Associate Representatives

IFMA values its Associates! Local Associate members are represented by the Houston Chapter's Associates Committee. The Associate members have many opportunities to increase their exposure to potential clients and to also maintain relationships with their existing clients by taking advantage of the following:

 

  • Join a Committee & put yourself in the spotlight. Isn't that why you joined IFMA in the 1st place? 
  • Work towards becoming a Committee Chair which gives you a seat on the Board of Directors. 
  • Participate in our Annual IFMA Strategic Planning Retreat & be an instrumental part of mapping your Chapter's future. 
  • Become a Chapter Sponsor & in return you will be put into many different spotlights such as Recognition at the Monthly Luncheons & Get Smart Seminars, Website Listings, Newsletter Ads, Directory Ads, & customized Name Tags indicating Sponsorship Designation. 
  • Every other month, the Associates Committee will profile a deserving Associate member in the Chapter Newsletter & at the Monthly Luncheons. 
  • Participate in Round Table discussions & attend the Annual Associates "Looking to the Future" Meeting. These venues give you a voice on how best to provide more opportunities for our Associate members. Be a part in planning for your future within the Houston IFMA Chapter.

    IFMA Professional members realize that our Associates are an excellent resource and they are committed to providing consistent support to our many Active Associate members.

    Please contact the Chairman of the Associate Representative Committee if you have any questions or if you are interested in being part of the Team.

    Increase your chances of success in IFMA by becoming an Active Team Member on any one of a myriad of committees.

Community Relations


The Community Relations Committee strives to keep Houston Chapter members involved in community outreach events. These events range from an annual Easter Egg Hunt to the Back-to-School Extravaganza, where we provide needy children with school supplies, book bags, and even shoes for the upcoming school year. Last year we found a sponsor for new jackets! Funds for these children's events are raised through raffles and silent auctions and are distributed to the Salvation Army Family Residence Center. Each year, the Houston Chapter has also donated a portion of the proceeds from our annual Sponsorship Drive. The generosity of our members and associate companies have donated over $60,000 dollars to the Salvation Army Family Assistance Center. Come make difference in a Child's life and give them confidence to start off a new school year proud of themselves!

Other Community Outreach Programs include the collection of hundreds of new teddy bears for the Houston Police Department's Hug a Bear program.

This year, the Chapter will also be involved in a clothing drive benefiting the Salvation Army Family Residence Center, the Harbor Light Center, and Dress for Success.

Our Committee continues to look for opportunities to help and assist the City of Houston and surrounding communities. Contact us if you have a way to 'give back' to our community!

Events

The Events Committee is responsible for planning, promoting and executing events for the Houston Chapter of IFMA that include the Annual Doug Underwood Golf Tournament, the Bowling Event, and the World Workplace Hospitality Suite. The Committee also supports other Chapter Committee's events and socials. Members of the committee are fun, energetic and always looking for ways to provide an upbeat experience at all Chapter events.

Social

The Social Committee is responsible for planning, promoting and executing of chapter social gatherings including the Annual Fish-Fry, the July Member Social, the World Workplace Pre-Social and the Holiday Luncheon. Members of the committee are fun, energetic and always looking for ways to provide an upbeat experience at all Chapter events.

Emerging Leaders
Professional Development

Providing opportunities for professional growth through education is a critical part of the Houston Chapter of IFMA. The mission of the Professional Development Committee is to:

1. Assist facility managers in developing strategies to manage human, facility and real estate resources; and 
2. Provide up to date information and education on cutting edge technologies, systems, and processes that improve the efficiency of facility operations.

Some programs include:

* Professional Development Seminars - Quarterly 2-4 hour seminars on relevant topics such as Finance for FM's, Strategic Facility Planning, Workplace Trends, Project Management, Disaster Planning and Building Codes. 
* CFM Exam Study Groups - Promote value of becoming a Certified Facility Manager and provide support through Study Groups or one on one mentoring. 
* Facility Management College Degree Program - Promote, advise, and assist with development of Bachelors and Masters Degree program at Texas A & M University through membership in the Facility Management Industry Advisory Council. 
* Chapter Meeting Programs - Develop and implement educational programs for Houston Chapter monthly meetings 3-4 times per year. 
* PM Pointers - Monthly newsletter articles on facility planning and project management. 
* FM Resources - Research and publish FM website resources.

InfoClick Web/Print Publications

InfoClick IFMA Houston is the committee responsible for the creation and implementation of our chapter's web and print publications. Our print publication, IFMA Connection, is published electronically 6 times a year for all chapter members. Members receive email notification of publication and they also can download it from this web site. Our purpose is to record events that occur within the Chapter as well as informing the membership of new methods, techniques, materials, and processes as for Facility Management. The Connection is also a handy guide for upcoming events, programs, and speakers.

Membership

The Houston Chapter of IFMA Membership committee focuses on member recruitment and retention. Committee members welcome new members to the chapter, greet new and potential members at meetings and promote the benefits of IFMA membership to potential members.

Members in Transition
Marketing and Communications

Our Marketing and Communications Committee is focused on supporting the Chapter and its strategic plans by:

Promoting the Brand and Image

Engaging Target Audiences which include Facility Management

 

  • Professionals and Associates 
  • Students 
  • Contractors/vendors 
  • Members of associated professional organizations

    Enhancing Communications via Chapter events, the Chapter web and print publications and periodic mailings

    Measuring and Reporting to assure effective program performance.

    We have a number of specific programs within Marketing and Communications and welcome member input and participation as a Committee Member.

    Come join us as we move the Facility Management community from awareness to advocacy of our Profession and Chapter!

Programs

The Programs Committee of the Houston Chapter of IFMA is responsible for hosting a variety of programs throughout the year to provide maximum educational and networking opportunities to its members. Monthly Chapter meetings and facility tours are some of opportunities provided, and those in the mood for socializing will enjoy periodic gatherings after work, designed to promote networking in a comfortable atmosphere.

We are committed to provide outstanding programs and expert speakers to address the most relevant topics facing facility management professionals today. The goal of the committee is to provide resources, ideas, and information. We strive to help educate our membership with new and innovative views regarding the workplace environment, best practices, and real estate trends in Houston. We coordinate monthly luncheon meetings that occur on the second Thursday of each month in a central location. In addition, facility tours of new building sites or renovations promote the most current architectural designs and trends. The Programs Committee will work in conjunction with the Education Committee to ensure this coverage is consistent with the concern of today's Facility Manager.

Sustainability

Vision Statement

“ To make sustainability a core value within the FM profession”.

  • Provide strategic guidance for knowledge management resources for sustainable facility management.
  • Communicate the FM’s role in the strategy, management, and operation of sustainable facilities.
  • Provide the tools and resources for efficient and effective measurement, monitoring, and reporting for sustainable facilities.

 

Mission Statement

“The Sustainability Committee is focused on the practices of protecting our environment, promoting social responsibility, and educate on economical solutions that will benefit the Facility Manager. By focusing on these practices, we hope to make a positive difference in the Houston FM community by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to inspire others to practice and promote a more sustainable environment in the present and for our future”.