Past Events

Past Events

Mike Bradley Memorial IFMA Foundation Golf Tournament 2018

By Todd Taintor

This year’s Mike Bradley Memorial IFMA Foundation Golf Tournament was a huge success thanks to our membership and sponsors! Below are the tournament winners:

1st place-Todd Taintor, Jeff Forsyth, Keith Hogan, Rick Zucco 
2nd place-Nathan Presnal, Craig Cortis, Randal Goller, Paul Weil 

Random team-Chris Dey, Craig Bryant, Eric Weireter, Mr. Calejas

Had the most fun-Mike MacDonagh, Angel Bond, Michele Lowery, Lance Niesz 

Closest to the pin #3-Mike Frawley
Closest to the pin #7-Matt Gardner 
Closest to the pin #11-Darrin Hockstra 
Closest to the pin #17-Nathan Presnal
Men’s long drive #9-Nathan Presnal 
Women’s long drive #16-Kellie Renzi

Special thanks to the following members/companies for donating door prizes for the tournament: 
Backyard Bistro, Bland Landscaping, CertaPro Painters, CRC, EDS, Enpuricon, Greenview Partners, Haworth, JBM, McDonald York, MGM, Mohawk Carpet, REI Engineers, Roofwerks, Scotties

Special thanks to Restore Pro Reconstruction for running the putting contest and to Ed Hanley and the staff at Lochmere Golf Club.

Finally, this annual event would not be successful without the planning and organization from the golf committee.  Special thanks to the following:  Buck Fisher, Mike Kriston, Mike MacDonagh, Nicole Murphy, Nancy Padgett, Cris Karasek and all of our volunteers.


March Madness 2018 Community Outreach Event

By Kellie Renzi

The year’s March Madness event was a success. We had a great turnout at the event and 44 brackets purchased!  

The cornhole tournament consisted of 12 teams with double elimination and despite the windy conditions all teams enjoyed the competition. A special shout out to our Winners Russell Gonzales and David Stines who went undefeated through the tournament. All that attended enjoyed good food and networking. 

The best part is that we raised a grand total of $960.00 for the Boys and Girls Club.

Special thanks to Diversified and McDonald York who sponsored the event.We hope that you will join us next year to make the March Madness Community Outreach Event more successful than ever!


March Monthly Meeting 2018

By Anthony Heim

On Wednesday March 14, 2018, GTC of IFMA resumed their luncheons at the Embassy Suites in Cary. Professor Dean Kashiwagi gave a comprehensive and thought provoking presentation on a paradigm shift that is occurring in the workplace.

Mr. Kashiwagi is an IFMA-Fellow and professor at Arizona State University and a specialist in the Best Value Approach (BVA). He is also the creator of a system called “PIPS” (Performance Information Procurement System.) His years of research have shown that BVA focuses on replacing the traditional business model of decision making and management, direction and control (MDC) with the utilization of expertise. It is an approach of an intelligent person who utilizes expertise to create a “win-win” environment for everyone. This approach is comprehensive in its application into business.

The application of BVA into the field of FM was the highlight of the presentation. Mr. Kashiwagi’s program educates and assists FM/PMs in becoming a more efficient organization through measurement, accountability and transparency. By understanding the fact that there is shortage of qualified professionals in the FM/PM fields, the BVA and PIPS models help an organization rely on expertise and technology to minimize complexity, increase transparency and improve project performance and efficiency.  Efficiency means to do more with less manpower.

By utilizing an expert’s knowledge, one cuts down on risks by tapping into the value of experienced outcomes. Now the environment and project management is proactive instead of being reactive, and this in effect lowers project costs and can mean increased compensation for technical expertise.

Mr. Kashiwagi told relatable stories from his personal experiences and backed this up with data from real world projects to drive home the evolution of the FM procurement process.


January Monthly Meeting 2018

By Anthony Heim

On Wednesday January 10, 2018, GTC of IFMA held an intimate luncheon at the The Mayton Inn in Cary. Jeff Tafel, Executive Director of the IFMA Foundation, gave a thorough presentation on the future of FM as a career.

The IFMA Foundation was created by the Board of Directors of IFMA in 1990. The main goal being to promote facility management education and awareness. In 2014 the foundation recognized a growing problem. An increased need for facilities managers and an aging workforce will lead to a shortage of qualified professionals.  This was the beginning of the Global Workforce Initiative.

The IFMA Foundation is all about making FM a Career of Choice, and ensuring the career pathway to an exciting and fulfilling career in FM is available to all students and individuals looking to enter the profession. The Global Workforce Initiative (GWI) seeks to fill the growing FM workforce talent gap as more than half of today’s practitioners are expected to retire in the next 5-15 years. The goal is to introduce the profession to students before they make career decisions and increase the number of accredited FM degree programs worldwide for those seeking FM higher education.

