Meet Kathy McFarland, CPPM, CF
2015 The Andrew C. Anderson Lifetime Award
Q: The Andrew C. Anderson Lifetime Achievement award is a huge honor. What does this accomplishment mean to you?
A: Everything! I could hardly speak when my name was announced. I am so honored to receive this award, not only for who it was named (Andy was one of the first people I met within NPMA), but for what the award signifies. It’s hard to believe that I have been an NPMA member for 36 years. During that time I have attempted to give back a small portion of what I have received from being a member of this Association. It validates that I have succeeded in my efforts!
Q: You have been serving the asset management community for many years. What drives you to put in so much of your personal time to giving back?
A: Hanging on the wall above my desk is the word “Inspire”. I come from a family of teachers (I was the only one to go into business!) It was ingrained within me at an early age by what I saw my parents and sisters did on a daily basis. My grandparents and two aunts were missionaries, one cousin served in the Peace Corp and was director of a mental health non-profit, and one of my sisters and cousin were nurses. I guess the art of giving is in the genes! George Bernard Shaw said “those who can, do; those you can’t, teach”. My family has been graced with being able to do both. One of my goals is to be a positive influence across our profession and to convey my knowledge to all those open to receiving.
Q: What has NPMA done for your career?
A: It certainly has contributed to my success by providing me the tools and unique skillset to perform my job. NPMA provides a forum for establishing personal and professional growth opportunities as well as being instrumental in forming personal relationships with our customers. That opportunity to create these relationships, along with the networking opportunities, has elevated my stature within our company. When issues arise with a customer, I can pick up the phone and speak with my contact. These people are those that I have personally met through NPMA Seminars and educational opportunities. It is amazing the recognition I have received because of that capability! Honeywell takes pride in its employees and what they have accomplished. I was recognized for this award at our L&C Vice President’s Town Hall, our Aerospace Leadership Team meeting, published on our Corporate General Counsel’s website and in our Aerospace Property Management Bulletin. It is a big deal!
Q: What advice for success would you give to someone who is new in asset management?
First of all be passionate about what you do. In this profession you will never be bored! I still am surprised by new challenges that arise. NPMA provides a common vision and the cultural encouragement to be the best that you can be in what you do. In return, you can provide your ambition, creativity, and resolve to improve the Association while finding personal fulfillment. Never stop learning! Suck up all the knowledge you can! Challenge conventional thinking! This is the perfect place for providing you with the opportunity to learn, grow, and develop.