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September 2013



Photos from the August Luncheon





2013-2014 Board of Officers


Kenneth Bryson, AIA, LEED, AP

Tel: 770-488-2409

Vice President, Elect:

Joseph Geierman, CFM, FMP

Tel: 404-885-3557


VP, Communications: 

Christy Lowell

Cell: 404-734-1270


VP, Professional Development: 

Kenneth Stephenson, CFM, AIA

Tel: 770-488-2557


Gene Leyba

Tel: 678-366-7045 

Treasurer: Dan Walther

Tel: 678.731.5926 

Past President: 

Annette Gorelick

Tel: 770-314-5215





Chair - Sustaining Patrons

Harry Ludwig   

King & Spalding, LLP

Chair - Membership

Dawn Abraham   



Chair - Associates

Peter Van Cleave 

Water for Life 


Chair - Newsletter 

Tammy Weeks 



Chair - IFMA Foundation & Scholarships 

Dee Raya 

The Coca-Cola Company


Co-Chair Community Services 

Richard Yarbrough 

TL Gowin & Co., Inc.


Co-Chair Community Services

Emily Perry 

Harris Perry & Associates, Inc.


Chair - Programs 

Jeff DellaMaggiora



Chair - Education 

Tom Haslach

Trilogy FM


Chair - Sustainability

Clara Smith


Chair - Career Management 

Joseph Carroll 

IST Management Services


Chair - Tours 

Martha Smith
CH Briggs


Chair - Emerging Leaders

Carrie May



Chair - Golf/Tennis Classic 

Stephen Christopher 

Royal Cup, Inc.


Chair - Atlanta Workplace

Pam Essler 


Chair - CFM Certification

Harriet Whelihan




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Dear fellow chapter members:



WOW! What a fabulous August luncheon and presentation we had at the Georgia Aquarium here in Atlanta! Heather McKeen, VP of Facilities and Operations, gave us a splendid overview of the facility's project management and operations/maintenance processes as Beluga whales and seals cruised leisurely on the other side of the window. A further treat was the fascinating behind-the-scenes tour, where Heather shared some of the workings of this 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week facility that attracts well over a million visitors a year. Huge kudos to the committees under Professional Development for bringing this learning event to the Chapter, and especial thanks to the Sustaining Patrons - Trilogy FM, Royal Cup Coffee, and DTI - whose sponsorship made it possible to keep costs in line with our regular meetings.


As interesting and exciting as the August program was, it was even more thrilling for me to be able to announce that the Atlanta has now become the first IFMA chapter to be able to offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) under the auspices of IACET - the International Association for Continuing Education and Training, so that our Professional members have immediate access to CEUs through the Chapter's own programs. More on this will come from others on the IFMA Atlanta team, so it's enough for me right now to say congratulations and heartfelt thanks to the many folks who worked hard and long to make this a reality. Educational programs are lined up, focusing on a board array of subjects both important and interesting, so stay tuned on the Web site, social media, and newsletter for updates and details.


Speaking of exciting - IFMA's World Workplace is just around the corner! Let me encourage everyone who's registered, or about to register, to be sure they've made plans to stay through all the activities - including Friday night - to get the utmost value out of their commitment to this event!





Ken Bryson, AIA, LEED, AP

IFMA Atlanta Chapter President




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Upcoming Events



September 18th - Program and Tour Ponce City Market

 ***End of Summer Sizzle***


Please join us for an end-of-summer program and tour at Ponce City Market.  This will be a late afternoon/evening function including a light summer "supper" buffet.  Jim Irwin, Vice President, Development & Construction of Jamestown Properties, will discuss the redevelopment of the historic Old Sears Building (and former City Hall East) into a vibrant mixed-use development.  A hardhat tour will be conducted following the program.  More details to follow.


This will be an event you won't want to miss!








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October 23rd - IFMA Associates Panel Discussion

TOPIC: How to Leverage the IFMA Membership


WHERE:  Georgia Tech, Wardlaw Boardroom overlooking the Yellow Jacket Football Field


WHAT:  The Associates Committee and a Panel of six Professionals will speak to Associates on what they should do to best represent their company and do more business with IFMA Professional Members.


