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Upcoming Events: August/September 2017 Newsletter
President's Message

We are currently wrapping up our Annual Sponsorship drive and are overwhelmed by the enthusiasm the business community has shown in support of our Chapter.  A heartfelt thank you to all that have contributed and to Laura Shaw for organizing this effort.  Well done! 

As I am writing, Hurricane Harvey’s full impact is still not known - rain is still falling in Houston, TX.  What we do know is that the families impacted will most likely never be the same.  As an IFMA Chapter, we have strong ties to Texas and more specifically Houston, home of IFMA’s Service Center of Excellence. 

Your Board has discussed the situation and have unanimously agreed to create a tiger team led by Amanda Frendberg to develop ideas for a Chapter-wide response to this devastating natural disaster. 

More to come, but just wanted to let you know that your Greater Triangle Chapter is working toward engaging the impacted community.  

If you haven’t yet signed up for our August 31 Volunteer Appreciation and Get To Know The Committees event, you still have time!  Go to the website, sign up today and be inspired!

Robert Sunukjian
President 2017-2018

31 - Volunteer Appreciation & Get
   To Know the Committees Event

13 - Monthly Meeting

16 - Ovarian Cancer Walk & 5K

18-20 -  World Workplace 2017

9 - Chapter Appreciation Event

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GTC of IFMA September 2017 Monthly Meeting

We are pleased to present an OSHA update for our September 13th luncheon at 11:30AM at Embassy Suites, 201 Harrison Oaks Boulevard, Cary, NC  27513.

OSHA 1910 Subpart D-“Walking-Working Surfaces”

This meeting will provide unique insight into simplifying the most recent OSHA 1910 Subpart D-“Walking-Working Surfaces” final ruling and will explain the main take-a-ways from the in-depth document. Taking effect January 1st of this year, this regulation has tiered compliance dates for:

  • training workers on fall and equipment hazards

  • inspection/certification of permanent building anchorages

  • fall protection on fixed ladders

Current Panelists:
John D. McGrath
Travis Nelson, PE
Zac Blasingame

Wednesday, September 13, 2017  
11:30AM - 1:00PM





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Join Our IFMA Team for the Gail Parkins Memorial Cancer Walk 

OC BAnner

This is a reminder to join the IFMA team for the 2017 Gail Parkins Memorial Ovarian Cancer Walk and 5K Run on Saturday, September 16th at Sanderson High School, 5500 Dixon Drive, Raleigh, NC.  Race participation is $30 for pre-registration ($35 day of race).


2) Choose Join An Existing Team

3) Type Team Name “IFMA” and Select

5K Run 
7:30 am – Registration Opens
8:30 am – Run starts

The Ovarian Awareness Walk - 2-mile walk 
8:30 am – Registration begins
10:30 am – Start walking for a cure!

Packet Pick Up Date: Thursday, September 15th
Time: 4pm to 7pm
Location: Omega Sports, 4120 Main at North Hills St #145, Raleigh, NC 27609

**All registrants through our team page will receive additional goodies**
(to be distributed by an IFMA team member)


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WWP 2017 Scholarship Recipients


The Professional Development Committee is pleased to announce the below 2017 World Workplace Scholarship recipients: 

1) Randal Goller
2) Justin Barber
3) Cris Karasek
4) Buck Fisher 

Congratulations to these Chapter members! 


World Workplace Pre-Party Info

World Workplace will be held in Houston, TX from October 18-20, 2017.  The Budd Group and Aramark are sponsoring a Pre-Party!

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The WWP Pre-Party for our Chapter attendees will be held Wednesday, October 18th at Xochi, a trendy restaurant in the Marriott Marquis Houston host hotel, located at 1777 Walker St, Houston, TX 77010 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM.  RSVP to Katie McConnell 

The Pre-Party is sponsored by:



Meet Justin Dodd: 2017 Recipient of GTC’s Mike Bradley Memorial Golf Tournament IFMA Foundation Scholarship

As we announced in July’s GTC newsletter, Justin Dodd, who is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Construction and Facility Management at UNC-Charlotte, has been awarded the $8000 GTC-sponsored IFMA Foundation scholarship this year. 

 Our Chapter funds this scholarship from proceeds coming from the annual Mike Bradley Memorial Golf Tournament.  Todd Taintor, Co-Chair of the Golf Tournament Committee said, “This golf tournament is one of, if not the best attended and supported, IFMA Triangle Chapter events each year.”  Over 125 members and guests participate with the tournament registration typically filled to capacity within minutes of the posting.  Associate members who have committed to Gold, Platinum, Ruby, or Onyx sponsorships for GTC automatically receive tournament slots. Next year’s tournament is scheduled for April 25, 2018.

 Justin is from Charlotte, NC. His prior education and work experience will serve him well in his chosen profession of Facility Management; his original Bachelor and Master’s Degrees were in Psychology, he was in sales for several years, and then transitioned to photography, concentrating mostly on construction sites.  That inspired him to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering Technology, which piqued an interest in Facility Management.

 Justin is particularly interested in benchmarking, performance management, and sustainability (he has earned a LEED Green Associate designation).  He’s gained practical experience while at UNC-Charlotte, working with Dr. Jake Smithwick on an IFMA report update.  He’s found the project to be invaluable in terms of experience, saying, “As a graduate student in Facility Management at UNC-Charlotte, I have had the privilege of being one of the main researchers and developers of the new 2017 IFMA O&M Benchmarking Report (an update of the 2009 O&M report #32).  The report includes specific cost information on janitorial, maintenance, utilities, and FM organizational structure across a diverse spectrum of geographic locations and industry types.”

 He and Dr. Smithwick have offered to present the findings for one of our 2018 GTC meetings.  Justin plans to be at our September luncheon meeting and will attend IFMA’s World Workplace in Houston. Justin will receive his degree in December.

 Cris Karasek, CFM, SFP
Vice President 2017-2018

  Call for Nominations - Annual Awards

The Greater Triangle Chapter of IFMA presents annual awards to those who distinguish themselves by exceptional achievement, outstanding leadership and sustained support of the Greater Triangle Chapter and the Facilities Profession.

The Chapter is currently accepting nominations for the following categories through Survey Monkey:

Professional Member of the Year 
Associate Member of the Year 
Rookie of the Year 
Committee Member of the Year 
Sponsor of the Year 

Nominations are due by Friday, September 22, 2017!  SURVEY LINK

Please help recognize members you feel have gone above and beyond! Awards will be presented at the Chapter Appreciation Event on November 9th. 

CFM Question

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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