IFMA St. Louis Chapter provides holiday funds, clothing for winter The St. Louis Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) provided some warmth to the region’s needy this winter. The donations of money, clothing and blankets were made at the organization’s holiday social in December. Representing facility managers and suppliers who maintain the region’s commercial buildings, IFMA St. Louis presented a check for $1,000 to Heat Up St. Louis. The nonprofit organization builds awareness and provides resources to help those in need, especially the elderly and disabled, and needy families with critically ill children, avoid illnesses and deaths during the area’s bitter winter season. IFMA St. Louis also funds the organization’s Cool Down St. Louis, which provides services and support to keep residents cool during the hot summer months. IFMA St. Louis has supported the weather-related assistance programs for the past four years. The nonprofit organization helps defray the cost of energy to heat and cool residences, serving more than 300,000 area residents since the programs’ inception in 2000. To further spread the warmth this holiday season, IFMA St. Louis members donated gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, ear muffs and blankets. These items were distributed to various charities that help keep the St. Louis region’s most vulnerable warm during the winter. Backpacks for Students Donated by IFMA Capital Chapter The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington sent a letter of thanks to the Capital Chapter of IFMA for their donation of 72 backpacks and school supplies for Montgomery County residents. The fall donation was made possible by donations made during the chapter’s annual meeting and happy hour in August. IFMA ATLANTA CELEBRATES 35 YEARS AT ANNUAL HOLIDAY GALA & AWARDS BANQUE The 2017 Annual Holiday Gala & Awards Banquet marked 35 years for the IFMA Atlanta Chapter, held at the Trolley Barn in Inman Park on December 7. The black-and-white event featured dinner, dancing and an address by IFMA President and CEO, Tony Keane. The event also collected new, unwrapped toys for the local Toys for Tots chapter. The Atlanta Chapter, founded in 1982, is one of the original and oldest IFMA chapters. Only six chapters have an earlier founding date: Houston, Southeastern Michigan, Toronto, Denver, Lehigh and Chicago. LORRINE BABAUTA A resident of Santa Clara, Calif., Lorrine Babauta has been working in corporate facilities for nine years. Her first FM position was as a facility manager, and she knew immediately she wanted to continue to grow her career. The excitement and change of each day’s challenges have helped her become an expert in her field and industry. LORRINE: I accomplished a lot of wonderful things in my life while being a mother of four handsome boys and going to be a grandma in October. — CONNECT ON LINKEDIN.COM/IN/lorrinebabauta/ MARLON HAREWOOD As a NYC engineering manager, New York-based Marlon Harewood says FMs have a unique place in the workforce because they serve as the backbone of a company, keeping all essential elements in place. He has been in corporate facility management for seven years. MARLON: I’m passionate of my Caribbean heritage and culture. My definition of a vacation is traveling to a Caribbean island. — CONNECT ON LINKEDIN.COM/IN/marlon-harewood-73293319 YASIR MOHAMED Riyadh-based finance and physical resources manager, Yasir Mohamed, has been involved in diplomatic foreign mission facility management for more than seven years. He chose a career in FM because the industry continues to evolve and is dynamic and fluid. Learning something new every day has provided a challenge that keeps him going. YASIR: I am an avid hardcore motorcycle biker who is always up for a ride and someone who has traversed on a motorbike the two most treacherous and dangerous roads in the world three times over. — CONNECT ON LINKEDIN.COM/IN/yasir-mohamed-25782512/ GITTE ANDERSEN Gitte Andersen founded SIGNAL — a global ISS excellence center — 17 years ago. When she started out, she said no one talked about programming rooms focused on human performance. She established a new type of consultancy in construction and real estate that focused on the value of creation and using space as a strategic tool for better organizational performance. GITTE: When I talk, I often use metaphors and have a dark sense of humour. It’s a Danish thing and very hard to translate — I’m still practicing! — CONNECT ON LINKEDIN.COM/IN/gitte-andersen-204a552/ www.signal-arki.dk/en
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