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February 2019 IFMA Central Ohio Newsletter Print

President's Report

Well December was mild to say the least. January couldn't decide what to do and February came in like spring. Hopefully, everyone has been checking the boilers and the insulation on your outdoor pipes to protect from the freeze/thaw episodes we have been going through. And don't forget to clear the drains on the roofs to prevent ponding. Now is a good time to take that infrared gun (if you have one) and check the exterior walls for poor insulation, including the roof. Remember, we have several roofing companies that are IFMA members and sponsors so please look at our list of sponsors and members when you're looking for assistance.

This is also a great time to get for preventive maintenance on the cooling systems like chiller tubes, cooling towers, etc., before the cooling season starts.

Great news, the FMP course is on and we're still taking entries until February 28. If you're looking for an opportunity to expand your knowledge there is no better time than now, especially since the courses are right here in Columbus.

Todd Kise, CFM, SFP

President, IFMA Central Ohio


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Calendar of Events

FMP Registration Extended - February 28

AEP and Columbia Gas Rebate Program Update Review Feb. 27 (inconjuction with BOMA)

Learn about the 2019 rebate programs for AEP and Columbia Gas. Get the 411 on all of the changes and how you can maximize your project's rebates!

Tour- Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at The Ohio State University- March 7th 4-5:30pm

Come check out one of Ohio State Universities more interesting facilities: the Artic ice storage facility.

FMP Course - March 26,27

This is your chance to get it on the calendar and prepare for the next step in your professional development.

Water Treatment Review (Date/Time to be Determined)

Do you know what you're drinking and the kind of water your HVAC equipment is using?

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Welcome New Members

Please welcome Central Ohio Chapter of IFMA new members:

Wendy Ellsworth         Mammoth Restoration and Cleaning

Floyd Mattern              Zulily

Philip Fait                    Roof Spec Solutions

Nick Sattler                  Rose Pest Solutions

Christa Bray                Floor Systems and Design

Deborah Pair              JLL

Steve Lazroff              Modern Office Methods

Bryant Petway            Chrono Management Group

Mike Suman               Duro-last Roofing, Inc.

Mark Soliday              The Ohio State University

Karen Crabbe            The Ohio State University

Mickey Sharron          The Ohio State University

Seth Deutsch             DegreeOne

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Sustainability Spotlight

AEP and Columbia Gas Rebate Program Update Review

The Programs Committee, in conjuntion with the representatives from BOMA Columbus, have been finalized the details for a joint chapter program to get attendees up to speed on the latest rebate programs for both American Elecric Power ("AEP"), as well as Columbia Gas.  

Representatives from AEP and Columbia Gas will explain the changes in their 2019 Rebate Programs and will be able to answer your questions about how you and your company can take full advantage of these rebates.


If your organization is thinking about implementing energy efficient projects in 2019, this is a program you shouldn't miss!

Registration is open until Thursday, February 21st or until we reach our limit.  Lunch will be provided.

Location: Longaberger Alumni House at The Ohio State University, 2200 Olentangy River Road. 

Parking: Please note that a parking permit, which will be provided to registered attendees, will be needed.

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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.

I'm glad to announce that Emily Kershaw and Lisa Davis will be the new co-chairs for the Membership Committee. I want to thank them for taking time to volunteer and head up this fun group. At the same time, I want to thank Lisa Schultz and Steve Bauman who have been co-chairing for the past few years for all their hard work effort in maintaining the chapters membership. Good luck to all and a big Thank You!

Associate Membership - This Committee works with our associate members with questions and sponsorship opportunities. Associate members are an important part of the Chapter as we regularly tap into their knowledge base to help our Professionals receive the knowledge they need to perform their responsibilities.

I would like to welcome Jeff Havens and Michelle Hoffman to the Associate Membership Committee and for volunteering their time. I would like to thank Matt Jacobs who assisted Lara the past couple years for his time. And thank Lara Moon for her time as she hands over the reins.


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Sponsors of the Month

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.

2019 IFMA Sponsorship Opportunity

Now taking applications for the 2019 IFMA Partner program! We appreciate our associate members who keep the cost of programming down for the chapter members.  Any questions get with Lara Moon at

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IFMA Credential Spotlight

IFMA Central Ohio is excited to announce that we will be hosting Ohio’s first IFMA FMP Credential Class in the spring of 2019.

This is your chance to get it on the calendar and prepare for the next step in your professional development.

IFMA's Facility Management Professional (FMP) designation is a knowledge-based credential for FM professionals and industry suppliers looking to increase their depth-of-knowledge in the core FM topics deemed critical by employers. By earning the FMP credential, you will improve your knowledge, enhance your skills, and gain immediate credibility with employers, clients, and peers.

The FMP Credential provides a strong foundation of the core competencies of Facility Management. There are 4 modules that make up the FMP credential class: Leadership and Strategy, Finance and Business, Project Management and Maintenance and Operation. This class will be paced out over 4 months to give students an opportunity to focus on the class without getting to overwhelmed at work.

 Course dates & details:

Classes will run from 8:30am - 4pm and will be hosted in a classroom facility at Loeb Electric (1800 E. 5th Avenue in Columbus, Ohio).  Here are the dates for the courses:

March 28th- 29th- Leadership & Strategy                                           

May 23rd- 24th- Project Management 

April 25th- 26th- Finance & Business   

June 27th- 28th- Operations & Maintenance 


Becky Spohn, FMP, owner of Confidence Concepts, LLC. Becky is a leadership & team-building expert dedicated to helping organizations Build Confident Leaders & Cohesive Teams. She served 16-years as Facilities Manager (FM) of a historic mansion. She honed her FM skills on multimillion-dollar construction and renovation projects. Becky's fusion of real-life stories and her conversational techniques connect with her audience at an intimate, intense and individual level. Come and experience for yourself why her audiences rave about her edutaining (entertaining and educational) style.

Course costs:

This price includes all course materials, online access and in class instruction for all four (4) modules. Lunch and snacks will be provided and we’re also working on some fun group activities, as well. 

IFMA Central Ohio or IFMA Member: $2,200

Non IFMA member cost: $2,511 (includes a one-year IFMA and IFMA Central Ohio membership) 

Please note that upon completion of all four (4) assessments, students will also be required to pay IFMA International the FMP Application Fee of $140.


Click on the following link FMP Credential Course Registration to register by February 28, 2019. Please note that we need a minimum of ten (1) students in order to host this course and if we do not meet this requirement, the course will be cancelled and all registered students will receive a full refund. 

Detailed instructions will be provided the week of March 28th, 2019 to all registered students.

If you have any questions, please contact Matt Butterworth at or 614-537-2306.



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IFMA Central Ohio Rewards Program

The 2019 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 2019.

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 2019 IFMA Central Ohio Rewards program will be announced during the Annual State of the Union Luncheon in December 2019.

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


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