President's Message

December 15 is the deadline to become a sponsor for the New Mexico Chapter of IFMA. Sponsors gain that extra degree of visibility with our membership at meetings, in our meeting announcements, and on our website. This opportunity will not come again for another year, so get aboard! Contact Sponsorship Chair Mike Freeman of Mike’s Quality Painting,  or Mary Anne Giangola. By Phone: Mike  270-4236 or Mary Anne 440-9687

FM Input Needed for NNSA Study
Kaylyn Peters, a graduate Fellow working with the National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) at Sandia National Laboratories, has asked NM IFMA for help in her research. NNSA/DOE’s Office of Infrastructure and Capital Planning (NA-00-20) is working to align NNSA’s maintenance practices with more efficient practices used in the private sector. We are cooperating with this study. If Kaylyn contacts you, know that this research has our support.

Our program committee, headed by Lisa Logan (Noresco) and Andrew DeMattos (APIC Solutions) has been hard at work to bring you educational, stimulating, and fun programs and tours for the year.  Thanks to Andrew and Lisa as well as these members for their great ideas:

  • Bob Hall, Integrated Design & Architecture
  • Karen Prinke, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Ken Mitchell, City of Albuquerque
  • Joe Craig, Craig & Company
  • Tristan Thomas, TADALA AS
  • Brandon Moss, Innovative Moving Systems

Our November tour of the newly remodeled Coronado Center was a real busman’s holiday, looking behind the scenes at New Mexico’s largest shopping destination. IFMA New Mexico has top-notch and well-placed facility managers among our membership and Coronado Center’s Senior Operations Manager, Richard Harding, CFM, is one of them. Richard provided a facility manager's perspective on both the recent Coronado Center remodel, and the day to day operations of his specialized facility.

On December 9, we will gather at Red Door MicroBrewery for a tour and holiday social. Joy Junction is our designated charity for holiday giving. See the Joy Junction Wish List. Be sure to register now and bring a guest!

Program Lineup:

  • January 13- Event Management with Patti Watson, CEO of public relations firm Cooney Watson, responsible for communication and events related to the Paseo del Norte/I-25 Interchange reconstruction project.
  • February 10 – IFMA Credentialing with a team of IFMA New Mexico experts
  • March 10 – Keep Up To Date on Carpet Technology, Karen Cook, Interface Flooring
  • April – Open
  • May – Fun Facility Tour – TBA
  • June – Move Management, Innovative Moving Systems and a guest speaker
  • July – Acoustics and the Facility Manager
  • August – Tour TBA
  • September – Facility Manager Open Forum - What are your biggest facility challenges?

Our numbers are growing! We are proud that our ratio of Professional to Associate members is 80%:20%. We appreciate our Associate members, as they are in the field every day contacting facility managers. As you can see, many of our Associate members are helping the chapter to grow even more. Thank you for your support!

We are designing a short electronic survey of our members and you should receive it soon. Please give us your opinions so we can meet your needs!

Mary Anne Giangola, CFM
President, New Mexico Chapter of IFMA