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President's Message

Well, it has been quite the year with IFMA, in Southeastern Wisconsin, and in the US.  The time has flown by quickly and we’ve made significant progress to enhance our organization and provide best-in-class benefits to our members.  This progress hasn’t been without its challenges and failures, but those remind us of the need to continue to move forward, challenge ourselves to improve every day, and appreciate our successes.

I will remain actively involved in IFMA after my transition from President but know this organization is in good hands for years to come with Brett taking over, the future leadership, and the commitment by all of the members to maintain our solid foundation.

Below is a list of some of the great events we held over the past year….

First Bank Financial Boat Tour

Axe MKE - Professional Member Appreciation

Wisconsin Athletic Club

A. O. Smith

Milwaukee Brewing Co. - New Member Recruitment

Great Lakes Distillery

United Way Volunteer Center

Brewers Outing



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Upcoming Events

2019 SEW IFMA Awards Banquet

June 18, 2019
4:30 PM to 7:00 PM
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New Berlin Banquet Center
16000 W. Cleveland Avenue
New Berlin, WI 53151

  • Event Program Schedule:
    • 4:30 PM - Networking and Registration
    • 5:30 PM - Welcome
    • 5:35PM - President – State of the Chapter
    • 5:45 PM - Buffet line starts – or seated meals begin
    • 6:00PM - Scholarship Presentation
    • 6:10 PM - Officer Installation
    • 6:20 PM - A View of the Future – Incoming President
    • 6:30 PM - Sponsor Recognition
    • 6:40PM - Chapter Awards Presentation
    • 6:50PM - Rewards for Charity and Service Committee update
    • 6:55 PM - Closing Remarks



25th Annual Ken Laga Memorial SEW IFMA Golf Outing

July 26, 2019
7:00 AM to 3:00 PM
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Western Lakes Golf Club
W287 N1963 Oakton Road
Pewaukee, WI 53072

Ken Laga, the namesake for the annual chapter golf outing, was a terrific friend, colleague and leader to all who knew him. Ken was the facilities and purchasing manager for Northwestern National Casualty Company and was president of the Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter when he passed away in 1994. Ken was one of the original members of our local chapter and was very dedicated to the organization and the facility management field. Ken loved to golf and always chaired the golf event for the chapter. This is why the annual golf outing is in his honor.

7:00 a.m. - Registration & Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - Shotgun Start
1:00 p.m. - Drinks, Lunch, Networking, and Raffle Prizes

This is a great opportunity to participate in a fun golf outing AND raise funds for the Professional Development of our Chapter members.  NOVICE GOLFERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND.  Singles and 2-somes are also encouraged to sign up!




$160.00 Single Golfer
$140.00 Earlybird rate before June 1

$640.00 Foursome
$560.00 Earlybird rate before June 1

$0.00 Platinum Sponsor (1 Free Golfer)

$35.00 Dinner Only

$2,000.00 Event Sponsor

$750.00 Beverage Cart Sponsor (2 Available)

$600.00 Breakfast Sponsor (2 Available)

$750.00 Lunch Sponsor (2 Available)

$300.00 Hole Sponsor

$250.00 Prize Sponsor (4 Available)

$400.00 Golf Ball Cannon Sponsor

Coming Soon...
Greenfire Campus
MECCA Sports Bar & Grille
State Fair Park
BMO Tower

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In Case You Missed It

Thank You to Cathy Euclide, the FM for United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County.  Cathy gave us a great, behind the scenes tour of the newly renovated Volunteer Center.  What a great transformation of a historic site in downtown Milwaukee!

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Service Opportunities

Hunger Task Force Farming Event

September 11, 2019
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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Hunger Task Force Farm
9000 South 68th Street
Franklin, WI 53132

The Service Committee is looking for volunteers (members and registered guests) to volunteer to help harvest on September 11th at the Hunger Task Force Farm.

3:00pm - start farming

5:00pm - networking and food served (sub-sandwiches and beverages)


o    Activity requires lifting, twisting, bending, and volunteers to be on their feet for the entire three-hour activity.

o    Closed-toe sturdy shoes must be worn – no sandals.

o    Dress appropriately for working outdoors. Layers are recommended, as is clothing that allows maximum flexibility.

This is a great opportunity to provide community service AND network with your Chapter!



$0.00 Member Ticket

$0.00 Guest Ticket

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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:

Adam Brauhn - MahlerClean

Cathy Euclide - United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

Carrie Koenig - FIS Global

Jim Manthei - AMS Steam Products, LLC

Tim Martins - Solid Surface Care, Inc.

John Szyjewski - Servpro

Brian Tobiczyk - Mortenson

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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