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February 2013



   Photos from the January Luncheon


Upcoming Events

February 22 - Atlanta Workplace

No regular luncheon due to Workplace.


Braves Baseball and Tour

April 18 Spring Classic




2012-2013 Board of Officers


Annette Gorelick

Tel: 770-314-5215

Vice President:

Kenneth Bryson, AIA, LEED, AP

Tel: 770-488-2409

VP, Communications:

Joseph Geierman, CFM, FMP

Tel: 404-885-3557

VP, Professional Development:

Kenneth Stephenson, CFM, AIA

Tel: 770-488-2557

Secretary:  Christy Lowell

Cell: 404-734-1270

Treasurer: Dan Walther

Tel: 678.731.5926 

Past President:  Karen Howard

Tel: 770-621-6655




Chair - Sustaining Patrons

Harry Ludwig   

King & Spalding, LLP

Chair - Membership

Dawn Abraham   



Chair - Associates

Peter Van Cleave 

Water for Life 


Chair - Newsletter 

Tammy Weeks 

ICS Contract Services 


Chair - IFMA Foundation & Scholarships 

Dee Raya 

The Coca-Cola Company


Co-Chair Community Services 

Richard Yarbrough 

TL Gowin & Co., Inc.


Co-Chair Community Services

Emily Perry 

Harris Perry & Associates, Inc.


Chair - Programs
Gean Leyba 

Research in Motion Corp.


Chair - Education 

Anthony Maddox 

Southern Polytechnic University


Chair - Sustainability

Sharon Jaye 

The Westminster Schools


Chair - Career Management 

Joseph Carroll 

IST Management Services


Chair - Tours 

Pamela Essler 

Forecast Design Studio, LLC


Chair - Emerging Leaders

Carrie May



Chair - Golf/Tennis Classic 

Stephen Christopher 

Royal Cup, Inc.


Chair - Atlanta Workplace

Joseph Geierman 



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My daughter recently received her first performance review from her manager. She is a Millennial, the fastest growing segment of the workforce, also known as Gen Y (generally born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s). These workers are characteristically immersed in media and technology, and are hyper-connected. As I heard myself giving some motherly advice, I thought of my own decades-long career and the hurdles I faced along the way.


While past performance and achievement of objectives is critical to advancement, another key indicator of success is a career plan fueled by continuous improvement. Astute professionals understand that career advancement often depends on professional development and maintaining a network of business connections. In the twenty-first century, we know that the Facility Management profession and the built environment will continue to challenge us with technological, global and workforce changes. The importance of staying current and connected cannot be overemphasized in our professional careers or personal lives.


The good news is that IFMA Atlanta provides our members with access and resources for understanding these career challenges.

  • For some of us, professional credentials may be the best path for advancing our careers. IFMA continues to be a leader with our Facility Management Professional (FMP), Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP), and Certified Facility Manager (CFM) designations.
  • For others, a degree in the field of Facility Management from an accredited university might be the answer. IFMA Atlanta is an active partner with both the graduate program at Georgia Tech and the undergraduate program at Southern Polytechnic State University. 
  • For many, continuing education is the most appealing option. On February 22, Atlanta Workplace 2013 will include two amazing keynote speakers, three tracks of educational content, and a trade show of products and services. Please register at
  • Volunteer work with an IFMA Atlanta committee provides opportunities for professional development, networking, and relationship-building.

Our Committee Chairs are contacting members to enlist your participation. Please see the sidebar of the newsletter each month for committee contact information. Each of us possesses unique skills and knowledge that could make a difference in the success of our Chapter.


To quote Joyce Roper, Manager, Workplace Services, The Coca-Cola Company, and IFMA Atlanta Past President, "Get active, join more than one committee. It's a way to build relationships, and when you are building relationships, not only do you build friendships but you also find the people you want to do business with. You know when you meet someone through an organization like IFMA, you will find integrity, trust, and the things you are looking for in a partner."

I challenge each of you to get involved in our premier facility management association, IFMA Atlanta. Imagine where it might lead you!



Annette Gorelick, LEED AP O+M

IFMA Atlanta Chapter President 



Upcoming Events



February 22nd - 2013 Atlanta Workplace

Atlanta Workplace 2013 

IFMA Atlanta's day-long educational conference is almost here!


The conference highlights include two keynote speakers: Kevin Johnson of Invest Atlanta, and Ryan Gravel of Perkins + Will (who initially proposed the Beltline). Both will speak about Atlanta and its prospects for the future. There will be three different tracks of educational information - focusing on Operations, Sustainability and Design.  Finally, we will have an exciting trade show where vendors with products of interest will show solutions to help you do your job better! All of this, plus breakfast, lunch and parking will cost just $99 - truly a bargain for this kind of educational event. Register today!


