• Home
  • 2016 Fall Newsletter

2016 Fall Edition

BE IN THE KNOW: IFMA Austin Members Insider
Volume 4
November Issue
2016 Fall Edition

From The President

Greetings! As I’m settling into the role of President of the Austin Chapter of IFMA, I would like to thank everyone for this opportunity and for their support. I also want to acknowledge Joe Latteo and the wonderful job he did during his term. He left some big shoes to fill and I will do my best to guide us through this next year without disappointing him.

The last few months have been very busy for the Board and Committees. We have fully launched a new management platform, MemberClicks, for our luncheons and sponsorships and we look forward to collecting feedback from our membership. The Committees are in full swing securing programs and tours, retaining and gaining members, and planning our Association gatherings and events. Our golf tournament was a success and plans for our Holiday Dinner Cruise are almost complete. While our committees are highly successful, many are comprised of only one or two people. We welcome all volunteers who want to help make this organization great and would love to add to our committees.

I’m looking forward to connecting with each of our members and learning how we can help you get the most out of your IFMA membership. See you at the next meeting!



Serena Nikonowicz - Editor

Fall is in full swing, and there's so much to look forward to and love about this time of year! Cool weather, festivals, pumpkin spiced lattes, and the holidays so close yet still far enough away. 

Let's kick off some Day Tripping with list of events in or around Austin!

  • 11/3-11/10 - Christmas at the Caswell House: Christmas at the Caswell House has been an Austin community tradition since 1983. The Austin Junior Forum transforms this historic home into a winter wonderland. Now in its 32nd year, Christmas at Caswell raises funds that are distributed to local charities and non-profits through our grants program.
  • 11/4-11/13 - Wurstfest, New Braunfels, TX: Here, you'll enjoy good food, music, dancing, exciting carnival rides and games, German, Texan and domestic beer, special events and the finest in Alpine and Bavarian Style Entertainment. It all happens at Wurstfest!
  • 11/12-11/13, 11/19-11/20 - East Austin Studio Tours: More than 70 Eastside studios open their doors for the public's viewing and purchasing pleasure.
  • 11/13 - Austin Mac & Cheese Festival @ Historic Scoot Inn: First annual Austin Mac & Cheese Festival when some of Austin's best chefs and eateries will battle it out to see who truly has the best mac & cheese in Austin.  Attendees will have the chance to vote on their favorite selections in the ultimate Mac & Cheese showdown!
  • 11/16- 12/4 - A Christmas Affair @ Palmer Events Center: The Junior League of Austin's A Christmas Affair hosts approximately 200-vendors in a themed shopping extravaganza which includes parties, children's events, a private shopping brunch, and the season's biggest celebrity, Santa!


THANK YOU Crystal Green of Pritchard Industries for putting together yet another wonderful event for us and THANK YOU Gaines Bagby of CBRE for capturing all the wonderful moments again this year too! To view this year's photos, check out IFMA Austin Facebook page and don't forget to give us a Like!

Another huge THANK YOU to our awesome Sponsors and Volunteers! Without the support of our Sponsors this tournament would not be possible.  

Please click here to view Sponsors for this year's event.

On another great note, we have chosen again this year to donate a portion of proceeds to SafePlace which provides safety for individuals and families affected by domestic violence, and sexual assault.

If you are interested in Sponsoring or Volunteering, please contact Crystal for details on how to be part of next year's event.



Please join us at the IFMA Volunteer Day

Wednesday, November 16,2016

8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Central Texas Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry

Turner Roberts Recreation Center

7201 Colony Loop Drive, Austin TX, 78724

If you would like to attend, please click here to register.

If you should have any questions, please contact:

Todd Coleman of Texas Building Services - 512.459.1188 or

Looking forward to seeing you there!


SAVE THE DATE for this year's Holiday Boat Cruise Party!

December 8, 2016 from 4:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. at Capital Cruises. 

Dinner, drinks, and raffle prizes!  

$50 per person

  We look forward to you all joining us! Last year we had amazing weather, and got to see a great show from the bats under the congress bridge. 

Holiday Party Sponsors:

HTS – Event Sponsorship

ABF/HON – Food Sponsor

Blackmon Mooring – Food Sponsor

Corporate Floors - Bar/Drink Sponsor

TBS - Bar/Drink Sponsor

ABM - Bar/Drink Sponsor

If you are interested in Sponsoring, please contact Crystal for more details.



In This Issue

-New Members 

-Day Tripping

-IFMA Golf Tournament

-Community Service

-IFMA Holiday Party

-Upcoming Events

-Featured Professional

-Happy Anniversary

-Tuesday's Children


-Chapter Sponsor

-Sponsorship Info

  New Members

Robert Tefft, CEO- IMPAK Solutions

Jeffery Hancock, Senior Facilities Manager

Andrew Millest, VP- ABM

Chris Simmons, Young Professional

Daniel Osborne, National Facilities Director- Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas

Dale Fisher, Independent Contractor-  Commercial Real Estate

Scott Mott, Business Development- Quality Roofing

Stephen Mayo,Regional Manager- Fibertite Roofing Products

James Cossey, Implementation Specialist and Business Developer- BuildSourced

Sharon Lewis-WebsterFacilities Project Manager- Oracle

Jen Bussinger, Interior Design Director- Page

Luis Razo, Facilities Technician- The Millenium Group Inc.

Philip Johnson, Manager/Property and Construction Management- TexasDepartment of Public Safety

 Featured Professional

This issue's Featured Professional Joseph Latteo, one of IFMA Austin's past presidents and owner of Local Government Facility Solutions.

Click here to learn more about Joe and his experiences in Facility Managament and Local Government.

 Upcoming Events

- IFMA Chapter Luncheon - November 10, 2016, @ Flemings from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

- Holiday Boat Cruise -  December 8, 2016, on Lady Bird Lake from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Happy Anniversary

This past October, John Sutton, has been a member of IFMA Austin for 30 years! 

He first joined in October of 1986 when he was the Director of General Services for Travis County. In 1992 he then became president of IFMA Austin Chapter and in 1996 became Assistant Vice President of TG and in April he will be celebrating 21 years there! 

On behalf of IFMA Austin, Thank you and we appreciate your continued membership and support! 

 Tuesday's Children

To all of our IFMA members and guest who were able to donate in honor of the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, Tuesday's Children has sent a Thank You letter for your contributions

Please click here to view.


We are accepting donations in the form of Gift Cards or Cash for Project Santa-Holiday Gift Drive.

These donations will be presented to SafePlace at IFMA Austin's Holiday Boat Cruise on December 8, 2016.

Click here for a list of Gift Cards needed for clothing, food, and activities. 

Please bring Gift Cards and/or Cash to Novembers Luncheon which will be held this Thursday, November 10th at Flemings in the Domain. 

Thank you in advance for your support!



Wanting to gain more exposure with IFMA Austin Members? 

Or how about being front and center at all major IFMA Austin events for the year...

Checkout our Annual Sponsorship Program for the IFMA Chapter of Austin and reserve your spot in our Spotlight for 2017! 

For more information contact:

Scott Slaughter of Austin Business Furniture

512.964.5124 or

2525 Wallingwood Dr, Building 13A
Austin, TX 78746
(512) 329-6785
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software