24th Annual Facilities/Operations Director Conference

October 2-4, 2022 • Crystal Mountain Resort • Thompsonville, MI 49683

Get in-depth information on all important current school facilities topics. School buildings are the largest financial asset of a district. Maintaining them properly is critical to successful educational programs and this conference provides the necessary information to do it right. This is a valuable conference for facilities and operations directors as well as superintendents and business managers.

Scholarships are available for first-time attendees of the Facilities/Operations Director Conference, attendees within the first three years of employment in a school district, or attendees who would not be able to attend the Conference because of school district budget constraints.

Download the Scholarship 

If you are applying for a scholarship, please submit the form first before sending payment for conference registration.

  • Early Bird Pricing (Ends Friday, September 23): $320 members/$480 non-members
  • Regular Pricing: $355 members/$535 non-members


Register online

A full list of breakout sessions – including presentations and handouts – will be available once the conference begins.

View Breakout Sessions and Materials

Sunday • October 2, 2022

2:00 – 5:30 pm


2:00 – 5:00 pm (Tee times are 2:03 – 2:57 pm) 

Form your own foursome and golf on the Betsie Valley. Sign up online and pay at the golf course. Cost is $27 for nine holes. 

5:30 – 7:00 pm

Welcoming Reception

Special thanks to the following sponsors of the reception: Modernistic Cleaning & Restoration, Performance Engineering Group, Inc., Tarkett and Zolman Restoration 

Monday • October 3, 2022

7:00 – 7:50 am

Full Breakfast

Sponsored by: Nichols and Strategic Energy Solutions, Inc. 

7:50 – 8:20 am

Opening Session

8:30 – 11:30 am

(1)  Introduction to Facilities Management

(2) Custodial Operations

8:30 – 9:50 am

(3)  Electrical Phase Protection and Boiler Care  

(4) Pump It Up!  

(5) Burnout: Recognizing the Signs and How to Manage Them  

(6) Optimizing Your Building Management System Through Commissioning 

(7) Current Trends in the Energy Markets and does Solar Energy Make Sense for your District.  

9:50 – 10:10 am


Sponsored by:  Kingscott Associates, Inc., MWA Commercial Roofing Solutions and Sideline Sports 

10:10 – 11:30 am

(8) Construction: Dealing with Shortages 

(9) Who Decides?

(10) Innovation in Facilities Management 

(11) MIOSHA – Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration 

(12) Managing Your Water Systems 

11:40 am – 12:15 pm

Networking Luncheon with Exhibitors

12:15 – 2:15 pm

Exhibit Show

2:30 – 5:30 pm

(13) Maintenance Operations

(14) Environmental Health and Safety 

2:30 – 3:50 pm

(15) Succession Planning – Critical Leadership Responsibility 

(16) The Impact of HVAC on Indoor Air Quality and Operations for the Future 

(17) Optimizing Operational Cost Savings 

(18) Tell Me About It! 

(19) Developing Security Priorities 

3:50 – 4:10 pm


Sponsored by:  Kingscott Associates, Inc., MWA Commercial Roofing Solutions and Sideline Sports 

4:10 – 5:30 pm

(20) Effectively Cleaning in Today’s Environment 

(21) Maintaining Synthetic Fields into the Future 

(22) Leadership and Culture 

(23) School Finance Update 

(24) Facility Management…powered by Google! 

5:30 – 6:30 pm

Reception on the Mountain Top

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Buffet Dinner

Sponsored by:  Michigan Air Products, SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team and SET SEG 


Tuesday • October 6, 2022

7:30 – 8:20 am

Full Breakfast

Sponsored by: Gilbane Building Company and MOSS 

8:30 – 11:30 am

(25) Principles of Budgeting  

(26) Systems – HVAC, Electrical, and Technology 

8:30 – 9:50 am

(27) Don’t Leave Money on the Table 

(28) Playground Safety 

(29) Maintaining Gym and Other Wood Floors for Optimal Performance and Longevity 

(30) Good Acoustics Matter 

(31) Door Security Solutions 

9:50 – 10:10 am


Sponsored by:  Kingscott Associates, Inc., MWA Commercial Roofing Solutions and Sideline Sports 


10:10 – 11:30 am

(32) ISD Facilities Directors Round Table 

(33) Repair or Replace Athletic Tracks and Tennis Courts 

(34) Minimizing Workplace Accidents  

(35) MPSERS and Other Retirement Complexities 

(36) The Four Factors of Effective Leadership. 

11:30 am – 12:15 pm


Sponsored by: TMP Architecture, Inc. 

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

Closing Session: David Rendall


At this time Crystal Mountain is full. Please contact the Crystal Mountain Reservations Department at 1-855-520-2974 and reference the group number – 46364P to ask to be put on the waiting list. Crystal Mountain is working diligently to see if other rooms will be available and will contact you if they have an opening. In the meantime, please book a room at one of the alternative lodging choices to secure overnight accommodations. Be aware of their cancellation policy in case you need to cancel and swap your reservation.

