William M. O’Neill, CFM 2017-07-15 09:06:21
Greetings IFMA members! I’m Bill O’Neill, and I am honored to serve you as chair of the 2017-18 IFMA Board of Directors. My IFMA experience I’ve been an IFMA professional member for 22 rewarding years. For the first 12 years, I primarily participated within the Academic Facilities Council (AFC). I served in all officer positions with the AFC, and council involvement bolstered my career as a facility and construction manager at the University of Minnesota. My IFMA career later focused on the Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter, where I served as vice president and then president. I sat on the global IFMA board for three years as a director, and served for the last two years on the Executive Committee, culminating in my current position as your chair. There is one great characteristic that I have experienced in my time with IFMA: The genuine passion of IFMA members. They have a desire to learn and demonstrate their ability as FM professionals using IFMA’s world-class credentials, accredited degree programs and events — like our flagship conference World Workplace — as well as the Knowledge Library and our outstanding chapters, councils and communities. IFMA’s outlook The members, board of directors and our many leaders and staff have created a great foundation for the association to grow and demonstrate value by positioning IFMA strategically within the growing markets of the world. We have a great future ahead as the premier, global FM professional association. This past year, the IFMA Board of Directors unanimously approved and authorized the creation of three regional boards to demonstrate our commitment to globalizing the association. These advisory boards — which represent the Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa; and Asia-Pacific — report to the global board. They are designed to function as the voice of IFMA members globally. This model will take a few years to perfect, and we will modify the boards to be positioned to meet the regional needs of FMs. The regional board goals are: • Support IFMA’s efforts to improve communication with members • Align the association’s strategic direction • Introduce IFMA to a global audience • Create valuable networking opportunities and events for our members and other built environment professionals The other major strategic move IFMA made this past year was the creation of the IFMA-RICS collaboration. This agreement was signed April 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana, at IFMA’s Facility Fusion U.S. Conference and Expo. This five-year agreement positions IFMA on a global platform with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which is headquartered in London, England, on Parliament Square. RICS entered the collaboration with IFMA because they know we are the premier FM association globally. This demonstrates the identified value and strong reputation of our world-class events, credentials, education and knowledge-sharing initiatives. It’s worth getting behind and making sure IFMA is successful in this collaboration, as we still have four years within the current agreement. These two strategic actions by IFMA are setting the stage for a global presence that will contribute to professionalizing FM. We operate from an ethical, standardized model which allows us to continue to reduce fragmentation in the global FM market. Come join in and support your FM profession. FMJ on safety in FM As FM professionals, we know the importance of safety and risk management, and the considerations that are necessary to analyze and achieve the appropriate level of security in our facilities. This is an area of continued focus: Updating and verifying processes and standards to ensure our facilities are protected, including people, assets and the information needed to accomplish our mission. I think you will be impressed by the variety of information in this issue, and hope you’ll use it to enhance safety, ensure security and mitigate risk in your workplace. Until next time — be well, Bill
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