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

Dear IFMA Members,

Welcome everyone to the 2022-2023 year of the IFMA Philadelphia Chapter! I hope this is the year that we see our lives and work places get back to normal. A “new normal” for sure! I am honored to be your President for the coming year. First, I want to thank Kayla for the last two years and all that she has done to breathe new life into our Chapter! The Board and all our Committee Chairs and co-chairs are ready to make this a very exciting year filled with education, tours, our fabulous golf outing in October and many more exciting opportunities to collaborate and engage with our facility managers and sponsors.

This year we want to hear from you. What do you need from us? What can we do better? Go ahead, lay it on us, we can take it! Are there specific things you want to learn; places you want to tour? Please send your notes to our chapter administrator, Bridget Schalki, at bschalki@barrhorstman.com.

Now for the really big questions – how can we get you involved? We need volunteers to support our Chair people. We need help with events. We would love you to get involved in any way. Please reach out to me at Cdteears@yahoo.com or our Vice President, George Courtnye, at gcourtnye@hpplans.com.

In closing, I look forward to meeting each and every one of you. Your Philadelphia chapter is planning a lot of fun this year. Ge involved, be a part of the fun, let your voice be heard and most of all become a vital part of the chapter and serve!

Hope to see you in Nashville at IFMA WWP!

Colleen Teears
President
IFMA, Greater Philadelphia Chapter

July 2022

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

Colleen is currently President and prior to that Vice President, and 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.

Vice President

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.

Treasurer

Kevin Cote is the Business Development Manager for CBRE GWS Local Facilities Management in the Greater Philadelphia market. Kevin works closely with clients solutioning world-class Facility Maintenance Services that provide superior outcomes for CBRE clients.

Before joining CBRE in January of 2021, Kevin was an Account Manager at Veolia Energy in Philadelphia. Kevin has a diverse background, including 20 years as a maintenance technician, and last held a lead role at NFL Films in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, before becoming customer-facing.

 

Past 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.

 

Chapter Admin

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! 

Dustin Driesbach,  has worked in the commercial roofing industry for over a decade. Dustin has led rebranding efforts for two premier roofing companies on the East Coast. He’s been involved with IFMA since 2010, and for the last year has been responsible for content creation and social media posts while working closely with the IFMA team. His vision is to help grow the IFMA Philadelphia Chapter by making others more aware of the tremendous value of joining our organization.

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.

Committee Members

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.

Sally Ferullo has been a member of IFMA for over 30 years.  She founded Facility Strategies LLC in 2002.  Facility Strategies (FS) is a certified woman-owned business enterprise specializing in Project Management, Corporate Restacks, Strategic Planning, Relocation Management and services for the built environment.  Prior to providing FM consulting services, Sally was a facility management (FM) professional providing project and construction management for First Pennsylvania Bank and later on the Merger & Acquisition Team for CoreStates Banks  (now Wells Fargo).
Sally also worked as a regional construction manager for an affordable housing developer in NJ building both multi-family and Senior housing from planning, through development to ribbon-cutting.  She has been a Certified Facility Manager (CFM) since 2000.  Sally has her Masters of Business (MBA) from Temple University Fox School of Business, Drexel University Architecture Program (2 years) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Moore College of Art and Design.

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 Programs 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.

Committee Members:

  • Marcella Garwood

Education

The Education committee plans professional development and educational opportunities to improve and sustain the growth of our current and future facilities professionals.

Matt has been in Facilities Management for 18 years and is currently employed at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. Matt joined IFMA in 2013 and became a member of the Programs Committee in 2021 and earned his FMP (Facility Management Professional). As the Education Chair, Matt wants to engage the FM’s that are not currently involved with the chapter.

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.

Carol has been employed at Bancroft, a New Jersey Non Profit that serves individuals with developmental disabilities and brain injury for 20 years. She has been working in a Facilities role for the past 18 of those years. She is currently Director of Residential Facilities Operations and has worked closely with a variety of vendors. She is looking forward to utilizing her experience towards developing relationships with our sponsors.

Carol joined IFMA in 2018 and earned her FMP in 2020 and is a member of the golf committee. She is also a member of HEASNJ.

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