Mr. Tafel jokingly referred to FM as “the accidental profession.” Many people that end up in the profession inherited the role over time. The lack of formal education & training is a big reason for the work force deficit.

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.

So what makes FM a good career choice? With the high demand and smaller candidate pool, FM is a great option for young people in high school and college. The opportunity to begin a well-paying career that offers job security was a highlight of the presentation. Mr. Tafel reminded us that these are jobs that can’t be sent outsourced.

With a few pilot programs showing initial success the IFMA team is on the way to correcting the employee gap but no one entity can do it alone. The success the IFMA Foundation has experienced, is because higher education, local chapters, government (workforce and economic development agencies), FM employers, secondary school districts, students, teachers, instructors, and Foundation leadership all came together to make FM a Career of Choice in their state. These organizations are realizing they have a common problem and a shared responsibility to correct it.


December Monthly Meeting 2017

By Anthony Heim

On Wednesday December 13, GTC of IFMA had their last luncheon for 2017 at the Embassy Suites in Cary. Dr. Jolene Erlacher presented on preparing businesses for effective inter-generational leadership in an evolving culture.

As our workforce ages and new generations flow into the workplace, there is a need for management to understand who they are working with. Dr. Erlacher outlined the current generational makeup of workforce and those that are on the way:

Generations Today
Silent: Born 1928-1945 (Age 71+)
Boomer: Born 1946-1964 (Age 52-70)
Gen X: Born 1965-1980 (Age 37-51)
Millennials/Gen Y: Born 1980-1995 (Age 22-36)
Gen Z/Homelanders: Born 1995-2010 (Age 7-21)
Generation Alpha: Born after 2010 (Under 7)

​With Millennials making up the largest generation since the Boomers, it is necessary to understand the sources of age diversity to effectively lead and manage. Factors such as life cycle (idealism), period effects (war or Recession) & Cohort effects (education, technology, and parenting) play a role in shaping the expectations of a generation. These effects have a direct correlation to beliefs in attitude with authority, work ethic, values and beliefs about roles in the workplace.  The changes in millennial work ethics have shifted from traditional to emerging. Some of the biggest changes can be seen in these core beliefs.

​Emerging Beliefs​
Life comes first
Follow the rules, why?
Respect must be earned
No defined work clock

​While these beliefs may be in opposition to much of the current workforce, Dr. Erlacher demonstrated how current leadership can evolve to integrate this new thought process into their organizations. By adapting a new management style, one can become an effective intergenerational leader. Part of being an effective leader is meeting the changing needs of the growing workforce. Successful leaders will find that emotional intelligence, listening skills, understanding others values, fostering team building, rewarding performance, mentoring, providing constant feedback and modeling professional practices will be important to add to the current skillset.


November 2017 Chapter Appreciation Event

Superheroes and villains unite….unbelievably yes at the November 9th GTC of IFMA Chapter Apprecation event!  We had a fabulous turn out of over 160 at the event held at the Angus Barn Pavilion.  Congratulation to the below 2017 Chapter Award Winners!  Check out photos of the event.

Rookie of the Year – Hardik Raval – The Flying Locksmiths

Committee Member – Angel Bond – JLL

Sponsor of the Year – Piedmont Service Group

Professional Member Ed Boyle – Highwoods

Associate Member – Michael MacDonagh – EDS


October 2017 Professional Only – Speaker Series

By Susannah Barringer, LEED AP BD+C

On Wednesday, October 4th, 2017, the professional members of GTC of IFMA gathered at Terracon’s Raleigh office to hear Joseph Buri Jr., Director of Facility Services at Southeastern Health, discuss the impact of Hurricane Matthew and the strategies he and his team at Southeastern Health in Lumberton, NC implemented to respond to the needs of the community.

On Saturday, October 8th, 2016, Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina with a record rainfall of up to 18 inches in some areas, which was 10 inches more than what was predicted.  In only the first few hours of the hurricane at Southeastern Health Hospital in Lumberton, NC, water had begun leaking into the mid-century building through its windows and walls.  Power and internet was lost, the main entrance had completely flooded and, most consequently, municipal water service was a loss.  Luckily, Mr. Buri and his team already had a plan.  They made sure they were equipped with basic supplies through Thursday, and the emergency plan was updated and communicated to staff.   Unfortunately, nothing could have prepared them for the unprecedented conditions they were about to face.

