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Cool Down Donation


St. Louis, MO – June xx, 20187 – The St. Louis Chapter of the International Facility Management Association donated $1,000 to Cool Down St. Louis. The nonprofit organization builds awareness and provides resources to help those in need avoid heat-related illnesses and deaths, especially the elderly and disabled, and needy families with critically ill children.

Representing facility managers and suppliers who maintain the region’s commercial buildings, the organization presented a check for $1,000 to Cool Down St. Louis during IFMA St. Louis’ celebration of National FM Day on June 6. Jennifer Johnston, IFMA St. Louis President, presented the check to Dennis Jenkerson, Fire Chief for the City of St. Louis and representative for Cool Down St. Louis.

IFMA St. Louis also funds the organization’s Heat Up St. Louis, which provides services and support to keep residents warm during the region’s winter months. IFMA St. Louis has supported the weather-related assistance programs during the winter and summer over the past five years. More than 300,000 area residents have received energy assistance since the programs’ inception in 2000.


The Big Number One: IFMA Celebrates FM Day


“Here comes the King, here comes the Big Number One.” The opening line from the well-known Budweiser theme song tied in nicely with our chapter’s celebration of National FM Day. Nearly 90 members and guests may have been humming that tune when we held our annual summer social and celebration on June 6 at the Biergarten Anheuser-Busch. After all, facility managers are heralded as the kings and queens of keeping St. Louis buildings up and running.

Attendees enjoyed an evening of good food, networking and, of course, ice cold Budweisers and other AB beverages. There was also time to visit the stables to see some of those famous Clydesdales, or perhaps tour the brewery’s historic brewhouse and beechwood aging cellars. Anheuser-Busch has been a St. Louis fixture in the Soulard neighborhood since 1852.

There was time to celebrate our chapter’s mission as well by supporting a worthy cause. As in the past several years, IFMA presented a $1,000 check to Cool Down St. Louis. This donation provides critical support to help those in need avoid heat-related illnesses and deaths, especially the elderly and disabled, and needy families with critically ill children, throughout our region. Jennifer Johnston, Chapter President, presented the check to Dennis Jenkerson, Fire Chief for the City of St. Louis and representative for Cool Down St. Louis.

Moving forward, the chapter welcomed and installed its incoming officers and board of directors for their terms that run from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

  • President, Jennifer Johnston, Murphy Co.
  • Vice President, Jeff Touchette, Jarrell Contracting
  • Treasurer, Scott Held, Ameren Corp.
  • Secretary, Dave Gardin, The Koman Group

We also thank the following members for accepting important roles on the board:

  • Membership, Sean Gallagher, EF Contract
  • Marketing, Erin Valentine, McCarthy Building Companies
  • Education, Michael Wright, Ameren Corp.
  • Programs, Gary Wood, Stryker Construction
  • Sponsorship, Matt Huesling, Woodard
  • Advocacy Liaison, Steve Armstrong, Kingsman
  • Golf Classic, Andrew Dillard, Group 4 Reps
  • Special Events, Kristie Gabel, Elite Cuisine

And what better way to recognize National FM Day that honoring the service and accomplishments of one of our members. Kristie Gabel with Elite Cuisine received the Distinguished Member Award.

Elite Cuisine has been a supporter of our chapter for more than 20 years. During the past five years, Kristie has lived up to billing as “elite” by serving as our Special Event Chair. Thanks to her efforts, we’ve held events at many of the area’s historic and up-and-coming venues: The Thaxton Variety Club, The Moonrise Hotel, The Corner Gates, Pin-Up Bowl, The Malt House Cellar, Ballpark Village and, of course, the Biergarten Anheuser-Busch.

So here’s to IFMA St. Louis as we “hear the call” as the Big Number One in facility management.


IFMA Golf Classic Worth The Wait

Good things come to those who wait. That tried-and-true saying sums up the spectacular day at the Annual IFMA Golf Classic on Tuesday, June 5, at Tapawingo National Golf Club.

A sell-out crowd waited after the tournament was washed out by rain on May 3, the second year in a row that the classic needed to be rescheduled thanks to Mother Nature’s unpredictability.  And it was worth the wait as the skies turned blue and the thermometer ranged from a cool 61 degrees and a comfortable 88 degrees. Perfect weather for golf, not to mention a day of networking and friendship.

