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Recipients of IFMA’s 2020 Awards of Excellence recognized during IFMA’s World Workplace® Virtual Experience

Dec 09, 2020

IFMA is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2020 Awards of Excellence. Winning submissions in 14 categories include individual IFMA members, authors, educators, IFMA chapters, corporate partners and facility management teams.

Award recipients were notified of their winning submissions in September and were asked to record video acceptance speeches. IFMA’s annual awards are traditionally presented live at IFMA’s World Workplace Conference and Expo; but with World Workplace held virtually this year, all 2020 Awards of Excellence winners are being celebrated in a compilation video, available for viewing during the Dec. 9-10 event.

“Bringing World Workplace to a virtual platform inspired us to find inventive ways to present time-honored portions of our annual program,” said Chair of IFMA’s Global Board of Directors Peter Ankerstjerne. “Adding videos of our distinguished award winners, IFMA Fellows, chair citation recipients and Forty Under 40 finalists allowed us to spotlight the incredible achievements of our members and partners, providing a global stage for applauding the exceptional contributions of all 2020 honorees.”

IFMA’s awards program was established in 1983 to recognize significant contributions to the association and the facility management field. Initially presented to individual members, the Awards of Excellence quickly expanded to include IFMA chapters, councils, corporate partners and FM teams.


Distinguished Author, Book
Dr. Steven B. Goldman

Awarded for “Pandemic Manual: Planning and Responding to a Global Health Crisis for Facility Management Professionals,” published in May 2020 by the IFMA Foundation to provide FMs with an extensive, easy-to-use reference document for COVID-19 and future pandemic preparedness and response. Dr. Goldman’s manual was downloaded more than 4,000 times within the first four weeks of its release.

Distinguished Author, Research Paper
Peter S. Kimmel, IFMA Fellow, Publisher, FMLink

Awarded for “A Facility Manager’s Guide to Reopening and Occupying Buildings Safely,” published on FMLink in May 2020 and viewed by people from 161 countries in its first week of release. Kimmel’s e-book presents an overall strategy for reoccupying buildings with safety as a paramount objective.

Distinguished Author, Social Media
Sonya Verny, MCR

Founding the FM Spotlight program to recognize and celebrate members of IFMA’s New York City Chapter, Verny interviews real estate and FM professionals, publishing the articles in the chapter’s monthly e-newsletter, on the website and throughout social media.

Distinguished Educator
Audrey L. Schultz, Ph.D.

Receiving tenure and full professor status at Pratt Institute in May 2020, Schultz developed curriculum for Pratt’s Master of Science in FM program, teaches up to eight FM courses annually, supervises student research theses, conducts her own research and serves on the Academic Senate as the Department Senator for Construction Management, Facilities Management and Real Estate Practice Program.

Sheila Sheridan Award for Sustainable Facility Operations and Management
Green Team, United States Army, Hale Koa Hotel

Developing into a cross-functional team representing several departments/programs throughout the facility and operations, the Green Team proved that a sustainability program could provide value to the overall business mission and integrate into operations with existing resources, resulting in enhanced employee/guest comfort, improved productivity, reduced expenses and elevated community relations and reputation.

George Graves Award for Facility Management Achievement
Eurest Services Communications Team, Compass Group

Awarded for their innovative employee engagement app, which has resulted in multiple business-significant results, positively impacting the entire organization and helping Eurest Services gather qualitative and quantitative feedback in real time, driving immediate action.

Chapter Award of Excellence in Web Communications
Charlotte Chapter of IFMA

Awarded for successfully utilizing web-based technologies to add membership value, including the introduction of a new online platform and a mobile application tied directly to the website.

Chapter Award of Excellence in Professional Development
IFMA Toronto & South Central Ontario Chapter

Awarded for its robust educational programming, active engagement with local colleges and universities, and its personal approach to member engagement and support.

Emerging Professional Award
Elizabeth Vasek

Playing a pivotal role in growing the New York City Chapter of IFMA’s ranks of emerging leaders, Vasek invested in the next generation of FMs with participation in the chapter’s mentorship program and developed impactful programming as co-chair of its Sustainability Committee.

Associate Member Award
Anthony Koscielecki

Orlando Chapter of IFMA

Awarded for graciously serving in many capacities throughout the chapter, contributing time, talent and leadership for the overall success of the chapter.

Facility Management Innovation Award
Sodexo Corporate Services

Awarded for developing the COVID-19 Business Management & Operations Digital App in response to the immediate need for data in nearly real-time across all global facility sites to make timely decisions that would affect the health, well-being and future operations of multiple businesses and employees.

Distinguished Member Award
Darin Rose, CFM, SFP, GGP, CRFP

Serving in multiple leadership roles association-wide, including IFMA’s Americas Advisory Board, Rose is an IFMA Qualified Instructor, led his chapter’s Job and Mentorship Resource Platform to prepare members for their reentry into the job market, and has a talent for connecting with students and industry leaders alike to effect change.

Student Chapter of the Year Award
Brigham Young University Student Chapter of IFMA

Leveraging BYU’s vast alumni network to bring industry experts to chapter meetings and connect students with valuable internship opportunities, the student chapter helps prepare FM students to enter the industry, sending confident and capable FM professionals into an ever-changing industry.

Chapter of the Year Award
Denver Chapter of IFMA

Awarded for fulfilling its vision to “serve as THE resource and representative for facility management in the greater Denver Metropolitan area and beyond,” creating an engaging community experience that resulted in the highest membership numbers in chapter history and record numbers of member involvement.