IFMA PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: BRAVO! one of first to receive prestigious CIMS-Green Building Certification from ISSA
“ISSA congratulates the pioneer organizations who are the first to achieve CIMS-GB certification and have, therefore, demonstrated a commitment to delivering environmentally preferable cleaning service,” said Dan Wagner, ISSA Director of Facility Service Programs. “Not only do these organizations represent the professional cleaning industry as companies of operational excellence, they depict a commitment to sustainability and providing added value to their customers.”CIMS-GB, which serves as an optional sixth dimension of CIMS, offers cleaning organizations a certification that is closely tailored to provide customers with precisely what they need to secure points under the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED-EBOM) Green Building Rating System, while greening operations overall. Accordingly, CIMS-GB certification demonstrates an organization’s capability to assist customers in achieving LEED-EBOM points and offers customers assurance that the organization they select is prepared to partner with them in the LEED process.
Bravo! Facility Services, a subsidiary of Bravo! Group Services, is one of the largest, privately-held facility service and outsourcing companies in the country. Over the past 12 years BRAVO! and affiliated companies have built its best-in-class reputation providing housekeeping, mechanical maintenance, window cleaning, mail and administrative and other employee outsourcing activities. The Company is headquartered in Piscataway, New Jersey and operates branch offices in Arlington, VA, Charlotte, NC and New Castle, DE. Bravo! is Ranked No. 150 Largest Woman-Owned Business in the U.S.
Mark Schnurr, RBSM, Senior Vice President of Bravo! Facility Services, sixteen-year member and Past President of the Capital Chapter represents BRAVO! locally as it’s senior management executive. Mark is responsible for day-to-day management of Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia and North Carolina operations, including business development, client retention, and account executive responsibility. Mark feels that ISSA’s new Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) was an excellent fit with BRAVO!’s already stringent policies focusing on management, training, environmental safety and operations. Mark states that “I am proud to represent an organization that continually seeks excellence in everything it does. The road to quality has no finish line.”
Jim Vosburg, RBSM, REH, Regional Vice President of BRAVO! Facility Services has over forty-years experience as a Facility Manager and Executive Housekeeper. Jim assists BRAVO! locally overseeing a large portfolio of Health Care Facilities and was instrumental in the development of BRAVO!’s certified GreenPath Green Cleaning Program. Jim also saw the value in attaining certification and states that “We thought it would give us the opportunity to validate through an outside source, our programs, policies and procedures.” Jim also believes that “We think we do a great job of delivering Customer satisfaction, but we knew it would be beneficial for an outside assessment to confirm it”.
BRAVO! has integrated their certified GreenPath Green Cleaning Program across a Customer portfolio of over 42 million square feet from Connecticut to North Carolina. BRAVO!’s Customer base has seven LEED Certified facilities including The National Association of Realtors LEED SILVER facility in Washington, DC and RBS LEED GOLD North American Headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut.
BRAVO! has received numerous industry awards and recognition for their superior service including the Gold Star Award from Prudential Financial for being their Supplier of the Year in 2006, Top 500 Small Businesses in the U.S., Top 25 Women Owned Businesses and numerous TOBY awards (including the Regional TOBY Award in 2009 for Vornado at 1700 K Street in Washington, DC).
Clients have experienced The Service Advantage for the past 12 years. The company maintains an entrepreneurial culture that delivers personalized service to clients and rewards the achievements of employees.
You can visit the BRAVO! Team at the upcoming NFM&T Trade Show (Booth #533) at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland on March 16 – 18, 2010.
For more information about BRAVO! visit www.bravobuildingservices.com or call 1-866-OH BRAVO (Toll Free).
Your local contact: Mark Schnurr, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-534-0211.