President's Message

IFMA NM member Gary Lucero, Director of Facilities and Transportation at United World College in Montezuma, NM, is motivated to earn his Certified Facility Manager designation. So much so that he has volunteered to head up a study group of like-minded FM's. The group can meet virtually, or perhaps face-to-face, or even a blend, depending on the participants. Gary has webconferencing tools and also is willing to travel to Albuquerque. Interested? Contact Gary at 505-454-4237 (O) or 505-620-2252 (C). His email is gary.lucero@uwc-usa.org . Thanks Gary for stepping up!

The topic of Smart Buildings has many facets, and we will explore one of the largest — security systems — at our March 11 meeting. Join us to hear industry expert Daved Levine of SCI, Inc. as he talks about the five system types, project management, sustainability interfaces, and brings us up to date on the latest technology. For those who are studying for the FMP or CFM exams, you will hear gems that could show up on the tests. No insider info here. In talking with Daved about his talk, I could hear many connections between what he was saying and the types of questions I encountered when taking IFMA's CFM Beta exam last May. 

April's meeting will brief you on how to prevent copper theft at your facilities. Our presenters will be Ray Vigil and Manuel Quintana of PNM. Find out how to safeguard your electrical systems and avoid business interruption and thousands of dollars of unexpected expense. Watch for the announcement for this April 8 meeting.

There are many opportunities to further the growth of your career through IFMA. If you are interested in promoting educational opportunities for IFMA members, or have some time to work on our annual conference committee, we'd love to hear from you. Contact president@ifmanm.org for Mary Anne Giangola, or vicepresident@ifmanm.org for Ken Mitchell.

All of our scheduled programs now are posted on our Calendar -- check it out!

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

"Play Ball!" Join NMIFMA on a Private Guided Tour of the Isotopes Stadium!
Members Only - Isotopes Tour and Lunch!
May 13, 2014
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Albuquerque Isotopes Baseball Stadium
1601 Avenida Cesar Chavez SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t342
$15.00 Hamburger, hot dogs, pasta salad, chips and salsa, brownies and sodas
$20.00 after 6:15 pm May 7