August 2011  

Note from your Administrator

Welcome to our NEW Monthly Newsletter from our NEW Website! We hope you are finding it informative and easy to use! By now, you should have received an email from welcoming you to the new site and providing your user name and password. By logging into the site you will be able to sign up for meetings, events and classes at the member rates. If you have not received the email and help with your login info please contact me at

Once you're logged in, you can manage your account profile. Changing your password, email and phone numbers are just a few options. I encourage you all to at least go to your account profile and choose a business category from the drop-down list. When other members are looking for a certain business, your info will appear for the category you select.

As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact me!

Kathleen Severson
Chapter Administrator

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President's Report

Dear Fellow IFMA Members,
Another year has passed and the incoming board for 2011 would like to thank Ted Ritter and his board for the great job they did over the last year. This coming year should be extremely exciting for the Greater Phoenix Chapter; “IFMA’s World Workplace 2011” will be held in our own backyard October 26-28.


Rick Corea
President; “The Greater Phoenix Chapter of IFMA”
ON Semiconductor
Manager, North America Facilities


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Member Spotlight

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Golf Tournament

Join us September 23rd at the Biltmore
The Greater Phoenix Chapter of IFMA is hosting our third annual Carbon Neutral Golf Event at the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club on Friday September 23rd. This is a great opportunity to network with your peers and support your association.

To represent your company give some thought to providing an item that will be placed in the Golfer Goodie Bag this year. We're always looking for things like sunscreen, tees, mini first-aid kits, ball markers, or whatever else fun that you can think of.


To provide a Contribution to the Goodie Bags

Contact Ted Ritter at

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Student Chapter News

Message from the Student Chapter President...
As the incoming student chapter President I would personally like to extend an invitation for all IFMA members to attend our student chapter meetings. If you know of a young adult or student whom you think would benefit from being involved with the student chapter, have them send me an email at Better yet, accompany them to our first student chapter meeting of the year! Come support the longevity of this organization and the future of facilities!

Robert Kong
Greater Phoenix Student Chatper of IFMA President

Next meeting-
Topic:  What is Facilities?  What is FM?
Speaker: Ted Ritter, Immediate Past President, Greater Phoenix Chapter of IFMA
September 14th
Time:  TBD
Location: TBD

Check back for details...

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World Workplace 2011

The Greater Phoenix Chapter of IFMA is proud and excited to host IFMA's Annual Conference and Expo!  World Workplace 2011 at the Phoenix Convention Center is the perfect place to Learn, Network and Explore.

Early-bird Deadline is August 25th!
Save $100 off Full Event Registration

There are many Volunteer Opportunities avaible for Phoenix Chapter members! Click the button below for details and how to volunteer...

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Education Update

The education opportunities with IFMA just keep getting better!  In addition to the Facility Manger Professional (FMP) and the Certified Facility Manager (CFM) credentials, IFMA has now launched the Sustainability Facility Professional credential! 

The Greater Phoenix Chapter is offering these classes right here in the Valley instructed by our very own IFMA Fellow, Patrick Okamura CFM, CSS, CIAQM, LEED AP

Click on the icons for more details and to register.

next class-
September 15&16

Exam Review-
November 10

classes begin-
August 25!

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Save the Date

Upcoming Meetings and Events

SFP course
8/25, & 8/26/11
9/8, & 9/9/11
10/5, 10/6 & 10/7/11

FMP- Leadership & Strategy Essential
9/15, & 9/16/11

Annual Charity Golf Tournament


World Workplace 2011
October 26-28, 2011

CFM Exam Review

November Member Meeting

Holiday Party

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Classified Ads


The City of Glendale is recruiting for a facilities management contract monitor. Please refer to the link below for application information




View Job HERE




You have high expectations for yourself and your career.

So does APS.

Imagine what we will achieve together.

You could have a powerful future with APS!


