IFMA Announces 2016-17 Executive Committee and Board of Directors


The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) is pleased to introduce its 2016-17 board of directors and member-elected executive committee members. The beginning of IFMA’s 2016-17 fiscal year (July 1) marks the first day as chair for Maureen Ehrenberg, FRICS, CRE, who was elected by IFMA membership along with first vice chair William M. O’Neill, CFM, and second vice chair, Graham John Tier, CFM, FMP, MRICS. Members of the executive committee serve one-year terms.

IFMA also welcomes six new board members with a wide variety of international expertise and experience. In alphabetical order, they are: Peter Ankerstjerne, MBA, COP, FRICS; Keith A. Dias, P.E., CFM; Laurie A. Gilmer, P.E., CFM, SFP, LEED AP, CxA; Gordon Hicks, P.Eng., LEED AP; Louise Panneton; and Darrell D. Smith. IFMA board members serve two-year terms, although Panneton and Smith will both serve abbreviated one-year terms.

Current board members Diane Coles-Levine, MCR, and Wayne Harvey, CFM, SFP, LEED AP, will begin their second year on the board, while Lynn Baez, CFM, SFP, FMP, CBCP, has extended her term to serve for a third year.

“The global facility management (FM) industry is at a critical juncture of its maturation,” said Ehrenberg “Integrated FM professionals are being recognized as key to the future of the new workplace, driving business productivity and employee experience. IFMA is the world’s leading facility management association with a strong presence in the Americas; in Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and in the Asia-Pacific region. Our new global board represents the diverse skills and experience that will continue to drive our vision to enable our members by providing access to world-class training and education, globally recognized credentials, career opportunities and networking. Our vision for the future of strategic FM is bold and exciting, and IFMA is establishing its role in advancing our profession on a regional and global basis for our members and partners.”

While welcoming new leaders, IFMA expresses appreciation to outgoing board members for their dedication and service to the FM community: Stephen P. Ballesty, CFM, MBA, FRICS, FAIQS, ICECA; Jeffrey J. Budimulia, CFM, MBA; Larry Allen Morgan, CFM, SFP, FMP; Pat Turnbull, MA, LEED AP, IFMA Fellow; and Geoff Williams, FMP. IFMA also thanks the 2015-16 executive nominating committee, which included IFMA Past Chair James P. Whittaker, P.E., CFM, CEFP, FRICS, who served as the committee chair, as well as Michael D. Feldman, FMP, CM; Francis J. Kuhn, CFM, IFMA Fellow; and Jon Seller.

IFMA 2016-17 Board of Directors

Maureen Ehrenberg, FRICS, CREExecutive
Managing Director of Integrated Facilities Management
Chicago, Illinois, USA

First Vice Chair
William M. O’Neill, CFM
Associate Director, Facilities Management
University of Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

Second Vice Chair
Graham John Tier, CFM, FMP, MRICS
Head of Facilities Management
Hong Kong Jockey Club
Hong Kong, China

Past Chair
Michael D. Feldman, FMP, CM
President and COO
MDF Consulting, LLC
Seattle, Washington, USA

Tony Keane, CAE
President and CEO
Houston, Texas, USA

Board of Directors

Peter Ankerstjerne, MBA, COP, FRICS
Chief Marketing Officer
Søborg, Denmark

Lynn Baez, CFM, SFP, FMP, CBCP
Director of Workplace Services
Cushman & Wakefield for Ericsson
Plano, Texas, USA

Diane Coles-Levine, MCR
Principal Consultant
Workplace Management Solutions
Long Beach, California, USA

Keith A. Dias, P.E., CFM
Senior Director India, Workplace Resources
NetApp India Private Limited
Bangalore, India

Laurie A. Gilmer, P.E., CFM, SFP, LEED AP, CxA
Vice President Facility Services
Facility Engineering Associates, P.C.
Santa Rosa, California, USA

Wayne Harvey, CFM, SFP, LEED AP
Consultant, Facility Optimization and Strategic Energy Management
San Diego, California, USA

Gordon Hicks, P.Eng., LEED AP
President and CEO, Americas
Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions
Markham, Ontario, Canada

Louise Panneton
President/Managing Partner
P3 Advisors Inc.
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Darrell D. Smith
Director of Central Services
Mountain View, California, USA

Full biographies and contact information are available online at

IFMA is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting 24,000 members in 104 countries. The association’s members, represented in 135 chapters and 17 councils worldwide, manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$526 billion in products and services. Formed in 1980, IFMA certifies professionals in facility management, conducts research, provides educational programs and produces World Workplace, the world’s largest facility management conference and exposition. To join and follow IFMA’s social media outlets online, visit the association’s LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr pages. For more information, visit the IFMA press room or