Day One

· Main roads and the airport are completely flooded and impassable
· Throughout the day, flood waters begin shifting, causing new road closures
· Visitors to the hospital are restricted due to overcrowding and limited resources
· A hospital representative is placed at the Robeson County Emergency Operations Center
· Southeastern Health begins operating on backup generators

Day Two
· Flood waters are still shifting, causing even more road closures
· The hospital provides local shelters with clinical staff and medical supplies
· Police escort employees and supply trucks to the hospital
· The community begins accessing the hospital on foot
· Security issues arise (are the volunteers qualified/who they say they are?)
· Generator issues emerge and the hospital must operate on one less generator
· Tanker trucks of potable water arrive

Day Three
· FEMA arrives
· Faith-based groups make contributions
· Mobile trailers housing temporary operative space arrive
· Additional generator issues emerge and now the hospital is operating on only 3 of its 5 generators

Day Four
· Power and internet is restored to the hospital
· Law enforcement from outside Robeson County arrives

The Days Following…
It isn’t until two weeks after the storm hits that Southeastern Health is back on municipal water, at which point the hospital is handed a $1.4 million bill for the tankers of potable water. This is just one example of the economic impact Southeastern Health has faced in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. One of the most valuable lessons learned, in the midst of complete chaos, is that thorough documentation must not fall by the wayside. Over a year later, Joseph and his team are still working with insurance carriers and FEMA for reimbursements.

In this situation, it was next to impossible to predict what actually happened. Though in hindsight, valuable lessons were learned such as putting a system in place for mass communication (for example, Everbridge) and the procurement of 2 satellite phones to access the internet. Also, for physical logistics, all elevators, trash compactors and at least two chillers should be connected to the generators so that the indoors temperature can be more comfortable and waste can be more easily removed until power can be restored.


September Monthly Meeting 2017

By Anthony Heim

On Wednesday September 13, GTC of IFMA continued their monthly meetings at the Embassy Suites in Cary. This month featured a presentation and discussion panel covering updates to OSHA 1910 Subpart D- “Walking-Working Surfaces.”

The main presentation was given by Travis Nelson, Vice President of Peak Fall Protection and the panelists were John McGrath, Regional Sales Manager from Scotties, Jeremy Logue, Service Consultant from Piedmont Service Group and Zachary Blasingame, Safety Specialist from Valsource. This group represented experts in safety protocol and professionals in the field that use these safety practices every day.

Mr. Nelson highlighted the important updates to the safety standards set forth by OSHA. The new regulations affect all general industry workplaces. Proactive safety planning was part of Mr. Blasingame’s message and he also reminded us that “safety is the shared responsibility of all.”

Here’s a quick recap of the major changes to OSHA 1910 Subpart D- “Walking-Working Surfaces”:

  1. Training §1910.30

The new regulation adds requirements to ensure workers who use personal fall protection or work in other specified high hazard situations are trained and retrained as necessary. Employers must provide information and training to each worker in a way he or she can understand.

  1. Rope Descent Systems (RDS) & Certification of Anchors §1910.27(B)-

When using RDS, the new rule requires building owners to provide and employers to obtain written assurances regarding that permanent anchorages have been inspected, tested, certified, and maintained as capable of supporting at least 5,000 lbs. per employee attached. A full certification process is done once every 10 years and visual inspections of anchorages must be done annually by a qualified person. Furthermore, the employer is prohibited from using RDS at heights greater than 300 ft. above grade unless the employer demonstrates it isn’t feasible or creates a greater hazard to use another system.

  1. Phase-In of Ladder Safety Systems or Personal Fall Arrest Systems on Fixed Ladders §1910.28(B)(9)

OSHA now requires fixed ladders that extend over 24 ft. to be equipped with a ladder safety system or personal fall protection. Ladder Safety Systems (LSS) -Consists of a carrier, a safety sleeve (which is a moving component that travels on the carrier) a lanyard, connectors, and a body harness and Personal Fall Protection (PFP) -A self-retracting device mounted above the ladder with a tag line to the bottom of the ladder. The new guideline prohibits cages and wells as a means of fall protection.

  1. How to Comply with Fixed Ladder Updates
  • All fixed ladders installed or replaced after November 19, 2018 must have a ladder safety system or a personal fall protection system.
  • Existing new fixed ladders have until November 19, 2018 to comply with current standards (i.e., cages and wells)
  • All fixed ladders with cages or wells before November 19, 2018 have until November 18, 2036 to update the ladder with either a ladder safety system or personal fall protection system
  1. Personal Fall Protection System Performance and Use Requirements §1910.140
  • When work is performed less than 15 ft away from an unprotected edge, the employer must ensure each employee is protected from falling by:
    • Personal fall arrest
    • Travel restraint
    • Guardrail system
    • Safety net system

Please remember to mark your calendars for these important compliance dates:

May 17, 2017 -Training workers on fall and equipment hazards

November 20, 2017 -Inspection and certification of permanent building anchorages

November 19, 2018-Installation of fall protection (personal fall arrest systems, ladder safety systems, cages, wells) on existing fixed ladders (over 24 feet) that do not have any fall protection

November 19, 2018 -Installation of ladder safety or personal fall arrest systems on new fixed ladders (over 24 feet) and replacement ladders/ladder sections

November 18, 2036 -Installation of ladder safety systems or personal fall arrest systems on all fixed ladders (over 24 feet)

To learn more about OSHA 1910 Subpart D- “Walking-Working Surfaces” visit, HERE.