Arizona Public Service (APS) is leading the way toward an energy future that is cleaner, more reliable and sustainable. With $3.3 billion in annual revenue and nearly 7,000 employees, APS is the largest electric utility in Arizona, serving 1.1 million customers. We are the principal subsidiary of publicly traded Pinnacle West Capital Corporation (NYSE:PNW). Our generation fleet includes natural gas, nuclear, coal and growing renewable technologies.


Facilities Administrator Consultant

Job # 20170357 • Phoenix, AZ


We hire exceptional people. We want individuals who thrive on being challenged and are passionate about contributing to a great company as well as growing with us. We are seeking a Facilities Administrator Consultant to join our Real Estate and Facilities, Planning and Consulting department.


Success in this role will require the proper execution of the following responsibilities:

  • Fostering strong working relationships with executives, leadership and our customers by understanding business needs and working in partnership to develop sustainable solutions.
  • Developing, communicating and maintaining the Real Estate and Facilities 10-year Master Plan and associated projects.
  • Developing the scope, schedule, budget and justification for Facilities capital renewals, programs and projects.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Construction or Facility Management or related field and 8 years of experience in facility property administration and maintenance/construction; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience with a professional designation in Facilities related programs though AFE, BOMA, IFMA, PMI, with certifications such as FMP, PMP, CPMM or CFM. 
  • Demonstrated technical experience in working with mechanical, life safety, and electrical systems.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in working with building codes, regulations, building construction, and maintenance materials and equipment. 
  • Ability to read and understand construction documents, architectural/engineering drawings, and specifications.
  • Experience in contract management, work scope preparation, and contract administration required. 
  • Some travel to company sites locally as well as throughout the state required.
  • PC skills which include business and project management software tools, spreadsheets, and database analysis tools required.  
  • A valid Arizona's driver's license required.


Major Accountabilities:

  • Participates in the planning and development of short and long range facility needs and in the development of budget recommendations for projects; establishes priorities for facility projects within assigned area; coordinates obtaining contract bids, drafts contract documents and contract changes for projects; develops, negotiates, and initiate work authorizations for contract service agreements of facility building systems.
  • Consults with Architects and Engineers on project design, reviews and provides technical input on architectural and engineering design work to ensure customer needs are met and serves the business processes of the company.
  • Manages contracts for outside services to inspect and maintain building systems which may include air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, emergency generators, building automation systems, water purification and fuel systems, etc.; coordinates work activities with customers, Facility Management team members to insure that timely and cost competitive facility management services are provided with a minimal impact to the customers operations; manage activities of contractor and suppliers to ensure adherence to health and safety policies and regulatory requirements including indoor air quality and environmental concerns.
  • Provides input and control to ensure accurate cost estimates and cost management for facility projects and maintenance work.
  • Responds to emergency facility situations involving major component system failure impact facility operations; gather and analyze information to determine repair, construction need to get system back in service and minimize disruption to business processes; coordinates repair services with in-house or outside resources; leads root cause efforts to address system failures.
  • Provides technical support related to company maintenance standards, indoor air quality concerns, regulatory compliance with OSHA, fire and other governmental requirements.
  • Participates in planning sessions to determine when to replace building system components and how to budget for expenditures.
  • Schedules and oversees planned outages of building services for routine and of emergency maintenance procedures.
  • Maintains financial information pertaining to the building costs for assigned facilities. Participates in the facility operating and capital budget preparation.
  • May serve in the absence of the leader in addressing issues of the organization.
  • Develops solutions/alternatives to complex facility systems maintenance/construction problems requiring evaluation of a broad range of factors and which involve determining immediate response to system emergencies; exercises judgment within broadly defined industry practices and company policies that involve contract limits, allocation of resources, design review tradeoffs, vendor schedules, pre-determined budget costs in determining results; serves as technical resource to other staff members on mechanical and electrical systems and on contract parameters/agreements/policies to ensure compliance with policies and government rules and regulations; advises on what resources are needed and action to mitigate more serious consequence to the company.
  • Reviews, maintains and establishes material and equipment operations and maintenance standards and specifications.


