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June 2011
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Life is a Journey... 


This month's message is a very personal one that I share with my closest friends and colleagues.   The message was originally given by Shannon Spaunburg.  It is a message that has been kept close to me for many years and stuffed in the pocket of my Day-Timer; eventually it was folded neatly and put away in my special box for safe keeping.  When needed, I pull it out and I am uplifted and reminded of all the wonderful experiences and people in my life.  This is what IFMA is all about; getting to know people first and sharing business cards with friends.  What follows is the message with a sprinkling of IFMA thoughts throughout which gives you a glimpse of my wonderful experience this past year.


Life is a journey filled with lessons, hardships, heartaches, joys, celebrations and special moments that will ultimately lead us to our destination, our purpose in life. The road will not always be smooth; in fact, throughout our travels, we will encounter many challenges.  As a member of IFMA for twelve years, I have been on a journey with many of you and my life will be forever changed based on events of this past year.  What an honor to be president of this amazing chapter!

Some challenges will test our courage, strengths, weaknesses, and faith. Along the way, we may stumble upon obstacles that will come between the paths that we are destined to take. In order to follow the right path, we must overcome these obstacles. Sometimes these obstacles are really blessings in disguise, only we don't realize that at the time.

Along our journey we will be confronted with many situations, some will be filled with joy, and some will be filled with heartache. How we react to what we are faced with determines what kind of outcome the rest of our journey through life will be like.  I have grown personally and professionally with IFMA.  My mentors come from this association and they know I have dialed their numbers more than once this year.

When things don't always go our way, we have two choices. We can focus on the fact that things didn't go how we had hoped they would and let life pass us by, or two, we can make the best out of the situation and know that these are only temporary setbacks and find the lessons that are to be learned. Not everything I set to accomplish to do got accomplished, but we've had a very productive year that placed the Atlanta Chapter on the map with IFMA. 

The people that we meet on our journey are people that we are destined to meet. Everybody comes into our lives for some reason or another and we don't always know their purpose until it is too late. They all play some kind of role. Some may stay for a lifetime; others may only stay for a short while.

It is often the people who stay for only a short time which end up making a lasting impression not only in our lives, but in our hearts as well. Although we may not realize it at the time, they will make a difference and change our lives in a way we never could imagine. To think that one person can have such a profound effect on your life forever is truly a blessing. It is because of these encounters that we learn some of life's best lessons and sometimes we even learn a little bit about ourselves. 

It's these things that will give us strength to continue on our journey. We know that we can always look back on those times of our past and know that because of that one individual, we are who we are and we can remember the wonderful moments that we have shared with that person.

Memories are priceless treasures that we can cherish forever in our hearts. There have been so many incredible memories this year with each of you - World Workplace, meeting you for breakfast, seeing you at lunch and in committee meetings.  These memories remind each of us to continue on with our journey for whatever life has in store for us. Sometimes all it takes is one special person to help us look inside ourselves and find a whole different person that we never knew existed. Thank you, Joanne Cole, for looking inside me and holding up the mirror when I needed it.  Our eyes are suddenly opened to a world we never knew existed - a world where time is so precious and moments never seem to last long enough.

Throughout this adventure, people will give you advice and insights on how to live your life but when it all comes down to it, you must always do what you feel is right. Always follow your heart, and most importantly never have any regrets. Don't hold anything back. Say what you want to say, and do what you want to do, because sometimes we don't get a second chance to say or do what we should have the first time around.

It is often said that what doesn't kill you will make you stronger. It all depends on how one defines the word "strong".  It can have different meanings to different people. In this sense, "stronger" means looking back at the person you were and comparing it to the person you have become today. It also means looking deep into your soul and realizing that the person you are today couldn't exist if it weren't for the things that have happened in the past or for the people that you have encountered. Everything that happens in our life happens for a reason and sometimes that means we must face our own fears in order to experience new joys.


Congratulations to Karen Howard, who will carry on her journey as your president beginning July 1, 2010.


-- Christy 


Luncheon Fees


Starting in July, the price it costs to attend an IFMA luncheon will be going up by $10.   The cost of hosting these events has gone up, and the new rates will cover those costs.  Here are the new rates: 


$45 for members (in advance) 

$55 for guests (in advance) 

$65 at the door (for everybody) 


Topic: Taste beer brewed by IFMA Atlanta Members

 Date: June 2

Time: 5:30pm

Location: 5 Seasons West Side


Sustainability Networking Breakfast   

Topic: Day Cleaning

Date: June 16

Time: 7-8:30

Location: Centergy


June Luncheon  
Topic: Linking Campuses through Technology

 Date: June 15

Time: 11:30am

Location: Maggiano's at Cumberland Mall


Chick-Fil-A Tour  
Date: June 23

Time: 1pm

Location: Chick-Fil-A HQ 


Educational Workshop   


Energy Savings for FMs

Date: June 28 

Time: 9am - 12pm

Location: Energy Ace



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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!

