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Greater Phoenix Chapter FM Spotlight: February 2020

February 2020 FM Spotlight

Bill Carriveau
Facilities Manager
Royal Oaks

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PART ONE

PART TWO

IFMA Phoenix:  Thank you for allowing us the pleasure of interviewing you for our February FM Spotlight!

Bill: Absolutely.

 

 

IFMA Phoenix: Where are you from?

Bill: Massachusetts originally and then in Arizona for 32 years.

 

IFMA Phoenix: Why did you join the Greater Phoenix Chapter of IFMA?

Bill: I joined on the recommendation of my direct manager who is a member of IFMA and a CFM. It is the overwhelming amount of resources available to an IFMA member in any given area. This has encouraged me to join and go ahead and get my FMP and eventually get my CFM. It’s just an incredible resource for anyone out there is managing a facility to have all these people out there that can help you with unforeseen circumstances and problems that you may never had to deal with before. Great resource.

 

IFMA Phoenix: What are your hobbies?

Bill: Hunting, fishing, the outdoors. My previous occupation was a gunsmith, it was a family occupation. My father and grandfather were in it – so bring outdoors and firearms were a big part of our family.

 

IFMA Phoenix: What has been the most challenging project you’ve taken on?

Bill: Currently at our facility we’ve had issues with aging gate valves on our hot and cold-water system. To resolve this issue, we have been replacing every gate valve on the property with new ball valves. 364 were done this past year, 187 were done the previous year. They are anywhere from a ½ ‘’ ball valve to a couple of 5” monsters.

 

IFMA Phoenix: What is your favorite sport?  

Bill: I would have to say football, avid Patriots fan (I know boo hahaha)

 

IFMA Phoenix: What is your favorite food?

Bill: I can’t have a favorite – I love it all!

 

 

IFMA Phoenix: What is one fact about you that many people don’t know?

Bill: That I am a classically trained pianist and studied under Juilliard instructors until I was 15 years old.

 

IFMA Phoenix: What is your favorite place in the world and why?

Bill: A little fishing spot in Arizona called Chevelon Canyon. It’s a little hike down to the lake and ultimate peacefulness and nice fishing.

 

IFMA Phoenix: What IFMA event are you looking forward to most and why?

Bill: Definitely WWP - from what I understand it will be a great chance to network with other professionals in the same field.

 

IFMA Phoenix: How long have you been in your industry?

Bill: As a facility professional I’ve been in for 5-6 years. By trade I was a gunsmith, became an electrician, came into this facility as their electrician, and then was hired on as their maintenance supervisor.

 

IFMA Phoenix: What is one interesting fact about Arizona?

Bill: It’s got to be one of the hikes that I’ve taken many times by Flagstaff – it’s called the lava tubes. It’s a dozen or so miles NW of Flagstaff heading toward the Grand Canyon. There is a set of tubes that used to have lava running through them and you hike down into a cave and then you go back underground a mile and ¾ or so in absolute total darkness. It is great, bring a flashlight and water – bring little kids, it’s fun to scare them 😊