February 2019  

The IFMA Houston Experience

Annual Hug-A-Bear Campaign: March 14th Collection Day


Once again IFMA Houston is proud to sponsor our annual Hug-a-Bear Campaign. Collected bears will be distributed to the Houston Police and Fire Departments so that officers and firefighters can carry them in their patrol units, fire trucks and ambulances.  The bears are used to comfort children who have suffered a traumatic experience or crisis.  Some of the bears will be given to the Juvenile Sex Crimes Unit Investigators so that they can bring comfort to their young victims.

Please bring your new, 12”-14” size bears (or other cuddly animals) to the March 14th luncheon for collection and help us share hugs with Houston children!

Is your company looking for a way to increase its community service?  Why not join companies like Kinder Morgan and Hilcorp in holding a company-wide Hug-A-Bear Drive?  This year we are awarding a special Chapter Spotlight to the company with the most bears donated for the March 14th collection day.  The winning company will be invited to attend the May luncheon as our guest with an opportunity to speak during the program as our Chapter Spotlight.  For more information please contact Kathy Edwards.

Decades of Experience Found at Joint IFMA/CoreNet Event


The February luncheon boasted facilities experience from a wide range of areas and tenures.  Once again, we partnered with CoreNet Houston for an educational networking event.  The presentation “Prophetic City: Houston on the Cusp of a Changing America” provided insights on the dynamic nature of Houston over the past 37 years and a look into the future: how the new realities are unfolding, the changing attitudes and beliefs of the general public, and the implications of these ongoing trends for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Registered attendance for the February luncheon included 24 guests and 44 IFMA members across three categories: 43 Associates, 20 Professionals, and 5 Young Professionals

Special thanks to our guest speaker, Stephen L. Klineberg, Ph.D and co-host, CoreNet Houston for helping make this a great event.

Don’t miss the next lunch presentation coming in March.  Register now to attend!

Rolling in Fun at the IFMA Casino


Our 3rd Annual Casino Night event was a huge success with a great crowd, good food, and lots of excitement.  A big thank you to Betty Morgan and the Social Committee for putting the event together.

Special thanks to our Event Sponsors: Apex, Corporate Care, Cotton Team, ElectraLink, Humanscale, iOffice, Meridian Constructors, Mooring USA, Raven Mechanical, and Tarkett; with additional appreciation to McCoy for hosting this year’s event.

The next social event is March 28th at Saint Arnold’s Brewery – the annual IFMA Houston Fish Fry.  Click here to get your tickets now!

Get Noticed at Our Coming Attractions

IFMA Houston Event Sponsors get noticed. If you and your company are looking for a high-impact way to be part of the IFMA Houston experience, we have great events this spring ready for your participation:

The 2019 IFMA Fish Fry – March 28th

32nd Annual Golf Tournament – April 22nd

Contact Linda Warner for more information on these and other IFMA Houston sponsorship opportunities.  For event info, contact Betty Morgan (Fish Fry) or Dan Edwards (Golf Tournament).

An Anchored Encore

If you missed the presentation by Keith Isbell at our January luncheon, you have another chance to meet this dynamic speaker.  Keith will be joining us at our March luncheon during the pre-luncheon networking session for photos and book signing of his work “Anchored by Grace.”

Inventory is limited so make plans to come early.  Networking begins at 11:00 a.m.  Register now to attend!

IFMA Member Named 2018 Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur of The Year® Finalist

SPONSORED CONTENT: by Corporate Care

Corporate Care President and CEO, Michael Bono, was a finalist for the prestigious 2018 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year® award for the Gulf Coast Area, presented at the EY Strategic Growth Forum• 2018 held in Palm Springs, California, November 7-11. The award was founded in 1986 to recognize the forward thinking that is the hallmark of American business. Now, Entrepreneur of The Year® reaches across the country to encompass more than 10.000 distinguished US alumni celebrated in 21 US regional programs.


This award celebrates the dynamic mold-breakers and visionaries who launch and reimagine businesses, employ millions and endow our communities, leaving legacies of accomplishment and enrichment while setting the pace for generations of entrepreneurs to come.

For more than 34 years, Michael Bono has remained focused on innovating the commercial cleaning industry. Through his leadership, he has built one of the largest specialty maintenance companies in the nation. Michael is passionate about providing sustainable solutions and healthy workplace environments.