July Monthly Meeting 2017

By Susannah Barringer, LEED AP BD+C

On Wednesday, July 12th, GTC of IFMA once again gathered at the Embassy Suites in Cary to hear from Dan Gill, PE, from the Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics (CBPD) and Little Diversified Architectural Consulting discuss marketplace trends in building performance.  The CBPD’s goal is to optimize energy, the human condition, and daylighting—altogether, Total Building Performance—taking into account all aspects of building performance, how buildings achieve efficiency, and how to improve.

The three ideas discussed were:

  1. Increased occupant well-being
  2. Neutral capital investment
  3. Reduced operating costs

Occupant Well-Being takes into account thermal, visual, and neurological considerations including the glare and heat produced by natural light.  Energy models are utilized to increase efficiency and reduce cost from baseline standards.

There are many ways to increase occupant well-being without the expectation that premium cost is a factor.  For instance, marketplace trends in building envelope systems include continuous insulation (thusly eliminating the gaps seen in batt insulation), which has a much better thermal performance.  Other examples include michrochromic window glazing, which partially transmits light and heat; solar-tracking skylights; and phase change insulation material which simulates massing property, provides flexibility, reduces cost and is virtually maintenance-free.

There are also system options which increase efficiency at no extra cost:  VAV, AHUs and series chillers reduce lift, run cooler temperatures.  Chilled beams offer active beam heating and cooling, and more balanced temperature controls, both of which can be a major benefit for maintenance purposes.  Other high-performing, low-maintenance system options include underflow air distribution and VRF heat recovery systems with air-cooled condensing units and DOAs. 

For more detailed information, please visit:


June Community Outreach 2017

Members of the GTC of IFMA were pleased to provide a home-cooked meal for the Ronald McDonald House of Durham on June 29th.  Located less than one mile from Duke Children’s Hospital, the Durham House welcomes up to 55 families each night sharing with other families who are going through similar situations.  Our Chapter was glad to be able to help the Ronald McDonald House by sharing a delicious meal and a lot of smiles!  Check Out Photos


May Monthly Meeting 2017

By Susannah Barringer, LEED AP BD+C

On Wednesday, June 14th, GTC of IFMA gathered at the Embassy Suites in Cary to hear representatives from the Triangle Chapter of the US Green Building Council speak about their organization’s proactive mission to lower carbon emissions from buildings. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification program for buildings and communities that guides their design, construction, operations and maintenance toward sustainability. It’s based on prerequisites and credits that a project meets to achieve a certification level: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum (the highest).

Alicia Ravetto, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Alicia Ravetto Architect
Ms. Ravetto explained the overall depth the USGBC’s guidelines are practiced. For instance, over 150 countries use LEED standards and there are currently 235,000 LEED professionals. The largest LEED tenant in the United States is the federal government itself (GSA or General Services Administration). It could be speculated this has had a trickle-down effect in terms of government incentives and legislation. In North Carolina, green building bonuses are given to developers for incorporating sustainability. Additionally, Senate Bill 668 mandates the energy usage equivalence of ASHRAE 90.1-2004 into new or renovated buildings owned by the state of North Carolina.

This is only one piece in a much larger puzzle of building better performing, healthier buildings. Integral to a building’s performance is its effect on the health and well-being of its occupants. So, why is this important?
· We spend 90% of our time indoors
· 90% of employees admit negative feelings regarding their office environment
· 90% of a typical company’s resources is spent on its employees
· Higher cognitive function occurs when in high-performing buildings

Candis Parker, former USGBC Triangle Branch Chair, LEED AP BD+C, Balfour Beatty
Ms. Parker talked about managing the construction of green buildings. In order to achieve the best results when building or renovating a high-performing building, it is important to ensure all core stakeholders are involved early in the preconstruction process. Subcontractors are excellent resources in upfront project planning. Most have built similar projects and can lend valuable knowledge and lessons learned from anything from systems performance to material selection.

Ms. Parker also shared a few examples of extremely high performing buildings like Balfour Beatty’s Edith Green ­­­Wendell Wyatt federal building in Portland, OR. As a LEED Platinum renovation project, even the construction process itself provided points towards its overall rating. For instance, 87% of construction waste was diverted from landfills – which is equivalent to over 7,214 tons or the weight of the Eiffel Tower!

