TEMPE, ARIZ. (July 13, 2022) ‒ The Greater Phoenix Chapter of IFMA, the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, recently elected its officers for 2023.
Marshall MacFarlane, Town of Gilbert, was elected to this second term as Chapter President. Presidents can serve two consecutive one-year terms.
MJ Nagarajan Gomathi, FMP, CFM, LEED Green Associate, Terracon, was elected to her first term as Vice President of Professional Development; John Abbey, TIP Maintenance Building Services, was elected to his second term as VP of Communication; Amy Nugent, Town of Gilbert, was elected to her first term as VP of Community; Kathy Keating-Losinske, Lungaretti Flooring Solutions, was elected to her first term as VP of Special Events; and Jacob Kashiwagi, KSM, Inc., was elected to his second term as Secretary/Treasurer. Vice presidents can serve two consecutive two-year terms.
“I’m proud to serve a second term as president of such an amazing chapter,” MacFarlane said. “Even after navigating COVID-19 and a crazy, volatile economy we still are one of the most successful chapters in North America. This is a direct result of the efforts of our members, committees, and board members. There’s still work to be done, though, and I’m excited about the year ahead.”
A hallmark of the IFMA Greater Phoenix Chapter is the education programs it offers its members. This includes the knowledge-based Facility Management Professional (FMP) credential that helps members accelerate their transition into the profession and the Sustainable Facility Professional (SFP) credential that helps facility managers make data-driven decisions and understand sustainable best practices.
“Our Education Committee recognizes that as facilities professionals it is critical that we continually sharpen our skills through professional development. With this in mind, we will continue to provide programs and training opportunities to help you enhance member skills and awareness in preparation for the challenges their jobs provide today and, in the future,” MacFarlane said.
IFMA Greater Phoenix also boasts a robust student chapter. It offers internships and scholarships to future facility management professionals. The Greater Phoenix Student Chapter won the 2017 Award of Excellence as Student Chapter of the Year.
Community outreach efforts include an annual charity golf tournament and working with Valley non-profits such as “Feed Our Friends.”
Founded in 1980, IFMA is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting more than 24,000 members in 105 countries. The association’s members, represented in 134 chapters and 17 councils worldwide, manage more than 37 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than $100 billion in products and services. IFMA certifies facility managers, conducts research, provides educational programs, and produces World Workplace, the world’s largest facility management conference and exposition.
The Greater Phoenix Chapter of IFMA, formed in 1985, is one of the top association chapters in the world and the winner of IFMA’s Large Chapter of the Year in 2012. It is dedicated to the continuous improvement of the facility management profession by providing relevant educational and networking opportunities for its membership while supporting the community as a whole. For more information about the Phoenix chapter ifmaphoenix.org.