International Facility Management Association

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founded_date = October 1980
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location = Houston, Texas, USA
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area_served = Facility management
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num_members = 19,233 (as of June 2, 2008)
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The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) is the largest recognized professional association for facility managers in the world. IFMA headquarters is located in Houston, Texas.

IFMA was founded in October 1980 by a group lead by David Armstrong at the Facility Management Institute (FMI) in Ann Arbor, Michigan as the National Facility Management Association (NFMA), a not-for-profit incorporated association. The name was changed to IFMA in 1982. As of 2007, IFMA has more than 19,000 members in 125 chapters and 15 councils in 60 countries worldwide.

IFMA certifies facility managers, conducts research, provides educational programs, recognizes facility management degree and certificate programs and produces World Workplace, the largest facility management-related conference and exposition. The official publication of IFMA, ["Facility Management Journal"] (FMJ), is published bimonthly.


In the early 1970s, two significant, simultaneous events helped set the evolutionary course of facility management. First, the use of independent, freestanding dividing screens in the office environment –– popularized in the 1960s –– gradually faded in favor of today’s increasingly sophisticated systems furniture, commonly known as “cubicles.” Next, the introduction of the computer terminal into the workstation challenged facility managers to solve computer, wiring, lighting, acoustic and territory problems. The office scene was becoming more complex and the facility manager needed guidance.

At the time, many facility professionals were members of other international organizations, but those groups could not supply the information needed to manage the offices of the future. The first step toward the formation of a more specialized organization occurred in December 1978 when Herman Miller Research Corp. hosted a conference, “Facility Influence on Productivity,” in Ann Arbor, Mich.

This conference was the meeting place for the three founders of IFMA. George Graves of Texas Eastern Transmission Corp., Charles Hitch of Manufacturer’s Bank in Detroit and David Armstrong of Michigan State University voiced a need for an organization comprised of facility professionals from private industry.

In May 1980, Graves hosted a meeting in Houston to establish a formal organizational base for a facility management association. By the end of the meeting, a new organization known as the National Facility Management Association (NFMA) had a constitution, bylaws, temporary officers and plans to expand nationally.

At the first annual meeting of NFMA in October 1980, there were 47 participants — 25 were direct members of the association. The attendees from Houston helped establish the first chapter and committed to host the second annual national conference. Shortly after the 1981 conference, the name was changed to the International Facility Management Association to accommodate a large Canadian membership. The growth of the new organization began to accelerate.

Today, IFMA serves more than 18,750 members in 62 countries with 125 chapters. The association’s structure of 15 councils serves the vertical and specialized interests of those who manage educational and cultural institutions, manufacturing and petrochemical plants, research and development laboratories, financial centers, call centers, corporate headquarters, utilities and health care facilities –– as well as those who focus on environmental health and safety concerns, computer applications and real estate issues.

To date, 3,670 Certified Facility Managers® have been designated through IFMA’s certification program — an examination designed to test skills and knowledge in eight core competencies.

IFMA’s annual World Workplace Conference & Expo event and its counterpart conferences, World Workplace-Europe and the Asian Facility Management Conferences, attract thousands of attendees each year and continue to elevate the importance of the facility manager worldwide.


The Corporate Sustaining Partner (CSP) program is an opportunity for the largest association for facility management professionals and the companies and organizations that support those professionals to champion, promote and market one another.

IFMA represents the professional interests of thousands of facility managers worldwide. IFMA members purchase a variety of products and services annually that are used to effectively operate work areas, improve productivity and ensure a safe environment. CSPs represent the industry’s foremost businesses and organizations. CSPs have the opportunity to build their brand among the professionals who play a substantial role in the management and sustainability of facilities.

Corporate Sustaining Partner also have the ability to tailor a support package that not only meets their specific business objectives, but also ensures that their impact on the facility management profession is recognized. As industry experts, CSPs have the opportunity to reach and educate thousands of professionals.


World Workplace

The annual conference and exposition of IFMA, World Workplace provides educational and networking opportunities for both IFMA members and non-members. The conference is a three-day gathering of facility professionals, educators, students and companies for the continued advancement of the profession.

IFMA designed World Workplace as a collaborative forum for facility managers and those in related fields to discuss, evaluate, share and grow, both personally and professionally. The World Workplace experience includes a conference focused entirely on education and a tradeshow that incorporates product demonstration and instruction. World Workplace draws attendees from all over the world and from a variety of workplace-related industries, including technology, engineering, architecture, design, security, real estate and facility management.

World Workplace 2008 will be held October 15-17, 2008 in Dallas, Texas at the Dallas Convention Center.

World Workplace 2009 will be held October 7-9, 2009 in Orlando, Florida.

World Workplace 2010 will be held October 27-29, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.

World Workplace 2011 will be held October 26-28, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.

European Facility Management Conference

IFMA and EuroFM, together with the British Institute for Facilities Management (BIFM), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and University of Salford, organize the The European Facility Management Conference 2008, which will be held 10 and 11, June 2008 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

The EFMC 2008 consists out of two conference streams: ”Main Conference“ and the ”Research Symposium.” More than 500 delegates from various European countries and abroad are expected to attend.


IFMA’s "Facility Management Journal" is an award-winning bimonthly publication written specifically for facility professionals concerned with developing and maintaining productive workplaces. It is consistently ranked as one of the top benefits of IFMA membership. IFMA’s "FMJ" is the leading source of current, credible news for industryprofessionals seeking to improve the productivity of their facilities. More than 85% of IFMA members say the "FMJ" is one of the most beneficial publications they read, and more than 70% save each issue of "FMJ" for a month or longer to use as a reference. Each issue of the "FMJ" focuses on a specific concern, trend or aspect of facility management.

