Chiloh Baty, Facilities Coordinator, Dentons

Cholih SnowWhat was the best advice you ever received in your career?

Never stop learning!  I have continually tried to keep my knowledge base fresh and sharp not only in facility management but in related industries.  There is more and more overlap.

What has been the greatest challenge you’ve experienced in your career?

My firm has gone through two major merges in the last four years. Navigating the ever changing landscape of the firm and getting onboard with those changes has been extremely challenging both professionally and personally.

How did you end up in facility management or the position that you are in?

My story is like many other in facility management.  I started at the firm very young with zero experience in anything (besides making coffee and delivering pizzas!) much less facility management.  Within a couple years I found myself in a facilities position without really even realizing it.

What is your biggest pet peeve at your job?

Being micromanaged!

What is your favorite after hours hobby and why?

Snowboarding and taking my car to the track.  Both hobbies require an extreme levels of concentration that allows me to push out all other stresses and worries, while at the same time being crazy fun.   For me, sitting on the lift is one of the most peaceful places in the world.

How do you “de-stress”?

With my dog Willis!

What is your personal secret to success or personal motto?

You get what you give.   I try to remember that if I’m having a challenging interaction or not getting what I need from a project or person.  If I’m not giving it my all, then I can’t expect that in return.

How many people does your business employ?

125 in San Diego, but 11,000 internationally.

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? 

Consistently since 1990, but did a short stint from 1984-1987 – Navy Brat.  J  But at this point I consider myself a native.

Are there any specific fields of work that you would like to see join IFMA that we don’t have members in yet?

More law firms.  I think for our Chapter I’m the only one in the law firm environment.

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