President's Message

Hello All,


Well the cold and snow has begun here in the Chicagoland area, hopefully you have prepped well and are off to a good start to the winter season.  Trusting your 2019 budgets have been submitted and are successfully wrapping up outstanding Q4 maintenance items.   Whatever you are in the midst of I guarantee it you are saying to yourself, “I feel like I just did this”.  This may even apply at home like it does for me when I am decorating the house or getting the Holiday Cards out the door, (yes the kind you mail)!   I know it was just yesterday I carefully wrapped up the Christmas lights and put them away and now I am fighting to get them untangled.  I have caught myself saying this often,  “The days are long, but the years are short”.  No matter what we do the calendar pages continue to flip by very quickly.  It is important to take time to think of what is really important in life.  I have to put things into perspective and take careful inventory every once and awhile.   It is with that said that I reflect on the relationships/friendships that I have made with some of you and remember how important they are.  These relationships are the things that will last, need to be invested in and have a real lasting value unlike the material things that are really just for a moment.   I find it a true privilege to partner with IFMA and you all to advance the FM profession as a whole as well as growing me personally.  Just wanted to share my gratitude for you and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year!   Hoping to see you all at our Holiday Party next week!


IFMA Northern Illinois Holiday Party-

Punch Bowl Social
1100 American Lane
Schaumburg, IL 60173

December 10th, 2018   5:30 – 8:30pm

Please bring a wrapped, gently used item from home for our White Elephant gift exchange. Think about that item in your house that you never liked or found useful!


Please email to register or for more details!


Best Regards,


Brett Ratajczak


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No one should go hungry at this time of year. This holiday season, join us to fill plates today and offer hope for tomorrow. Please bring nonperishable food items or make a tax deductible cash donation to the Northern Illinois Food Depository.