Atlanta, GA – October 11, 2011 – zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent building consulting firm, is presenting two educational seminars at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting & IAHSA Global Aging Conference being held October 16-19, 2011 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. In addition to the presentations, representatives from zumBrunnen will also be in booth 2406 in the exposition area.

The 7 Habits of an Effective Facilities Management Department:

John zumBrunnen, Founder and President of the firm, is presenting a session titled The 7 Habits of an Effective Facilities Management Department” on Sunday, October 16 at 9 am. The presentation is targeted for facility directors, executive officers and board members. The session focuses on the “7 Habits” facilities managers, board members and executives should utilize to ensure that physical assets are properly maintained, physical plant efficiencies are optimized and adequate replacement funds are in place. zumBrunnen will explain how the 7 habits for success are directly linked to an overarching commitment to innovative leadership and adequate funding.

Attendees will learn about (Habit #1) the importance of utilizing a Computer Maintenance Management System (CMMS) and (Habit #2) why having an accurate facility condition assessment to determine the “true condition” of the physical plant is critical. The session will also discuss (Habit #3) budgeting and how to plan for immediate, short-term and long-term needs (20+ years) as well as highlight (Habit #4) how to properly plan for and fund replacement reserves. zumBrunnen will also explain how the best FM departments optimize operations and improve environmental impact by (Habit #5) following LEED for Existing Buildings (EBOM) guidelines. Attendees will also learn about the importance of developing (Habit #6) a system of ongoing goal setting, measuring and reporting to track progress and how (Habit #7) having the right team of leaders, managers and innovators is critical to achieving optimal results.

Ensuring a Physically and Financially Fit Organization:

zumBrunnen will also be co-presenting a session titled “Ensuring a Physically and Financially Fit Organization” on October 17 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm under the Financial Management track. John zumBrunnen will make the joint presentation with Mario McKenzie, a Principal with LarsonAllen LLP. The session will highlight strategic capital issues that are critical to the short-term and long-term financial and physical health of an organization. Attendees will learn how to assess their capital replacement needs in light of market defend-ability, physical aging of buildings and demand for new communities and services. The session will also illustrate ways to integrate financial analysis and assessment into comprehensive strategic planning efforts.

About LeadingAge:

Celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, LeadingAge is an association of 5,400 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. Formerly known as the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (or simply AAHSA), the association strives to advance policies, promote practices and conduct research that supports, enables and empowers people to live fully as they age. LeadingAge’s members offer a continuum of aging services including:  adult day services, home health, community services, senior housing, assisted living residences, continuing care retirement communities and nursing homes. For more information, please visit

About John zumBrunnen:

John zumBrunnen is President and Founder of zumBrunnen, Inc., an independent construction and building consulting firm founded in 1989 and headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. zumBrunnen has a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of North Dakota, completed the US Army Corps of Engineers Training Program in 1972, and is a member of the Association of Professional Reserve Analysts (APRA) and numerous other national and state associations.  He has been a faculty member since 2003 for the University of North Texas, Coalition for Leadership in Aging Services (CLAS), a national certification program for aging services professionals (CASP) and authored the “Asset Management” training module. zumBrunnen has 40+ years of experience in construction, property assessment, development, and reserve budgeting.  He is the inventor of the FacilityForecast® software system and a respected author and speaker in the industry.

About zumBrunnen, Inc.:

zumBrunnen, Inc. was founded in 1989. The Atlanta-based firm specializes in construction consulting, facility assessments, property condition assessments and long-range capital reserve planning services for a diverse list of national clients. The firm is also recognized for their proprietary FacilityForecast® Software System, a unique facilities condition assessment and budgeting tool designed to forecast and manage long-term capital replacement expenses and to provide custom reserve funding plans designed to their client’s business model.

The firm has completed notable projects in a variety of market sectors including senior living, healthcare, multi-family, educational, institutional, mixed use, retail, office, warehouse, industrial, hospitality and public assembly. In addition to involvement with LeadingAge, the firm is also active in various state chapters of the association. The firm is also involved with the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA), Coalition for Leadership in Aging Services (CLAS), Life Services Network (LSN), Association of Professional Reserve Analysts (APRA), Community Associations Institute (CAI) and various state chapters, North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS) and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS).

For more information about zumBrunnen, please call 404.601.4050 or e-mail

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