September 2020 Print

President's Message

Hello Chapter members, we have had a few events and outings over the past few months and it has been great to see everyone in person!  We want to sincerely thank everyone who made it out to the Jim Hickey Memorial Golf outing and Shoot for Scholars event.  We we’re impressed by the number of participants during these unprecedented times.  Without your participation these annual fund-raisers would not have been possible and you all helped to make each event a success!   

We will be scheduling some more in-person events as well as a couple virtual events so keep an eye out for these invites.  If you have any specific requests for topics, please let one of the Board members know. 

It has been a crazy year with everything we have been working through related to COViD and I hope you are staying safe and managing well. 

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Welcome New Members

New Board Members

Jim Johnson, LEED AP

IFMA VP of Membership


  • IFMA member for many years in various cities (LA, Chicago, WM) 
  • Currently lead business development/client relations for Granger Construction focused primarily on W.MI market
  • Spent approx. 30 years in the Contract Office Furniture industry (Haworth, Herman Miller, Steelcase, etc.) and 3 years with GMBae (architects/engineers) prior to joining Granger in current role at the beginning of 2018
  • Have volunteered on the IFMA-WM Golf Outing committee for the last several years
  • Hobbies include motorcycling, boating, shooting, investments
  • Have 3 successful daughters – 2 are living/working in Chicago and one who just moved back to Amsterdam, Netherlands. 
  • Oakland University, (Rochester, MI) B.S. Degree in Management w/Concentration in Finance

Grayson Caudill

IFMA VP of Communication


  • Originally from Port Huron, Michigan.
  • Got into the construction industry right out of college 4 years ago.
  • Enjoys volunteering at Kid’s Food Basket
  • Hobbies include camping, backpacking, homebrewing, and cooking.
  • Western Michigan University graduate, B.S. Sociology


New Professional/ Associate Members

Jon Ackley-Jelinek with the City of Grand Rapids

Christopher DenHerder with E3M Solutions

David Gehrls with Johnson Controls

Leif Hoezee with Ferris State University

Michael Joseph Lawrence with Amway

Sean Lockwood with Interphase Interiors

Mark Robinson with Natural Choice Foods

Steve Wojton with MacLellan HVAC & Mechanical

We look forward to seeing some new faces at the meetings!

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Calendar of Events

We are working hard to put together meeting topics that are pertinent to your daily duties, and interests. The easiest way to stay up to date on events is to text IFMA to 31996. This will enroll you into SlickText notifications. If you have any ideas on meeting topics or would be interested in hosting a meeting at your office, reach out to a board member!

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News Bites

Tired of digging through emails or waiting for newsletters to track upcoming events? Subscribe to SlickText today for notifications by texting IFMA to 31996.

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Special News

Congratulations to this year’s Kathy Pruden Scholarship winner, Alex Loeffler.

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