Posted by Heidi Schwartz
DTZ has announced that J. Patrick McKee, a DTZ Global Occupier Services Vice President of New Business Development, has been selected to serve on the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Foundation’s Board of Trustees. A long-time supporter of the IFMA Foundation, McKee served as the organization’s first Corporate Advisor in 2014.
The International Facility Management Association is the world’s largest association for the facilities management profession, sponsoring 130 worldwide chapters comprised of a membership base of 23,500 professionals representing 94 countries. The association founded the IFMA Foundation in 1980 to position facility management as a career of choice by promoting and supporting educational opportunities, related scholarships, and research initiatives for facility management students and professionals worldwide.
“As an esteemed Trustee, McKee will continue to provide his leadership to the Foundation’s ‘Global Workplace Initiative’—an effort that is reaching into high schools, introducing students to the facility management profession and directing those interested in this exciting career to accredited colleges and universities that offer degrees in facility management upon graduation,” commented Jeff Tafel, Executive Director, IFMA Foundation. “McKee’s vision and contributions to date have been instrumental in the Foundation’s collaboration with government, economic development, business leaders, higher education, and facility management practitioners—all working together to make the profession a career of choice in pilot schools. We look forward to McKee’s increased role with the IFMA Foundation and are thankful for the ongoing support that DTZ has provided to McKee in support of our mission.”
In 2012, the IFMA Foundation awarded $165,000 in scholarships and conference travel grants to more than 40 students. In 2013, the program awarded in excess of $150,000 to 35 students at the International Facility Management Association’s World Workplace conferences. Student awards include both a scholarship towards the pursuit of their facility management degree and fully paid travel and conference attendance. Since 1991, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.1 million to hundreds of aspiring facility management professionals.