Lunch & Learn | Energize NY 5/16

Please come join us for a Lunch & Learn with Robert Fischman on May 16th.

Robert Fischman is the Director of the Energize NY Commercial program offered by the Energy Improvement Corporation (EIC), a non-profit, local development corporation owned by municipalities across the state, including many here in the Capital Region.

Energize NY helps commercial and not-for-profit building owners reduce energy waste and save money through energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements, and helps them leverage Energize NY PACE, New York State’s Property Assessed Clean Energy finance program.  Facility management professionals can use PACE financing to tackle many projects, ranging from deferred maintenance needs to energy upgrades to the addition of renewable energy.

Robert brings three decades of professional experience in the building industry, having directed more than $500 million in capital construction programs, and has been a longtime advocate for sustainable and energy efficient building practices.  He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Union College and a MS in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.

Please view the event page here.

Lunch & Learn | TAG Solutions 3/21

TAG Solutions Lunch & Learn

Tuesday March 21st, 2017 
TAG Solutions 12 Elmwood Rd # 1, Albany, NY 12204 

A special presentation on IT Network Security, including information on hacking, identity theft, and a business’s weakest link in Online Security. They will also briefly discuss the pitfalls of having inappropriate systems in place and areas that businesses may be able to improve. 
Please RSVP by noon on 3/17 to 

Introducing Our Newest Board Member, Joe MacFawn

The NY Tech Valley Chapter of IFMA is pleased to announce our new Events Committee Chair, Joseph MacFawn. Joe is the President of MacFawn Fire and Flood Restoration as well as an active member in a number of professional organizations. The Board and Chapter welcome Joe and look forward to the coming year’s events.


Joseph MacFawn BSc.

President, MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration

Founding Member, National Development Co. LLC​

Real Property Administrator
Licensed Public Adjuster, NY State        

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B.Sc., Business Administration;  M: Finance & Marketing
University of Albany, 1990
R.P.A., Real Property Administrator,
CR BOMA, 2000
Licensed Public Adjuster, New York State, 2006


Joseph MacFawn started his company in 1989 with two commercial accounts and several domestic emergencies. After he hit the ground running with commercial and residential work, he opened two additional offices in Philadelphia and South Florida as his company’s services were requested throughout the Northeast and New England. In addition to his academic achievements at SUNY University at Albany, Joseph MacFawn has pursued myriads of professional certifications that set him apart from his peers. Joseph MacFawn is a true humanitarian, having served on a number of nonprofit boards and committees including most recently, the March of Dimes. He is member to all Gold Standard Industry organizations that delineate best practices in his field including the (ICRA) International Cleaning and (RIA) Restoration Association, Restoration Industry Association, (IICRC) Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration, (IFMA) International Facilities Management Association and more. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the BOMA, Albany Executives Association (AXA), New York Rug Cleaners Institute (NYRCI) and other organizations that he values for professional development.

Professional Expertise

In addition to Mr. MacFawn’s professional expertise in Disaster Restoration and Real Estate he is well versed in Business Management, Finance and Emergency Rescue. He is a highly motivated and results oriented business owner with more than 20 years of management experience with a track record of high gross sales that grows substantially year after year. He values proficiency in utilizing technology to deliver processes, which optimize organizational effectiveness of any business enterprise and he epitomizes multitasking with a diverse and wellrounded skill set that encompasses technology, communication and business operations.


  • Water Damage Restoration – IICRC
  • Applied Structural Drying – IICRC
  • Odor Control – IICRC
  • Fire & Smoke Restoration – IICRC
  • Commercial Drying Specialist – IICRC
  • Hazardous Materials Specialist – NYAFST
  • Certified Mold Technician – IOT
  • Radiological Emergency Response – EMI
  • IS Emergency Program Manager – EMI
  • Mitigation for Homeowners – EMI IS 394
  • Hazardous Materials Technician – NYAFST

Exclusive! Convention Center Tour

Eastern New York CSI

Join ENYCSI for an Exclusive Tour of the New Convention Center on Tuesday November 15th.

Tour starts promptly at 6:00pm. All those registered for the tour should meet at the corner of Howard St. and Eagle St.

