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IFMA Announces “Ask The CEO: The Current State & The Future Of FM” Panel At World Workplace 2013

Sept. 12, 2013

The International Facility Management Association  is excited to announce a panel discussion entitled “Ask the CEO: The Current State & the Future of FM,” will feature CEOs from well-known companies and organizations at the opening of World Workplace 2013. This widely attended conference and expo is the most longstanding, well-respected learning and networking event for facility management and related professions, and will be held Oct. 2-4 in Philadelphia, Pa., USA. Members of the media are invited to attend and participate in this groundbreaking event free of charge.

What: “Ask the CEO” panel at the opening session of IFMA’s World Workplace Conference & Expo — Leading FM: Advance Business, Get Results.
When: Oct. 2, 2013 at 10 a.m. (EDT)
Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pa., USA – Terrace Ballroom
How: Media should RSVP with name and company to to obtain credentials.

Facility management is a profession that encompasses multiple disciplines to ensure functionality of the built environment by integrating people, place, process and technology. Around the world, the role of the facility manager has risen to new levels of importance as the built environment has grown more sophisticated. The modern facility manager is directly involved with everything from sustainability to security, from worker productivity to asset management, from disaster preparation and recovery to the execution of day-to-day operations.

Details of the panel and its participants are below:


Art Levine

Art Levine is an established television personality who has been on air for more than 25 years. He is the host/executive producer of “Straight Talk” which just completed its 21st  season on air and is now seen on cable systems in 40 Southern California cities. Guests include political candidates, elected officials, government and business leaders and members of the arts.  He recently celebrated the taping of his 500th show with former California Governor George Deukmejian as a guest, together with prior guests Sally Struthers, Nell Carter and Gloria Allred. An underlying theme of the show is the importance of values and ethics.

Levine is also a professor emeritus of ethics and legal studies at the College of Business Administration, California State University, Long Beach, Calif. USA. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and a member of the state bars of California and New York. He has made numerous professional presentations on the subject of ethics. He has written columns for newspapers and business journals on the importance of ethics and the need for ethical reform in America, and has been interviewed by the print and electronic media throughout the country on the subject of ethics and the need for corporate reform.

The CEOs

Paul Bedborough, vice president of global FM operations, Johnson Controls, Inc.

As vice president of Global FM Operations, Americas, Paul Bedborough oversees the implementation of lean processes and best practices in the areas of critical environments, compliance, maintenance excellence, safety, transition and supply chain. Bedborough brings more than 25 years of experience in domestic and international service and facility management and has held a host of operational roles in the U.S. and U.K. His most recent leadership role was serving as the vice president and general manager of the americas market unit of the facility management business. He has been based in the USA since 2003, having previously resided in the U.K. where he served as director of operations for two years. He was responsible for more than 32 different accounts, with more than 1600 staff members across 900 locations. He has an MBA from the University of Leicester and is a member CoreNet and IFMA.

Bill Concannon, CEO, Global Corporate Services, CBRE

Jeff Gravenhorst, group CEO, ISS World Services

Jeff Gravenhorst is currently group chief executive officer since April 2010, previously group chief operating officer from 2008-2010, group financial officer from 2005 to 2008 and the chief financial officer of ISS U.K. from 2002 to 2005.

Prior to joining ISS in 2002, Jeff Gravenhorst was managing director of ATLO Denmark A/S (a subsidiary of incentive A/S), heading up the European divisions, from 2000 to 2002. From 1998 to 1999, he was vice president of ATLO U.S. Inc. He has also served as financial director of Wittenborg U.K. Ltd (a subsidiary of Incentive A/S) as well as a manager at Arthur Andersen, Denmark.

