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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.


Current IFMA members can add an Industry Council by:

  • Logging into their My IFMA account.
  • Once logged in, click the "My Account" tab at the top of the screen, followed by "My Membership" in the drop down menu.
  • In the right side of the screen, select "Join additional groups (Chapters, Councils, Institutes, Communities of Practice)."
  • Scroll down to the Industry Council section, select your desired Industry Council and hit "Next."

If you have any questions or concerns about joining an Industry Council, contact IFMA's Member Services Team at or +1-713-623-4362. 

Non IFMA members can join an Industry Council by becoming a member of IFMA.

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.

  • IFMA Retail Council

    Retail Facilities Council

    The retail facilities council focuses on issues surrounding the retail facility professional including: going green, utility cost controls, maintenance costs, efficiency, other cost controls, etc.
  • Religious Facilities Council

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

    Ryan T. Mcmillan
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    (801) 240-7958 |
  • Health Care Institute

    More than 400 hospital administrators, facility managers, design and construction professionals, consultants, vendors and students who serve academic medical centers and community hospitals, retirement facilities, specialty hospitals and clinics belong to the Health Care Institute of IFMA.

    Jeffrey Kent
    Managing Director Facilities
    Nemours Foundation

    904-697-4274 |
  • 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.

    Susan E. Moury
    Business Continuity Coordinator
    Tower Federal Credit Union

    540-557-7036 |
  • 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.

    Keith Vandenbussche, FMA
    Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc.
  • 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.

    Teena Shouse, CFM, IFMA Fellow
    FM Transitions

    913-486-8847 |
  • 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.

    James Gonsalves, SFP,CFM
    Zone Manager
    San Diego Unified School District
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    Hospitality Council

    The Hospitality Council provides a network for hospitality 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..

    Frederick Stathis
    Facility Manager
    Extended Stay Hotels

    (817) 975-0189 |
  • 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.
  • Corporate Facilities Council

    The Corporate Facilities Council has become a destination of choice for members who are looking to network with others who provide facility management and other services for office settings, particularly headquarters and large campuses. Our members hold a wide variety of positions in facilities management, are from 46 countries, and are actively engaged in supporting each other and the profession.

    Denise Johnston, CFM
    Director, Property Management
    CNL Commercial Real Estate

    (919) 987-1001 |
  • 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.

    Stuart P. Mathews, FMP
    FM Aviation Maintenance
    Port of Seattle

    206- 787-6890 |
  • 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.

    Eric Connery
    Connecticut General Assembly

    860-240-0105 |
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    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.

    Barbara Luna
    FBG Service Corporation

    800-777-8326 x5064 |
  • 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.

    Ernie Casas
    Facilities Manager
    Irell & Manella LLP

    (310) 203-7528 |
  • 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.

    Cameron Christensen, FMP, EFP