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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.