Tony Keane 2018-01-25 03:53:47
From the President As we welcome in 2018, it is a time to reflect on the past year and to look forward to the coming year. As I look back at 2017, it turned out to be quite a year. As I have mentioned before in this column, 2017 was the year of communication. We reexamined our communication channels and put several initiatives in place to create more effective communication and interaction. Establishing the Regional Advisory Boards for the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe/Middle East/Africa lead to a closer working relationship with our chapters in the regions. The launch of the new Engage platform as a benefit of membership was a great success. We implemented the initial phases of the Appreciative Inquiry Process which has resulted in four significant aspirational statements. Then we had much excitement around World Workplace in Houston due to hurricane Harvey. Going forward into 2018, we will be continuing the remaining phases of Appreciative Inquiry and incorporating the aspirational statements into our strategic planning process. The staff and board will be looking at how we can change our current organization to better position ourselves to achieve our aspirational statements. We will also continue the efforts to enhance the communication process within IFMA, building on what we started in 2017 and adding new channels where appropriate. Component leadership development workshops will return to help enhance the IFMA Member Leaders’ ability to serve in component leadership positions. A strong, vibrant component network will help IFMA grow and retain membership. In 2018, we will continue to drive relevant content, sessions and speakers to FM events hosted by IFMA and RICS. Look for further details in the future about the Joint FM Workshop with IFMA and SAME in San Antonio, World Workplace India, Facility Fusion Chicago, Facility Fusion Quebec, World Workplace Dubai, World Workplace Europe Barcelona, World Workplace Asia Singapore, World Workplace China Beijing, and World Workplace in Charlotte. Through the collaboration with RICS we will continue to promote and increase awareness about the suit of credentials and qualifications around the globe. IFMA’s world class credentials — the FMP, SFP and the only global FM certification, the CFM — represent FM professionalism at its best. I recently attended our Atlanta Chapter’s thirty-fifth anniversary recognition and holiday event. It was a beautiful event in a restored trolley house. Seeing the history of the chapter flash upon the screen with the collection of pictures from throughout the years brought pride to the room. The incredible number of men and women who have helped make the chapter what it is today was impressive. The other aspect shown in the pictures was the role and impact the Atlanta Chapter and its members have had on shaping the history of the global IFMA. The Fellows and Past Chairs from Atlanta reflect a list of honored individuals who have left their mark on IFMA. As we start 2018, I ask that you renew your commitment to IFMA and help shape the discipline and profession of facility management. Invite a colleague to join IFMA and share in the wonderful experiences of our IFMA member community. Happy New Year!
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