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Members Hone in on Their Gaming Skills During Annual Membership Drive

     It was a blast from the past.

     Centipede, Ms. Pac Man, Gauntlet, and Asteroids.

     Mortal Kombat, Frogger, Die Hard, and Donkey Kong.

     With lights flashing and bells ringing, some 60 IFMA Central Ohio Chapter members and their guests took part in an arcade challenge like never before at this year’s Annual Membership Drive at the Old North Arcade in Downtown Columbus. Topped off with wood-fired pizza and a few adult beverages, the Oct. 26th  event brought veteran and potential new members together in a relaxed atmosphere where they could socialize, compete, and learn what the Central Ohio IFMA Chapter is all about.

     As members and their guests mingled and eyed-up the games, IFMA’s Central Ohio Chapter President Matthew Butterworth called for everyone’s attention with a little rapping humor at the microphone, welcoming attendees to the annual event meant to introduce potential members to the work of the chapter and boost participation.

     Founded in 1989, IFMA Central Ohio is a widely recognized international association for facility management professionals in Columbus, supporting over 110 professional members and over 90 associate members.

     Members and their guests took no time jumping into the fray. Joysticks and controllers in hand, they jumped from game to game with the hopes of winning the Arcade Challenge. Gamers were tested by picking two of their favorite games from a list of five (Ms. Pac Man, Centipede, Frogger, Donkey Kong, and Q-Bert) and recording a combined high score with the chance to win a $25 gift card.  First place bragging rights went to Eddie Davis of Legacy Maintenance Services, quickly followed by second place winner Jess Hellmich of Burns Scalo Roofing.

     But that wasn’t the only give-a-way of the night. Upon entering, every member and guest received a raffle ticket for the chance to win one year’s membership to IFMA Central Ohio – a $301 value! Matt Riley at Scotts was the winner in that drawing.

     Those who completed a membership survey were also put into a drawing for a $500 Ticket Master gift card. Scott Semroc at Efficiency Smart was the lucky winner.

     The Oct. 26th Membership Drive was just one of a number of regular programs planned by IFMA Central Ohio, including facility tours with happy hours, green group, community service activities, and annual sporting events. The facility tours and educational programs are geared toward providing facility managers with a better understanding of the current trends and technology that they can incorporate into their facilities, while community service activities and sporting events are more social and a great way to network with fellow members.

     According to a recent survey of its membership, IFMA Central Ohio is an organization that provides facility managers with the resources to network with other facility managers, affording them the opportunity to share experiences and vendor recommendations. It’s also a place where facility managers can meet potential new vendors and build a solid relationship before discussing any business needs.

     Most events sponsored by the organization are free and open to both members and guests, while a few require a small registration fee. Invitations are not needed to attend. For more information about the group, visit IFMA Central Ohio’s home page and select on ‘Click here to join’ in blue on the left hand side of the screen.