Upcoming Events
IFMA Atlanta's First Annual
"Brew Our Own Beer" Tasting Event



April 16th the associates committee set up a unique event for education and networking. With the help of 5 Seasons Brewery, IFMA created and brewed our own beer. Our beer is an ale with Saison yeast, deep gold, with fresh peach accents. All had a great time and it was truly an educational experience.


Our beer will be complete and served for the first time ever at our party on 6/2/11. Please sign up and register, save the date, and sign up for the party on 6/2/11. If you have any questions, please contact Jeff DellaMaggiora at 404-644-7603,


What: 1st Annual IFMA (home) made beer party!

Where: - 1000 Marietta St NW # 204, Atlanta - (404) 875-3232 (2nd floor, Skydeck)

When: 6/2/2011 (Thursday), 530pm until...

Cost:  $25 per person (members and non members welcome)

What is included: heavy appetizers, admission, 1 IFMA beer drink ticket (sorry, no free beer)

Questions: contact Jeff DellaMaggiora (404-644-7603,


Register Here!  

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IFMA June Luncheon

It's a Small World & Getting Smaller

Connecting the Campus Environment with Technology

Wednesday, June 15, 2011




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Steve Bender - Manager, Site Operations Dallas/Knoxville/Roswell/Los Angeles & Client Relations Manager - Roswell KIMBERLY-CLARK

Lewis Godwin - Lewis Godwin, Director of Campus Planning, Georgia Perimeter College


 John Hester, Director of Engineering for Turner Properties at Turner Broadcasting

Today's new and emerging technologies have significantly changed every facet of our daily lives;  Our homes, our workplaces, our schools, even where we gather socially are now "wired".  Nowhere has there been a more fertile ground for these emerging technologies than in our institutions for higher learning. These institutions have bridged the gap between real time and virtual reality to create a robust environment for creative learning and succeeding at a pace greater than any generation has experienced!

These same technologies and creative forces are making great advances in the corporate environment.   Companies are taking their brand awareness to new levels using social media, buildings are becoming "smarter", the new age of BIM has influenced efficient processes,  internal communication is accessible 24/7, and  the management of disaster preparedness and recovery programs has been greatly influenced by technology.

What can these two worlds learn from one another?

Join us June 15th for a dynamic panel discussion bringing together professionals from both corporate and educational fields as they share their success stories and their challenges in, not only keeping up with emerging technology, but successfully implementing it into the campus environment.

Topics for discussion -

  • Key technology trends and advances that are being realized on today's campuses, both corporate and higher learning.
  • How these advances are already changing our future (Blink and you'll miss it!)
  • Learn how emerging technology has sparked a creative new world in how we learn, work and play.
  • Technology - a critical tool for branding, communications, space management, security, safe environment and more!

This month's luncheon will open your eyes to the creative uses of emerging technology and a greater excitement for what our future holds not only as Facility Managers but as individuals sitting on the cusp of a new and exciting workplace!




Sustainability Networking Breakfast

Topic: Daycleaning

June 16, 7 - 8:30am



Our next IFMA FM Sustainability Networking Breakfast will be on the topic of Daycleaning.

Ron Willis of ICS Contract Services will discuss how to implement a successful Day Cleaning Program at or below janitorial cost while reducing overall energy cost.

Fifth Street Management will discuss his energy savings program and shed light on how energy costs have reduced by 10-15% using a Day Cleaning Programs.   


Limit 25 attendees (FMs only).


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Rescheduled: IFMA Atlanta Tour of Chick-Fil-A HQ
New Date: June 23 at 1pm


The tour of Chick-fil-A has been rescheduled for Thursday, June 23 at 1 p.m. Chick-fil-A has graciously offered to provide lunch for those who can come early. Please arrive by 12:00 if you plan on eating with us and time for networking with fellow members. The tour will last approximately two hours.


This tour is restricted to a limited number of participants, with priority given to professional members. Please sign up early if you wish to be a part of this fascinating tour.


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Energy Savings Educational Seminar for FMs
June 28 at 9am

How are you doing with your plans and/or goals to reduce energy and shave off utility costs for your organization?  


