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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].

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
[email protected]

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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 [email protected]. 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


Excellent opportunity for a CIP project manager

The focus of this position will be to plan and coordinate the building five year CIP program for Field Operations from a portfolio standpoint, not necessarily individual project management

This recruitment is listed as a Parks and Rec position but it will be used by the Field Operations Department as well for our building CIP program

It closes soon, get those applications in now!

I can be reached for any questions



Vern Baker P.E.

Facilities Management Superintendent


TriWest is looking for a talented individual to work under the direction of the Director of Facilities that is responsible to organize, direct, coordinate and oversee all aspects of facilities and physical security activities at our corporate facility and nationally for TriWest. Activities range from facilities operations, maintenance and construction and disaster recovery/business continuity operations; manage company distribution services to include shipping and receiving; oversee 24/7 Security Operations Center (SOC) operations and all physical security requirements for TriWest corporate and commercial offices.

The Education and Experience Requirements are:


o        Bachelor's degree (BS/BA) in Business Management or related field or equivalent experience.
o        Familiarity with physical security operations, access control, and surveillance systems, investigations and emergency response coordination.
o        Five years management experience in facilities, mailing operations and distribution services or a combination of academic education, professional training or work experience, which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position.
o        Valid Arizona Driver's License with good driving record.


o        Project management training or equivalent experience.
o        Facilities/Construction industry professional designations such as Certified Facility Manager (CFM), Facility Management Professional (FMP), Project Management Professional (PMP), Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED-AP) or Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP).
o        Training in construction processes, reading construction drawings or equivalent experience.
o        Experience in a corporate environment.

 Key Responsibilities

o        Manage the physical security of all TriWest facilities and assets through the utilization of contracted security staff and security systems.
o        Supervise direct and coordinate with the contracted Security Administrative Officer to ensure effective operation of 24/7 security operations center to include scheduling, training and evaluation of contracted security force performance.
o        Ensure site specific security procedures and emergency plans are documented, implemented, communicated and tested on a regular schedule, to include establishing emergency evacuation and response plans.
o        Coordinate with law enforcement on threat assessments and in determining appropriate counter measures and responses.
o        Assist in the creation of comprehensive Physical Security contract service agreement with a national security guard company in support of all TriWest locations.
o        Identify, manage and oversee the installation and operability of physical security systems and devices, including access control, cameras, alarms, locking devices, etc. on local and national level to ensure the physical security and confidentiality of TriWest facilities, physical assets and information.

o        Serve as a primary point of contact for all facilities, security and safety related incidents to include: responding to emergencies, alarms, and the scene of criminal acts against the company to conduct preliminary investigations, generate written reports, and engage appropriate authorities as necessary.
o        Organize, train and equip emergency Response Team (ERT) for each corporate building and commercial office locations to facilitate emergency response activities to include scheduling and conducting annual fire drills.
o       Review, understand, implement and enforce organizational facilities and security policies and procedures to include annual review and updates for Corporate Leadership Team (CLT) approval.
o        Ensure facilities and security policies and procedures comply with local, state, and federal laws.
o        Maintain accurate reports and logs for future reference in support of facilities and security related audits, confidential matters and possible litigation.
o        Ensure uninterrupted operations of all facilities, scheduled maintenance, and repairs.
o        Oversite and implementation of energy management, building infrastructure and distribution services.
o        Establish agreements with licensed contractors and vendors to support facilities preventive maintenance and repairs.

o        Coordinate with various members of management on matters applicable to facility and space needs, warehouse services, security, facility construction, building standards, furniture, building safety, building services, and real estate assets.
o        Direct and manage corporate distribution services that include all mail services (FedEX and UPS) , shipping and receiving, and physical asset disposition
o        As the TriWest functional expert for facilities and mailings participate and provide recommendations for the development of long range plans and policies, and the review of programs and procedures; establish and approve procedures in accordance with policy determination or company strategic objectives.
o        Manage mailroom operations, including sorting, postage, pickup and delivery of mail and packages.
o        Oversee distribution services operations, including inventory control, storage, delivery and acceptance of materials.
o        Perform other duties as assigned.
o        Regular and reliable attendance is required.


Team-Building / Team Player

Influence the actions and opinions of others in a positive direction and build group commitment.

Problem Solving / Analysis

Ability to solve problems through systematic analysis of processes with sound judgment; Has a realistic understanding of relevant issues.

Organizational Skills

Ability to organize people or tasks, adjust to priorities, learn systems, within time constraints and with available resources; detail oriented.

Multi-Tasking / Time Management

Prioritize and manage actions to meet changing deadlines and requirements within a high volume, high stress environment.

Independent Thinking / Self-Initiative

Critical thinkers with ability to focus on things which matter most to achieving outcomes; Commitment to task to produce outcomes without direction and to find necessary resources.

High Intensity Environment

Ability to function in a fast-paced environment with multiple activities occurring simultaneously while maintaining focus and control of workflow.

Creativity / Innovation

Ability to develop unique and novel solutions to problems; View change as necessary.

Computer Literacy

Ability to function in a multi-system Microsoft environment using Word, Outlook, TriWest Intranet, the Internet, and department software applications.

Communication / People Skills

Ability to influence or persuade others under positive or negative circumstances; Adapt to different styles; Listen critically; Collaborate.

Coaching / Training / Mentoring

Actively foster actions required for desired business outcomes through ongoing constructive feedback.

Working Conditions

Working Conditions

o        Heavy computer use
o        Works with a modern office environment
o        Minimal to no travel



View posting on IFMA's JOBnet

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