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Brought to you by IFMA Atlanta and Preparis
Session 1: Subleasing – Best Practices and Lessons Learned by Experts in the Field
Session 2: Mobile Technologies and Applications
Brought to you by IFMA Atlanta and the Atlanta Branch of the US Green Building Council
Brought to you by IFMA Atlanta and IIDA Georgia
Since 2009, IFMA Atlanta has had a very successful partnership with a quarterly real estate magazine called OC Atlanta (previously called “Office & Commercial Atlanta”). In exchange for providing two articles per issue, the magazine sends a complimentary copy to all chapter members. PDF copies of the magazine can be downloaded at http://www.ocatlanta.com
This is a great opportunity for our members to raise their profile by writing articles that get seen by a wide range of Real Estate and Facilities professionals. The authors chosen by the chapter get a chance to write a bio which promotes their professional achievements, and lets the community know who they are. The articles are also informative and can highlight things that IFMA Atlanta is doing or has done. An example of the biographies published can be found here. The articles published in the Summer, 2012 issue can be found here.
In 2012, newsletter chair Tammy Weeks began contributing cover photos to OC Atlanta – this allowed them to stop using stock photography and start showing actual pictures of Atlanta on the cover. Here is one of Tammy’s covers:
The March luncheon at 103 West was well attended at this nice venue and the selection of the lunch menu was a nice change. Our speaker Roland Ignacio for QTS shared the breakdown of data center Maintenance and Reliability with his presentation on “How Reliabilities Center Maintenance Trends Impact Facility Manager”. He shared the nuts and bolts or lug nuts of how a data center looks for Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) by using the analogy of what a car tire does an how it functions or does not function. He touched base on Risk verses Reward and how safety, security, operations and uptime are managed with Predictive Maintenance and traditional maintenance practices. He also covered how you would determine RCM. For those who did not know a lot about what goes into the preventive maintenance of a data center before the luncheon, learned a lot more about what it takes to keep a data center operating with no down time and being ready for any event that could possible happen to a data center. The subject matter related Certified Facility Managements Core Competency area for Operations and Maintenance in section 1 and 2.
The other bonus of Roland’s presentation is that his company will be offering a facility roundtable tour of his data center in the near future. Watch for this great opportunity in our next newsletter.
You can view the presentation here: Reliability Centered Maintenance from a Data Center perspective
Atlanta Workplace 2013 proved to be another hit amongst the attendees. A great team worked tirelessly to put this event together. From the keynote speakers to the session speakers and exhibitors, all who attended found something to gain from the experience. The $99 fee was one low price for a day of courses and networking which also included breakfast, lunch and parking. The program was well worth your time and effort to come out and spend a day networking and learning from industry professionals.
Kevin Johnson, Senior Advisor for Economic Development at Invest Atlanta was the morning keynote speaker. He shared some of the ways he develops and implements strategies to drive economic growth and development for Atlanta. His work creates capital investment as well as new jobs for the city. Invest Atlanta is involved in every aspect of our economic growth from business development and affordable housing to redevelopment and transformative city initiatives such as the Atlanta Beltline.
Ryan Gravel, Senior Urban Designer at Perkins+Will in Atlanta was the afternoon keynote speaker. Ryan’s 1999 master’s thesis was the original vision for the ambitious Atlanta BeltLine. The BeltLine is a 22 mile transit greenway that transforms a loop of old railroads with light-rail transit, parks and trails to generate economic growth and protect quality-of-life in 45 neighborhoods throughout the central city. Ryan argues that as we begin to solve the problems we have created as it relates to suffocating traffic, etc., we are given a unique opportunity to re-shape our communities into a metropolis where we all would want to live.
Courses I attended:
In “Session 1”, I attended “Sustainability is in our Nature: The Real Life Story of UPS. This course was led by Patrick Browne – Corporate Sustainability Program Manager – UPS. Patrick discussed how UPS remains a worldwide corporate leader in sustainability practices. He pointed out UPS’s approach to sustainability and its focus on specific issues and initiatives. He also shared how UPS uses sustainability to drive business results.
In “Session 2”, I attended “Generational Preferences”. This course was led by Kylie Roth – Director of Workplace Strategy at Knoll. Kylie explained how today office design is dominated by the world view of the Baby Boomer generation. She noted that by 2020 Generation Y will comprise over 50% of the workforce. To attract and retain Gen Y workers, companies will have to provide work-spaces and facility programs that align with their needs and preferences. Kylie identified in this course ways generational preference impacts the workplace environment.
In “Session 3”, I attended Design Session 3 – “Phone Booth & Mailboxes”. This course was led by Derek Rusch – Teknion. Derek shared how technology and mobile work practices may be making the workplace obsolete. He stated that more employees work from home today than 5 years ago. In the presentation Derek explored the advantages of mobile work trends and analyzed the world’s most innovative mobile workplaces.
All three courses were interesting and insightful. In each there was something I could take away and use in my daily work.
There were 30 exhibitors who attended Atlanta Workplace. Booths were provided for each vendor where attendees could visit and network. Exhibitors provided information on their companies as well as momentums for attendees to take with them.
I’m writing this fresh back from a wonderful 2012 World Workplace in San Antonio, TX. I literally mean fresh back as I arrived back home in Atlanta an hour ago. Annette asked that I write an article for the newsletter and with my memory; I figured I ought to do it right away.
I’ve been to too many WWPs to count so I thought I’d highlight what made this one stand out in my memory and it’s not the educational sessions.
The opening keynote speaker Guy Kawasaki was awesome as he presented a message about how to promote innovation in yourself and others. But, in my opinion, the highlight of the conference was the closing keynote speaker. Delivered by Frank Abagnale, the real life star of Steven Spielberg’s move “Catch Me if You Can” played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Frank described with frankness and honesty mixed with humor, his teenage years of committing ingenious (my words) white collars crimes. Of course, he eventually got caught. His heartfelt remorse for his crimes and his love for his wife and family had more than one of us with a tear in our eye. I can’t wait to read his book.
