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November 2018 Print

President's Message

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

  1. Which way to the gym? Interested in learning more about how to integrate wellness into your facilities, sign up for this!                         
  2. Holiday Cheer-  Hope to see you at the Holiday party to celebrate a fantastic 2018.
  3. The holidays are a great time to be thankful.  Think about donating to your local charity or ringing a bell with the Salvation Army.
  4. Hops & Barley- Check out the event at Milwaukee Brewing on February 28th!
  5. TEACHER’s PET? We will be hosting an FMP in 2019.   Be sure to set aside funds in your budget for this great program.

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.



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Upcoming Events

Wisconsin Athletic Club

November 13, 2018
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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Wisconsin Athletic Club - Brookfield
20075 Water Tower Blvd
Brookfield, WI 53045

4:30 – 5:00 pm (drinks & appetizers); provided by Wisconsin Athletic Club (WAC)

5:00 – 5:45 pm = Facility / Physical Plant Tour

  • Show group facility layout and inner workings of the Brookfield WAC
  • Q and A with business attendees along the way


5:45 – 6:00 pm = transition up to Studio #3 for presentations

6:00 - 6:05 pm = IFMA Intro. to program

6:05 – 6:20 pm = Kevin Ward (WAC WorkingWell Sales Manager)

  • WorkingWell menu options
  • How we engage & service with our corporate partners
  • Case studies (existing & new accounts that the WAC is servicing)


6:20 – 6:55 pm = Chez Misko (C.O.O. of Wisconsin Athletic Club) and Nick Neitzel (WAC Facility Services Manager)

  • Day-to-Day Operations & Facility Management
  • Fitness Center design considerations
  • Fitness Equipment selection criteria
  • Equipment layout considerations
  • Equipment preventative maintenance considerations


6:55 pm to close (back to Club Pub)

2018 SEW IFMA Holiday Party

December 04, 2018
5:00 PM to 8:30 PM
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Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery
901 W. Juneau Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53233

REGISTER TODAY for this year's SEW IFMA Holiday Party!

$55.00 for IFMA Members

$65 for Guests/Non-Members

Open to all Members and their Guests.  

Includes hors d'oeuvres and two drinks. 
Up to two additional drinks may be purchased at $5.00 each until 6:00 pm.

** Please Register by November 30th. **


This year your Service Committee will be hosting their 7th Annual Silent Auction at the Holiday Social.  All proceeds go to support Penfield Children's Center. 

Please share the joy of the Holiday Season by bringing a new toy for the Salvation Army.  An unwrapped new toy for a boy or girl (ages 5-12) will help a less fortunate child experience the joy of the Christmas season.

New Member Recruitment Event - Milwaukee Brewing Co.

February 28, 2019
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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Milwaukee Brewing Co.
1128 N 9th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Bring a Facility Manager to Work Party!  Please join the SEW IFMA Membership Committe this February and invite a prospective Professional Member to be your guest.  The evening will include a tour of the Milwaukee Brewing Co. and a beverage or two, of course.  Three opportunities are availble for Tabletop Exhibitors to promote their businesses.  Each attendee will recieve a punch card that will enter them into a drawing for prizes.  There are also some prize incentives for recruiting a New SEW IFMA Member.  Space is limited, so REGISTER TODAY!


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Silent Auction Donations

It may be hard to believe, but Santa’s elves (namely your Service Committee members) are in high gear planning the Silent Auction for our 2018 Holiday Social on December 4th at the Pabst Best Place.

This auction provides the funds used to support our selected charitable organizations; Hunger Task Force, Ronald McDonald House, Penfield Children’s Center and the Milwaukee Rescue Mission.  Additionally, our IFMA members donate their time when we host special events at these organizations.

For all of you who have been generous supporters of our auction in the past by providing gift baskets, gift cards, technology items or tickets to special events, we thank you.  We encourage any members or companies to join in our fund raising efforts this year by donating a gift item for the auction.  The more the merrier and the more options for bidding to support our charities!

Don't wait; jump on this opportunity to give to a great cause! Even if you are not sure what to donate, send a quick email to Trudy Miller right now or call her at 440-213-3935 to let her know you will help support the auction. You'll feel good if you do!

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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

Professional Member Appreciation Night


Lunch & Learn October 23rd 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:

Zachary Farrar - Jacobs

Mike Hansen - Merz North America, Inc.

Tom Krings - TCF Bank

Kevin Laskaskie - Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District

In Memoriam:

Don Syring - Don was a Past President of our Chapter and was very involved in the startup and initial growth of SEW IFMA.   

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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