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August 2018 Print

President's Message

SEW What? – Southeastern Wisconsin’s Top 5 List for All Members

  1. Are you a motor boater?  Check out the Tour of First Bank Financial here Register Here
  2. beFORE & After- Check our pictures from the annual golf outing  Photo Gallery
  3. Looking to share some challenges- Sign up for the August FM Roundtable Register Here
  4. Of Course you should sign up for the FMP classes – learn more here Register Here
  5. Winter is Coming!   – Have you started to think about your winter services?  This is just a friendly reminder from IFMA.

Thank you for the opportunity to be your President in 2018/2019.  I am excited as we continue our journey to improve the value we provide our members and sponsors throughout the year.  We will continue to work towards establishing an organization built on innovation, communication, sustainability, and long term success.

At IFMA, we are continually looking for ways to enhance the value you receive from your membership and involvement in our organization.

Do you have ideas, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or another board/committee member.

Have a great rest of the summer!



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Upcoming Events

First Bank Financial Building & Boat Tour

August 14, 2018
4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
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First Financial Bank Centre
155 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Oconomowoc, WI 53066

Join us on August 14th for a behind-the-scenes tour of the First Bank Financial Centre, in Oconomowoc.  Amy Langkamp, the Facility Manager of First Bank will be conducting the tour.  A networking social will follow the tour, including pontoon rides.


4:30 – 5:00pm gather/ food & drink

5:00 – 5:30pm review of recent HQ expansion including facility and parking

5:30 – 6:00pm Eagle’s Landing site tour (across the street from First Bank)

Eagle’s Landing is finishing construction and should be ready for occupancy to begin late August / early Sept. This development is a multi-story condo with a restaurant, American Legion and other common area spaces on the first floor. It is on the lake and features many amenities and concrete (post tension slab) construction.

6:00 – 7:00pm (2) pontoon boats will provide rides to enjoy the lake and sites on Lac laBelle.

Feel free to bring the family and enjoy the city beach while tours are going on. Several restaurants in the area and end the day with a lake walk around Fowler lake.

VJS Construction was the concrete sub on Eagles landing and GC for the First Bank HQ addition

Corporate Construction Inc. (CCI) is the general contractor doing the condo building next to Eagle’s Landing and Catalyst is the GC for Eagle’s Landing.

FM Roundtable

August 23, 2018
3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
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Northwestern Mutual Tower & Commons
805 E Mason St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Milwaukee, WI 53202

The FM Roundtable is an opportunity for Facility Managers to discuss topics and issues that are important in today's industry.  It is an invaluable chance to draw from the experiences and knowledge of peers in the field.  The topic for this month's discussion is Maintenance Talent Acquisition & Development.


3:30-4:00pm -  Networking

4:00-5:30pm – Discussion

5:30-6:00pm - Networking

FMP Classes

September 20, 2018
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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SEW IFMA Chapter Offices
11801 W. Silver Spring Drive, Suite 200
Milwaukee, WI 53225

SEW IFMA is proud to sponsor classes to help members gain their FMP certification.  To achieve this, members will need to pass a final assessment after each 2-day instructor led course listed below.  Books and lunch will also be provided for each attendee.  A minimum of 10 students is needed to start the class as scheduled.  The cost for taking an individual course would be $635 and the cost for signing up for all four courses would be $2,145. Once all 4 classes are complete, submit your FMP application (with application fee of $140 for professional/associate members, $115 for young professionals) to IFMA to validate your FMP credential. For additional details on the FMP program please see the IFMA website at https://www.fm.training/credentials/fmp

Course Dates and Descriptions:

September 20 & September 21 - Finance and Business

Facility managers manage/oversee high-value assets that represent significant financial investment in technology, buildings, structures, interiors, exteriors, and grounds. Since facility managers are typically responsible for the oversight, operation and maintenance of the buildings and grounds, as well as oversight of various service contracts, understanding the basics of finance and business is critical.


October 11 & October 12 – Operations and Maintenance

The primary role of facility managers is to manage/oversee an operating facility. To do this, facility managers must have a working knowledge of building systems, structure, interiors and exteriors and grounds so the facility and all its required systems function efficiently, reliably, safely, securely and in a manner consistent with existing regulations and standards. Effective operation and maintenance of facilities is a complex responsibility in today's environment.


November 1 & November 2 – Leadership & Management

To be effective, facility managers must develop strategies to successfully carry out major initiatives by influencing the decisions and attitudes of others. Effective strategies require that facility managers can integrate people, places, processes, and technology. They must be able to align the facility portfolio with the entire organization’s missions and available resources, and to be innovative to move forward with their staff and processes to respond to the ever-changing requirements.


December 6 & December 7 – Project Management

Facility managers make use of all aspects of project management beginning with planning, scoping, scheduling, and ending with evaluating. Project planning and management are core skills in facility management. The skills are particularly important because of the wide range of projects assigned to the facility organization. Projects vary in scope, complexity, duration, and financial risk.


Training Center Location:

Wisconsin Management Association (WAM)

11801 West Silver Spring Drive

Milwaukee, WI 53225

Hotel Close to Training Center

Hyatt Place Milwaukee West

11777 West Silver Spring Drive 

Milwaukee, WI 53225-3082

Mention WAM when making reservations to receive a discounted rate of $89/night


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24th Annual SEW IFMA & Ken Laga Memorial Golf Outing



Photo Gallery

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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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In Case You Missed It

Congratulations 2018 SEW IFMA Award Winners!

Professional Member of the Year
Ziad Salameh, ZS LLC
Associate Member of the Year
Ron LaPorte
Sponsor of the Year
JM Brennan
Chairperson of the Year
Brett Heikkila
Outstanding Accomplishment/Achievement of the Year
Service Committee's donation to Penfield Children's Center
Board Member of the Year
Michael Bohn
Committee of the Year
Service Committee

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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:

Peter Barrette - Peter Schwabe, Inc.

Chadwick Beeler - Beeler Construction, Inc.

Matthew Holle - A'viands

Brad Krause - Villani Landshapers

Ryan McCausland - Grunau Company

Jake Steingraeber - Forrer Business Interiors

Mike Timmers - Greenfire Management Services, LLC

Tim Ulrich - Cree, Inc.

Anne Vergiels - Northwestern Mutual

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!

Follow the Chapter on Social Media!


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