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The 2019 Facility Management Conference Round-Up

Are you looking to get up-to-speed on the latest developments and trends in facility management? Do you want to gain knowledge from industry thought leaders or rub elbows with other professionals? If you answered yes, then a facility management conference is the place to be!

With so many expo options in 2019, choosing which conferences to attend can be challenging. So, we decided to do the legwork for you. We’ve compiled a list of some of the coolest, most innovative facility management conferences to go to this year. No matter your industry (or budget), you’re sure to find something valuable here.

Facility Management Conferences to Attend This Year

The Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Expo

Date: January 14-16
Location: Atlanta, GA
Registration Date: Open now
Free registration! The AHR Expo is the world’s largest HVACR event, attracting the most comprehensive gathering of industry professionals from around the globe each year. Grow your professional network and get your hands on the latest HVACR products and technology. Learn more here.

ISSA CMI Train the Trainer

Date: January 22-24
Location: Atlanta, GA
Registration Date: Open now
“Train the Trainer” trains and certifies cleaning professionals so they can successfully implement training for their operation. The curriculum teaches cleaning best practices with minimal environmental impact. Increase efficiency and decrease costs for your cleaning operation with this three-day course.

SAME-IFMA Facilities Management Workshop

Date: February 6-8
Location: San Antonio, TX
Registration Date: Open now
The SAME-IFMA Facilities Management Workshop is an intensive two-day series of sessions for facilities management practitioners. It addresses topics including facilities management best practices, asset management, lifecycle sustainability, energy efficiency and strategic sourcing. Learn emerging trends from public and private sectors in facilities management and related fields. Here’s more information.

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LSFMA and NSPMA National Conference and Expo

Date: February 24-27
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Registration Date: Open now
The National School Plant Management Association (NSPMA) has a four-day conference and expo that will focus on facility management and preventive maintenance, energy management, green schools and school safety. Speakers will cover a range of topics and attendees will have the opportunity to network and participate in break-out sessions. Get event information here

WASBO Facilities Management Conference

Date: March 7-8
Location: Wisconsin Dells, WI
Registration Date: Open now
This one-and-a-half day educational conference features a variety of classes targeted specifically for school facility, school operations and maintenance, and school business professionals. The conference also features a resource area where service affiliates can showcase their products and services. Here’s more information.

Northern New England Chapter Eastern Region of APPA Conference

Date: March 11-12
Location: Burlington, VT
Registration Date: Open now
This year’s NNECERAPPA theme is “FUNdamentals II: Resource for Learning.” The 2019 Annual Meeting will provide programs on the following subjects: Custodial and Grounds, HVAC and Electrical, Human Resources, Administration, Labor Relations and more. Find out more here

Central Valley Facilities Expo

Date: March 13-14
Location: Modesto, CA
Registration Date: Open now
Free to attend! Central Valley Facilities Expo meets the facilities, engineering, maintenance and energy management needs of attendees from a wide variety of industries. Learn latest trends in food processing, government, healthcare, manufacturing, education, wineries, utilities and many others. Meet face-to-face with representatives who will share cost-effective, cutting-edge and reliable products and solutions. Here’s more information.

NESEA BuildingEnergy Conference and Trade Show

Date: March 13-15
Location: Boston, MA
Registration Date: Open now
The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) focuses on building a community of energy-conscious facility professionals. This conference includes everything from guest speakers to career forums to networking parties. Read more about this conference.


Date: March 20-21
Location: Boston, MA
Registration Date: Open now
GLOBALCON’s conference focuses on new facility technology that increases efficiencies in energy consumption. This is a great resource for facility management teams that are curious about renewable energy, automated lighting, and Smart Building technology. Tip: Want a cost-effective expo option? Sign up for a free “Expo Only” pass or attend one of many free workshops at this conference. Learn more on their website.

ISSA Clean Buildings Expo

Date: March 26-27
Location: Baltimore, MD
Registration Date: TBD, sign up for updates here.
Designed and targeted for users of cleaning products and equipment, this all-new show will attract decision makers from industry segments such as healthcare, hospitality, education, government and building service contractors. Check out details here.

National Facilities Management and Technology (NFMT) Conference and Expo

Date: March 26-28
Location: Baltimore, MD
Registration Date: Open now
Free conference registration! NFMT is held at the Baltimore Convention Center in the city’s Inner Harbor. Choose between more than 90 educational sessions, plus another 30 Smart Building Innovations seminars. Here’s more information.


