FM Communities without Boundaries
Collaboration. Connection. Community.

IFMA created industry-specific councils to meet the networking and information needs of its members. By providing opportunities for interaction that transcend chapter and regional boundaries, councils enable members to meet other professionals who share an interest in a specific FM practice area or who work in the same business sector.

Benefits of Council Membership

  • Newsletters - covering current council news with members contributing articles on relevant topics
  • Directories - membership rosters are available for networking opportunities to all council members
  • Listservs - an e-mail network providing instant access to the entire council membership
  • Teleconference Meetings - venues for discussing benchmarking, best practices, etc.
  • Websites - updated to keep council members up to date on discussions and activities
  • Seminars & Conferences - at a minimum, each council meets at World Workplace, IFMA's annual conference and expo

Top 5 Reasons to Join a Council

  1. Focused Networking - Councils narrow the line of communication within the global IFMA community, uniting members who have similar responsibilities and working environments.
  2. Targeted Information - Councils allow for exchange of highly targeted information in particular areas of expertise without location limitations.
  3. Community of Interest - Council members are part of a community with common concerns. Councils direct their own programs that are structured to meet the specific needs of their unique membership.
  4. Information Sharing - Council members are involved with each other to share experiences, best practices and to resolve traditional as well as day-to-day challenges.
  5. Heightens your Marketability - Councils enable members to stay on the cutting edge by exchanging resources and working together to evaluate current and future trends.

Below please find a list of all the IFMA Councils. For further information, please contact IFMA Headquarters or contact the Councils directly via their websites.

Council Resource Manager at IFMA Headquarters
Leslie Scantlebury
1 E. Greenway Plaza, Suite 1100
Houston, Texas 77046-0194
Ph: 713-623-4362
Fax: 713-623-6124

Academic Facilities:
The Academic Facilities council provides a forum for sharing information directed at academic facilities including, but not limited to, primary and secondary schools, technical and community colleges, and private and public colleges and universities.

Airport Facilities:
The Airport Facilities council's membership is open to IFMA members who have some degree of responsibility for an airport facility and those offering specialized products or services to meet their needs. The mission of this council is to effectively address the challenges of managing airports in a global economy. The Airport Council will focus on benchmarking, security practices, business development, and emergency/disaster planning within airport facilities. IFMA councils provide members with focused networking, targeted information, a community of interest, information sharing and a heightened marketability.

Banking Institutions & Credit Unions Council:
The Banking Institutions & Credit Unions council focuses on issues such as security, money handling, banking equipment and regulations, customer liability, drive-up lanes, information privacy, disaster recovery and benchmarking. Educational and networking sessions are a focus at meetings.

Call Centers:
The Call Center council focuses on the 24x7 operational needs of call center facility managers, including security, custodial and food service functions, voice and data systems, computer rooms, cabling systems, UPS and backup power systems. Furniture lines specially designed for call centers, firms specializing in call center design and construction, and those specializing in outsourcing customer service functions would benefit from membership in this council.

Corporate Headquarters:
The Corporate Headquarters council focuses on facilities that serve as central control points for business operations. Common characteristics of membership include leadership and executive presence, financial/MIS operations, primary offices and associated services, and churn.

Corporate Real Estate:
The Corporate Real Estate Council will focus on the real estate and facility issues affecting the day-to-day operations endemic to corporate America. Focus areas include: workplace innovation, national and global real estate leasing/occupancy trends, corporate resource management, service delivery trends and Web based real estate technology.

Environmental Health & Safety:
The Environmental Health & Safety council is a forum for facility professionals to share ideas and experiences regarding such complex issues as ergonomics, disaster recovery, blood-borne pathogens and asbestos abatement.

FM Consultants:
The FM Consultants council supports new and existing FM consultants as they build a career around their workplace expertise. Through geographical and cross-discipline networking, best practices and small business management skills, the council empowers members to step out into the marketplace. This is a noncommercial forum for members to network and share ideas.

Health Care:
The Health Care council welcomes facilities managers working for hospitals and other related organizations. Members learn about the latest innovations in the field, tour health care facilities and network with other professionals.

Information Technology:
The Information Technology council reviews computer-aided facility management and general business hardware and software; develops criteria for evaluating the usefulness of FM-specific programs in addressing the major functional areas of facility management; and develops procedures to be used in the automation of FM operations.

Legal Industry:
The Legal Industry council shares information among FMs from law firms, corporate legal departments and academic legal departments. Discussions center on vendor issues, easier and more efficient ways to perform services, emerging technology, ADA, OSHA and other regulatory information.

Manufacturing Council:
The Manufacturing council would provide the opportunity to share similar interests, insights, technical innovations and efficiency improvements, as well as unique processes and procedures, to meet the future demands and challenges of external and internal customers. The council's membership is open to those that have some degree of responsibility for a manufacturing facility and those offering specialized products or services to meet their needs.

Museums/Cultural Institutions:
The Museum/Cultural Institutions council meets the highly specialized needs of its members by providing education and training specific to management of science centers, performing arts centers, libraries, historical sites, art institutes, theatres and zoos.

Public Sector Facilities:

The Public Sector Facilities council is for those managing, maintaining or constructing government buildings and facilities. The council addresses the constraints of budgets, organization policies and bureaucracy in city, state, provincial or federal government agencies.

Research & Development Facilities:
The Research & Development Facilities council is dedicated to enhancing the expertise and productivity of FMs dealing with R&D facilities. The council provides a communication link through which members can share information on technical challenges involved in supporting the research and development missions of their employers.

Members of the Utilities council function within the regulated and unregulated utility industries. The council's twice-yearly meetings feature benchmarking sessions, reports, best practices presentations and round table sessions, offering an exceptional exchange of ideas and information.