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In This Issue


    1.  Tech Corner

    2.  CFM Study Group

    3.  Community Service

    4.  Behind the Scenes

    5.  IFMA Golf

    6.  IFMA Careers

    7. IFMA National

    8. New Members

    9. Survey Center

  10. Important Dates










Other IFMA Designations /

Professional Development



Career Center

   From The President - Jill Cogburn


Spring is here! 

The weather here is fascinating. On any given day, it can be 39 85 degrees, suffer from severe drought or receive almost 5 of rain. In fact, the state of Texas leads the nation almost every year in flood-related deaths and property damage. Austin (and Central Texas) is known as Flash Flood Alley because large storms often stall over the Balcones Escarpment and produce extreme rainfall. Texas has half of the world record rainfall rates (for 48 hours or less).
A couple of the world records:

1921 in Thrall, Texas, a storm produced 32 of rain in 12 hours
1935 in D Hanis, Texas, a storm produced 22 of rain in 2 hours and 45 min.

IFMA at the State Capitol
Rep. Mark Strama, one of our Texas Green Building Champions, will announce a Green Building Resolution at the State Capitol on Monday, April 22nd as a part of Texas Green Building Day 2013. IFMA supports this resolution. Please contact me if you would like to attend on IMFA s behalf.

If you missed the March luncheon, you missed fabulous food & a very interesting program! Becky Sandifer gave us a great presentation on Emotional Intelligence. Her presentation is on the IFMA website. On Thursday, I am looking forward to Dr. Jim Gaines presentation. Dr. Gaines is a Research Economist at the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University focused on housing and land development issues. He will speak about the current state of the economy in the US, Texas and locally as well as the outlook for the real estate market in Austin for 2013 and into 2014.

Our next luncheon is Thursday, April 11th at Maggiano s in the Domain.

Benefits of Membership
We had a fun bunch of folks attend the Toros basketball game on March 15th. Terry Swets (CORT) and Todd Coleman (Texas Building Services) hosted a very fun trip to San Antonio to see the Spurs last week. What a fun group to hang out with! I ve heard we have some very exciting tours and mixers planned!

The 2013 Annual Golf Tournament will be held Tuesday, Oct. 15th at Grey Rock, formerly Circle C. We will have a shotgun start at 12:30pm and some new surprises planned for the evening activities. If you would like to be a part of this worthwhile committee, please let me or Kelly Quinney with The Steam Team know.

If you need any assistance, please reach out to me, a Board Member or Committee Chair. Your attendance at the events and active participation in your chapter helps to grow the Facility Management profession. It s going to be a great year for IFMA!

Tech Corner- By Tim Geier

The last few issues this section has featured information on electrical power in Building Emergency Systems.  The topic for this issue is related to a different kind of power. 

In our area with the events at the new Circuit of the Americas, the Drag Boat Races in Marble Falls and other motorized racing events in Texas, I found some interesting statistics that brings an amazing area of engineering into perspective.

These amazing statistics describe in detail the awesome power developed from one type of engine, that will used in some of the upcoming racing events this coming summer in central Texas.

Subject: Acceleration---The Real Deal
For those who love numbers, engineers, speed freaks and those who think they have gone too fast at one time or another. This puts Corvette performance in perspective. This article mentions Lingenfelter twin turbo powered Z06.

Read this thru slowly and try to comprehend the amount of force produced in just under 4 seconds! The last paragraph puts it all into perspective !

There are no rockets or airplanes built by any government in the world that can accelerate from a standing start as fast as a Top Fuel Dragster or Funny Car ..and that includes any aircraft launched by a catapult from an aircraft carrier. nothing can compare more...

Austin IFMA Chapter Certified Facility Manager (CFM) Study Group - By Jim Hunley

The Austin IFMA Chapter is establishing a CFM study group for those Facility Professionals that are interested in pursuing the CFM designation. The study group meeting dates, times and types remain to be finalized but are projected to be a combination of training including face to face, conference calls, WebEx and online study group options. You might be asking yourself, why I would want to spend the time, effort, and money (yours or your company s) to pursue this certification. The top reasons are:

  1. In today s competitive job market, earning the CFM proves that you have the skills, abilities and knowledge within the facility management  arena. 

  2. On average, Facility Manager s/Professionals with the CFM
    certification earn 18% more than non-certified individuals.

  3. The CFM is the most prestigious and sought after credential in Facility
    Management and is the only globally recognized Facility certification.  

Join the ranks and earn your stripes as a certified leader in the Facility Management profession. Please look for the signup sheet at the April 11th IFMA meeting or contact Jim Hunley at or 512-989-5001 to sign up or to get more information.  


Important Dates:

 IFMA at the State Capitol 
 Apr. 22

Power Luncheon, Four Seasons
May 16

IFMA Austin Golf Tournament
Oct. 15


World Workplace, Philadelphia
 Oct. 2-4





New Members

Nan Alexander
Milliken & Company

Shawn Clarke
Life Technologies

Jeffery Nettles

Cody Parr
Advanced Micro Devices

Martin Parrington
Build A Sign

Michelle Ray
ISM Services, Inc.

Simon Reed

Virda Rhem
Texas Property & Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association

Matthew Sappington
Polycom Inc







Sammy's House


 Work day coming up

We are having an IFMA Work Day at Sammy s House after the luncheon on Thursday,  April 11th.

We will be working on Fire
Marshall and health inspection
related items, as well as the
possibility of prepping for the
playground installation.

As always, there is the possibility of a social function immediately following.










Behind the scenes with
Walker  Dearman

Meet Walker.  He is the guy you see setting up and adjusting the audio visual equipment at our monthly luncheons.  

