October 2017 Print

President's Letter - Nicole Satterly

President's Letter

"We work to maintain an emphasis on the networking needs and daily challenges of the professional facility manager, while still recognizing the importance of our local service providers and their important role as a collective asset to our chapter.

As we reflect on the chapter’s past accomplishments, we look towards the future. There are many exiting events on the horizon for the Chicago Chapter of IFMA. Chicago will play host city for Facility Fusion in March 2018 and World Workplace in 2020. Both opportunities will give the Chicago chapter a chance to shine and show off our fine city." 

- Selected excerpts from the President's Letter from our incoming Chapter President, Nicole Satterly:


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35th Anniversary Gala


All members, friends, and guests are invited to attend our 35th Anniversary Gala Celebration.  Held at the iconic Field Museum, it promises to be a night of food, music, and fun worthy of the Chicago Chapter's Storied history.  Join us in your best cocktail attire at 5:30 for a Champagne reception - the main entrance for the Gala will be on the South Side of the Museum, near the 'Mammals of Asia' exhibit.  We hope to see you there!

For more information and to register, click here.

Gala Banner

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Event Recap: Catch an FM, If You Can!

On September 21st, the Chicago Chapter held a very unique luncheon event at Petterino's.  It was a panel discussion with the topic: Catch an FM, If You Can, and it presented the opportunty to get to know four Chapter Members, and ask 'behind-the-scenes' questions.'  With excellent attendance from our membership and guests, the extremely knowledgeable and experienced panel answered questions from the crowd and shared some of the accomplishments that they are most proud of. Each panelist brought a unique point of view based on their own facilities and experience and allowed the attendees the opportunity to look 'behind the scenes' at how some of the most critical FM decisions are made. The Chicago Chapter would like to thank Diane Brummel, Berrenda Love-Lewis, Jason Strharsky, and Gaylene Domer for sharing their wisdom and helping to generate a very productive lunch-time conversation. Catch an FM


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Upcoming Event - Happy Networking Hour 10/24

Happy Hour

Fall is upon us and it's time to gather indoors and join up for some fun and laughs. Bring your colleagues and friends to this Dutch Treat networking reception at the Madison Tavern, 500 W. Madison St.

Running from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, there is no 'formal' agenda - simply a gathering with good conversation and networking open to Professional and Associate Members. Madison Tavern is a hip, urban gathering place located inside the Ogilvie Transportation Center. It is a Dutch Treat event so no registration fee but please RSVP to ensure accurate headcounts.

RSVP Online - and bring a friend - the more the merrier!


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Get the Most Out of the Member Directory

One of the most valuble tools for both Professional and Associate Members is our Member Directory.

Professionals: You can use the searchable database to track down an IFMA associate memeber who can provide almost any service or need in your facility.  If you have an upcoming project, search for IFMA members who could be involved - get $5,000 IFMA Bucks for every meeting with an Associate Member and $20,000 IFMA Bucks for every proposal recieved from an Associate Member.

Associates: Be found by Professional Members by making sure to complete your member directory profile and select the appropriate fields and services supplied by your business.  A list of all current Professional Members may also be found through the Direcotry.  After logging in, access to the Member Directory can be found in the 'Member Area' section, shown below.

Member Directory

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Event Recap: Fall Member Appreciation Event

New Members On September 27th, the Chicago Chapter celebrated a wonderful Member Appreciation event at the gorgeous Trendway facility located just steps from the Merchandise Mart and the Chicago River. After a brief introduction and slideshow from the Membership committee, all the attendees had the opportunity to get to know one another and soak in the amazing views inside and outside. Thanks to all members, old and 'New' who attended!  These events are held twice-a-year and are great opportunities to connect with new members, as well as find new ways to get involved with the Chapter.  We hope to see you at our next Member Reception!


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Facility Fusion - In Chicago March 2018

Facility Fusion
Facility Fusion is the ultimate mid-year FM conference and expo, featuring unparalleled education and FM solutions.  At Facility Fusion, the brightest minds in the industry come together to connect, communicate and help redefine modern-day facility management.  The premise of the Facility Fusion educational experience is to offer leading FM education that has NOT been duplicated in the marketplace. The theme for this year’s conference is “Your Facilities, Your Education, Our Future.”  See you next year!

Facility Fusion 2018: Call for Presentations deadline extended to Oct. 23 

Click this link for additional information,

Why should your company exhibit at IFMA Facility Fusion 2018 at the Sheraton Chicago Grand in Chicago, IL?

IFMA Facility Fusion creates an immersive networking experience for facility management professionals within the expo. Through placement of “The Hub” on the expo floor, we provide a gateway experience that captures the minds and attention of attendees. An engaged attendee wants to engage with exhibitors – they’re excited about where they are and ready to get everything they can from the expo.

Click here to view highlights from Facility Fusion 2017,  For pricing and additional information, please contact Michelle Fowler at or 312-236-0900.







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Save the Date - Holiday Party 1/11/18

Holiday Party

The holidays aren't over until you've celebrated with the Chicago Chapter!  We'll be holding our event coming up on January 11th, 2018 to ring in the new year and celebrate all the festivities and memories of 2017.


More details to come soon but pencil in January 11th and we'll look forward to seeing you there!


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2018 Sponsors

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