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IFMA release 1.16

January 16, 2013
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International Facility Management Association Hires Jed Link to Run Public Relations Outreach

HOUSTON — The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) introduced Jed Link as the primary point of contact for media and public relations. Link brings a decade of public relations experience on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. with him to the job. He will not only help keep members of the media informed about critical developments at IFMA and in the facility management industry, but serve as a resource for journalists across a wide variety of subject matters.

“The importance of facility management in our international economy is growing exponentially, making the critical industry support IFMA provides more important than ever,” said Tony Keane, IFMA President and CEO. “We’re very excited to bring Jed Link on board as a resource for journalists around the world. His strong background in public relations will be an asset to our members and our industry partners.”

Facility management covers a wide variety of newsworthy subjects in facilities as diverse as airports, zoos and everything in between. Journalists should contact IFMA with questions for stories about any of the following subjects:

•    Innovative work environments, including best-practices for office space use and telecommuting;
•    Workplace sustainability, including green building certifications and training programs;
•    Unique facilities designed to solve specific problems;
•    Employee health, including ergonomics and indoor air quality;
•    Employee safety and security in preparation for natural or man-made disasters;
•    Damage mitigation during a natural or man-made disaster and the subsequent recovery;
•    Efforts to improve facility performance to meet the needs of both the employees and their customers;
•    Emerging technology to improve the workplace;
•    Application of design to support the function of a facility;
•    Strategic financial management of facility assets over time to reduce cost and improve utility;
•    Global government policy – current and pending – impacting the acquisition and use of facilities;
•    Challenges and opportunities in international facility management;
•    Strategies for decommissioning a facility in an economic and environmentally responsible way;
•    Innovative educational opportunities, including accredited college degrees and professional certification programs; and
•    All other topics, from interior design to building information modeling, related to management of the built environment.

IFMA is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for professional facility managers, supporting 23,000 members in 78 countries. The association’s members, represented in 127 chapters and 16 councils worldwide, manage more than 37 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$100 billion in products and services. Formed in 1980, IFMA certifies facility managers, 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, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter pages. For more information, visit the IFMA press room or www.ifma.org.

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