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2016 Conference


Peter Strazdas – APPA President, Dave Maharrey – SRAPPA President, and Dave Irvin – TNAPPA President, cut the ribbon to open the conference.

750 facilities professionals throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the world convened July 12 – 14,  2016 in Nashville, TN, where we met to identify and discuss the most current and pressing challenges facing educational facilities, and determine the common path forward.

The 2016 APPA/SRAPPA/TNAPPA Annual Conference theme was “Partnering for Historical Success” and was the platform for discussion, information-share, networking, and much more. Best practices used around the world were shared from over 100 presenters, to include the profession’s most recognized and talented educational facilities leaders.

The 2016 APPA/SRAPPA/TNAPPA Annual Conference capitalized on this historical & unique collaborative programming over the course of 3-days.

This great event was held in downtown Nashville, TN!  Morning meals were served in the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, while the Keynote Speech, plenary speeches, breakout sessions, and the Hall of Resources Exhibition were all held in the Music City Center.  A huge “Thank-You!” to our 128 Business Partners that attended!

Peter Strazdas - APPA President and Chuck Scott - incoming APPA President, installed the 2016-2017 SRAPPA Board.

Peter Strazdas – APPA President and Chuck Scott – incoming APPA President, installed the 2016-2017 SRAPPA Board.

The educational program consisted of 60 educational presentations and breakout sessions.  By combining the national, regional and state conferences, access to the best training opportunities were made available to facilities management professionals from every level of our institutions.  There were economies of scale and synergies produced, providing a distinct difference to the typical separate regional and state conference within the SRAPPA region.  This was truly a unique conference format and is being planned for future conferences at other regions.

The SRAPPA Breakfast and Governance Meeting concluded the week as the outgoing SRAPPA president, Dave Maharrey, recapped the region’s successful year and recognized board members who received the SRAPPA President’s Award for their service to the board: Wayne Goodwin, Gerald Grimes, and Kelly Ostergrant.  The SRAPPA region also recognized those who received APPA awards this year:

  • 2016 Distinguished Leadership and Ethics Award: Jack Colby, North Carolina State University
  • 2016 Meritorious Service Award: Daniel Young
  • 2016 Pacesetter Award: Dan Wooten, Tennessee State University
  • 2016 Unsung Hero Award: Ada Baldwin, North Carolina State University
  • 2016 Sustainability Award: Elon University, Spelman College, and University of Virginia
  • 2016 Effective and Innovative Practices Award: Emory University and University of Alabama

Dan Wooten, incoming President, concluded the SRAPPA Governance Meeting by highlighting some of the historic episodes of the conference. He also challenged his SRAPPA colleagues to do their part this coming year to expand membership, and to engage in this great organization and in the profession as a whole.


Dan Wooten — 2016/2017 SRAPPA President