On June 20-24, FMPipeline conducted the first SkillsUSA National level contest in Facility Management at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Atlanta.

The Facilithon program for high school and post-secondary students to become Facility Managers awarded medals to their three high school and 3 post-secondary national finalists on Friday June 24th to a full house at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. Finalists from Facilithon states across the country travelled there for a shot at winning gold in the first full-national finalists competition.

In the High school competition, Nicholas Huber from Durango high school in Colorado took Gold, Ryan Hughes from Greater Lowell technical high school in Massachusetts won silver and Jacob Melendez from Little Chute high school in Wisconsin received bronze.

In the College/Post-Secondary program, Angela Munoz from Ames Community College in Colorado took Gold, Michael Lopez from Texas State Technical College received Silver and Eduardo Hernandez from Madison College Wisconsin received Bronze.

A special word of thanks goes out to DJ Hammond, LaLarry Anderson, Lyle Gladney, Thad Pardue, Leah Schoenbachler, Les Wilson, David Mason, Clara Smith and other members of IFMA Atlanta who worked with the FMPipeline team to make this first National Facilithon Competition and Techspo experience a success.

Engaging, Enlightening and engaging our #NextGenofFM, the FM Pipeline team created the Facilithon program to populate the struggling FM industry while positively changing the ethos and narratives of those in the career.  Emerging from the Covid epidemic, over 100 competitors entered the Facilithon this year and most are excellent entry-level and enrollee candidates for direct-hire, internship and college-level programs in need of applicants. The Facilithon program recently hit critical mass and will soon deliver thousands of energized, willing candidates for our supporting partners. If you are interested in hiring these incredibly bright young adults or need to illustrate you’re helping solve FM’s problem of the century while gaining exposure to our Next Gen of FM, contact or call (612) 426-7227 & say “chairman” for more details.