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Leaders from Retail and Facilities Management Industries join for 1st Annual NEST IFM Summit


February 13, 2023     2 minute read

(LAS VEGAS, Feb. 13, 2023) NEST, the pioneers of integrated facilities management (IFM), hosted its first annual NEST IFM Summit in Las Vegas this week. Leaders in facilities management, retail, and operators of multi-site organizations attended the summit to discuss the state of retail, the future of the skilled trades, today’s work environment, finance, and supply chain management. It concluded with a NEST Nurtures charitable event that supported the local Ronald McDonald House.

“Our first annual NEST IFM Summit was an incredible mix of networking, education, philanthropy, and inspiration,” said Rob Almond, CEO of NEST. “In-person collaboration is critical in our industry, and I’m thankful to our team, partners, and speakers who made the event a success. We look forward to building on the energy of the summit throughout 2023 and making it an annual event for years to come.” 

The NEST IFM Summit featured keynote speakers from multiple industries, including UFC Champion Miesha Tate, female fighter pilot Michelle “MACE” Curran, and retail industry expert Lee Peterson of WD Partners. Lee discussed the current state of retail and how the physical retail space is evolving. Tate and Curran revealed stories about overcoming obstacles and succeeding in male-dominated industries. They drew parallels between trends in mixed martial arts and fighter pilots to the skilled trades and construction, where women make up roughly 10% of the workforce.

“I appreciated the opportunity to collaborate with so many amazing minds from our industries,” said Peterson. “Retail is quickly evolving following the pandemic, and organizing this summit to share ideas and strategies will only help the industry as a whole.”

Also in attendance were Kate Cinnamo of the nonprofit Explore the Trades and Sarah Hammond from Women in HVACR. They represent two organizations doing vital work to grow the skilled trades in America. During the summit, NEST Nurtures donated $5,000 to each organization to help them continue their efforts to inspire the next generation of skilled tradespeople.

Top-tiered sponsors of the first NEST IFM Summit included Sunbelt Rentals, Facility Plus, and Lightserve Corporation. The events took place at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

About NEST Nurtures

As the charitable arm of NEST, NEST Nurtures focuses on supporting nonprofits and improving communities throughout North America. Founded in 2020, NEST Nurtures aims to expand the company’s longtime philanthropic endeavors that have been part of NEST’s core values since its inception in 1994. Employees and partners often nominate NEST Nurtures’ beneficiaries. To learn more, go to enternest.com/our-company/nest-nurtures.

About NEST

NEST is the pioneer of the Integrated Facilities Management (IFM) industry in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1994, NEST delivers day-to-day tactical management of facilities, financial consulting, analytics, project management, and construction for major multi-site brands across North America. NEST provides 360° support 24 hours a day through one comprehensive facilities management solution that drives cost savings while maintaining an exceptional customer experience. To learn more about NEST, visit enterNEST.com or follow NEST on LinkedIn.

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