Jim Whittaker Appointed to the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Board of Directors
July 22nd, 2011 (Fairfax, VA) – Jim Whittaker, president of Facility Engineering Associates, has been appointed to the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Board of Directors for 2011-2012. IFMA is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for professional facility managers, supporting more than 19,500 members in 78 countries. The association’s members, represented in 125 chapters and 16 councils worldwide, manage more than 37 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$100 billion in products and services. Formed in 1980, IFMA certifies facility managers, conducts research, provides educational programs and produces World Workplace, the world’s largest facility management conference and exposition.
Whittaker is President of FEA with 25 years of experience in the facilities and built environment industry. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont and his Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado, he has worked as an engineer and consultant where he has managed hundreds of facilities-related projects. Whittaker has worked on projects for government, institutional, and corporate clients located in the United Kingdom, Central and South America, and throughout the United States. Whittaker’s areas of specialization include facilities asset management, operations and maintenance process optimization, and facility management technologies.
Mr. Whittaker serves on The Association of Higher Education Facility Officers (APPA) Board for Educational Facilities Professional Certification and was also recently appointed to the National Research Council’s Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment (BICE). He served on the NRC’s Committee on Core Competencies in Federal Facilities Asset Management from 2006-2008. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and teaches Facility management courses at George Mason University. He has been a subject matter expert in the development of a number of IFMA educational courses including the Facility Management Professional (FMP) learning system, FM core competency courses, and the new Facility Management: A Practical Introduction course.
FEA is a nationally based consulting engineering firm specializing in existing facilities. Our services provide solutions to help you extend the life cycle of your facility. Our mission is to make buildings last by implementing practical and cost-effective strategies. FEA is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has additional office locations in Boston, MA; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; and San Francisco, CA.