The Atlanta Chapter of The International Facility Management Association
 Newsletter | JANUARY 2010
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In a recent holiday message from the IFMA Chairman, we heard that 2009 brought many challenges and uncertainties along with much good fortune. With the skills and strengths of IFMA headquarters' staff, senior leadership and board of directors, the association has continued to persevere and address these challenges head-on, achieving our goals and continuously improving on various objectives.


As the new year and a new decade approach, it's time not only to look forward to the future but also to reflect on the past year.  It has been a challenging and difficult year for so many, with members and companies within our chapter cutting costs, cutting their labor forces, and making tough decisions on how best to utilize the available dollars that have been allocated.  IFMA responded early with payment plans for membership and a-la-carte options to keep costs affordable to members who's company no longer pays for them. 


For IFMA Atlanta the hard economic times also forced the Board to sharpen their pencils and take a hard look at the Chapter budget and how best to maximize the experience of membership without sacrificing the benefits.  The theme of the Board's strategic planning session was "Havin' fun, Gettin' it done".  We knew we had our work cut out for us in the upcoming year with a lot to accomplish and limited resources to do it with. 


We started the year with a tough decision in front of us; to continue on with plans for re-scheduling Atlanta Work Place, one of the Chapter's largest operating expenses, but also our largest offering in terms of education, professional development and associate member visibility.  A dedicated and resourceful committee offered creative alternatives, like a partnership with AIA and CoreNet.  This event was undoubtedly one of the year's most successful endeavors. As a result of those determined resources, the Chapter not only staged a fully successful day of superlative educational offerings and an EXPO Trade Show with over 40 vendor tables, but we also exceeded revenue goals by more than $12,000 and generated $8,000 toward our annual support of the IFMA Foundation and our other community partners.


In an effort to bring more social networking opportunities to our members, in the fourth quarter, we held both an Associates Reception, which included professional members, and our first Bowling Night.  We not only had a great deal of fun but raised an additional $1800 for the IFMA Foundation.  We really put the "Havin' fun, Gettin' it done" into both events and for those of you who missed it them, watch the calendar in 2010.


This spring, look for a combined effort of our Associates, Special Events and Tours committee in bringing us a Speed Networking event as well as our Annual Golf Classic at Lake Lanier.  This year will bring our golfers a new Legacy course as well as some other exciting additions to this annual event.


In addition to our monthly educational programs, our Education committee held a LEED EB-OM class, for the first time offering real-time project experience on a LEED project.  They are also working to develop a Case Study for an educational session at WWP in 2010.  We also have a class on Professional Writing for Results scheduled for January and our CFM Review Class will take place in February.


Lastly, I'm happy to report to you the internal strides your Atlanta Chapter Board has made year to date.  They have created and are following job descriptions for their functions.  They've worked to streamline our reporting, track our volunteer hours and are establishing a map for succession planning.  Together we have accomplished a lot in the first six months, but we still have a lot of work ahead of us.  I'm looking forward to meeting with a team at the end of January to review the Strategic Plan for 2009-2010. If you receive a call from an executive committee member, consider giving a few hours to assist in the review process.  This is a great way for you to be part of the chapter's growth.   Soon long-term strategic planning will take place to carry our Chapter into the new decade and assure IFMA Atlanta's place as a leader in the FM industry.  With the support of our members, we look forward to an exciting new era in the Chapter's history.


To all of the members in our Chapter, the entire Board and I wish you a Happy New and Prosperous Year to come.


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January Atlanta Chapter of IFMA  Luncheon   
January 20th
New Location:
Cobb Energy Centre
Topic: Leadership & Management -
"The Introverted Leader"
Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, Ph.D.
11:30am - 1:30pm
2009 -2010 
 Sustaining Patrons
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ASD, Inc.
Document Technologies 
Hendrick, Inc.
Malcolm B. Weiss & Associates
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Southern Business Systems

January 12
 Effective Writing for Results
10:00am - 12:00 pm 
UPS Headquarters
Gary Merrow
$35 Members 

January 20 
IFMA Luncheon
11:30 am - 1:00 pm 
New Location 
Cobb Energy Centre
Topic: Leadership & Management -
"The Introverted Leader"
Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, Ph.D
  January 26
7:00 am - 8:30 am 
 KNOLL Showroom
February 3 & 4 
 CFM Exam Review Class
8:00 am - 5:00 pm 
EMCOR Services Aircond
February 17
 IFMA Luncheon
11:30 am - 1:00 pm 
 Villa Christina
Topic: Finance
William B.Hood
Membership Referral Program
Membership Referral Program for current members who get new members to join (Professional or Associate).

Beginning January 1, will recognize each current member who recruited a new member will be recognized at the monthly luncheon.  That current member will also be entered into a monthly drawing for a $50.00 Visa gift card.  Each member you recruit gets you another chance at the drawing
(2 recruits = 2 chances to win).
Please contact Christy Lowell, Membership Chair with questions.

