Our History

History – Formation, Founder, and Presidents

  • The Madison Chapter of the International Facility Management Association is one of the oldest chapters in the organization.  It was chartered September 11, 1984, by several local facility managers including: Frank Alfano (Oscar Mayer), Loren "Buzz" Buchanan (American Family Insurance), Dick Statz (Verex), and Jim Govier (Intervarsity).  Our original charter included professional membership for the entire state of Wisconsin.  A September 18, 1984 letter to the "fellow members of the newly formed Wisconsin Chapter of the International Facility Management Association" states "Our long range goal is to have three individual chapters in Wisconsin.  One each in the Madison, Milwaukee, and Fox River Valley areas with joint meetings on a quarterly basis."  Within a few years, the Northeast Wisconsin Chapter and the Northwest Wisconsin Chapter were chartered. 


More about our Chapter Founder

  • Frank started his facility journey with an associate degree in Architectural Engineering. The US Air Force brought him from Boston to Madison and a 17 year career with Oscar Mayer followed. He began there as a layout engineer and ended as the Facility Manager, one of the first in the city to have that title.
  • Frank then experienced Construction Management careers with Contact Realty and the UW planning and development department.  He finished his career as a Facility Manager with Dane County, and “retired” in 2002.
  • How appropriate that our founder could be referred to as: “The Big Organizer”.  Here is a sample of Frank’s volunteer work in Madison: 
    • Italian workman’s Club Council
    • Greenbush Heritage Foundation Treasurer
    • Madison – Mantova sister City Coordinator
    • Community work services Board of Directors
    • Wistalia Board of Directors
    • Community Service Board of Directors
    • RSVP Personnel Committee
    • Coordinator of the following festivals:  Celebrate Madison, Fiesta Hispania, & Bay View Triangle Ethnic Fest
  • And that is just the most current listing; his volunteer-ism goes back 40 years and includes many other fortunate organizations.  How appropriate that Frank founded our IFMA Chapter 25 years ago, combining his background in Facilities with his drive to help others and organize, organize, organize!


Chapter Presidents 

  • Presidents have historically held a one year term except when members declined to assume their term or the organization's fiscal year changed mid-term.  



  • IFMA has for many years offered an awards program for chapters, councils, and individual members.  Awards are organized into multiple categories of achievement, often differentiated on chapter/council size.  These awards reflect the Madison Chapter’s excellence in pursuit of serving its members.  The award application process alone requires commitment and dedication from chapter leaders, with countless hours spent assembling and editing award submission forms.  Every award is a tribute to chapter members and leaders, making Madison one of the best chapters in the association.
  • Our chapter has earned the following awards: 
    • 1989 – Educator of the Year – Bob Bartholomew
    • 1997 – Best Chapter
    • 1997 – Best Educational Programming
    • 1998 – IFMA Member of the Year, Richard Pierce
    • 2004 – Chairman’s Citation, Richard Pierce
    • 2008 - Newsletter of the Year
    • 2010 – Chapter of the Year