Janet Hoover, Janet M. Hoover, CPM, CFM, LEED Green Associate, Jones Lang LaSalle
Ms. Hoover spoke about operating and maintaining green buildings. First, facilities’ focus is on the internal environment and its effect on occupant comfort. For instance, exterminating and janitorial services could use less toxic products, which are equally effective and do not necessarily cost more. Also, companies can maintain sustainability even if their buildings are not certified. In addition to maintenance services, building occupants can also participate in sustainability by recycling, composting and by using less disposable goods.

>> To learn more about the US Green Building Council, visit or
>> If you’re interested USGBC’s local chapter, please visit


Mike Bradley Memorial IFMA Foundation Golf Tournament 2017

By Todd Taintor, Golf Committee Co-chair

This year’s Mike Bradley Memorial IFMA Foundation Golf Tournament was a huge success thanks to our membership and sponsors! Below are the tournament winners:

1st place-Josh Foltz, Patrick Dickerson, Mike Ferguson, Rick Porter
2nd place-John Stollmeyer, Kris Slimmer, Cornell Beans, Jerry Cassidy
3rd place-Jason Moon, Jae Jeong, Nick Post, Zach Miller
Had the most fun-Matt Gardner, Sarah Ellis, Gail Vaughn, Alan Davis

Closest to the pin #3-Rick Croom
Closest to the pin #7-Josh Foltz
Closest to the pin #11-Nathan Presnal
Closest to the pin #17-Mark Yeatts
Men’s long drive #9-Justin Frady
Women’s long drive #16-Christina Grimes
Straight drive #12-Justin Frady

Special thanks to the following members/companies for donating door prizes for the tournament: Backyard Bistro, Brady Services, Carolina Restoration Services, CertaPro Painters, CFE Roofing, Coordinated Loss Services, EDS, Enpuricon, Floorscape, Greenview Partners, McDonald York, MG Capital, REI Engineers Restore Pro Reconstruction, Scotties

And special thanks to the following sponsors and support of this event:

Perkins + Will-Grand prize giveaway Scotty Cameron putter

Piedmont Service Group-raised $400 towards IFMA foundation scholarship program

Restore Pro Reconstruction-putting contest

Finally, this annual event would not be successful without the planning and organization from the golf committee.  Special thanks to the following:  Buck Fisher, Mike Kriston, Mike MacDonagh, Nicole Murphy, Nancy Padgett, Cris Karasek, Rob Skinner and all of our volunteers.

We look forward to another successful IFMA golf tournament next year.


March Monthly Meeting

By Susannah Barringer, LEED AP BD+C

On Wednesday, March 8th, Ira Bass, aka Your LinkedIn Guy, highlighted the value of the primary business social media platform, LinkedIn. A few key aspects of the LinkedIn platform are designed to help you personally grow and propel your business forward and includes profile optimization for increasing your profile visibility and advanced search techniques. To effectively take full advantage of LinkedIn’s potential as a marketing, branding, new business development / social selling tool, Ira revealed the following:

  • Complete your profile! LinkedIn ranks you based on usage, so the more connections you make, the more you add to others’ content and the more you share about yourself on your profile and post to the feed – the more your account becomes a thorough, marketable digital portfolio.
  • Brand your profile. On your profile page, there is a headline that appears under your name that allows 120 characters. Use all of them. And don’t just fill in your title. Treat this as a tagline for yourself, a way to tell people what you actually do. This will also help optimize your online search ability. Media (video, presentations, website links, etc.) can also be attached to your profile.
  • Search engine optimization. The words you carefully choose on the aforementioned headline will allow you to target a certain audience via key words used.
  • Reach out thoughtfully. When sending connection requests, include a personal message. This will take it from a cold call to a warm call. One example could read “Greetings, Bob. I would like to schedule a meeting to see how we can help each other.”

To find out more from Ira Bass, please go to: or check out his LinkedIn profile at:


March Madness Event

We are pleased to announce the March Madness Bracket Challenge and Cornhole event raised $861.65 for the Boys and Girls Club.

Special thanks to the following sponsors of this event:

Kimball/Creative Business Interiors

Carolina Restoration Services

Service Roofing and Sheet Metal


February Monthly Meeting

By Susannah Barringer, LEED AP BD+C & Hardik Raval, The Flying Locksmiths

On February 8th, GTC of IFMA gathered for its monthly meeting to hear John Rimer, CFM with 19 Years Facility Management and Owner at FM360 Consulting present the value of facility management.  Mr. Rimer’s philosophy is based on creating shared visions and goals as well as establishing a team that works with you – not against you.  In order to have effective facility management, there are multiple factors that must be considered.  Having a robust reactive maintenance plan, rather than a deferred maintenance plan, has proven to potentially double productivity in the workplace.  Reactive maintenance could also reduce the operation and maintenance costs by up to 50%.  To find the real associated cost, the focus should be on the “triple” bottom line, which includes financial, social, and environmental factors.  In order to establish these parameters, you must know your stakeholders and manage those relationships by being present and available.  Surveys are a great way to understand the expectations the stakeholders have of their workplace environment, as well as measure how effectively its facilities group is achieving its objectives.   Key Performance Indicators should be the focus of the measurement index.  Based on feedback, an analysis must be done to improve by adapting tools and trainings.  Finally, share your progress!  Newsletters, emails, website/boards, face-to-face are a great way of communicating success.


