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May 2018 IFMA Newsletter Print

President's Report

The warm weather is finally here.  I don't know about you, but I know I was getting pretty tired of the cold temperatures and have been eagerly anticipating the warm breezes, birds chirping and being able to be outside without a coat!

With the warm weather however, there are a whole bunch of things to think about:


  • Getting the lawn mower ready for the summer
  • Laying the mulch in the landscaping beds
  • Create the scopes of work and get pricing for any hardscape (asphalt and concrete) repairs
  • Getting out and networking with your fellow IFMA members
  • Figure out how you would like to give back to the community


While all of those items listed are important, I'd like to take a moment to focus on the last two items.  Now that the weather has changed, May is a good time to think about how I can have a positive impact on my career, my fellow IFMA members and others in my community.    


As was mentioned in April, World FM Day is on Wednesday, May 16th and the theme is 'Enabling Positive Experiences'.  This is meant to highlight how facilities management plays an integral role in positive customer, client and employee experience in all sectors, whether it is residential, sport, workplace, healthcare or any other.  Why not celebrate World FM Day by committing to get your professional credential?


I know that this is a big step, now's the time to take that step.  The Chapter is putting together a Study Group to help you achieve your goal of getting your designation.  If you been contemplating starting the process, wait no longer as there has never been a better time to start.  Also, if you've been a member of the Chapter for more than two (2) years, you could have IFMA Central Ohio pay for the designation via the Scholarship program.  but there are other members of the IFMA Central Ohio chapter that are working to form a study group to help you achieve your credential goal.   


Also, IFMA Central Ohio has a number of programs, tours and events scheduled in the coming weeks that would allow you to enjoy the weather, get to know your fellow IFMA members and to have an impact on the lives of other people.  The first program and happy hour is on Monday, May 7th when we'll get an update on the Smart Columbus Initiative.  We have the 3rd Annual IFMA Central Ohio Bocce tournament on May 15th and a tour of Ohio Staidum on May 22nd.


Finally, the Board is accepting nominations for the 2018-2019 Officer (President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer) positions until Friday, May 11th.  If you would like to nominate someone or even yourself, please send your nomination to the Board at 

Thank you for your participation in IFMA Central Ohio and as always, if you have an idea for a program or tour, please let us know at

Thank you again and I look forward to seeing you at your next IFMA Central Ohio activity!

Matt Butterworth, President, IFMA Central Ohio 


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Secretary's Report

The IFMA Central Ohio Chapter is taking nominations for it's Officer positions. Each position (President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer) will be for a one year term that runs from July 1, 2018 to June 30th, 2019.  All members are eligible to nominate themselves or another Chapter member for one of these positions.  Nominations can be made via email to and need to be submitted by Friday, May 11th, 2018. In your nomination email, please provide the name of the member you would like to nominate and for which position.

Below is a description of each officer position:


The Chapter President shall be a member of the Association in good standing and shall be a member of the Chapter. The President shall serve as Chairman of the Board; shall preside at all board meetings; shall select the Chairs of special committees; shall ensure that the Chapter is represented at the annual House of Delegates Meeting through a delegate selection procedure in conformity with any policies adopted by the IFMA Board of Directors; shall be an ex-officio member of all committees (except the Nominations Committee); and shall sign all agreements and formal instruments.

The President currently has the following responsibilities:

  • Oversees/runs the monthly Board meeting
  • Moderator at programs, tours, events- Program Committee
  • Pay for program, tour, events fees- Programs/Events Committee Chairperson or Treasurer
  • Moderator of the State of the Union Luncheon
  • Part of officer group (President, VP, Secretary and Treasurer) that can approve/deny scholarship requests
  • Monthly President’s report for chapter Newsletter
  • Lead by example by attending as man chapter programs, tours and events as possible
  • Represent the Chapter at Facility Fusion or World WorkPlace
  • Attend at least one (1) committee meeting for each committee every quarter


Vice President (“VP”)

The Chapter Vice President shall be a member of the Association in good standing and shall be a member of the Chapter. The VP shall perform such duties as are given to the VP by these bylaws or assigned by the Board of Directors. The VP shall perform all the duties of the President in case of the disability or absence of the President and, when so acting, shall have all the powers of and be subject to all the restrictions upon the President. The VP shall participate and support the Membership committee. 


