Event Details
Date: 04.25.2018
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Citrix- 4980 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054

2018-04-25 17:00:00 2018-04-25 20:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Citrix- 4980 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054 IFMASV info@ifmasv.org
Event Type:
Monthly Meeting
Event Title:
Disaster Preparedness and Recovery
Event Sponsor:
Bay Area Builders, ICE Safety Solutions, Ray Morgan

Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

By ensuring that are our workspaces, and employees are ready and prepared for the next disaster is something in all our job descriptions, but is often deferred. In the SF Bay Area we have seismic hazards front and center and many of us have evacuation plans and some have emergency kits at home, work, and in the car. At this Chapter Event our expert speakers will provide an overview of the hazards with geologic dangers illustrated geographically. We dive into the key elements of what preparedness and response should look like, and how to get the most rapid recovery and reuse of a partially damaged building. As facility and real estate professionals we have to take the time to remember that is it is not IF, it is WHEN the next disaster will strike. It is now that we need to prepare the best practices to make sure our facilities and the end users in our facilities are safe when we do encounter the next disaster. Please join us and our wonderful panelists to discuss preparedness, recovery, and re-occupation of buildings in our IFMA-SV chapter meeting.



Karen Cowan - Restoration Management Company

Karen Cowan joined Restoration Management Company 13 years ago serving Commercial Class A office buildings for water, fire, mold asbestos, sewage and crime scene clean-up. During that time, Karen also worked on Hurricane Katrina, Super Storm Sandy, the San Bruno PG&E gas explosion, the Napa earthquake and most recently the fire storm in Santa Rosa.  Prior to that, Karen held the title of Production Manager for a South Bay general contractor for 3 years managing 25-30 construction projects simultaneously.  She also enjoyed 11 years as a Property Manager in the bay area preceded by 10 years with Hyatt Hotels as a Hotel Manager at various locations throughout the United States. Karen has guided facilities/property managers in restoring their properties seamlessly and cost effectively as the RMC team focuses on resuming business and lives.


  • IICRC Certified, (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification)

  • CERT, (Community Emergency Response Team - San Ramon)


James Mogannam, SE- Principal @ KPFF Consulting Engineers

Over the last 30+ years, Principal James Mogannam has dedicated himself to public safety, preserving historic structures and being an active member of the San Francisco Bay Area Design Community through his role as a structural engineer and leader at KPFF Consulting Engineers. His diverse portfolio touches nearly every project type in both new construction and seismic evaluation/renovation. Combining this experience, his comprehensive knowledge of seismic design standards and building codes with his thoughtful creativity, Jim is a collaborative and valued design partner as well as a natural mentor.

Jim is managing the $600M replacement of Marin General Hospital, led the recent historic renovation and seismic rehabilitation of Calistoga Landmark ‘The Francis House’ as well as performs numerous seismic risk assessments (PML) and BORP programs for clients throughout the Bay Area. He’s able to juggle many assignments and commitments thanks to a team of hard working engineers who excel under his leadership.

His career was built on an educational foundation via his completion of the Master’s in Structural Engineering Program at Stanford University and Undergraduate Civil Engineering Program at UCLA. As he developed his engineering skills he became a registered PE and SE in California and Arizona. Jim is an influential member of ASCE, AISC, SEAONC, EERI; sitting on SEAONC’s Existing Buildings Subcommittee as well as tenure as Chair of the SEAONC Business Forum. To serve his community and ensure public safety he is a certified, Volunteer Evaluator under the Cal EOS Post-Disaster Safety Assessment Program (SAP).


Jim Zuiderhoek, FMP- Global Real Estate & Facilities Services for Risk Management Solutions

Jim brings more than thirty-five years of Facilities management experience to IFMA SV, which includes both domestic and international locations. He has been an IFMA-SV member for over twenty years and has worked with the Professional Development Committee for six years. He was 2016 IFMA SV President; 2015 IFMA SV Vice President and Treasurer in 2013 and 2014. Additionally, Jim served on the 2012 IFMA-SV Board as Director of Professional Development. For the past 9 years he has been Director, Global Real Estate & Facilities Services for Risk Management Solutions where his responsibilities include Real Estate, Facilities Operations and Maintenance, Construction, Vendor Management, Security and EH&S. Prior to that, Jim was Project Manager for Shore Associates for five years specializing project & construction management for Yahoo!, NVIDIA, Adobe and various start-ups. Jim has worked as a Facilities Manager in biotech, medical equipment, communications, semiconductor, software and insurance industries over his career. He has directed projects and leads teams in London, Zurich, India, Bermuda and many locations in the US.   Jim brings unique experience from both the service provider and customer side.


Mark Burriss, MS, FMP- Director, Facilities & EHS @ Quanergy Systems Inc.

Mark Burriss holds an MS degree in Environmental Studies from San Jose State University, and is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. He is currently the Facilities & EHS Director for Quanergy Systems in Sunnyvale CA.  Prior to joining Quanergy Systems Mark worked in the manufacturing and biotech industries in the Valley for over 25 years providing EHS and facilities support locally and internationally. Mark is well versed in all aspects of emergency preparedness and business continuity.




5:00pm-5:30pm- Registration

5:30pm-7:00pm- Presentation

7:00pm-8:00pm- Networking Reception




4980 Great America Pkwy

Santa Clara, CA 95054