One of my favorite things about attending WWP is getting to know some of our Atlanta chapter members better through the networking events (OK, parties). This year I had an amazing experience with one of our members who I have been acquainted with for years but didn’t really know very well despite working with her husband for five years. Upon arrival at Hartsfield Tuesday, I saw Barbara De-nijs-bik and Anne Shrock who were also on my plane to San Antonio. We arrived in San Antonio and decided to share a cab to our hotels. I was supposed to stay at the LaQuinta but when Barbara found out that I was on a scholarship from IFMA Atlanta for my trip, she immediately offered to see if she could get me a “Family and Friends” discount at the Hotel Indigo. It would save me and the chapter $100 a night. I had already decided that even with the Atlanta scholarship, this trip was going to cost me $500 but it was worth it. Fortunately, Hotel Indigo had a room for me so I was in.
Barbara didn’t stop there. She had a contingent of co-workers attending WWP along
with Anne Shrock, who is a valued consultant to IHG (and my former co-worker so we were already good friends). I didn’t have a lot of my past co-workers, friends, etc. at this conference but Barbara included me in everything her IHG group did. Along the way, I think I became better personal friends with Barbara and I was introduced to a whole new group of her colleges who I look forward to seeing next year.
This is what I love about IFMA. Not only do I have friends in Atlanta, I have friends around the country and some from around the world who I have met through relationships I’ve developed at WWP.
My goal this year was to take BIM course and Facility/IT courses to help in planning for the future of FM’s in today’s market. The three BIM course helped me to learn more about BIM and the value of BIM in our future. Another course that was helpful was “Best Practices in Mobile Computing Space” panel discussion that outlined how our landscaping in office space and the direction that businesses are going. Some of the other courses of interest were “Change Management” and “A Smarter RFP, Getting Apples to Apples” (great course and great speaker). I attended a course on “Subleasing Best Practices and Lessons” taught by local IFMA members! The challenge for me was to attend as many educational courses and learn about new products and services at on the Expo Floor but I did succeed.
The closing speaker was a “WOW” moment because of the movie “Catch Me If You Can” and really enjoyed Frank Abagnale version of the story. Frank inspired the audience and left a little bit of wisdom for all of us to take with us.
“Thank the Atlanta Chapter” for giving me a scholarship to attend a rewarding, educational, experience. I am honored to have been a part of IFMA Atlanta!
This year, at the December luncheon, we are collecting furnishings for homeless families and veterans who are being placed into permanent housing in time for the holidays by Project Community Connections, an IFMA Atlanta Nonprofit Partner. Furniture has been acquired from Furniture Bank of Atlanta, another of our Nonprofit Partners, but they need other essentials that Furniture Bank does not provide. Please bring one or more of the following items:
- Cookware sets
- Dishware sets
- Flatware sets
- Glasswear sets
- Kitchen Towels/Sponges
- Sheet Sets
- Bed Pillows
- Towel Sets
- Bath Mats
- Plastic shower curtains/rings
- A check made out to “Project Community Connections”
Register for the program here!
“Be at the table or be on the menu.”
I am here! To use the word “Thrilling” is an understatement when I express how my career has come full circle. Beginning as an administrative support person for the Georgia Civil Rights Network, to Washington DC, obtaining updates on IFMA’s legislative agenda on “The Hill” is exciting to say the least.
A recap of my visit to “The Hill” follows. It began with participant introductions; each chapter sent two representatives each serving a two-year term. Of the two members, one is a more seasoned member while the other is relatively new on the scene. Gean Leyba and I would thank you for the opportunity to represent you at IFMA. Gean and I found that the members as a whole focused on getting our business on the GSA supply schedule. I am eager to learn more about IFMA’s presence “on the hill”, and how our Atlanta Chapter Members can have a more effective voice in government.
IFMA supports public policy to protect our industry through effective legislation. Did you know IFMA has a lobbyist on staff in Washington every day of the year? Jeff Johnson represents us in the offices and chambers and through the hallways and tunnels surrounding The White House.
So what was the focus? There were three main agenda items for participants to take to congress and to its’ membership back home during the 7th Annual FM Advocacy Day. First, IFMA wants all federal facility managers to be trained to the same high standards used in private industry. Funding the CFM, SFP and FMP programs was mandated in the 2011 Federal Building Personnel Training Act (FBPTA) and IFMA wants its’ membership to encourage their politicians to insure that the General Services Administration (GSA) is allocating resources to meet this mandate.
Secondly, the Civilian Property Realignment Act (CPRA) of 2012, introduced by Congressman Jeff Denham (R-CA19th District) would focus on the 500,000 federally owned properties. IFMA has lobbied to align the properties portfolio of the federal government to ensure it maximizes properties is part of this bill. Also, agencies within the federal government are allowed to negotiate their own leases with no oversight. With oversight standards buildings can be better managed affording empty buildings to be considered before new ones are added to the government property portfolio. Repurposing a building puts people to work and makes fiscal sense. Can some of these savings be allocated to support the FBPTA? Certainly makes good business sense to me.
Finally, Washington must get an energy bill on the table in the 113th Congressional session. The last bill was in 2007 which did not have government incentives for building owners.
IFMA will continue to keep us abreast of the developments on Capitol Hill, but the conversation isn’t one-way. The chapter must get involved. We are over five hundred members and we do make a difference in the building environment. We are the experts, a resource to lawmakers, and we vote!
If you are interested in learning more about IFMA’s advocacy efforts, I would love to meet with you. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.