George A. Keches, president, global facilities management, DTZ

George A. Keches is president, global facilities management, DTZ, an industry leader in integrated corporate real estate solutions and facilities management. DTZ is owned by UGL, an engineering and property services provider based in Sydney, Australia with revenues of approximately AUS$5 billion. Keches is responsible for leading the company’s facility services business in the Americas and developing strategies to further expand the company’s offering across the globe. Previously, he served in various roles in DTZ’s facility services business in the Americas, including chief operating officer and chief financial officer. Prior to joining the company in 1991, Keches was a senior audit manager in the Boston office of Arthur Andersen & Co.  A Certified Public Accountant, he is a 1979 graduate of Boston College, where he graduated magna cum laude. Keches currently serves as the president of the board of directors of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. He is also a member of the board of directors of Associated Industries of Massachusetts.

Henrik Slipsager, president and CEO, ABM Industries Inc.

Henrik Slipsager serves as president and Chief Executive Officer of ABM, a leading provider of integrated facility solutions. Thousands of commercial, industrial, government and retail clients outsource their non-core functions to ABM for consistent quality service that meets their custom facility needs. Slipsager provides strategic, financial, operational and management direction for a US$4.3 billion business offering expansive facility services, energy solutions, commercial cleaning, maintenance and repair, HVAC, electrical, landscaping parking and security — provided through stand-alone or integrated solutions.

Slipsager was appointed president and CEO and a director of ABM in 2000, after joining the company in 1997 as senior vice president and director of eastern operations. He quickly became executive vice president of ABM and president of the then US$900 million ABM janitorial services division, the company’s largest.  Under Slipsager’s leadership, ABM has grown to a workforce of more than 100,000, as he has significantly expanded the company’s scale, geographic footprint and client base. ABM today delivers custom facility solutions to meet the unique client requirements of multiple industries, ranging from health care, government and education to tech, aviation and manufacturing, among others.

A native of Denmark, Slipsager came to ABM after serving as president of 2M-Invest of Copenhagen, a venture capital firm. Previously, he held executive roles at the ISS Group, a leading global facility services company based in Denmark, which he joined in 1982 as corporate controller. From 1984 to 1994, Slipsager served as chief financial officer, chief operating officer and later president and CEO of ISS of America, moving that U.S.-based facility services business from a regional operation to a nationally recognized industry leader.

Slipsager is the recipient of an MBA degree from the Business School of Copenhagen. He lives with his wife, Naja, and their three children in Purchase, New York, USA.

Joseph J. Tinney, Jr., president, ARAMARK Business & Industry Facility Services North America

Joseph Tinney is president, ARAMARK Business & Industry Facility Services North America. He has helped realign his team with an increased focus on technical expertise, safety awareness and leadership development. Tinney joined ARAMARK in the spring of 2004 as vice president and general manager in the company's business and  industry division. He was promoted to an executive vice president role in the spring of 2005 and to president in the fall of 2010.

As President, Tinney continues leading the facility services organization, leveraging the strength of ARAMARK's market-focused, comprehensive portfolio to drive growth and value for its stakeholders. Tinney brought a wealth of industrial, operational management and business development experience to his position at ARAMARK. He launched his career with Ogden Corporation, spending the bulk of his tenure with the company in sales positions of increasing responsibility and, ultimately, as national sales director of the industrial division. As director of business development for the company's industrial division, Tinney led the effort to increase sales in record numbers by enhancing proposal effectiveness through increased use of technology and developing strategic partnerships with complementary service organizations.

In 1996, as part of Ogden's acquisition by UNICCO Service Company, Tinney leveraged his experience first as corporate vice president of business development, then as general manager and vice president for the company's US$230 million industrial division. Responsibilities included successful implementation of the balanced scorecard as a strategic process, as well as the implementation of a customer advisory panel.

Tinney earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College).

For more than 30 years, IFMA’s World Workplace has been leading groundbreaking discussions on the management of facilities, FM teams and workplace projects. Held annually, World Workplace addresses topics of the greatest relevance and concern to professionals who support the built environment. It is widely considered to be the marquee facility management conference in the world. For more information, visit the event’s website at