Eric Baugh, I&S West Coast Manager Facilities at BAE Systems
Eric Baugh is the West Coast Manager of Facilities for BAE Systems, Intelligence and Security Sector. Eric has been a Facilities Director and Construction Manager in the Washington D.C. and San Diego areas for 28 years. He started his own construction company in 1979 and since then has managed facilities planning, construction and real estate for CSA, Alcoa Defense, SAIC, General Dynamics and BAE Systems. Eric has made a business out of designing, building and managing facilities for the defense and intelligence community. Eric currently manages 800,000 ft2 of owned and leased facilities in 9 different locations in the Western United States. In addition to his career, Eric is the Past President of his local International Facilities Management Association, (IFMA) Chapter in San Diego and Past President of the Corporate Real Estate Council for IFMA Inc.
What is the most influential book you ever read?
Positive Mental Attitude – PMA by W. Clement Stone. I learned that most people want to be around positive people rather than people who always are pessimistic. I also learned you get to a positive or the best solution available with PMA much faster than complaining or pessimistic thinking.
What was the best advice you ever received in your career?
If you work hard and in the best interest of a cause or company you have to ask for you want to do. People might think you will not be good at that or aren’t capable of doing it on their own. But when you ask, then when they are looking for someone to do it, they may remember in the back of their mind you wanted that position.
What was the greatest challenge you experienced in your career?
Getting the C-Suite to believe that a blue collar guy would be a good fit in a white collar world. My wife was the best fix for that as she polished a few of the rough edges to get the C-Suite to listen.
What is your biggest pet peeve at your job?
People treating my employees with little or no respect because they are custodians or maintenance techs. My people are magicians and artists with unbelievable powers to get impossible things done.
How did you end up in facility management?
I asked for the job in order to return the respect to the people in facilities who were poorly treated by their former management. I had a construction management background and used it to gain their respect.
What is your favorite “after hours” hobby?
Riding the Peñasquitos Canyon on my mountain bike.
How do you de-stress?
I have to stay busy to de-stress. I ride bikes, kayak lakes and rivers, shoot 3-gun competitively, hike everywhere, travel everywhere, ski, play golf and most of all I do this with my best friend, my wife.
What is your number one priority to provide in facility management?
Safety; without it, the possibility exists that someone could go home different from how they came to work. Employees can be cold, hot, too dry, see too much light, not see enough and we can fix that. Without safety they could go home without a limb or not at all.
What is the best and worst aspect of the technological advances in your career?
Computer Aided Facility Management tools are worth their weight in gold and BIM might be the worst since most people can use it/need it and can’t afford it done properly.
What is your personal secret to success or personal motto?
“Every day is a good day in America”, Positive Mental Attitude.
What is your favorite time of the year and why?
Winter, it’s the time when families get together and do things. It also has Christmas in it.
If you were to sum yourself up in one word, what word would that be?