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The IFMA Houston Experience

IFMA Houston's 2021 Event Recaps

During our January virtual presentation, IFMA Houston was excited to welcome Dawn Landry to speak about inspirational strategies to use in 2021. While encountering challenges in her own life, Dawn realized she was using strategies everyone could use to conquer challenges every day. 

As a result, she started writing her book, which was released on January 11, 2021, Armored:A Memoir with INspirational and Practical Life Strategies. 

If you attended this presentation, but have not had the opportunity to complete the survey, please reach out to our Chapter Administrator for the Survey link, so you can receive our January eBook with some extra resources Dawn made available to the IFMA Houston attendees. 


Even with our events going virtual, IFMA Houston and CoreNet Global's Houston Chapter did not want to miss out on the opportunity to hold our joint event for February. 

This year, we had the opportunity to hear William Harris from Houston's Space Center speak about what the future holds for NASA, the space program, and the Houston Space Center, specifically. 

The group of attendees enjoyed the networking at the beginning of this presentation, which CoreNet had never experienced in their virtual events, and everyone took full advantage of the Q&A portion of the presentation. 

The attendees were thankful for the time Harris provided the group, and we all look forward to a visit to the Houston Space Center very soon.


Upcoming Events for spring 2021!

Spring is usually the busiest season for events and activities for IFMA Houston. We were so disappointed to have to cancel most of these events last year due to COVID-19, but they are back and better than ever. 

Please note, for any upcoming, in-person event, you will be required to complete the COVID-19 waiver before attending. Additionally, we won't be allowing in-person registration at most of the events in order to minimize touchpoints. 

We look forward to seeing you at one of our events VERY soon!

For our upcoming March Virtual Presentation, IFMA Houston is excited to feature a panel discussion titled, "Enhancing the Employee Workplace Experience Through Technology: Is your Company's Technology Ready for 2021?"

If you have not already registered for this upcoming event, register today, and don't miss out on hearing these experts talk about making sure your office is prepared with the best technology for the upcoming year. 

Thursday, March 11, 2021

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM



We know everyone is still bummed out about continuing to meet virtually, but IFMA Houston is excited to bring you a VIRTUAL building tour this month!

Registration for this exciting event will be opening soon, and it will be an event you won't want to miss! Gensler new facility is state of the art, and they can't wait to show it off!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Register Today for our 2021 Golf Tournament Benefiting FM Education!

IFMA Houston couldn't be more excited about our upcoming Golf Tournament! You will not want to miss out on our first in-person activity since February 2020!

We will be following safety protocols, so you won't have to worry about what you are going to tell the boss. Take Monday off, and come spend it with your friends from IFMA Houston!

Monday, April 19, 2021

Shotgun Start: 12:00 PM

The Deerwood Course
1717 Forest Garden Drive
Kingwood, TX 77345 

Celebrate Earth Day 2021 with IFMA Houston & The Sustainability Committee!

Wondering how you can celebrate Earth Day this year?

We have the answer! Celebrate Earth Day Volunteering with IFMA Houston at Buffalo Bayou Park! Space for this volunteer activity will be limited, so don't wait to register. 

There is no better way to celebrate our Earth than with your friends at IFMA Houston. 

Friday, April 23, 2021

8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Buffalo Bayou Park

(Details on Exact Meeting Place will be emailed to
Attendees closer to Date)

IFMA Houston's 2021 Fish Fry: Register Today!

Pack up your IFMA Houston Mask from the Golf Tournament and your Hand Sanitizer, and get ready for the 2021 Fish Fry!

We may be at a socially safe distance this year, but we are excited to see everyone's smiling faces!

Registration for this IFMA favorite is open!

Thursday, June 17, 2021

5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Kirby Ice House - Memorial
1015 Gessner Road
Houston, TX 77055


Sponsorship Opportunities!

With our upcoming Golf Tournament and Fish Fry happening, IFMA Houston is excited to offer a Sponsorship Package for EVERY budget!

Visit our Event Sponsorship pages on our website to see the available sponsorships for these events, and email Linda Warner, our Sponsorship Chair, or our Chapter Administrator, if you should have any questions about these options. 


With only 6 weeks before our 2021 Golf Tournament, if you are thinking about purchasing a Sponsorship, you better think fast! 

