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  January 2019 Newsletter
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Dear GTC IFMA members,

Last month’s message took a look back at the IFMA Greater Triangle Chapter’s accomplishments in 2018…here, at the beginning of 2019, let’s take a look forward.

I’m one of those people who makes New Year’s resolutions; I write them down, I re-visit them throughout the year, and I even change them sometimes to suit new circumstances.

Our Greater Triangle Board does much the same thing! Instead of January 1, we start in May at the Board’s Planning Retreat.  We set goals instead of resolutions and re-visit them throughout the year to make sure they’re still relevant. 

We judge relevancy by the feedback we get from our members.  We welcome constructive criticisms and member suggestions and aspire to act on those that we think will benefit the chapter.  This year we’ve resolved to ask you for more input on our programs and tours, especially if you have personal experience with either the topic or the facility. 

To accomplish this, we’ll need to ramp up our methods of communication.  But we don’t want that to entail yet more email! Instead, we hope to contact you on a more personal basis…with topic driven interest groups, phone calls, and quick opportunities to just say “Hey, what’s your opinion?”.  You can always opt out if you’re busy, but we hope these tactics will help with member engagement.

One of our most exciting “resolutions” from last year was to change the location of our luncheon meetings.  We can check that one off the list:  our January meeting will be held at PNC Arena…the old has become new again and we’re happy to be back.  Please join us!

On behalf of myself and the GTC Board, we wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

Cris Karasek
President 2018-2019

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Join the Greater Triangle Chapter of IFMA on Wednesday, January 9th at 11:30AM for our next monthly meeting featuring Speaker Ben Brookhart on Goal Setting and Accountability.

Please note we are heading to the PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC  27607 for our 2019 luncheons!

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Ben Brookhart Bio

PRESENTATION:  Goal Setting and Accountability

 DESCRIPTION:  It's been said that one of the greatest "gaps" in the world is where the Grand Canyon is 18 miles wide. If you are standing on top of that mountain you can see all that distance with your eyes. Just because you can "see" the other side doesn't mean you know how to "get" there! You have to make a plan, set goals along the way, and take action! 

 This is the time of the year when millions of people set goals and resolutions. Unfortunately, statistics show the vast majority of people don't follow through, and most give up by the middle of January! Ben Brookhart wants to make sure that doesn't happen to you! He is going to walk you through the importance of setting goals, taking action and surrounding yourself with people who will encourage, inspire, and hold you accountable. Get ready for Category 5 Success in 2019!

When:  Wednesday, January 9, 2019  from 11:30AM - 1:00PM

Where:  PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd, Raleigh, North Carolina 27607 

Registration Deadline:  Friday, January 4, 2019






On December 5th, in lieu of a “regular” luncheon meeting, GTC IFMA was treated to a tour of Raleigh’s Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral.  With over 65 members attending, it could have been an overwhelming crowd for many spaces, but not for what is now the nation’s third largest Cathedral (the former Raleigh Cathedral, Sacred Heart, was the nation’s smallest Cathedral…what a difference)! 

Our guide for the tour was Mrs. Sally Bruns, a member of the church’s construction committee.  Mrs. Bruns served on the committee from the time of the ground breaking (January 3, 2015) until the first public Mass was celebrated on July 29, 2017.  Her knowledge and respect for the building resonated with the audience.

Lunch was served at Sammy’s Tap and Grill immediately afterward.  Thanks again to our sponsors for the event, MG Capital Maintenance and Southern Outdoor Restoration.


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Congratulations are in order for our Immediate Past President Robert Sunukjian. 

He was promoted to Vice President of Preconstruction|Business Development
at PEG Contracting!  Congratulate Robert when you see him at our next luncheon.

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