Date: April 2-3
Location: New York City, NY
Registration Date: Open now
Free educational programs included with your expo pass! BuildingsNY partners with key industry associations to bring you a comprehensive educational program on the latest codes, laws, incentive programs and industry trends. Meet industry professionals, attend free workshops and networking events, and discover partnership opportunities for building managers and facility management-related professions. Read the show’s overview.

IFMA Facility Fusion Conference and Expo

Date: April 8-10
Location: Atlanta, GA
Registration Date: Open now (Register online by Feb. 7 to receive an “early bird” discount)
Described as the “FM leadership event of the year,” the IFMA Facility Fusion 2019 Conference and Expo offers programming that fuses global, local, industry-specific and individual facility management focus areas into a concentrated learning and networking experience. Find out more or register. 

PRSM National Conference

Date: April 29-May 1
Location: Denver, CO
Registration Date: Open now
This conference is one of the largest multi-site facility management conferences in the U.S. Attend best-in-class educational sessions and networking events, then check out more than 300+ qualified exhibitors all under one roof! Plus, arrive early for added networking and educational opportunities like golf, charity events, and more. Here’s more information.

Southern California Facilities Expo

Date: May 1-2
Location: Anaheim, CA
Registration Date: Opens in January
This expo is free! Southern California Facilities Expo is a great fit for those in facilities engineering, maintenance and energy management. Learn about latest trends in high-tech manufacturing, government, healthcare, hospitality, aerospace manufacturing, education, entertainment, information technology, retail, utilities and more, all in one place and all for free! Check it out here.

CleanMed Conference

Date: May 7-9
Location: Nashville, TN
Registration Date: TBA
CleanMed 2019 is the premier environmental conference for leaders in healthcare sustainability. Connect with professionals who are making the healthcare sector greener and with those who are implementing sustainable projects, green building design and environmentally preferable purchasing. Here’s the website.

Construction Owners Association of America Conference

Date: May 8-10
Location: Austin, TX
Registration Date: TBA
Architects, consultants, engineers, contractors and professionals involved in the planning, design and construction process will enjoy this conference. Find out more on their website.

IA Conference on Architecture

Date: June 6-8
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Registration Date: Opens in January
The American Institute of Architects conference will take place in Las Vegas this year and is a great opportunity for facility management professionals to gain better insight how their buildings are designed. Learn more about this three-day immersive conference.

National Association of State Facilities Administrators (NASFA) Conference

Date: June 9-12
Location: New Orleans, LA
Registration Date: TBA
This national conference explores cutting-edge best practices and presentations. Topics addressed include maintenance/management software, real estate, building commissioning, capital budgeting, department of transportation related topics, strategic planning and more. Here’s NASFA’s website.

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National Fire Protection Association Conference & Expo

Date: June 17-20
Location: San Antonio, TX
Registration Date: Open now (Register by March 15 to receive an early-bird discount)
The annual NFPA conference is one of the world’s largest fire and life safety events. It’s a great opportunity for facility professionals to gather the resources they need to be prepared in an emergency. The expo brings to life the products and services needed to meet and maintain compliance with industry codes and standards. Check out the event here.

National Association of Church Facilities Managers Annual Conference

Date: June 17-20
Location: Spring, TX
Registration Date: Opens in January
This conference will prepare church facilities professionals for the unique management challenges they face in their industry. This annual conference is the perfect blend of encouragement, networking, education and family-friendly activities. Learn more about the conference here.

BOMA International Conference

Date: June 22-25
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Registration Date: Open now - Take advantage of early signup savings!
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International Conference offers educational sessions, awards, and networking opportunities for members of building operations, maintenance, real estate and rental industries (among others). Tip: Need a cost-effective expo option? Register for a “Full Conference” pass and receive an additional free pass when you register a Building Engineer. Or, register for an “Expo Only” pass for free. Find out more on their website

ASHRAE Annual Conference

Date: June 22-26
Location: Kansas City, MO
Registration Date: Opens in March
This conference, hosted by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning, is a must-attend for HVACR professionals. This gathering includes informational sessions and workshops with the overarching goal of discovering new solutions in the industry. Find out more here. 

ASHE Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition

Date: July 14-17
Location: Baltimore, MD
Registration Date: Springtime - TBA
The ASHE Annual Conference creates the ideal environment to connect with fellow health care colleagues while preparing yourself for future trends and challenges in health care. Join more than 3,700 health care facility and engineering professionals to network, find new solutions and learn alongside one another. Learn more on the ASHE website.

