April 2013 President’s Message

The Value of IFMA

 

Through our celebrating the Facility Management Professional (CFMP) Campaign, we have been refocusing on our mission and vision of our Chapter. This has the added benefit of making us revisit the “value of IFMA” for our membership. The value of IFMA is something we are always looking to improve and now we are focusing on it even more closely. To examine the value of IFMA, you simply need to revisit our mission and vision statement:

Mission:  To promote participation in and vitality of the Greater Triangle Chapter of IFMA by focusing on education, networking, and leadership to further develop the core competencies of the facilities profession.
Vision:  To serve as the ultimate resource and representative for facility management.

At our recent New Member Orientation at Red Hat’s new downtown corporate headquarters, we asked our new members why they joined our Chapter. The overwhelming response is that, with our over 350 members, we are recognized as one of the premier professional organizations in the Triangle area. This has become a very familiar response. We have always been recognized as a strong professional organization, but this shift in our status is relatively new.

So how did we get here? By staying true to our mission and vision – making sure we are maximizing membership value for both our Professionals and Associates. We have done this by increasing the number of ways you can participate within our Chapter.

The important word to note here is participate. If you ask any of our core members how they maximize the value of their membership they will tell you to participate and get involved! Join one of our six committees, attend our monthly meetings, and enjoy our after-hours socials and our special events. We are a successful organization because so many of our members actively volunteer their time to make the Chapter stronger.

Over the next few months, you will continue to hear more about the value of IFMA and the refocus on our mission and vision through our CFMP Campaign. We will be doing this through featured interviews and videos with key Chapter members. So stay tuned and get involved. Take advantage of the variety of ways you can actively participate in our Chapter. The value you receive is proportional to the amount of effort you put into your membership. Be part of the team and the success of the Chapter!