January Monthly Meeting

By Susannah Barringer, LEED AP BD+C 

On Wednesday, January 11th, GTC of IFMA gathered for its first meeting of 2017 to hear Ted Connor, Vice President, Economic Development and Community Sustainability, speak about Durham 2.0 – what’s in store for the City of Durham over the next 10 years.  Through $1.5 in investment since 2000, Durham has managed to achieve exponential employment growth: 3,800 to 17,500 jobs, increased its residential units from 112 to 3,000, and has gone from 70% to 96% office occupancy.  Durham’s main markets are life sciences, IT/informatics, education, environmental, finance, transportation and automation and includes global companies headquartered in Durham like IBM, Bayer CropScience, and Bronto.  This may have something to do with the fact that the Triangle is an area where its many college graduates stay in town, which is key in making this area more attractive to the next generation of workers.  This retention of highly educated people has only contributed to the 18,000+ patents awarded and the 500+ startups created since the year 2000.  Durham has also produced brilliant minds like Dr. Paul Modrich who was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for having mapped how cells repair damaged DNA and safeguard genetic information.

So, that’s where Durham is now, but where is it going?  It’s difficult to imagine the positive trends of nearly the past 2 decades changing any time soon. In its many urban centers, mixed-use development is on the rise.  One such notable project is Durham ID which is the development of 1.5 acres in the heart of downtown Durham.  Breaking ground in 2017, it will include 1.4 million square feet when complete.  Durham also has plans for a multitude of hotels, apartments, condominiums; many of which are already underway.  Another prominent and important project is the Park Center Plan which will transform 100 acres in RTP into a vibrant and affordable place to live, work and play. The direction for Durham’s future is best summed up in the following statement: Thanks in large part to the leadership, creativity and hard work of our business community, we’ve all been witness to a uniquely Durham success story — a story about economic growth, community involvement and amazing forward momentum. Simply put, Durham is on the move. And with Durham 2.0, the Chamber intends to keep it that way

To read the full strategy for Durham 2.0, please follow this link:


December Social

By Susannah Barringer, LEED AP BD+C 

On Thursday, December 8th, GTC of IFMA gathered for a solid dose of holiday cheer at Bond Brothers Beer Company located at 202 East Cedar Street in Cary, NC.  Alongside the excellent company, tasty beer and snacks, the crowd was divided into several tour groups and taken on an onsite brewery tour.

The tour started with the milling machine that kicks off the beer-making process.  It grinds raw ingredients such as barley, wheat, rye, and malted oats, then transports them directly to another machine to soak in hot water for about an hour.  The solids are then separated from the liquid, and instead of being discarded to a landfill, are utilized as feed for cattle.  The liquid is transported to the boil kettle where the hops are added.  The next step transfers the liquid to the heat exchanger where it is cooled from 212 degrees to 98 degrees in only 30 seconds.  It is then that yeast is added and the fermentation process begins, which can take anywhere from 8 months to 2 years depending on the type of beer being brewed.

It’s no surprise that the immediate success following the April 2016 opening made possible its inevitable event space expansion (booking now – opening soon).  Bond Brothers’ clean, modern, unfussy space with ample outdoor seating makes a welcome addition to Cary’s beer scene.  And last but not least, the quality of the beer is outstanding (so says both recreational drinkers and beer snobs alike).  But you should definitely find out for yourself!

A “HUGE THANK YOU” to our After‐Hours Social Sponsors: CertaPro Painters of Cary-Apex/Sherwin Williams, Jay’s Building Maintenance, Pure Water Innovation and EDS.


November Chapter Appreciation Event

By Nicole Murphy

Second chance prom was certainly a “Night to Remember”!

With this year’s theme, we had a such a fun time dressing up in our old (or new) prom attire. And what better way to compliment the theme than having our very own prom king and queen. It was hard selecting the best dressed as there were so many to choose from. We are happy to announce the 2016 Greater Triangle Chapter of IFMA’s prom King and Queen  (DRUM ROLL PLEASE)…… Meg and Ed Lavoie!  Thank you both for participating and for starting the night off with your first dance!