Campus FM Technology Association Conference

Date: July 30-August 2
Location: Austin, TX
Registration Date: Opens January 9, 2019
CFTA brings together campus FM technology professionals and solution leaders for four days of educational sessions and presentations, round-table discussions, campus tours, and networking opportunities. Learn best practices, connect with your peers, hear from inspiring practitioners, shape the future of your work and feel energized to build, design, and manage your campus systems. Here is more information.

Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo

Date: September 17-19
Location: Boston, MA
Registration Date: Open now
The Symposium returns to Boston for the first time since 2003. HFSE has a 32 year history of delivering some of the highest quality education in the healthcare construction and design industry. This expo may be most useful to architects, healthcare providers, facility managers, interior designers, contractors, engineers, clinicians and researchers. Here’s the link to HFSE’s website. 

Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) Annual Conference

Date: September 22-24
Location: Wisconsin Dells, WI
Registration Date: TBA - Early bird discount for exhibitors who sign up by January 31.
This conference is great for county officials and those in the government field. It is a unique opportunity for county officials to come together and learn from one another, as well as receive updates on county issues. WCA also hosts the "WCA Marketplace" in conjunction with the conference that features vendors offering services and goods to county government. Discover more information here.

Critical Facilities Summit

Date: September 23-25
Location: Dallas, TX
Registration Date: TBA
The Critical Facilities Summit is on a mission to eliminate downtime, boost resilience, safeguard assets and improve energy efficiency. This summit is an exclusive gathering of senior-level professionals involved in the design, construction, management and operations of data centers, healthcare facilities, financial institutions, universities, government, and other mission-critical facilities. Check it out here. 

IFMA World Workplace Facility Conference and Expo

Date: October 16-18
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Registration Date: Open now
Take your facility and career to new heights at the IFMA World Workplace Facility Conference and Expo. This expo facilitates idea sharing and knowledge exchange between all professionals who support the work environment. Learn more and register for this event.

ASBO Annual Meeting & Expo

Date: October 25-28
Location: National Harbor, MD
Registration Date: Registration begins May 1
ASBO’s (Association of School Business Officials) Annual Expo is a great opportunity to meet facility professionals from around the country, learn about the industry and develop new skills to take to your school facility. Here are the event’s details. 

ISSA Show - North America 2019

Date: November 18-21
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Registration Date: TBA
The ISSA Show brings together all the best that the professional cleaning industry has to offer. From cutting-edge products and resources, to proven strategies and solutions, to the latest trends and professional development, you’ll find everything you need to take your organization to new heights. Check out this show here. 

GreenBuild 2019 Conference and Expo

Date: November 20-22
Location: Atlanta, GA
Registration: Open now (Sign up before Nov. 9 to take advantage of early-bird discounts)
The world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, Greenbuild will take place November 20-22 at the Georgia World Conference Center. Greenbuild joins together industry leaders, experts, and frontline FM professionals dedicated to sustainable building. Attendees report being better Learn more information on Greenbuild’s website.

FM Conferences That Vary By Region and Date 

Your regional APPA Meeting

Date: Varies
Location: Varies
Registration Date: Varies
APPA (Association of Physical Plant Administrators) regional chapter meetings allow you to connect with other facility managers and gain insight into what’s happening in the world of facilities in your specific area of the country. Find your local chapter here.

National Facility Management & Technology Conference (NFTM)

Date: Varies
Location: Varies
Registration Date: Varies
NFMT offers over 125 sessions covering a wide variety of industry topics. Whether you’re new to the industry or you’re a seasoned veteran, you’ll find something new. Find which season you want to attend here

Your local ASBO Conference

Date: Varies
Location: Varies
Registration Deadline: Varies
ASBO (Association of School Business Officials) holds conferences around the country, offering resources to facility managers and others in the education field. Find your local ASBO affiliate chapter on their website.

Facilities Management Summit

Date: Varies
Locations: AZ, MD, TN, TX
Registration Deadline: Varies
This event is specifically designed for Facilities decision-makers (Manager, Director, or VP) who have projects in the pipeline and are actively sourcing solutions. Meet with solution providers specific to your current projects, attend workshops and sessions, and network with leading companies. Discover more details about the Summit closest to you.

Don’t Wait Too Long!

Remember to check out an event’s website for registration deadlines. You may also want to explore free admission options and early-bird discounts, if an event offers these options. The earlier you sign up for an event, the more likely you’ll save money. Lastly, be on the lookout when you attend one of these conferences - you might get a chance to say hi to the AkitaBox Team! We’d love to meet you!

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