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2019 Academic Facilities Symposium


Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Hilton Crystal City at Washington Reagan National Airport

8:00am - 5:00pm EST

Keynote Speaker:

Bob Mellinger, CBCV

Founder & CEO, Attainium Corp

Bob's Bio


This symposium will offer professionals operating academic facilities or providing solutions to academic facilities a comprehensive understanding of how to manage people and resources, particularly data, during a crisis.  The 2019 Academic Facility Symposium (AFS 2019) will feature an immersive, interactive presentation entitled “The Disaster Experience”.  The Disaster Experience is a half-day tabletop disaster simulation designed to give facility managers the experience of dealing with unexpected crisis and disruption. The AFS 2019 Disaster Experience will focus on a shelter-in-place scenario.  Attendees will enhance their crisis communications and decision-making skills while taking away the knowledge to improve their own disaster planning and response capabilities. Furthermore, during AFS 2019, attendees will gain detailed knowledge on securing data during a crisis and recovering data after a disaster.  Moreover, attendees will learn about some of the latest technology available to enhance safety within an academic facility. 

AFS 2019 Agenda

Sponsorship Opportunities

Who Should Attend:

  • Assistant Principals
  • Provosts / Chief Operations Officers
  • Custodial Supervisors
  • Facilities Services Managers

Symposium Objectives:

  • Demonstrate the outcomes and benefits of developing or enhancing a disaster recovery program for critical data and business infrastructure.
  • Assist the workforce in embracing crisis management methodologies and techniques. 
  • Understand how government and industry are providing collaborative crisis mitigation and disaster recovery solutions.
  • Understand how academic facility managers can overcome the barriers such as changes in workforce capabilities, re-training of workforce, cost, approval processes for new technology, etc.
  • Understand potential threats and cybersecurity issues with emerging technology.
  • Provide an opportunity for decision-makers and solution providers to meet and make plans for further collaboration.


Glenn Baxter, Contract Manager, Technology, IT, SAAS, Hardware, Software, Facilities and Engineering, Nyack College (invited)

Terris Blyther, Storage & Disaster Recovery Engineer, Pentagon Storage Services Branch (invited)

Drew Campbell, Branch Chief, Facilities and Administration, U.S. Department of Energy (invited)

Frederick Carlson, CISSP-ISSEP-AP-MP, CCSP, PMP, Chief Information Security Officer, Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce (invited)

Michael B. Cowley, President, CE Maintenance Solutions (invited)
Brett D. Ellis, Ph.D., P.E., Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology, The University of Maine
Naomi Friedman
, National Coordinator Disaster Recovery and Resiliency, U.S. Department of Commerce (invited)

Theodore Gates, Consulting Engineer, Cisco

Jon Henderson, Senior Information Security Officer, Office of the Secretary of Defense (invited)

Corey Losinski, Solutions Consultant, Nuvolo (invited)

Curtis Powell, President, Powell Industries

Charles D. Sharp, CEO, Black Emergency Managers Association

Kerry Skelton, Director, Facilities and Technology, Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (invited)

Donald Tarpley, LSSP, CCMP, Program Manager, Integrated Facilities Management & Technology, Networking, Engineering & Technologies Inc. (invited)

Wayne Wylie, Disaster Response and Recovery Officer, Virginia Department of Emergency Management (invited)


Continuing Education Credits:

Continuing Education Units

.5 CEUs
Continuous Learning Points

5 CLPs

Training Fees:

AFE Members:                     $200

Early Bird:                      $150

Regular Registration:     $200

Government / Nonprofit:     $250


Early Bird:                      $200

Regular Registration:     $250 


Industry Non-Member:       $300


Early Bird:                      $270

Regular Registration:     $300 

Bundle Offers:

The Doubleheader: 
AFS 2019 + HFS 2019 or SCWMP

Attend the 2019 AFE Academic Facilities Symposium plus either the 2019 Healthcare Facilities Symposium - 4/17/2019 or the Phigenics Sustainable Comprehensive Water Management Program for the Built Environment - 4/18/2019 (SCWMP) for one price:


AFE Members:                   $350.00

(save $50 off regular registration)


Government / Nonprofit:   $450.00

(save $50 off regular registration)


Industry Non-Member:      $550.00

(save $50 off regular registration)



The Trifecta: 
AFS + HFS + Phigenics SCWMP


Attend both the AFE 2019 Academic Facilities Symposium and 2019 Healthcare Facilities Symposium - 4/17/2019 plus the Phigenics Sustainable Comprehensive Water Management Program for the Built Environment - 4/18/2019 (SCWMP) for the Built Environment for one price:


AFE Members:                      $925

Government / Nonprofit:      $1,080

Industry Non-Member:         $1,206

Registration available online at or by calling 571-395-8774.  Phigenics Clients receive AFE Member pricing by calling Joshua Watkins at 571-329-6067.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Hilton Crystal City at Washington Reagan National Airport
Hilton Crystal City
2399 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA  22202

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Bridgett Owen
571-395-0573 (p)
AFE National Events
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Early-Bird Rates end on Wednesday, 6 March 2019 at 6:00pm EST.