RECAP: 2022 NPMA Spring Education Seminar
The third time’s a charm! The Ohio Valley Chapter endeavored to make their NPMA Spring Education Seminar (SES) colleagues proud by hosting the NPMA Spring Education Seminar in the fine city of Cincinnati. Twice COVID travel restrictions denied them the joy of hosting SES. The Omicron surge threatened their prospects a third time in 2022, but leadership remained steadfast in their commitment to hold the conference.
The spring event was a productive and splendid affair. Those in attendance were rewarded with a star-studded lineup of presenters, enjoyable colleagues, and experiences in a charming city. Upon registration for SES we were greeted with a glimpse of the NPMA Foundation auction prizes. One of the hidden gems was the open air atrium that provided us with something that is often lacking during conferences… sun light.
Kicking Off NPMA Spring SES
SES was kicked off by Chuck Waszczak (Waz) leading us through the pledge of allegiance, then an even far greater treat, recording artist Kayla Rose impressively performed the National Anthem acapella. Dr. Doug Goetz performed MC duties, initially describing obligatory conference components before introducing Cathy Seltzer for an announcement. And what an announcement! After a long hard-fought battle, NPMA was finally awarded independent accreditation for its professional certification program from the internationally respected ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB).
This accreditation will have a major impact on the importance of NPMA for career property managers. It also proves to contractors that NPMA offers a recognized and reliable education track that can be used to strengthen the property management workforce. We will share more information on the ANSI accreditation as it becomes available!
Cathy also congratulated Jennifer Batcha and Diane Fisher for achieving NPMA Consulting Fellow status.
NPMA Speakers and Experts
The agenda included many of the most respected NPMA members. The first day opening event panel included Dr. Doug as host, the always insightful Ivonne Bachar of Stanford, the studious Amber Propert DPC, thought leader Alex Michelson of Baker Tilly, Learning Director at DAU Tonya Guy-Green, former DCMA insider turned reformed consultant Tom Ruckdaschel, and the DCMA Director Drew Obermeyer. Dr. Doug asked useful initial and follow-up questions that elicited thoughtful and honest answers. Topics included the panelist opinion on education requirements for property professionals, comparing career challenges from 10 years ago to present day, and how to best communicate ROI of property management for the business.
Both days promised critical education opportunities that can only be accessed attending NPMA education seminar’s and neither disappointed. Tuesday offered a long list of content that will help any property manager improve operations. Alex Mickelson and Tom Ruckdaschel’s workshop on sub-contract clause flow downs cautioned attendees about the pitfalls of copy/pasting property clauses into subcontracts and guidelines to follow that will help avoid deficiencies. Christina Truesdale, VP of Certification and 2020 NPMA Property Person of the Year award recipient, lead an engaging instruction on Maintenance of Assets. For those encumbered by CFR requirements, Ivonne Bachar walked through her ‘Essentials for Successfully Managing Grant and Cooperative Agreement’ property. Kim Saeger of Raytheon dazzled as always with her presentation on best practices for asset records management.
The Final Day of NPMA SES 2022
Wednesday concluded SES with presentations that covered utilizing Inventory by Exception for physical inventory audits, tutorial on the DoD Procurement Tool Box, updates from the NDIA Government property systems committee, and other fascinating topics.
Pat Jacklet and Cheri Cross, devoted as ever to growing the NPMA Foundation, were present to advance the noble cause by conducting the auction and beloved bead game. Please take the time to thank them however you can. They volunteer their time to help accumulate funds that are used for scholarship opportunities that permit members to attend educational seminars and certification programs. If interested, you can go here to donate cash to the NPMA Foundation. For those who plan to attend NPMA NES 2022 in Dallas, please consider bringing unique and desirable items to donate for the Foundation auction.
Cheers to the Ohio Valley NPMA Chapter! We are all very appreciative that you followed through on organizing and hosting 2022 NPMA SES.