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National Facilities Management & Technology (NFMT) Show once again proved itself as the most important event in the facilities management industry. Despite the inclement winter weather and dire forecast, thousands of facilities managers found their way to the Baltimore Convention Center March 20-22 for NFMT 2018, demonstrating how important of an event it is.

NFMT’s 110 conference sessions provided a diverse and influential offering of education to everyone in attendance. Simply unmatched in the industry, NFMT’s conference sessions provided ample opportunities for facilities professionals to earn complimentary CEUs while learning about new ways to improve their buildings.

There were several noteworthy, popular conference sessions at the 2018 show, including, The Changing Role of Facilities Management in a "Connected" World; Mastering Soft Skills to Enhance Success; Data Collection and Analysis Techniques for Facility and Maintenance Managers; Women in Facilities Management 2018 Roundtable Discussion and Reception; and Facility Condition Assessments (FCA): Is it Time for a Third Party to Review your Facility?

“Our attendees proved they know a thing or two about resilience and perseverance at this year's NFMT,” said Wendy Dietzler, vice president of education for the conference. “Despite some travel difficulties caused by Winter Storm Toby, thousands of facility professionals made it to the conference and were rewarded with more than 100 valuable education sessions presented by thought leaders and experts. It was incredibly rewarding to see how the facility management community came together to learn how to move their organizations forward in 2018.”

“If you are in facilities management and go to the show, you will learn something that will save you time, money, or both,” said Brent Durham, facilities manager for Cumberland County.

NFMT attracted a mix of exhibitors and suppliers whose products and services are vital to the continued success of those in attendance. The show enjoyed its highest exhibitor re-sign in years, as well as generating record interest in NFMT’s fall event – NFMT Vegas.

“We always find that the attendees are engaged in finding new technologies to enhance their facilities and, unlike many other trade shows, spend time in discussion at the booth,” said Karl Oelker, corporate sales manager for exhibiting company, Steril-Aire.

In addition to a expo hall filled with new technology and packed conference sessions, NFMT Baltimore provided several networking opportunities for both attendees and exhibitors, including Solutions Exchange, Young Professionals Happy Hour and an Opening Night Party. These lively events help attendees and suppliers create new connections and reconfirm existing ones.

NFMT will return to the Baltimore Convention Center on March 26-28, 2019. New to next years’ show is the co-location of an all-new trade show for the commercial cleaning industry. Clean Buildings Expo (CBE) will also be held at the Baltimore Convention Center and will run March 26-27, 2019.

CBE will welcome facility cleaning managers and building service contractors overseeing custodial operations and product and equipment purchases for health care facilities, K-12 and college and universities, commercial offices, government buildings and hospitality facilities. Clean Buildings Expo is a joint venture brought to market by two industry leaders: Trade Press Media Group, publishers of Facility Cleaning Decisions and Contracting Profits magazines, and ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association.

To date, 19,200 square feet of exhibit hall space has already sold for the 2019 event, setting the pace for a sold-out expo hall.