IFMA Foundation

Established in 1990 as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation, and separate entity from IFMA, the IFMA Foundation works for the public good to promote priority research and educational opportunities for the advancement of facility management. The IFMA Foundation is supported by contributions from the FM community including IFMA members, chapters, councils, corporate sponsors and private contributors.



*Chair: Gary P. Broersma, CFM (Director, Global Facility Management, Covance)
*First Vice Chair: John McGee
*Second Vice Chair: Thomas L. Mitchell Jr., CFM, CFMJ (Senior Facilities Management Consulting Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton)
*Past Chair: Teena G. Shouse, CFM (Vice President Strategic Partnerships, ARAMARK)
*Board of Directors:
**Christopher P. Hodges, P.E., CFM, IFMA Fellow
**Eileen McMorrow
**Lionel Prodgers
**Paul A. Ratkovic, CFM, FMP
**Mark R. Sekula, CFM
**Rick Snyder
**Meredith Thatcher, CFM, CFMJ, IFMA Fellow
**Peter M. Winters, CFM, CFMJ, AIA


USA and Canada


[ Capital (Washington DC)]
[ Chesapeake (Baltimore)]
North Carolina
[ Greater Triangle(Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill)]
[ Charlotte]
[ Piedmont Triad(Winston-Salem/Greensboro)]
South Carolina
[ Upstate South Carolina(Greenville)]
[ Richmond]
[ Hampton Roads (Virginia Coast)]


[ Chicago]
[ Northern Illinois (Suburban Chicago)]
[ Central Illinois(Bloomington/Decatur/Champaign)]
[ Indianapolis]
North Indiana
Southwestern Indiana
[ Louisville]
[ Bluegrass (Lexington)]
[ Southeastern Michigan (Detroit)]
[ West Michigan (Grand Rapids)]
[ Mid-Michigan (Midland/Lansing)]
Ferris State University
[ Northern Ohio (Cleveland)]
[ Cincinnati]
[ Central Ohio (Columbus)]
[ Northwest Ohio]
[ Dayton]

North Central

[ Central Iowa (Des Moines)]
[ Eastern Iowa (Cedar Rapids)]
[ Minneapolis/St. Paul]
North Dakota
Fargo/N. Plains
[ Midlands (Omaha)]
[ Madison]
[ Southeastern Wisconsin (Milwaukee)]
[ Northeast Wisconsin (Green Bay)]


[ Connecticut]
[ Delaware]
[ Boston]
New Jersey
[ New Jersey]
New York
[ Greater New York (NY City)]
Cornell University
[ Western New York (Buffalo/Rochester)]
[ Hudson Valley (South NY State)]
Long Island
Lehigh Valley (Northeast Pennsylvania)
[ Greater Philadelphia]
[ Pittsburgh]
[ Central Pennsylvania]


[ Calgary]
[ Northern Alberta(Edmonton)]
British Columbia
[ British Columbia (Vancouver)]
Manitoba (Winnipeg)
[ Oregon & SW Washington]
[ Regina]
[ Seattle]
South Puget Sound

outh Central

[ Wichita]
[ New Orleans]
[ Baton Rouge]
[ St. Louis]
[ Kansas City]
[ Tulsa]
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma State University
[ Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex]
[ Houston]
[ Austin]
[ San Antonio]
Texas A&M University


[ Birmingham]
North Alabama (Huntsville)
[ Suncoast(Tampa/St. Petersburg)]
[ South Florida]
[ Jacksonville]
[ Orlando]
[ Atlanta]
[ Memphis]
[ Nashville]
East Tennessee (Knoxville)


[ Greater Phoenix]
[ Southern Arizona (Tucson)]
[ Denver]
[ Rocky Mountain (Ft. Collins)]
[ Pikes Peak (Colorado Springs)]
New Mexico
[ New Mexico (Albuquerque)]
[ Nevada (Las Vegas)]
[ Utah (Salt Lake City)]
Brigham Young University

West Coast

[ Los Angeles]
[ Orange County (Anaheim/Costa Mesa/Santa Ana/Irvine)]
[ San Francisco]
[ San Diego]
[ San Fernando Valley (Burbank)]
[ Sacramento Valley (Sacramento)]
[ California Central Coast (Santa Barbara)]
[ Silicon Valley (Milpitas/Palo Alto/San Jose)]
[ East Bay (Oakland/San Leandro)]
[ Redwood Empire (Santa Rosa/Sonoma)]

Canada East

[ Toronto]
[ Ottawa]
South Central Ontario
[ Conestoga College]
[ Montreal]


[ Austria]
[ Belgium]
[ Czech Republic]
[ Finland]
[ IFMA Italia]
[ Luxembourg]
[ IFMA Polska]
[ Madrid]
IFMA Sverige
IFMA Sverige
[ Switzerland]

Asia Pacific

Hong Kong
[ Hong Kong]

Africa/Middle East



[ Academic Facilities]
[ Airport Facilities]
[ Banking Institutions & Credit Unions]
[ Corporate Facilities]
[ Corporate Real Estate]
Environmental Health & Safety
[ FM Consultants]
[ Health Care]
[ Information Technology]
[ Legal Industry]
[ Manufacturing]
[ Museums/Cultural Institutions]
[ Public Sector]
[ Research & Development]
[ Utilities]
Fifty Plus Community

External links

* [ Official site]
* [ FMJ official Web site]
* [ World Workplace Conference & Expo official Web site]
* [ IFMA Press Room]
* [ IFMA Foundation]

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