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Learning to Surf Chaos Instead of Drowning in It

September 21, 2017
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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150 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60601


Chaos and change are a part of our lives. In the FM community, we face quite a bit of it every day. We can either choose to flail about or drown in the chaos, or we can learn to surf the big waves that keep coming at us. If you have the sense like you are “never caught up” or you are overwhelmed or worse yet, you wake up in the middle of the night thinking about work, then you need surfing lessons. This is not a Zen, philosophical approach. This is a practical nuts and bolts training to give you the skills you need to embrace chaos.


Learn an airtight system that does the following and more

  1. Increase your productivity

  2. Reduce your self-inflicted wounds

  3. Prevent you and your staff from “dropping the ball”

  4. Gain clarity and mental freedom


Wayne Whitzell, LEED®AP, BEP, GBO

Wayne Whitzell has been an active member in IFMA since 2000. In 2015, he was selected as IFMA’s Associate of the Year at IFMA’s World Workplace in Denver and was selected as IFMA’s Distinguished Author of the Year in 2016. He is currently the President of IFMA East Bay. Over the years, he has held various chapter positions such as Sustainability Committee Chair, Website Chair, and Sacramento Valley Chapter Vice President. He has been to twelve World Workplace conferences and has presented at several IFMA chapter and council events and Facility Fusion. He supports the IFMA Foundation initiatives by routinely speaking at local schools and colleges about a career in FM. Wayne holds credentials as a LEED®AP, Business Energy Professional (BEP), and is a certified Green Business Operator (GBO).   Wayne has spoken at IFMA chapters and councils across the United States. He has spoken at Facility Fusion and was selected as a speaker at this year’s World Workplace in San Diego. But, life isn’t “all work and no play” for Wayne. On weekends he can be heard in Northern California theaters and clubs leading the acclaimed Neil Young & Crazy Horse Tribute band, Tribe of The Red Horse.

Wayne is the Executive Vice President for DFS Green, a company which specializes in cleaning carpets, fabrics, tile & grout, and natural stone across the United States.

Speaker References:

“I have attended many of Wayne’s presentations and I find his material interesting, focused on the topic, and full of take-aways for my use in my FM profession. He uses his sense of humor to focus your attention to key points, engages his audience, and gives them a sense they are hearing from a polished professional who knows how to communicate ideas effectively. I give him my highest recommendation as a presenter”

Kit Tuveson, CFM, ISFP, IFMA Fellow

“Wayne Whitzell rocked the house with a stellar presentation: ‘Beyond Traditional Retrocommissioning – Avoiding Energy Efficiency Drift.” He turned a normally dry topic into something we could really relate to. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this guy talk.”

IFMA Sacramento Valley Chapter

Registration Fees

$0.00 Associate Member

$0.00 Professional Member

$0.00 Young Professional, Student or Retired Member

$40.00 Northern Illinois Chapter Member

$60.00 Guest / Non-Member

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