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’S ST. LOUIS CHAPTER RECOGNIZES MEMBERS, ANNOUNCES ITS OFFICERS AND HELPS LOCAL RESIDENTS STAY COOL IN THE SUMMER In her June 2017 President’s Message, immediate past president of IFMA’s St. Louis Chapter, Nancy Cripe wrote, “This past year has been an opportunity for the St. Louis Chapter to engage; and your board has been working to bring you thoughtful, well-executed programs and opportunities. IFMA St. Louis is blessed with strong leadership coming into the new term.” As part of the chapter’s World FM Day celebration, members gathered on Wednesday, June 21, to present chapter awards and induct its new board and committee chairs. Two members and the facility of the year were recognized at the evening event, held at The Corner Gates, located in the historic Lemp Brewery Complex in St. Louis, Missouri. The Achievement in Facility Management Award went to Tauquincy Neal, facilities manager for the St. Charles City/County Library District. After joining the chapter in 2015, Neal began working toward her Facility Management Professional (FMP), followed by coursework for the Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP), earning both credentials in just one year. The Distinguished Member Award went to Jeff Touchette of Jarrell Mechanical Contractors. Touchette was recognized for his leadership and commitment to the chapter. He has served as education, membership and program chair; and his service continues as he joins the board as chapter treasurer. The Facility of the Year award went to Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, a not-for-profit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. Making good on its promise to provide “thoughtful, well-executed programs,” the St. Louis Chapter donated US$1,000 this past July to Cool Down St. Louis, nonprofit organization that provides resources to help those in need avoid heat-related illness or death. Outgoing chapter president Nancy Cripe presented the check to board member Lance LeComb, accepting on behalf of Cool Down St. Louis. The chapter also funds Heat Up St. Louis, which provides services and support to keep residents warm during the region’s winter months. IFMA St. Louis has supported the weather-related assistance programs for the past four years. More than 300,000 area residents have received energy assistance since the programs’ inception in 2000. IFMA’S AIRPORT FACILITIES COUNCIL MEETS FOR SPRING SYMPOSIUM In May, members of IFMA’s Airport Facilities Council (AIRP) gathered in Knoxville, Tennessee, for a three-day conference featuring educational sessions, facility tours, social activities and a town hall discussion. The event kicked off with opening remarks by Ken Eckert, Facilities Manager at Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS), and AIRP Council President Stuart Mathews, FMP, Director of Aviation Maintenance at Port of Seattle in Washington. On-site tours at McGhee Tyson Airport included the LEED Airfield Maintenance building, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) facility, Cirrus Aircraft Vision Center and the multi-million-dollar Runway Modernization Project. Invited speakers addressed customer service, how to avoid common OSHA violations, the Runway Modernization Project and the challenges of putting on an airshow at TYS. The town hall discussion covered passenger boarding bridge rehab or replace, sustainability and restrooms. Other AIRP conference activities included a tour of Neyland Stadium, home of the Tennessee Volunteers football team and an evening at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. DFW’S IFME AWARDS VARIETY SHOW With 500 members strong and growing, IFMA’s Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter (DFW) held its International Facility Management Excellence (IFME) award show on July 13, 2017, at the Palace Arts Center in Grapevine, Texas. As the theater drapes parted, Sonny and Cher Bono (Erik Lind and Debbie Hawkins) stepped out to host an hour-long variety show, featuring chapter members who entertained the audience with “Laugh-in”-style one-liners throughout the show. From nearly 30 IFME nominees, six members were presented with the following awards: • Rookie of the Year: Cindy Sutterfield • Facility Manager of the Year: Beverly Garner • Innovator of the Year: Business Interiors • Professional of the Year: Barry Bensmiller, CFM • Committee Member of the Year: Lisa Wells, FMP • Associate of the Year: Kevin Wallace, AIA • President’s Award: Bill Parker Chapter committee chairs and the outgoing board were honored during the event; and the 2017-18 board of directors accepted the oath of office from past DFW president Brett Laplante, CFM. Elected to the board for a term between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018 were: • President Jennifer Johnston, Murphy Co. • Vice President Jacque Mattingly, Monsanto • Treasurer Jeff Touchette, Jarrell Contracting • Secretary Scott Held, Ameren Corp. Chapter committee chairs include: • Membership: Gary Wood, Stryker Construction • Marketing: Sean Gallagher, Bolyu • Education: Michael Wright, Ameren Corp. • Programs: Craig Miller, Webster University • Sponsorship: Karl Gnau, Veritiv • Advocacy Liaison: James Delgado, Cozad Commercial Real Estate • Golf Classic: Michelle Hoff, Vogel Heating & Cooling • Sustainability Liaison: Chris Laughman, Federal Reserve Bank • Special Events: Kristie Gabel, Elite Cuisine Share the accomplishments of your chapter, council or community in FMJ Extended — the exclusive online section of IFMA’s official magazine! 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. MEMBER SPOTLIGHT MEET LIBBY Senior Facilities Coordinator Libby Jeffries has worked in the facility management field for more than three years and joined IFMA in January 2017. She is a member of the Seattle chapter, where she lives and works. Libby works in the Sonos, Inc. corporate facility in the Pacific Northwest, and she found herself working in FM by chance. “As happens so often with people in this field I didn't choose FM, FM chose me.” CONNECT www.linkedin.com/in/libby-jeffries-53877452 “I formerly worked for Quarks Bar and Restaurant at the Las Vegas Hilton.” MEET BARRON Facilities and logistics manager Barron Demarse has been a member of the Orlando Chapter of IFMA since March 2017. He lives in Tutsville, Florida and has worked at Cape Canaveral for almost three years. After working for several years as a senior project engineer and engineering and maintenance manager for large corporations, Barron landed his current position as facilities and logistics manager at SpaceX. He enjoys FM because it’s a mix of maintenance, project management, utilities and site master planning. CONNECT www.linkedin.com/in/barron-demarse-31198376 “I have been 3,000 feet under water in a nuclear-powered deep submersible.”
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