January 2018 Print


Happy New Year!  We hope everyon had a great 2017 and we are looking forward to a great 2018.  Be sure to join us for our monthly meeting.  We look forward to seeing you there.

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President's Message

I would like to give a heartfelt thank you to Lee and Dave for their recent roles on the board, collectively they served 18 years in various positions – both as President and Treasurer at one time.  Thanks to both of you for volunteering your time and knowledge and best wishes for a wonderful retirement to Dave!  I am excited to join the board again and look forward to working together to provide our members with knowledge, experience, and resources to aide in your roles in the FM industry. 

A little about myself - I have been involved in IFMA for 15 years, the first few years as a student at Ferris State University where I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Facilities Management.  I then started at Amway as a Facilities Planner and have worked on a wide variety of projects over the years including many office renovations, lab renovations, service centers, data centers, manufacturing facilities, store fronts and more!  My husband, Matt also works at Amway and together we have 3 wonderful children, Landon who is 9, Izzy is 6 and Kora is almost 2.  We enjoy visiting family, hanging out by the pool, camping, beach volleyball, golf, bowling and going to the movies.

If you have any ideas or suggestions for upcoming events, please feel free to contact myself or one of the other board members.

Hope to see you at the next Chapter event!

Jaime Rueffer, IFMA-WM Board President

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News Bites

Toys for Tots

Our Toys for Tots Luncheon was a bid success.  Thank you to everyone who attended, but....  Toys for Tots needs help they are loosing "home" and need to find a new one right away.  See the full news story here:

They are looking for 2,500 square feet of storage space during the off-season and 10,000 during the campaign.

The ideal space would also include heat, a restroom and a loading dock. A donation of space is tax deductible.

Any company or individual who may be able to help is asked to call Catherine Behrendt at 616-559-1481.


Certified Energy Manager Training Bloomington IL 2018

There is a training opportunity in Central Illinois.  The Central Illinois AEE chapter is partnering with Ameren Illinois to bring Certified Energy Manager training to Bloomington, IL this year!  We are reaching out to the IFMA chapters in the Midwest to share the course information.  Additional information and registration can be found on our website link:


Chapter Membership Cost Increase

There will be a $25 for Chapter Membership.  This will bring the Chapter Membership cost to $125.  We have not raise our membership cost in 10 years and even with the cost increase our memberships cost is a great value compared to other chapters.

Student Membership cost will not increase.

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Calendar of Events

We would love to have you join us at our monthly meetings.  Check the wesite for more information on meetings as it becomes available.

Here a list of upcoming meetings:


Our next meeting meeting will be held January 17 at 3:30.  It will be a presintation on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery by Kevin Roehling the Director of Claims and Loss Control for Oliver-VanDyk Insurance Agency.

The 64 minute discussion will focus on considerations when planning for emergencies and disasters.  How to prepare in advance of a situation, essential items to plan for, development of an emergency plan and the importance of communication with key partners during and after the event. Discussion on business interruption and preparations for such will also be covered including the importance of understanding the provisions of your insurance policy – before an event.

Events discussed include: Flood, Tornado, Violence in the Workplace and Fire.

Please note that the venue has changed.  We will post the new location as soon as it is determined.

Click here for more information and to register



Amway, presentation on new ASHRAE codes & retrofit of lighting, February 21st



Social Mixer - meet and spend some quality time with your fellow IFMA memebers, March 21st - location TBD



Annual Banquet





Jeff Tafel, Global Workforce Initiative, May 16th




Whitecaps, July 11th


August 3rd

The 15th Annual Golf Classic, August 3, 2018

With the subzero temperatures and all of the white stuff outsite lets tak a look back at the Annual Golf Outing.  Thanks to our sponsers and thanks to everyone who attended.  We raised $3,000 for the Kathy Pruden Memorial Scholarship and $2,500 for the Jim Hickey Memorial Scholarship.  I don't know about you but I am looking forward August 2018.

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Welcome New Members

A bid welcom to all of our new memebers.  Be sure to welcome them at the next meeting.

-  Tim Lawrence with Woodward Inc.

-  Grayson Caudill with Naturashield Commercial Roofing

-  Nik D'Annunzio with Innovative Waterproofing Solutions

-  Justin Troyer with SERVPRO of Muskegon & Holland/Ottwa Co.

-  Michael Phelps with Lacks Enterprises

-  Richard Zimonick with BarFly Ventures

-  Asa Bays with Midwest Tool & Die

-  Tom Shanley with Four Winds Casinos

-  Michael Lawrence with Amway

-  Michael Conway with Parker Hannitin Corporation

-  Gregg Cothern with Steelcase

-  Trent Brisboe with Tremco Roofing & Building Maintenance

-  Randy Ritema with Amway

And our new Student members:  Jordan Cambell, Kellen Barnett, Drew Eder, Sam Kirkey, Tyler Lukomski, Zack Uganski, Breaunna Wolcott, Annbria Marquard, Ryan Pendrick, Paige Spencer, Bailey Sweeney, Jessie Theisen, Isioma Uzor and Elizabeth Buttis


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Corby's Corner

What the heck is a WELL building?

We have all heard of LEED Building certification, but have you heard of WELL Building standards? This is a relatively new standard that is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and wellbeing, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind.  The standard is applicable to new construction, major renovations, and tenant improvements.

Delos Living LLC is a US-based organization that started WELL Building Standard back in 2013 with the mission “to build a better world”.  As with LEED, there is a set of building standards that must be followed and is third-party certified by the Green Business Certification Incorporation (GBCI), which administers the LEED certification program and the LEED professional credentialing program. Buildings can be certified as both LEED and WELL, but the certifications are administered by different auditors as the certifications are different in many aspects.

The seven main concepts that are the cornerstone of the WELL building standard and have 27-41 preconditions or Features depending on the building type, and additional “optimizations” to obtain silver, gold and platinum level certification:

Air: Optimize and achieve indoor air quality. Strategies include removal of airborne contaminants, prevention and purification.

Water: Optimize water quality while promoting accessibility. Strategies include removal of contaminants through filtration and treatment, and strategic placement.

Nourishment: Encourage healthy eating habits by providing occupants with healthier food choices, behavioral cues, and knowledge about nutrient quality

Light: Minimize disruption to the body’s circadian rhythm. Requirements for window performance and design, light output and lighting controls, and task-appropriate illumination levels are included to improve energy, mood and productivity

Fitness: Utilize building design technologies and knowledge-based strategies to encourage physical activity. Requirements are designed to provide numerous opportunities for activity and exertion, enabling occupants to accommodate fitness regimens within their daily schedule.

Comfort: Create an indoor environment that is distraction-free, productive, and soothing. Solutions include design standards and recommendations, thermal and acoustic controllability, and policy implementation covering acoustic and thermal parameters that are known sources of discomfort.

Mind: Support mental and emotional health, providing the occupant with regular feedback and knowledge about their environment through design elements, relaxation spaces, and state-of-the-art technology.

These seven concepts are quite broad, but the Features can affect the HVAC systems, window locations & features, furniture, location of restrooms & drinking water, the types of food offered at café’ station on the building, and much, much more.  With the focus of the health of the individual, I think WELL building standards are a novel idea and only time will tell if the concepts catch on in the industry.

If you want more information on WELL Buildings, there are several sites including:

 Jim Corby, Chapter Historian

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