Welcome to the
Kansas City Chapter
International Facility Management Association
President’s Podium - October 2014
Fall has arrived, and along with it, cooler temperatures – thank goodness! For those of you who were unable to attend World WorkPlace this year, let me relay how exciting and educational it was. There was a great showing from our KC Chapter and a good time was had by all. The educational sessions covered our span of competencies and there were many choices for everyone. The IFMA Foundation used our scholarship dollars for Marina Postma, a graduate student from The Netherlands. I had the pleasure of meeting her and reviewing her application. She is a very deserving student devoted to FM. I am proud of our chapter for supporting the IFMA Foundation. The Foundation is much more than a scholarship program, though the help they provide in that arena is overwhelming (35 students will be awarded $140,000 USD to further their FM education and attend World Workplace in New Orleans). They support 28 institutions worldwide offering 31 accredited FM degrees with dozens more working towards accreditation in the coming years. More than 2,000 students are enrolled in these accredited FM programs. They also provide valuable FREE research on their website, http://foundation.ifma.org/ available to all members. I encourage you to check out all they have to offer.
As a side note, we were able to have new pins made in time to share with other chapters; the extras will be available at future chapter meetings. Grab one as it has our new logo!
I do have a housekeeping issue that I need to address: our chapter membership list is not to be used by any member for distribution list / solicitation purposes. Of late, the membership has been receiving unsolicited email from businesses which have members in our chapter. This cannot continue. Our Association is comprised of both associate and professional members. We want everyone to benefit from their membership and associate members certainly have to the opportunity to promote their business through various methods of sponsorship, as well as networking at program meetings and events. If you would like to send email to members, it can only be done with their consent. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Don’t forget to register for our October Program Meeting: Building Envelope Quality Assurance & Quality Control on Tuesday, October 21. The meeting will be held at H&R Block World Headquarters. Click here to register: http://kcifma.com/event_detail.cfm?eventid=763
I look forward to seeing each of you at our next meeting (and maybe we can talk about the Royals in the Playoffs?).