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Holiday Social Takes A Step Back In Time

IFMA St. Louis members and their guests traveled back in time to celebrate this year’s holiday season. Nearly 70 people reveled and networked at The Thaxton, a throwback to the Roaring ‘20s, on Dec. 7. Located downtown, the beautifully restored art deco building was the perfect setting for the chapter’s annual holiday social.

Yes, just as in the Roaring ‘20s, everybody had a rip-roaring good time. The evening’s festivities included platters of delicious appetizers, a bevy of beverages, including the Speakeasy’s famous maraschino cherry moonshine cocktail, and lively networking. And we’re not telling if anyone did the Charleston, Shimmy or Breakaway but there just may have been some “Oliver Twists” on the dance floor!

No “bluenoses” in the crowd as certainly everyone enjoyed the vintage venue and the evening’s activities. But members and guests did more than have a good time. They also remembered to help others in need.

As in past years, our chapter reached out to the community. IFMA St. Louis President Jennifer Johnston presented a check for $1,000 to Pam Walker, board president of Heat Up St. Louis. The nonprofit organization builds awareness and provides resources to help those in need, especially the elderly and disabled, and needy families with critically ill children, avoid illnesses and deaths during winter. This extends our relationship with the organization that provides heat assistance in the winter and cool comfort in the summer for many needy people.

Additionally, members and guests donated gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, ear muffs and blankets. Those items will be distributed to various charities that help keep our area’s most vulnerable warm during the winter.

Special thanks to Kristi Gabel of Elite Cuisine who organized this year’s social. She truly was a “sockdollager” in arranging this evening to remember.


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 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!