IFMA Foundation Names 2020 Awards of Excellence Winners at IFMA World Workplace Conference and Expo
HOUSTON, TEXAS, USA – The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Foundation has announced the winners of the 2020 Awards of Excellence at the IFMA World Workplace Conference and Expo Virtual Experience. “Each year, the IFMA Foundation recognizes individuals, teams, corporate partners and community programs that answer the call to make a difference,” said Joe Archie, IFMA Foundation Chair. “We all have the power to light the way for future Facility Management (FM) leaders. These individuals and groups are passionate about sustaining the FM profession and making FM a career of choice. They are shining examples of innovation and collaboration in support of the aims of the Foundation.”
Global Workforce Initiative Industry Partner Award
ABM Industries, Accepted by Tony Piucci, Senior Vice President of Operations
More organizations are coming to the realization that there is a serious labor shortage on the horizon within the facility management industry. Without decisive action, this shortage will have serious ramifications for the future of their organizations and the economy. As a leading provider of facility solutions, ABM is making critical investments in its own future, the future of productive workplaces and the future of those who run them. ABM has been instrumental in its unwavering support of the Global Workforce Initiative (GWI), providing internships, funding and marketing of IFMA Foundation programs to cultivate the next generation of FM leaders. ABM is a major sponsor of the award-winning IFMA Foundation Pandemic Manual.
Global Workforce Initiative (GWI) Industry Partner Team Collaboration Award
Lynn Baez, CFM, FMP, SFP, Google; Belinda Leung, Cushman & Wakefield; Elise Goetzl, Cushman & Wakefield; Kristyn Kerr, Cushman & Wakefield; Jonathan Bissell, San Mateo County Community College District Corporate Training Solutions
Together with industry partners, the IFMA Foundation’s GWI is providing jobs for new entrees and incumbent workers. Working with Google, Cushman and Wakefield and the IFMA Foundation, the San Mateo County Community College District Corporate Training Solutions (CCCE) created a customized education program that resulted in staff promotions and increased productivity in the facility department. A win-win for all involved, the Facility Management Contract Education program at Google and Cushman & Wakefield is an example of how a leading company can support FM skills development internally to provide career pathways for employees.
Facility Management Talent Development Pipeline Program (TDP) Industry Partner Award
Liz Mulei, Denver Economic Development and Opportunity; Marcus Johnson, Denver Economic Development and Opportunity; Carolyn McGary, CFM, IFMA Denver Chapter; Dean Stanberry, CFM, LEED APIFMA, IFMA Denver Chapter, IFMA Board of Directors
Focused on raising incomes and workforce preparedness in Denver, Colorado, USA, the Facility Management Talent Development Pipeline (TDP) was recently introduced by the IFMA Foundation, Denver Economic Development and Opportunity (DEDO) and IFMA’s Denver Chapter to students interested in an exciting career opportunity. With more than 1,300 FM openings in the Denver Metropolitan area, these organizations collaborated on a solution to fill the looming FM talent gap. Students enrolled in this groundbreaking program represent 100 percent minority, 50 percent women and 50 percent military veterans. Students earn a globally recognized certificate of completion in IFMA’s Essentials of Facility Management and participate in an IgniteFM! Student Challenge.
Regina Ford Cahill, Pratt Institute
The Chairman’s Award is presented to an individual who embodies the mission and values of the Foundation and provides exemplary volunteer services improving programs through innovation. Regina Ford Cahill steered the transition of the FM Accreditation program to the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET). Leading the Facility Management Accreditation Commission, she revised standards and worked with ABET on a smooth transition. Her innovative work in developing a new accreditation program for academic certificates in FM known as the Registered Degree Program (RDP) will ensure standards for academic education meet criteria for properly trained facility managers entering the workforce.
About the IFMA Foundation Established in 1990 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and separate entity from the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), the IFMA Foundation works for the public good to promote priority research and educational opportunities for the advancement of facility management. The IFMA Foundation is supported by the generosity of the FM community including IFMA members, chapters, councils, corporate sponsors and private contributors who share the belief that education and research improve the FM profession. To learn more about the IFMA Foundation, visit foundation.ifma.org.
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. This diverse membership participates in focused component groups equipped to address their unique situations by region (136 chapters), industry (16 councils) and areas of interest (six communities). Together they manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$526 billion in products and services. Formed in 1980, IFMA certifies professionals in facility management; conducts research; provides educational programs, content and resources; and produces World Workplace, the world’s largest series of facility management conferences and expositions. To join and follow IFMA’s social media outlets online, visit the association’s LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr pages. For more information, visit the IFMA press room or www.ifma.org.