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IFMA Conference 2019: Five Reasons You Can't Miss It

IFMA 2019 Conference

The IFMA 2019 conference is a must if you have anything to do with facilities management.

Hosted by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), the World Workplace 2019 Conference & Expo is the #1 place to learn about trends, technology and opportunities in facilities management.

Professionals from across the world will gather from October 16 - 18 in sunny Phoenix, AZ. They’ll hear from experts, mingle with peers, and gather information to inform decisions for their businesses.

If you’re still debating whether or not to attend, we’ve got 5 compelling reasons that will convince you to add this event to your calendar.

#1 - Hands-On Practicums

One of the features that makes the IFMA 2019 conference so unique is the practical experience it offers attendees. 

Facilities managers who sign up have the opportunity to put on a hard hat and participate in facility tours. Instead of just talking about best practices in facilities management, this conference shows you how to maintain and protect spaces firsthand.

According to the IFMA, these tours give you an inside look at systems, programs, sustainable/energy-efficient features and state-of-the-art upgrades.

In addition, you can sign up for a disaster experience deep dive

This is a roundtable with industry professionals where you can walk through creating and implementing a disaster preparedness plan for your facility.

We highly recommend attending to gain hands-on experience about this critical part of your job.


#2 - An Extensive Expo

Unlike other conferences and industry events, the expo floor at IFMA 2019 is specifically geared toward facilities managers only.

The vendors and partners have been hand-picked by the hosting association to bring valuable tools, resources and information to attendees. 

It’s a veritable gold mine of FM solutions.

Even if you’re not intending to purchase anything at the conference, you’ll be able to see what’s new in facility-related products and services.  And when you are ready to buy, you’ll understand the market thoroughly.

This expo allows you to find the best fits for your business needs.


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#3 - The Council Pavilion

Something else you won’t find at any other conference is what IFMA 2019 calls The Council Pavilion.

This is where organized IFMA chapters across the country meet and connect. You can mingle with a group of facilities managers in almost any field at this gathering: airports, healthcare, nonprofits and more. 

The Council Pavilion is the main way IFMA 2019 attendees network with each other.

We highly recommend you take this opportunity to engage with the people who are doing the same kind of work you are. You can gain valuable insight by learning from the mistakes and opportunities of others in your field.

And you might be able to offer valuable instruction from your own experiences as well.

Check out the full schedule for the daily Council Pavilion times.


#4 - The Technology Track

Perhaps one of the biggest advantages for facilities managers at IFMA 2019 is the technology track. 

Software and apps are taking center stage in the industry. There’s no better way to learn about what’s available today and how to use it than this string of workshops.

Because you’re bombarded with a veritable smorgasbord of solutions to choose from, it can be difficult to pick the right one for your business and budget. This track will break down everything you need to know, giving you practical takeaways you can use to make decisions about:

  • Remote sensors
  • AI
  • IoT
  • Robots
  • Blockchain
  • Apps

The keynote speaker for the closing session will also be presenting ways to increase response times and be more efficient using new technology.


#5 - Fun Times in Phoenix

Everyone needs a break during a conference. And who could blame you for taking one with all the fun going on around IFMA 2019?

If you’re in town early, RSVP to attend the Casino Royale fundraiser on the evening of October 15th.

You can get dressed up and have fun...and it’s all for a good cause.

For those looking for leisure activities during the conference, don’t miss out on the Doug Underwood/Utilities Council of IFMA 29th Annual Golf Tournament. It’s a great way to relax while sneaking in some extra networking opportunities. 

Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t recommend getting out to see all Phoenix has to offer. It’s a beautiful city with events, outdoor activities, arts & culture, sports and history. 


Conclusion: Join Us at IFMA Conference 2019

There’s no doubt your facilities management game will take a step up by attending the World Workplace 2019 Conference & Expo.

And if our reasons for signing up didn’t convince you, IFMA’s put together a list of its own 7 reasons to attend

We believe in the value of IFMA 2019 so much, we’re attending ourselves. Our team will be set up on the expo floor ready to share how our solution helps facilities managers ditch manual and time-consuming processes. 

In fact, it can help you execute preventive maintenance, inventory, reporting and all your facilities management tasks in the least amount of time, effort and expense.


Posted on 8/19/19 9:00 AM by Haley Martin in Facility Management

Haley Martin

Written by Haley Martin

Haley is the VP of Marketing at AMTdirect. She is focused on bringing relevant information about lease accounting and administration to accountants and corporate real estate professionals.