FMCC President’s BLOG – September 2019

Saturday, September 14th, 2019

Welcome to our sixth newsletter.

This month’s feature introduces the ISO 41000 series for FM, a project in the works since 2012 with FMs of 45 nations involved in what ISO terms a technical committee. IFMA members contributed strongly. Much of the tale is in the website of Technical Committee 267, including a 2019 photo. The September FMCC article focuses on ISO 41001, Facility management – Management systems – Requirements with guidance. Uh-oh…sounds unappetizing? difficult to consume? with little nourishment? It’s not. Though not exactly light and airy, ISO 41001 is deliberately edited, serving both brevity and completeness. I was able to read the whole thing, less than 50 pages, during several evening sessions on the elliptical trainer at the gym, the loose-leaf binder propped over the dashboard. It took me re-reading, of course, to get more familiar, but it is accessible and very well crafted.

ISO 41001 will be near the center of the FM galaxy for a long time. With that in mind, FM consultants can and should take the opportunity to relate the problems and projects that they take on and the results obtained to the standard. This serves their clients and themselves, building toward an industry and profession with limitless ways of conducting FM, as now, but guided by a single, necessary and sufficient source. A specific market for consulting will certification, already offered by consulting organizations in some regions.

New member interview – a first, and we’d like to do more.

Pat Kain is with My Guys Commercial Services in Sterling Virginia, US. ( Web site:, in the DC area. He’s a member of the Capital Chapter, as is the leader of his company, who recommended IFMA membership to Pat. His background is telecommunications, beginning with USAF, then, as a civilian, in pre-sales support and consultative sales for several decades. He is well exposed to customer business needs but relatively new to FM. His company is in a competitive market for moving.

How can FMCC membership figure into his work? In a word, networking. The FMCC community combined with chapter membership brings opportunities and expectations of getting closer to decision makers in order to build a clientele. FMCC consultants interact with client organizations at the business decision maker level. Another benefit can be, when challenges emerge from a new type of customer or job, go to the FMCC list of consultants and call up someone to reflect and suggest, or maybe participate.

Pat, welcome. Let’s talk some more in the months ahead.


If you are relatively new as a member of FMCC and would like to give an interview, please contact  or , or any FMCC Board member. Outside of the U.S., FMCC Regional Directors are available and may better appreciate your circumstances and styles of communication.

What’s going on in FMCC? We’re saying thanks to departing VP Peter Stroup and Treasurer Terry Awls, whose day jobs out-competed what they wanted to do as Board members. Hats off to Secretary Chris Gardner, now VP elect, Danial Goldsmith, Treasurer elect, and Dale Schuss, Secretary elect. If you voted for officers when the ballot arrived from IFMA, much appreciated. If you did not, hey, mark your calendar to look in the e-mail next July.

This is a busy time, getting ready for the Annual General Meeting at World Workplace. Please attend if you can, It won’t be dull. Last year, we were successful in using a personal hot spot and IFMA GoToMeeting to allow several members who could not be physically present to attend and participate. Please get in touch if you would like to join this way. We can have up to 25, I believe.

In the upcoming year, the Board is looking toward more frequent and substantive liaison with other IFMA Councils and Communities in the year ahead. We would welcome members who might wish to participate.
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The FMCC Board welcomes comments, suggestions, and reports of error or malfunction. We keep a to-do list and rework it often. Contact or

The Newsletter editors gratefully accept commentary, news, and anecdotes about your own work, projects, and even problems. The newsletter derives directly from the web site, so your material will appear there, in news, blog, or events.
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FMCC BLOG, September 2019
David Reynolds
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