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The International Facility Management Association is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for professional facility managers, supporting more than 22,655 members in 78 countries.

Nationally, the association’s members include 127 chapters and 16 industry councils worldwide managing more than 37 billion square feet of property, and annual purchases of more than US$100 billion in products and services.

IFMA certifies facility managers, conducts research, provides educational programs, recognizes facility management certificate programs and produces World Workplace, the world’s largest facility management conference and exposition.

IFMA San Diego is guided by the strategic direction and principles of the international organization and by the chapter strategic plan. Chartered in April 1988, IFMA San Diego is a volunteer organization dedicated to enhancing the performance and professional growth of our members through networking, education and promoting the practice of facilities management. The local organization has grown consistently, with membership representing more than 300 of San Diego’s best known, best run and most respected companies, institutions, universities and providers to the building and facility management industry.

Through educational programs, networking, career support and communications, the IFMA San Diego objective is to be the premier organization for facility management professionals. The organization works closely with several of the local colleges and universities on Facility Management related courses. IFMA San Diego is proud to be bringing IFMA's Facility Management Professional (FMP) competency courses to our members in San Diego. This knowledge-based credential of the basics of facility management springboards facility manager professionals toward success in their career. The next course, FMP Course — Finance and Business, will take place Thursday, May, 3 2012.

In April of 2011, IFMA San Diego began a quarterly “Round Table Program” exclusively for our professional members. The first topic of discussion was, “As a facility manager, what keeps you up at night?”

This was a great opportunity to meet other facility managers in an informal setting and to talk about the issues they face every day at their companies. Two other forums were successfully held in 2011 and four forums were held in February 2012. Look for more of these informative sessions to be scheduled in the future. If you or someone you know is a facility manager that is not yet a member of IFMA San Diego, you are invited to attend. Visit ifmasandiego.org for more information on education programs and professional round table events.

Calendar of Events

April 11 - Luncheon: Making the Most of Social Media

May 3 & 4 - FMP: Finance and Business Essentials

May 9 - Tour: County of San Diego Facilities

June 12 - Luncheon: Crossing the Sustainability Chasm

July 11 - Luncheon: Managing Tenant Improvement Projects

July 13 & 14 - FMP: Operations and Maintenance

Aug. 7 - Quarterly Educational Breakfast

Aug. 8 - Luncheon: Merged. Acquired, Consolidated, Restructured (A Facility Manager's Survival Guide)

Sept. 6 & 7 - FMP: Project Management

Sept. 12 - Luncheon: Security - Existing Buildings

Oct. 10 - Luncheon: Space Utilization

Nov. 14 - Luncheon: TBA

Dec. 6 & 7 - FMP: Leadership & Strategy

Dec. 12 - Luncheon: Holiday Social

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