FMJ - May/June 2017

President’s Column

Tony Keane, CAE 2017-05-11 17:33:20

Technology continues to drive our world’s progress. The impact of modern computer technology has been a topic of discussion for more than 50 years, and technological change is now a constant. I cannot predict the future, but I’m positive that 10 years from now facility managers around the world will be dealing with new technology. For this reason, it is vital to embrace professional development to keep up with and maintain technology skills, as well as new product knowledge. This professional development can come in many forms and from many sources, including IFMA. To stay relevant, or in some cases stay ahead of the competition, one must be able to keep up with the changes. With progress in mind, IFMA will continue to rebuild its infrastructure and enhance the virtual communities for our members. In the next few months, we will roll out an enhanced community environment to increase the interaction and virtual networking opportunities between members. Watch for more details to come your way soon. Why, you may ask? From time to time, members ask why the IFMA board and/or staff proceed in a specific direction. One of these questions includes why we are taking IFMA beyond North America. The simple answer is that IFMA has been operating beyond North America for more than 20 years. What we are doing is carrying out the vision and mission of the organization. IFMA has members in 104 different countries, and we have always had the obligation to serve them in the best way possible. IFMA also recognizes the need to collaborate with other national FM organizations. Five years ago, the board of directors charged a global development task force to update IFMA’s global growth strategy. The group developed a couple of strategy statements that were adopted and approved by the board of directors: • IFMA will advance the facility management profession around the world by offering products and services through channels that are easily accessible on a global basis. • IFMA will work with local associations if they exist within a country. • IFMA will create new chapters where there are no local associations/organizations. I believe two-way interactive communication is the most successful type of communication. If you have other “why” questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Consistent and accurate communication is one of my top priorities. Thank you, Las Vegas! Facility Fusion 2017 was a truly outstanding conference — we held many valuable sessions and delivered enriching learning opportunities this year in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA! The event included The Hub, a unique expo hall experience that hosted leader meet ups, additional educational chats and a place for FM mentors and career resources to connect. Also, a first of its kind, Busch Systems (one of our many top-notch exhibitors) tracked that 51 percent (257 pounds) of the conference expo waste was diverted to recycling. To further support sustainability efforts, Caesars Palace donated 14 of the recycling and waste stations to a range of schools via the Teacher EXCHANGE, a re-use resource center for public school teachers. We greatly appreciate everyone pitching in to make sustainability an important focus of the event. I would like to thank the Las Vegas Chapter of IFMA for hosting Facility Fusion U.S., and for the wonderful hospitality they showed all of us. Finally, much gratitude goes to the IFMA Toronto chapter board members for sharing their great insight as to how IFMA can offer support in Canada. Until next time, remember to ask your colleagues to get involved and join IFMA — the best place to be in FM!

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