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April 2020 Print

President's Message

Hello Fellow SEW IFMA Members,

First of all, I hope everyone is well and staying safe.  We’ve all gone through tremendous change in the last few weeks.   Members are working remotely, many are monitoring buildings onsite, and some are spearheading projects as part of our essential workforce.  All of us are struggling with ever changing guidelines and supply chain disruptions.  We have a strong core of members who are successfully navigating these waters.  In order to connect during this pandemic, we will be hosting a Zoom “FM Roundtable” session this Fri April 3rd at 3PM.  Please follow the link attached to sign up.  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6wrNvE1BSLC_TGR0DINVIg Hope to virtually see you there!

In addition, with the growing amount of literature and reference documents related to the pandemic, we’ve now updated our chapter blog which you can access to keep up to date with the latest information.   https://sewifma.org/blog/cid/1.   We will continue to keep posting relevant information as we all try to help one another through this difficult time.

As a chapter we continue to pivot as the situation evolves.  We hope to someday soon see everyone again at our networking events, lunch and learns, service opportunities, and more.  Until then we’ll provide a virtual space to gather and share.

Take Care,

Your President,

Brett Heikkila

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Upcoming Events

Zoom FM Roundtable

April 03, 2020
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
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Zoom Meeting

Members are working remotely, many are monitoring buildings onsite, and some are spearheading projects as part of our essential workforce.  All of us are struggling with ever changing guidelines and supply chain disruptions.  We have a strong core of members who are successfully navigating these waters.  In order to connect during this pandemic, we will be hosting a Zoom “FM Roundtable” session this Fri April 3rd at 3PM.  Please follow the link attached to sign up. https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6wrNvE1BSLC_TGR0DINVIgHope to virtually see you there!

Virtual Facility Fusion

April 15, 2020
11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
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Your commitment to protecting life and property at this critical time has you focused on needs in your homes, facilities and communities. Our commitment to your continuing education has IFMA focused on bringing exceptional leadership and topical content directly to you.

Opening with a live keynote presentation, IFMA’s Global Virtual Event will feature sessions and workshops curated from the Facility Fusion 2020 program that may be viewed at your convenience. Pricing is just US$10 per session or US$49 for the entire series, including sessions on quantum leadership, emergency plans, smart organizations, building workplaces for productivity, health and well-being, and more.

Safe, convenient, essential — benefit from IFMA-quality learning from your home or office. Continue building your knowledge and skills at a time when best industry practices and cutting-edge strategies are essential.

on-demand sessions starting at $10, or $49 for the entire package.

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Student Scholarship

May 04, 2020
5:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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SEW IFMA Chapter Offices
11801 W Spring Drive, Suite 200
Milwaukee, WI 53225

All Applicants:

  • Scholarship Amount - $3,000 plus 1 year IFMA student membership.
  • Must be a full-time student as defined by your Technical School, College, or University (Minimum 1+ years completed) entering your junior or senior level for undergraduate students and in the second half of the program at a technical college program.
  • Graduate students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Undergraduate or technical students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (Good Academic Standing per individual school)
  • Student must be enrolled in a Facility Management related degree program, i.e. Interior Design, Engineering, Architecture, Business -Real Estate, etc., Construction Management.


Additional Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrated passion for Facility Management or associated program
  • Internship/Work Study in Facility Management or associated program
  • Awards/Recognition
  • Community Activities
  • School Activities


Please submit the requested documentation to SEW IFMA  – 11801 W. Silver Spring Drive, Milwaukee, WI  53225 – ATTN:  Tina Conley or send to Tina at     [email protected] 

For questions about the application, please contact Doug VerBockel at [email protected]

Deadline is May 4, 2020

Note:  Applicants will be notified by June 1, 2020.  Evaluation of applicants is based on academic performance, accomplishments, involvement, letter of intent and letters of recommendation.  Final ranking does not serve as sole basis for determining scholarship winners and the decisions of the IFMA volunteer scholarship judges are final.

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IFMA Foundation - Ken Laga Winner

At World Workplace 2019  our Chapter President, Brett Heikkila, awarded the Ken Laga IFMA Foundation Scholarship Award to McKay Jaussi of Riverton Utah.  The Ken Laga Scholarship program was started by our Chapter back in June of 2007 and has awarded five $3,500 Scholarships to college students that are studying to become Facility Managers.  The Ken Laga IFMA Foundation Scholarship has been funded by proceeds from our annual SEW IFMA golf outing.  The Foundation accepts deserving applicants from throughout the United States and Western Europe.  Our Chapter also has a local (Wisconsin) college scholarship program which is also funded by our golf outing profits.

A little about McKay Jaussi…….  McKay is a Junior at Brigham Young University and is working on a degree in Facility and Property Management.   Ideally he would like to work in Facilities at a college University.  McKay is an Eagle Scout and has worked on three different facility related projects during his college career.  He worked as an FM Intern on a HVAC controls project at Northwest Nazarene University.  McKay also worked for 3 months on a construction project for the new Engineering building on the BYU campus.  McKay is currently an Intern at the Church of Latter-Day Saints headquarters in Salt Lake city.  He is working on a project to Asset tag and inventory approximately 30,000 assets across the Campus.  Congratulations McKay!

Did you know most of our Annual IFMA  Golf tournament profits go to two Scholarship funds? (Local and National)  It is just one more reason that your IFMA membership is important.

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Annual 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.

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:

  • WeHub: Workspace Nudge - January 15
  • FM Roundtable:  VJS - January 23
  • Tour of Mortenson - February 12
  • Milwaukee Rescue Mission - February 27
  • Beer & Wine Tasting - March 2020
  • Tri Chapter: Harley Davidson Museum - April 28
  • Brewers Game - May 2020
  • Annual Dinner - June 2020


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,

Amy Langkamp, Chapter Vice President


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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:

Anthony De Almeida            Affordable Office Interiors

Scott Gemske                       Harwood Engineering

Margaret Munson                 MahlerClean

Betty Stacks                          Mid American Building Services         

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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