Atlanta Chapter of the International Facility Management Association
Board of Directors

 Joanne Cole
Vice President
Christy Jellets

Vice President
Clara Smith
Karen Howard
Keith Mathison
Past President
Christine Vest
Atlanta Chapter of the International Facility Management Association
 Commitee Chairs
 Christy Lowell

Annette Gorelick
Sustaining Patrons
Gene Meany
Community Services
Dave Woelber
Pam Essler
Dan Walther
Web Site
Ken Bryson
Volunteer Coordinator
Monte Townsend
Meaghan Baker
IFMA Foundation & Scholarships
 Joyce Roper
CFM Certification
 Harriet Whelihan
Lani Terry
 Career Management
 Joe Carroll
Young Professionals
Jason Moore
 Atlanta WWP 2010
Steering Committee
Tammy Roberts
 Golf Classic
Steve Christopher
Special Events
 Jeff DellaMaggiora
Stewart Smith

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Previous Events
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Sustaining Patron's Reception
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The Sustaining Patron committee hosted a reception on December 1st at the Piedmont Driving Club in honor of our 2009 Sustaining Patrons.  The event was an opportunity for the board and invited guests to express our appreciation to our Patrons for their financial investment in the chapter.  Gene Meany, Sustaining Patron Committee chair, also previewed for the assembled group the new program for 2010.  As in years past, existing patrons have an opportunity to renew their support before the program has been rolled out to the general membership.  This year, the program includes special benefits related to World Workplace 2010, which Atlanta is hosting in late October.  Interested parties can contact Gene Meany for more information or download a copy of the program brochure on the chapter website.


Upcoming Events

IFMA January Lunch Presentation 

January 20, 2010
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 Leadership & Management:  "The Introverted Leader"

Speaker:  Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, Ph.D.


Author, speaker and executive coach, Jennifer Kahnweiler will discuss some of the principles outlined in her book "The Introverted Leader:  Building on Your Quiet Strength".  Jennifer will share the tools and techniques to help the introverted leader thrive.  Did you know that most companies are missing out on the potential of 50% of their talent?  Did you also know that most people consider themselves to be introverts?  Many facility managers fall into this category.  As they are tapped into more and more responsibility in their organizations, the introverted leader is especially challenged with the following:  work overload, people exhaustion, negative impressions, and underselling themselves.  To overcome these hard realities, Jennifer will present a four-step process - The Four P's - to assist the introvert to thrive in a leadership role.

In this high energy presentation, Jennifer will share with us that introverted leaders do not need to change who they are to succeed in the business world. 



1.     Learn the key behaviors that define an introvert.

2.     Understand the hard realities that many introverted leaders face.

3.     Learn solutions to thrive and build on your quiet strength.

Click Here to Register! 

Jennifer Kahnweiler's book, "The Introverted Leader:  Building on Your Quiet Strength", will be available for purchase at the event.


IFMA Sustainability Breakfast

 (Facility Managers Only)

Tour of Knoll's LEED Gold Showroom and Learn about Green Product Certifications (SMaRT and Greenguard) 


January 26, 2010-7AM-8:30AM


Knoll Showroom

1170 Howell Mill Road, NW, Suite 200

Atlanta, GA  30318


Please join us in the LEED Gold Knoll showroom - a beautiful example of creative re-use of a landmark warehouse building with roots in the exciting WestSide Design District of Atlanta.  
After a brief showroom tour, we will convene for breakfast and an overview of the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) and SMaRT Sustainable Product Certification.

GEI is a third-party, nonprofit organization that oversees the GREENGUARD Certification Program, which establishes indoor air quality standards for indoor products, environments and buildings.   Their mission is to improve public health and quality of life.  GREENGUARD is an essential component of LEED and SMaRT.  

SMaRT is a rigorous Sustainable Product Certification program that measures the Triple Bottom Line:  Good for the Environment, the Economy and for Social Equity.  It is also a transparent, third-party process managed by a nonprofit organization.  The SMaRT program has been recognized by the USGBC and follows the LEED protocol of scoring prerequisite points, then additional points for Sustainable Silver, Sustainable Gold and Sustainable Platinum.

We invite you to learn about the implications of these increasingly important programs and how they are delivered in a LEED Gold space.

Limited to 25 facility managers.


Cost: Free

Click here to Register!

