International Facility Management Association names Thomas executive vice president and COO
The International Facility Management Association has announced the hiring of R. Alan Thomas, CAE, as executive vice president and COO. In the newly created role, Thomas will oversee professional development, allied services, event management, research, corporate development and member resources functional areas within the organization.
Thomas will oversee the senior management team of the association and serve as a member of the senior strategy team. As executive vice president, his primary responsibilities will include providing leadership and vision for the association, as well as general administrative duties within the organization. In addition, as a member of the senior strategy team, Thomas will promote the significance of facility management to federal public policy makers and regulatory agencies.
Thomas’ association management experience includes five years as vice president %%MDASSML%% business development with the safety council %%MDASSML%% Louisiana Capitol area, where he was responsible for all strategic planning, execution and metrics of the council’s balanced scorecard. Prior to joining the IFMA staff, he was director, business strategy and development, at ProSys, Inc. in Baton Rouge, LA, a process-systems consulting firm serving the refining and chemical industries.
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