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Facilities Management Instructor Phyllis Meng Receives IFMA Distinguished Educator Award

Summer 2020

DCE congratulates Phyllis Meng, CFM, SFP, IFMA Fellow, recipient of the prestigious International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) 2019 Award of Excellence.

“With nearly 40% of U.S. facilities managers intending to retire, there is an urgent need to backfill staff with workplace-ready individuals.” Phyllis Meng

The award honoring the stand-out achievements of association members, chapters, councils, and communities was presented at the IFMA World Workplace® Conference and Expo in Phoenix, Arizona.

Among other industry thought leaders, Meng was recognized for her significant contributions and career accomplishments by a jury panel of industry-leading experts who acknowledged nominees individually across a variety of category-specific criteria.

“I’m honored to receive this accolade,” says Meng. “My work in the field of facilities management has been intentional, with the goal in mind to elevate the profession, especially by developing the next generation of facilities management professionals. The need for new, and young, facilities staff and tradesman has reached a critical level. With nearly 40% of U.S. facilities managers intending to retire, there is an urgent need to backfill staff with workplace-ready individuals. My overarching mission is to solidify facility management as a critical path to the profit of organizations.”

For more than 10 years, Meng has served as both an advisory committee member and instructor for the DCE’s Facilities Management certificate program. She has been a driving force in ensuring the program curriculum aligns with the changing needs of the industry. Her commitment to quality and her insightful expertise have helped keep the program relevant and competitive over the years.

Meng currently teaches the Financial Analysis for Facilities Professionals course, and feels that it is important for professionals to understand the language of business in our current economic environment. Accounting and finance are two of her favorite subjects, but can be a challenge for facility managers, so she makes the course fun along with providing lessons that students can apply to their current job. She truly enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with students to help guide them to grow in their careers.

Congratulations to Phyllis Meng for her dedication to preparing students and helping to advance the careers of facilities managers into the future.

Learn more about the Facilities Management Certificate Program.