newest mastheadJanuary 2011

   101215_IFMA AWARDS 010b101215_IFMA AWARDS 226101215_IFMA AWARDS 049101215_IFMA AWARDS 117
   Photos from the 2010 Awards Banquet

christy's new header

Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. -Hal Borland

It's hard to believe that half of the 2010-2011 year is already behind us and it's time to take a look at our BSC, goals and measurements and assess where we've come from and where we want to go from here.


In May at our Strategic Planning Meeting we updated and revised the Balanced Score Card to move the chapter forward another year.  The programs and initiatives that the Atlanta Chapter have already established and continued through the years are still going strong and have shown a steady increase in attendance over the last year.  Our monthly programs, FM Networking Breakfasts, New Member Breakfasts, Sustaining Patron and Association Reception, Community Service and Non-Profit Educational offerings remain strong, coupled with the Chapter's strong Scholarships and IFMA Foundation support program are the foundation that has made Atlanta the award-winning chapter that it is.


All of our efforts of bringing you more value for membership dollars appear to be bearing fruit.  The fact that in this difficult year our membership counts have continued to increase by 7% lets us know that our Chapter is traveling the right path. Our member numbers are at an all time historic high of 484 members!


As a result of several focus group meetings instigated by the Executive Team we have, in the past year, implemented and continue to improve upon the following initiatives:

  1. Adding a Vice President/Communications position to the Executive Committee effective the 2010-11 fiscal year; a Public Relations Coordinator for the chapter for increased recognition and emphasizing focus on the facility management role in the industry for the Atlanta community.  To that end, the Board is in the midst of meetings with BouncePath, our chosen Public Relations firm, to begin media training and  begin moving forward to fulfill our mission and make the Atlanta Chapter of IFMA the premier, focused resource for professional development and innovative solutions in strategic facility management. We want IFMA to be the go-to resource for media when they need experts in the facility management field for story input.
  2. Supporting International's and the Chapter's focus on Sustainability (reducing the chapter budget by $15,000 to implement an electronic newsletter, rebranding the chapter logo and website and winning Newsletter Publishing Chapter of the Year at World Workplace 2010).  Sustainability continues to be a priority with LEED Green Associate and AP O+M training opportunities for members.
  3. Collaboration with other built environment organizations such as CoreNet, AIA and USGBC.  Atlanta Work Place 2009 - will repeat and add other collaborative organizations for AWP 2010.  We added many new educational opportunities in the past year that helped to earn us the title of Professional Development Chapter of the Year at World Workplace 2010.  The subcommittee for Atlanta Workplace is already working on our chapters Fall educational and associate expo event.  Look for details in next months newsletter. 
  4. We've worked to streamline our Board reporting, track our volunteer hours and are establishing a map for succession planning by revamping our Nominating Committee process.


I believe with these and other initiatives, we have charted a path for the long lasting success of the chapter.

I'm looking forward to meeting with a team at the end of January to review the Strategic Plan for 2010-2011.  If you receive a call from an executive committee member, consider giving of your time to assist in the review process.  This is a great way for you to be part of the chapter's growth.   Additionally, a team is needed to help develop the long-term strategic planning to carry our Chapter for the next five years 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.


I will close with a personal message, to thank each of you for your support of me as your leader and friend in 2010.  It was a tough year for my family and we are blessed to have each of you as friends!  I hope you each find happiness, peace, joy and health in the New Year!


-- Christy.



January Luncheon
Topic: Creating Light at the End of the Tunnel
Date: January 19
Time: 11:30am
Location: Maggiano's Buckhead
Education Program
Topic: LEED Green Associate Exam Prep
Date: January 27
Time: 8:30am - 4pm
Location: Ashrae Headquarters

2011 CFM Review Class
Date: February 3 - 4
Time: 8am - 5pm
Instructor: Kathy Roper
Location: ASHRAE Headquarters.
Date: February 10
Time: 7:30am - 3pm
Location: Atlanta Foodbank
Note: Non-Profits only

facebook Badge


Read our blog at

The Mohawk Group Ad - Silver

Links to
Sustaining Patrons

Gold Level


Dekalb Office Logo - GOLD

The Best Consultant Logo

Turner Construction - Special Projects

Silver Level

Mohawk Logo - SILVER 175 x 175

Bronze Level

Do You Want to Get More Involved?

