Student Safety

Student and staff safety is non-negotiable and needs to be a top priority for every facility. Come learn how to consider student safety in your planning and construction process.

Speakers: Ronald Anderson, CPMM, MBA, MPM, Building and Project Manager, Proviso Twp. HSD 209, Jim Petrakos, AIA, LEED AP, Principal Architect, TRIA Architecture, Inc., Collin Noe, Account Executive, Schneider Electric


11:10am - 12:10pm Sessions

Making Sustainable Solutions Part of Your Capital Projects Conversation

Discover why districts made the decision to implement energy sustainable solutions as part of their capital projects planning. Learn more about solar, geothermal and other technologies, and why they should be considered as viable solutions as you work through the decision making process. 

Speakers: Patrick Callahan, Principal, Studio-GC Architecture + BIM, Angie Smith, Asst. Supt./Operations, Aurora West SD 129, Dave Wilms, Renewable Energy Consultant, Advance Renewables

Crucial Conversations from the Boiler Room to the Board Room

A real case study will be used to develop an understanding of how to communicate with all levels of stakeholders, from your board and administrators to the community and local government.

Speakers: Ronald Anderson, CPMM, MBA, MPM, Building and Project Manager, Proviso Twp. HSD 209, Barry Bolek, Retired CSBO, Ken Garcia, K-12 Practice Lead, Single Path, Dan Mortensen, Dir./Facilities, Aptakisic-Tripp SD 102

Door Keying and Hardware 101: Understanding Options and Pre-Planning

An in-depth look at understanding and pre-planning door keying and hardware options. A review of options and specifications from an architects and hardware suppliers for retrofit projects and new buildings.

Speakers: Nick Graal, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Staff Architect, TRIA Architecture Inc. 


12:10pm - 1:30pm

Lunch & Exhibiting Time


1:30pm - 2:30pm Sessions

Environmental Regulatory Review

A refresher for both veteran and new facility managers on the various environmental regulations and responsibilities to you district in compliance.  Topics include asbestos, lead in water, lead based paint and many more.

Speakers: Bob Livingston, RS, LEHP, Manager, Ramboll Environ, Rob  Rottersman, MS, CIH, Senior Manager, Ramboll Environ, Gary Stanley, RSBS, K-12 Specialist, DLA Architects, Ltd.

Improve Security After Hours 

Providing a safe learning environment during the school day is challenging enough.  How can safety and security be improved before and after class time? Join us as we address the difficulties that schools face in early-morning programs and after-school events. 

Speakers: Paul Timm, President, RETA Security, Inc.

Getting to Know Your HVAC System

Come learn the differences between HVAC types and their impact on construction and the educational environment.

Speakers: Sean Gordon, CPMM, CPS, Dir./Buildings & Grounds, Comm. Cons. Sch. Dist. 93, Collin Noe, Account Executive, Schneider Electric


2:40pm - 3:40pm Sessions

Technology and its Impact on Facilities and Education

Technology is king in today's schools. How do you set up your facilities to be tech friendly? Gain an understanding of what technology is being used and its impact on student learning and your facilities.

Speakers: Keith Hammelman, Vice President, Cannon Design, Collin Noe, Account Executive, Schneider Electric

The Business of Facility Management

Learn how to properly facilitate coordination, communication, budgeting and allocation of manpower/resources to ensure top functioning facilities today and for years to come.

Speakers: Ric King, CPA, Asst. Supt./Business Services, Schaumburg CCSD 54

Creating Standard Procedures for Successful Facilities Management

Discover the role that standards and procedures play in creating a consistent facility management process. Learn how a clear message will set you up for a successful relationship with vendors, staff, fellow administrators and your school board. 

Speakers: Sean Gordon, CPMM, CPS, Dir./Buildings & Grounds, Comm. Cons. Sch. Dist. 93, Brian Rominski, CPS, Dir./Buildings & Grounds, Prospect Heights SD 23, Vien-Phong Trinh, Associate Principal, ARCON Associates, Inc.