The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) recently announced the member-elected executive committee of its 2017-18 global board of directors.
July 1 marked the first day as chair for William M. O’Neill, CFM, associate director, facilities management, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and the first day as first vice chair for Graham John Tier, CFM, FMP, MRICS, head of property facilities management, The Hong Kong Jockey Club. Previous board member Lynn N. Baez, CFM, SFP, FMP, CBCP, principal consultant, Workplace Management Solutions, Long Beach, Calif., transitioned onto the executive team as second vice chair.
“It is a great honor to assume this position and continue the outstanding work that has come before me,” O’Neill said. “In the many years that I’ve been with IFMA, I can’t remember a time when there was so much raw potential for FM professionals to harness the benefits of a truly global community. The role that FM plays in the built environment of tomorrow is being forged by FM leaders today—whether it’s smart buildings that improve the quality of life for occupants or global practice standards that preserve the built environment for generations to come.”
IFMA expressed gratitude for the leadership of outgoing Chair Maureen Ehrenberg, FRICS, CRE, president, global integrated facility management, JLL, Chicago, “whose vision drove a dynamic year of growth and change within IFMA and across the global FM community.”
“In addition to a record number of successful events held around the world and the formation of regional advisory boards, Ehrenberg oversaw much of the implementation of the landmark IFMA-RICS collaboration, which is helping unify the global FM community while integrating it into the larger built-environment industry,” IFMA said. “Ehrenberg will remain involved as past chair.”
IFMA also expressed appreciation for the contributions of outgoing Past Chair Michael D. Feldman, FMP, CM.
Earlier this year, the members of IFMA’s board of directors voted to extend their terms by one year. As a result, the previous directors, except Baez, remain in place. Members of the executive committee serve one-year terms.
The 2017-18 IFMA Board of Directors consists of:
- Chair: O’Neill.
- First vice chair: Tier.
- Second vice chair: Baez.
- Past chair: Ehrenberg.
- Ex officio: Tony Keane, CAE, IFMA president and chief executive officer.
- Directors: Peter Ankerstjerne, MBA, COP, FRICS, IFMA Fellow, chief marketing officer, ISS, Søborg, Denmark; Diane Coles-Levine, MCR, principal, Workplace Management Solutions, Long Beach; Keith A. Dias, PE, CFM; Laurie A. Gilmer, PE, CFM, SFP, LEED AP, CxA, vice president/chief operating officer, Facility Engineering Associates PC, Santa Rosa, Calif.; Wayne Harvey, CFM, SFP, LEED AP, president, HCS LLC, Fort Worth, Texas; Gordon Hicks, P.Eng, LEED AP, president and chief executive officer, Americas Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions, Markham, Ontario, Canada; Louise Panneton, president/managing partner, P3 Advisors Inc., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; and Darrell D. Smith, director of central services, Google Inc., Mountain View, Calif.
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