Atlanta chapter of the International Facility Management Association
 April 2012

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   Photos from the March Luncheon 


Upcoming Events

Ponce City Market TourApril 1
April 12 at 4pm

Ponce City Market (the old "City Hall East") 


IFMA Atlanta Spring Classic
April 19 - All Day!
Tennis, Golf, Wine Cruise and Awards Dinner. 


IFMA New Member Guest Breakfast

 April 25 at 7:30am

Maggiano's Perimeter Location


Water Conservation at Atlanta CDC
April 26 at 2pm

Atlanta CDC



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One thing IFMA Atlanta members can enjoy are the many social events and tours offered. The main event each year is the Spring Classic. Held at Lake Lanier Islands, it's a full day or half day event that can be a sports event or just a relaxing time away from work.


This year, the Classic promises to be better than ever before! Beginning with a golf tournament and a tennis tournament, and offering horseback riding and a wine cruise, there are many activities to choose from and indulge in. Royal Cup's Steve Christopher has become an expert at handling this event for IFMA Atlanta, and Lake Lanier Islands does their best to give us a perfect day.


Sign up for all the events you can and join us on April 19th for door prizes and a buffet dinner as well as a memorable day. Associate members will be offering items for the raffle and helping to work the event as well as participate. Professionals can participate with their colleagues as well as Associates.

Hope to see you there; you don't want to miss it!


Karen Howard, IFMA Atlanta Chapter President



Upcoming Events



Tour - Ponce City Market

April 12, 2012


Ponce City Market has officially closed for construction and will reopen in 2014 with retail, restaurants, office, condos and apartments. This is terrific time to see the details of this great building before it is completed.

Ponce City Market is a prominent and historic Southern icon, a local landmark on the cusp of evolving into the vibrant centerpiece of four dynamic Atlanta communities, and a regional beacon of retail, office and residential activity.

Formerly City Hall East and before that the Sears building, Ponce City Market, a two million square-foot structure, is an adaptive reuse development that when revitalized will house a mix of retail, dining, office and residential space. A landmark structure at the crossroads of Midtown, Poncey Highland, Old Fourth Ward and Virginia Highland, situated along the Atlanta BeltLine transit corridor, Ponce City Market is perfectly positioned to become a hub among its neighboring communities, and a vibrant reflection of the diversity that makes each of those neighborhoods authentic and distinct.


The Sears, Roebuck and Co. building played a vital part in creating community within Atlanta after opening in 1926. Ponce City Market plans to renew that spark by providing a space that houses the best in local and national retail and food.


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Date: April 19, 2012
Location: Lake Lanier Islands: Legacy on Lanier Golf Club
Time: 10:00am


Mark it down! Don't pencil it in...pen it in! The IFMA Atlanta Spring Classic is coming soon. April 19th is the day. Golf, tennis, boats, water, wine, fajitas, cheese dip, door prizes, get out of the office for the day! Who wouldn't want that? Associates, call your favorite professional members and invite them. Professional members, call your favorite associates and tell them TO INVITE YOU! See you then! 


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New Member Guest Breakfast 4 25 12





Thursday, April 26th   2:00-4:00 P.M.


Water Conservation at the Atlanta Centers
        for Disease Control and Prevention
  Chamblee Campus - 4770 Buford Highway


 Member Cost - $10      Non-Member Cost -  $20




LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE - First Come First Serve to the first 50 Attendees


Must be U.S. (OR NATURALIZED) citizen and have a valid driver's license or passport for access to the CDC campus

GBCI, CFM and CEU'S available for this course


Come preview (3) LEED GOLD facilities and learn about a working rain garden system, rainwater retention for irrigation and a dual condensate recovery system used for make up water re-use on campus boilers and for landscape irrigation


IFMA Members - use the code IFMA2012 to get the discount.

No Cameras Allowed  (This includes cell phones)



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Past Events


March Luncheon Recap: The Clean Air Campaign 


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Representatives from the Clean Air Campaign informed the chapter about steps they've been taking to improve air quality in the metro area and with steps that Facility Managers can take to make real differences at their own companies.

