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October 2018 IFMA Central Ohio Newsletter Print

President's Report

This month is Fire Prevention and Safety. Please take this time to review the NFPA (NFPA 101, Life Safety Code) and OSHA (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.38, Employee Emergency Plans and Fire Prevention Plans) to make sure you are compliant with drill and training requirements. All employees should be participating as it is in their best interests. Some things to keep in mind when you conduct your fire drill:

  • Have a plan in place for those who need assistance in evacuating
  • Ask for volunteers to be floor wardens and provide them with training 
  • Set goals such as how long it should take to evacuate the building
  • Invite the fire the department to watch and evaluate. They are there to help you
  • Make sure your plan is updated regularly
  • Floor wardens and/or facility personnel should be watching for violations like aisles blocked, ceiling tile out of place, etc.


World Workplace 2018 is now over. Charlotte is a beautiful city and the weather was perfect. Kyle Petty was the Keynote speaker and had some cool stories about his family and NASCAR. For instance, his grandfather was in two photo finishes where the other person was perceived to be the winner. Kyle’s grandpa said that he won, and after viewing the photo finishes he was correct. Kyle’s family also started a camp in which children with long term illnesses or problems can visit for one week. It’s run by donations and volunteers and they have been fortunate enough to able to spend nearly 18 million dollars on families that need help.

The expo was good as usual with plenty of vendors with information in facility software, lighting, carpet, cleaning, furniture, etc. the educational sessions were very good, especially Workplace Evolutionaries sessions. There was also information on NFPA 70E updates, Emergency Preparedness and more.

The network party was at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Wow, if you haven’t walked through it you need to. I even tried the virtual drive around the track and realized I shouldn’t do that (just call me Crash). All in all, the week was pretty good except when I lost my phone for half a day. Just saying, we rely too much on our phones.

Last, don’t forget about the Membership drive Nov. 8 at the Ten Pin Alley. Reach out to your fellow facility managers and get them to join the evening of networking and fun.

Todd Kise, CFM, SFP

President, IFMA Central Ohio


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Calendar of Events

Below are our upcoming programs, tours, events and community service opportunities.  Please plan on attending as many of these as you can..

2018 IFMA Central Ohio Membership Drive Event- November 8th  4-9pm

Plan on attending the 2018 IFMA Central Ohio Membership Drive and have a chance to win Michigan/Ohio State football tickets!

Facility Manager Roundtable- November 14th  11:30am-1pm

Have an issue or a project you don't know how to attack? Want to get some advice before you recreate the wheel? Come talk to FM's that can help you with your problem/project.

State of the Union December 6th 11:30 - 1:00

Enjoy some good food and fun with your fellow FMs and Partners as 2018 comes to an end. More information coming at the next newsletter.

Tour- Lake Shore Cryotronics- January 15th  4-5:30pm

Plan on checking out what's going on at Lake Shore Cryotronics!

Tour- Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at The Ohio State University- March 7th 4-5:30pm

Come check out one of Ohio State Universities more interesting facilities: the Artic ice storage facility


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Committee Help Needed

Are you looking for a way to network with your fellow IFMA Central Ohio members and get more involved with the Chapter? 

The Committees in IFMA Central Ohio are what makes the Chapter operate efficiently and effectively.  We have a number of committees that need your help:

Programs- This committee selects, schedules and coordinates the monthly programs and tours for the Chapter. The Committee endeavors to help members increase their knowledge and expertise in facility management related topics. This is accomplished by providing programs and tours that bring to the forefront topics of facility management that pertain to the working environment.  

If you're interested in joining this committee, please contact Kelly Waters (614-736-9007 or or Jacque Adams (614-448-6153 or 

Membership- This Committee promotes membership growth and retention by providing new member recruiting events and encouraging new and current members to be involved in chapter events and activities. The committee also conducts quarterly new member events, as well as assists in welcoming/registering attendees at Chapter programs, tours and events.

