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European FM community applauds Award winners

12 June 2008

The second European FM Awards were presented in Manchester on Tuesday 10th June in front of more than 300 members of the FM community from Europe, Asia and the US attending the Gala Dinner of the EFMC2008 European FM conference.

Fast becoming an established part of the international FM calendar, the European FM Awards 2008 were presented in four categories – one more than last year. These categories reflect the key areas of interest and activity of EuroFM – education, research and practice. The award for European FM of the Year joined the existing Award categories of European Student of the Year, European Researcher of the Year and Partners Across Borders established at the first presentation in Zurich in 2007.

Each Award categories was judged by a panel representing experienced professionals in FM education, FM academia and FM practice from across Europe. The judging took place during March and April this year and involved interviews with candidates, and in the case of the Partners across Borders category, the judges visited the entrants’ sites in Cyprus, Poland and the UK.

The winners and finalists of European FM Awards are as follows:

MARCEL BROUMELS: Aged 23, Marcel obtained a first degree in Hotel Management in the Netherlands before working on a second degree in Facility Management. During his third year of study he undertook a work placement at the Scottish Parliament for six months.

Finalists: Walter Baron von Koskull, 22, and Nora Rothacher, 20, both students at FH Kufstein Tirol University, Austria.

HERMEN JAN VAN REE: Hermen is combining his PhD research at University College London with his role as Head of Research & Development at IPD Occupiers where he is developing new performance tools for use across the FM and real estate sectors that have produced interesting results and are being considered by several multinational companies.

Finalists: Karin Diez, University of Karlsruhe and Sven A Teichmann, International Real Estate Business School and IREBS Real Estate Academy at the University of Regensburg, Germany.

PETER BACKSTROM: Peter is the Johnson Controls’ Customer Business Director for EMEA region for a global telecommunications supplier, and joint Regional Executive for Johnson Controls operations in Sweden and Finland.

Finalists: Serge Delon, Chief Operating Officer of Faceo and Peter Doherty, Regional Facilities Manager at Jones Lang LaSalle in EMEA.

MICROSOFT with BUSINESS & FACILITIES: A finalist in this category in the first European FM Awards held last year, Microsoft and Business and Facilities have progressed their strategy to provide consistent and effective FM provision across the Microsoft property portfolio in Europe with just one service supplier in each country. This strategy has been completed in Spain and the Netherlands, and is currently in progress in Belgium, Russia and Italy.

Finalists: Incentive FM with Delphi in Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, UK, Turkey, Morocco, Portugal and Poland, and Interserve Defence Limited and CSP with Defence Estates in Cyprus.

The European FM Awards have arisen from the growth in the need for a strategic approach to delivering facilities management and support services consistently and efficiently across the business properties of organisations that operate internationally, and often on a global scale. This approach is particularly challenging with a European environment where languages, currencies, cultures, regulations, climates and political structure vary from country to country. The recognition of the new Award of European FM of the Year recognises the necessity for FMs with international strategic responsibilities to demonstrate their abilities to manage their client’s facilities and support services across political and cultural boundaries, using their language skills or those of their teams in different countries.

The Gala Dinner at which the Awards were presented were held at The Monastery, Gorton Manchester. Located on the outskirts of the city, the once elaborately decorated monastery church is a fine example of renovation and reuse of historic facilities. The dinner was held in the former monastery church and the reception in the former cloisters.

EuroFM is grateful for the support given by the sponsors for the European FM Awards - Harrow Green Group, GlaxoSmithKline, Facilitec, Faceo and Barclays.

EuroFm is a Network of more than 75 organisations, all focussed on Facility Management. They are based in more than 15 European countries and represent professional (national) associations, education and research institutes and corporate organisations. EuroFM’s Mission is the advancement of knowledge in Facility Management in Europe and its application in Practice, Education and Research.

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