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June 2016 Newsletter
President's Message

It is with great excitement that I share how ecstatic I am about the coming year with a new leadership team coming into place!  We are all fortunate to have high quality, fully committed Board members for the 2016-2017 IFMA business year which begins July 1. Connie Drake, Dianne Brindisi, Cristine Karasek, and Bob Sunukjian are all proven leaders in our Chapter and have the passion and brain power to make us better. Congratulations to each of them. Please join me in offering your applause and full support to them in the coming year.

This is also the appropriate time to recognize the incredible Board members who are transitioning off. Laura Shaw has been a workhorse for our Chapter Board for 3 years, along with 3 more years before that chairing programs, networking, and sponsorship. She has worked tirelessly for many, many hours. Carol Carter has been our valued Secretary for the past 2 years, and 2 years before that as a Program Committee member. She has done a wonderful job. Hayden James and I came on the Board together 2 years ago. Hayden has been invaluable in the Treasurer role. We have been fortunate to take advantage of his business ownership and charity/professional organization Board experience. He brought deep knowledge to this role.

Our sponsorship campaign is about to kick off. For our present sponsors and for those considering sponsorship, we are counting upon your generosity to enable our Chapter to grow. This can only happen if we have the financial resources to offer high quality meetings and resources to our members.

Randy Rabon, President 2015-2016  
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New Member Orientation
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Monthly Meeting &
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Past Meeting Review
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FM Corner
Self Driving Cars
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Final Call for June Luncheon

Are you ready to unleash your authentic leader into your life, your business and your career?   Join us at 11:30AM for our June 8th meeting at Brier Creek Country Club where we welcome back professional speaker Jeff Nischwitz for his presentation Unmask & Unleash Your LeadershipToday’s reality is that leadership requires people with high levels of awareness and emotional intelligence who can empower, engage and align the team members. If you are ready to put down your masks and ignite your true leadership, don’t miss this powerful session with Jeff Nischwitz! Jeff will share how to tap into your authentic leader, sharpen your leadership and accelerate your influence.

Please note this meeting end time has been extended until 1:30PM to accomodate the paid speaker and the officers swearing in. REGISTER


New Member Orientation

Our new GTC of IFMA Chapter members are cordially invited to attend the next New Member Orientation Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 8th at 10:30am before our monthly meeting at Brier Creek Country Club. This will give you the opportunity to meet the Board, Committee Chairs and other fellow members. This meeting is also a great forum for you to ask specific questions and learn more about our Chapter.

Please note you must also register separately for the luncheon following the orientation.




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2016-2017 Board

Congratulations to our newly elected GTC of IFMA 2016-2017 Board:

Connie Drake, CFM
Senior Application Specialist, 
Little FM Strategies  

Vice President:  
Dianne Brindisi

Global Account Manager, 

Haworth, Inc.

Cristine Karasek CFM, SFP
Director, Facility Services, Duke Clinical Research Institute

Robert Sunukjian
Business Development | Project Manager, PEG Contracting

Past President:  

T.R. “Randy” Rabon

 Director of Asset Management & Construction, Highwoods

The swearing in of the new Board will take place at the June 8th luncheon.


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  The Survey Is In!

Thanks to all of our Professional Members who responded to our Chapter’s Annual Survey.  These results are most helpful to plan the upcoming year and to determine what we are doing right and where there could be some improvement.

We are happy to report that we are on track with a lot of things.

93% of the survey responders: “Are pleased with their membership.”

92% of the survey responders: “Feel welcome at events.”

93% of the survey responders: “Think they are provided with the education they need.”

Congratulations to Alice Bailey with Duke, Sandy Farrell with Red Hat, and Angel Bond with JLL for being the survey winners.  They will receive a $25 VISA gift card.

Thanks again for taking the time to respond. – The GTC of IFMA Board

  May Networking Event Sponsors 

Thanks to everyone that attended the May after Networking Event at Tyler’s Taproom in Durham, NC. We had an overwhelming turn out of members yet again.

A special thank you to our generous sponsors -Tyner Tew with GreenView Partners and Dave Smith with Sparkkles!

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Community Outreach Check Presentation

The Community Outreach Committee was proud to donate $875.00 to the Boys and Girls Club for new sporting equipment for their local clubs.  This was raised by our membership from the March Madness event.  Thanks to everyone who made the donation possible!

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Board Retreat

The IFMA Board & Committee Chairs gathered locally at Little and PMC from May 11-12 to plan for the upcoming fiscal year. The retreat was successful as the event calendar for 2016-2017 is well underway, and our committees are on track and on budget!


Chapter Pin Contest

In an effort to stay fashionably current, we’re giving YOU the opportunity to design the new Triangle IFMA lapel pin. Send us your ideas and, if your design is chosen, you win $150! To enter, just send a copy of your design by August 1, 2016. Click here for more info!


The Global Workforce Initiative Needs Your Support

How many of us have fallen into our FM careers through various paths…design, engineering, on the job training. How great would it have been to know about what it takes to be a Facility Manager and the tools we need before we started? Today being an FM is a career choice…but how do we educate the next generation of FM’s about this career option?

The Global Workforce Initiative or GWI is an initiative of the IFMA Foundation that “seeks to fill the growing facility management and facilities services workforce talent gap as more than half of today’s practitioners are expected to retire in the next five to 15 years. Working in partnership with impacted industries around the world, the IFMA Foundation is leading the charge to make facility management and facility services a career of choice. By working with educators at all levels and increasing the number of accredited FM degree programs around the world, the Global Workforce Initiative is helping to create a clear career pathway to an exciting and fulfilling career in FM. In 2016/2017 our Chapter plans to support the Global Workforce Initiative through connections with our local school systems and fundraising efforts. There are plans to increase participation in high school career fairs and classroom discussions in an effort to educate students about career opportunities in the FM field to catch students before they make college and career decisions. We need volunteers to help identify these opportunities and participate in the individual career fairs and classroom discussions. If you are interested in volunteering please email noting your interest and contact information.

More information can be found HERE


2016-2017 Sponsorship Opportunities

The Greater Triangle Chapter of IFMA Sponsorship opportunities will open on July 8thThis program allows our Chapter to provide professional development opportunities, exciting and innovative programs, and networking events for our members. The sponsorships fund the majority of programming and operations for the Chapter. We are extremely thankful for the support of all sponsors.

  CFM Question

Usable area equals rentable area minus which of the following (choose 3):

A. Building Core
B. Primary Circulation
C. Secondary Circulation

D. Service Areas

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Answers to CFM Question:  A, B, D

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