 The Atlanta Chapter of IFMA Presents:
 CFM Exam Review Class of 2010
February 3rd and 4th, 2010 (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Location: EMCOR Services Aircond | 400 Lake Ridge Dr SE Smyrna GA 30082

What is the Review Class? 
This is the definitive course of preparation for successfully completing IFMA's Certified Facility Manager (CFM) examination.
It is designed to provide those preparing to take the exam with increased confidence. It is not an in-depth study of FM but an opportunity to self-evaluate your readiness to take the exam. The review discusses the format, sample questions and information related to the nine competency areas tested in the exam.
IFMA's Nine (9) Competencies:
         Leadership & Management
         Human & Environmental Factors
         Planning & Project Management
         Operations & Maintenance
         Quality Assessment & Innovation
         Real Estate
Top Five Reasons to Get Certified

1.        Distinguish Yourself.
In today's competitive job market, your CFM status puts you ahead of the competition. Certified Facility Managers have proven their abilities and demonstrated their commitment to achieving excellence in the profession.
2.        Invest in Your Future.
CFMs earn, on average, 13% more than non-certified facility managers. Earning your CFM is one of the most important career decisions you can make.
3.        Demonstrate Your Leadership and Initiative.
It's not easy to achieve CFM status. The CFM credential is a tangible sign of your success. Share your expertise by  mentoring up-and-coming members of your organization.
4.        Advance Your Profession.
Facility managers must be proficient in a wide range of competencies. The CFM program articulates the level of skill and talent required in this industry.
5.        Enhance Your Professional Network.
Enjoy opportunities to network during special CFM events. IFMA chapter members will develop their  professional relationships while tapping into a wide spectrum of credible and knowledge resources.
The course will be led by  Kathy Roper, an experienced Certified Facility Manager, IFMA Fellow, Professor at Georgia Tech's Facility Management Masters Program, and a contributing author for the recently published "Facility Management Handbook Third Edition." Kathy has extensive knowledge of the Facility Management profession and is an approved Instructor for the CFM Review Course.

This is an invaluable opportunity for all Professionals interested in Career Development through Certification. A candidate for CFM does not have to be a member of IFMA to obtain the CFM designation and so this course is open to members and non-members alike.  After completing the course, individuals ready to take the CFM exam will submit an application to IFMA Headquarters in Houston, Texas.

Review Course Registration & Cost - Click here to Register!  Cost for members is $200 if they register on or before January 4; $250 after January 4.  Cost for non-members is $250 if they register on or before January 4, $300 if they register after January 4 

Be aware that outside the Atlanta Chapter you will find this Course offered for $700.00 or more.

* Morning Snack, Lunch & Afternoon Break Service will be provided by Platinum and Gold Sustaining Patrons.

IFMA February Lunch Presentation

February 17th, 2010

Competency:   Finance

Speaker: William B. Hood, CPA,

Business Development Executive

Presentation:    "Show Me the Money"

In this present economy, would you want to know how you can improve your facility's bottom line? Facility managers are continually challenged to "do more with less."  They are constantly having to be creative, think out of the box, and create a business case for any new cost-saving ideas that will ultimately bring value to their organization. This CEU presentation will cover available federal and state tax deductions and credits, utility and non-utility cost saving efficiencies and pay backs on capital for "Green" initiatives that will help improve your facility's Profit & Loss.


1.      Understand the latest tax incentives and deductions your facility may acquire.

2.      Implement cost savings through facility efficiencies.

3.      Forecast a return on the investment for your facilities "Green" initiatives.



William B. Hood is the Business Development Executive for the Atlanta office of the public accounting firm Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC (CRI), one of the Southeast's 'Top Four' accounting and business consulting firms and national top 40 firms. Just prior to joining CRI, Bill served as Southeast Division Manager for Asset Preservation, Inc., a subsidiary of Stewart Title and held a leadership role at Bayview Financial Exchange Services, both are qualified intermediaries for tax deferred exchanges.

Bill holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from Seton Hall University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Bill is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors and CREW.




Tuesday, March 9, 2010

6:30 - 8:30 pm 

The Associates, Special Events and Tours Committees invite you to attend a very unique event:


Recipe:  Combine the services of a professional facilitator with delicious food and drink.

All we need for a fun evening is you!

Sustaining Patron Profile




Southern Business Systems, Inc. specializes in designing, implementing and servicing innovative storage and document management systems for a variety of clients - financial, legal, healthcare, education, libraries, museums, commercial and government agencies.


The knowledge of our professional sales force, including Gene Reilley and George Brodnax, IFMA attendees, combined with our broad product offerings and organizational principles enables us to help our clients free up valuable space, increase storage capacity, improve workflow processes and effectively organize their facilities. 


Southern Business Systems, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta with branch offices throughout Georgia and South Carolina, has been an industry leader for 33 years.  As a charter member of International Systems Dealer Association, we are able to provide products and services to clients nationally and internationally. 


Southern Business Systems, Inc. is proud to be an IFMA Sustaining Patron.  Our association with IFMA offers a forum to network with a great group of professional and associate members. Through the chapter meetings, seminars and educational programs Southern Business Systems, Inc. has gained an increased awareness of the industry, facility management trends and best practices.  We look forward to many years of affiliation with IFMA, a progressive and distinguished organization.    


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