 By Walker Dearman

I moved to Austin from Galveston
last year, after graduating from Texas A&M Galveston with a degree in Maritime Administration. With solid people skills and a positive can do spirit, I feel privileged to utilize my skills and knowledge to assist IFMA-Austin.

As an employee of Coles
Management Services, I have the
opportunity to work with a variety
of associations and their
respective personnel. This keeps
my job very interesting as my
responsibilities continuously
evolve. I m enthusiastic about
these varying roles because I
enjoy learning new things. IFMA
members may recognize me as
the A/V guy for the monthly
meetings; however, my
contributions to IFMA extend to
my behind-the-scenes support
role from the Coles Management
Services office.

My love for music brought me to
Austin. In my free time, I am often in the company of fellow
musicians. Most recently I ve
teamed up with a very talented
singer/songwriter from San
Antonio, and we plan on debuting
as an acoustic duo at a venue
here in Austin later this month.


Grey Rock Course Details - Austin IFMA Golf - October 15


As stated in the Presidents message above, The 2013 Annual Golf Tournament will be held Tuesday, Oct. 15th at Grey Rock, formerly Circle C. We will have a shotgun start at 12:30pm and some new surprises planned for the evening activities. If you would like to be a part of this worthwhile committee, please reach out to Jill Cogburn or Kelly Quinney with The Steam Team.

Here is some information about the Grey Rock Golf Club.

Located just 15 minutes southwest of downtown Austin, Grey Rock Golf Club has been recognized as one of the top 20 public golf courses in Texas by Texas Golfer Magazine. In addition, The Hill Country Golf News states that Grey Rock is the "finest daily fee championship layout in the area."

Designed by Jay Morrish and Roy Bechtol, the course encompasses over 160 acres of the natural beauty found in the Hill Country. Carved from cedar and live oak trees, every hole is tree-lined and features large, undulating TifDwarf Bermuda grass greens protected by mounds and bunkers. An abundance of turkey, deer, and over 40 species of birds reside in the course's wooded surroundings.

Along the 18th fairway lies a true Texas-style full-service clubhouse and grill with upstairs meeting room staffed with friendly people ready to make the Grey Rock experience an unforgettable one.







Monthly Featured Associate

Name: Russell Davis
Name of your Employer: Don Cox Company

Describe your company s core competency:

The Don Cox Company specializes in finding commercial office space and industrial / warehouse space with the right combination of rate, location, image, parking, build out, expandability, and perhaps most important - flexibility.

We exclusively represent and provide services at no cost to tenants and buyers. Our company aggressively surveys the market and looks at each option as though we were you. We understand each unique space requirement and need for flexibility. Finding the right space is a crucial element in a company's success.

The Don Cox Company prides itself on finding creative solutions to help businesses expand, contract and or relocate, even when their options seem limited to slim or none.

Describe your primary job functions: As a commercial real estate broker, I provide a variety of services to my clients that include an analysis of both business and space needs, site selection and identifying alternatives, transaction negotiations, and consultation through the construction process.

Describe an average day:
No day is average in commercial real estate. Every day there are difficult problems we are tasked with solving and counted on to implement an array of solutions that will help our client s bottom line while accomplishing their goals. This is what makes our business so interesting and rewarding for me. I enjoy the challenges and exceeding my client s expectations.

What type of clients do you work with?
I ve worked with clients from one end of the spectrum to the other. They included Office, Industrial, Medical, and Retail users. I work on a variety of needs that include leasing as well as sales through user occupied purchases. I also work with clients that focus on investing in Real Estate which encompasses buying multi or single tenant buildings to buying land for future develop.

Percentage of your work and clients that are local/regional/national:
10% / 30% / 60% but this ratio changes throughout the year as I work on new requirements.

How long have you been in this field?
I have worked in the commercial real estate industry for the past four years but have been exposed to it my entire life. My father is an executive for a national real estate company in Houston. As I grew up, he would inform me on the different deals his company made and we would discuss the positive or negative results. This exposure led to my interest in real estate but also equipped me with the knowledge of how his company found solutions to several challenges from their inception.

I can tell you that sitting at the dinner table discussing how they survived the different real estate crashes, structured the many mergers along with other major deals is something you can t put a price on. It taught / conditioned me to think outside the box when working with my own clients and has served me well over the years.

Tell us about an interesting situation you ve encountered related to your current work. End result? Last year I represented a Budweiser distributor interested in buying a facility in Central Texas for a new business venture. After searching the market however, we discovered there wasn t a great fit. Knowing my client still needed a facility, I contacted several owners directly and found a property that not only was a perfect fit but the owner was willing to negotiate a deal to sell. It is a difficult task to try an identify off market building, research who to contact, and fortunate enough to come across an owner willing to sell at the price your client is looking to pay. That deal was rewarding on several levels and my client has since sent me quite a few referrals because of my efforts helping them.

What s the best lesson you ve learned from a client?
Never assume and don t over complicate a situation.

How s business right now?
Business has been good in 2013. I have several clients that are looking to expand their footprint this year and working with a number of companies expanding into Austin from other cities and out of state.

Identify some challenges to your industry:
In my business of representing tenants, a glaring challenge has been the reduced number of available space in the market. I m working with several clients who only have a few options for consideration. In years past, I would have had ten options on our survey. This limited space has made it challenging to leverage rent concessions but also has helped me to stand out as being a broker who can find the right space through my knowledge of product in the market.

Tell us about your personal life, family, hobbies and interests outside work:
I m originally from Houston and moved to Austin 2008 upon graduating from college in Arkansas. I enjoy spending time with my four year old son, anything outdoors, and meeting new people. I m also an avid duck hunter and enjoy going back to Arkansas for the season and catching up with my former roommates.

Can we quote you on that? Try not to become a man of success but a man of value. -Albert Einstein








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 Nice work everyone for
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 This information is very
 useful as we adapt to our new
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