IFMA’s faithful supporters did not miss out on the fun. The field was full with 214 golfers, along with several volunteers who pitched in to make it another successful classic.  No one walked away hungry or thirsty, starting with box lunches provided by Elite Cuisine. Tents along the course provided other fare to keep the crowd both full and festive. The barbecue dinner capped off the day during the networking and awards ceremony.

Many thanks to all who returned to play, as well as our volunteers. Special thanks to the hard work and perseverance of our golf chairs: Andrew Dillard, Golf Classic Chair, Steve Polk, Golf Classic Co-chair, and Matt Huelsman, Sponsorship Chair. Kudos for your efforts and equally so for your committee members.

We also certainly couldn’t have done it without the support of our sponsors. More than 60 companies participated as generous benefactors of this year’s golf classic.

Here’s to our winners as well:

Winning Teams

  • Bade, Lang and Bazan on Woodlands Flight
  • Van Buren, Shepard, Burns and Betz on Prairie Flight
  • Costa, Ives, York and Sacchettini on Meramec Flight

Longest Drive

  • Tony Randazzo
  • Lisa Prokopf
  • Michael Mitchell
  • Christie Mudd

Closet to Pin

  • Eric Grassi
  • Jason Giovando
  • Robert Thornburgh


  • Bade, Lang & Bazan: Eagle on Prairie #4
  • Costa, Ives, York and Sacchettini: Eagle on Woodlands #4
  • Turkovic, Randazzo, Kehn & Gleason: Eagle on Woodlands #9
  • Heaton, Bray, Whitworth & Jet: Eagle on Prairie #9

Yellow Ball Challenge

Team Fred Weber, Inc.

Here’s to the 2019 IFMA Golf Classic. Yes, this too will be worth the wait!


Members Gather Under The Big Top

“Ladies and gentleman, direct your attention to the St. Charles Convention Center for an amazing 13th Annual BOMA/IFMA/IREM Industry Expo!”

OK, there was no ringmaster to make that announcement but several IFMA members joined hundreds of other industry professionals at the annual event on May 24. The day lived up to its billing: Under The Big Top.

Jointly sponsored by the St. Louis chapters of IFMA, BOMA (Building Owners Management Association) and IREM (Institute of Real Estate Management), the annual gathering gave members a chance to learn, explore new products and network, a proverbial three-ring circus of activities.

The Big Top opened with a luncheon, featuring keynote speaker Jill Farmer, former TV reporter turned life coach. Farmer enthralled and entertained her audience by teaching strategies that get things done that matter without losing your mind. That’s right. She preaches that the right mindset helps launch meaningful action and ways to prioritize time. Productivity and energy can go hand-in-hand without stressing out.

After the lunch, time to hit the Big Top’s exhibit hall were more than 70 suppliers showcased their wares and services. Of course, more than half of those exhibitors were no strangers since they are IFMA members! And many of them joined the fun by decorating their booths in circus motif, handing out popcorn and cotton candy, and a few even put on their best clown faces and ringmaster costumes.

Besides learning more about the latest and greatest products and services, attendees were rewarded for visiting booths with prizes such as IPads, Cardinals’ tickets and more.

What better way to end the day Under The Big Top than a networking reception. Industry members gathered for beverages and hors d’oeuvres before heading home.

A special thanks to the planning committee and all our volunteers. And we appreciate our Big Top sponsors:

  • Corporate: Woodard
  • Event: AT&T, Buildingstars Commercial Cleaning, Solutions Diversified and Voss Lighting
  • Expo Talks: Growing Green Inc.
  • Happy Hour: Ferguson Roofing
  • Photography: BSR Services
  • Show Bag: Whelan Security


Chapter Introduces Member Written Blog

In an effort to improve communication and member involvement, the marketing committee is organizing a member written blog. This is open to both vendors and professional members to write a timely and scholarly blog post that could benefit others. Additionally, we will utilize social media to assist with announcing program highlights, link to the blog/website, post educational content, and provide a platform for members to collaborate on current topics.

If you would like to participate by submitting a blog post between now and the end of the year, please send an email to Chris Darnell at with your blog topic and estimated time frame that you would like it to be posted. We are looking to post 1 a week and will be submitted to the blog.

We would also like to invite everyone to link to our social media profiles in order to improve networking to prospective new members. Click on the Icon below!




Thank you in advance for participating in growing our educational collaboration and initiative to grow our organization!