Manager of Facilities
Donna Frick is with Mitchell International and has been a member of IFMA for 12 years and has been a co-chair on the Communications Committee for three years.
What have been the most important aspects of your success?
The most important aspects of my success are hard work, networking, and not giving up. 15 years ago I was told “facilities management is more of a man’s role than a women’s”. Also continuing to grow in my career by obtaining my CFM, FMP, and SFP certifications through IFMA. By having these certifications, it makes you more valuable to your current employer and more marketable to perspective employers.
How long have you lived in San Diego? If you are not a native, where did you live before and what brought you to this city?
I am a native San Diegan. I was born and raised in San Diego and have not left. My husband is also a native San Diegan and we often ask each other “where would you want to move to if you had the opportunity?” Other than Hawaii, we can’t think of a better place than San Diego.
What was the best advice you ever received in your career?
Be true to who you are and don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone.
What was the greatest challenge you experienced in your career?
Breaking the stereotype that Facilities is a man’s job and having to prove myself that I do know what I am doing and am good at it.
How do you de-stress?
Being active weather it’s working out, playing softball, hiking or walking my dogs, there’s just something about being active that makes me relax. (great photo Donna!)
What is your number one priority to provide in facility management?
To provide a safe, comfortable, clean work environment for employees and visitors.
If you were to sum yourself up in one word, what word would that be?