The Chapter Treasurer shall be a member of the Association in good standing and shall be a member of the Chapter. The Treasurer shall collect and receive Chapter monies and securities; deposit funds and disburse same, subject to the direction of the Board of Directors; keep accurate books of account; submit a report at Board of Directors’ meetings; cosign all agreements and formal instruments, except those pertaining to the office of the Secretary; and submit a report of the Treasurer’s office at an annual meeting of the Chapter. The Treasurer shall perform other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.


The Chapter Secretary shall be a member of the Association in good standing and shall be a member of the Chapter. The Secretary shall see that notice is sent at least 7 days in advance of all meetings of the Board of Directors and of the Chapter and shall keep accurate minutes thereof. The Secretary shall maintain a file of all correspondence; keep a roster of committees and task forces; forward requested material and information to the Association; cosign all agreements and formal instruments, except those pertaining to the office of the Treasurer; and submit a report of the Secretary’s office at an annual meeting of the Chapter. The Secretary shall perform other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.

Chapter elections will take place between May 14th -June 14th via an electronic ballot system.  On Friday, June 15th, the election results will be announced and the newly elected officers will be sworn in at the Annual Golf Outing.

View the complete announcement here: IFMA Central Ohio Request for Officer Nominations

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Community Service

Please join the IFMA Community Service Committee on Tuesday, May 15th for an evening of BOCCE and socializing during the 3rd Annual IFMA Central Ohio Bocce Tournament!  The proceeds will benefit Franklinton Rising!  Guests are more than welcome to join the action.  

The entry fee is $25 per person.  This includes bocce, food (pizza, subs, veggies, and Italian sweets), water and two adult beverages (beer/wine), additional drinks are $3 per beer or wine.  ALL entry fee money will directly benefit Franklinton Rising, as IFMA has agreed to cover the event-related costs! 

Everyone is guaranteed 2 games, but the format will be determined based on the number of participants. You will be assigned a team at random to maximize networking.  Check in starts at 5pm and games will start promptly at 5:30pm! 

We will also run a 50/50 Raffle at the event to benefit Franklinton Rising!  Please bring cash to participate. 

We look forward to an evening of spirited fun on May 15th!!!


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Welcome New Members

Member Name:  E. Wayne Eriksen

Company:  TP Mechanical Contractors, Inc.

Title: Business Development Consultant

How long have you been with the company?  One year

Give a brief description of your company:  TP Mechanical is a multi-state HVAC, Plumbing and Fire Protection Service provider.  We have offices in Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, Indianapolis and Lexington Ky.  We specialize in performing planned maintenance on HVAC equipment, performing repairs and unit replacements when necessary.  Our goal is to help building owners and managers to reduce the overall cost of owning and operating their HVAC, plumbing and fire protection assets

Your main responsibilities.  Growing the maintenance base of clients in the Columbus region

What do you like best about your job?  Meeting with prospects and determining if we can help achieve their short and long-term goals and objectives

Why did you join IFMA?  To network and help Facility Managers manage their properties

Hometown?  Garden City, Long Island New York

What would you do if you won the lottery tomorrow?  Help others in need!

First job?  IGA supermarket stocking shelves

What do you like about Central Ohio?  The City of Columbus

What is the best compliment anyone could give you?  I trust you

Who are your personal heroes?  My Father and Mother

Favorite Movie?  Forest Gump

Favorite Book?  The Bible

Favorite T.V. Show?  The Voice

Favorite Sports Team(s)?  OSU Football, Carolina Panthers, NE Patriots, NY Giants

Place you would most like to visit?  Scotland

What is your pet peeve?  Do what you say you are going to do.


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Calendar of Events

Below are our upcoming programs, tours, events and community service opportunities.  Please plan on attending as many of these as you can.

Smart Columbus Update and Happy Hour- May 7th  4-6pm

Get an update on the SMART Columbus initiative, tour the Fintech71 facility and enjoy Happy Hour!

3rd Annual Bocce Tournament- May 15th  4-9pm

Bocce, beverages, and fun will be had by all in this charity fundraiser.

Tour- Ohio Stadium- May 22nd  4-6pm  

Every OSU fan should mark their calendars not to miss out of the behind the bleacher tour of the Ohio Stadium.

29th Annual IFMA Central Ohio Golf Outing- June 15th  8am-2pm

Hit the links and get your team ready for bragging rights for the entire year, as well as take part in IFMA's Game of Games!

