FMCC Hosting IFMA OMHS Community for April 27 Webinar What can FM O&M and H&S do together to benefit both?

Saturday, April 15th, 2017


On April 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM Houston time (CDT), FMCC STAG will host OMHS SAG in a webinar “Blending Operations & Maintenance and Health & Safety Initiatives and Responsibilities”, exploring opportunities for FM O&M and EHS H&S to support one another at risk to neither and gain to both, and to the organization as a whole.

Please join us. To register, go to

Summary: Patrick Okamura, Ben Goudy, and Lee Cowan of the OMHS Community present a conversational and interactive webinar hosted by the FMCC Council STAG team.
The role of the Facility Manager will evolve to keep pace with facility complexity and meet workplace expectations. This presentation makes the case for FM to partner with the Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) organization of a business. FM personnel are aware of and exposed to hazards, risks and dangers on a regular basis. Even the smallest incident can result in events that impact the entire building, company, organization, or community. A primary FM role is to ensure safe, hazard free buildings, workspaces and environments, a responsibility carried in close company with EHS.
Join us as we explore the benefits and importance of collaboration between FM and EHS. We will demonstrate a seamless and transparent mutual goal of safe building systems and operations, and the wellbeing of occupants of the built environment.
Learning objectives
1. Understand the FM and EHS collaboration opportunity and its importance.
2. View needs and advantages to integrate safe working practices over O&M and H&S.
3. Optimize existing FM tools to support FM and EHS collaboration.

OMHS presenters (details below) are active in multiple IFMA areas and roles. Their backgrounds:
Patrick Okamura – Patrick has practiced and contributed for most of four decades across an impressive range of corporate and institutional FM .  Lee Cowan – Lee worked in engineering design and project management, leading to FM in corporate and institutional settings, with notable emphasis on the environment.  Ben Goudy – Ben brings a wealth of international corporate facilities executive experience and initiatives, ranging from quality process and safety to managing construction programs.

FMCC Hosts – Ricardo Crepaldi is an FM consultant in Brazil and Chair of the FMCC STAG. Eastern and Western Co-Chairs Graham Constable and David Reynolds join Ricardo as co-hosts.

Lee Cowan, Project Coordinator with the ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus Facilities Management Department.  Previous to his current position at Arizona State University, Lee worked at both Motorola and General Dynamics in positions of engineering design, project management, and facility management.  Lee maintains a Certified Facility Manager (CFM) credential from the International Facility Manager Association.  Lee is a Past President and currently serves on the Board for the Greater Phoenix Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).  Lee is the current Education Chair facilitating FMP and CFM training for the Chapter. 


Benjamin N. Goudy, Vice President of Operations, Eurest Services – Compass Group. Ben brings a broad range of property and facility management experience, specifically in managing facilities operations for large Fortune 100 corporations on a global basis.  Prior to joining Eurest Services, Ben was a consultant offering services in the arena of acquisition and integration of facilities services companies for three years, and before that he was the President of ISS North America, Integrated Facilities Services division where he managed operations of accounts such as HP and Barclays Bank. He began his career as a “service provider” as the Director of EHS & Facilities Operations for Grubb & Ellis at Microsoft’s Puget Sound Headquarters campus.  This campus is the largest contiguous corporate campus in the world, encompassing nearly 15M sqft.  Ben began his facilities management career at Intel Corporation, where he worked for twenty years.  The last seven years at Intel were spent as Global Facilities Manager, designing and implementing facilities organizations all over the world, championing Intel’s global outsourcing strategy and proliferating “Best Known Methods” for consistent application as appropriate.  Prior experience at Intel included Building Services Manager for nearly 10 million square feet of semiconductor manufacturing and support facilities in Arizona and New Mexico.  Ben also held the position of Facilities Total Quality Manager, including responsibility for ISO 9000 audits, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, Safety Assessments, and Six Sigma.  Intel initially hired Ben as a Senior Project Engineer due to the construction management experience he acquired during and after college.

Patrick Okamura, FM with CBRE and formerly with General Dynamics Corporation with over 36 years in the Facilities Management industry. During the course of his career Patrick has integrated sustainable Facilities Management by certifying the first industrial site LEED EB in the world paving the course and ability to influence other industrial FM organizations to achieve similar successes. A proponent of FM education Patrick is a faculty associate at Arizona State University, a certified instructor for IFMA and assisted in the development of the FM Graduate and FM Certificate programs. Considered a leader Patrick has been president of the Greater Phoenix Area Chapter of IFMA and the Arizona USGBC Chapter.  Patrick is a member of IFMA’s International Credentials Commission, Chairs the OMHS Community and supports several IFMA Special Task Forces. Patrick holds three graduate degrees from the University of Phoenix and Arizona State University. Patrick is an established author and believes in “leading by example”.


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