Are you interested in getting more involved with IFMA's Atlanta chapter, but not sure where to start?  If so, please contact Wendy Gill, our chapter's volunteer coordinator at

There are all kinds of opportunities to help out - many of which could be done from the comfort of your home or office.  We look forward to hearing from you!

GA Tech Corner
assoc eventThe Georgia Tech Facility Management graduate program announces the offering of our Master of Science degree in Distance Learning format. Students from outside of Atlanta will now have access to the same learning offered on campus beginning in fall 2011. Course work is exactly the same, with Internet access to lectures, lessons, projects and exams.

If your company has locations outside of Atlanta, within Georgia, the U..S. or even internationally, your employees may be interested in this opportunity. Please contact our Graduate Recruiter, Brenda Morris at 404-385-7479 or for details on how to apply for the distance learning Integrated Facility Management degree. We hope to bring the world into our virtual classroom and expand knowledge of facility management worldwide. The Atlanta Chapter support for this program enables us to continue to expand and grow this program, which is one of only four internationally accredited programs in facility management at the graduate level. Thanks for supporting us and sharing this exciting expansion!

Atlanta Workplace 2011

Volunteers Needed!


The time has come to begin planning out Atlanta Workplace 2011, a regional event based on our national conference format. For those new to the Chapter this annual event is filled with educational sessions, an associates-only expo and fundraising for our favorite charity, the IFMA Foundation.

If you are interested in helping out, please contact Derek Rusch at

Humphries Ad - BRONZE

A Conversation with Clara Smith
IFMA Atlanta VP of Professional Development
by Chris Sanders


It's a perfect fall afternoon and I am sitting in my local Starbucks waiting to meet with Clara. As Clara arrives I feel woefully underdressed. Clara is dressed in a beautiful bright blue silk suit that matches the color of her eyes. Noticeably placed on the label of Clara's suit are Delta Zeta pins, the reason for Clara's Saturday formality as she had just come from her Sorority Founders Brunch. Clara explains that she has received a National Award for her support of Delta Zeta. As is revealed in this interview, the Delta Zeta National Award is not the only award Clara will receive this year.

Read the whole interview on our blog!
BEST Consultant Ad

Upcoming Events
January Luncheon:
Creating Light at the End of the Tunnel - What FMs Can do to Add Value 

Date: January 19, 2010
Location: Maggiano's Buckhead
Speaker: Barry Lynch, CFM, IFMA Fellow, NCARB, MBA

Mark your Calendars Now!

Register Here! 
Outward appearances suggest that strategic facility planning is dead. The reason is that today, many organizations view strategic facility planning as capacity planning - they currently have plenty of vacant space and don't plan on adding a significant number of new hires any time soon.

But wait! Now is the perfect time for facility managers in all types of organizations (big, small, public and private) to critically re-evaluate where they are and where they need to be. Mr. Lynch will discuss how enterprises are leveraging the strategic facility planning process to create facility value during the economic downturn and will incorporate input from attendees and co-speakers at his World Workplace roundtable discussion on this topic.
LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course
Date: January 27, 2010
Time:8:30am to 4pm
Location: ASHRAE Headquarters
Instructors: Charlie Cichetti, Alan Wieczynski, Annette Gorelick
Cost: $200 per student for pre-registered members

Register Here!

The LEED Green Associate designation is part one of the LEED AP Specialty credential.  The two-hour exam contains 100 multiple choice questions.  Candidates must achieve a minimum score of 170 (out of a possible 200) to earn the LEED Green Associate credential.  Registrants will be provided a letter of attestation documenting participation in the course.

The Atlanta Chapter of IFMA Presents:
CFM Exam Review Class of 2011
February 3rd and 4th, 2010 (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Location: ASHRAE Headquarters
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

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..
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.
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.
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.
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 $300.  Cost for non-members is $350.

