Members of IFMA’s chapters, councils and communities represent IFMA and the FM community worldwide. See what IFMA’s members and components are doing to promote FM in their networks. IFMA CHARLOTTE GOLFS FOR A CAUSE The Charlotte Chapter of IFMA has hosted their annual charity golf tournament for 19 years. Each year, a field of more than 150 golfers enjoys a day at the course while raising money for area charities. This year’s tournament benefitted the Hospitality House of Charlotte. The chapter event was a tremendous success, including an awards ceremony and a shared meal for attendees to connect. With a different theme at each hole, the golfers were entertained (and heckled) for a good cause! ANNOUNCING DAXIL RAJA, UNC CHARLOTTE STUDENT CHAPTER PRESIDENT The IFMA Student Chapter at UNC Charlotte has elected its next President. Daxil Raja is completing coursework for a master’s degree in construction and facilities management from UNC Charlotte. The Student Chapter at UNC Charlotte meets twice a semester to discuss scholarships, job prospects, present industry speakers and assess the needs of students as they prepare for futures in FM. Daxil gained a new appreciation for FM since recognizing the benefits and needs for managing structures after construction completion. He plans to enter the FM field upon graduation in Spring 2018. IFMA MADISON, GREATER ORLANDO CONNECT STUDENTS, EDUCATORS AND INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS In April 2017, IFMA’s Madison and Greater Orlando participated in the Facilithon™ — a 3-part student competition for FM with SkillsUSA, the nation’s fastest-growing high school career organization. The competitive event incorporates a 50-question test, a 10-minute role play scenario and the FM challenge: an emergency scenario requiring students to think on their feet. The Madison Chapter of IFMA ran their third annual Facilithon, which has engaged more than 2,000 students to demonstrate the value of a career in facilities and connect students with FM opportunities. The Greater Orlando Chapter of IFMA sponsored and participated in the first Florida Facilithon competition supported by the FM Pipeline and SkillsUSA. The FM Pipeline team is a group of dedicated IFMA members who saw the need to introduce high school students to career opportunities in FM. Tarzan Frazier, CFM and IFMA Certified Trainer, took the lead on this inaugural Florida event to make it a great success. The Facilithon™ is a springboard to FM careers through mentorship and competition. Interested in bringing a Facilithon to your chapter? Visit www.fmpipeline.org for more information, or contact IFMA’s Madison and Greater Orlando Chapters to learn more about their events. ifmadison.org | ifmaorlando.org STEVEN EARLY AWARDED CAPITAL CHAPTER AUTHOR OF THE YEAR The Capital Chapter Author of the Year Award is presented to a member who has achieved exemplary performance in one of four areas — a specific facility management article or research material, authorship of a book with topics relevant to facility management, authorship of instructional materials for facility management students and practitioners, or web and/or social media contributions relevant to the practice of FM. This year’s award went to Steven Early, CFM, FMP, for his article, “The Potential of Opportunity: An Environmental Mitigation Trust and Facility Management,” published in the Capital Chapter’s January/February 2017 newsletter. The article was nominated by several Capital Chapter members for its timely, well-written and helpful information for the FM community, and then further expanded and developed for publication in the May/June 2017 issue of FMJ. Share the accomplishments of your chapter, council or community in FMJ Extended. Send a brief snapshot that captures your component’s dedicated work toward activities like FM advocacy, volunteer work, events, member recruitment and more to Jocelyn Kerr at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read Steven Early’s most recent FMJ article “Business as Usual: How Business Continuity Planning Goes Beyond Initial Response” on page 34. MEMBER SPOTLIGHT MEET CLAUS Facilities Maintenance Manager Claus Horny resides in Austin, Texas, USA, and has been a member of the Austin Chapter of IFMA since February 2017. Claus has worked in FM for 14 years with two short breaks for reconstruction and relief projects in Bosnia and Haiti. Claus works primarily in remote camp (mining, oil and military) and life support services, but he got his first taste of FM as Force Construction Engineering Officer with the United Nations in Syria. He enjoyed the challenges of the field and decided to focus on a career in FM. CONNECT www.linkedin.com/in/claus-horny-83497713 “I work for a Canadian company, and one of my projects brought me to Resolute Bay (500 miles south of the North Pole). So, a recreational activity has been to ride snowmobiles on the frozen Arctic Sea to a stuck iceberg. How many people can say that they voluntarily touched an iceberg?” MEET ELIZABETH Assistant Facilities Manager Elizabeth Michalak resides in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, and has been a member of the Boston Chapter of IFMA since November 2016. She has specialized in FM for corporate, private wealth management facilities for 6 years. Elizabeth entered FM because she appreciated the diverse day-to-day operations of the field, as well as the opportunity for close exposure to many different entities within the company — many of which go hand-in-hand with facilities. FM also introduced her to business areas she hadn’t previously expected to explore, particularly security access control and monitoring. CONNECT www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-michalak-22b2a7138 “I love classical music! As a member of the Boston Symphony Association of Volunteers, I volunteer as a greeter and tour guide at Symphony Hall.”
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