ConnexFM Annual Awards Honor Industry Leaders

ConnexFM Annual Awards Honor Industry Leaders

October 21, 2021 | print | Connex News

The Facilities Management industry has been rapidly advancing and evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of Multi-Site Organizations (whether it be retail, healthcare, food/beverage, or financial) but the pandemic has tested everyone. Members of ConnexFMthe multi-site facilities network, were thrust into the spotlight – not only at their companies but in the news. Essential services were more critical than ever before – and members met those challenges with lightening-speed responses and forward-thinking solutions.   


It’s not surprising a record number of nominees were received for the ConnexFM Annual Awardshonoring organizations that have impacted the facilities management industry through innovation, operations, or outstanding work performance within the industry,” said Bill YanekConnexFM CEO. “All of nominees were deserving of the award and members selected the companies who lead the industry in these significant times.” 


At the recent CONNEX2021 National Conference in National Harbor, MD, ConnexFM was proud to announce the recipients of the 2021 ConnexFM Award Honorees, chosen by the association membership. Recipients include:    


U.S. Multi-Site Company of the Year Award (Company Award) 


Serving as a visionary for nearly 30 years, Ulta Beauty demonstrates how investing in the future is essential to building a sustainable organization. Ulta Beauty has committed to reporting on greenhouse gas emissions starting in 2020 in order to identify reduction opportunities and grow our overall sustainability strategy, including robust renewable energy and recycling programs. The Multi-Site organization has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Institute for Market Transformation and the U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Alliance for their efforts. 

“We are incredibly proud of the resilience and collaboration of our teams in supporting the business and each other while we navigated an unprecedented global pandemic,” said Melissa Marria, Facilities Manager, Ulta Beauty. “The new remote environment challenged us to get creative with how we stay connected while maintaining and building upon the culture that we have crafted without the in-person dynamic that we have been accustomed to.”  Read more here. 


U.S. Supplier of the Year Award (Company Award) 


W Services Group, LLC was awarded the U.S. Supplier of the Year Award for their dedication to education and training. The education-first approach meant that the W Services team in addition to being cleaning experts also developed additional expertise in disinfection, PPE distribution, closed operations, and location re-openings.  As a supplier partner, W Services was in constant collaboration with their customers in developing programs that were extremely flexible and served as a bridge through the continually changing environment experienced last year.    


“We were in a unique position to serve as subject matter experts to guide our customer base through the entire pandemic and ultimately reopened to their own customers,” said Matthew Whelan, President and CEO, W Services. Read more here 


Young Professional of the Year Award (Individual Award) 


Amanda Smith, Sr. Manager, Business Development, Superclean Service Company, Inc. was awarded the Young Professional of the Year for her extensive service to ConnexFM and Connex Foundation.  


“Don’t be afraid to try and fail – it’s the best way to get over your fear of failing. Every single time that I’ve done something that really scared me, it paid off. When I’ve failed, I’ve learned so much about myself, grown, become more confident,” said Smith. “Young professionals struggle with confidence because we’re all green and fresh but don’t be afraid to lean into everything the world gives you and take a leap of faith.”  Read more here. 


Lawrence W. Whelan Connex Lifetime Achievement Award (Individual Award) 

Nelda Alston, PRSM Charter Member and longtime staff member, was awarded the Lawrence W. Whelan Connex Lifetime Achievement Award 


Being honored with the Lawrence W. Whelan Lifetime Achievement Award had special meaning to Alston. “This is the most prestigious award anyone could receive because Lawrence Whelan was a great person and I’m so honored,” said Alston at the Awards Presentation at CONNEX2021 National Conference. “I want to thank our members – you’ve supported us and been there through the ups and downs for over 25 years. We would have never made it if it had not been for all of you. I have a lot of memories and I am so thankful. I love all of y’all.” Read more here.  


The 2022 ConnexFM Awards Program will launch in mid-October 2021 with a new nomination and voting process. For questions or additional information please contact 


About ConnexFM 

ConnexFM, the Multi-Site facilities management network, is the leading membership organization for multi-site facilities managers and supplier professionals. Established in 1995, and based in Irving, TX, ConnexFM empowers facilities management professionals with events, best practices, benchmarking, education, discussion forums and trusted partnerships. Members depend upon ConnexFM to help them achieve greater success and a competitive advantage through quality programs and resources. For more information visit 


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