IFMA Family Night with the Columbus Clippers- July 21st  5:40-11pm

Bring the family out to the ballpark for our annual family night with the Columbus Clippers, for a great time will be had by all!

Tour- AEP Facility- August 9th  3-4:30pm

Check out this new LEED Gold building!

Central Ohio Facilities Maintenance Expo- October 11th  7:30am-2pm

Programs to be determined, but plan on stopping by the IFMA Central Ohio booth!


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Sponsors of the Month

A special thanks to our sponsor's of the month: Commercial Works and Power Connect! 

Because of these sponsors, IFMA Central Ohio can offer a wide variety of free educational programs and tours, as well as community service opportunities, for our members.


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Program Recap

On the heels of the local craft beer boom, area distilleries are following suit.  In fact, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, supplier sales were up 4.5 percent to $25.2 billion in 2016, which was the seventh straight year of market share gains relative to beer.

     The American Craft Spirits association reports that the number of active craft distilleries in the U.S. has grown to more than 1,589 to date.

     Employment in the craft spirits industry is also climbing right along with the business -- by 47.8 percent in 2016, with nearly 6,000 new full-time jobs. As of August 2017, the industry employed almost 19,600 full-time employees, an average of 10.5 employees per distillery.

   Industry investments were expected to double in 2017 with continued growth into 2018.

   So, in order to get an up-close-and-personal look at this booming industry, the Central Ohio Chapter of the International Facility Management Association brought some two dozen of its members and guests to tour Middle West Spirits in the Short North April 11, 2018 – and they were not disappointed. 

    Inspired by four generations of distilling traditions in the Middle West family, the small enterprise built its foundation on the belief that authenticity in the world of artisan spirits meant handcrafting products from scratch, while celebrating the distinctive flavors of the Ohio River Valley.

     Co-founders Brady Konya and Ryan Lang established Middle West Spirits in 2008 and opened their local distillery for commercial production in 2010. “With deep experience in marketing and manufacturing, Konya and Lang focused on championing Ohio’s world-class agriculture, small business innovation, and culinary inspiration to produce a line of artisan spirits that reflect their originality as creators, their integrity as producers, and their passion for the craft of producing spirits from scratch,” according to their website. “At the core of their efforts, they commit to equal parts inspiration and education, working to challenge the palate while honoring Ohio’s unique role in the history of America’s distilling traditions.”

     Central to the distillery’s identity is the belief that craft spirits should be made with care, by hand and by creators who originally distill their own products. “In today’s growing micro-community, marketers often use words like ‘artisanal’ to disguise the industrial sources of many distilleries’ core products—which are neither artisan nor handcrafted, and seldom deserve the premium they command. Middle West Spirits practices the time-honored craft of producing spirits from grain to bottle, and supports the farms, craftsmen, trade partners, and retail customers who desire an authentic expression of world-class, American-made craft spirits.”

     Their efforts have peaked interest and received notice.  In fact, Middle West Spirits was named one of the top five best distillery restaurants in the United States by the publication Supercall last year. 

     And more recently, Middle West Spirits announced a Gold Medal and Best in Category win for their OYO Double Cask Sherry-Finished Bourbon at the 2018 American Distilling Institute’s Judging of Craft Spirits. The Columbus-based distillery received a total of six medal recognitions for its OYO branded spirits, including a second gold medal for its OYO Dark Pumpernickel Rye Whiskey, a silver medal for its flagship OYO Vodka, and three bronze medals for its OYO Wheat Whiskey, OYO Michelone Reserve Bourbon, and OYO Stone Fruit Vodka.

      “The entire craft industry is fixated on the meteoric growth of the whiskey market,” said Konya. “To take home top honors in the Bourbon category is humbling, to say the least.”

     In the heart of the Short North, the 16,000-square-foot, open-air distillery serves as a brand showcase, spirits shop, educational venue, and tasting room.  Its breathtaking bar and natural-light facility evoke warmth and encourages casual conversations, allowing Central Ohio IFMA Chapter members to linger long after their April tour was complete. 

     The large group of Central Ohio IFMA Chapter members were split into two to tour the facility.  Each also enjoyed a history lesson as to the origin of the cocktail from Beverage Director Jared Goody, then were treated to a mixology lesson where an Old Fashioned was the drink of choice. 

     The distillery’s best seller?  Their OYO Vodka made with Ohio’s soft red winter wheat, giving their vodka a distinct color and flavor.  Central Ohio IFMA Chapter members were treated to a taste during their tour – and the chance to compare it to a mass-produced vodka popular in the U.S. made with a French soft winter wheat. 

