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MEMBER PROFILES

Renee Prager, President and
CEO, Brinco Mechanical
Management Services, Inc.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED IN FM?
Ron: 25+ years as a single trade vendor.
Renee: 20+ years.

WHY WERE YOU INTERESTED IN FM?
Ron: Brinco began as a local NY Commercial HVAC/R service
company and at the behest of our retail clients, expanded into
a National HVAC/R Management Company servicing multisite
accounts. HVAC has always been a pain-point for managers of
all types of facilities. As a mechanical engineer, and a certified
HVAC technician, I understand the impact mechanical systems
have on the overall client experience.
Renee: I became interested in FM and joined PRSM 20
years ago when recognition of the FM industry as a profession
was at its start. At that time, facility managers were being
challenged to expand their skill sets to include knowledge
of risk management, budgeting and finance, and software
applications. I felt my background as an attorney would
be useful to the organization during its formative years.
I have served two terms on PRSM's Board of Directors,
and have seen the continued expansion of the facilities
management industry.

WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING FM TASK YOU
HAVE BEEN ASKED TO DO?
Ron: Finding solutions for long-term HVAC issues where
others have tried and failed is most rewarding to me, on both
the service and the design side of the business.
Renee: I find dealing with clients' budgetary constraints,
reporting requirements and development of strategic programs
to preserve their HVAC assets exciting. HVAC is a highprofile area within facilities management requiring specialized
trade expertise. We all know that facilities management is
considered a cost center, not a profit center for our clients.
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Ron Prager, Vice President
and COO, Brinco Mechanical
Management Services, Inc.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN BENEFITS YOU GET FROM
BEING A PRSM MEMBER?
Renee: PRSM provides us with opportunities to visit with
our clients and our peers, exchange new ideas and discuss
changes in the FM space.
Ron: We also benefit from retailers being able to network
with each other.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE
ENTERING THE FM INDUSTRY?
Renee: Listen to everyone but always draw your own
conclusions, and never stop learning.
Ron: Ask questions. That drives the increased professional
knowledge and allows you to learn from the experience
of others.

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES TO
THE FM INDUSTRY AND WHY?
Renee: Repurposing overbuilt space. My definition of
retail is any space where a consumer visits to purchase
goods or services, whether it be a restaurant, healthcare
center, or financial center. Retail space has been overbuilt by
approximately 20 percent. How will those areas be repurposed
based on the changing economic climate, and the shift of
consumers to experiential based consumerism vs. goods based
consumerism? Which industry disrupters and leaders will take
advantage of those properties?
Ron: I agree, and I think that dealing with the fallout due to
the repurposing is the major challenge for FMs. How does a
retail facility manager make a business case for investing in
and replacing an HVAC system that should have been replaced
years ago if they don't know how long they'll be occupying the
space due to a short lease term or the unknown viability of that
retail center? l


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018

CEO’s Column
Cover Feature the Evolution of Retail Centers
Retail of the Future
PRSM2018 Takes the Power of Facilities to a New Level!
Leadership
Association Matters
2017-18 PRSMCommittee Members
Trade Tips
Member Profiles
Association Matters
Best Practices
Advertisers’ Index
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - Intro
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - cover1
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - cover2
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - 3
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - 4
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - 5
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - 6
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - 7
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - 8
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - CEO’s Column
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - Cover Feature the Evolution of Retail Centers
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - 11
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - 12
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - 13
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - 14
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - 15
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - 16
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - Retail of the Future
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - 18
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - 19
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - PRSM2018 Takes the Power of Facilities to a New Level!
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - 21
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - 22
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - 23
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - 24
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - 25
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - 26
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - Leadership
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - 28
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - Association Matters
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - 2017-18 PRSMCommittee Members
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - 31
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - 32
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - Trade Tips
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - 34
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - 35
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - Member Profiles
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - 37
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - Association Matters
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - 39
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - Best Practices
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - 41
Professional Retail Store - May/June 2018 - Advertisers’ Index
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