If you're interested in joining this committee, please contact Lisa Schultz (614-205-8996 or or Steve Bauman (614-282-3152 or 

Thank you for your time and we hope you can increase your participation in IFMA Central Ohio by joining a committee or two.


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Sponsors of the Month

A special thanks to our sponsor's of the month: Aetna Integrated Services

Because of these sponsors, IFMA Central Ohio can offer a wide variety of free educational programs and tours, as well as community service opportunities, for our members.



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Membership Drive Event

The 2018 Membership Drive event is scheduled for Thursday, November 8th from 4-7pm at Ten Pin Alley in Hilliard.

Everyone in attendance will be entered into a drawing for a set of Michigan/Ohio State football tickets.

Stay tuned for more information so you don't miss out on this great event!


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IFMA Credential Spotlight

Now that we've tabulated the results from the IFMA Central Ohio Credential Survey, we're working on scheduling a meeting or two to get the other members that are interested in getting the same credential as you together to start the process.   

In an effort to try to get everyone together, IFMA Central Ohio is hosting the 'How to Advance Your Career' program at 12-1pm during the Central Ohio Facilities Maintenance Expo on Thursday, October 11th at the Fawcett Center at The Ohio State University.  

If you weren't able to complete the survey, but are still interested in getting an IFMA credential (CFM, FMP and/or SFP), please feel free to contact the Board at and we can include you on the group email list.  

Finally, we're currently working with IFMA International to see about bringing a credential course or two to Columbus.  Please keep an eye out for more information on this exciting and expedious way to obtain your desired IFMA credential.  


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IFMA Central Ohio Rewards Program

The 2018 IFMA Central Ohio Rewards program for members is in full swing and it's not too late to get points by attending IFMA programs, tours, events and community service activities during 2018.

Make sure you attend as many IFMA events as possible to earn points for a chance to win $500 that can be used for educational opportunities: (World WorkPlace, Facility Fusion or other events) or pursuing professional designations certifications (Facility Management Professional (FMP), Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP), Certified Facility Manager (CFM), for example).  Members earn points by attending programs, tours and events, so make sure to attend as many IFMA events as you can by November 30th. 

The winners of the 2018 IFMA Central Ohio Rewards program will be announced during the Annual State of the Union Luncheon in December 2018.

More information on the Rewards program can be found at:IFMA Central Ohio Rewards Program


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Chapter Scholarship Information

The Central Ohio Chapter of IFMA Scholarship program is designed for members to pursue credentials and certifications, degrees in facility management or related fields, as well as to attend World Workplace or Facility Fusion.  

In conjunction with the Rewards Program, the scholarship eligibility period starts December 1st and runs through November 30th.  Members earn points by attending programs, facility tours, events and community service activities.  Extra points are awarded if you attend World Workplace, Facility Fusion, are an active committee member or recruit additional professional members.  

Information on how you can qualify for a scholarship and an application form can be found here.


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This Month's Hot Topic

IFMA Central Ohio recently held a New Member Luncheon and one of the main reasons why a vast majority of professionals joined our chapter was to increase their knowledge base and to gain a better understanding of the facility management profession.

In an attempt to try to help educate our members, IFMA Central Ohio is hosting an FM Roundtable on Wednesday, November 14th at The Electrical Trades Center (947 Goodale Boulevard). 

Upon registering, attendees will provide IFMA Central Ohio with their issues/problems and the chapter will provide subject matter experts ("SME's) to help try to provide some guidance and assistance to address their issue/problem.  

Our membership has a wealth of knowledge; why not put it to good use?  If you have an issue or problem, no reason to start from scratch or recreate the wheel.  Plan on attending the FM Roundtable and get a jump start on solving all your issues and problems.

If you'd like to be a SME during this program, please contact Matt Butterworth at  Also, he may be reaching out to members to find SME's for issues that need addressed. 

Thank you for your participation in advance and have a wonderful October!


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