    While Central Ohio IFMA Chapter members snacked on light fare, a full-service menu stood at the ready.  Executive Chef Avishar Barua’s creations combine his Midwestern upbringing and Bangladeshi roots. His fresh interpretation of familiar flavors is the culmination of an impressive career, with roles at New York’s Mission Chinese and WD-50, and locally at 1808 American Bistro and Veritas.

     Middle West Spirits is located at 1230 Courtland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. 


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IFMA Credential Spotlight

There are a number of members that are looking to create a study group to collaboratively work together on obtaining one of IFMA's three (3) professional designations: Certified Facility Manager (CFM), Facility Management Professional (FMP) and Sustainability Facility Professional. 

If you're looking to obtain one of these designations in the near future and are interested in participating in the study group, please contact the Board at

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to helping you achieve your educational goals.


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Committee Help Needed

Are you looking for a way to network with your fellow IFMA Central Ohio members and get more involved with the Chapter? 

The Committees in IFMA Central Ohio are what makes the Chapter operate efficiently and effectively.  We have a number of committees that need your help:

Programs- This committee selects, schedules and coordinates the monthly programs and tours for the Chapter. The Committee endeavors to help members increase their knowledge and expertise in facility management related topics. This is accomplished by providing programs and tours that bring to the forefront topics of facility management that pertain to the working environment.  

If you're interested in joining this committee, please contact Kelly Waters (614-736-9007 or or Jacque Adams (614-448-6153 or 

Membership- This Committee promotes membership growth and retention by providing new member recruiting events and encouraging new and current members to be involved in chapter events and activities. The committee also conducts quarterly new member events, as well as assists in welcoming/registering attendees at Chapter programs, tours and events.

If you're interested in joining this committee, please contact Lisa Schultz (614-205-8996 or or Steve Bauman (614-282-3152 or 

Thank you for your time and we hope you can increase your participation in IFMA Central Ohio by joining a committee or two.


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IFMA Central Ohio Night with the Columbus Clippers

IFMA Central Ohio Family Night with the Clippers

Bring the entire family to this IFMA sponsored night with the Clippers.  The night starts with live music before the game and fireworks after.  Each ticket INCLUDES $15 Clippers Cash to spend as you would like.  Tickets need to be purchased by July 6th.

Saturday, July 21st, First pitch at 7:15P 

Huntington Park in the Arena District

Fireworks following the game!

The Clippers are also hosting PARTY-AT-THE-Park prior to the game.  Music starts at 5:40p and ends at 7p in the right field plaza.  Scheduled to play is TBD.

Questions... Contact Charlie Snyder at 614.545.8187 or


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Membership Drive Event

The Membership Committee is putting the final touches on the 2018 Membership Drive event!

The current details are tht it's scheduled for Thursday, November 8th at Ten Pin Alley in Hilliard.

Rumor has it that there will be a set of Michigan/Ohio State football tickets that will be raffled off.

Stay tuned for more information so you don't miss out on this great event!


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IFMA Central Ohio Rewards Program

The 2018 IFMA Central Ohio Rewards program for members is in full swing and it's not too late to get points by attending IFMA programs, tours, events and community service activities during 2018.

Make sure you attend as many IFMA events as possible to earn points for a chance to win $500 that can be used for educational opportunities: (World WorkPlace, Facility Fusion or other events) or pursuing professional designations certifications (Facility Management Professional (FMP), Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP), Certified Facility Manager (CFM), for example).  Members earn points by attending programs, tours and events, so make sure to attend as many IFMA events as you can by November 30th. 

The winners of the 2018 IFMA Central Ohio Rewards program will be announced during the Annual State of the Union Luncheon in December 2018.

More information on the Rewards program can be found at:IFMA Central Ohio Rewards Program


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Chapter Scholarship Information

The Central Ohio Chapter of IFMA Scholarship program is designed for members to pursue credentials and certifications, degrees in facility management or related fields, as well as to attend World Workplace or Facility Fusion.  

In conjunction with the Rewards Program, the scholarship eligibility period starts December 1st and runs through November 30th.  Members earn points by attending programs, facility tours, events and community service activities.  Extra points are awarded if you attend World Workplace, Facility Fusion, are an active committee member or recruit additional professional members.  

Information on how you can qualify for a scholarship and an application form can be found here.


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