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.
Dekalb Office Ad
Past Events
Luncheon Recap
IFMA Atlanta's 2010 Awards Luncheon
-Joanne Cole, Past President

101215_IFMA AWARDS 054

Each year IFMA Atlanta reserves the December luncheon program for their Annual Awards of Excellence.  The luncheon is a celebration to honor chapter members who demonstrate the spirit of giving year-round by volunteering their time, talent, services and resources for the betterment of the Chapter.  This year a special program was planned to highlight the spirit of the holiday season - that of giving.  In the tradition that he established during the first days of World War II and continued for more than 60 years, we were honored to have "Bob Hope" return to entertain the troops of IFMA Atlanta.  We also enjoyed special performances by "Jack Benny",  "Elvis" and even a special satellite holiday message from "Alvin and the Chipmunks".

This day is also special to the Chapter as we recognize our community non-profit partners.  The Chapter's Community Service Committee was established in the mid-1990's and has been emulated by BOMA, recognized by the United Way, Atlanta Community Affairs and many other philanthropic organizations such as the Wesley Woods Foundation, the Arthur Blank Foundation and the Campbell Foundation.  IFMA Atlanta's 2010 committee supports seven non-profit organizations through education, facility management and construction support and in-kind products and services generously provided by our Chapter members.  Toys, tools and household supplies were collected from our members for distribution to this year's partners: Atlanta Community Toolbank, The Elaine Clark Center for Exceptional Children, Family Life Restoration Center, Homestretch, Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta, The Drake House, and Decatur Cooperative Ministry.

Also at its December awards ceremony, IFMA Atlanta took the opportunity to pay special recognition to our corporate Sustaining Patrons. IFMA Atlanta Sustaining Patrons represent an elite group of companies and organizations that have made a powerful statement in support of facility management.  By giving their financial support to the chapter they support quality educational luncheons and other educational events. Early on they provided the resources necessary to bring IFMA to the table to stand side by side with other professional associations in Atlanta.  This kind of loyalty and support from our Sustaining Patron members is the result of long standing relationship building and is the core of our Chapter philosophy.  Without this group of companies, many of the professionals in the room would not be members today.

The highlight of the program, however, were the annual awards given to Chapter members in the following categories.

The program's finale was a special rendition of Bob Hope's theme song - Thanks for the Memory, with a pictorial recap of the year's many exciting events.

 101215_IFMA AWARDS 140

Special thanks go out to the following
for their part in making this year's holiday luncheon a great success:
  • Stewart Smith (Great American Flooring), Harry Ludwig (King and Spalding) and Brant Bosley (Royal Cup Coffee) for their sterling performances as Bob Hope, Jack Benny and Elvis, respectively. 
  • Ken Bryson (Atlanta CDC), Joe Perkins (Propeller Head) and Tammy Weeks (ICS Contract) for their technology expertise in putting this program together for us.
  • Andrea Noland (United Stationers) for sponsoring the certificates and frames for our community partners and sustaining patrons.
  • Ken Bryson (Atlanta CDC) for his help with all of the certificates.
  • Monte Townsend (Flood Brothers) and Stewart Smith (Great American Flooring) for re-writing "Thanks for the Memory".
  • Brady Gage (Flood Brothers) for our "TV" stage prop.
  • Gene Meany (SunTrust), Dave Woelber (Total-Plant and Floral), Christy Lowell (Baker Audio), and Derek Rusch (Dekalb Office) for their respective appearances in the program

IFMA Foundation White Papers


The IFMA Foundation is an excellent resource for all Facility Managers, regularly releasing free white papers on various topics that are of interest.  Check out some of them for yourself on the IFMA Foundation website


If you like what you find and see these of value, please consider making a donation to the IFMA Foundation - every dollar counts!!

Mayberry Electric Ad - Bronze

Green Building Focus Seminar on Building Performance

This one-day seminar provides expert discussions in LEED EBO&M, water resource management, performance monitoring and reporting, as well as financing and incentive opportunities, along with networking opportunities to bring your green building knowledge up to date at a very reasonable rate.  Whether your manage, maintain, oversee, or utilize buildings, you will find value in this seminar designed to bring the latest information in a one-day format.

Register Here!

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