February 2019 Print

President's Message

Happy New Year West Michigan IFMA members! 

In 2018, we had many great events including the awards banquet, Whitecaps game, golf outing, shoot for scholars fundraisers and Toys for Tots luncheon, as well as variety of interesting presentations on topics including integrated project delivery, updates to the IFMA credential certifications, Global Workforce Initiative, City of Grand Rapids development, new ASHRAE lighting code updates, and emergency preparedness.  These events and presentations would not be a success if it were not for the many great volunteers and members who support the chapter in so many ways and for that I’d like to say THANK YOU!   

We’re looking forward to another successful year in 2019 and we’ve already have some exciting topics on lighting and energy management at the last couple of meetings.  Be sure to check out the website or calendar periodically to see what we have planned.  Also coming up is our Annual Awards Banquet so if you have some thoughts on individuals who have gone above and beyond and should be recognized for what they do, please let someone on the Board know.  

Interested in obtaining the CFM certification?  Our very own Jim Corby has become certified to lead a CFM exam prep class.  We have scheduled a 2 night session for Mar 12th & 13th so sign up now!  This is a great way to find out what will be covered on the exam. 

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Welcome New Members

Welcome to our newest members

Ty Beckering, Triangle
Carol Helsel, Third Coast Test and Blance
Danyelle Versluis, Grand Valley Automation, Inc.

Considering becoming a member, contact our Director of Membership Alison DeKok with questions at  

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Calendar of Events

Join us on March 20th for a informative presentation by Tony Savickas of Grand Valley Automation on The New Approach to Building Automation!

The world of building automation is advancing just like all other technology in the marketplace.  What has changed is the discussion on how to calculate the ROI on these systems.  We will be discussing how these have been viewed in the past and as buildings evolve how the ROI came be within days!

We will be meeting at the Business Center of Steelcase's Grand Rapids Campus, see attached Map.  Check in at the front counter.  Be sure to register ahead of time so your security badges will be at the front counter waiting for you. 

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News Bites

The Home Builders Association of Western Michigan (Kalamazoo) has invited IFMA West Michigan to partner on skilled-trades workforce development projects that also have a positive impact on our communities across West Michigan.  Former IFMA Foundation Executive Director Jeff Tafel, now leading the HBA, is working to increase the number of individuals moving into skilled trades and built environment careers and providing opportunities for working families to get above the poverty line in Allegan County with the Allegan County Community Action Agency and other partnering organizations.  Contact Jeff Tafel for more information.

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