When asked by the panel of 7 award judges “give us an example of how you define yourself as a mold-breaker.” Michael answered, “by developing a proprietary IT platform that provides real-time data that allows our clients to realize a higher ROI on capital expenditures, deliver a superior workplace experience and promote sustainability – our team of highly trained professionals are disrupting the cleaning industry delivering consistent quality services in more than 6,000 buildings across 152 North American cities.”


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Professional Development

Personal Leadership Skills & Career Development @ Facility Fusion

Only IFMA’s Facility Fusion gives you the insight, imagination and foresight to excel at facility management in the broader built environment. Here are five reasons why you should be there:

  1. Explore exciting emerging technology and ideas. This is where FM meets AI, and every hot tech trend in between!
  2. Engage with the thought leaders in facility management. Listen to and interact with the people who are shaping the future of FM.
  3. You will give yourself the chance for a record sales year. With US$13 million on average for their company’s facility budget, Facility Fusion attendees represent more than US$7 billion in buying power. Attendees represent virtually every state in the U.S. and approximately 30 countries.

4. Understand how FM fits into and enhances the broader built environment. Information in our industry can be overwhelming, but Facility Fusion zeroes in on hot topics so you can take your facility management to a higher level.

5. Participate in the unique sharing and collaborative community of Facility Fusion. When you're surrounded by other FM professionals, you realize others have faced the same challenges ... and can give you the solutions!

Register now for this high impact event.  We'll see you in Atlanta April 8-10.



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What's Happening in IFMA Houston

Luncheon: March 14th – The WELL Building Standard


Make plans to join us for an educational presentation on improving the wellbeing of building occupants through smart, human-centered design.  Guest speaker: Sarah Pellegrin, RID, IIDA, WELL AP


“Historically, there have been various ways to measure how an interior space “works.” The metric may be sq. ft./person or cost/sq. ft. Such determinants have a rightful place among the principles of design, but it is possible to reconcile economic necessities with a design that’s intelligent, interesting and human-centered. This session outlines how the essential components of design intersect with the principle components of the WELL Building Standard to create spaces that promote psychological well-being…resulting in more engaged, inspired, and empowered workers that exhibit a higher level of creativity and innovation.”


Thursday, March 14th

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Register Here


Luncheon Location

Lloyd's Registry

1330 Enclave Pkwy #200

Houston, TX 77077


Don’t forget to bring your cuddly donations for this year’s Hug-A-Bear drive!

2019 IFMA Houston Fish Fry: March 28th

Do you wish for fish? Or beer? We’ve got both this March as we host the annual Fish Fry social at Saint Arnold’s Brewery. 


Discount tickets for members and guests are available now through March 20th.  Event sponsorships are also available.  Click here for tickets and event information, or contact Linda Warner for sponsorship opportunities.


New This Year!  Get an official, extra comfy IFMA Fish Fry t-shirt – details available at the March luncheon.


Thursday, March 28th

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Register Here


St. Arnold's Brewery - Investor's Pub

2000 Lyons

Houston, TX 77020

Fundraiser: April 22nd – IFMA Houston Golf Tournament



It’s time to hit the links at The Clubs of Kingwood for the 32nd Annual IFMA Houston Golf Tournament.  The tournament format is a scramble with an automatic 2-putt rule.  The event includes individual challenges like the putting contest and longest drive competition.


Single Golfer: $200  |  Foursome: $700  |  Non-Golfer Dinner: $50  |  Sponsorships: starting at $300

Proceeds will benefit educational opportunities for our future FMs.


Special thanks to ServiceMaster Recovery Management for supporting us as this year’s Title Sponsor.  For information on additional tournament sponsorships, contact Linda Warner.


Monday, April 22nd

Registration / Lunch

10:00 - 11:45 am


Putting Contest / Range Open

10:00 - 11:45 am


Shotgun Start

12 noon


Happy Hour + Dinner and Awards

5:15 pm


Golfers and Sponsors Register Here


Tournament Location

The Clubs of Kingwood

1700 Lake Kingwood Trail

Kingwood, TX 77339

Save the Date – New Member Appreciation: May 8th

The Membership Committee is proud to be hosting a New Member Appreciation event on Wednesday, May 8th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. – location to be announced soon.  For more information, stay tuned to your inbox or connect with one of our Membership Committee team members at the March luncheon. 

Please contact Jason Rivera by email or at 832-250-9929 with any questions about this event or your opportunities as an IFMA Houston Chapter Member.

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