WHEN:  October 23rd, 2013 - 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.


CONTACT:  Pete VanCleave, Water for LIfe, Associates Chair, 770-652-0076


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August Luncheon - Georgia Aquarium




Thank you to Heather McKeen, Vice President of Facilities and Operations, for speaking at IFMA's August luncheon held at the Georgia Aquarium.  We hope all who attended enjoyed the presentation.  Also thank you sponsors: Trilogy FM, Royal Cup and DTI.




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We hope you had a fabulous time at the Braves game. We had a great turn out and hope to do it again soon!




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Congratulations IFMA Atlanta!


The Atlanta Chapter of IFMA Becomes Authorized Provider of IACET CEUs.


International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has awarded the Atlanta Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) the prestigious Authorized Provider accreditation. IACET Authorized Providers are the only organizations approved to offer IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The accreditation period extends for five years, and includes all programs offered or created during that time.

"IFMA Atlanta is proud of our education programs which train Facility Managers and others involved in building operations with skills that allow them to stay on the cutting edge," stated Ken Stephenson, VP of Professional Development for IFMA Atlanta. Stephenson added, "Our new partnership with IACET is a demonstration of our commitment to lifelong learning and high standards for all of our programs, and we are very pleased to join such a prestigious organization as well as an elite group of organizations that offer excellent continuing education and training programs. We could not have gotten to this point without the hard work of many members - most notably, Harriet Whelihan."




Exclusive Tour of Ernst & Young


On August 7th the tours committee organized a visit to see Ernst & Young's office of the future, as a follow up to the July lunch presentation by Rachel Blankenship of E & Y's real estate team. The group of professional IFMA members not only got to see how Ernst & Young's "free address" system of space allocation is working, but everyone also enjoyed a networking social in ASD's offices beforehand. A big THANK YOU to ASD for sponsoring the social hour and to Rachel Blankenship for leading the tour! Also, a special acknowledgement to KNOLL for their generous raffle donation of their Generation chair. William Broome was the lucky recipient!!!



Community Services - Tour  




Monthly meeting of IFMA Community Services Committee was held on August 16, 2013, at Lifecycle Building Center (LBC), a collaborative effort between many Atlanta area stakeholders to reduce solid waste disposal, promote resource efficiency, stimulate economic development, and empower every citizen to improve their own built environment.


Adam Deck, Director of Operations for LBC, informed us of the mission and work of LBC and conducted a walking tour of the facility. The heart of the LBC concept is their large-scale used building materials retail?facility that sells or otherwise directs material to the general public in lieu of disposal.? The sales revenue, foot traffic, and operational behavior of the facility are leveraged to enact the LBC mission and creatively serve the community at large.?


The interactive walking tour included an introduction to the LBC concept of material reuse and its multi-faceted relation to community benefits, including job creation and other interrelated economic development opportunities. Committee Members and Nonprofit Partners were able to get specific information about the use of LBC services in relation to their building and disposal goals.


The 1116 Murphy Avenue warehouse facility was built between 1912 and 1915. The first occupant was Bailey Burruss Manufacturing Company, which designed and manufactured elevating, conveying and transmission machinery. The adjoining butler building?is listed as being constructed in 1966. During the tour, we received an overview of the vision for upgrading the nearly one-hundred year old facility to meet the criteria of the Living Building Challenge, the country's most progressive green building standard.


For more information about Lifecycle Building Center, visit, or contact Adam Deck,, to arrange a tour.


We invite you to bring your experience with designing, constructing, and managing facilities to the Community Services Committee and join us in serving these Nonprofit Partners. Contact Rick Yarbrough (T.L. Gowin & Co.), or Emily Perry (Harris Perry) for more information.  



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All videos from the 2013 Atlanta Workplace are now online.  You can view the videos on our website at the following link:




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Green cleaning involves the purchase of environmentally preferable materials, the use of practices which ensure occupants' health and safety and the implementation of innovative cleaning programs. The steps necessary to establish a comprehensive green cleaning program are outlined in the "Global Green Cleaning" guide, which covers key topics including indoor air quality, green cleaning products and equipment, greenwashing, green cleaning service providers and performance measurement, among others. The guide includes international perspectives on diverse cleaning operations, providing facility managers with a wide range of green cleaning options.


