TuYet Vu, Facilities EHS & Continuous Improvement Manager
BD (Becton Dickinson)

What is the most influential book you ever read and why?
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell; made me see that you can create your own opportunities to better yourself.

What was the best advice you ever received in your career?
Love what you do.

What has been the greatest challenge you’ve experienced in your career?
Working with those who do not have the same mind-set as you do.

What is your role?
Compliance manager for environmental, health, and safety (EHS).

What don’t people know about you?
That I am always willing to help out where needed.

How did you end up in facility management?
EHS aspect was needed in Facility Management.

What is your favorite after hours hobby and why?
Gardening because it is a nurturing activity and my way of giving back to the environment (on a small scale)

How do you “de-stress”?
A good sci-fi movie

What is one of the oddest resources you have needed during your career in facility management and explain?
When I first started in FM (10 months) I reached out to my Condo HOA to give me a tour of how facilities was ran where I lived. I compared that to my current Company. Sometimes, thinking out of the box, related to your personnel life helps you understand better.

What is your number one priority to provide in facility management?
Management System – Documentation for our policies and procedures.

What is the best and worst aspect of the technological advances in your career?
Best is that we get everything faster (ie. news, work order, etc.). Worst is humans are not as fast as computers to catch up (ie. Emails, work orders, meeting, etc.)

How many people does your business employ?
Over 2K at San Diego site only.

How long have you lived in SD? If you are not a native where did you live before and what brought you to this city?
18 years; originally from Michigan; Weather brought me here.

Are there any specific fields of work that you would like to see join IFMA that we don’t have members in now?
Construction and Real Estate.


Interview by Melanie Bamba, RSI Roofing & Solar