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October 2019 IFMA Central Ohio Newsletter Print

President's Report

Happy fall everyone. As the weather slowly turns cooler, and I do mean slowly, the heaters, holiday decorations, and flammable material seem to come out. What does that mean? Time to review your emergency evacuations for fire. Some of the things we should be doing is reviewing our preventive maintenance procedures to ensure we are following NFPA guidelines and local codes. This can be done a couple different ways; first would doing the preventive maintenance with inhouse staff. And, second would be outsourcing to a qualified company. 

Now, the important thing to remember is whichever direction you take to complete the maintenance, you need to make sure you're following the local codes. If you have a question and want an independent party to answer, then your local fire department liaison or local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) would be the best person to ask. These folks are there to help you so don't be afraid to ask. 

Also, don't forget that your egress doors and ailseways need to remain clear. That means snow and debris should not be blocking the door or path to safety. The egress doors should be checked regularly to ensure the are operating properly. Remember, safety first. 

Todd Kise, CFM, SFP

President, IFMA Central Ohio


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Calendar of Events

2019 World Workplace - Oct 16

Take Your Facility and Your Career to New Heights at IFMA's flagship annual conference and expo!

IFMA Central Ohio Mitchell Hall Tour October 17

Come check out this three story, 80,000 square foot culinary masterpiece. Plan on networking after the tour.

WELL Building Program and the Heapy Office Tour - Nov 7

The Central Ohio Chapters of IFMA and USGBC partner this November 7th to offer a tour in one of the first facilities in Ohio to pursue certification under both the WELL Building Standard and LEEDv4 for Commercial Interiors rating system.

IFMA Central Ohio Fall Networking Event - Nov 14

Come to Ten Pin Alley in Hilliard from 4:00 - 7:00 PM.

IFMA Central Ohio 2019 State of the Union - Dec. 4

Join us at La Scala from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM for lunch and an annual update of the chapter.



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Welcome New Members

Please welcome Central Ohio Chapter of IFMA new members (September):

Edwynna Freeman              Columbus State Community College

Chuck White                        DH Pace Inc.

Steve Mort                           Tremco Inc.

Jamie Dykes                        Steiner & Associates

Linda Dolan                         Havard Maintenance


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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. Chapter co-chairs are Emily Kershaw and Lisa Davis.

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. Current chair is Jeff Havens.



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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. If you are interested in being a sponsor please contact Jeff Havens ([email protected]).








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IFMA Credential Spotlight

For those of you going to World Workplace (WWP), if you have a FMP, SFP or CFM there is networking event on Wednesday October 16 around 5:30 PM. You should have received an invite. 

If you're going to WWP there are ample opportunities to take one of the afore mentioned courses. 



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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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