Atlanta chapter of the International Facility Management Association 

January, 2012


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   Photos from the December Luncheon 



Upcoming Events


Tour: GA Tech Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons    

Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members 

Date: January 12  

Time: 3:30pm  

Location:  GA Tech 


January Monthly Meeting
Date: January 18
Location: Crowne Plaza Ravinia

Cost: Members $45; Nonmembers $55 (reserved), $65 (unreserved)


Education Program - LEED EBOM Project Certification - LEED Specific Course

Date: January 19

Location: Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Cost: Members $50; Nonmembers


Special Event - IFMA Atlanta Associates Event: How to Network with Professional Members

Date: January 24

Location: Georgia Tech Wardlaw Center 

Cost: Free


Special Event - Emerging Leaders Membership Drive
Date: February 9
Location: 300 Bowling Alley
Cost: Members and NonMembers $10 (to offset shoe, ball and lane rental)




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The master's students in Georgia Tech's graduate program in Facility Management have a new course option, "Sustainable & Health Facility Management." This new course, has been taught twice - In the 2010 and 2011 Spring Semesters - by Professor Kathy Roper. It was developed in response to student interest in health and medical related facilities. The course fits the goals of several research groups in the College of Architecture, focusing on Healthcare spaces and places.  Topics in the new Facility Management graduate course include: Sustainable Business Management, The Healthcare Regulatory Environment, Healthcare Operations and Energy Star Initiatives, and Future Trends in Healthcare Facilities.  

For more information, contact Brenda Morris,  404-385-7479

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BSC-Balanced Scorecard- is the name of the IFMA International and Atlanta Chapter's tracking and planning device for objectives. This is reviewed and refined annually and 3 and 5 years in advance. 

As anyone who has set goals knows, if you put your goals in writing and mentally acknowledge them, you will be more likely to achieve them. It will be amazingly accurate.


Sometimes goals need to be re-set, but this is only because you had a target set that you were working to meet and you realized it needed to be amended. The Atlanta Chapter began working with this BSC vehicle a few years ago for its goal setting. It has helped leaders and committee chairs to be more thoughtful, aware, and focused. The achievements and successes of our chapter have been enhanced by this targeted goal setting. It's also helped the incoming leaders be more aware of the chapter's strategies, successes, and expectations. The BSC is posted on the IFMA website for communication to the members. It's a developing document that is updated as needed.


As we proceed into 2012, let's all set our goals for more targeted achievement; not just in our Chapter, but in our working and personal lives. Hopefully, we will all be more successful and happier!


Let's make it a memorable year!

Karen Howard, IFMA Atlanta Chapter President


Getting to Know Rod James

Author: Arletrice Greene


Rod James


This month I had the opportunity to interview IFMA member Rod James - Facilities Manager at Allstate. Interviewing Rod gave me insight into how Facilities Managers job responsibilities may differ depending on the organization.

Rod has been an employee at Allstate for 24 years. He began his career in accounting and managed the accounting division at Allstate, which included the property management and telecommunications departments. When he was promoted, 12 years ago to manage the entire division he was cross trained to gain knowledge about the property management role which enabled him to transition into his current role as the Facilities Manager. Over the past 10 years the property management role was centralized to the corporate office in Chicago, which now includes Facility Managers in several regions. Around the same time frame all the metro Atlanta offices were consolidated into one office building where Allstate leases 5 out of 6 floors, which is where Rod is housed. READ MORE


Upcoming Events



: Linking Facility Management to Organizational Strategy

When: January 18, 2012

Time: 11:30am-2:00pm

Where: Crowne Plaza Ravinia


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 enhance the performance of fixed assets and will explain what you can do to create and communicate a plan that is right for your organization.