Currently, there are only a limited number of sponsorships available for purchase. As of March 4th, we have 2 Drink Cart Sponsorships available, Driving Range Sponsorship, or our Contest Sponsorships. 

Additionally, if you are interested in purchasing a Hole to sponsor, we only have 7 more Hole Sponsorships Available!

Questions about any of our Golf Sponsorships? Contact Linda Warner.  


With the official date set for the 2021 Fish Fry, our sponsorship packages for this popular event are now available for preview and purchase on our website!

Make sure you take a look and purchase early! Our Annual Fish Fry is our most popular annual event, and we know everyone is excited to get out and SAFELY socialize with one another!



Let Me Introduce You To...

IFMA Houston would like to introduce you to Larry Blume from Mohawk Group. 

Please use the following link to find out more information about Larry Blume!!



Sponsor Article: Want to Increase Your Employees' Productivity? Clean Their Office Chairs


Facility managers understand the importance of having a clean office. They hire commercial cleaning companies to vacuum their floors and scrub their bathrooms. They bring in specialty surface care companies to polish their floors and restore their grout. They enlist professional window washers to keep their windows sparkling inside and out.




IFMA Houston is working to restart a member group that was established a couple of years ago for those of you who may be in between careers. The member group will meet regularly to discuss the Houston job market, job hunt, and other issues affecting people who are looking for opportunities in the facilities field.

This member group is open to both Professionals and Associates and does not cost anything to join.

IFMA Houston is currently looking to gauge interest in this member group, so if you are interested in joining, please reach out to Bart Surratt via email, and let him know if you are interested in joining!


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Professional Development

Sign Up for the City of Houston Climate Action Plan Implementation Working Groups


City of Houston

Office of Sustainability


On Earth Day this year, the City of Houston published its first-ever Climate Action Plan. The plan is a culmination of input from community stakeholders, students, businesses, non-profits, Houston’s academic institutions, environmental experts, and the energy sector for over a year. Sustainability and resilience go hand in hand, and this plan will help Houston assess the current and future risks facing our city. We must take actions that will keep our city strong, resilient and sustainable regardless of what comes our way. Houston can anticipate more extreme heat events, more ozone action days, and more rainfall if we do not take action. Tackling this challenge head-on is necessary for Houston to protect current residents and future generations. Here’s where we need your help.

•  Sign up and participate in Houston Climate Action Plan implementation working groups

•  Collaboration

•  Community engagement

We need you to drive participation in our community to take appropriate steps to build our resilience. Be changemakers in your classrooms, neighborhoods, in our city, and help us find smart solutions.

Please complete this short survey (7min) and provide us with some information about yourself.

Click HERE to sign up for the Climate Action Plan implementation working groups.

We are collecting demographic data to ensure that we are reaching out to a diverse set of people that is representative of the Houston community.

Recent sessions from Houston Climate Week were recorded and can be viewed online, for those interested. 


Did You Know...


Did you know…

Construction material accounts for 38% of the waste stream in the Houston area. The Building Materials Reuse Warehouse, a component of the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department, benefits the community by providing space for excess building materials that would otherwise be dumped in local landfills. We accept material from individuals, supply companies, and builders, and make it freely available for reuse by any non-profit organization. The Reuse Warehouse is funded in part by a grant from the Houston Galveston Area Council, a region-wide voluntary association of local governments in the 13-county Gulf Coast Planning region of Texas.


Check out IFMA Houston’s sustainability web page for this and more information on other sustainability topics and resources.


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What's Happening in IFMA Houston


March Virtual Panel

"Enhancing the Employee Workplace Experience Through Technology: Is Your Company's Technology Ready for 2021?"

March 11, 2020
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM


GENSLER Virtual Building Tour!

March 31, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


SIGN UP NOW for IFMA Houston's 2021 Golf Tournament Benefitting FM Education!

April 19, 2021
Shotgun Start: 12:00 PM
Happy Hour + Light Bites Immediately Following Play


Sponsorships are STILL Available!


Contact Linda Warner


April 23, 2021
8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Volunteer with IFMA Houston at Buffalo Bayou Park!

Registration is LIMITED!


2021 FISH FRY!

June 17, 20921
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Kirby Ice House -Memorial


Sponsorships are Available!

Contact Linda Warner with Questions!

IFMA Houston has Gone Social!

IFMA Houston is on your favorite Social Media Platform!

Don't forget to follow us to stay up to date with the most current information with the chapter!





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