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January 2018 Print

President's Message


I’m excited to kick-off our chapter’s mentoring program.  This program is open to all chapter members who are either looking to share their experiences and knowledge to the next generation of facility professionals or mentees who are looking for some professional guidance.  I encourage you to take a moment to consider joining the group as either a mentor or mentee.  Initially, we will be limiting the number of the participants to 10 mentees, with the intent to expand the program as it matures.  Please let Dianne Gnatzig (Dianne.Gnatzig@CH2M.com) know if you are interested in being either a mentor or mentee!

To help make the connections between each group as easy as possible our Communications team has recently developed a question and answer module on our Chapter’s website.  This module should be an excellent tool to communicate and pass information within the chapter members.  Of course, there is always the old-fashion way of connecting in person at chapter meetings or by telephone, Skype or Facetime should aid in making the connection

Finally, this week, the Service Committee presented a donation and check to Jason Parry and his team at the Penfield Children’s Center. Excellent job in raising a record amount of funds and dedication to make this a success for our chapter. 

Mike Bohn
SEW IFMA President

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Upcoming Events


 The 833 Building Tour

Tuesday February 13th, 2018

4:00pm - 7:00pm

833 East Michigan Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Located at 833 East Michigan Street in the hub of Milwaukee’s commercial business district, 833 East is the city’s newest environmentally sustainable, high-visibility, Class A, multi-tenant office building. The 18-story, 358,000 SF project offers stunning views and a superb combination of elegant design, state-of-the-art technology and exclusive tenant amenities, making it the premier new office development in downtown Milwaukee.

Mike Jones, 833's Chief Engineer will discuss the following topics:
Emergency Generator
Life Safety Systems
DAS System
The building tour will include:
Engineer's Office
Power Vault
Fire Pump Room
Fire Command Center/Generator Room
Vacant Floor Showcasing Raw Space



  • 18 stories offering panoramic views of Lake Michigan and downtown Milwaukee
  • Over 358,000 SF of Class A office space
  • Environmentally sustainable, LEED-certified design
  • Technology driven for optimal IT access and energy efficiency
  • On-site fitness center with private showers and locker room facilities
  • Multi-media conference center for up to 120 people
  • Rare Steakhouse restaurant on Michigan Street
  • 454 executive and guest parking stalls
  • On-site distribution antenna service (DAS) to enhance in-building cellular signal reception
  • Intelligent dispatch passenger elevator service to expedite movement throughout building
  • Climate-controlled Skywalk connectivity to US Bank Center & Galleria, US Bank Parking Garage, Juneau North office building, Juneau South office building, 875 East Wisconsin office building and the O’Donnell parking garage
  • Within easy walking distance of the central business district, Third Ward, lakefront, Henry Maier Festival Park, Discovery World and Milwaukee Art Museum


FM Roundtable

February 22, 2018
3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Re-connect with your fellow FM's as we kick off our Fall programs at our FM Roundtable on Thursday, February 22nd."

"Vendor Procurement:  Analysis of best practices and performance evaluations"

Forrer Business Interiors, Inc.
555 W Estabrook Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53212


3:30-4:00pm -  Networking

4:00-5:30pm – Discussion

5:30-6:00pm - Networking


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Service Committee Donation

A hearty Thank You to one and all who helped to make this year’s IFMA Holiday Social and Auction a great success!!  All of our auction donors were very generous this year in their gifts and we had some amazing auction items brought to the table (literally).  Bidding was boisterous and special thanks to all our auction winners for their generosity, which raised $2142.00 to benefit the Penfield’s Children Center in purchasing a Soft Touch Floor Sitter and a Kimba Neo Mobility base with Kozi Seating System for the use of their children.

Many hours went into organizing this annual event from both the Service Committee and the Special Events Committee.  Their time and commitment to SEW IFMA is greatly appreciated!

A&J Property Restoration
JF Ahern
Ben's Cycle
bpi Color
CJ & Associates
CH Coakley
Design Resource Midwest
Eppstein Uhen Architects
Forrer Interiors
Healium Hot Yoga
Hunzinger Builders
JM Brennan Inc.
Northwestern Mutual
Stamm Technologies
Steve Joosten
Rinderle Doors

Many thanks,

Your SEW IFMA Service Committee

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Community Service

February 21st, 2018
Milwaukee Rescue Mission
830 N. 19th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233


Volunteers are needed to serve dinner at Milwaukee Rescue Mission on Wednesday, February 21st from 3:45pm - 6:00pm.  Join other Chapter members for a rewarding experience.

