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. NEW MENTORSHIP COMMITTEE FORMED AT IFMA SAN DIEGO Following a big win at World Workplace in October, where they received the large chapter of the year award, the IFMA San Diego Chapter announced the formation of a mentorship committee. John Ritter, CFM, SFP and Debra Gutzmer, CFM, SFP will head up the new committee, which also includes IFMA San Diego members Glenda Didienne, Tommy Friedrich, Kyle Bakewell, CFM, Sherry Perkins, FMP and Tuyet Vu. The committee will facilitate and encourage mentorships throughout the chapter. San Diego members can contact any of the individual committee members to get involved. PAST PRESIDENT OF IFMA ST. LOUIS CHAPTER EARNS FMP DESIGNATION Chris Laughman, who served as St. Louis chapter president from July 2015 to June 2016, attainted his Facility Management Professional credentials in October. Laughman also holds CFM, SFP and LEED AP Operations + Maintenance designations. He has been a member of IFMA St. Louis since 2010. ‘DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN FM’ OFFERS REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE Daxil Raja, newly elected president of IFMA Student Chapter at UNC Charlotte, recently finished a “day in the life of an FM” to learn real-world applications that will serve him in his career. He joined CBRE’s Dallas Schwerin, AFM, and Lauren Moss, FM, at the Charlotte McKesson office on August 4. Daxil is pursuing a master’s of science degree in construction and facilities management at UNC Charlotte. Raja said the experience was eye opening. “One of the duties was to manage the CMMS for McKesson, where I learned how an employee can request the work order, how the FM professional manages the work order and the different duties of the FM professional in the system,” he said. Speaking about ongoing projects, Moss presented a thoughtful conversation regarding the role of FM for business continuity and assistance to project management. Daxil saw the influence of FM on a current IT decommissioning project. His “day in the life” helped him gain an understanding of the real-world applications he’ll be using in his career. IFMA ADVOCATES MEET MEMBERS OF CONGRESS Seven teams of IFMA advocates traveled to Washington, D.C. for IFMA Advocacy Day in September. While there, they met with legislators to advocate for matters that affect the FM community. Raffy Espiritu, FMP, and past president of the Silicon Valley Chapter of IFMA, reported there was a public policy forum where four members of Congress addressed the IFMA group and expressed appreciation for their advocacy efforts. After the public policy forum, Espiritu’s team met with individual legislators to advocate for the following legislation: • Support the 114th Congress bipartisan initiative to establish a public buildings reform and savings board with representation from FM professionals. The board would evaluate federal buildings, identify opportunities for efficiency and dispose of excess property. • Support the Perkin’s Act Re- Authorization on Workforce Development which would expand the scope of the Perkin’s Act to include FM programs (FMP, CFM) and FM operations programs. • Support the implementation of the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act to advocate for the hiring of qualified FMs when realigning real estate portfolios. • Join the High-Performance Buildings Caucus to heighten awareness and inform policy makers on the impact of buildings on the health, safety and welfare of occupants. MOLD ASSESSMENT, REMEDIATION AND CONTROL COURSE HOSTED IN GRAND CAYMAN In July, the Cayman Islands Facility Management Association (CIFMA) sponsored a mold assessment and remediation course in conjunction with the Cayman Islands Department of Environmental Health (DEH) and CIH Environmental Solutions. The course was designed to meet the needs of the environmental and building characteristics of the Caribbean. Current president John Santiago and past president Chip Ogilvie delivered the presentation with Roydell Carter and Antoinette Johnson from DEH, as well as Armando Chamorro, Ruth Otero and Alex Fernandez from CIH. The course helped shape new DEH guidelines on indoor mold remediation to align the country with the criteria used in the United States and Canada. It brought much-needed knowledge and control to the local workforce while establishing minimum requirements, and most importantly, to protect the consumer. Two dozen participants successfully completed the 24-hour course. There were great reviews from participants, and they requested CIFMA conduct another class early in 2018. The chapter is organizing additional courses to meet demand. MEMBER SPOTLIGHT MEET JACK Residing in Melbourne, Jack S. Hasch started out in construction and has been involved in all aspects of facility management for 40 years. He now serves as vice president of support services for Launch Federal Credit Union. In addition to working in the financial sector, he has also worked in manufacturing, retail, healthcare, construction and consulting. He says requirements and regulations may change between sectors, but the overall FM game plan stays the same. “I love that I get to make an impact on people’s lives every day!” CONNECT on LinkedIn with Jack MEET KAYLA For two years, Kayla Fountain has helped facility managers meet yearly objectives and maintain code compliance in her role as service sales executive. She specializes in health care and manufacturing facilities. Based in Cedar Rapids, IA, she’s also on a board for the local Muscular Dystrophy Association. “I am helping to plan a local gala event to raise money … the MDA has always been a passion of mine.” CONNECT on LinkedIn with Kayla MEET JASON Service sales manager, Jason Culley, has been in facility management for nine years and currently works with Baker Roofing Company in Memphis. He covers commercial facilities in west Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. When asked why he chose FM as a career, he says he loves helping customers solve problems. “I like tinkering with motorcycles.” CONNECT on LinkedIn with Jason MEET MARTIN Principal consultant of the FM Guru Consultancy, Martin Pickard, started his FM career 48 years ago in a mailroom. Currently living in Cranfield, U.K., he says he got his nickname as the “FM guru” back in the 1990s when he began sharing his opinions on everything FM. “Never worked in anything else; I love it.” CONNECT with Martin on Twitter @thefmguru or at www.fmguru.co.uk 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 email@example.com.
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