To promote and advance the effectiveness, learning and best practices among professionals who deliver value to corporations through the strategic management of corporate real estate, workplace resources and the work environment.
To be recognized by members and the industry at large as the Connecticut/Westchester and Western Massachusetts regions' leading professional organization dedicated to the commercial real estate industry.
YEAR IN REVIEW / HOLIDAY PARTY
Tuesday, Dec. 11
4:30 - 5 p.m. - Networking
5 - 6 p.m. - Year in Review presentation
6 - 8:30 p.m. - Holiday party
300 East River Drive
East Hartford, Conn.
Skip Weisman provides counsel on workplace communication
Skip Weisman, business coach and workplace communication consultant, discussed the “Seven Deadly Communication Mistakes – and How to Avoid Them” at the chapter’s annual joint breakfast with the Connecticut Valley chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS). Nearly 100 members and friends attended the Nov. 14 event, which Stanley Black & Decker hosted once again at its New Britain, Conn., world headquarters campus. After his talk, Weisman, a former professional baseball executive, signed copies of his book, Overcoming the 7 Deadliest Communication Sins.
University-outreach event draws from UConn and U. of Hartford
Students from the University of Connecticut and the University of Hartford joined chapter Young Leaders, chapter board members and other chapter members at a university-outreach networking event at Bear’s Smokehouse in downtown Hartford. Some 40 people attended the Nov. 8 event, making this the largest university-outreach program that the chapter has ever organized. The event followed a visit to UConn in Storrs, at which Scott Tibbo of JLL, Chapter President Mark Nisbett of People, Places and Spaces, and Leo Pupim of VisionPoint introduced UConn real estate students to CoreNet Global and the various moving parts of a corporate real estate career. Special thanks to Scott Tibbo leading this important effort.
Chapter named Chapter of the Year for second time in five years
The chapter was excited to be named Chapter of the Year in the Small-to-Medium Chapter category. The award was announced at the 2018 Boston Summit. It was the second time in five years that the chapter was considered the best chapter in the world, and the sixth straight year in which the chapter was a finalist for the award. From left, Leo Pupim, VisionPoint; Pete Olson, CBRE; Rosalind Dos Santos, who attended the Summit from Johannesburg, South Africa; Dave Jackson, Red Thread; Mark Nisbett, People, Places and Spaces (and chapter President); Becky Nolan (front), MetroHartford Alliance; Jan McKenzie, ASSA ABLOY; Scott Tibbo, JLL; and Dan Elman, chapter Executive Director. Dos Santos serendipitously joined the Connecticut Westchester table at the Global Awards & Recognition Dinner, and her former company, Liberty Financial Services, which she was representing, received the Global Innovation Award (she didn’t know she was receiving the award until it was announced). She celebrated with the chapter and was welcomed as a “forever friend” of the Connecticut Westchester chapter.
Development experts tout benefits of repositioning historic buildings
Sara Bronin, architect, attorney and Chair of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, left, and Jamie Brätt, Director of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Hartford's Department of Development Services, discussed the benefits of repositioning historical buildings in Hartford and throughout Connecticut. Jordan Haynes, Head of Real Estate at Hartford Steam Boiler, hosted the Oct. 3 event and offered attendees a tour of the company’s recently retrofitted conference and training space.
Chapter members join IFMA for tour of Heineken USA headquarters
Chapter members and guests were welcomed to the Westchester County - Hudson Valley chapter of IFMA’s tour of Heineken USA’s renovated headquarters in White Plains, N.Y. Ron Siesser, Senior Director, Total Rewards, top left, discussed Heineken USA’s integration of 250 employees from the company’s Manhattan offices into the already-crowded 60,000-sq.-ft. White Plains facility.
The tour featured, clockwise from top center, Heineken- and Tecate-branded conference rooms; the Heineken-branded bar; a collaboration booth; and the board room, with one wall outlining significant dates in Heineken’s history. The Sept. 20 event included a presentation from Stephanie Kersten Johnson, Director of Sustainable Business, on Heineken’s sustainability programs both for employees and for consumers.