It is an active construction site. Hardhats will be provided. No open-toed shoes allowed.

Registration ends on November 11th. No walk-ins! Payment must be ONLINE for this event. There is a $10 fee for the tour.

Tour 6:00pm, Dinner 7:30pm

A buffet dinner will be served at Amo La Bella restaurant, located at 89 Beaver St. The buffet includes Sausage & Peppers, Meatballs, Ziti, Eggplant Parm, Chicken Parm, Salad, and Bread.

Click on the link below to register or RSVP.


Join us in Honor of Business Continuity Awareness Month at 677 Prime on Sept. 29, 2016


In honor of Business Continuity Awareness Month, we invite you to join us for a classic corporate continental breakfast at 677 Prime at9:00 AM, September 29th, 2016 as we discuss the importance of Business Continuity Planning and the safeguards that an organization can place to avoid business interrupts as a result of a disaster related to fire, water, mold, biohazards or unfavorable climate conditions.

In coordination with TAG Solutions and Tech Valley Business Continuity; both providing excellent nationwide service we offer you the expertise of a consortium of the area’s finest in Network Security, IT Data Backup & Storage, Telecommunications, Disaster Restoration & Business Continuity Plan Writing/ Implementation. Allow us to host you for an interactive workshop that will cover:

  • Insurance Coverage Considerations to Reduce Organizational Risk
  • Data Backup, Storage and Recovery Strategies
  • Prevention, Control & Mitigation of the Effects of Fire, Water, BioHazards & Climate Conditions
  • Critical Communications to Minimize Interruptions
  • Considerations for Recovering Post-Disaster Business Operations

Parking will be available without charge to our guests in the Quackenbush Parking Garage located at 677 Broadway in Albany.

Registration is limited, so REGISTER TODAY.

We look forward to seeing you in September. For more information, please feel free to contact us anytime at your convenience at

(518) 785-6719.

Your Friends at MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration, TAG Solutions & Tech Valley Business Continuity LLC


See PDF Brochure here.

Evening Event : Health Well Done

Creating Healthy Patient and Employee Environments

A 3-step process to create the optimal environment in health care to serve the medical staff and most importantly the patient. What ideas can you put into your facility to keep your employees healthy and grow your business that affects the bottom line?

The main presentation will be preceded by a tour given by architecture+, the design team for the newly constructed 16,000 square foot facility, built by Sano-Rubin and managed by Cresa.

Presentation by Cathy Dolan-Schweitzer of Health Well Done

Contact:  Sander Bonvell at to register attendance.

Lunch & Learn: Safety by Design with ALTRO

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Contact:  Sander Bonvell at to register attendance.


International Facilities Management Association

March 8, 2016

Networking @ 11:30

Lunch and Presentation: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

No Cost Lunch provided

Sponsored by Gato Flooring


Davies Office

40 Loudonville Road

Albany, NY 12204

Continuing education credits available, including 1 lu credit.

Presented by:

Carol Polyviou


Safety by Design

Hygienic Flooring and Wall Cladding Systems


Lunch & Learn : Combined Heat & Power with NYSERDA

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Contact:  Sander Bonvell at to register attendance.


International Facilities Management Association

February 9, 2016

Note Special Starting Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

No Cost Lunch provided

Note New Location:

NY State Energy Research & Development Authority

17 Columbia Circle | Albany, NY 12203-6399

Presented by:

Edward Kear, P.E.

Senior Project Manager, NYSERDA

Combined Heat & Power (CHP)

A general introduction to Combined Heat and Power (CHP), what it is, how it works, benefits it provides, kinds of facilities likely to see those benefits, and real-life examples. We’ll also hear what NYSERDA is doing to promote the use of CHP.

Lunch & Learn : Curved Glulam


Contact:  Sander Bonvell at to register attendance.


November 10, 2015

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Lunch provided

available: 1 AIA HSW Learning unit

Davies Office

40 Loudonville Road

Albany, NY 12204

Curved Glulam:

Overview, Case Studies, Manufacturing and Design

Presented by:

Liz Connor

Structural glued laminated timber has been used in the US for over 75 years. Liz will discuss the utility of this engineered construction material, and the shared responsibilities of design and manufacturing specific to curved glulam.