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SPSU Corner

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SPSU Takes The Lead In Offering Instructor Led Coursework for Professional IFMA Credentialing


In July of 2013, International Facilities Management Association, Holmes Corporation, and Southern Polytechnic Applied Research Corporation (SPARC) entered into an agreement to launch the first instructor led courses in support of professional IFMA credentialing. Courses, offered twice per year, will educate participants on knowledge required to apply to IFMA for credentials in the following areas:


Sustainable Facilities Professional (SFP)

Instructor-Led and Self-Study Courses

Strategic Alignment for Sustainable Facilities Management

Managing Sustainable Facilities

Operating Sustainable Facilities


Facilities Management Professional (FMP)

  • Operations and Maintenance
  • Project Management
  • Finance and Business Essentials
  • Leadership and Strategy Essentials

SPARC will work closely with Holmes Corporation and IFMA to ensure coursework is consistent with the quality and standards set forth by the IFMA Credential Programs, including periodic visits to SPSU classrooms by IFMA and HC representatives.


Holmes Corporation will provide SPARC with Credential Program materials, while IFMA will award CEUs for coursework successfully completed. Coursework will be offered by SPARC to those in the Southeast and beyond. Thanks to those who worked diligently to make this a reality.



Facilities Management Program Director Announced

 Brandi Williams has joined SPSU as the new Facilities Management Program Director. Brandi comes to us with a M.S. in Construction Management and a Masters in Education with a specialty in MEP systems. She is a licensed electrical contractor and a LEED AP with 27 years experience in the electrical contracting industry.

Brandi will take the lead in structuring and teaching the classes to be offered at SPSU in support of FMP and SFP credentialing. Congratulations, Brandi, and welcome aboard!

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IFMA Contribution In Support of SPSU Facilities Management Students

SPSU is proud to announce two scholarships funded by IFMA and made available by the CM department to students majoring in CM-Facilities Management. SPSU is currently identifying two bright, focused students who will put these scholarships to good use. Many thanks to IFMA for making this funding available and for the on-going support you show our program. We look forward to announcing the recipients in the near future!



Construction Industry Advisory Board (CIAB) Banquet

SPSU's Construction Management Department is set to again host the annual Construction Industry Advisory Board Banquet on September 26, 2013 at the

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.


Networking will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m.


This year marks the 12th anniversary of the founding of SPSU's CIAB. The annual banquet provides a key recruiting and networking opportunity for general contractors, subcontractors, construction venders, SPSU graduates and undergraduates. It also serves as a fundraiser for scholarships and program advancement.


Anirban Basu will be the guest speaker for this years fundraiser. Mr. Basu is Chairman and CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm in Baltimore, Maryland. He is considered one of the mid-Atlantic region's most recognized economists as a result of his work with prominent developers, bankers, brokerage houses, energy supplies, law firms and clients.


This event will include a silent auction with many sought after items on display and always proves to be an exciting evening. We welcome all IFMA members to participate.


More information can be obtained by contacting Eric James at 678-636-0148 or via email or by accessing this link.


Two New Assistant Professors Join at SPSU's CM Department

SPSU is very happy to announce two additional and much needed faculty members to our group.


 Debra Karen White joins us, bringing with her a B.ARCH from Carnegie Mellon and M.S. Construction and Facilities Management from Georgia Tech. She has over 25 years of industry experience with expertise in project operations and facilities management.




 Charner Rodgers Register Ph.D. brings with her a specialty in construction safety, methods, management and law. She has been with the Georgia DOT for the last six years of her professional experience.






Tom Haslach Visits SPSU

Tom Haslach Atlanta IFMA's Education Committee Chair visited SPSU on July 9, 2013 to identify collaboration opportunities of SPSU and IFMA. Student Guild President Quindell also joined the Meeting.



SPSU Students on The Move 

Junior Construction Management-Facilities Management student, Quindell Myrick, received his FMP Credential/Certification this summer. Way to go, Quindell! We are proud of you!



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



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