Advancing the Facilities Management Profession in the Philadelphia Region by providing exceptional services, products, resources and opportunities.

Chartered in 1985, the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of IFMA has over 350 members in the Tri-State region. Approximately 3/4 of our members are facilities management professionals. It is our vision to become the preeminent Facility Management Organization in the Philadelphia region.

President's Message

July 2020

Dear IFMA Members,

I am proud to be your IFMA President! This year has been an interesting one to say the least. We are facing new challenges as Facility Managers and Business Partners, both personally and professionally. The way we do business in Philadelphia may look and feel different, but our connections here at IFMA can withstand these changes. As a member of IFMA for the last 6 years, I have always found this association to be a place to find support and encouragement (through good times and bad).

As your newest Chapter President, I make it my goal to roll with the changing times and provide our members with knowledge and resources we can use at home and in our offices (if and when we return). A special thanks to all our current members, sponsors and board executives who continue to support IFMA Philadelphia.

To our prospective and future members, we can not wait to have you as a part of our group. Please reach out to me for more information on how to get involved. Whether you are a facility professional or a service provider in our region, you are a vital piece of the future of facilities in Philadelphia.

Sending virtual good vibes to you all. I hope to see you soon!

~ Kayla Paonessa

 

Chapter Facts

Our purpose is to provide educational resources and networking opportunities for Facility Managers and industry related professionals. As a Chapter, we provide numerous services and resources to our members, including:

Our membership is strong, diverse and represents major facilities and affiliated services in our region. As a Chapter, we are nationally recognized by the Association for our work with the IFMA Foundation and with other leadership opportunities. We have a vibrant and dedicated Executive Board guiding the Chapter on a daily basis.

Meet the Board - IFMA Philly Board of Directors

Executive Board

President

Kayla has recently joined the team at Hillmann Consulting as a Business Development Manager. She has been an IFMA member since 2014 and previously served as Membership Co-Chair and Vice President.  Kayla received her BA in Criminal Justice from Widener University.
Other Professional and/or Industry Associations: HFMADV (Healthcare Facility Management Association of the Delaware Valley), ALA (Association of Legal Administrators), The Taste of Greater Philadelphia Speaker Series

Vice President

Colleen is currently Vice President and prior to that Co-Chair of the Sponsorship committee for IFMA Philadelphia. Colleen has been a CFM for over ten years and been active with IFMA Philly for the last 10 years. Colleen has also been involved in the planning of the 2019 Holiday Party and helps with the Annual Golf event. 

Colleen currently is a Senior Vice President for Radian Group Inc overseeing Corporate Real Estate, Facilities Management, Business Continuity, Records Management and Construction management. Colleen has been with Radian for 24 years. Colleen has sat on many residential boards for home owner associations. Colleen has been married for 36 years and has two daughters and two stepsons. Colleen has six fabulous grandsons with another grandbaby on the way.

Treasurer

Mike has been a member of IFMA Philadelphia for over 20 years supporting various activities and events. Mike is a Commercial Real Estate Management leader with more than 25 years of experience supporting global companies in the engineering, architectural, financial, and hospitality industries. Property honors include: USGBC- LEED Gold Certification, BOMA Office Building of the Year, Healthy Workplace and Best Places to Work Awards. Community involvement participation includes support of Make-a-Wish, JDRF, and Habitat for Humanity. Mike holds a Pennsylvania Real Estate Salesperson license a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Penn State University and a Bachelor’s degree from Concord University. and resides in West Chester, PA.

Past President

Christine has been employed at MHI Consulting since 2020 and has been in construction for 30 years with the last 13 years in the elevator trade. Christine has been a member of IFMA since 2015. Christine received her MBA in Project Management, FMP, OSHA outreach trainer, DDI certified trainer. Other Professional and/or Industry Associations: NAWIC Membership Committee Chair, Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce Women in Business committee, HFMADV member, PBMOA member, GPHA member.

Chapter Administrator

Bridget has been the daily point of contact for the Philadelphia Chapter’s Board, Committees and Members as well as IFMA National since 2005. She routinely attends committee meetings and board meetings and also assists the committees with program planning and is the person who will greet you at the registration table at all events.  Bridget keeps members up to date with the weekly newsletter and website postings.

Committees

Our Committee Chairs round out the Board and help the Executive Board to meet its goals!
Each committee also has members with duties which play an important role in making the committee successful.

This committee is responsible for getting the necessary information out to our members. Managing the website, Social Media posts, the Quarterly Insite Newsletter and emails play a big part in keeping you informed! 

