July 2018 Print

President's Message

Thank you to all the members who voted for the Board positions up for renewal.  Congrats to our winners:   Dan Rathburn, VP of Public Relations – Webmaster; Rob Terpstra, VP Public Relations – Newsletter; Alison Dekok, VP of Membership and Tera Wierenga, VP of Programs.  Thank you each for your commitment to the chapter.  Please take a moment to congratulate these folks when you next see them!

On behalf of the Board I would also like to graciously thank J. Costen for his time on the Board as VP of Programs.  This role requires a lot of organization and people skills.  It also helps to know a lot of people and J. has done an excellent job over the past few years providing chapter meetings with excellent content in a variety of locations.  Thank you J.!

We had a very informative meeting on the Global Workforce Initiative in May, a special thank you to Jeff Tafel for presenting on this topic.  It was interesting to see where we stand on the future of FMs in the workforce and what California has done to build awareness and improve their chances of attracting new talent.  Due to the Baby Boomer generation exiting the workforce in the coming years, this should definitely be on our radar as well.  The Board has added GWI to our strategic planning list of goals for the next 3 years so if you are interested or passionate about this aspect please reach out to one of the Board members. 

If you haven’t already, please plan to sign up for the Whitecaps game.  Tickets are only $10 and included is a beer or dipping dots.  So come out and join us for a fun event for the whole family to enjoy!

And last but certainly not least, World Workplace is coming up Oct 2-5..   Early bird registration, a savings of $100, is ending July 4th so be sure to register soon if you plan on attending.  World Workplace is a great conference and expo that includes many valuable educational sessions and networking experiences.  If you have never attended before, I highly suggest checking it out!

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Welcome New Members

IFMA West Michigan welcomes the following new members:

Joel Cooper with JR Automation

Stephen Crandall with Crandall Office Furniture

Troy Redman with Wolverine Building Group

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Calendar of Events

August - Golf Outing

15th annual IFMA West Michigan Jim Hickey Golf Classic held at Quail Ridge Golf Course* on Friday, August 3, 2018.

Sponsoring the IFMA Golf Classic is an opportunity to support your local IFMA Chapter. This golf outing will host over 100 Facility Management professional and associated industries and is the single largest fund raising event for our chapter. All proceeds will support the Kathy Pruden Scholarship and the Jim Hickey Memorial Scholarship.

Contact Tom Manikowski with any questions,


September – Artprize Event September 26

Artprize event – Waldron House 3-5:30pm

Kathy Pavick to speak on FM Credentials

Tour Artprize



October – Shoot for Scholars October 19

Save the date—details coming soon!

If you would like to volunteer to support this great event, please contact 



November – November 7th

Save the date—Monthly meeting, location, and speaker details coming soon!



December – Annual Holiday Meeting December 7th

Save the date—Annual holiday meeting, location and details coming soon!


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News Bites

Membership nears 150 strong for IFMA West Michigan the board reminds members to keep your membership current.  If you have questions please contact Alison DeKok,


The Whitecaps Outing was a blast!  Everyone had a great time and we had perfect weather.  Maybe the Whitecaps can deliver a win for us next year. 


Congratulations to the Jim Hickey Scholarship winner Jesse Thiesen from Ferris State.  There were two applicants from Ferris and the other was chosen as the Suncoast Chapter Winner. 

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Corby's Corner

Jim is working hard enjoying his summer.  He will be back this Fall with a new Corby’s Corner.

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