Connie Drake – 2016-2017 President

What about IFMA makes you passionate about the organization?

I am passionate about IFMA in general. I like the diversity and education that each monthly meeting offers.  I have been an IFMA member since 2005, and I still gain knowledge from most meetings.  Attending these meetings really keeps me up with today’s trends and the breath of information an FM needs.

What do you like to do when you are not at work or doing IFMA Stuff?

I like to spend time with my family relaxing.  My son plays travel baseball so many weekends we are at tournaments, but on our weekends off, we are on Falls Lake.  We have a 25 ft. deck boat and can be found in a little bay somewhere fishing or swimming.  Somedays we ski or tube, but mostly just relaxing.

What excites you the most about IFMA’s work in the Triangle?

I think that we have something very special within this chapter with how open we are with everyone.  We are a very welcoming group of people that are very friendly with one another.  I moved to NC 6 years ago and from the beginning, I have felt connected to all of the members. I have found friends within the Chapter and have seen simple connections with others.  Where else can you go and get multiple hugs from friends during your lunch to brighten your day.

If you were holding the winning Powerball ticket from this week, what would you do with the money?

I would buy a RV and travel around the US with my family for a year or two.  Taking some time to move at a slower pace and see all the beautiful places around.

What made you decide to be on the Board?

Our Chapter is mostly made up of volunteers, and we all need to work together to keep the chapter going.  It is up to us to make our Chapter great.  On a professional level, I volunteer to enhance other skills, such a collaborating, leadership, mentoring, speaking and writing skills.