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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.