Advance registration is required.  Thank you!



February 27th, 2018
Ronald McDonald House
8948 W. Watertown Plank Rd
Wauwatosa, WI 53226

The Lunch-2-Go program provides brown bag “to-go” lunches for guests of the Ronald McDonald House. The goal of the program is to eliminate both the worry and the cost of a lunch for families residing in the House. Three times a week, Lunch-2-Go volunteers prepare items that families can pack into individualized brown bag lunches and take on their way out.

Lunch-2-Go volunteers prepare lunches in the House from 5:45-7:45pm, and all supplies are provided for you, courtesy of Northwestern Mutual Foundation.


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FM Forum

The Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter of IFMA invites you to participate in the FM Forum. Take advantage of the knowledge and experience of your fellow members.  Open conversations and ask questions. This chat format has recently been added to the website and we invite you to engage with other SEW IFMA members and share.



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Member Profile

Lou Kowieski
iQ Commercial Resources
Principal / Resource Provider

I have 20 years of experience in providing products and services in the Commercial interiors market. I currently provide products through contract dealer distribution and offer services that include AV integration and IWMS software and deployment services. Our organization is a Tier 1 iOffice channel partner, and my experience includes Commercial relocation & logistics, commercial interior design/build/service model, IWMS services and deployment.

What insight can you give about your industry?

Our industry is becoming more and more reliant on gathering, understanding and reporting on real time data to provide services and become part of the organizations ability to attract and retain talent in a tight job market. I can provide insight and resources dealing with relocation management, asset management, inventory management, experience leading a team in developing commercial interiors to reflect an organization’s brand and culture, facility management software (IWMS) services and deployment. The wider and deeper our experiences are the more value we can provide our organization.

Hobbies & Interests:  4 kids and camping
Favorite Movie or Book:  Anticipatory Organization (Book/ Daniel Burrus)
Best Career Advice You`ve Ever Received:  Treat others the way you would like to be treated
Why Did You Join SEW IFMA?  To connect with other FM professionals
What Value Have You Already Received From Your SEW IFMA Membership?
Connections with professionals that provide experience, expertise, and insight

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In Case You Missed It

HGA Architecture & Engineering hosted an excellent tour for the January Program. Thank You to the HGA team for organizing a very interesting history of the building located on the Milwaukee River, in Milwaukee's Third Ward.  They were also very informative on their strategies for keeping "all systems go" during construction, without disrupting productivity.  It is an impressive undertaking and looks like a great success.  We appreciate all the hard work the HGA team put forth to provide SEW IFMA with first hand view of their construction zone.


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Tri-Chapter 2018

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Platinum Sponsors

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Gold and Silver Sponsors

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Get involved -- join a committee!

Program Committee members help plan educational programs, building/construction site tours, and a number of social events throughout the year.  Members meet bi-monthly, currently at Moe’s Irish Tavern on Highway 100 and Bluemound.  We brainstorm and coordinate new events/tours.  Typically each member is assigned to coordinate an event.  Currently along with our monthly programs, planning is in the works for our annual Member Appreciation Event in October at Veloce Go Cart Racetrack and Point Burger Bar.  The Programs Committee is a great way to get involved and meet our members along with the opportunity to have a say in our Chapters future events.  

Please contact Brett Heikkila, Program Chair if interested in joining the Programs Committee: bheikkila@buildingservice.com

The SEW IFMA Education Committee is charged with providing educational opportunities to all the members of SEW IFMA through educational programs, student scholarships and member professional development. It will work to ensure that the member educational and certification needs are met.

Please contact Tyler Yaudas, Education Chair, if interested in joining the Education Committee:  tyler.yaudas@pauldavis.com


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General Membership Announcements

Please Welcome our SEW IFMA New Members since December 15, 2017:

Erik Hart - V & F Roof Consulting and Service

Aaron Kapellusch - Sebert Landscape

Terry Mayhall - Modern Maintenance Building Services

David Ross - West Bend School District

Jim Vass - The Prairie School

Stacy Weber - WageWorks

All members should keep their IFMA Member Profiles CURRENT.  Make all member profile updates (email, job, etc.) at IFMA International website.  The SEW IFMA Chapter website syncs up with the IFMA International website to update your Chapter profile.

Member Job Board - Remember to visit the Job Board at the SEW IFMA website, where we post Facilities Management jobs. Click here to see the current open jobs posted on our site.

Don't forget to check out our SEW IFMA LinkedIn page and get LinkedIn!

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