After the 50 minute presentation and 10 of Q & A, Mr. Lynch will be available for a workshop where the topic will be "Whatever is on your mind." Mr. Lynch will answer questions and provide resources for members with unique facility-related problems. He will also facilitate a discussion among attendees where they will share their experiences in solving frequently encountered challenges.
Speaker Bio: Barry Lynch, RA, CFM, MBA, IFMA Fellow is an architect and strategic facility planner at Labarre Associates, an architecture, construction, real estate and facility management firm that specializes in solving facility related challenges for banks, credit unions and institutional clients. He has 27 years of strategic facility planning experience, and his most notable project is the master plan for the US $165 million renovation of the Kansas Capitol. He is a frequent speaker at World Workplace, and his articles have appeared in U.S., European and Japanese publications.

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Upcoming Associates Event : How to Network with Professionals

Date: January 24, 2012
 Time:  5:00
 Place: GA Tech
Cost: $0


The IFMA Associates committee has identified a panel of professionals that will offer insight and direction on how to best network with professional members. This event will focus on providing tools to associate members to aid in getting the most out of your IFMA membership. The professionals will offer experience and advice on topics such as: selling by networking, how to distinguish yourself from other vendors, how to establish relationships, etc.

The goal of this event will be to educate our associate members on how to utilize the resources of IFMA as a tool for business growth. The event will be located in the incredible board room overlooking the Georgia Tech football field of the GT Wardlaw Center. A gate code for parking will be provided to all that register. Food and drinks will be provided by the Associates committee. For questions, contact Jeff DellaMaggiora (404-644-7603,




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Upcoming Tour: Georgia Tech Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons

Date: January 12, 2012

Cost: $10   


Please join us on January 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm for a tour of Georgia Tech's new innovative learning center, Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons. This new facility is located in the heart of the campus adjacent to the library.


The sustainability features include: solar panels, a roof garden, carbon dioxide sensors in each classroom, a 1.4 million gallon cistern, daylight harvesting to bring natural daylight into the spaces, and use of recycled materials. The facility is striving to achieve LEED Platinum certification. In addition to being environmentally responsible, Clough Commons provides unique opportunities as a learning lab for students in a wide range of disciplines.



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LEED EBOM Project Certification

Education Program - LEED - Specific Course and Tour - LEED Project Certification EXISTING BUILDING OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE


Date: January 19, 2012
 Time: 3:30-5:30
 Place: Kimberly-Clark HQ
Cost: $35


This course will cover information for certification of a LEED Existing Building project, Kimberly-Clark Building 100 in Roswell, Georgia.   Attendees will implement knowledge of a practical and real-world LEED project, develop LEED Online and project credit submittal skills, and participate in a collaborative forum to review LEED requirements. A tour of Building 100 is included and attendees will also have the opportunity to sign up for participation as a team member on the Building 100 LEED EBOM certification project. The course will be taught by LEED Accredited Professionals and practitioners.  


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Emerging Leaders Event: Bowling!


Date: February 9, 2012 

Time: 4pm

Cost: $10

Place: 300 Bowling Alley


The cost per person is $35.00. This includes ball and shoe rental, bowling lane, food and soft drinks and there will be a cash bar. What we want to do is charge $10.00 per person to help offset some of the cost. Also we will be doing a raffle. If an IFMA member signs up for the event and brings a potential new professional member the guest will not be charged to attend the event and the member will receive 1 raffle ticket for a $50.00 Visa gift card. If the guest is under the age of 35 years old and is a potential new professional IFMA Emerging Leader the member who invited them will receive 2 raffle tickets for the gift card.


Contact Person for questions: Chris Sword - 678-849-7259. 


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Past Events


Recap: December Holiday Luncheon & Awards Ceremony

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IFMA Atlanta held its annual awards ceremony on December 14 at the Piedmont Driving Club. Congratulations to this year's award recipients:  


Martha Osborne CFM Award: Ken Stephenson

Harry Ludwig Community Service Award: Rick Yarbrough

Outstanding Associate Award: Lauren McLeroy

Distinguished Member Award: Ken Bryson
Achievement in FM Award: Joyce Roper


The luncheon also raised money and supplies for the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women - a worthy cause that gives a helping hand to needy women.


Please check our Flickr gallery for this event to see more pictures from the December event.


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