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7.03 Inter-chapter Collaboration Benefits: IFMA Wisconsin's Tri-Chapter Accord Case Study

Thursday, April 4, 2013
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
Track: Leading and Managing/Volunteer Leaders
Format: Case Study
Organization: IFMA
Knowledge Level: 100 level
Session Description: 2013 marks the 22nd Anniversary of the Tri-Chapter Symposium, held annually in Wisconsin.  The three Wisconsin IFMA chapters (Northeast, Southeast and Madison) combine their resources to produce this day of education and celebration focused on facility management professionals.  As the event has matured, attendee expectations have grown.  The event itself has grown in size, venue, registration needs and financial responsibility. 

Four years ago leadership from the chapters came together to form the Tri-Chapter Accord, an agreement to preserve the legacy of this event.  This living document marks a growing point in the chapters of Wisconsin.  Not only did it help crystallize the expectation details of the Tri-Chapter, it connected the leadership of Wisconsin’s chapters in positive and productive ways.  Since it has been adopted in 2011, its benefits reach beyond the event.  The three chapters now hold monthly update and best practice calls, coordinate the efforts of CFM Review session and also hold joint FMP review classes.  Chapter leaders are able to engage and utilize resources of sister chapters in ways that unite this state.

The Tri-Chapter Accord not only benefits this statewide event, but it also serves as a best practice example of regional chapters working together to produce top notch events.  This presentation is intended to offer a roadmap for officers of other regional chapters to come together and be of even more value to their members.

Learning Objectives:
  • Discover how to maximize chapter ROI by partnering with sister chapters or other industry organizations.
  • Hear about the importance of documenting expectations that can be reviewed and modified.
  • Discover how to use the momentum of one event to increase inter-chapter collaboration.
  • Hear about lessons learned and pitfalls to avoid.
  •     Conference Proceedings



    Melissa Schumacher
    Business Development Manager

    Melissa Schumacher earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where she graduated Cum Laude studying Communication. She is currently a Business Development Manager for Allsteel. Melissa's experience also includes 12 years at Bemis, where she was the Marketing Communications Manager,and had responsibilities that included planning local, regional, and national events ranging from five attendees to 300. An active member of IFMA for six years, she is currently serving as President of the Northeast Wisconsin Chapter. Melissa has been involved with the Tri-Chapter event for the last four years and was instrumental in co-authoring the Tri-Chapter Accord.

    Sue Bunker, CFM, FMP, LEED Green Associate
    Brothers Business Interiors
    Design Manager

    Sue Bunker earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison where she studied environment, textiles and design with an emphasis in interior design at the School of Human Ecology. Her professional history spans more than 20 years of experience participating as a facility planning and design team member at Time Insurance (now Assurant Health), Northwestern Mutual, Johnson Financial Group and Kohl’s Department Stores. She holds the designations of CFM, FMP and LEED Green Associate. Sue also is an active member in the Southeast Wisconsin Chapter of the International Facility Management Association where she currently holds the office of President.

    Kyle Roux, CFM, FMP
    UW Madison
    Facility Manager

    Kyle Roux holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Marketing from Lakeland College. He is currently the facility manager for the Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin and is responsible for overall facility operation of one of the nation’s leading educational chemical research facilities. Kyle has more than 10 years of facility operations and management experience and is a CFM and an FMP. A 21-year active and reserve veteran of the U.S. Navy serving aboard nuclear submarines, he has been an active IFMA member for four years, is a member of the Academic Council, and is involved yearly in Tri-Chapter planning for IFMA Wisconsin. Kyle is currently serving as President-Elect of the Madison Chapter.