Does your manager expect a return on the company investment for you to attend conferences, work shops, and related continuous learning activities ?  

Well, here's an opportunity you can leverage to make headway on both fronts because this Learning Event provides participants insights and easy to apply Low-Cost, No-Cost Energy tips.

In this three (3) hour active participant learning-session, attendees will achieve these Learning Objectives:

  1. To Navigate the Energy Star Portfolio Manager, 
  2. To Determine which LEED path (CI or EBOM ) is right for each participant's facility, and; 
  3. To Learn several Energy Savings Activities which you can implement quickly to start saving now.

CEU & CFM Points: Participants may receive 0.4 CEUs and 4.0 CFM Maintenance Points.

Before attending this course, attendees will need to read through the attached pre-course requirements.

Refreshments served: Coffee, Bagels, Pastries  


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IFMA Advocacy Day


Decisions made in Washington , D.C. , are increasingly affecting the built environment. Whether it is the newly announced Better Buildings Initiative energy efficiency, tax incentives for green technologies or the possible implementation of a carbon cap and trade system, now more than ever, the facility management profession needs to make its voice heard in Washington D.C. Be part of the solution at IFMA's Annual Advocacy Day.


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Past Events
May Luncheon Recap

Generations in the Workplace

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At our May luncheon, we had a fantastic panel on the way our workplaces might be changing due to the entry of Generation Y in the workplace.  The discussion was led by Char Fortune of Grubb & Ellis, and participated in by Tracy Wymer from Knoll, Melanie Redman of Steelcase, and David Heidlauf, at Auto Trader.

The spirited discussion at the lunch actually spawned further dialog on our LinkedIn group; with one of our members questioning whether changes in the workplace actually have anything to do with generations in the workplace at all or if they are actually a result of technological and economic forces.   You can participate in the discussion here. 

Thanks to all of the panelists who came out to make this such a successful luncheon!   

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IFMA Atlanta Volunteer Day Recap



On Saturday, May 14, thirty-seven IFMA Atlanta volunteers turned out to help three of our Community Services Partners.


At The Drake Walk through historic Roswell, volunteers worked to set up tents, help on the course, run supplies to vendors, and assist the festival coordinator.


Decatur Cooperative Ministry received assistance from the volunteers with caulking, cutting and removing tree limbs, moving stones, filling foundation cracks, and other miscellaneous chores.


At Elaine Clark Center, IFMA's Emerging Leaders partnered with IFMA Community Services as volunteers sanitized the classrooms, cleared the back deck, and mowed, trimmed trees, removed undergrowth, and replaced plant material.


From Kelly Driver, Elaine Clark Center:


Your support today ensures that the funding and resources we have go directly toward providing therapy, inclusive childcare, and special education for kids with developmental delays. We are so thankful to IFMA for arranging this Volunteer Day, and to each of our volunteers for being so ready to get the job done!


From Beth Vann, Decatur Cooperative Ministry:


Although we have groups that are full of kind-hearted, hard workers, they often lack the skills and the know-how to accomplish the sort of tasks that the group completed on Saturday....Thanks so much to everyone who played a part in making the day a success.


From Kathy Swahn, The Drake House:


We thank you SO much for your support of our Second Annual Drake Walk. It ended up being a beautiful day and a good time was had by all. The support of your IFMA team was fantastic!


Many thanks to Royal Cup, Coca-Cola, and Water For Life for supplying coffee, soft drinks, and our coordinating team - Diane Adams (ART & Associates), Pete Van Cleave (Water for Life), Debbie Wiggins (RooterPLUS), Hayden Fusia (Emery & Associates), and Steve Faber and Steve Fraser (Ruppert Landscape)...and to all IFMA members who gave their Saturday morning to help!  


IFMA Board Retreat - Milliken Guest House 
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Last month, members of both the incoming and outgoing IFMA Atlanta boards got together for its annual 2-day brainstorming session hosted by Milliken carpet.  This year, the retreat was held at Milliken's beautiful Spartanburg campus, and attendees stayed at the Milliken guest house. 

While there is still work to do, it sounds like there are going to be a lot of great things happening in the chapter's 2011-12 year! 



New "How To" Guide Available


There is a new Sustainability "How-To" Guide posted to the Foundation web site.  The newest guide is Global Green Cleaning and it takes on the challenge of comparing and integrating green cleaning practices on a global/international perspective.  There are now 10 guides in the series and ALL are available for free to use as a resource to improve the operations of your facilities. Please consider supporting the IFMA Foundation so we can continue to provide resources like these.  Visit for more information.


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