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March 2019 IFMA Central Ohio Newsletter Print

President's Report

Spring is getting close and now is the time to review your weather safety plans. There are two websites that have a lot of information that can help with planning at work and at home.

First, the Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security site,, has information regarding the sirens in Franklin County and you can sign up to be a Siren Watcher which is a person who monitors and reports on one particular siren on Wednesdays. One may also sign up to receive weather alerts like, tornado warnings, severe thunder storm warnings, high wind, etc. You can receive these alerts by phone, text or email. The site also provides preparedness tips for seniors, children, families, etc.

Second, the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness,, provides numerous tips on weather related safety. And by the way this year’s Severe Weather Awareness week is March 17 through 23 with the tornado drill on March 20 at 9:50 AM. Both sites have good information so please take time to review them not only for the workplace but for home as well.

Todd Kise, CFM, SFP

President, IFMA Central Ohio


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Calendar of Events

Ohio Construction Conference at the Ohio Union by Builders Exchange of Central Ohio - March 13

FMP Course - March 28, 29

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

Loeb Electric Networking Event - March 28

Come join the IFMA Central Ohio FMP participants in networking and a Happy Hour at Loeb Electric!

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:

Mickey Sharron               The Ohio State University

Mark Soliday                   The Ohio State University

Karen Crabbe                 The Ohio State Universtiy

Mike Suman                    Dura-Last Roofing, Inc.

Seth Deutsch                  DegreeOne

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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 [email protected]) or Jacque Adams (614-400-8533 or [email protected]). 

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. Please review our list of sponsors when looking for a partner. This month's Sponsor is Loeb Electric.


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IFMA Credential Spotlight


Please congratulate Brian Leach (FMP) and Kevin Chips (SFP) on their new Credentials.


Central Ohio FMP Class

I am happy to annouce we have 10 registrants signed up for our first FMP course in Central Ohio. Come and join our peers/students in a networking event March 23rd at Loeb Electric.

 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 



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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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