Today's Facility Manager (TFM) announced that Stuart Carron, P.E., MBA, global director of corporate facilities and real estate, JohnsonDiversey, Sturtevant, WI has been selected as the 2006 Facility Executive of the Year.

TFM's Facility Executive of the Year award, sponsored by W.W. Grainger, Inc., recognizes outstanding professionalism and performance in the field of facility management. Entries were submitted from small and large organizations repre senting industries such as health care, education, retail, government, finance, and manufacturing.

"I know how important facilities managers and their teams are to helping businesses run effectively, but what I gained is a new appreciation for just how much impact facility managers have across the entire business," says Ken House, regional sales vice president, W.W Grainger, Inc. "It really transcends their immediate responsibilities."

Selected from a pool of contenders including candidates from Pfizer, the U.S. Department of State, General Motors, Detroit Medical Center, Jones Lang LaSalle, Polo Ralph Lauren, Inc., Boston Scientific, and AMC Theaters, Carron is being recognized for his work on the LEED-EB Gold Certification of JohnsonDiversey's headquarters. The building was designed based on green principles, including high-energy efficiency, extensive use of natural lighting and individual control of workspace environments. The amazing story of Carron is one of how a facility manager can have an impact on the entire strategy of a major international corporation.

"Through Stu's leadership, LEED-EB certification has helped us identify significant long- and short-term cost savings as well as opportunities to reduce the environmental impacts of our building operations," says Rob Kohlhagen, global marketing director, JohnsonDiversey. "Our company is realizing $137,320 in annual net savings because of the many facility improvements Carron has implemented, and we have taken a major new direction in promoting sustainable products because of his suggestions."

"This award shines the spotlight on one of the truly outstanding members of this challenging profession," says Heidi Schwartz, editor-in-chief, TFM. "This year's nominees were very impressive, but Carron is most definitely a superb representative and role model. It is our honor to present his accomplishments to other members of the facility management field."

Facility Executive of the Year entries are reviewed by TFM's distinguished panel of judges based on a five-tiered scoring system. The judges scoreentries according to how well the candidates demonstrate innovation, management, pro-business impact, human improvements, and sustainability through the course of a major project.

Regarding Carron's innovation, Judge Maria Vickers, operations manager for Marlborough, MA-based Workscape, Inc. commented, "Carron did the research and presented the information necessary to get management's full buy-in and enthusiasm for the LEED EB certification. There is the contention that the lessons learned during this process were used to change the whole business into an environmentally conscious provider, which is indeed an innovation."

On Tuesday, April 11, 2006, Carron will be honored at a gala award dinner in conjunction with The TFM Show. This exclusive event, sponsored by W.W. Grainger, Inc. and held at the Intercontinental Hotel, will feature a presentation in which Carron will reveal the methods, trials, and results of his award winning project.