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Spotlight Membership Achieve

You have reached the page where we archive previous Spotlight Members. This page is presented so that new members can find out more about the others who are involved in the Chapter and possibly be encouraged to share their own profile and become a future Spotlight Member.

2012 Spotlight Member

2011 Spotlight Member

Michael Cornale - 2012 Spotlight MemberMichael Cornale - CIC-IFMA Member

Position: Building and Grounds Supervisor, Gardner Grade School District 72C

The Central Illinois Chapter of IFMA would like to recognize Michael Cornale as our featured member. Michael is the Building and Grounds Supervisor at the Gardner Grade School District 72C. He has been in this position with District 72C for the past 5 years. His duties there include overseeing all facility related assets, maintaining compliance with all applicable regulations as well as direct supervision of all maintenance and custodial staff members. One of his primary business objectives is to build working relationships between community organizations and the district while providing well supported decisions to maintain a progressive facility.

Michael became interested in facility management through watching his father and grandfather's involvement in the industry. Following his graduation from Illinois State University with a degree in Horticulture, he went in pursuit of a career which would meld several of his talents together. He wanted a career that would include outside work, inside work and social interactions. The opportunity presented itself in a small rural school district. Having a mix of all the requirements, the role was a natural fit. Seven years later it is still a natural fit.

Like many facility managers, Michael is challenged by the diverse workforce within the school district. Additionally, working in an environment filled with young students has endless boundaries. His role within the small school district has become very diverse. Oftentimes, he receives "work orders" from third graders asking to have a desk raised or lowered or from kindergartners seeking assistance with a faulty coat sipper. Michael jokes that if facility management does not work out he will have a future in Optometry given his experience with repairing glasses for the students.

Michael has a few suggestions to those new to facility management. His first is to gather as much information as possible. Gather this knowledge from books, seminars, peers and observations within your facility. This knowledge will provide the needed foundation to support the spontaneous decisions we are often forced to make. The second suggestion is to "pick your battles". This adage illustrates the perseverance and flexibility necessary to be successful in facility management.

In addition to his degree from Illinois State University, Michael is currently pursuing his Master's degree from Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI). He has invested 3 years in this program which is designed for the working individual. This past October, Michael was the recipient of an IFMA Foundation Scholarship sponsored by the Sacramento Valley Chapter. Michael was recognized at World Work Place along with other Foundation Scholars. Michael encourages others who are pursuing a facility related degree to apply for the chapter and Foundation scholarships. The application for the Central Illinois Chapter scholarship is found on this website, while the Foundation scholarship is found on the IFMA.org website.

Joe Cooper - 2011 Spotlight MemberrJoe Cooper
Vanguard Energy
CIC-IFMA Sponsor
(630) 955-1500 x109

Joe is Senior Account Manager at Vanguard Energy Services, LLC, being a key member of its team since its inception in February 2003.

With over 12 years experience in the energy industry, Joe assists his diverse client base by containing and reducing their natural gas and electric costs through strategic purchasing of those commodities. He customizes each clients purchasing strategy to match their goals and objectives.

Joe's diverse client base includes governments, schools, retail, manufacturing, and property management.

Prior to entering the energy industry, Joe owned and operated a ServiceMaster franchise, focused on commercial cleaning and maintenance services. This opportunity moved him from his hometown of St. Louis to Naperville, IL, where he met his wife, with whom he has two kids, Lily and Jack.

He makes his way back to St. Louis as often as possible to visit his parents and nine brothers and sisters.

Joe looks forward to being a helpful contributor to the Central Illinois Chapter of IFMA.

2010 Spotlight Member

Pat Bandeko, - 2010 Spotlight MemberPat Bandeko, CFM
Program Chairperson

Position: Administrative Services (facilities) Supervisor, State Farm Insurance

Patrick has worked within many facility groups in his nine years at State Farm. These have included safety and security, data center electrical operations and maintenance, and currently off-shift general maintenance operations. Prior to State Farm Patrick worked in residential and commercial construction.

Patrick is a new member of our local IFMA, starting last year, and is looking forward to serving our area chapter for years to come.

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2013 Spotlight Member

Jeremy Morris - CIC-IFMA Member SpotlightMember Spotlight
Jeremy Morris

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.

We Want to Get to Know You!

Every year we like to select another Spotlight Member. Why not volunteer to be the next Central Illinois Chapter Spotlight Member?  We ask you a few questions, maybe do an interview, have you fill out a profile or just have a chat and write a few things down. It’s really not intrusive and we don’t expect your life history; we just like knowing what you do at your job, what educational opportunities you’ve taken advantage of which have helped your career and what direction you see your membership in IFMA taking you in your professional life. You can tell from the other profiles here that it’s really not painful and can be quite fun as we all get to know you! Contact a board member volunteer today! You’ll be glad you did!

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