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.