International Facility Management Association
Infobox Professional Association
Prof_association_name = International Facility Management Association
founded_date = October 1980
Houston, Texas, USA
num_members = 19,233 (as of June 2, 2008)
homepage = http://www.ifma.org
footnotes = The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) is the largest recognized
professional associationfor 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, Michiganas the National Facility Management Association (NFMA), a not-for-profitincorporated 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, [http://www.fmjonline.com/"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
internationalorganizations, 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 Universityvoiced 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
Houstonhelped 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 Canadianmembership. 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
associationfor facility management professionalsand the companiesand organizationsthat 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
productsand services annually that are used to effectively operate work areas, improve productivityand 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 managementand sustainabilityof 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.
conferenceand expositionof IFMA, World Workplace provides educationaland networkingopportunities 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
fieldsto discuss, evaluate, share and grow, both personally and professionally. The World Workplace experience includes a conference focused entirely on educationand a tradeshowthat incorporates productdemonstration 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 estateand facility management.
World Workplace 2008 will be held October 15-17, 2008 in
Dallas, Texasat the Dallas Convention Center.
World Workplace 2009 will be held October 7-9, 2009 in Orlando,
World Workplace 2010 will be held October 27-29, 2010 in
World Workplace 2011 will be held October 26-28, 2011 in Phoenix,
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
publicationwritten 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 newsfor 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.
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 researchand 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,
*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,
*Board of Directors:
**Christopher P. Hodges, P.E., CFM, IFMA Fellow
**Paul A. Ratkovic, CFM, FMP
**Mark R. Sekula, CFM
**Meredith Thatcher, CFM, CFMJ, IFMA Fellow
**Peter M. Winters, CFM, CFMJ, AIA
USA and Canada
[http://www.ifmacap.org Capital (Washington DC)]
[http://www.ifmachesapeake.org Chesapeake (Baltimore)]
[http://www.ifmatriangle.org Greater Triangle(Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill)]
[http://www.ifmatriad.org Piedmont Triad(Winston-Salem/Greensboro)]
[http://www.upstateifma.com Upstate South Carolina(Greenville)]
[http://www.ifma-hamptonroads.org Hampton Roads (Virginia Coast)]
[http://www.ifmani.com Northern Illinois (Suburban Chicago)]
[http://www.cicifma.com Central Illinois(Bloomington/Decatur/Champaign)]
[http://www.ifmabluegrasschapter.org Bluegrass (Lexington)]
[http://www.ifmasemichigan.org Southeastern Michigan (Detroit)]
[http://www.ifma-wm.org West Michigan (Grand Rapids)]
[http://www.ifmamichigan.org Mid-Michigan (Midland/Lansing)]
Ferris State University
[http://www.ifmanorthernohio.org Northern Ohio (Cleveland)]
[http://www.ifmacentralohio.org Central Ohio (Columbus)]
[http://www.nwohioifma.org Northwest Ohio]
[http://www.ifma-centralia.org Central Iowa (Des Moines)]
[http://www.ei-ifma.org Eastern Iowa (Cedar Rapids)]
[http://www.msp-ifma.org Minneapolis/St. Paul]
[http://www.ifmamidlands.org Midlands (Omaha)]
[http://www.sewifma.org Southeastern Wisconsin (Milwaukee)]
[http://www.ifmanewisconsin.org Northeast Wisconsin (Green Bay)]
[http://www.njifma.com New Jersey]
[http://www.ifmagny.org Greater New York (NY City)]
[http://www.ifmawny.org Western New York (Buffalo/Rochester)]
[http://www.ifma-hudsonvalley.com Hudson Valley (South NY State)]
Lehigh Valley (Northeast Pennsylvania)
[http://www.ifmaphilly.org Greater Philadelphia]
[http://www.ifmacentralpa.org Central Pennsylvania]
[http://www.ifma-nac.org Northern Alberta(Edmonton)]
[http://www.ifmabc.org British Columbia (Vancouver)]
[http://www.ifmaoregon.org Oregon & SW Washington]
South Puget Sound
[http://www.ifmanola.com New Orleans]
[http://www.ifmabr.com Baton Rouge]
[http://www.ifmastl.org St. Louis]
[http://www.kcifma.com Kansas City]
Oklahoma State University
[http://www.dfwifma.org Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex]
[http://www.ifmasa.org San Antonio]
Texas A&M University
North Alabama (Huntsville)
[http://www.suncoastifma.org Suncoast(Tampa/St. Petersburg)]
[http://www.ifmasfl.org South Florida]
East Tennessee (Knoxville)
[http://www.ifmaphoenix.org/page/page/2945014.htm Greater Phoenix]
[http://www.associationsites.com/main-pub.cfm?usr=IFMASouthernAZ Southern Arizona (Tucson)]
[http://www.fortnet.org/rocky-mtn-ifma/index.html Rocky Mountain (Ft. Collins)]
[http://www.ifma-pikespeak.org Pikes Peak (Colorado Springs)]
[http://ww.ifmanm1.org New Mexico (Albuquerque)]
[http://www.nvifma.org Nevada (Las Vegas)]
[http://www.ifmautah.org Utah (Salt Lake City)]
Brigham Young University
[http://www.ifmala.org Los Angeles]
[http://www.ifmaoc.org Orange County (Anaheim/Costa Mesa/Santa Ana/Irvine)]
[http://www.ifmasf.org San Francisco]
[http://www.ifmasandiego.org San Diego]
[http://www.ifmasfv.org/index_close.htm San Fernando Valley (Burbank)]
[http://www.ifmasac.org Sacramento Valley (Sacramento)]
[http://www.ifmaccc.org California Central Coast (Santa Barbara)]
[http://www.ifmasv.org Silicon Valley (Milpitas/Palo Alto/San Jose)]
[http://www.ifmaeb.org/i East Bay (Oakland/San Leandro)]
[http://www.ifmare.org Redwood Empire (Santa Rosa/Sonoma)]
South Central Ontario
[http://www.ifmaconestoga.org Conestoga College]
[http://www.ifma.cz/ArticleList.aspx?PublObjectID=473 Czech Republic]
[http://www.ifma.it IFMA Italia]
[http://www.ifma.pl/news.php IFMA Polska]
[http://www.ifma.org.hk/home.html Hong Kong]
[http://www.ifma-afc.org Academic Facilities]
[http://ifma-airp.org Airport Facilities]
[http://ifmabicuc.org Banking Institutions & Credit Unions]
[http://www.ifmacfc.org Corporate Facilities]
[http://www.ifma-crec.com Corporate Real Estate]
Environmental Health & Safety
[http://www.ifma-fmcc.org FM Consultants]
[http://www.ifma-hc.org Health Care]
[http://www.ifma.org/chapters_councils/council_listing.cfm Information Technology]
[http://www.ifmalic.org Legal Industry]
[http://www.ifma-mcic.org Museums/Cultural Institutions]
[http://www.ifma-psc.org Public Sector]
[http://www.ifmardc.org Research & Development]
Fifty Plus Community
* [http://www.ifma.org Official site]
* [http://www.fmjonline.com/ FMJ official Web site]
* [http://www.worldworkplace.org World Workplace Conference & Expo official Web site]
* [http://www.ifma.org/tools/media_room/index.cfm IFMA Press Room]
* [http://www.ifmafoundation.org IFMA Foundation]
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