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Jeremy Morris - CIC-IFMA Member SpotlightMember Spotlight - 2013
JeremyMorris
jeremy.morris@countryfinancial.com
CIC-IFMA Member

Position: Director , Property & Administrative Services, COUNTRY Financial

The Central Illinois Chapter of IFMA would like to recognize Jeremy Morris as our featured member. Jeremy and his wife, Amber, have two children: Kinley (4) & Ryker (2). He grew up on a small grain and livestock farm near Congerville, IL and established his work ethic through summers in the fields and showing cattle. "I was fortunate enough to have great role models that showed me the rewards of a hard day’s work and I focus on passing this work ethic on to my kids and my staff," Jeremy states. Jeremy's hobbies include being an outdoorsman and an avid bow hunter and enjoying family events, cheering on the Bears, Cubs and the Illini.

Jeremy earned his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998 and went to work at COUNTRY right out of college. He has been with the company ever since. He began his career in Underwriting and spent the last 13 years in Claims. He has held various positions in Claims including Claims Rep, Claims Specialist, Supervisor of Claims and Manager of Field Claims. The majority of his work in claims was Property/Casualty in nature, focusing on large and catastrophic property losses. He took his new position as Director, Property & Administrative Services in October. The Property & Administrative Services division is responsible for all Facility Management, Print/Mail Services, Purchasing and corporate leasing.

CIC-IFMA: "What are your career interests?"
JEREMY: "Throughout my career I have focused on not only self-improvement as a leader and coach, but spend as much time as I can with any of my staff to work with them on identifying, defining and attaining personal and career goals. I feel the greatest satisfaction as a leader when I help a member of my team attain one of these goals we established together."

CIC-IFMA: "What created your motivation to join IFMA?"
JEREMY: "In transitioning into my new role I have spent time with peers and my staff and determined that IFMA was the best avenue for me to get knowledge of facility management outside of my company. Several of my staff are local and national members and they encouraged me to join. I am looking forward to networking with the local and national chapters to build relationships to better not only COUNTRY Financial but our industry as a whole. I am looking forward to furthering my knowledge in the field and gaining my CFM accreditation."

CIC-ICMA: "What are the specific challenges you face as you do your job, and how can IFMA help you meet them?"
JEREMY: "Like many we are challenged with a changing workforce and want to maintain a choice workplace for our current employees, but also attract new top talent. Part of my responsibilities are to maintain a work environments that is safe, efficient, and comfortable. Moving forward we continue to focus on a collaborative and productive work environment. "

CIC-ICMA: "Do you have any suggestions from which your peers in Facility Management might benefit?"
JEREMY: "This is more of a suggestion that I have experienced in my short time in my new position. Do not be afraid to seek out advice and encourage those around you to provide feedback. I am fortunate to have a strong team in place and I work every day to challenge the status quo, all the while focusing on Engagement, Empowerment and Accountability for my staff. "

CIC-IFMA: "Those are certainly words of wisdom we could all benefit from. Thank you for becoming our newest Spotlight Member, and welcome to the IFMA Family, Jeremy!"

Please take a moment to send Jeremy a warm welcome to our ranks. We look forward to his valuable input and involvement in our local IFMA Chapter.

Membership

Welcome to the IFMA Community

Message from:  Kathy Roper, CFM, CFMJ, LEED, AP, IFMA Fellow

IFMA transforms the world of facility management into a community of working partners.
IFMA represents, supports and unites the largest community of facility management practitioners, consultants, educators, students, and product and service providers in the industry.

Through research efforts, educational programs and resources, professional certification, a network of chapters and councils, and global professional development events, IFMA assists corporate and organizational facility managers in developing strategies to manage human, facility and real estate resources.
IFMA's goal is to lead the advancement of facility management by:

Support a community that fosters vitality, momentum and impact for the facility management professional. (Stakeholder Perspective)

Anticipate and prioritize the resources required to enhance effective delivery of products and services. (Operational Excellence Perspective)

Inspire passion for the facility management profession that compels facility practitioners to want to join the IFMA network, engages volunteer leaders and attracts/retains top-talent to the full-time staff. (People Perspective)

Sustain IFMA's financial integrity to achieve and fulfill our mission. (Financial Perspective)

IFMA is the most direct channel of communication between you and the FM world.

Representing more than 22,765 members, IFMA focuses its efforts on leading and sustaining the progress of the profession, while also advancing the careers of individual members.

IFMA members themselves represent more than 65 countries and a variety of specialized areas within the facility management profession. The diversity that characterizes the IFMA community enriches members' learning and networking experiences.

IFMA members have a voice in more than 125 chapters and 15 industry- and interest-specific councils. Chapters allow you to interact with other workplace professionals locally. Councils provide focused networking with peers in specialized areas of FM. These groups within the IFMA community bring Association resources directly to you, making your membership experience more personal.

Please visit the IFMA National website for more information about becoming a member.
Where to find the forms to join:
In the Horizontal Navigation Bar you will find links to our printable application form and the online IFMA application. You can find them in the "Members Area" drop-down menu. Please use whichever one is convenient for you.
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The online form is a six-step process. Don't forget to go through all 6 steps.

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