REGISTER HERE or visit for more information 





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April 4th - "BRAVES BASEBALL and TOUR"


This is a value packed, major league home run of an event! The Associates Committee and your Co-Hosts, Gray's Limousines, Flooring Solutions, and CWC/Herman Miller are sponsoring an event that's sure to make a hit with Professionals and Associates alike, combining a tour of Turner Field with a Major League Braves/Phillies Baseball game.

The game can be viewed entirely from Turner Field's spectacular 755 Club. The Braves made the Wild Card playoff game last year and they are sure to be vying for the National League pennant again this year. Come see all the fabulous features of Atlanta's state of the art ballpark and cheer the Braves on to a sweep of their arch rivals, the Phillies, in the first series of the new season.


Parking in public parking lots on your own. Ticket pickup at the entrance to the 755 Club. Due to the time of the week and the 755 Club venue, this event must be restricted to adults over 18 only.  Anyone wishing to attend just the game and not the tour will pay the same price.


Associates may bring Professionals for the Professional's price, but must pay the Associate price for themselves and their other adult guests.




April 18th - IFMA Atlanta Spring Classic


Mark it down! Don't pencil it in...pen it in! The IFMA Atlanta Spring Classic is coming soon. 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!


 This is one event you DON'T want to MISS! 





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Past Events



January Luncheon - The State of Facility Management Today 




Kathy shared with the audience the structure of IFMA International and the state of FM's in today's business environment. She shared her experiences over the past years as leading IFMA through some of our changes as well as traveling around the globe and meeting with chapter leaders around the world. Her topic then moved on to talking about the changing state of Facility Management, the importance of technologies and collaborative concepts, then onto the impacts of change and the new era of Facility Management in today marketplace.


Part of this topic touched on the four generations in the work place and how this will affect the FM future.  She shared a few tips on planning for the future of FM's in today's companies from focusing on the Knowledge Age Workers, providing workplace environments that encourage interaction, to connectivity to both people and technology. The conversation moved on to how to adopt productivity measures that quantify true performance, while providing flexibility to workers.


One of the key take aways from her presentation had to do with the Knowledge Age. Innovation requires communication for effect. She shared how too much innovation creates chaos. She touched base on Chaos Theory which is the study of complex dynamic systems. This included small changes in one or more variables that can lead to an enormous impact on others. Another part of this was the Self Organization which is the exchange of energy with environment that results in being out of equilibrium. Creation of environment for change was the end result of the Knowledge Age.


As an FM, I could talk about this with as much excitement as Kathy did but in closing I can share that this was a great presentation and we were honored to have Kathy Roper present on this topic. She even had a few Georgia Tech students and staff members in attendance which added to the excitement of the luncheon. 


Thank you Kathy! 







IMG Tour




On January 23rd the Tours Committee hosted roughly 40 professionals, associates, and guests for a tour of IMG College's new office space in midtown. IMG College, a sports marketing and collegiate licensing company, recently relocated from a dark, dreary space to a new bright, open, and collaborative environment.


Catherine Singer, Operations Manager, said that the new workplace has been very positive for both employees and customers. The tour was lead by Perkins + Will who created this innovative "branded" space and they discussed the thoughtful design details and features that reinforced the sports brand. After the tour, the group enjoyed networking and fellowship in the Lowe's Hotel lounge.




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IFMA Sustainability

How-To Guide: Food Service Management


Food service management is one of many activities in commercial and institutional buildings. Often a very complex work environment, the decisions and practices in food service can have a significant influence on the social well-being, environmental health and economic security of both surrounding communities and those around the world.

This guide provides practical, real-world guidance on how to introduce and advance sustainable practices within the food service environment. The guide provides direction for individuals in leadership and management positions within the food service environment, as well as general information for professionals within the operation and management of buildings, including real estate management, property developers, architects, engineers and government entities. Students in facility management degree programs will also find the guide relevant.



The guide is available free of charge here:  




GA Tech Corner



Georgia Tech undergraduate students are becoming acquainted with Facility Management through a new course in the Honors Program, "Managing the Built Environment." Students majoring in mechanical engineering, building construction, bio-chemistry and even aerospace are learning that Facility Management has a broad impact. To give them a real flavor of day-to-day operations, Bob Childs of Coca-Cola provided an interesting tour and provided loads of stories about the campus and the real world of managing facilities.


Students were able to see the building automation system in action and even suggest ideas for how to remotely monitor more of the Coca-Cola campus. Mailroom, boiler room, loading dock and the JLL service provider offices were all visited to provide a well-rounded view of corporate campus facility management. It's one thing to talk about facilities, but another more impressive thing to see the real thing, pardon the commercial!




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