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"Social media is just a buzzword until you come up with a plan."


- Unknown 


Recently, I have been captivated by social media - looking for ways to use it beyond communicating with old friends or to my college student. With advances in technology changing our lives everyday, I think it is worth our time to take a look at how we can use the technology available to us to benefit our facilities and the groups that we serve - from Facebook to Twitter, I hope IFMA helps you maximize your internet experience.


Facebook is a huge social network, and an important way for IFMA to reach its members.  The international organization's Facebook group is active and growing - with more than 1,150 online members!  It features many useful articles and is a great way for IFMA members to meet each other from the comfort of their homes!  Our own Atlanta chapter also has an active Facebook presence, with about 75 online members, and links to not just our events, but also educational articles and stories of interest to FMs.  You may be actively involved in IFMA, but how many of you have taken it to the next level?  I'm challenging all of you reading this to become a fan and connect with us on Facebook.  Please share articles and other information that will be useful to the profession.  


LinkedIn is another important social network where IFMA has a strong presence.  Our parent group has a very active group on LinkedIn with more than 5000 members.  There are several message boards and sub-groups dedicated to specific interests and councils within the organization.  The national LinkedIn group is a great way to meet other professionals and associates within IFMA, to ask questions and get truly helpful answers.  On a smaller scale, the Atlanta chapter has formed its own LinkedIn group and already has nearly 90 members.  There are numerous conversations on the site about upcoming events and also questions asked by local chapter members with good responses from other members of the chapter.   Harriet Whelihan, our Chapter Credentialing Chair, has formed a sub-group within our chapter's LinkedIn page for discussion of issues relevant to professional credentialing - from the difference between the CFM and the FMP professional designation to starting a CFM focused Book Club. 


Because we know how important social media is becoming in the lives of our members, the chapter's board recently added a new position - VP of Communications.  This new role, filled by KenBryson, oversees all aspects of how the chapter communicates with and connects to its members. Later this month, you will see the fruits of Ken's first big project: a redesign of the Atlanta Chapter's website - featuring a much more streamlined layout, and a better integration with our regularly-updated chapter blog.  We hope you check it out soon and give us feedback about what you like, or think we should change.  Also, if you're interested in being a guest-blogger, or getting involved with the communications committee - please contact KenBryson or JosephGeierman for more information! 


I cannot stress highly enough the value to your business of establishing personal relationships within IFMA's membership - both locally and internationally.  I think all business is built on relationships and social media is making it easier to form those relationships online.  And stay tuned to our newsletter for upcoming news on a Social Media Workshop to be hosted by our Emerging Leaders.  It will be an opportunity to learn from young professionals and students who are experts at making social media work for them.


In closing, I would like to hope I've encouraged some of you to consider alternative ways of establishing relationship through the chapter and in your profession.  So now the question becomes, "what you your plan for using social media to your business advantage"?
Christy Jellets

Chapter President







Education Program

Topic: Project Management 2010 - Success Strategies for FMs

Date: August 17th

Time: 10am - 2pm

Location: Regus


Topic: Disaster Planning
Date: August 18th
Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm
Location: Maggiano's Buckhead


Emerging Leaders Educational Event

Topic: Mold Remediation in Commercial Structures

Date: August 26th

Time: 8:30 - 10:30am 

Place: The Piedmont Center


Gwinnett Braves Outing

Date: 8/28 (saturday) at 7:05pm
Info: Air conditioned suite with indoor and outdoor seating
Families welcome!
Cost:  Professionals & their Families - $5 each; Associates & their families, $35 each 

Location: Gwinnett Braves Stadium

The Best Consultant is covering $15 of the cost for FMs and their Families! 


FM Sustainability Breakfast

Topic: Tour of a LEED-Gold Data Center

Date: August 31st

Time: 7 - 8:30am

Place: Corus360


September Luncheon

Topic: A Case Study of ASHRAE's LEED Platinum Rennovation
Date: September 15th
Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm
Location: ASHRAE Headquarters



New Member/Guest Breakfast

Date: Oct. 14

Time: 7:30 to 9:30am

Location: The Buckhead Club

Registration Forthcoming 



IFMA World Workplace
Date: October 27 - 29
Time: All Day
Location:Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta



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CDA Facility Re-dedication
August 31 at 10am

Join the Child Development Association for the rededication of their Facility on August 31. This group was a long term community service partner, and we are very excited about the fruits of their effort to improve this facility.

Read our blog for more information!!!




