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IFMA Executive Outlines Activities, Industry Direction

Members receive information and benefits from our chapter. After all, why be a member. But you may wonder what more is available from the umbrella organization, the internal association that serves 134 chapters worldwide. Well, John Perry, chief operating officer of IFMA, visited St. Louis to discuss the organization’s current and future initiatives. He also presented information on the future of facility management.

More than 60 members attended Mr. Perry’s presentation on Nov. 15. He outlined a variety of activities, including focusing on educational opportunities, national and international conferences, research, and resources available through the international organization. The Web site also offers a wealth of information to update and guide members as they move forward in their careers, Perry said.

Founded in 1980 and based in Houston, TX, IFMA is the world's largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting 24,000 members in more than 100 countries. Our chapter began in 1985 after Ken Klousek and Sylvia Efken attended a conference hosted by the Facilities Management Institute (FMI) at Herman Miller in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

So much has changed since our chapter’s humble beginnings. Our participation and membership in the international organization allow our members to do more than change with the times. It’s an invaluable way to stay at the forefront of facility management and access the right tools and resources to advance your professional goals.

We thank Mr. Perry for his informative presentation and for addressing questions from our members. We also appreciate Maritz for hosting the event at its headquarters. Once again, Elite Cuisine graciously served guests with food and beverages as our hospitality sponsor.


 In case you missed the program, here is John’s presentation.


Shack Attack: The Sequel

We made a return appearance to The Shack on Thursday, Oct. 5, to welcome new members. Chapter officers, committee chairs and chapter members were in attendance at the new member social.

More than 40 members and guests joined in the fun. The networking event provided an evening of sharing camaraderie and giving new members an opportunity to learn more about the benefits of their membership. Top on the list was telling newcomers how to get involved to make the most of joining our chapter.

Everyone enjoyed some food and beverage, too. Once again, shark was not on the menu. A few members even left their mark on the walls, a Shack tradition that allows guests to let everyone know “Kilroy was here.”

As part of the festivities, we awarded a $50 gift card to Scott Held, Ameren Corp., for his efforts in recruiting. New member Joe Schanz with A1 Professional Asphalt also walked away with a $50 gift card for attending the social.

Yes, the sequel was just as good, if not better, than the premiere Shack social event held in April!



St. Louis, MO – Sept. 29, 2017 – Chris Laughman, past president of the St. Louis Chapter of IFMA (International Facility Management Association), has attained credentials as a Facility Management Professional® (FMP®).

Laughman took an extensive course and passed assessments in four focus areas to achieve the FMP designation. Professionals who earn the designation demonstrate a proven comprehension of the foundations of facility management and knowledge in the core facility management topics deemed critical by employers.

This designation adds to Laughman’s considerable experience and expertise in facility management and operations, including sustainability practices. He also holds several other designations: CFM® (Certified Facility Manager), SFP® (Sustainability Facility Professional) and LEED AP O+M (LEED AP Operations + Maintenance).

Laughman has more than a decade of experience in facility management. He most recently served as assistant vice president and director of facilities for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He led all real estate functions for the Eighth District of the Federal Reserve Bank with locations in St. Louis, Little Rock, Louisville, Memphis and Washington, D.C.

He has been a member of IFMA St. Louis since 2010. He served as the chapter’s president from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.


Major Projects Need Not Mean Major Headaches

It’s tough enough for facility managers to keep buildings up and running without also managing a big renovation, addition, capital equipment or any big project. But there’s no need to reach for the aspirin bottle if you plan ahead and prepare to handle the inevitable challenges and potential problems.

A panel of experts shared their insights to help facility managers juggle such projects without dropping any balls. Nearly 70 members and guests attended the panel discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Ameren.

Lisa Sombart, PE, President and CEO of William Tao & Associates and a member of the program committee, moderated the discussion. Panelists were: Scott Held, CFM, Manager of Building Services at Ameren Corp.; JD Long II, Associate Vice Chancellor, Facilities Planning and Management at Washington University; and          Craig A. Miller Sr., Director, Facilities Planning and Management at Webster University.

Panelists discussed techniques for delegating, decision-making, overcoming unforeseen challenges, building consensus and setting up teams to successfully manage facilities during major projects.

The evening also included hearty congratulations to Chris Laughman, Past President, for earning his Facility Management Professional (FMP) credentials. This added to Chris’ commitment to the profession since he already holds several other designations:

Certified Facility Manager (CFM), Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) and LEED AP Operations + Maintenance (LEED AP O+M). Try putting that on a business card!

Two of our members also received $50 gift cards for their efforts in recruiting new members – Frank Merrins, Past President, and Kristin Stolz with Millipore Sigma.

Special thanks to our panelists and Lisa for an informative look at ways to keep that aspirin bottle handy but perhaps in the desk drawer. We also appreciate the hospitality of Ameren.


New Member Spotlight

Keri Kozeny, R. F. Meeh Company -

Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born and raised in St. Louis Missouri. I grew up in South County, and attended school up through college in St. Louis. After working in the medical field for several years I took an opportunity to start a career in Construction Sales in 2005 and have never looked back. I have three children and two very spoiled lab fur babies. My husband Michael is also in the construction industry.

What is your current work position?

I am the Director of Business Development for R.F. Meeh Company. The Meeh family of companies include a Mechanical, Sheet Metal and HVAC contractor, a Green Energy Solutions provider in the water treatment industry, a contract maintenance services company and a distributer and installer of Toilet Partitions, Toilet Accessories and Lockers.

Why did you want to join IFMA?

I want to grow my customer base in the facility management area. I look forward to meeting and networking with people and I have joined a committee with hopes to become more familiar with everything that IFMA has to offer.


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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!