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April 2019 IFMA Central Ohio Newsletter Print

President's Report

Spring into Knowledge

April. During walks in the park you can smell the wet dirt, see worms squirming about, birds chirping (at 5:00 AM), the sound of bats hitting balls, and parents cheering. All are sounds and smells of spring. Spring brings the sites of flowers, skunks, and budding trees. Speaking of trees, have you ever taken the time to look at the rings inside of a tree? Each ring is a life cycle, just like a young professional growing into an experienced FM.

As a new FM the FMP class is a starting point to gain knowledge on all aspects of being a manager. Combine this with a couple years of experience and you too could start to blossom into an intermediate professional. Being a good steward of the environment is an important part of a FMs job and by adding the SFP you gain the knowledge of the sustainable portion of facility management. Now imagine a few more years of experience coupled with the FMP and the SFP. The next step is the CFM, the top of the line and a certification that can take you a long way. IFMA is a great way to start the knowledge path of your career and the Central Ohio Chapter is here to help guide you along the way as best we can.

Call for Central Ohio Chapter Officer Nominations

The IFMA Central Ohio Chapter is taking nominations for its Officer positions. Each position (President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer) will be for a one year term that runs from July 1, 2019 to June 30th, 2020.  All members are eligible to nominate themselves or another Chapter member for one of these positions.  Nominations can be made via email to [email protected] and need to be submitted by Friday, May 10

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 many 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 20th and June 12th via an electronic ballot system.  On Friday, June 14th, the election results will be announced and the newly elected officers will be sworn in at the Annual Golf Outing.

Todd Kise, CFM, SFP

President, IFMA Central Ohio


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Calendar of Events

Water Treatment Review - April 11 @ 8:30 at the Electrical Trades Center

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

Earth Day at Kings Art Complex - April 22 @ 1:00 PM

Celebrate Earth Day! IFMA volunteers are rolling up their shelves to spruce up the grounds of the Kings Arts Complex

IFMA New Members Breakfast - April 23 @ 8:30 AM

Electrical Trades Center. New members only.

FMP Course - April 25 & 26

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

ResQ24Tour, Demonstrations and Happy Hour - April 25 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

With all of the rain that we received last year, the Programs Committee worked with ResQ24 to put together a building tour, water extraction demonstrations and a Happy Hour!


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Welcome New Members

Please welcome Central Ohio Chapter of IFMA new members:

Chris LaFountain                    Pure Property Solutions

Alan Moznar                           LBrands Inc

Kevin Grubb                           Cushman and Wakefield

Amy Kennedy                         FORJAK Industrial

Julie Miller                              Delaware County District Library

Bob Sisson                             Catholic Diocese of Columbus

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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 Planes Commercial Services and Dynamix Energy Services.




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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 April 25.

 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:

April 25th- 26th- Finance & Business                                     

May 23rd- 24th- Project Management 

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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