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IFMA’s World Workplace® 2019

IFMA’s World Workplace® 2019

IFMA’s signature facility management conference and expo, World Workplace® 2019, attracted 4,580 attendees from 17 countries for a near record-setting event. Attendees traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, USA, from Europe, Africa, the United Arab Emirates, the Asia-Pacific, and North and South America to explore workplace innovation; the digital impact on FM systems; workforce productivity; how to prepare for and recover from facility emergencies; and workplace health and well-being.


“These are exciting times for FM and corporate real estate professionals. With the vast body of knowledge that we’re required to possess, facility management is playing a broader, more strategic role in designing, building, maintaining and decommissioning facilities. IFMA is taking necessary next steps to lay the groundwork for the future – to ensure we remain the industry’s gold standard for FM education, credentialing, certification and best practices; and to lead the way in preparing our professional community for their expanded roles.” - IFMA Chair John Carrillo, CFM, IFMA Fellow

World Workplace 2019 included a two-day exposition, offering over 300 exhibitors on the trade show floor, along with specialized educational sessions.


The educational programming included over 70 CEU-accredited sessions held Thursday – Friday, with an additional 24 Education Arena sessions (non-CEU) on the expo floor Wednesday – Thursday. This year’s program provided attendees with presentations and insights unique for 2019, focused on the evolution of the profession and recognizing the new direction the facility management industry is heading. The content, expertise and networking opportunities offered at IFMA’s World Workplace are unparalleled in the industry. 


“It takes a team of uniquely skilled individuals — out front and behind the scenes, at home and around the globe — to provide seamless support of our work environments. Recognizing the importance of collaboration between all workplace-related professions, World Workplace unifies the global built environment industry to ensure smarter, more efficient, healthier and safer facilities across the planet.” – IFMA First Vice Chair Peter Ankerstjerne, MBA, COP, FRICS, IFMA Fellow.


Prior to the exposition opening, IFMA held its business meetings including a State of the Association presentation by the Executive Committee to the House of Delegates, complete with final audited numbers for Fiscal Year 2019. The official FY2018 – 2019 Annual Report, with results from IFMA’s exceptional prior year, was distributed during the meeting. 

“IFMA’s leadership, staff and volunteer members have led our organization to a new level of success. The numbers tell the real story. IFMA is having its best performance in years as we continue to raise the facility management bar around the globe.” – 2018-19 IFMA Chair Graham Tier, CFM, FMP, MRICS

Along with the business meetings held prior to the conference, World Workplace attendees were provided the opportunity to either participate in the Utilities Council hosted Doug Underwood Golf Tournament, or attend facility tours where attendees were given access to see what it takes to manage, maintain and protect unique spaces. The sold-out behind-the-scenes tours included bioresearch facilities, a beautifully renovated 90-year-old theatre and the award-winning Phoenix Convention Center. 

In addition to the many networking opportunities, a special ice-breaker kick-off event was held at the start of the conference to welcome first-time attendees into the IFMA family, and IFMA Europe organized a cocktail reception to welcome their EMEA constituents.  ​


Whether it is your first  or thirty-first time attending, IFMA, its partners and exhibitors look forward to seeing you at World Workplace 2020 Chicago next  Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, where we will celebrate IFMA’s 40th Anniversary. But first come join us to experience: 

• IFMA World Workplace Europe 2020 in Amsterdam, March 18 -19
• IFMA World Workplace Asia 2020 in Singapore, April 7 - 9
• IFMA Facility Fusion 2020 in San Francisco, April 14 - 16
• IFMA Global Canada: The Better Built Environment in Toronto, June 10 -11​


Interested in connecting with the broadest facility management audience of decision makers and influencers? Opportunities to participate as an exhibitor/sponsor at IFMA events, or as a Corporate Sustaining Partner throughout the year are always available and customizable.

“I want to thank you and your staff for putting on a fantastic event. I’ve been to hundreds of tradeshows during my career and I have to say, this was the best one I’ve ever been to. Every person who visited our booth was a decision maker, extremely nice and polite, and engaged with us. My staff and I were all blown away.  We couldn’t stop talking about how good the show was. I couldn’t hope for anything more.” - Tori Smiley, Vice President, Sales, Evaporcool.

Connect directly with our team who will help you make it happen: 

Exhibitor/sponsor event-based opportunities:   

Corporate Sustaining Partners year-round opportunities: 

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