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Austin, TX August 2012

President's Message - Jill Cogburn

Happy New Year! August 1st starts the new fiscal year for the Austin IFMA chapter. I am really looking forward to the great things we have planned for this year. I didn't really comprehend when I was asked to be on the board 3 years ago that I would be president today. I just wanted to go on the Lake Travis boat trip! Fast forward and here we are.

I'd like to thank Scott Slaughter and the previous board members and committee chairs for their hard work during the past year. We will miss Scott's red jacket

Each year, the chapter president develops a theme for his or her term. My theme is very simple: WIIFM? Yes, you read that right. What's In It For Me?

As facility managers, we have very limited time & resources. There isn't enough time in each day to get everything done, especially when you add in fire alarms, roof leaks, demanding tenants and bosses who don't think there is enough on your plate. We want the Austin IFMA chapter to be the go-to place for facility managers, where you can network with your peers, find great vendors and increase your knowledge base. We might even have a little fun along the way.

For our associate members, IFMA should be the place where you support your current customers and find new business. We want to promote strong relationships between our professional and associate members. We encourage an atmosphere of trust and mutual benefit for all individuals, their companies and our chapter.

We could not be effective without all of the committee chairs, our Chapter Administrator Jim Coles and his team, as well as my fellow board members - thank you for your time, effort & expertise. Volunteering your time and your contributions to this chapter are much appreciated!

Last, but certainly not least, a big thank you to all our members - Associates and Professionals. As of August 1, we are 152 members strong! Without the generosity of our Level Sponsors, we could not fund all the programs we currently provide to our membership.

We are looking forward to a great year with IFMA. Remember to sign up for World Workplace in San Antonio by Aug. 23rd for the early-bird discount. I'll see you there!

If you need any assistance, please reach out to a Board Member or Committee Chair. Your attendance at the events and active participation in your chapter helps to grow the Facility Management profession. YOU can make a difference!


The fun we had in 2011
We are just 5 weeks away from our annual golf tournament on 9/10/12 at beautiful Twin Creeks Golf Club in Cedar Park. Registration begins at 11:00am and Shotgun Start is at 12:30pm. Dinner will follow immediately in the clubhouse. A big thank you to CORT for being our tournament sponsor.

There are still some golf teams available. Do not worry about a playing on a team. 
We have a plan. 
Sign up sheet

If you need some face time and exposure, there are sponsorships for the dinner, golf balls, cigars, towels, hole in one, cooler, keg, registration, driving range, photo, trophy,  holes and more. Sign up  Contact Kelly Quinney for more information.
See you all at the tournament!

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On June 21th, we had our forth annual Bowling Tournament. View bowling pictures on Shutterfly after 1900 hours today.


Next Lunch Meeting

Thursday August 9, IFMA monthly luncheon.
Emergency Planning and Business Continuity
with Thomas Mitchell
at 1130 on August 9
Crowne Plaza
NE Corner Hwy 35 & Hwy 290 E

11:30 - 1:00. 
Embassy Suites on North IH 35.
Members $30.00. Non-members $35.00.

Use Cvent for reservations

Movers and Shakers


President Jill Goodwin
1st Vice President Melody Williamson
2nd Vice President Al Artus
3rd Vice President James Hunley
Past President Scott Slaughter
Chapter Administrator Jim Coles  



Sponsorships Ted Ulmer
Community Service  Todd Coleman

 Terry Swets

Webmeister  JR Howard
Newsletter  Tim Geier
Programs  Brenda Booth
Social Media Kathy Gossett
Special Events  Crystal Green
Golf Tournament
 Kelly Quinney

New Members
Tavia Wendlandt Oar Jacobo
John Bullock Michael Ramirez
Charles DeWare Edwin Maynard
Crystal Green David HeHondt
Olga White Maria Wright


Cold Call

Name : Charles Wolchansky

Name of your Employer: Armstrong Transportation Services, agent for United Van Lines

Describe your company's core competency: Moving and storage services; local, national, and international, employee relocations, special commodities, and office moving.

Describe your primary job functions: Working with corporate accounts to facilitate employee relocations and office moving, along with Marketing functions.

Describe an average day: In office by 8:00, return emails and phone calls, meeting with operations to accommodate dates, times, and services requested for clients, in touch with corporate office of United Van Lines and other United agents across the country and abroad concerning new and pending moves. In touch with accounts and prospecting for new ones. Working on Marketing opportunities.

What type of clients do you work with? I work mostly with corporate accounts, assisting with employee relocations, special commodities, and office moving.

Percentage of your work and clients that are local/regional/national.:  Approximately 60% of my corporate clients are in Austin and central Texas area . About 10% are regional and 30% are national. However, the actual moves are 60% national interstate, 10% regional inter and intra state, 20% are local, and 10% are international.

How long have you been in this field? 45 years!

Tell us about an interesting situation you've encountered related to your current work. End result?
I had a client who had a multi-million dollar sports memorabilia collection that we had packed and moved across country. Result - Perfect.. On time delivery and no damages!

What's the best lesson you've learned from a client? How to be a true partner.

How's business right now? It is busy!! Our business is somewhat seasonal, the summer being the busiest time.

Identify some challenges to your industry. There is a shortage of long distance drivers across the U.S. that affects all transportation, and therefore, capacity.

Tell us about your personal life, family, hobbies and interests outside work. I have been married for 47 years and have two daughters who are married and live in Austin. We have 3 grandchildren and another on the way. I enjoy golf and volunteer work.

