A Message From IFMA President and CEO Don Gilpin
For 40 years, IFMA’s annual conference has been a highly anticipated event for the facility management community. IFMA’s World Workplace Conference and Expo is like Comic-Con for FMs.
Some of you attend every year; some every other year; and some have eagerly awaited their very first in-person experience. Even in times of adversity, World Workplace has never been canceled. We successfully held last year’s conference online to provide the best possible experience for global participants during the pandemic.
While many of us have ventured outside of our homes or regions this past year – whether for work or recreation – some of us are still hesitant to leave our comfort zones, and that’s okay. Each of us is managing the anxieties and unknowns of this pandemic in ways that are right for us.
I would like to assure you that IFMA is committed to creating a safe and comfortable place for our community to come together, see old friends, make new acquaintances, view innovative products close up, and benefit from the most useful information and insights that IFMA is providing on the new world of work.
Our community loves to network. We love to talk about FM, especially in person. We need this opportunity to exchange experiences and ideas eye-to-eye, and I am confident in the protocols that both IFMA and Florida’s Gaylord Palms Resort have outlined to safely do so at this year’s event.
Our team is monitoring the ever-changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and the Delta variant. To ensure that health and safety protocols for World Workplace follow the most current recommendations, we’re working with Florida state and local health officials and staying on top of the latest CDC guidelines. Just like the FM professionals we represent, IFMA continues to plan creatively to bring you opportunities to advance your career and make the personal connections so important to our careers and the future of our industry.
You’ve no doubt had to manage your organization’s health and safety protocols, and possibly cope with some policy pushback. With this in mind, I am also confident that our community will be respectful of the measures we have put in place for the welfare of everyone attending.
Recognizing that making the trip to Kissimmee, Florida, in October is not feasible for our entire community, we will be live-streaming major portions of the conference so that you can still participate from anywhere in the world. Live-streamed content will also be available on demand 24/7 for 30 days after the close of World Workplace.
As for me, I can’t wait to walk through the front door of the Gaylord Palms and begin greeting those of you in attendance. I crave the human interactions that have made World Workplace legendary as the must-attend learning and networking event on facilities and how to manage them.
Whether you connect virtually or join us in person this October, I look forward to welcoming you back to World Workplace.