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


Responsible for training, supervising, coaching, and developing assigned associates; scheduling and assigning work; requisitioning materials and supplies; estimating work hours and material required for projects; coordinating activities; performing other duties as assigned.

  • HVAC / Chiller experience is a must.
  • Perform building maintenance; change light bulbs; move furniture; set up meeting and training rooms; spackle; paint; clean; change AC filters; repair furniture.
  • Resolve plumbing and drain problems; perform apprentice level electrical, plumbing, and carpentry.
  • Provide backup coverage for the security desk.
  • Train, supervise, coach, and develop staff; track attendance; provide input on performance evaluations.
  • Perform maintenance and repair of the equipment throughout the building.
  • Assist with preventive maintenance programs for mechanical equipment and facilities.
  • Operate within maintenance labor and expense budgets.
  • Complete special projects.

To Apply:



Position Overview

The Facilities Manager is responsible for overseeing the community’s current and future physical structures, including maintenance of all buildings, management of construction projects, grounds, athletic courts, vehicles, and other equipment. This position directs all aspects of engineering, utilities, building maintenance, facilities services, construction management, facilities and custodial services for 3 recreation centers, 5 pools and spas and 26 miles of road.

 General Responsibilities

  •        Plan, organize and oversee the daily activities of all maintenance and custodial services, including establishing and reviewing performance standards, goals and objectives.
  •        Oversee the preventative maintenance program designed to ensure satisfactory operating condition by providing systematic inspection, detection, and correction of incipient physical infrastructure failures in advance or prior to the development of a major defect.
  •        Maintain all necessary department safety documentation to ensure that all facility operations, equipment, chemicals, and supplies are in accordance with regulatory and OSHA standards.
  •        Manages and evaluates facility projects in progress, contract compliance, and quality control.
  •        Consistently drive operational improvements and efficiencies wherever the opportunity exists as a change agent for the Company.
  •        Oversee a data base for all Architectural Control Committee permits. Attend meetings and provide professional insight and analysis for the committee.
  •        Collaborate with Management to create and manage a comprehensive and strategic Facilities Management budget. Maintain, track and supervise payment processing for all facilities service department financials, including purchase orders, payment requisitions, and invoice management.
  •        Conduct regular inspections of all facilities, grounds and equipment to ensure high standards for cleanliness, safety and attractiveness.
  •        Support, develop, mentor, and lead staff of all facilities service departments. Provide training to develop staff within the department.
  •        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.
  •        Other duties as assigned by management.



  •        Bachelor’s Degree.
  •        5 years of progressive facility management experience including staff and budget management.
  •        CFM certification.
  •        HOA experience preferred.
  •        Ability to manage and direct team members, maintain schedules and project management.
  •        Ability to work independently yet function as part of a team to ensure customer expectations are achieved.
  •        Valid Arizona driver license.


How to Apply

Go to --> Contact Us --> Careers --> Select “Browse Jobs”

 Leisure World Community Association “LWCA” is an equal opportunity employer. LWCA does not discriminate in employment on account of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, age, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status or unfavorable discharge from military service.

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