Board Interviews

Meet the Past President… Jeff TyburskiJeffTyburski (2)

1.       What excites you the most about IFMA’s work in the Triangle? 
The Chapter and its members are an incredible resource. We have a well-connected and qualified group of Professionals and Associates. You can usually get an answer to a question after contacting only a handful of people, at the most.
2.       What made you decide to be on the Board? 
I enjoy the relationships I have built within IFMA. Joining the Board seemed to be a natural next step to give back to the Chapter.
3.       What do you want to accomplish by serving on the IFMA Board?
 To leave it a better place than I found it.
4.       How will being on the IFMA Board help you achieve your own personal goals?
 Being on the board teaches you a lot about leadership, how to engage and motivate others to succeed, and how to make a positive impact on a large scale (This relates back to my answer to question No. 3). The lessons I have learned by serving on the board have also positively translated back to my workplace.
5.       What legacy do you want to leave by virtue of serving on the IFMA Board? 
To make our Chapter the premier resource for the Facility Management Professional.
6.       What about IFMA makes you passionate about the organization?
 Plain and simple – the people
7.       What is your proudest professional accomplishment?
I am very proud of earning my Professional Geologist License in 1995. It was a lot of hard work to pass a difficult exam. I still remember running down the hallway at work high-fiving people. Felt like a kid. More importantly, it taught me that having passion about something can take you a long way. Outside of work, I am proud of what I have done for my community from serving on the Planning Board for the Town of Apex, coaching youth soccer, basketball, and baseball teams and working closely with the Healing Place for people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. More importantly, community service seems to be rubbing off on my four kids.
8.       Do you have a professional mentor?
  How important has mentorship been to your career? I have had the good fortune to have had a number of mentors during key moments of my life. This includes the head of my Geology department in college as well as a number of professional acquaintances, friends and family. My wife is one of the smartest people I have met in my life, and she helps me stay focused and grounded. Having mentors to push me along has made a significant positive impact in my personal and professional growth. Now that I am a little older with a few grey hairs, I have the ability to return the favor to others.
9.       What are your really good at?
That’s a tough one. It’s always hard to look at yourself. I guess on the deep side of things – keeping a positive outlook on life, adopting a can-do attitude, and not being afraid of hard work. On the lighter side of things, I have always been good at quickly picking up sports and doing them well.  I can’t sit still….
10.   What is something that most IFMA folks would not know about you?
That I studied at Marine Research lab in St. Croix and a friend of mine has his own TV show about great white sharks on the National Geographic channel. I’m looking to catching up to help tag some great white’s in the near future.
11.   If you were holding the winning Powerball ticket in South Carolina from this week, what would you do with the money?
Take care of my family and start a philanthropical fund to help various charitable organizations. I would also get back into marine research to figure out how we can more effectively protect our fisheries.
12.   What do you like to do when you are not at work or doing IFMA Stuff?
Spending time with my family, cycling, coaching, and believe it or not, yoga with my wife.