Saturday, December 19, 2009

Crossing barriers- Letter from Boston Chapter of AFE

Jeff Myrdek, AFE Chapter Secretary shares thoughts at CB Richard Ellis Sponsored AFE Meeting in Waltham, Mass.

December 19, 2009

Joel Leonard
Maintenance Evangelist

Dear: Joel

I have finally had a break in the action over the last couple of weeks since your event in Waltham. I want to send along this thank you letter on behalf of Chapter 37 for your speaking engagement. I have received positive feedback from our group and others in attendance. My goals in setting up this event were two fold, first I wanted to expand our membership base by offering a first rate speaker. Secondly, I wanted to provide a means of exposure for you to our area to spread the important message regarding your efforts and the challenges in the facilities profession. From my standpoint, both goals were accomplished.

He is a direct quote from one of the board members comments, “Joel’s disarming approach to address a complex issue was a breath of fresh air. He seems to be a lone wolf trying to get our youth to understand the long term opportunities and rewards of getting into facility work. We find the same issue in the trades. Maybe Joel’s next mission will be to promote the benefits, fiscally and the self-pride, that comes with blue-collar work. Too many parents are pushing children into white-collar jobs. A degree does no good if there are tens of thousands of people competing for limited work”.

I and other board members have always appreciated your presentations, this time your presented solutions and the interaction with the crowd was an added mix. I am also very happy that your commitment to an extended stay lead to additional time spent with the Region 8 Board. I believe that effort has produced benefits for both parties. We all look forward to your efforts of continued support to the Region as discussed during the board meeting. My only disappointment was that we could not get better press during your visit, an area that I do not have much background.

Thank you again for the commitment and service, you are unique, talented individual with a special gift, and I hope we can work together again on other projects in the future. I hope that your business continues to grow, and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!


Jeff Myrdek

Jeff Myrdek
Chapter 37 Secretary

1 comment: said...

Want Joel to keynote your conference or event call him at 336 338 1011 or email

You will find him dynamic, interesting and entertaining resource to help solve the maintenance crisis