Lisa Bierer, Regional Sales Director at Valcourt Safety Systems, has been dedicated for over a decade to providing workers with the education and use of proper safety equipment to use on the job. Certified as a Qualified Safety Sales Professional by the International Safety Equipment Association, the industry’s premier designation for those individuals who are in the safety sales profession. She focuses most of her time on fall protection equipment and safety training and maintains her OSHA 30 and 10 certifications for construction and general industry. Lisa continues to be engaged with this passion to support our workers and clients in her current role with Valcourt Safety Systems. She does this by working with clients to analyze their building specific needs to provide fully compliant façade access and fall protection systems and developing customized solutions that will meet all compliance requirements and maximize safety and functionality for workers by prevention through design.

David is President of Cadapult Ltd, implementing Cadapult FM Facilities Management software and services for over 25 years nationwide.
He has been an IFMA member since 2001 and became a Philadelphia Chapter board member and co-chair of the education committee in 2011. He went on to serve as Vice -President and President of the chapter, after which he continued as part of the Programs, Education and Communications committees.
David is a graduate of the Temple Architecture program. He was on the advisory board for the Temple University Bachelors of Facilities Management program at it’s onset, and was also initially an adjunct professor as part of that program.

Every year the committee holds a golf outing and the proceeds go exclusively towards scholarships for students in Facilities Management degree programs at local Universities as well as local charities.

Orlando has been with CORT for six years. Orlando joined IFMA in 2008. Orlando graduated from Upsala College in 1990 and is a member of DE & Philly IFMA, DE & Philly ALA, Corenet, HFMADV

Committee Members

The Chapter Membership Committee is primarily responsible for MEMBER GROWTH and RETENTION by developing processes to meet our projected goals. The methods for accomplishing them are limited only by our imagination.

Sallyann is founder of Facility Strategies, LLC, a certified woman-owned business enterprise specializing in Project Management, Corporate Restacks, Strategic Planning, Relocation, Management and Owner’s Representation. FS has been in business since 2002. Prior to creating FS, Sally was involved in the pre-construction process and construction of affordable housing throughout the State of NJ for Community Investment Strategies. Sally was a principal at the IEI Group, for five years and started a project management group as a sister company. The initial half of Sally’s career was in facility management for First Pennsylvania and CoreStates Bank as a project manager. Sally was on the merger and acquisition team during an aggressive expansion throughout the region and worked as an interior designer throughout her college career and for a year after graduation. Sally has been a professional member of IFMA since 1986, the year she began working at First Pennsylvania Bank. Sally received her Certified Facility Management certification in 2000. Sally has her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Temple University Fox School of Business, Drexel University – 2 years – Architecture Program, Bachelor of Fine Arts – Moore College of Art and Design in Interior Design

Barb was a member of the Sales Team at Elliott-Lewis Corporation from 3/9/1992 to April 30, 2017 and is now retired. Barb been a happy and fulfilled member of IFMA since 2/6/97 Co-Chairing on the Communication Committee for many years and now Co-Chairing on the Membership Committee.

Committee Members

The Programs & Education Committee utilizes their professional expertise and connections to obtain volunteers to present on substantive topics related to the Facility Management profession. Define an annual series of professional presentations on Facility Management topics. Solicit and coordinate presentations for the educational sessions.  Coordinate an annual trade show including educational programs and service/vendor information for Facility Managers.

Christine has been employed at MHI Consulting since 2020 and has been in construction for 30 years with the last 13 years in the elevator trade. Christine has been a member of IFMA since 2015.  Christine received her MBA in Project Management, FMP, OSHA outreach trainer, DDI certified trainer.  Other Professional and/or Industry Associations: NAWIC Membership Committee Chair, Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce Women in Business committee, HFMADV member, PBMOA member, GPHA member.

George has been employed at Health Partners Plans for 27 years and has a BA in Business Management from Peirce. In 2020, George earned his FMP (Facility Management Professional). George joined IFMA in 2016 and became a member of the Membership Committee. In 2017, he joined the Program Committee of which he became Co-Chair in 2018.

Keith works for a great service company that specializes in floor care. Best part of his job is serving his customers and helping them take one more thing off their plate. The first thing Keith did when he started at MilliCare was to sign up for IFMA and join a committee. The years of being part of this organization has afforded him the opportunity to grow both professionally and personally. Keith has been with MilliCare for 19 years. Keith joined IFMA in 2002. Keith attended Albright College and is a member of ALA.

Committee Members:

The Social committee plans fun events for the chapter such as the Holiday event and happy hours.

 

Sponsorship

The Sponsorship Committee works to create financial partnerships that will enable the Chapter enhance our members’ experience through integrated advertising opportunities, networking, and integrating professional members to top vendors in support of business development.  The Sponsorship Committee assists in establishing goodwill and credibility by seeking a deeper association between our membership and our Sponsors’ target markets.

 

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