February 2020 Newsletter Print

The IFMA Houston Experience

"A Joyful Schedule" - Recap

How do you start a new year? Do you start with resolutions? How do you keep those resolutions? Do you re-organize for the new year? 

Well, IFMA Houston thought we could try to help our January luncheon attendees start the new decade in a more organized fashion by hosting Ashley Barber, the founder of Simply Maven, as our speaker. Ashley is Houston's first certified KonMari Consultant, and she had a full house at the Kinder Morgan offices downtown. 

There was not a single seat available in the room to hear Ashley discuss how to not only de-clutter your office space, your home but also, your to-do list. 

Special thanks to Kinder Morgan, for allowing us to use their space for our January meeting and validating our parking for the luncheon. 

If you attended this meeting, please take a few minutes to complete the SURVEY, so IFMA Houston's Programs team can know how to improve in the future!



Joint Luncheon with Corenet

IFMA Houston and CoreNet Global - Houston Chapter are excited to team up again in 2020 to bring you, John Hofmeister, as our speaker for the February luncheon. 

Mr. Hofmeister is the former President of Shell Oil Company, and upon retirement, he founded and is the current Chief Executive Officer for Citizens for Affordable Energy. He brings over 35 years of experience in different senior executive leadership positions and an amazing perspective on how we can make energy more affordable for our communities.

Register today for this amazing opportunity to hear:

John Hofmeister, Leader, Author, Founder and CEO 
Citizens for Affordable Energy

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Junior League of Houston
1811 Briar Oaks Lane
Houston, TX 77027



2020 Spring Sponsorship Opportunities

With the month of January coming to an end, it is time for all of us to start thinking about the SPRING! 

With the spring season, we get the change of season along with the IFMA Houston FISH FRY and Annual Golf Tournament Benefiting FM Education!

Companies have already started signing up for these sponsorship opportunities, and we do not want you to miss out on anything!

If you are ready to purchase the sponsorship, please visit our website and register as a sponsor on the event registration page, and finalize payment with a credit card: 30th Annual Fish Fry or 33rd Annual Golf Tournament Benefiting FM Education

If you have questions regarding the sponsorship opportunities available to you or your company, please reach out to Linda Warner, IFMA Houston's Sponsorship Chair. She will be thrilled to answer any questions you may have. 

We are so excited about these events, and we can't wait to see YOU there!


Volunteer at the Houston food bank with IFMA Cares

One of IFMA Houston's core values is to give back to our community around us!

Let's start 2020 with that value at the forefront of our minds!

The week before Thanksgiving, the Houston Food Bank suffered a devastating loss after a fan broke in the storage area and leaked ammonia causing them to throw out 1.8 million pounds of food right before their busiest time of the year. 

Thankfully, the Houston community stepped up, and the Houston Food Bank was able to replenish some of the food that was lost. 

IFMA Houston wants to do our part to help out, too, by putting in some "sweat equity."

Friday, February 21, 2020

Houston Food Bank
535 Portwall Street
Houston, TX 77029


ioffice: "What will Workplaces seak out in an iwms in 2020?"

Sponsored by: iOffice

By: Chad Smith

The integrated workplace management system (IWMS) has been an integral platform for nearly two decades, enabling facilities managers and other leaders to connect many disparate software systems.

An IWMS combines essential data into a single software platform, empowering leaders to make more informed decisions about their workplace and real estate portfolio. They can manage their space, gain a deeper understanding of their real estate portfolio and take a proactive approach to preventive maintenance. They can also view energy management metrics, keep track of capital projects and store digital records of all their assets.

While these functions are still critical, today’s workplace leaders are looking for more from their IWMS. Here’s a closer look at what they will expect in 2020 and beyond.


New Member Networking & Happy Hour!

If you were a new member of IFMA Houston in 2019 or recently joined, we are hosting a Happy Hour in your honor!

This Happy Hour is only for new or prospective members, and space is limited! So, register today!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Hungry's Upstairs Bar & Lounge
2356 Rice Blvd
Houston, TX 77005



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Professional Development

Congrats to those who Earned certifications in 2019!

Earning an IFMA Designation or Certification is quite a feat! 

Congratulations to all of the IFMA Houston Members who earned Designations and Certifications in 2019!

Ron Andell, FMP
Chad Bolten, FMP
Ann Breedveld, FMP
Michael Carroll, FMP
Weldon Green, FMP
Christopher Horwitz, CFM
Elizabeth Miller, FMP
Edgar Moctezuma, CFM
Omar Mon-Louis, CFM
Shivnaraine Sewnauth, FMP


Instructor-Led FMP course in Austin: feb 6 & 7

Are you interested in an Instructor-Led FMP Course? 

The IFMA Austin Chapter is hosting a course on February 6 & 7!

Registration is still available!

For More Information, visit their website, or see their Spring 2020 Education Sheet.


"Managing the Sound and Mitigating the Fury: Strategies for Better Office Acoustics"

IFMA Houston's Programs Committee Chair, Micki Washington, is officially a published writer, and we wanted to share her achievement with the IFMA Houston community!

Typically, our Board of Directors and Committee Chairs work behind the scenes, but when someone within the IFMA Houston community does something GREAT, we want to make sure to take the time to brag about it!

See the article link below that Micki Washington co-authored, along with Lisa Brinkman and Deborah Sperry. 

Congratulations, Micki! We couldn't be prouder!

Managing the Sound and Mitigating the Fury: Strategies for Better Office Acoustics
By: Lisa Brinkman, Deborah Sperry, and Micki Washington


Did you know...

...that the SFP Certificate has no pre-requisites, no renewal costs, and if you are LEED AP it will earn you 30-70 general CE hours towards your LEED maintenance?!?


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What's Happening in IFMA Houston




IFMA Cares
Joint Luncheon with CoreNet

February 11, 2020
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Speaker: John Hofmeister
Junior League of Houston
1811 Briar Oaks Lane

Houston, TX 77027

New Member Happy Hour

February 21, 2020
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Hungry's Upstairs
Bar & Lounge
2356 Rice Blvd

Houston, TX 77005


IFMA Goes to the Food Bank

February 21, 2020

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Houston Food Bank
535 Portwall Street
Houston, TX 77029


Programs Special Events


March Luncheon &
Hug-A-Bear Drive

March 12, 2020
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Maria Lorente
Memorial Hermann - Memorial City
(East / West Texas Conference Rooms)
909 Frostwood Drive
Houston, TX 77024

30th Annual Fish Fry

March 26, 2020
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Axelrad Beer Garden
1517 Alabama Street
Houston, TX 77004


33rd Annual Golf Tournament Benefiting FM Education

April 20, 2020
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Deerwood Course
1717 Forest Garden Drive
Kingwood, TX 77345



Start Collecting for Hug-A-Bear!

Our February Joint Luncheon with CoreNet starts our Kickoff for collecting new teddy bears or stuffed animals for the Houston Police Department!

IFMA Houston is the LARGEST CONTRIBUTOR of these stuffed animals in the Houston area. The Police Department uses these bears to hand out to victims experiencing a traumatic event. 

Help us reach our goal in 2020 of 1000 Stuffed Animals and Bears!


33rd Annual Golf Tournament: Volunteers & Sponsors Needed!

We are looking for VOLUNTEERS and SPONSORS for our 33rd Annual IFMA Houston Golf Tournament to be held on Monday, April 20, 2020, at the Clubs of Kingwood - Deerwood Course!

Please reach out to Elena Champagne, Golf Committee Chair, if you are interested in either of these opportunities!


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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