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Monday, July 9, 2012, 6:30 am

Facilities Managers Recognition Awards winners for 2012

By Eric Gneckow, Jeff Quackenbush and Dan Verel, Business Journal Staff Reporters

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    The Business Journal held its inaugural North Bay Facilities Managers Recognition Awards luncheon June 15. The awards were intended to recognize the people who work behind the scenes to make their organizations run smoothly. The work they do — and the occasional miracle they perform — are critical to a successful organization. The 15 recipients from wine, high-tech, food processing universities and schools and other industries were selected by the Journal editorial staff from nominations solicited last spring. The recipients’ profiles,  generated by Business Journal Staff Writers Jeff Quackenbush, Dan Verel and Eric Gneckow, are below in alphabetical order.

    Sal Balderrama, Trivascular

    Facilities Supervisor, Trivascular, 3910 Brickway Blvd., Santa Rosa 95403; 707-543-8800; www.trivascular.com

    Residence:   Bodega Bay

    Professional background:  Self -employed –Owner operator Landscape construction / Janitorial services business for over 20 years. Sales experience in the pharmaceutical and banking industry. Restaurateur for 5 years, Facilities experience in the Hospitality Industry

    Education: University of California, Davis

    Staff: Two full-time employees and we enlist HVAC , plumbing, electrical & general contractors

    Describe the facilities you oversee: 110,000-square-foot building with 24,000 square feet of clean rooms used in manufacturing (class 100,000 rating)

    Tell us a little bit about yourself:  Grew up in a farming community helping my family raise crops.  Baseball has been an integral part of my life since Little League, playing in high school, college and in the minor league system with the Kansas City Royals in Florida & Latin America. Married with two children and a granddaughter. My family’s adventurous spirit led us to move to the ocean in Bodega Bay (Love Sonoma County). I appreciate my folks for instilling in me my work ethic, drive for success and zest for life

    What do you see as the role of the facilities managers within your organization?: We have to be diligent to maintain the facility in a way that ensures a safe and quality environment in order to produce a first in class medical device. It’s imperative that we stay informed and organized.

    What is the achievement you are most proud of?. By partnering with PG&E I was involved in targeting equipment upgrades which included HVAC, exhaust system, boiler and lighting changes. These upgrades resulted in a reduction of utility expenses totaling $500K in the past year. These changes were integral in our clean environment maintenance program which contributed to the process toward an FDA GMP audit approval

    What is your biggest challenge today?: 

    Trying to further reduce energy costs and keep up with technical innovation

    What the next major project either under way or on the horizon?: We are looking to partner with PG&E in order to use their zero interest “On Bill Financing” to implement a new humidification system that has significant energy savings relative to our current humidification system.

     What product or service would/or is helping you do your job more effectively?: Being a member of IFMA (International Facility Management Association). Also, the vendors that we use who show us better ways to use existing products, who introduce new products that are safer and more cost effective and share with us what other facilities are doing to be more efficient. 

    How do you think your profession will change in the next five years?: More emphasis will be on converting to smart buildings, green technology and energy efficiency.

    Most admired businessperson outside your organization: I tip my hat to anyone that has the energy, perseverance and courage to start and run a business. 

    Current reading: “50 years from Today” by Mike Wallace

    Most want to meet: Jim Rohn (many of his thoughts have influenced my life), Ewing Kauffman (Owner KC Royals. I am impressed by his conviction to go against the system with his dream)

    Stress relievers: Sipping Sonoma County wines, walking on the beach, yoga

    Favorite hobbies:  BBQs with the family, volunteering in the community, watching and coaching baseball,  pretending I am a chef

    Words that best describe you: I try to live by the 3 P’s — constantly develop my People skills, Produce more than the job requires, always be Passionate at whatever I do.

    Is there something we didn’t ask that you would like to add: It’s very rewarding working for a company that makes medical devices that saves human lives. All of our departments work hard. I am just grateful on behalf of my staff that I was nominated for this facilities recognition award.

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