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TFM Columnist Kevin Folsom
Kevin Folsom

As director of campus operations at Trinity Christian Academy (www.trinitychristian.org) in Addison, TX. Previously, he was director of facilities & plant operations, and energy procurement & efficiency at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, TX, where he worked for 25 years.

He is the recipient of numerous awards from the associations of Higher Education Facility Officers (www.appa.org) and Energy Engineers (www.aeecenter.org) for facility and energy management practices, industry leadership and involvement, and writing. He has also provided facilities assessment consulting to several organizations (www.facilityportfolios.com).

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Tricks of the Trade

Tricks Of The Trade: Precarious Light Placement

One facility manager with hard to reach lighting asks, "what lighting maintenance challenges have you encountered?"

Tricks Of The Trade: Complying With OSHA HazCom

Facilities Management Expert Kevin Folsom explains how and why the OSHA reporting requirements changed.

Tricks Of The Trade: Lighting ROI Discussions

Facility managers must communicate how much money they will save in order to convince top management that these efforts can fund their lighting maintenance in perpetuity.

Tricks Of The Trade: Getting Up To Speed

TFM Columnist Kevin Folsom provides advice on how to get started in the field of facilities management.

Tricks Of The Trade: Prepping For Cold And Flu Season

Facility managers are in the position to provide convenient and accessible tools to help break the chain of germ transmission. These tools can include hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, paper towels (drying with towels can reduce the spread of germs up to 77%), soap, and facial tissue.

Tricks Of The Trade: Shopping For CMMS

A facility management professional asks TFM Columnist Kevin Folsom for advice on a computer based maintenance request system.

Tricks Of The Trade: WiFi Thermostats

There are many WiFi stats that have come on the market in recent years with a varying degree of cost and capabilities. The question comes down to what you are looking to accomplish, and the user interface can be key.

Tricks Of The Trade: Help Desk Help!

Prioritizing facility management requests can be challenging if professionals don't have an effective help desk approach. Quick advice? The human touch works best.