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Congratulations to... 

Kathy O. Roper, CFM, CFMJ, LEED AP, IFMA Fellow, of Georgia Institute of Technology, for her appointment to the position of First Vice Chair for the IFMA board of directors

Cheryl Waybright, CFM, IFMA Fellow, of Mace Macro, for her appointment to the board of trustees for the IFMA Foundation.




Support our Non-Profit Community Partners in their Fundraising Efforts this August




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GA Tech Corner

assoc eventWith World Workplace coming to Atlanta in October 2010, the Georgia Tech Facility Management graduate program would like to have a big impact.  Along with a booth in the expo, students attending the Education Reception to receive scholarships, and general attendance at the conference, we hope to have students and IFMA Atlanta Chapter supporters of the GT program prominently greeting visitors and sharing information about our program.  Plans are underway, but will not be finalized until later this summer.  
If you can help out by manning the GT program booth # 641 in the Expo for an hour, or would like to take part in helping to promote our program during World Workplace, please contact Professor Professor Kathy Roper at 404-385-4139 or or Brenda Morris at 404-385-7479 or This should be a wonderful (perhaps one-time) opportunity to greet potential students in our hometown.





Are you looking for Green Products/Services?


If so, please check out our member companies in the Sustainable Directory.  It is located on the Sustainability page under the Member Resources tab on the IFMA Atlanta website.
Associate members:


Do you have a green product or service and would like our professional members to find out about them? 


To be considered for listing on the Sustainable Directory, please download and application  and submit the completed application to Lani Terry.for review by the Sustainability Subcommittee.


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House of Delegates Representatives Needed






Chapter Representatives are needed for IFMA's Annual House of Delegates meeting being held in Atlanta on Tuesday, October 26th from 2:30-5:30pm. 
The House of Delegates provides a forum for representatives to interact with the Association's Board of Directors and staff regarding strategic initiatives of the Association. This meeting provides information to IFMA's Board of Directors and helps provide strategic direction to the Board. The agenda for the Annual Meeting will include a review of the minutes of the last meeting; reports from IFMA officers; any business items.
If you are interesting in becoming more active in leadership of the Atlanta Chapter, this is an excellent meeting and opportunity for you to learn about the association.  Please contact Christy Jellets at to get registered to attend.  


Pass the Logo - Your Help Needed!


IFMA is putting together a video for the 30th anniversay that will be premiering at World Workplace.  It will feature people from chapters all over the world passing the IFMA 30th anniversary logo from scene to scene.  Check this website for a detailed description.

Pass the Logo

The Atlanta Chapter has been putting together video clips for our own entry in the pass-the-logo challenge -- at the Spring Classic, our board retreat in May and at some of the luncheons.  We are ready for our finale and need your help!

On Wednesday, August 11; from 11:30 am through 12:30pm, members of our chapter will be meeting at the front entrance of the Georgia World Congress Center for the filming of a dramatic scene in front of the venue that will be hosting IFMA's World Workplace this year.  We are trying to get as many folks as possible to come out and participate, and would love to have you there!

Please come out and show your support.  Feel free to invite other people that you think would be interested as well! Please RSVP to Joanne Cole.


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Upcoming Events


IFMA Education Presentation:

Project Management 2010

Date: August 17, 2010

Location: Regus

Speaker: Ken Gwinner, AIA Atlanta President

Mark your Calendars Now!

Register Here! 



While managing thousands of successful projects, including Time Warner Center at Columbus Center in NY, Omni Hotel Tower in Downtown Atlanta, and TBS Techwood Campus Expansion Program, just to name a few, Ken Gwinner has fine-tuned specific approaches to Project Management and Project Finance.


Take a journey into Ken's methodology of Collaborative Project Management and walk away with Key Learning Aspects that will prove successful in your Projects, in your Job Performance, and in your Career.


Read More about the program here.


IFMA August Lunch Presentation:

Preparing for Disaster

Date: August 18, 2010

Location: Maggiano's Buckhead
Jeff Jellets (Salvation Army), Tom McGuire (Munters Corp), Waylon Smith (Remco Solutions)

Mark your Calendars Now!

Register Here! 




Please join us for a program and panel discussion that explores the challenges that face facility managers when the unexpected can be a recipe for disaster. Many businesses each year experience damage to their buildings which can be operationally and financially devastating, especially if there is not a Disaster Recovery Plan in place. The program will focus on emergency preparedness and business continuity issues as well as the disaster recovery phase. When disaster does strike, it is essential to take immediate action to mitigate the damage. Our panelists are all veterans of the emergency response and recovery industry and will be sharing specific experiences and case studies that highlight the need to have a Disaster Recovery Plan in place before disaster strikes.