Congratulations to our 2016 Chapter Awards Winners:

Professional Member of the Year – Randall Goller
Associate Member of the Year – Amanda Frendberg
Rookie of the Year – Haley Conover
Committee Member of the Year – Sara Gilbert
Sponsor of the Year – Balfour Beatty


October Monthly Meeting

By Susannah Barringer, LEED AP BD+C 

On Wednesday, October 12th, GTC of IFMA gathered at Embassy Suites in Cary to hear John Burns, Wake County Commissioner, discuss the Wake County Transit Plan and the important fall referendum vote.

The Wake County Transit Plan is designed to address the ever-increasing traffic due to our area’s rapid population growth. In fact, it is predicted that by 2035, the average commute time will double to 50 minutes and all major roads will be at or beyond capacity.  Studies have shown that people who take transit are healthier and happier, one reason is time used sitting in traffic can be used productively.  Additionally, air and water are less polluted by vehicle emissions, and open space is protected as transit will help guide development.

Over 11% of Wake County’s residents live below the federal poverty level.  Given the average household spends roughly 19% of its income on transportation, the county’s poorest residents cannot afford reliable transportation.  This will be of great value to residents of all income levels living in more rural communities as it plans to connect these communities to job centers/urban cores with expanded services hours of 5:30 – 12:30 am, 7 days a week.  See the following link for connectivity map:

This bus service, also called Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), will allow the buses to move at a faster rate than traffic by providing dedicated bus lanes, signal priority (the light turns green as bus approaches) and ticket kiosks.  At peak service times, a bus will stop every 15 minutes. As seen in cities like Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle where BRT has been implemented, office space rose by 33% and multifamily apartments doubled within a ½ mile of BRT routes.

If the Wake County Transit Plan were to pass, 54% of homes and 80% of jobs would be within walking distance of transit.  This means an increase in economic competitiveness:  every $1 spent on public transit = $4 in economic returns.  How does that work?  The newly available and improved accessibility will attract new business, add jobs, expand the tax base and increase property values.  If fully implemented in the Triangle, regional transit could potentially help generate $26 billion in sales.  As seen in Charlotte in recent years, 13 new developments and 750 new businesses were created as a result of their new transit network.

For more info or to endorse this referendum: or

Follow on Twitter and Facebook:  @WakeForTransit, #WakeForTransit


September Monthly Meeting

By Haley Conover

This month the GTC of IFMA welcomed speaker John Kane of the Kane Realty Corporation to speak on the topic of “Beyond North Hills”. Kane graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He is a member multiple prestigious organizations, has sat on numerous boards including the Economic Development Board of North Carolina, on which he currently serves.

After discussing the original mission of the North Hills development, Kane spoke of lessons learned and applied to expansion efforts including the CAPTRUST Tower and Renaissance Raleigh. Mixed-use projects such as Stanhope (multi-story student housing and retail near NC State) and the Dillion (an 18-story office tower with retail space and two six-story apartment buildings in downtown Raleigh) highlight Kane’s exceptional understanding and innovation in creating spaces where people want to be.

Thank you so much to all who were able to attend and who battled their way through an unexpected NC WIC Conference to find our humble check-in table. A special thanks to Amanda Frendberg who has sign spinning skills that suggest she may have a second calling. We will be returning to the Embassy Suites again next month, but we’ve been assured there will be 100% fewer baby food vendors.


August Active Assailant Professional Only Event

By Susannah Barringer, LEED AP BD+C 

On Thursday, August 25th, GTC of IFMA gathered at the historic circa 1915 Matthews House in Cary for tour followed by an insightful panel discussion on active assailants.  The following experts discussed the violence that occurs all-too-often at the workplace and in public gathering places:

Lou Velasco, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Charlotte Field Office/Raleigh Resident Agency

Dirk German, Special Agent in Charge, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, North Carolina Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAAC) and Criminal Intelligence Unit

Vic Ward, Captain, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, North Carolina Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAAC)

John Christman, U.S. Corporate Security Manager, Bayer Corporation

Tomas Mathews, Senior Vice President of  Human Resources, Cree

Major Richard E. Hoffman, Raleigh Police Department

The discussion started off by highlighting the August 13th incident of hysteria at the Crabtree Valley Mall and revealed the Raleigh police department’s 3 main takeaways from that incident:

  1. This was a game changer. The threat, whether real or perceived, can still cause harm.  There were people treated for broken bones due to trampling caused by stampedes for the door.  One person even jumped from the 3rd story parking deck.
  2. A plan exercised is critical to mitigate an incident.  Just because something looks good on paper doesn’t mean it works in real life.  In this instance, the scale of the area (the entire mall) limited the communications by the unarmed mall police and the first responders.
  3. The rate at which information is circulated can help or hurt the situation.  The earlier a piece of information is distributed, the less likely it is to be accurate and the incident at the Crabtree Valley Mall is no exception.  Concerned civilians were reported to arrive at the mall (shortly after it was shut down) with firearms offering to assist the police in looking for the alleged shooter.