To Apply:

Candidates interested in this opportunity, please go to:


Alternate Application Options:

These options are reserved for use by individuals with disabilities. Information received via these options will be routed to specialists who will provide appropriate assistance to these individuals to ensure that their data is entered into the APS online application. These specialists will not have access to existing profiles in the APS online application process and will not be able to provide any application status updates.


If you have a condition that hinders your ability to apply online, please choose one of the alternate options to submit your expression of interest in a position with APS: Call us at 602-250-2101

Mail Your Resume and Letter of Interest to:


Attn: Talent Acquisition

400 North 5th Street

M.S. 8412

Phoenix, AZ 85004


AA/EO Employer by Choice:

Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and its subsidiaries and affiliates (“Pinnacle West”) provides equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.


Visit our website today for more information!


Export Compliance/EEO


This position may require access to and/or use of information subject to control under the Department of Energy's Part 810 Regulations (10 CFR Part 810), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR Parts 730 through 774), or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 CFR Chapter I, Subchapter M Part 120) (collectively, "U.S. Export Control Laws"). Therefore, some positions may require applicants to be a U.S. person, which is defined as a U.S. Citizen, a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), a Political Asylee, or a Refugee under the U.S. Export Control Laws. All applicants will be required to confirm their U.S. person or non-US person status. All information collected in this regard will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. Export Control Laws, and will be used in full compliance with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of national origin and other factors. For positions at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Stations (PVNGS) all openings will require applicants to be a U.S. person.


Leisure World Community Association, an active resort style 55+ community, is seeking a Facilities Director. The Director of Facilities is responsible for overseeing the community’s current and future physical structures, including maintenance of all buildings, management of construction projects, grounds, natural areas, athletic courts, vehicles, and other equipment. The position exhibits results orientation, strong analytical skills, and the capacity to manage complex projects, think critically, and communicate effectively.  The Director of Facilities provides excellent customer service, good will and technical knowledge.  The Director of Facilities is the leader of our facilities department and should develop talent through coaching, mentoring, and intellectual growth. 


 Lead all aspects of engineering, utilities, building maintenance, facilities services, construction management, facilities planning and housekeeping for 3 recreation centers, 5 pools and spas and 26 miles of road.


  • Oversee, develop and lead the Building Maintenance and Housekeeping Department’s staff as well as an Administrative Assistant.
  • Develop and implement guidelines that are corrective and preventative for the upkeep of housekeeping services, all buildings and structures, grounds and major facilities systems (HVAC, mechanical, plumbing, electrical and structural).
  • Monitor work order system that ensures repairs are completed in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Oversee a data base for all Architectural Control Committee permits.
  • Oversee all Facilities to maintain federal, state and local requirements.
  • Oversee exterior maintenance for roughly 600 condominiums.
  • Conduct regular inspections of all facilities, grounds and equipment to ensure high standards for cleanliness, safety and attractiveness.
  • Assist in the development of budgets and then administer the approved budget.
  • Maintain effective communications with all stakeholders to enhance the betterment of the community and display the highest ethical and professional behavior in working with residents, staff, guests, vendors and outside agencies associated with the community.
  • Attend required meetings with staff and the community.
  • Use of computers or electronic equipment to fulfill job functions, as needed.
  • Maintain confidentiality of records and information.
  • Use Microsoft Office and other computer programs on a regular basis.
  • Perform any duties and responsibilities that are within the scope of employment, as assigned by the Community Manager/CEO.



  • Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent of 5 years’ experience and training as a Director of Facilities or Project Manager.
  • Possess a valid Arizona driver license or be able to obtain one, if offered employment.
  • Knowledge of 55+ HOA communities and properties.
  • Member of IFMA preferred, but not required.


Please email resume and cover letter to

 We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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