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July 2, 2015: Facilities First recognized as best Space Planners in Mountain View!

Facilities First has been selected for the 2015 Best of Mountain View Award in the Space Planners category by the Mountain View Award Program. Each year, the Mountain View Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Mountain View area a great place to live, work and play. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Mountain View Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Mountain View Award Program and data provided by third parties.

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January 8, 2015: Facilities First becomes certified as a Woman-owned Business Enterprise (WBE).

Certification was conducted by The Supplier Clearinghouse,, verification number 12070090.

September 18, 2014: Lois Steiner presents at IFMA World Workplace in New Orleans

Lois Steiner, our CEO, was on a panel with Manhattan Software giving her presentation on "Business Intelligence Isn't What it Used To Be (Thank Goodness!)" A copy of her presentation can be found here PRESENTATION.

September 19, 2014: The Silicon Valley Chapter of IFMA receives recogniton as Best Large Chapter for 2014!

Many delegates from our Chapter attended World Workplace in New Orleans to help celebrate this Award of Excellence given by IFMA. Facilities First is very proud of our contributions to help make this happen. We continue to provide the Chapter with Administrative services, now in our fifth year contract, and we have been proud sponsors in various capacities over the years. This is our third year as the FMRT Luncheon Sponsor. Learn more about our Chapter and the benefits of membership here

August 19, 2014: Trimble Acquires Manhattan Software

We are very pleased to report that Manhattan Software, our software partners for over nine years, were acquired by Trimble! This acquisiton expands Trimble Buildings portofio with the best in class CAFM system and provides sigificant opportunties for product enhancements and growth. You can read the full story here PRESS RELEASE.

June 9, 2014: Lora Bate joins Facilities First as Senior Program Manager for Workplace Resources

Lora has more than 15 years’ experience in Facilities Management, Planning, Security, Environmental Health and Safety and Architectural related work. She is skilled in utilizing technology to improve business processes and support critical business strategies by managing the development, implementation, and maintenance of CAFM and IWMS applications. Recognized for leadership, management and negotiation skills, she is noted for building strong rapport with personnel, professionals, associates, and business executives.

November 2, 2012: Ralph Buchanan receives Award of Excellence from IFMA as Associate Member of the Year.

The Associate Member of the Year Award of Excellence is presented in recognition of voluntary contributions to IFMA at the local, regional, national or international level. These contributions may include sponsoring programs or educational offerings, presenting innovative sessions on FM-related topics, sponsoring educational research or scholarships, providing technical assistance to members or serving as chapter or council officers or committee members. The nomination process required the submittal of a ten-page response by a Chapter, along with appropriate attachments, to IFMA HQ. The judging panel consisted of an IFMA staff member, one member of the IFMA Board of Directors, two former IFMA Board Members and a previous winner of the award,

For 2012, Ralph Buchanan, Principal, was nominated by the Silicon Valley Chapter and received the award at World Workplace in San Antonio. He was the first Associate Member from the Silicon Valley Chapter to receive this recognition. Ralph has been Silicon Valley Chapter Member for fifteen years. He is only the second Member of the Chapter to receive the status/ distinction of being Chapter Board Emeritus. He was the first Chapter Member to receive the Lifetime CFM status (Certified Facility Manager). He has been on the Board of Directors for the past eight years. He was a non-voting Board Member while serving as Chapter Administrator. He has been a strong financial supporter of the Chapter and a force in membership recruitment. He has been a highly-valued and trusted advisor to six Chapter Presidents.

Ralph also served on the Professional Development, Newsletter, Finance, and Special Events Committees for over six years. He has personally presented FM Roundtable sessions on Benchmarking, Enhancing Your Career, and Space Planning tools. Because of his passion for excellence, Ralph volunteered to coordinate the preparation of, and was principal author of, four Awards of Excellence winning entries for the SV Chapter.


February, 2012: Manhattan Software Named Leader in the 2012 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Integrated Workplace Management Systems

Manhattan Software, providers of CenterStone, and the global leader in enterprise real estate software, has just been recognized as a “Leader” by Gartner, Inc., in their latest Magic Quadrant for Integrated Workplace Management Systems which positions IWMS software companies according to their vision and ability to execute. Manhattan Software is a Leader in the Magic Quadrant because of its strong position in both areas. Gartner says that “leaders have strength in applications and platform technology, demonstrate a high level of quality in product reliability and service, have strong operational and organizational capabilities and financial stability, have global reach and offer a strong vision of customer needs, reflected in a robust development road map.” The Manhattan IWMS solution provides end-to-end capabilities from planning, financial management and budgeting, project management, real estate and portfolio management, facilities and space management, and operations and maintenance. The benefits of an integrated IWMS approach far outweigh the efforts required to piece together disparate applications.



January, 2010: Facilities First Receives 2009 Best of Business Award


The Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA) is pleased to announce that Facilities First has been selected for the 2009 Best of Business Award in the Facilities Management consulting services category.

The SBCA 2009 Award Program recognizes the top 5% of small businesses throughout the country. Using statistical research and consumer feedback, the SBCA identifies companies that we believe have demonstrated what makes small businesses a vital part of the American economy. The selection committee chooses the award winners from nominees based off statistical research and also information taken from monthly surveys administered by the SBCA, a review of consumer rankings, and other consumer reports.

Award winners are a valuable asset to their community and exemplify what makes small businesses great. About Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA) Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA) is a San Francisco based organization. The SBCA is a private sector entity that aims to provide tactical guidance with many day to day issues that small business owners face. In addition to our main goal of providing a central repository of small business operational advice; we use consumer feedback to identify companies that exemplify what makes small business a vital part of the American economy.

SOURCE: Small Business Commerce Association
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