Learning Objectives include:

  • Understanding the need for a Disaster Recovery plan and what types of emergencies you can expect. How this plan can reduce your company's level of risk, both internal and external.
  • Establishing roles for your team in unexpected circumstances, including emergency preparedness training.
  • Technical knowledge and information about mold damage remediation, water and fire restoration and working with hazardous materials.

Jeff Jellets is the territorial disaster coordinator for The Salvation Army's Southern Headquarters, based out of Atlanta, GA.  As the territorial disaster coordinator, Mr. Jellets is responsible coordinating support to Salvation Army units within these states during a major emergency and providing technical guidance during disaster preparedness, response and recovery. 

Tom McGuire  has over 20 years of experience in the disaster recovery field and has published a number of related articles.  His specific expertise is in the recovery and restoration of structures and documents related to disasters such as hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and fires. He is currently employed by Munters Corporation.

Waylon Smith founded Remco Solutions over 8 years ago.  Since then, the company has completed thousands of restoration projects in the residential and commercial market.  Waylon is passionate about providing education to professions in the insurance and property management industry. 


Gwinnett Braves Outing:

Sponsored by the Associates Committee

Gwinnett Braves Suite

Date: August 28, 2010

Location: Gwinnett County Stadium/Coolray Field
Cost: $10ea for Professional Members & their Families; $35ea for Associate Members & their Families

Mark your Calendars Now!

Register Here! 



The 2010/2011 associates committee is excited to offer 'something different' this season. On August 28th IFMA will be hosting our first time event with the Gwinnett Braves. Unlike previous sports outings, we will enjoy the comfort and convenience of a climate controlled suite with indoor and outdoor seating. Since the event is on a Saturday (7pm) bring the family! There are tons of in-game activities as well as a bouncy house area for the kids.

Thanks to The BEST Consultant for sponsoring $10 towards the cost of admission to all professional members and their family members.

For questions, contact Jeff DellaMaggiora (, 404-644-7603)

Sponsorships available


FM Sustainability Breakfast:



Date: August 31, 2010

Location: 130 Technology Parkway | Norcross, GA 30092
Corus360 Data Center

Mark your Calendars Now!

Register Here! 




Please join us for a tour of Corus360's LEED Gold Data Center.  The building was originally built in 1972, and has been recently upgraded.  This program is open to Facility Managers only, and begins at 7am.  A light breakfast will be served. 


Emerging Leaders Program


IFMA September Lunch Presentation:

ASHRAE LEED Renovation Case Study

Date: September 15, 2010

Location: Ashrae Headquarters
Jeff Littleton, Executive VP and Secretary of ASHRAE and Mike Snyder from Richard Wittschiebe Hand

Mark your Calendars Now!

Register Here! 

The September IFMA chapter meeting will be held on September 15 at the newly renovated headquarters of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers) which received LEED Platnium certification in late 2009. Atlanta is home to the headquarters of this organization which has 50,000 members globally. Founded in 1894, ASHRAE's mission is to advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world. With this mission in mind, it made sense that renovation of the headquarters building should attain LEED certification. This meeting, presented by Jeff Littleton, Executive VP and Secretary of ASHRAE and Mike Snyder, one of the project architects from Richard Wittschiebe Hand will present a case study of the renovation project with a tour after the presentation.



Past Events

July Luncheon Recap


Knoll Presenters 



The luncheon at SCAD began with a wonderful overview of SCAD's
campuses and available arts programs.  Everyone enjoyed this unique setting for the IFMA monthly luncheon.  A few of the IFMA board members entertained the sold-out crowd with a skit reminding us of the upcoming IFMA World Workplace in Atlanta, Oct. 27th - 29th, 2010 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Tracy Wymer and Dr. Mike O'Neill from Knoll presented their latest
research study:  Implementing Design for Integrated Work.  The program explored the complexity of changing work styles and diversity of workspace solutions.  Multiple work modes and the flow of work between those modes are driving this change to the Integrated Workplace.  Research shows that companies who  implement these integrated work styles, report improved business performance and increased employee satisfaction.

For additional information on this study and other Knoll research topics, please check here.


