Industry Council Benefits

Focus on common concerns and special needs specific to your unique workplace.

Councils support the specialized interests and job responsibilities of FM professionals within certain industries. A highly targeted source of facility management education, information and interaction, IFMA councils benefit members through:

  • Focused networking: Share work experiences and exchange best practices with colleagues who support similar facility types or business sectors.
  • Active online community: Participate in discussion groups to solve job-related problems and assist fellow members with projects and career objectives.
  • Targeted information: Keep current on the latest practices, trends and technologies relative to your industry or work environment.
  • Targeted resources: Access news, case studies, webinars and other tools to enhance your knowledge and skills.

Non-members: Join IFMA and an industry-specific council today!


Members: To add a council to your membership, contact IFMA's member services team.


Find your industry-specific council.

With more than 9,000 council members worldwide, you can compare workplace practices with facility professionals representing a variety of organizations, work environments, cultural backgrounds and corporate cultures.

  • Religious Facilities Council

    The religious facilities ccuncil identifies hot topics for roundtable discussions held via a webinar (web and phone session).

    James Christopher, CFM, SFP, LEED AP
    M+C Groveland Group, LLC

    (810) 217-1280 |
  • Information Technology: Council

    The Information Technology council reviews computer-aided facility management and general business hardware and software; develops criteria for evaluating the usefulness of FM-specific programs in addressing the major functional areas of facility management; and develops procedures to be used in the automation of FM operations.

    Daniel Stonecipher
    IMMERSIVx, Inc

    (603) 228-4863 |
  • Environmental Health & Safety Council

    The Environmental Health & Safety council is a forum for facility professionals to share ideas and experiences regarding such complex issues as ergonomics, disaster recovery, blood-borne pathogens and asbestos abatement.

    Patrick Okamura, CFM, SFP, FMP, CSS
    Facilities Manager

    +1-480-441-3180 |
  • Banking Institutions & Credit Unions Council

    The Banking Institutions & Credit Unions council focuses on issues such as security, money handling, banking equipment and regulations, customer liability, drive-up lanes, information privacy, disaster recovery and benchmarking. Educational and networking sessions are a focus at meetings.

    Barry Lynch, CFM, SFP, IFMA Fellow
    Strategic Facility Planner
    Labarre Associates, Inc.

    +225-664-1934 |
  • Corporate Real Estate Council

    The Corporate Real Estate Council will focus on the real estate and facility issues affecting the day-to-day operations endemic to corporate America. Focus areas include: workplace innovation, national and global real estate leasing/occupancy trends, corporate resource management, service delivery trends and Web based real estate technology.

    Mark Ellis, CFM
    Integrated Workplace Services Director, NA/EM

    (503) 913-9873 |
  • Manufacturing, Industrial & Logistics Council

    The Manufacturing, Industrial and Logistics council provides the opportunity to share similar interests, insights, technical innovations and efficiency improvements, as well as unique processes and procedures, to meet the future demands and challenges of external and internal customers. The council’s membership is open to those that have some degree of responsibility for a manufacturing facility and those offering specialized products or services to meet their needs.

    Gary Rudkin, CFM
    Corix Utilities
  • FM Consultants Council

    The FM Consultants council supports new and existing FM consultants as they build a career around their workplace expertise. Through geographical and cross-discipline networking, best practices and small business management skills, the council empowers members to step out into the marketplace. This is a noncommercial forum for members to network and share ideas.

    Val Moraes, CFM
    CEO & Managing Director
    GregMore Group

    +64 211478382 |
  • City & Country Clubs Council

    The City and Country Clubs Council provides a network for facility managers from city or country clubs offering golf, gourmet dining, public events and/or private parties. Members can connect with other professionals as well as benefit from continuing education opportunities.

    Rex Wilson
    John's Islands Club
  • Academic Facilities Council

    The Academic Facilities council provides a forum for sharing information directed at academic facilities including, but not limited to, primary and secondary schools, technical and community colleges, and private and public colleges and universities.

    Jolie Lucas, CFM, AICP, LEED AP

    (714) 648-2081 |
  • Food Service & Restaurant Council

    The Food Service and Restaurant Council is for those facility professionals in the restaurants and food services industry. The goal is to provide a network for restaurant and food service facility managers and professionals to share resources, connect with other professionals, benefit from continuing education and advance the facility management profession as it relates to the industry.

    Barbara Kane
    VP-Industry Relations
    EcoLab, Inc.

    +1-312-560-4761 |
  • Research & Development Facilities Council

    The Research & Development Facilities council is dedicated to enhancing the expertise and productivity of FMs dealing with R&D facilities. The council provides a communication link through which members can share information on technical challenges involved in supporting the research and development missions of their employers.

    Sharon Lorince, CFM
  • Corporate Facilities Council

    The Corporate Facilities council focuses on facilities that serve as central control points for business operations. Common characteristics of membership include leadership and executive presence, financial/MIS operations, primary offices and associated services, and churn.

    Steven Pons, CFM
    Regional Manager, Real Estate & Facilities Services
    Direct Energy

    +1-412-667-5664 |
  • Airport Facilities Council

    The Airport Facilities council’s membership is open to IFMA members who have some degree of responsibility for an airport facility and those offering specialized products or services to meet their needs. The mission of this council is to effectively address the challenges of managing airports in a global economy.

    Mike Riseborough, CFM, RPA, FMA
    Director Aviation Infrastructure, Energy and Environment
    Greater Toronto Airports Authority

    +1-416-776-5994 |
  • Public Sector Facilities Council

    The Public Sector Facilities council is for those managing, maintaining or constructing government buildings and facilities. The council addresses the constraints of budgets, organization policies and bureaucracy in city, state, provincial or federal government agencies.

    David Dunn, CFM
    University of Central Florida

    407.246.3873 |
  • Utilities Council

    Members of the Utilities council function within the regulated and unregulated utility industries. The council's twice-yearly meetings feature benchmarking sessions, reports, best practices presentations and round table sessions, offering an exceptional exchange of ideas and information.

    John Ritter
    San Diego Gas & Electric

    +1-858- 654-1108 |
  • Legal Industry Council

    The Legal Industry council shares information among FMs from law firms, corporate legal departments and academic legal departments. Discussions center on vendor issues, easier and more efficient ways to perform services, emerging technology, ADA, OSHA and other regulatory information.

    Joseph Geierman, CFM, FMP
    Senior Facilities Operations Manager
    Troutman Sanders LLP

    (770) 216-5395 |
  • Museums/Cultural Institutions Council

    The Museum/Cultural Institutions council meets the highly specialized needs of its members by providing education and training specific to management of science centers, performing arts centers, libraries, historical sites, art institutes, theaters and zoos.