May 2018 Print

President's Message

For those of you who missed it, we had a great run down on the current and future happenings for the city of Grand Rapids at the March chapter meeting.  A special thank you to Dave Shaffer for presenting; it was exciting to see what the future may hold for the area. 

We also had our annual banquet at Grand Rapids Brewing where we enjoyed a nice evening out and recognize our successes over the past year. 

In May, Jeff Tafel, Executive Director of the IFMA Foundation will be visiting us from Houston to discuss the global workforce initiative.  You won’t want to miss this one!

And believe it or not we are already starting to plan for the golf outing in August!  This event is a major fundraiser for the chapter supported scholarships and it wouldn’t be a success without out sponsors and volunteers.  A special thank you to those who have donated or assisted in the past and we look forward to another successful event this year!

If you are interested in sponsoring the chapter or one of our monthly chapter events please contact myself or one of the other board members. 

Be sure to join us for the upcoming events!

Jaime Rueffer, Chapter President 2017-2018

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Welcome New Members

A big welcome to all of our new members.  Be sure to welcome them at the next meeting.

  • Caroline Kelly with Steelcase
  • Chuck Pearce with MacAllister Rentals
  • Ryan Anderson with Teem
  • Darryl Lewis with Kalsec Inc.
  • Corey Fierros with Ferris State University
  • Brian Bradley with Ferris State University
  • Steven Wayward with Corrigan Moving
  • Noah Daniel with Ferris State University
  • Sam Heyboer with Ferris State University
  • Dave Micele with EG Workforce Solutions
  • Rachel Roach EG Workforce Solutions
  • Matt Rann with Mohawk Group
  • Jason Miller with PROCARE Landscape Mgt.
  • Robert Bird with EG Managed Services
  • Joel Cooper with JR Automation
  • Jason Brown with Fusion IT, LLC
  • Lisa Taylor with Jackson College
  • Morgan Phillips with Jackson College
  • Jim Jones with Jackson College

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Calendar of Events

May - Monthly Meeting

Please join us for possibly one of the most important and informative Monthly Meetings.  Jeffrey J. Tafel, CAE, the executive director of the IFMA Foundation will be our presenter!  Snacks (Movie Food) will be provided, sponsored by Interstate Restoration.  We will be meeting in the large Conference Room on the 2nd Floor.

Making FM a Career of Choice – how the Foundation works with chapters to grow local FM workforces.


June – We are off.


July – White Caps

Join us for a great evening of baseball where the Whitecaps will be entertaining Wisconsin.  Feel free to bring your family or a friend.


August - Golf Outing

Join us for the 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.

This is a great event for a great cause with plenty of Sponsorship Opportunities:

2018 IFMA Golf Classic – Sponsorship Options

Title Sponsor - $2000 (1 Available) - FULL

Masters Sponsor –  $1,000 (4 Available)

Eagle Sponsor - $750 (unlimited)

Birdie Sponsor - $500 (unlimited)

Closest to the Pin Sponsor – $350  (Four Available)

Longest Drive Sponsor – $350 (Four available)

Beverage Cart Sponsor - $300 (One Available)

Cigar Cart - $300 (One available)

Bloody Mary Bar - $300  (One Available)

HOLE IN ONE Contest - $300  (One Available)

Lunch Sponsor - $300  (One Available)

Breakfast Sponsor - $300  (One Available)

Contact Tom Manikowski with any questions,


September – TBD


October – Shoot for Scholars

Save the Date!  October 19th

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News Bites

Congratulations to our latest members to get their FMP and CFM credentials!  This is an accomplishment worth noting.

  • Michael Westrick – CFM 8/2017
  • Corey Gale – FMP 1/2018
  • Tracy Winget – FMP 2/2018
  • John Broyles – FMP 6/2017


Even More Congratulations!!!  Three awards were given at our Annual Banquet.  We hope you did not miss it but if you did here are the results:

Jacob Simon won the Kathy Pruden Memorial Scholarship.

We also honored Tom Manikowski as the Associate Member of the Year and KC Mitchell as the Professional Member of the Year.  Thank you both for all you do for our Chapter.


Board Member Elections

Board member elections will be voted on in a couple of weeks.  The positions that will be voted on are Webmaster, VP Programs, VP Public Relations and VP Membership.  If you have an interest in one of these positions contact Emily Burns, before May 11th.

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Corby's Corner

Corby's Corner

The Aging FM – What can we do?

Seems like yesterday I moved into an Facilities Management role and joined IFMA, but it has been 24 years.  I can’t say I am that close to retirement, but the countdown is about 10 years for me and I am not alone.  The FM workforce is aging and I am sure you have heard that before.  I am about the average age of an FM, 54, but I don’t feel average and many companies realize that.  A close friend of mine who is a director of FM at a large telecom company told me several years back the 50% or more of his current FM staff will be retired by the year 2025.  The lack of experienced and qualified FM’s is going to be felt in just over 5 years, and how can we help avoid the void?

Well, there are many ways we can start building the bench strength of our future FM’s.  The first thing we need to do is get students exposed to and interested in FM as a career.  Our chapter does this by sponsoring the Ferris State University FM program in several ways:

-           We provide the Kathy J Pruden Memorial Scholarship to a Ferris State student each Spring

-           We sponsor the Jim Hickey Memorial Scholarship to an FM student through the IFMA Foundation

-           We host a golf outing to fund the two scholarships mentioned above

-           We provide funds to the Ferris State students attending World WorkPlace to offset their costs and give them the opportunity of networking and continued FM education

-           We support the IFMA Foundation with donations to fund their efforts for Scholarship, Education and Research

Now most of these efforts focus on college students who have selected a major in FM or related major, but how can we reach those students earlier, maybe in high school?  That is where the IFMA Foundation is starting to focus through their Global Workplace Initiative (GWI).  I won’t go into all the details, as Jeff Tafel from the IFMA Foundation will be speaking to our chapter on May 16 on this topic and all of what the IFMA Foundation does.  As an individual and with your company there are a few things you can do to help build a FM workforce for the future:

-           Participate and sponsor the Kathy J Pruden & Jim Hickey Memorial Golf Outing which raises funds for our Chapter’s two FM college scholarships (August 3 this year)

-           Attend the Chapter Awards banquet each Spring which celebrates the Kathy J Pruden scholarship winner (April 17 this year)

-           Make an in-kind donation online to the IFMA Foundation to support their programs

-           Hire an FM intern from Ferris or other FM program

-           Hire a recent FM graduate from Ferris or other colleges

-           Attend the May 16 chapter meeting on the IFMA Foundation’s Global Workplace Initiative

Thanks, and I hope to see you all at the May 16 chapter meeting!


Jim Corby CFM

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