Education Committee Update


Facilities Managers work in an ever changing professional environment and for this reason we must always stay abreast on new technologies, trends, and opportunities. As FMs keep plugged in and connected to emerging applications and processes, the implementation is designed to provide outcomes that enhance FM services to our company, to our customers, and to a Facility Manager's career. 

The IFMA Atlanta Education Committee is gearing up to provide IFMA Atlanta Members with a year of meaningful events that will provide FMs with the tools to grow their knowledge in these areas and to help them sustain a safe and secure environment for everyone, each day, in the built environment. 

Please take full advantage of the following Upcoming Events currently on the delivery platform:  

 August 17, 2010

Project Management 2010 - Success Strategies for Today's Facility Managers

Take a journey into Ken Gwinner's methodology of Collaborative Project Management and walk away with Key Learning Aspects that will prove successful in your Projects, in your Job Performance, and in your Career.

Register Here! 



February 2011    

CFM Exam Review -- Come learn valuable knowledge and study techniques at the CFM Exam Review. Two heads are better than one, so take advantage of our educational study groups and learn valuable information on the Competencies in Facilities Management. 

Article written by Anthony Maddox/IFMA Atlanta Education Committee 




Community Service Corner


Community Service

The IFMA Community Service Committee is proud to announce it's partners for the 2010 - 2011 fiscal year.  The committee continues to grow and mentor great organizations in our community.  This year we will continue our partnership of Atlanta Community Toolbank, Elaine Clark Center for Exceptional Children, Family Life Restoration Center, Furniture Bank or Metro Atlanta, and Homestretch.  Our committee has also taken on mentoring of two additional non profits The Drake House and Decatur Cooperative Ministry.  We looking forward to building great relationships with these organization and helping them with their facility needs.   

The Committee will continue providing educational opportunities for non profit organizations focusing on facility maintenance.  If you would like to get involved or know of a non profit who could benefit from getting involved - check out our page on the IFMA Atlanta website.



The Making of a President
Bio of Christy Jellets, IFMA Atlanta President 2010/11
by Chris Sanders



Christy Jellets



It's Friday around 12:30pm and typical for a Facilities Manager's schedule; Christy Jellets and I are meeting at a Starbucks to conduct this interview. By typical I mean we had to reschedule several times and finally resorted to a spontaneous meeting in between work-related appointments. Many of you may know Christy from her years of volunteer time spent with IFMA or from her dedication to community service. Some IFMA members reading this will only know that Christy is our new chapter president. What you will learn from this interview is the depth of Christy Jellets' passion for the Facilities Management profession and her dedication to making her mark on IFMA and its members...

Read the whole interview on our blog!


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IFMA World WorkPlace

World Workplace

Your IFMA Atlanta Chapter has the honor of working with IFMA International at the 2010 World Work Place being held from Tuesday, October 26th - Friday October 29 at the Georgia World Congress Center. One of our tasks is to recruit volunteers for this annual event and you can help.

Are you registered or planning to register for World Work Place? If yes, your help is needed as a volunteer to assist the IFMA Atlanta Chapter with staffing the WWP information booth, staffing the IFMA Atlanta Chapter booth, working as a tour guide, and assisting at the Welcome Reception and the Foundation Gala.

If you are interested in learning more about the volunteer opportunities, please check the volunteer form on our website and then contact  Candace Kearney at


2010 IFMA Foundation Three Ring Spectacular

It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that we introduce the 2010 IFMA Foundation Three Ring Spectacular Gala and Recognition Reception, to be held Tuesday October 26th at the World of Coca-Cola during World Workplace in Atlanta.

The IFMA Foundation Three Ring Spectacular promises to be a wonderful evening of networking and entertainment, including dinner and sensational live and silent auctions. The annual Gala is International's single largest fundraising event. The funds raised are used to support our scholarships, grants, recognized degree program and research projects.

International needs your help in their efforts to accomplish their goals and mission. Please consider being a sponsor and/or donating an auction item. Your support is needed and contributors will be rewarded with ample recognition.

The Atlanta Chapter is also looking for volunteers to help with this event - please visit to view Volunteer Opportunities and sign up.
And mark your calendars for the IFMA Foundation Three Ring Spectacular at World of Coca-Cola - Tuesday, October 26th, 2010.


Click here to view the 2010 Gala Sponsorship Form  


Click here to view the Donation Form for the Gala


 We'll see you there!

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Interested in contributing an article - or even in joining the Newsletter committee?  If so, then contact our Newsletter Committee Chair, Joseph Geierman, at