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New Career Mentoring Program Launched
By Joe Carroll, Chair, Career Services Committee


The IFMA-Atlanta chapter has officially launched a Career Mentoring Program. This program enables one person (the Mentor) to facilitate the development of another person (the Mentee) by sharing skills, expertise, perspectives, and guidance.  This program can have a powerful and positive impact on chapter members in many ways.  According to one survey, seventy-five percent of executives stated that mentoring played a key role in their careers. Giving your time and talent in helping fellow members move along in their professional development is a worthy endeavor.  Winston Churchill once said, "We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give."  While we encourage members to volunteer as Mentors, we will also be actively recruiting potential Mentors based on the needs of the Mentees.  Of course, there must be a good fit between the Mentor and the Mentee. Shown below is an outline of the program. 


What is a Mentor?


A mentor is an experienced facilities management professional who can provide professional advice and guidance to students and less experienced facilities management professionals to help them attain professional certifications and advance their professional growth. Mentors must be a chapter member, have at least 5 years experience as a facilities management professional, and be willing to commit one year to the program.


There are several benefits to being a Mentor:

A. Receive 10 CFM maintenance points per year.

B. Re-energizes the mentor's career.

C. Satisfaction of mentoring another FM professional seeking advice, career guidance, credentialing status and enhancing their professional and career potential.

D. Raising the distinction of the designation into the Atlanta Business Market.

E. Recognition from the Atlanta Chapter as a Chapter Mentor.


What is a Mentee?

A Mentee is a facilities management professional seeking advice and guidance from an experienced, certified facilities management professional in order to advance his or her professional growth and/or to attain certification(s). Mentees must be a chapter member (professional) and be willing to commit one year to the program.


There are several benefits to being a Mentee:

A. A mentor will help you to achieve certification.

B. A mentor will help you in areas concerning your professional growth.

C. Will improve your problem solving, listening skills, communications, interpersonal relationships, technical abilities and leadership skills.

D. Meet colleagues with varied experiences, skills and contacts.

E. Network with others in your field.

F. Become a future mentor for other professionals.


How Does The Program Work?


A. The Chair of the Career Services Committee serves as the Mentoring Program Manager (MPM).

B. The MPM will receive requests for mentors and mentees and will seek to make appropriate matches.

C. Prospective mentors and mentees must submit a registration form to the MPM.

D. The MPM will monitor the progress of the program on an on-going basis and will provide periodic reports to the Chair of the Professional Development Committee.

E. The MPM will seek ways to promote the program throughout the chapter.

This program will only be as good as the people who support it.  I would encourage you to get involved and heed the words of John Crosby who once said:  "Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction."  To get involved, please contact either Joe Carroll or Clara Smith.  Their contact information is shown below.

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GA Tech Corner



 Spotlight on  FM Graduate Student, Ryan Engel


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1. Prior to starting the School of Building Construction FM master's program, you started your business, PreLink Solutions, what led you to start graduate school at Tech while starting up a new business?  PreLink Solutions is an innovative facility-consulting firm that utilizes proactive strategies and preventative maintenance tactics to minimize risk and maximize profit for building owners.  When I was approached by Georgia Tech to enroll in the program, I realized a great opportunity to enhance my professional toolkit, increase networking opportunities, and receive a Masters Degree from a prestigious engineering school.  I also researched other schools; Tech offered the most specialized degree that will help enhance my company's solutions: MSBCFM.  Finally, I like the freedom to choose a thesis option and I have the ability to attend after business hours.

 2. What has stood out the most in your experience thus far in the master's program?  To single out one primary attribute, I would have to say that the "people make the program".  The other enrolled students are business professionals just like me, and the professors have a wealth of real-life experience in the field.  I have also been pleasantly surprised and appreciative of the amount real-estate oriented coursework that is offered, both in facility operations and business and finance.

 3. What would be most helpful with your education/research in the FM program?   Since I have my own consulting firm, I would like to utilize the FM program resources to build a master's thesis that wholly aligns with my company's mission: bring value to the commercial property and facility management industry by lowering property risks and increasing operational efficiencies.  To construct this type of project, I will need to heavily rely on access to market data, trends, client case studies, and general industry knowledge.  I believe IFMA would be extremely helpful to assist with this endeavor.




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