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President's Message


What an exciting time for our Chapter with having the opportunity to host the 2017 Tri Chapter Symposium.  We had over 100 attendees this year and a rich blend of nationally known and local speakers all having a little different take on Bridging the Multigenerational Gap.  I hope for all those that had chance to attend you found the day to be very engaging and insightful.  Thank you for taking a day out of your busy schedules to be with us. 

A very Big “shout out” goes to the Planning Committee members from each of our Chapters, our volunteers, and our Sponsors that helped make the day so impactful.   I would also like to recognize our very own Matt Tadisch and the team at MSOE and the Grohmann Museum who helped make the day special by opening up the campus for us to enjoy.  They were able to help provide each of us a unique experience that we will remember for a very long time.  Thankyou!

For those that did not have a chance to attend please reach out with one of us who did and we would be happy to share the experience.  We will also be posting all of the slide decks and conference notes on the website shortly for you to refer back to.

Tri Chapter is one of the rare opportunities that comes around once each year where we can all come together to share our experiences so all can benefit.  One of the key topics that stood out for me was at the round table discussion in the first morning breakout we had at tri chapter, a group of 30 or so people gathered together to talk about Succession Planning.  Along the lines of Bridging the Multigenerational Gap, succession planning is going to become a pretty significant issue for all of us in the industry.  Whether you are an Associate Member, Professional Member, or Sponsor.  Whether you are an entrepreneur of a small company or work for a large company there is set to be a large number of retirees in the next 3 to 5 years.  This is an issue that will have impacts on us as FM’s and our industry for years to come.  So….what can we do now to help us transition? 

We had a very engaging discussion about this and here are some of the items I took away:

  • Recognize early that this is something we must begin planning for now.
  • Make it safe for those who need to transition to share their knowledge.
  • Consider Mentoring/Shadowing those that are new to the industry and to your organization.
  • Talk with the “C” Suite about these issues and help them recognize how significant it is.
  • Use of electronic tools to help documents the knowledge – this takes time, start now
  • Look to your local technical colleges to help start your own apprenticeship for both building industry skills and knowledge as well as knowledge of your specific facility while going to school.
  • Working with IFMA and local chapter to help build a pool of candidates to draw from as retirements happen people who already know our industry.
  • Consider hiring the retirees back “part time” through your local Temporary Help Programs.  This allows more time to transition to help transfer knowledge to other employees or other members on your team.


There were many more items we will post on the website shortly. 

One of the most valuable portions of the day for me was when we all got to interact and have the dialog such as the discussion I highlight above.  I came to find out that I am not the only one with this issue and there are others who are further down the path.  Having heard these ideas will at least give me and others a good place from which to start when it comes to planning for this.  

I hope you were able to experience the same type of value that I have from this event.

Thank you again to our Planning Committee, our Volunteers, and our Sponsors for making this a GREAT Day. 

All the best!


Scott A. Wollenzien CPM, FMP, CFM, SEW IFMA Chapter President

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Upcoming Events


Milwaukee Brewers Outing - May 25th

Milw Brewers Game 2015

May 25, 2017
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Miller Park
1 Brewers Way
Milwaukee, WI 53214

A few tickets are still available for the 2017 Brewers Outing with seating in the Associated Bank Check Deck!

We will be back again this year in the Associated Bank Check Deck located in the left field bleacher area.  This area holds only 42 people, so the ticket sales are exclusive to our SEW IFMA members and their guests.

The game ticket includes a dinner buffet, soft drinks, and two (2) beers.  The buffet includes: brats, hot dogs, grilled sirloin burgers, BBQ pulled pork, potato salad, Wisconsin mac & cheese, mixed green salad, kettle chips and assorted cookies.

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (7:10pm)

TICKETS:  Members and their Guests  —  $67.00 per ticket




Historic Milwaukee - Downtown Tour

June 06, 2017

4:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Historic Milwaukee, Inc.
235 E. Michigan Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202


Join Historic Milwaukee Inc. and explore the unique architecture and streetscape of downtown to learn how Milwaukee’s three founders used Lake Michigan, three rivers, and the harbor for commercial use to create present day Milwaukee. This 1.5 hour walking tour showcases some of the historical structures present in Milwaukee's downtown including Milwaukee's first skyscraper, the birthplace of the National Weather Service, Milwaukee's last remaining iron-glad building and of course the Calatrava at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Parking available at Milwaukee Public Market and Grand Avenue Parking Structure

We will meet at 4:30pm at Historic Milwaukee office at 235 E. Michigan Street.

Watch for details on our post-tour gathering location!





