Without people to serve as organizational leaders, committee members, educational session presenters, host committee members, and content contributors, there would be no ERAPPA. There would be no annual meeting, no educational opportunities, no scholarships to support professional development, no news to be shared.
So just who are the people of ERAPPA?
Institutional Members are those individuals employed by educational institutions including, but not limited to, colleges and universities, community colleges, K-12 institutions, libraries, museums, and state systems of higher education. Most institutional members come to ERAPPA from the facilities management or physical plant departments; however, membership is not limited to those departments. Like APPA membership, ERAPPA membership is integrated; if an educational institution is an ERAPPA member, all faculty, staff, and students enjoy membership in the organization.
Business Partners are those individuals employed by firms and companies who provide products and services to the facilities management marketplace or who have an interest in reaching facilities managers in the education environment including, but not limited to, architects, engineers, construction managers, custodial service providers, computerized maintenance management system providers, furniture suppliers, window and door manufacturers, access control system providers, and industrial supply companies to name a few. ERAPPA membership for Business Partners is granted to the entity (firm or company) and extends to cover all individuals employed there.
But the people of ERAPPA cannot just be classified as Institutional Members and Business Partners; we are so much more than that. We are colleagues, collaborators, and confidants. We are sounding boards and support systems. We are friends and some might even say we are a family. And that is A-OK with us!
“If you are one of these people that are stuck on separation of private from professional life, maybe the organization isn’t for you…because for me, it was a great blending of both private and professional…I made a lot of lifelong friends…wonderful relationships I was able to make in my many years with the organization.” – Phil Cox, ERAPPA Emeritus Past-President (1994).