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Introducing the PRSM Foundation, a New Philanthropic Entity of PRSM Association

We are pleased to announce the PRSM Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 philanthropical, nonprofit entity of PRSM which uses the talent and resources of retail facilities management professionals to impact the lives of those in need.

The Foundation promotes charitable projects, education, industry research and training for individuals and companies engaged in Retail Facilities Management. It also organizes volunteer activities to support other non-profits organizations that need facility maintenance repairs and improvements. 

“PRSM Foundation is an excellent way to give back to the retail facilities management community and other charitable organizations,” said Bill Yanek, PRSM CEO. “In a time where more people are going to college instead of into the trades, PRSM Foundation can help bridge the gap while simultaneously helping other nonprofits needing improvements to their facilities.” 

The Foundation initiatives will be funded through direct donations, sponsorships of the Annual PRSM Charity Golf Classic, the Head Shot Lounge, Gala Dinner and many other planned charitable activities.

PRSM Foundation will focus on four strategic initiatives:

  • Educational Scholarships

Work with educational institutions to establish collaborative partnerships to develop retail facilities management degree programs and will award scholarships to individuals interested in pursuing a degree in retail facilities management.

  • Apprenticeship Programs

Support facilities maintenance organization in developing apprenticeship programs to recruit, train and retain talent in the skilled labor workforce.

  • Industry Research

Identify critical trends that will provide foresight in retail facilities management and will fund and conduct research that no one organization can undertake on its own.

  • Charity Projects

Organize volunteer charity project workdays to assist non-profit organizations in retail and maintenance improvement of their facility on a local and national basis. 

The 2017-2018 PRSM Foundation Board of Directors consists of: Chair, William Ackerman, National Sales Executive at Vixxo Sign and Lighting; Vice Chair, Bruce Condit, VP Communications & Public Affairs at PRSM Association; Treasurer, Leigh Pearson, RFMP, Director Facility, Environmental and Procurement Services at Staples Canada; and Secretary, Lynn Harnishfeger, RFMP, Director of National Accounts at Springwise Facility Management. Brenda Villarreal, PRSM Manager, Professional Development, serves as Executive Director of the Foundation.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the PRSM Foundation,” Ackerman said. “The Foundation provides PRSM a wealth of opportunities to help others, educate and influence the industry and elevate the PRSM brand to a new level.”

PRSM Impact!, the original PRSM charity function, will continue as the tactical force behind the PRSM Foundation. The Foundation empowers PRSM Impact! and expands its ability to execute local charity projects, provide scholarships and conduct industry research and training.

For more information about the PRSM Foundation, click here

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