Letter from the President – August, 2014

Joseph Geierman HeadshotIn order to find out how we can serve them better, I’ve been communicating with some of the Facility Managers who have recently either joined as new members or renewed their affiliation with our chapter.  I’ve asked these folks why they are IFMA members, and what the chapter can do to help them achieve their goals. What I’ve heard has been interesting – and often I’ve heard the same things.

A lot of you are interested in certifications – either the Facility Management Professional (FMP) or Certified Facility Manager (CFM).  We’re going to be offering a CFM class sometime before next June.  As soon as we have more details, they will be relayed to the membership.  From what I’ve heard, there is a lot of pent-up demand for this.

Another area where Facility Managers want the chapter’s help is in learning best practices and hearing what their peers are up to.  My favorite part of being involved in IFMA has been getting to know other Facility Managers and hearing about the challenges they’ve faced and what they’ve done to resolve them.  If this is of interest to you, I strongly encourage you to attend the FM forum on August 15.  The cost is just $10, and it is an event only open to Facility Managers. This will be a great opportunity to interact with your peers and find out what they are up to in their facilities. You can register for the forum here.
I encourage you to make the most of your membership and get to know your peers.  If you have any questions, please drop me a line at joseph@ifmaatlanta.org.