Can we quote you on that? "Say what you can do, and do what you say!"

Nature Class  Last week at Texas State Round Rock, I briefed a crew about snakes before they began removing several piles of tree limbs. I told them that the pupils of pit vipers were like cat eyes and dangerous.  This would include rattlers, copper heads, and water moccasins.  Lucky me, when they had just about finished with one pile, someone called snake. Now I had my visual aid to show the round eyes.  This 5 foot snake is probably a Texas Rat Snake and was released closer to our pond.  The next day, we moved a log and found his lunch, a fat gray Texas rat.  Unfortunately, two of the crew came down with poison ivy.   This source says that 1/4 ounce of urushiol is all that is needed to cause a rash in every person on earth.


I've learned that the people you care most about in life are taken from you too soon.
I've learned that no matter how thin you slice it, there are always two sides.

Programs for the rest of the year 

August 9 Thomas Mitchell on Emergency Management
September 10 Golf Tournament at Twin Creeks
September 13 How Property/Facilities Managers meet Performance goals
October 11 The Importance of Solar Design
(more information)


Why do Americans choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America ?

  The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!

Performance Review

Name: Tim Geier

Company: Oracle

Provide some insight on your Employer/Company's core function/service: Oracle Corporation, incorporated in 2005, is an enterprise software company. The Company develops, manufactures, markets, distributes and services database and middleware software, applications software and hardware systems, consisting primarily of computer server and storage products. It operates in three segments: software, hardware systems and services. Its software business is consisted of two operating segments: new software licenses and software license updates and product support. Its hardware systems business consists of two operating segments: hardware systems products and hardware systems support. Its services business is consisted of three operating segments: consulting, Cloud Services and education.

Identify company's total number, sq. ft. types, and locations of offices, e.g., corporate, industrial, owned, leased, downtown, suburban, local, regional: 26.5 M sq.ft in 655 locations world wide

Identify company's total number of employees: 110,000+

How many total sq. ft. are you responsible for? 0

What are your primary job functions? Critical Environments Manager

How long have you been in the FM field? Education, certifications: 27 Years. Attended HVAC classes at Austin Community College, achieved industry designations BOMA SMT, SMA, FMA and IFMA CFM

Who do you report to: Oracle Global Real Estate and Facilities

What functions do you outsource: Janitorial, Caf and Catering, some facilities O&M

Describe your recycling program. Batteries, Composting, Single Stream Cardboard, Paper and Plastic, Computer Hardware Recycling

Describe any energy conservation measures you have implemented in your facilities: Variable speed drive installations on computer room and building hvac, rightsizing ups units with new high efficient models, hot and cold aisle containments systems, high efficiency computer room hvac systems

Identify some challenges the FM industry as a whole must face in the near future: finding skilled personnel to maintain their more complex mechanical and electrical systems.

What are some of your hobbies and interests outside work? I play music with my almost teenage son, muscle car enthusiast, and we have some land in the hill country that I enjoy doing work on. I am also a member of Adventure Guides, a YMCA program, where we camp with our kids monthly as a group from Sept to May each year. We are entering our 9th year.

Prior Luncheon

June 14 meeting -- This meeting was the last one you could submit a ballot. Clair Balfour of Interface Floors was the sponsor and mentioned several interesting facts. About 6 billion pounds of carpet goes to the land fill while 80 % of carpet is made of recycled material. At Interface, 60% of their sales are carpet tile and it is glue free.
Aiden Cohen spoke on sustainability. The solid waste department is reaching out to business on how to improve their recycling. The City's goal is to reduce material going to the landfill. The Universal Recycling Ordinance (URO) defines zero waste is a 90 percent diversion. The City goals are 50% by 2015 and 75% by 2020. The goal for residential waste is 38% The City promotes markets for material. In phase 1 of the URO, the following are covered: Multi family. Schools, churches and Commercial buildings The Ordinance is effective in October for 100,000 sq feet or 75 units. There are 5 waste streams and the fine can be $2500 per day if you are not in compliant. The City has a team of 6 professionals that can come and help you become compliment. For food services, commercial facilities cannot use garbage disposal. Earth 911 has a web site and an app. that will tell you where you can send recycle material.
At the end of the meeting, Told said lets go to work day after the luncheon at Sammy's house


Work Call Report

On June 14, two members went to Sammy's House to do some facilitating. They removed doors, moved furniture, installed waste containers and paper towel dispensers, and cleaned AC filters.

Made in USA- The next time you need to buy something and want to shop American go to and see if it is made in the U.S.A. You can search alphabetically by manufacture or by the generic name of the item. Note that not all items are listed but by law al products origin sold in the U.S. must be identified on the packaging.

In sharp contrast to the peak years of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the Army last year took in no recruits with misconduct convictions or drug or alcohol issues, according to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press. And soldiers already serving on active duty now must meet tougher standards to stay on for further tours in uniform. The Army is also spending hundreds of thousands of dollars less in bonuses to attract recruits or entice soldiers to remain

Between the Devil and the Deep . In wooden ships, the "devil" was the longest seam of the ship. It ran from the bow to the stern. When at sea and the "devil" had to be caulked, the sailor sat in a bosun's chair (i.e. a short plank and a suitable set of ropes to suspend it from) to do so. He was suspended between the "devil" and the sea -- the "deep -- a very precarious position, especially when the ship was underway.  But maybe not

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