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IFMA Forms New Chapter in California’s Central Valley

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Facility Management, FM Alert

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Published on May 25, 2011 with No Comments

The International Facility Management Association is pleased to announce the formation of its newest chapter, the Central Valley Chapter of IFMA, located in Modesto, CA. The chapter was formed to promote the facility management profession and highlight educational opportunities available to facility professionals throughout Fresno, Stockton, Modesto, Merced, Manteca, and surrounding Central Valley areas. The new chapter joins 10 other IFMA chapters located in California.

The chapter has identified its leadership for the inaugural term consisting of a four-person executive board. Albert Gabriel, CFM, of Label Technology, is president; Art A. Saldivar, CFM, CFMJ, of Johnson Controls, is vice president; Brian McGrath, of Belfor Property Restoration, is secretary; and Robert Carpenter, facilities manager, is treasurer. About 30 facility professionals and associates have already joined the chapter.

“We’re excited to promote the development of the facility management profession throughout the Central Valley, which is the heart of California,” said Gabriel. “We’re looking forward to helping companies get better facility management services from experienced professionals, and in the future, we also hope to work with local universities and other IFMA chapters to offer educational programs. The future is bright in the Valley.”

The IFMA board of directors approved the formation of the Central Valley Chapter of IFMA this past March. The board will formally present the charter certificate to chapter leaders in May.

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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