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December 2020 Print

President's Message

Greetings Fellow SEW IFMA Members,

As we enter the Holiday Season and close the chapter on a year like no other, I want to take time and thank all our members who’ve stepped up. We’ve not only kept our organization afloat, but continuing to thrive.  Striking the right balance of in person events (with safety measures in place) along with educational virtual programs is our goal to give members choices. 

We continue to add new members which is fantastic!  My belief is with all the challenges of the pandemic, it’s difficult to meet with fellow professionals, and people are turning to organizations in greater numbers.  SEW IFMA offers this opportunity in a genuine way.  We will continue to provide our members the ability to meet, learn, and share in the groups collective expertise in Facility Management.   This is key to our success and no pandemic can stop us! 

Our sponsors have continued their generous support.  With so much uncertainty in this business environment we appreciate and thank you immensely.  In November we had a great educational program at JM Brennan.  We thank Dave Ellis and his team for stepping up to the plate and providing a building tour along with an education on GPS bi-polar Ionization.  Keep in mind, any sponsors or members out there with a space to tour, or educational opportunity please contact our new Chair of the Program Committee Stacey Weber-email [email protected].

There is still time to sign up for our Virtual Christmas Party on December 15th!   Along with either a beer or wine “party favor” basket and an entertaining trivia game to build camaraderie, you’ll have the opportunity to bid on our virtual silent auction.  All proceeds go to a great cause-Revitalize Milwaukee.

As President, I’ll always push for in-person events whenever possible, but the only viable option for the Christmas party this year is virtual.  I look forward to celebrating in a new and unique way on the 15th!  See you then.

Sincerely your President,


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Upcoming Events

Virtual Holiday Party - Silent Auction

December 15, 2020
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Zoom Meeting

The SEW IFMA Holiday Party will not look the same this year, but we hope it will offer just as much fun.  Pick up your beer or wine basket at the SEW IFMA Chapter offices, while dropping off your Toys for Tots donation.  Join the Zoom meeting for some fun team games.  Finish off the evening with the Online Silent Auction, all proceeds going to Revitalize Milwaukee.



Every year the SEW IFMA (Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter-International Facility Management Association) Service Committee finds ways to give back to the community that we all love and support here in Milwaukee. 

This year the Service Committee is taking the silent auction online using a bidding software to present the items for auction and allow bidders to view and bid on all items through an iPhone/Android app. or from your desktop (details still being finalized).  Silent auction bidding is scheduled for Tuesday, December 15th and will occur regardless of in person/virtual/other Holiday Party plan.

We are asking for your support by donating item(s).  Ideas range from gift baskets (coffee/tea, tool, liquor, Bloody Mary/ Mimosa, movie, museum) to electronics to services (wine club, message, yoga class).

All proceeds from this event will be used to support Revitalize Milwaukee for renovating a family’s home.  Revitalize Milwaukee provides free, critical home repairs and comprehensive services to low-income seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities.  For more on Revitalize Milwaukee https://www.freehomerepairs.org/

Along with your donation please complete a Donation Submission form.  SEW IFMA, would like to recognize all of the donors and their businesses for their contributions.  If you are able to donate an item for the silent auction, please complete the attached “Donation Submission Form” and return to [email protected].  We will need your completed form and donation item by December 2nd. Items can be dropped off at the SEW IFMA Chapter Offices, located at 11801 W. Silver Spring Dr, Suite 200, Milwaukee WI 53225.

On behalf of the Service Committee and SEW IFMA we thank you in advance for your support and generosity. 


$40.00 Member Ticket

$50.00 Guest Ticket

$0.00 Toys for Tots Donation

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January Webinar - Hosted by IFMA Madison Chapter

Burnout Proof Your Leadership

January 26, 2021
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Zoom Meeting


$0.00 Member Ticket

$25.00 Guest Ticket

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Platinum Sponsors

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Gold and Silver Sponsors

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Get involved -- join a committee!

Program & Education Committee members help plan educational programs, building/construction site tours, and a number of social events throughout the year.  The Programs & Education 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 Melissa Wilson, Program Chair if interested in joining the Programs Committee: [email protected]

The Service Committee is set up in order to provide financial, physical or volunteer services to organizations within Southeast Wisconsin that are in need of support. The committee researches charitable organization opportunities and aligns active SEW IFMA members with their needs. Members support financial fundraising events twice per year while continuing to provide physical donations or volunteer services throughout the year.

Please reach out to [email protected] to reach out to a committee member.

The Communications Committee has the responsibility of issuing communications to multiple audiences within SEW IFMA including Chapter Leadership, member at large and the general population. This committee will include a Chairperson who is responsible for internal communications with support from the Vice Chairperson. The committee will continually strive to review communication channels to issue information that is innovative, relevant and consistent.

Please reach out to [email protected] to reach out to a committee member.

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General Membership Announcements

Please Welcome our SEW IFMA New Members:

Joseph Fogt  Cree Lighting

Kevin Goetz  Milwaukee Tool

Lauren Hoke

Dean Holmes  SOLID Surface Care

Aaron Kapellusch  Perfection Property Specialists

Jean Kraus  Potawatomi Hotel and Casino

Nicole Leiberis  Janus

Jim McLain  CS

Vincent Milweski  Bloom Companies LLC

Clifton Phelps  JCP Construction

Richard Stefka  Andis

Ernest Urbahn  GE Healthcare

Julie Wood  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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