IFMA’s Awards of Excellence were announced October 20 at World Workplace 2017, held in Houston, Texas. Nominees for the annual award are scored by judging panels of industry experts who evaluate each in several areas that indicate exceptional contributions to the facility management profession and the organization. In addressing the changes and challenges facing all organizations, IFMA President and CEO, Tony Keane, CAE, said, “This year’s award recipients are no strangers to this fast-paced climate, and have persevered to achieve excellence — both in their work and in their contributions to IFMA and the FM industry.” Also announced at the awards ceremony were three new IFMA Fellows, the 2017 IFMA Foundation Trustees Awards, presented by IFMA Foundation Chair Michael Schley, and the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign Awards, presented by Jason Hartke, Ph.D., program manager, commercial buildings integration, U.S. Department of Energy. The 2017 IFMA Awards of Excellence Associate Member Award Christian Pellecchia Chair Citation Kate North, global chair of IFMA’s Workplace Evolutionaries Community Distinguished Member Award Larry Morgan, CFM, SFP, FMP Emerging Professional Award Caitlin Schaapman Facility Management Innovation Award Madhav Karandikar, Symantec Corp. Distinguished Author Award, Book or Instructional Materials Diane Coles-Levine, MCR, Nancy Johnson Sanquist, IFMA Fellow; Co-editors of “Work on the Move 2: How Social, Leadership and Technology Innovations Are Transforming the Workplace in the Digital Economy” Distinguished Author Award, Web Based/Social Media Stephen Monaco, AIA Distinguished Author Award, Article or Research Paper Bill Conley, CFM, SFP, FMP, IFMA Fellow; Author of “Biomimicry: Imitation as a Science,” FMJ Magazine article Community Award of Excellence in Communications Workplace Evolutionaries Council of the Year Award Legal Industry Council Large Chapter of the Year San Diego Chapter of IFMA Large Chapter Award of Excellence in Professional Development San Diego Chapter of IFMA Large Chapter Award of Excellence in Web Communications Capital Chapter of IFMA Small Chapter Award for Excellence in Web Communications Central Pennsylvania Chapter of IFMA The George Graves Award for Facility Management Achievement YMUS Cypress Facility Department, Yamaha Motor Corp. The Sheila Sheridan Award for Sustainable Facility Operations & Management Global Property Team, Arm Student Chapter of the Year Greater Phoenix Student Chapter of IFMA 2017 Class of IFMA Fellows RICK COREA IFMA Fellow Director of global facilities ON Semiconductor Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A. Rick has devoted more than 36 years to excellence and improvement in facility management, through IFMA’s Greater Phoenix and Malaysia Chapters; as a mentor for the Arizona State University (ASU) education and research programs; and as the architect and driver of IFMA’s award-winning Greater Phoenix Student Chapter, extending its internship program internationally. As a founding member, ongoing advisor and corporate sponsor of the student chapter, he has written its bylaws, mentored students, established a sponsorship and organized paid FM internships for ASU students. Corea has received many awards individually and on behalf of his company, including a 2016 Citation from the Chair of IFMA’s Board of Directors, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from IFMA’s Greater Phoenix Chapter. As Director of Global Facilities for ON Semiconductor in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, his innovative approach to managing each facility has resulted in streamlined policies and procedures, earning ON Semiconductor the Professional Organization of the Year award for five years from IFMA’s Greater Phoenix Chapter. COLLINS OSAYAMWEN CFM, FMP, IFMA Fellow Cofounder and managing partner SheltercareFM Consult Nigeria Collins is a global ambassador for the facility management profession, committed to increasing awareness of FM in Africa through government advocacy, speaking on FM-related topics and developing student programs. After joining IFMA in 2004, Osayamwen was directly responsible for securing approval to establish the Abuja and Greater Accra Chapters. He served on IFMA’s Board of Directors, and was a valuable resource in the Global Organizational Strategy Task Force, helping to magnify the “I” in IFMA. He served as the IFMA Foundation’s Ambassador to Africa; and is currently the Interim Vice Chair for the Nigeria FM Initiative, whose goal is to provide a national platform for the promotion and continuous development of FM to the government of Nigeria. In his role as Cofounder and Managing Partner of SheltercareFM Consult, he provides leadership to more than 150 staff members, sets direction for the organization, and develops vision and strategies to deliver world-class solutions to multilateral and bilateral organizations and national governments. JAMES P. WHITTAKER P.E., CFM, CEFP, FRICS, IFMA Fellow Director of engineering services Americas, JLL Chantilly, Virginia, U.S.A. James is a Past Chair of IFMA’s Board of Directors. He served on the IFMA Foundation’s Board of Trustees, created IFMA’s Standards Committee, and led the review and revision of IFMA’s ethics policies as Chair of the Ethics Committee. As Founding Chair of IFMA’s FM Research and Benchmarking Institute (RBI), he led the development of the RBI charter, Founder’s Circle, Development Council, and establishment of policies to organize and further FM research. The breadth of Whittaker’s contributions to IFMA, the American National Standards Institute, the National Research Council, the U.S. Department of State, the National Institute of Building Sciences, and many other organizations and academic institutions speak to his focus, energy and service to the FM profession. One of his greatest gifts to FM globally is his leadership role in the U.S. ANSI, International Organization for Standardization standards refinement, which is crucial to elevating the validity and value of IFMA’s educational programs. In the last 10 years, he has given 93 presentations, contributed to four books, written 14 journal articles, taught 90 courses and impacted nearly 1,350 students. With more than 30 years of experience in the facilities and engineering industries, Whittaker is the Director of Engineering Services — Americas for JLL.
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