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Chapter News

 

IFMA GOLF CLASSIC IS CANCELED TODAY. A NEW DATE WILL BE COMMUNICATED LATER THIS MORNING

We apologize, but with the potential severe weather today, the tournament will be rescheduled. 

Stay tuned for further details.  

 

Bunge Tour Draws a Crowd

The recent program at Bunge North America’s new headquarters echoed that famous line: “If you build it, they will come.” While some 110 members and guests didn’t appear from the cornfields, they did make their way to tour the agribusiness and food ingredients company’s impressive campus in Chesterfield. The program and tour took place on April 18.

Geri Hayes, vice president of human resources at Bunge, Mark Winschel, director of project management at Opus, and David Kehm, corporate market leader at Christner, shared their insights on the building’s design to meet Bunge’s workplace objectives.

Then it was time to see how Bunge North America reinvented its workplace to accommodate today’s and tomorrow’s workforce. Attendees toured the four-story, 150,000 square-foot headquarters.

Special thanks to David Kehm and Christner for sponsoring the informative program.

 

Spring Social Welcomes New Members

While it may not always feel like Spring lately, the chapter held a warm welcome for new members on April 12 at the Missouri Athletic Club West. Actually, it turned out to be the warmest day of the year so the weather Gods cooperated for the annual Spring Social.

More than 50 members attended the event, including 18 of the chapter’s newest colleagues. Chapter officers and committee chairs shared information on the benefits of membership and encouraged newcomers to get involved in IFMA’s many activities and initiatives.

Networking always remains a key part of the evening. New members know that a phone call or two can help them find an answer to any problem or question. Of course, everyone enjoyed some food and beverage, too.

As always, IFMA welcomes those who join our chapter whether it’s Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall.

 

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.

 

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 chris.darnell@bluegrasslawn.com 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 ifmastl.org 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!

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