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Committees

PRSM committees are a big part of the association success as they support the strategic direction of the association. While serving on a Committee, Council, or Task Force is voluntary, PRSM Association’s committees do serious work requiring you to be engaged and use your skills to accomplish the committee’s task and goals. Committee appointments are typically for 10 to 12 months. Committee meetings occur primarily via conference calls or at a conference.  Your time commitment averages 1-2 hours per month.

What’s Involved?

Achieving our committee’s goals and positioning PRSM as the pre-eminent resource for professionals in the retail facility maintenance industry is directly related to your active participation. The knowledge and time that you share during the committee meetings and activities is our most valuable resource. PRSM Association’s committees do serious work. You will be asked to use your skills to accomplish the committee’s task and goals.

  • Time commitment can be from 9 months to 12 months depending on committee.
  • Teleconference calls may be held for an hour once a month.
  • Face to face committee meetings may be held at National and Mid-Year Conference.
  • Assignments may be assigned with an average of 1-2 hours a month.

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Current Committees and Task Forces


Program/Operating Committees

Program/Operating Committees shape the member services and programs offered by PRSM.  You can make a valuable contribution to these committees by sharing your knowledge and industry expertise. 

    The Awards Committee administers the Association’s most prestigious awards program in the categories of: Retailer of the Year, Vendor of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Service Excellence Awards, and a Canadian Excellence Award. The committee also reviews the recommendations for the Lawrence W. Whelan PRSM Lifetime Achievement. It makes recommendations for all existing and new awards and respective recipients to the PRSM Board of Directors. The selection process should be completed in time for the honorees to be recognized at the National Conference and Canadian Conference respectively.

The Benchmarking Committee's purpose is to identify common benchmarking data standards used by retail facilities management. This information will be analyzed, organized and published to retail and vendor members within the retail facility maintenance industry for adoption. The committee will identify distribution channels for the benchmarking data to the general membership.

The Best Practices Committee's purpose is to identify best practices within the retail facility maintenance industry and to use existing distribution channels for the information it collects to reach the general membership. The committee is responsible for utilizing the content from the Retailer2Retailer Best Practices Forums and other resources to identify current industry topics/business practices and convey that information to the members. The committee compiles and verifies practices, and organizes the content for book publication as it reviews topics for submission as white papers, mini best practices, and other online resources for use by the membership.

The Canada Committee creates an inclusive PRSM community that works collaboratively to build a strong PRSM presence in Canada. Its purpose is to engage new members as well as recommend member programs that will benefit PRSM's members. It advises on the development of educational content and membership benefits.

The Editorial Board’s purpose is to identify current topics and trends of interest to the membership for coverage in the Professional Retail Store Maintenance magazine. The committee identifies Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and writers for each issue.

The Ethics Committee works to ensure that the Association’s Ethics Policy is current and abided by the membership. The committee may recommend grievance actions and policy changes to the Board as it deems necessary. Matters concerning ethics questions or actions by the membership will be addressed by the committee. Other matters may come to the committee first and will be forwarded to the PRSM Board for consideration and approval.

The International Committee’s purpose is to identify and develop programs to assist members who are expanding into international markets. It will also assist members with solutions enabling them network and to identify quality vendors working internationally to support the retail brand.

The Membership Committee’s purpose is to oversee the Association’s net membership growth by recommending strategies, events and action plans to increase PRSM membership. The ultimate goals are to attract new retail and vendor members, and to retain existing members. The committee also focuses on member engagement and promoting a strong PRSM Community by collaborating with the Networking Task Force.

The Mid-Year Conference Task Force is responsible for guiding the educational content development of the Mid-Year Conference on technical and managerial topics relevant to retail facilities management. This group also advises on other aspects of the conference that support the educational experience. It is particularly involved in developing recommendations and executing activities such as member engagement, exhibition traffic improvements, and marketing/communication strategies.

The National Conference Task Force is responsible for guiding the educational content development of the National Conference. This group also advises on other aspects of the Conference that support the educational experience, including the Call for Presentations. It is particularly involved in developing recommendations and executing activities such as member engagement, exhibition traffic improvements, and marketing/communication strategies.

The Networking Task Force’s purpose is to execute a program to actively engage the membership in PRSM Association. Its ultimate goal is to support membership retention by fostering an inclusive PRSM community. It also creates an inviting/encouraging community of members to share information and to work collaboratively within PRSM. Committee membership is based upon maintaining a balance of retail and vendor members.

The Professional Development Committee is the member education committee and is charged with ensuring the Association’s professional development program meets the diverse educational needs of its members through all stages of their careers (entry to leadership). The PDC ensures the program is strategically focused on both current and forward-looking technical and non-technical content, making appropriate use of instructional technologies to assure timeliness of, and broad access to, relevant and engaging programming.

The Sourcing Committee educates retail members on how to effectively source retail facilities related services and products by developing strategic sourcing solutions, enabling them to recognize greater cost savings while improving quality of service and developing KPIs. It also educates suppliers on how to collaborate with retail sourcing professionals and to be actively engaged during the Request for Proposal (RFP) phase and other ancillary steps in the vetting, purchasing and onboarding processes. This group may develop tools and content for the PRSM magazine, white papers, mini best practices, and website resources as well as content for educational programs to support this initiative.

The Sustainability Council is charged with recommending and developing quality programs to address environmentally conscious issues facing retail facilities maintenance professionals and the FM Industry. The goal of this council is to raise awareness about sustainability; to create tools to assist with the development of sustainable retail environments; and to encourage sustainable business practices.

The Supplier Relations Committee’s charge is to convene an appointed group to advise PRSM on programs and events that will enable Corporate Supplier member to market their services effectively to the retail market. This program consists of a 365-day approach emphasizing the value of PRSM membership. It will also educate vendors on appropriate methods for doing business with other members to build stronger partnerships.


Governing Committees

Governing Committees have influence on the association’s governance and fiscal matters.  These committees are directly accountable to the PRSM Board of Directors. Other governing committees are:  Member Advisory, Executive Compensation and Governance.

This committee has the fiduciary responsibility of overseeing the fiscal welfare of the Association. It review the association’s financial records and issues an annual report to the membership. The Finance Committee is chaired by the Treasurer. Service on this committee is by invitation only.

This committee’s purpose is to generate nominations for the Board of Directors, to maintain a strong and effective board.  The members meet frequently during the last quarter of each fiscal year. Service on this committee is by invitation only. The Nominating Committee is chaired by the Board of Directors’ Vice Chair.