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March 2019 Print

President's Message

Steve Joosten’s Top 5 Upcoming IFMA Items

  1. Worried about the next prohibition?  Check out the Great Lakes Distillery Tour on March 26th.  Network with some wonderful IFMA members and learn those tips and tricks for distilling at home.
  2. Participate in the Salvation Army Dinner Service with the Service Committee.  We all like good food, so why not share it with others!
  3. Sick of hanging out with just the SEW members and looking for a reason to head to the capital, head to the Tri-Chapter event in Madison!
  4. Thinking Steve Joosten reminds you of Leslie Neilsen from Naked Gun, have a desire to be an umpire, thinking you want to catch a home run, head out to the IFMA Brewer’s Outing, more details here….READ MORE
  5. The annual dinner is just around the corner….see you there!

As Steve would say, “Come On…….”

See you all at the upcoming events!



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Upcoming Events

Great Lakes Distillery Tour

March 26, 2019
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Great Lakes Distillery
616 W Virginia Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204

Join SEW IFMA March 26th for a Tour & Tasting at Great Lakes Distillery!


Tri-Chapter 2019

April 15, 2019
5:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Fluno Center
601 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53715

Sign Up Now for the 2019 Wisconsin IFMA Tri-Chapter Conference!


Tour of United Way Volunteer Center

April 23, 2019
4:30 PM to 7:00 PM

United Way Welcome Center
200 W Pleasant Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Newly Renovated 9,000 sq ft space in Schlitz Park, United Way Volunteer Center


Brewer's Outing

May 21, 2019
6:40 PM to 10:00 PM

Miller Park
1 Brewers Way
Milwaukee, WI 53214

Join SEW IFMA for the Annual Brewers Outing - May 21st - Brewers vs. Reds


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In Case You Missed It

New Member Recruitment Event - Milwaukee Brewing Co.

Thank You to our Event Sponsors
ECS Midwest
Facility Now, Inc.
Lippert Flooring & Tile
Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling
Rinderle Door Company
The Blue Book Building & Construction Network

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Penfield's Thank You

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 $3000.00 to benefit the Penfield’s Children Center.

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!

Many thanks,

Your SEW IFMA Service Committee

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Service Opportunities

Salvation Army Dinner Service

April 22, 2019
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
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Waukesha Salvation Army
445 Madison Street
Waukesha, WI 53189

Please join your IFMA Service Committee at the Waukesha Salvation Army in serving dinner and engaging in conversation with the gentlemen attending the evening event. This Waukesha County location is the largest homeless shelter for men and sleeps 40-50 men per night at their Community Center Emergency Lodge. Your IFMA Service Committee will be providing a catered spaghetti dinner for the evening meal. Volunteering is a great way for you to partner with the Salvation Army of Waukesha, provide a service to this community and enjoy an event with other Service Committee and IFMA members.

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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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Become a 2019/2020 SEW IFMA Sponsor

2019 Sponsorship Opportunities

The Southeast Wisconsin Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), founded in 1987, is dedicated to supporting and helping meet the changing informational and educational needs of in-house corporate, government and health care facility management executives and their staff. These individuals are responsible for the planning, construction, and ongoing management of millions of square feet of facilities throughout southeastern Wisconsin and beyond.

Our chapter is off to a strong year.  We have eleven new members who recently joined the chapter in January and have excellent learning and networking opportunities for our members in place.  We would like to continue to offer valuable educational opportunities for our members while supporting our local communities and could use your help in becoming a sponsor of SEW IFMA or continuing your sponsorship of SEW IFMA.

The benefits of becoming sponsor of SEW IFMA are the following:

  • Direct advertising and recognition to over 200 local facilities professionals.
  • Receive unique and valuable marketing opportunities for your company.
  • Networking with our local Chapter including two additional state Chapters.
  • Stay ahead of the competition by being in our exclusive company online directory.
  • Access for you and your team to take part in our premier educational activities.

More specifically and most importantly, your contributions will help us develop and provide top rated educational programs, premier facility access events, and exceptional networking opportunities.  Here is a sample of some of the educational programs and tours we have planned for the first half of the year.

Facility Programs and Tours:

  • Tour of A.O Smith – January 15
  • Service Opportunity – Milwaukee Rescue Mission – January 23
  • Service Opportunity – Milwaukee Rescue Mission – February 20
  • Lunch & Learn – HGA Architects – February 21
  • New Member Recruitment Event – February 28
  • FMP Course Partnership w/ Northern IL University – March 1
  • Great Lakes Distillery Tour – March 26
  • IFMA 2017 Tri-Chapter Symposium – Milwaukee, Fox Valley, and Madison Chapters – April 15 &16
  • Salvation Army Dinner Service – April 22
  • Tour of United Way Volunteer Center – April 23rd
  • Milwaukee Brewers Outing - May 21


Our Chapter Mission is to promote and elevate the facilities management profession both in the FM industry as well as in our local communities.  With your help and support, we intend to do just that, deliver exceptional value for you and to each of the facilities professionals in our chapter.  I encourage you to consider becoming a 2019/2020 Chapter Sponsor to help us continue this growing momentum.   Please join us at www.sewifma.org to register.

It’s a great time to be part of our chapter, and to highlight your company as a Sponsor.

Thank you,

Brett Heikkila Chapter Vice President,

[email protected] Phone: (262) 955.6239


$1,000.00 Platinum Sponsor

$600.00 Gold Sponsor

$300.00 Silver Sponsor

$1,300.00 Platinum Non-Member

$800.00 Gold Non-Member

$425.00 Silver Non-Member



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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 Lou Kowieski, Program Chair if interested in joining the Programs Committee: [email protected]

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:  [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:

Cheyane Hocschild - J.F Ahern Co.

Gage Johnson - School District of Greenfield

Maureen Kearney - Fooda

Robert Matson - Strang Inc.

Rick Milburn - Altius Building Co.

Dylan Moss - Sisters of S. Francis of Assisi

Andre Ofori-Mattmuller - Harley-Davidson

Tyler Rankins - School District of Greenfield

Linda Schroeder - Komatsu Mining Corp.

Peggy Schwan - Multi-Fab Products, LLC

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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