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March 2014


MARCH 2014
Thursday, March 13
Monthly Members-Only Networking Breakfast
8:15 AM – 9:30 AM
Thursday, March 20
Professional Members-Only Networking Event
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
New Member

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
APRIL 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
IFMA Cares/
St. Jude Fundraiser

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Monthly Members-Only Networking Breakfast
8:15 PM – 9:30 PM
Thursday, April 17, 2014
New Horizons Computer Workshop
12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Thursday, April 24, 2014
HVAC Lunch & Learn
Series – Part 1

12:30 PM – 4:30 PM


APRIL 2014
Tuesday, April 15
- Thursday, April 17

IFMA Facility Fusion 2014
Washington, D.C.
JULY 2014
Tuesday, July 15
- Wednesday, July 16

IFMA  Advocacy Day & Public Policy Forum
Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, September 17
- Friday, September 19

World Workplace Conference & Expo 2014
New Orleans, LA

Letter from the President

Dear Chapter Members,

Spring is around the corner in New York City and our Chapter of IFMA is off to a great start in 2014, with several exciting programs scheduled over the next few months. I encourage you to check our website or the App for a full schedule of upcoming opportunities.

Last month, the Chapter held several successful events, including a program on Construction Issues and new Health Laws Surrounding Vermiculite on February 18, which was a great success and very informative. Despite the winter weather, current and past committee members and chairs attended an appreciation event at the KI showroom. I’d like to extend a huge thank you to all committee members for the work they do. The Board members and committee chairs also gathered on February 1 for a strategic planning session to discuss ideas and initiatives for the year. The meeting was very successful and a lot of these initiatives will be implemented throughout the year.

The Chapter is currently planning its first Emerging Leaders event on March 4 and I am excited to announce the IFMA Cares committee has organized a fundraising event for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Guest bartenders will take over Public House for a night of networking and supporting a good cause. For more information on both events, please visit the calendar on our website.

Our annual Sponsorship drive is in full swing, and I would like to encourage anyone who is interested in sponsorship to contact us. More information is available below, as well as on the Chapter website.

I would like to again express my thanks to our members for your ongoing efforts in maintaining IFMA New York City Chapter’s reputation as the premier organization for Facility Managers and Professionals in the New York Metropolitan Area.

Gary Anzalone

Sponsorship Drive

Dear New York City Chapter IFMA Members,

We are pleased to announce the 2014-2015 sponsorship campaign and invite you to participate this year where we will be promoting volunteer involvement, emerging leaders, and social networking.

Enclosed is information on sponsorship and the associated benefits with each level: Titanium, Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze level.

As many of our current sponsors will tell you, sponsoring the New York City Chapter provides additional exposure for organizations, opens new doors for networking opportunities, and complimentary access to monthly programs and special events throughout the year.

Macro Consultants has been a Corporate Sponsor of IFMA’s New York City Chapter for many years and is delighted to support its endeavors to provide extensive knowledge about the industry through its membership.

“Macro Consultants joined IFMA in 2011 and, last year, took the additional step of becoming a Platinum Sponsor. Our membership and ongoing involvement – including participation in various committees – in IFMA has allowed us to expand our access to professionals who are critical decision makers at client companies. The experience has been completely positive. We have met incredibly dedicated professionals and continue to develop relationships through individual meetings and by participating in IFMA-sponsored events.”

The Executive Board of the New York City Chapter would like to thank you for your membership during the 2013-2014 year. We hope that you will join our elite list of sponsors for the 2014-2015 year. Without the support of our sponsors we will not be able to provide the timely programs and educational opportunities to all of our chapter members that we have done in the past.

Registration is available online through the website The deadline for sponsorship registration is June 30, 2014.

Feel free to contact either of our Sponsorship Committee Chair people with any questions or comments regarding sponsorship - Kelley Douglass ( or Marianne Scott (

I look forward to your involvement in an exciting year for our chapter!

Best regards,

Gary Anzalone
President, IFMA New York City Chapter

Committee Highlights

IFMA Cares – St. Jude Fundraiser

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 9 at Public House (140 East 41st Street, New York, NY 10017) from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM for an IFMA New York City fundraiser to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital! More information can be found on our website.

Save the Date: Annual Golf Outing

Save the Date for IFMA’s Annual Golf Outing scheduled for Monday, October 6, 2014 at Harbor Links Golf Course. New and exciting activities are in the works so stay tuned for more details.

Annual Awards for Excellence

The committee is currently accepting nominations for the next Awards for Excellence Dinner. You can nominate on the website, on the mobile app and via paper ballots at upcoming events.

Vermiculite/Construction Laws Event Recap

IFMA NYC hosted a program with speakers from Consulting & Testing Services, Inc. and EMSL Analytical on February 18, 2014 focusing on vermiculite and its effect on buildings and construction laws. Facility managers and other AEC professionals in attendance found the presentation extremely valuable. It is a complex subject and our presenters brought a wealth of knowledge. Both presentations can be found on our website and if you missed the presentation, the key takeaways include:

Asbestos Analysis of Vermiculite and Vermiculite Containing Products

By presenter Ed Cahill, VP Asbestos Division of EMSL Analytical located in Cinnaminson, NJ

  • Vermiculite’s unique properties make it an ideal choice as a component in many building materials.
  • It is chemically resistant, an excellent thermal insulator, and a great carrier for other materials
  • It is used as insulation in foundations (block fill), attics and wall cavities, as a carrier for fertilizers and as a component in building materials such spray on fireproofing, textured ceilings, etc.
  • The vast majority of vermiculite used in the past has come from a mine in Libby Montana and unfortunately this vermiculite was contaminated with both regulated and non-regulated forms of asbestos.
  • In a small but growing number of states loose fill vermiculite is automatically assumed to be ACM (Asbestos Containing Material)
  • New York State recently issued guidance declaring that all loose fill vermiculite must be classified as ACM and in addition that any building materials with greater than 10% vermiculite are also suspect and additional analysis procedures must be performed to prove the material is not asbestos containing.
  • The New York situation is still in flux and final regulatory guidance on this issue has yet to be released.
  • Vermiculite represents a problem matrix for asbestos analysis and therefore various alternative analytical approaches have been suggested
  • Each of these approaches has various pros and cons that must be weighed before selecting which one is best for a given scenario.

Ed has presented on this topic to the Business Council of New York (BCNY), American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), and the Environmental Information Association (EIA) among others.

Additional information can be found on EMSL’s website. Ed can be contacted directly at the following email address:

FM Resources

IFMA & CBRE Release “Facility Management Trend Report: Emerging Opportunities for Industry Leaders” – click here to view the executive summary and purchase the report

Getting Social: Favorite Tweet of the Month!

‘Facilities Management ranks among the 20 Happiest Jobs In America’ sent on 2/3/14 by @IFMANYC

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