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IFMA Fellows Class of 2017 honored at IFMA’s World Workplace

Oct. 23, 2017

IFMA has named three new IFMA Fellows: Collins Osayamwen, CFM, FMP, IFMA Fellow, Cofounder and Managing Partner, SheltercareFM Consult, Nigeria; Rick Corea, IFMA Fellow, Director of Global Facilities, ON Semiconductor, Phoenix, Arizona, USA; and James P. Whittaker, P.E., CFM, CEFP, FRICS, IFMA Fellow, Director of Engineering Services – Americas, JLL, Chantilly, Virginia, USA.

The 2017 Class of IFMA Fellows was inducted at IFMA’s annual Awards of Excellence banquet in Houston, Texas, USA, held during IFMA’s World Workplace 2017 Conference and Expo.

Being named an IFMA Fellow is the highest honor the association bestows upon members. The Fellowship program was established in 1992 to recognize members’ lifetime contributions to the association and the facility management community. When considering a candidate for Fellowship, the nominating committee assesses professional experience and accomplishments; association involvement; and how that person has enriched the profession.

“IFMA Fellows are respected leaders who have distinguished themselves through many years of service and notable accomplishments in education, research, writing, speaking, advocacy and in their professional careers,” said William M. O'Neill, CFM, 2017-2018 Chair of IFMA’s Board of Directors.

Below are summaries of contributions made by each of this year’s Fellows:

Collins Osayamwen, CFM, FMP, IFMA Fellow is a global ambassador for the facility management profession, committed to increasing awareness of FM in Africa through government advocacy, speaking on FM-related topics and developing student programs. After joining IFMA in 2004, Osayamwen was directly responsible for securing approval to establish the Abuja and Greater Accra Chapters. He served on IFMA’s Board of Directors, and was a valuable resource in the Global Organizational Strategy Task Force, helping to magnify the “I” in IFMA. He served as the IFMA Foundation’s Ambassador to Africa; and is currently the Interim Vice Chair for the Nigeria FM Initiative, whose goal is to provide a national platform for the promotion and continuous development of FM to the government of Nigeria. In his role as Cofounder and Managing Partner of SheltercareFM Consult, he provides leadership to more than 150 staff members, sets direction for the organization, and develops vision and strategies to deliver world-class solutions to multilateral and bilateral organizations and national governments.

Rick Corea, IFMA Fellow has devoted more than 36 years to excellence and improvement in facility management, through IFMA’s Greater Phoenix and Malaysia Chapters; as a mentor for the Arizona State University (ASU) education and research programs; and as the architect and driver of IFMA’s award-winning Greater Phoenix Student Chapter, extending its internship program internationally. As a founding member, ongoing advisor and corporate sponsor of the student chapter, he has written its bylaws, mentored students, established a sponsorship and organized paid FM internships for ASU students. Corea has received many awards individually and on behalf of his company, including a 2016 Citation from the Chair of IFMA’s Board of Directors, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from IFMA’s Greater Phoenix Chapter. As Director of Global Facilities for ON Semiconductor in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, his innovative approach to managing each facility has resulted in streamlined policies and procedures, earning ON Semiconductor the Professional Organization of the Year award for five years from IFMA’s Greater Phoenix Chapter.

James P. Whittaker, P.E., CFM, CEFP, FRICS, IFMA Fellow is a Past Chair of IFMA’s Board of Directors. He served on the IFMA Foundation’s Board of Trustees, created IFMA’s Standards Committee, and led the review and revision of IFMA’s ethics policies as Chair of the Ethics Committee. As Founding Chair of IFMA’s FM Research and Benchmarking Institute (RBI), he led the development of the RBI charter, Founder’s Circle, Development Council, and establishment of policies to organize and further FM research. The breadth of Whittaker’s contributions to IFMA, the American National Standards Institute, the National Research Council, the U.S. Department of State, the National Institute of Building Sciences, and many other organizations and academic institutions speak to his focus, energy and service to the FM profession. One of his greatest gifts to FM globally is his leadership role in the U.S. ANSI, International Organization for Standardization standards refinement, which is crucial to elevating the validity and value of IFMA’s educational programs. In the last 10 years, he has given 93 presentations, contributed to four books, written 14 journal articles, taught 90 courses and impacted nearly 1,350 students. With more than 30 years of experience in the facilities and engineering industries, Whittaker is the Director of Engineering Services - Americas for JLL.