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Upcoming Events: September 2016 Newsletter
President's Message

World Workplace!!

What is the big deal?  Why should I go?

Going to World Workplace or Facility Fusion provides you with an opportunity to learn best practices from others.  But mostly it gives you an opportunity to talk with professionals that have the same problems or questions.  These conferences are set up with great inspirational keynote speakers, these speakers will encourage you to be innovative and inspire new interested in your daily job. 

Most of the conference is dedicated to breakout session presented by some of the best leaders/people within the industry.  These people are there to share their problems and solutions on a range of facilities topics. The best part is you can choose the topics that interest you.  Within these sessions you can talk to people with the same interest. I would encourage you to show up early to the sessions and strike up a conversation.  The people you network with can provide you with great information. 

The whole 3 days are packed with great educational sessions and fun opportunities to network with your peers from all over the world. You will not be disappointed if you go.  You will come away more energized about your job and have several ideas that will help improve your processes.   

For more information about “Why Go?” Click Here

To register for WWP in San Diego, Oct 5-7, 2016. Click Here

Connie Drake, CFM - Little
President 2016-2017


Monthly Meeting

15- Inter-Faith Food Shuttle 
      Volunteer Opportunity

17- Ovarian Cancer Walk & 
      5K Run


World Workplace 2016

New Member Orientation
      & Monthly Meeting

Click Here for Calendar


Past Meeting Review
(read more)

FM Corner
Executives/Workers Disagree on Ideal Creative Environment
(read more)

Meet Cris Karasek - Our New Secretary
What made you decide to be on the Board?  
I am retiring from my “real job” and felt I would finally have the time to be more active with IFMA at a local level
What do you want to accomplish by serving on the IFMA Board?  
I’m excited about learning more about how the organization works and how I can best support our initiatives

What excites you the most about IFMA’s work in the Triangle?  
The way the entire organization works together to provide great opportunities for all members to interact.
If you were holding the winning Powerball ticket from this week, what would you do with the money? 
  Buy a house at the beach, one in the mountains, and one at a lake. Plus I’d hire a chauffeur to drive me everywhere (I don’t like to drive).



Professional Development Committee Awards
World Workplace Scholarships

The Professional Development Committee (PDC) has awarded four scholarships to World Workplace in San Diego October 5 - 7. Out of the seven applications received, the PDC used a scorecard matrix to rank the applicant’s responses to the questionnaire. Three scholarships were awarded based on total score, and one was awarded to our current Chapter President. Congratulations to Haley Conover, Amanda Frendberg, Carolyn Palmeri, and Connie Drake

These scholarships will assist in enhancing leadership opportunities within our Chapter and promote professional growth. I look forward to seeing you all in San Diego.

Randal Goller, Argos Therapeutics
PDC Chair



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Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Volunteer Opportunity

InterfaithThe IFMA Community Events Committee has scheduled another remarkable community service event on Thursday, September 15, 2016 to bag groceries for seniors and deliver them to a senior facility designated that day the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.  

We will have two time slots that you can sign up to join us.  

First time slot=10:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.  
Second time slot = 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Family members are welcome to join you

Here are some key points to remember for this volunteer opportunity:

  • All volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes.
  • Address = 1001 Blair Drive, Raleigh 27603
  • Please wear sensible work clothes.
  • If someone is sick they should not handle the food.
  • There is ample parking in our parking lot.
  • IFFS is not responsible for personal belongings so please leave valuables in the car
  • Please fill out the Volunteer Form prior to attending.

We look forward to seeing you there. Thank you for taking the time in your schedules to help others in need.  


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Current Jobs & Resumes
  September Luncheon

REGISTER HERE for the 11:30AM September 14th monthly meeting featuring Speaker John M. Kane.  Please note the new luncheon location of Embassy Suites by Hilton Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle, 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd, Cary, NC 27513 in the Tanglewood/Pinehurt meeting rooms.

Mr. Kane founded Kane Realty Corporation in 1978. Today as its CEO, John has successfully led an organization that has developed sustainable mixed-use communities, regional malls, neighborhood and community centers, office buildings and health centers.

John M. Kane Bio 

Kane Realty began work on its signature project, North Hills, in late 1999 with the purchase of numerous properties in Raleigh’s North Hills, embarking on a massive billion dollar redevelopment that encompasses 130 acres. North Hills, a mixed-use multi-block district known as Raleigh’s Midtown, is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for its pedestrian-friendly and sustainable design which has made it one of America’s premier in-fill developments. Centrally located at the corner of one of Raleigh’s main thoroughfares and the I-440 beltline, North Hills is a destination of urban living, luxury hotel rooms, class A office space, premier dining, salons and day spas, high-end boutiques, a 14-screen movie complex, a state-of-the-art athletic club, and numerous gathering places.

  Ovarian Cancer Walk & 5K Run
Join the GTC of IFMA Team in supporting the Ovarian Cancer Walk & 5K Run!

When:  September 17, 2016

9:30 am – Registration Opens
10:30 am – Start walking for a cure!

Competitive 5K Run
The Run is a competitive run with official times, race results and awards.
8:30 am – Registration Opens
9:30 am – Run starts

Cost:  $30.00

Where:  Sanderson High School, 5500 Dixon Drive, Raleigh, North Carolina

REGISTER - Click Register and Join Existing Team : IFMA – Triangle

2016 Buck Fisher Scholarship

GTC of IFMA was pleased to present the 2016 Buck Fisher Scholarship to Pauline Karanja, a UNC-Charlotte student obtaining her Masters in Construction and Facility Management with a 4.0 GPA. See the below note from her expressing her gratitude for being the recipient!

I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to you for your generous $7,500 Buck Fisher Scholarship Greater Triangle Chapter and for making this scholarship possible. I was thrilled to learn of my selection for this honor and I am deeply appreciative of your support.

As I pursue my masters degree in Construction and Facilities Management, my interest in research of Facility Condition Assessments has been piqued. This research forms part of my thesis with an aim of exploring the same at post graduate level. Thanks to you, I am one step closer to that goal.

By awarding me the Buck Fisher Scholarship Greater Triangle Chapter, you have lightened my financial load which allows me to focus more of my time learning and carrying out research.

Thank you again for your generosity and support. Your have inspired me to help others and give back to the community. It is my hope that I will also be in a position to help students achieve their goals in the future, just as you have assisted me.

Kind Regards, Pauline Karanja

  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 23, 2016!  SURVEY LINK

Please help recognize members you feel have gone above and beyond! Awards will be presented at the Chapter Appreciation Event on November 10th. 

  CFM Question

Leasing provides for which of the following advantages (choose 2):

A. Allows for minimum capital investment
B. Allows a business to enter the market quickly
C. Provides a head against inflation

D. Conveys company pride and growth

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Answers to CFM Question:  A, B

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