Three days in a blacked‐out ballroom, during lovely autumn weather that showed Denver and the massive Rockies at their very best, are enough to test the patience of angels. But not of 300 mustard‐keen American facilities managers (and one Facilities correspondent) who packed out the annual conference and exhibition of the International Facility Management Association, to debate the theme, ‘the electronic connection’. (Report to follow in issue 9.) From the name tabs to an elegantly produced conference programme, from the exceptionally interesting panel of speakers (including that same Facilities correspondent) to the giving of awards to distinguished facilities managers, from debates on accreditation and education to earnest parleyings in smoke‐filled rooms, everything was exactly what one would expect of a well‐established professional organisation. Only the rate of growth of this particular organisation betrayed the newness of the profession — membership trebled in under three years and a waiting list of over 20 volunteers eager to found new regional chapters. No one at Denver was in any doubt that IFMA, after just three years, was unstoppable.
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