Having a relationship with your neighbors is of vital importance in any threat situation.  For instance, the evacuees from Crabtree Valley Mall were sent across the street to the Marriot Hotel who graciously opened their doors to those who could not otherwise leave.

For an active assailant in the workplace, it’s important to recognize a threat before it becomes a threat, and how to mitigate the injuries/fatalities should an incident occur.

People don’t just “snap.”  There are always indicators which can go unreported, that could include:

  • Grievances at the workplace / combative behavior
  • Poor job performance or being reprimanded / terminated
  • Ideals
  • Domestic problems
  • Negative speech / writing
  • Research / planning an attack
  • Excessive drinking, substance abuse
  • Missing work
  • Mental illness

The ways in which a potential violent situation can be prevented are:

  • Pre-employment background screenings and periodical post-employment re-screenings
  • Create a culture where employees can anonymously report odd behavior without the stigma of backlash or retribution
  • Create an Employee Assistance Program offering help with financial, domestic, and other personal issues
  • Develop and practice a response system

Should an active assailant situation occur in your workplace, there are things you can do to minimize injury and fatalities.  Make sure ALL your employees know to:  RUN, HIDE or FIGHT.

1)      RUN – If you can get away from the active shooter – this is the best chance for survival

2)      HIDE – If an escape is obstructed, it is advised to hide. Find a conference room, lock the door, turn out the lights, silence cell phones, keep quiet, stay out of sight (preferably behind a substantial structure)

3)      FIGHT – This is the last option.  If running and hiding are not feasible, you must act swiftly and aggressively.  Use whatever you can as a weapon.

For more info, please watch this video:

There is no profile for the type of person who becomes an active assailant.  There is no template for every situation.  And, sadly, an active assailant situation is 60% over before police arrive.  That is why it is essential for every workplace to have a Crisis Management Center.  It can be as simple as a few plastic bins that contain HR information, site maps, contact information.  You can also consider having a “go bag” for law enforcement which would contain keys, access badges, security radio, an emergency contact manual, site maps/diagrams, and maintenance / facility manager contact information.  It’s also helpful to have a reliable and fast way to communicate to your employees.  A few online providers that specialize in mass notification are and









Other Past Events

2016 – July Meeting

2016 – June Meeting

2016- May Tour and Social

2016- Golf Event

2016- April Meeting

2016 – March Meeting

2016 – January Meeting

2015 – December Meeting

2015- November Meeting

2015 – October Meeting

2015 – September Meeting

2015 – Annual Picnic

2015 – August Meeting

2015- July Citrix Tour

2015 – June Meeting

2015- May Meeting

2015- Professional Only Event

2015 – February Meeting

2015-January Meeting

2014-December Meeting

2014 – December Chapter Appreciation

2014 – November Syngenta Tour

2014 – October Meeting

2014 – September Meeting

2014 – August Meeting

2014- July Meeting

2014 – June Meeting

2014 – Golf Recap

2014- June FM/BIM  Presentations (CHS Presentation / DKS Presentation)

2014 – April Meeting

2014 – April CFM and Bulls Game

2014 – March Meeting

2014 – January Meeting

2013 – December Meeting

2013-Chapter Appreciation

2013-October Monthly MeetingBCBS Video

2013-September Monthly Meeting

2013-August Tour

2013 July Monthly Meeting

2013 – FM Day

2013 June Monthly Meeting

2013 – May Networking Event

2013 –  May Monthly Meeting

2013 – April Monthly Meeting

2013 – March Community Outreach Event

2013 – March Monthly Meeting

2013 – February Networking Event

2013 – February Monthly Meeting

2013 – January Monthly Meeting

2013 Mega Networking Event

2012 – December Monthly Meeting

2012 – October Monthly Meeting

2012 – September Monthly Meeting

2012 – August Monthly Meeting

2012 – July Monthly Meeting

2012 – June Monthly Meeting

2012 – May Monthly Meeting

2012 – AFC Spring Conference 2012 @ Duke University

2012 – April Monthly Meeting

2012 – April Golf Event

2012 – March Monthly Meeting

2012 – Mega Networking Event

2012 – February Montly Meeting

2012 – January Monthly Meeting

2011 – December Monthly Meeting

2011 – November Monthly Meeting

2011 – Members Appreication Event

2011 – June’s Monthly Meeting

2011 – May’s Monthly Meeting

2011 – April’s Monthly Meeting

2011 – March’s Monthly Meeting

2011 – February’s Monthly Meeting

2011 – January’s Monthly Meeting