About Us

What is the International Facility Management Association?

IFMA is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for professional facility managers, supporting more than 22,655 members in 78 countries.

The association’s members:

  • Include 127 chapters and 16 industry councils worldwide

  • Manage more than 37 billion square feet of property

  • Annually purchase more than US $100 billion in products and services

Formed in 1980, IFMA certifies facility managers, conducts research, provides educational programs, recognizes facility management certificate programs and produces world workplace, the world’s largest facility management conference and exposition.

Indianapolis Chapter History

In the early 1980s our chapter's founders, Iva Benjamin and Sam Johnson, began discussions about creating an IFMA chapter in Indianapolis.  

They started with a group of six facility managers who began to meet regularly.  After months of dedication, they were able to gather the minimum ten facility managers to formally create the IFMA Indianapolis chapter in the spring of 1984.  The chapter was officially chartered on April 19, 1985.

Jump ahead 30+ years, and our chapter has grown just like our city -- stronger than ever with over 200 members, including over 100 facility professionals.  

Our chapter is also fortunate to have a large number of associate partners, members upon whom facility professional members rely to assist with projects and improve the quality of life for their buildings' occupants.

Over the past 30 years, our chapter has not only strived to Advance the Facility Management Profession, but we have also strived to give back to our community by supporting numerous charitable organizations.  The Indianapolis chapter is also proud to regularly support the IFMA Foundation’s scholarship program. Several recipients of our scholarship are still active in our chapter which helps to sustain efforts to advance the education and impact of future facility professionals.

IFMA Indianapolis Today

  • Over 200 members
  • Monthly luncheon meetings alternating between Indianapolis northside and downtown locations
  • Quarterly "508 Club" after-work networking events
  • Annual golf outing for charity
  • Annual charitable work day event
  • Roundtable events for facility mangement professionals and CFMs
  • Robust sponsorship base


We hope to see you at the next IFMA Indy event!