Chapter Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner

June 20, 2017
4:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Delafield Brewhaus
3832 Hillside Drive
Delafield, WI 53018


Join us on June 20th in Lake Country for our Chapter Annual Meeting!


Don't miss this year's Chapter Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner as we try something new this year at Delafield Brewhaus in Lake Country!  In addition to our Chapter Awards Presentation and Office Installation, we will enjoy LIVE MUSIC and an entertaining keynote presentation from Charlie Jurgens, AkitaBox.


4:30 PM - Networking and Registration
5:30 PM – Welcome 
5:35 PM – Keynote Speaker:  Charlie Jurgens, AkitaBox
6:00 PM - President – State of the Chapter 
6:10 PM - Dinner
6:20 PM - Officer Installation 
6:30 PM - A View of the Future – Incoming President
6:40 PM - Chapter Awards Presentation, Includes Rewards for Charity 
6:55 PM - Closing Remarks 

Charlie Jurgens

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Charlie Jurgens, AkitaBox; Charlie is the Captain of the marketing ship for AkitaBox, a facility management software company based out of Madison, WI.




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Tri-Chapter Symposium 2017

IFMA 2017 Tri-Chapter Symposium

With more than 100 attendees and nine keynote speakers & breakout sessions, 2017 Tri-Chapter was filled with lots of educational and entertaining moments.  All three IFMA Wisconsin Chapters were represented at this year's Annual  Symposium which was held at MSOE's Todd Wehr Conference Center and Grohmann Museum.  


Grant Horn, Sue Bunker and Brian Parrish; Past Presidents

Scott Wollenzien, President, welcomes the Tri-Chapter audience

Ron La Porte, explains the Polling Software, which was used throughout the day!


Meagan JohnsonOpening Keynote Speaker, got things going in the morning!


Breakout Session Presenter:  Ziad Salemah, ZS LLC


Closing Keynote:  Ian Abston, Millenian LLC


Grohmann Rooftop Garden

Tuesday evening's reception offered great networking and wind-down in a lovely setting at the post-conference reception at the Grohmann Museum, located on the MSOE campus.  


Special thanks to our Tri-Chapter Sponsors:

Diamond Sponsor: C&W Services

C&W Services




Platinum Sponsor: Corporate Design Interiors

CDI logo



Silver Sponsors:

CleanPower-A Marsden Services Company



Johnson Controls, Inc.





Grohmann Museum bldg front

See you at next year's Tri-Chapter hosted by Northeast Wisconsin Chapter!

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SEW IFMA Current Sponsors


2016-2017 sponsors

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In Case You Missed It


Lunch & Learn: Milwaukee Co Real Estate Portfolio Management

Jeremy Theis, Milwaukee County Facilities Managment Director, served as presenter at our April 21st Lunch & Learn held at Club Paragon.  We had a packed room for Jeremy's presentation on "Milwaukee County Real Estate Portfolio Management."  He addressed the successess and challenges associated with managing a 9 million square foot public portfolio.  Jeremy highlighted the County's Real Estate issues prior to 2012; their plan developed in 2012; and examples of the great success the program has had.

Agenda included:  1) identifying the need; 2) defining the plan; 3) program status & next steps; 4) examples of alarm bells; 4) examples of success; 4) overall positive impact to the taxpayer.

Jeremy Theis, is a SEW IFMA member; as well as a Naval Reserve Civil Engineer Corps Officer.  Peter Nilles, also a Chapter Member, and works in Milwaukee County Planning, was also present.







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General Membership Announcements

SEW IFMA New Members since April 1, 2017:

Jody Ownes - Foley & Lardner LLP

Matt Blowers - Harley Davidson Motor Company

Lisa Rakoczy - CBRE

Larry Grassmann - Super Sky Products Enterprises, LLC

Kurt Andrae - M|GROUP


Check out our new SEW IFMA LinkedIn page and get LinkedIn!


ALL MEMBERS -- Don't forget to complete the Chapter Awards Nomination Survey before May 31st!


Membership Database Updates:

Please make your SEW IFMA Chapter member profile updates (email, job, etc.) at IFMA National website.  The SEW IFMA Chapter website syncs up with the IFMA National website so your Chapter profile will be updated. 

Member Job Board

When was the last time you visited the Job Board at the SEW IFMA website? Companies all over Wisconsin post open Facilities Management jobs on our job board. Click here to see the current open jobs posted on our site.

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November 2017 -  CFM Course; Milwaukee classroom location; instructor Mark Sekula  - Signup starts soon! 

Spring of 2018 FMP Course with Mark Sekula

Spring of 2019 SFP Course with Mark Sekula

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