Alternate Lodging:

  • Harbor Lights Resort in Frankfort – 231-352-9614
  • Baymont by Wyndham in Beulah – 231-930-4052
  • Frankfort Hotel & Restaurant – 231-352-8090
  • Honor Motel – 231-325-3471
  • Coastal Suites Resort – 231-383-4116
  • Harbor Lights Resort – 231-352-9614
  • Coastal Inn – 231-383-4295
  • Crystal Lake Resort – 231-882-7282
  • Mountain Valley Lodge – 231-378-2990 (Rates: $80 for single; $95 for double)

MSBO certificationMichigan School Business Officials (MSBO) offers a voluntary certification program.

The overall purpose of MSBO’s Facilities/Operations Directors Certifications is to provide:

  • Information and training for Facilities/Operations Directors that is specific to Michigan law and regulation.
  • To provide a basis for advancing professionalism of Facilities/Operations Directors in Michigan public school districts.

For initial certification, three-hour sessions are required for the MSBO Voluntary Certification Program for Facilities/Operations Directors. All clinic sessions can be used toward maintaining and renewing Facilities/Operations Directors Certifications.

For more information regarding the program, please check the Certification section of the MSBO website or e-mail dkopkau@msbo.org or cbyam@msbo.org.

.25-12.25 SCECHs may be granted to each participant who qualifies. Under MDE regulations, SCECHs are given based on your attendance at conference sessions and the exhibit show. SCECHs are given pending final approval from MDE.

ADVISORY: It is a criminal offense to use or attempt to use a State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) transcript or certificate of completion that is fraudulently obtained, altered, or forged to obtain and/or maintain school administrator, teacher, and/or school psychologist certification or other State Board approval.

Silver Sponsors

Gilbane Building Company
Kingscott Associates, Inc.
Michigan Air Products
Modernistic Cleaning & Restoration
MWA Commercial Roofing Solutions
Performance Engineering Group, Inc.
SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team
Sideline Sports
Strategic Energy Solutions, Inc.
TMP Architecture, Inc.
Zolman Restoration

Bronze Sponsors

Arch Environmental Group, Inc.
Colman-Wolf Supply, Division of Enerco Corporation
EnviroSafe, Inc.
Floor Care Concepts & Supply Co.
French Associates, Inc.
GMB Architecture + Engineering
HES Facilities Management
Howley Agency Sales Co.
Johnstone Supply of West Michigan
Major Lozuaway & Associates
R. L. Deppmann Co.
Redford Lock Security Solutions
The D.M. Burr Group
The Skillman Corporation
webuildfun, inc.
Xtreme Engineered Floor Systems


360 Fire & Flood
Airtech Parts & Supply
Applied Imaging
Aquatic Source, LLC
Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions
Arnold Sales
Beckering Construction, Inc.
Bentley Mills-Detroit
Bolhouse LLC
Bryco Inc.
Buckeye International, Inc.
Building Technology Associates, Inc.
Construction Simplified
Consumers Energy Business Solutions
Control Solutions, Inc.
CRS – Commercial Roofing Specialists, LLC
Cutting Edge Sports Flooring
D.J. Conley Associates
Dew-El Corporation
Ehresman Associates, Inc. d/b/a Ehresman Architects
Electra Ltd.
Electro-Matic Visual
Energy Sciences
Enviro-Clean Services, Inc.
Excellence in Training and Sales
Forefront Campus Services
Foresite Design, Inc.
Foster Specialty Floors
Georgia Pacific
GRBS, Inc.
Guaranteed Clean Energy
HANS Power & Water, LLC
HeartAED/Aventric Technologies
HES Facilities Management
Howley Agency Sales Co.
IDN Door & Hardware
Interface + nora by Interface
Interior Environments
J+J Flooring Group
JOC Sales, LLC
Johnstone Supply of West Michigan
Kahrs Upofloor
Kingscott Associates, Inc.
KSS Enterprises
Kuhn Specialty Flooring
Lansing Sanitary Supply, Inc.
Master Maintenance Corporation
Michigan Air Products
Milliken Carpet
Modernistic Cleaning & Restoration
Musco Sports Lighting LLC
MWA Commercial Roofing Solutions
National Time & Signal Corp.
North Coast Studios, Inc.
Oakland Schools
Owen-Ames-Kimball Co.
PEA Group
Performance Engineering Group, Inc.
Peter Basso Associates, Inc.
Pioneer Athletics
Precision Concrete Cutting
Process Engineering & Equipment Company (PECO)
Protect-All Flooring
R. L. Deppmann Co.
Redford Lock Security Solutions
Rentacrate Enterprises
Rockford Construction
S.A. Morman & Co.
Schena Roofing
Schupan Asset Management
Sinclair Recreation, LLC
Snider Recreation, Inc.
Spartan Chemical Company, Inc.
SPC Specialty Products
Star Flooring
Strategic Energy Solutions, Inc.
Tele-Rad, Inc.
Testing Engineers & Consultants, Inc.
The D.M. Burr Group
The Eisen Group
The Skillman Corporation
Third Coast Test and Balance
TK Elevator
TMP Architecture, Inc.
Town Center Inc
Turfix, LLC

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