Joe Morgan CFM, LEED AP
Director, Facilities Operations
NJ IFMA Member since March 2012
Tell us a little about yourself?
I’ve been leading facility departments since the mid 1980’s, in both the manufacturing and educational sectors. I like the role of a leader and have been fortunate throughout my career to have enjoyed great supporting staff members.
Outside of work and my committee role with NJIFMA, I’m a musician and have been playing the clarinet as a member of the Greater Shore Concert Band for the past 15 years. I’ve had the honor of performing at NJPAC, Princeton University, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall, to name a few.
Personally, I’m happily married and the father of two. I also have two wonderful grandchildren.
How and when did you get your start in Facilities Management?
Chemistry had always interested me and was what I studied after high school, believing a pharmaceutical career was in my future. However, while working my way through college, I began as a tradesperson and after a few years was approached by management as a supervisory candidate. From that initial position, I rose through the ranks to my current role as a Director of Facilities.
At what point in your career did you begin taking facilities management classes and receive your designations?
Throughout my career, I have taken various technical classes and managerial seminars. In 2008 I became a LEED Accredited Professional and in 2014 I earned a credential from IFMA as a Certified Facilities Manager. I also hold a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership.
What is the biggest lesson you have learned in your career?
As a leader, it’s so important to honor and respect everyone with whom you interact with. It’s the foundation of building a culture of excellence.
How do you define success?
When you can see and measure a true culture of excellence, workplace safety, and validation from others who benefit from the team’s efforts.
When looking to hire qualified candidates would you look for designations on resumes?
Yes, possessing a professional designation enhances the overall strength of a candidate’s resume.
What value do you feel NJ IFMA has to offer young professionals and why should they become involved in the organization?
All facilities professionals need a support network to be successful. The networking, diverse interactions, and the educational opportunities offered by NJIFMA are extremely valuable to all members, particularly those who are young professionals.
Do you have a mentor or role model in your career that has helped guide you on your path?
I’ve been fortunate in that aspect. Several senior leaders have guided me along in my career. However, I also tend to learn things from my day-today interactions with people. Having a curious mind helps along with an attitude of continuous improvement.
If you were not in this industry, what would you like to do?
Probably a musician somewhere, but I’d most likely have lots of problems paying the bills. Lol!
If there was one person you would like to meet in your lifetime, who would it be and why?
Jackie Robinson, although he has passed away. I admire him so much because of all he overcame in his life and he did it with great bravery and class. He is a hero to me.
What is your favorite IFMA event-Local, Regional and or International?
IFMA World Workplace is my favorite and I always come away from each conference with something innovative that I can introduce to my organization.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Spending time with my family, going to the shore, and just about anything to do with music.
What would you like to achieve next in your career?
Aside from continuous learning, I get joy from helping others achieve and be the best they can be, particularly those involved in Facilities Management.
What are your favorite things about YOUR COMPANY?
The environment and culture at Princeton University is one of high expectations, support, and achievement. I feel fortunate to be surrounded by so many wonderful people and programs. At Princeton, there is so much history and tradition that it’s impossible not to embody the culture and have it become part of your personal belief system.
What advice would you give someone new coming into the industry?
Build a strong support network and look to continuously educate and self-improve. Establish a career plan. Join professional organizations such as NJIFMA. Take time to enjoy yourself. Support, develop, and recognize the achievements of others. Most importantly, lead by example and maintain the highest level of personal values. I have seen line staffers develop into Vice Presidents of companies. If you have the drive and determination you can rise in any organization.