Presidents Message




Lisa De Rosa


Dear IFMA Phoenix Chapter Members,

Thank you so much for re-electing me as your 2018-2019 IFMA Greater Phoenix Chapter President. Last year was a great year and I fully anticipate this year being even better. I am forever passionate about giving back to IFMA FIRST. The people in the Facilities Management field are some of the best people to know. Being part of this chapter is beyond rewarding for growth and education, increasing industry knowledge, career advancement and ultimately personal satisfaction. I honestly could not think of a better community to be linked to. For that, I have all of you to thank. 

Over the past year I’ve been honored to have met many of you, but not everyone. So, please come say hello to me when you see me at a meeting or event. Since this is my last year as president, let’s all join to make it a FABULOUS ONE!

Following this letter are a few important things I’d like to share with you, including our chapter’s new ONE BIG GOAL and highlights from last year. Please continue reading.

THANK YOU again for your support. It means so much to me.


Ellisa De Rosa, CFM, FMP, CM-Lean


Phoenix Chapter Strategic Plan

During our strategic planning session this summer, we narrowed in on ONE BIG GOAL for the Phoenix Chapter and are busy working on individual committee goals as well.


Define and document Greater Phoenix Chapter current processes by Dec. 1, 2018

Why did we decide on this goal?

While we believe that the Phoenix Chapter is doing great things for the community, industry and its members, we’ve learned that it’s time we secure our own foundation by defining and documenting all functions in writing.  In the past, many things were passed down verbally, which made training members challenging.  We’re focused on improvements and I am confident we will accomplish this goal with our fully staffed and engaged Executive Board and committee chairs. It is time to work hard, so we can set up new members for success and make life easier for incoming volunteers.

What is our goal after December 2018?

After December, the board will regroup and set our strategic 5-year goal to revolve around the following areas:

  • Focus on Succession Planning
  • Change Industry Perceptions of FM
  • Improve FM Brand
  • Create FM Awareness

How will we do it?

We will achieve success through telling our stories, promoting our profession through videos, blogs, and podcasts, and continuing to work with the student chapter. If you have other ideas, please get involved and help us.


2017-2018 Highlights

This past year flew by so fast, and this next year will be gone in the blink of an eye. Check out just a few things we accomplished….

Highlights from 2017-2018:

  • New IFMA Fellow, Rick Corea
  • First Annual Joint IFMA & CoreNet Technology Symposium
  • Student Chapter increased Membership by over 69% in the last 2 years.
  • Multiple Student Chapter Workshops
  • Student Chapter won “IFMA Student Chapter of the Year"


Exciting things coming in 2018-2019:

  • First ever multi-chapter, nationwide Virtual SFP Class offered starting in September. We started this right here in Phoenix and are partnering with the Denver, CO and Richmond, MD Chapters.
  • Come play with us at the next competitive Curling Event in August.
  • October is World Work Place 2018 in Charlotte, NC. We are nominated for Large Chapter of the Year! I hope we WIN!!!!
  • October’s Golf Event is a Hollywood theme this year and already sold out.
  • Be there to celebrate with us at the AWESOME Holiday party and awards ceremony in December.
  • Join us for the State of the Union address after the new year.
  • DON’T Miss World Work Place in 2019 in our home town of PHOENIX!!! It’ going to be EPIC!