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  November 2019 Newsletter
Upcoming Events:

14 -Chapter Appreciation Event

12 -Professional Only Tour
  Followed by Social for All 


As we go into November and get closer to the end of 2019, I would personally like to thank everyone of you for your time, continued support, and being a part of the GTC of IFMA family!  Special thanks to all the Veterans as well.

Wishing our IFMA members and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Many thanks to Travis Dodson for presenting the Buck Fisher Scholarship at IFMA’s WWP Phoenix 19.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at our Annual Chapter Appreciation Event this month.  Please remember to bring your Toys for Tots donation and add some joy to this holiday season.

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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The Greater Triangle Chapter of IFMA is pleased to invite our Professional Members on a Tour of the Rho Building on Thursday, December 12th at 3:00pm.  

The tour is limited to 35 Professional members!  

Tour Guide:  Dave Shortino, Rho, Vice President of Corporate Services

Property Features: 159,000 of rentable square feet with Rho occupying 4 of 5 floors

Parking is FREE & abundant at this building!

WHEN AND WHERE:  Thursday, December 12th at 3:00PM

There will be a Social following the tour open to all with location to be determined!

LOCATION:  Rho Building, 2635 E NC Hwy 54, Durham, NC 27713
Note:  This is NOT in Haw River as some GPS units will indicate. Rho is on the NW corner of TW Alexander and NC-54.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Thursday, December 5th



The 2nd annual Bingo for Bones event was a huge success. Together we raised $1,475.00, which will be donated to the SPCA of Wake County. This is an increase of almost 70% from last year’s event. We had a great turnout of over 60 people and also had two rescue groups represented. We even had a few furry special guests. All of the physical donations collected were split between those two groups, German Shepherd Rescue and Adoptions and Best Friends Pet Adoptions. Thank you to all the members and guests who donated to this great cause.

The excitement of the event was capped off by an unexpected power outage that affected the entire plaza. Thankfully we have a great group of associate members who jumped into action. Extra special thanks to Carolina Restoration for providing power so we could complete the event.

Special thanks to DJ Ones for playing the music and providing the bingo supplies.

We also want to thank HighRise Repair, RestorePro Reconstruction, and Yellowstone Landscape for making this event possible!

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by Cris Karasek, CFM, SFP

Immediate Past President, Cris Karasek, attended IFMA’s Advocacy Day 2019 on September 17th and 18th of this year.  Dallas Schwerin, current President of the Charlotte IFMA Chapter, also attended the conference.  This was his first time to participate in the conference.

IFMA Advocacy Day allows Facility Managers from across the USA to learn about current political issues facing the Facility Management Profession.  Representatives from over 20 states were in attendance this year. 

The group is led by Jeff Johnson, External Affairs Counsel, IFMA.  Jeff also leads the IFMA Government Affairs Committee and is co-chair of the High Performance Buildings Congressional Caucus along with US Representative David McKinley, PE (WV).

After a behind-the-scenes tour of the Capitol Building, the first day of the conference focused on current issues and IFMA-oriented goals for changes in the Facility Management industry.  The second day was spent meeting with each state’s congressional representatives to introduce Facility Management as a profession and IFMA as a professional organization and resource for questions relating to the work that we perform.  Key issues this year were energy efficient tax credits for commercial buildings and IFMA’s support of commonsense building reforms to reduce excess governmental properties.

The next IFMA Advocacy Day will take place in September 2020.  GTC members may contact Cris Karasek if they would like to learn more about attending and how Congress creates and implement the laws that affect our profession.



by Travis Dodson, MBA, CFM, CIPM, FMP
The Greater Triangle Chapter recently had the honor of awarding two IFMA Foundation scholarships in the name of Buck Fisher at World Workplace 2019.
  The IFMA Foundation is dedicated to the mission of promoting education for the facility management profession around the world and making FM a Career of Choice. The scholarships would not have been possible without your support and your commitment to promoting Facilities Management. Let's not forget the hard work of our Golf Committee that plans our annual Mike Bradley Memorial Golf Tournament (only 6 months away) and the proceeds that fund this scholarship.

The two individuals receiving the scholarships have diverse backgrounds with bright futures in the area of facilities management.  The scholarships were presented to Monica Anand and Victoria Smikowski.  Monica and Victoria were just two of twenty-seven scholarship recipients honored at World Workplace 2019 in Phoenix. Each received a $5,000 scholarship which includes attendance to World Workplace.  During World Workplace, we invited Monica and Victoria to our Joint Chapter Appreciation Event where they got an opportunity to meet with members of the Greater Triangle, Charlotte, Triad, Upstate and Columbia chapters to learn more about our chapters and the various roles within facilities management.

As part of the IFMA Foundation Scholarship award, both Monica and Victoria participated in the Ignite FM! Student Challenge sponsored by FM:Systems. The Ignite FM! Challenge presented the students with a real-world problem focused on the Environmental and Sustainability core competency.  The students were asked to assume the role of a facility management team working for a university.  The university has a historic building that is very energy inefficient and a decision must be made to renovate it or demolish and re-build. They were given two options (demolish or renovate), the students were split into teams and then had three hours to develop a proposal and present to the audience which included a panel of judges.  While Victoria was part of the team that won the challenge, they both were winners since the challenge provided them with an opportunity to gain greater visibility within the IFMA community, work together with fellow students and tackle a problem that many of us have been faced with or may be faced with.

Monica holds a Facilities Management degree from Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Zurich, Switzerland and is currently a young professional in FM at the University and a PhD candidate. After graduation, she hopes to focus on procurement. After having an opportunity to get to know Monica at World Workplace, she wanted to share the following with the Chapter:  "I would like to sincerely thank the Great Triangle Chapter for awarding me the Buck Fisher IFMA Foundation Scholarship at the World Workplace Conference 2019 in Phoenix. I really appreciate the fun spirit I experienced of the great Triangle Chapter members and the efforts they put in to getting to know me more closely in person. The encouraging support they offered me with their presence at the student Ignite FM challenge added a real positive boost to my participation. All in all I enjoyed the experience and I am looking forward to more exciting and continued student exchanges with the GTC Chapter. Also, I am definitely looking at participating in the next year's IFMA Foundation's World Workplace conference in Chicago."

Victoria is currently a student at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design pursuing a degree in Interior Architecture. Her goal is to obtain a Master’s in Architecture from Boston Architectural College and plans to focus on designs that promote sustainability.  She currently works for the Waukesha County’s Government Center in its Facility Management Department where she has been given the task of redesigning the employee’s fitness center along with updating the master AutoCAD plans to Revit. She wanted to “thank the Chapter for our support and the opportunity to be at World Workplace as it has already made such a difference in her life.”  THANK YOU NOTE

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We are pleased to announce that our 4th Annual Toys for Tots collection has begun!


Please bring your toys and/or pick-up a box during the Membership Appreciation Event on Thursday, November 14th at Angus Barn Pavilion
Arrange a pick-up by the Community Outreach Committee through Dave Smith during the first week of December.

Please contact Dave Smith if you would like a box for your office!
Dave Smith Email and Phone 919-215-1046



When calculating a floor's rentable area, you must first subtract the area calculations for which of the following (choose 3):
A. Stairwells
B. Restrooms 
C. Elevator shafts
D. Mechanical chases


Answers to CFM Question:   A, C, D


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