Facilities Management

Facility Management Instructor Information

Ward Arntson, FMP, CFM

Year became a CFM:  2003
IFMA Chapter: Northern Illinois
Area instructing: Leadership & Management; Business of FM
Current Position: Regional Facilities Manager, Vanguard Group

Background: Ward came to the FM field in a non-traditional manner. While working as a military maintenance test pilot, his interest was sparked in systematically fixing things. Upon leaving active duty, Ward spent 1989-1996 working in university auxiliary support services at Northwestern University. He made the transition to a full-time FM role in 1996.  Previous to Verizon, he held FM roles with Hewitt Associates LLC and Johnson Controls. Ward is a member of the Army Reserve and lives in Antioch, IL. He and his wife have four children.

Jerry DiCola, CFM, SFP, FMP and LEED Green Associate

Year became a CFM:  2005
IFMA Chapter: Chicago. Co-chair of the Career Services Committee since 2005; awarded Rookie of the Year Award in 2006
Area Instructing: Human and Environmental Factors; Business of FM
Current Position: Facilities Manager with Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, a 175 intellectual property attorney law firm in Chicago

Background:  Jerry’s job responsibilities include the oversight of 120,000-square-feet of leased space in the NBC Tower. In addition, he manages the law firm’s daily operations of office services, hospitality services, and maintenance and procurement services. Prior to joining the firm in 2004 as Facilities Manager, he had successful careers in human resources, sales and entrepreneurial. His varied work experience has provided the needed background to address and support the various responsibilities of his roles as FM. In November 2005, Jerry earned his Certified Facilities Manager (CFM) certification. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management from DePaul University.

Ira A. Marcus, CFM, IFMA Fellow

Year became a CFM:  1993
IFMA Chapter: Northern Illinois
Area Instructing: Technology; Business of FM
Current Position: Real Estate Manager, Sears Holding Corporation

Background:  Ira has over 25 years of experience in the Facilities Management profession.  During his accomplished career he has focused on strategic planning, portfolio management, facility audits, process improvement and cost control, CRE/FM technology implementation, project management methodology, business continuity, environmental management, and organizational development. 

Ira is a frequent presenter at local and international events on Facility Management, Quality Customer Service, Emergency Response, Ergonomics, Technology Implementation and Career Transitions.  He has written numerous articles for national trade journals and newsletters, and acted as Editorial Advisor for UpWord Publishing's Fire Protection: A Guide For Facility Managers. 

Patricia A. Moonier, FMP, CFM, SFP

Year became a CFM:  2005
IFMA Chapter: Chicago
Area Instructing: Quality and Innovation; Business of FM
Current Position: Manager, Contract Requirements, Argonne National Laboratory

Background:  Patricia has 20 years of experience in the Facilities Management profession. She has been awarded for managing quality services, and for creating and implementing innovative solutions. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from DePaul University with a concentration for the latter degree program in facilities management.  Patricia is a registered real estate broker in Illinois, and has been a member of IFMA since 1998.

Mark Sekula, FMP, LEED-AP, CFM, IFMA Fellow

Year became a CFM:  1993
IFMA Chapter: Southeast Wisconsin
Area instructing: Finance and Business Essentials of FM
Current Position: President of Facility Futures, Inc.

Background:  Mark has over 36 years of facility management experience, and has served as a facilities management practitioner and as an FM consultant. He is a certified instructor of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and teaches classes in facility management nationally.

He founded the IFMA Facility Management Consultants Council and has served as an officer of the Southeast Wisconsin IFMA Chapter. In 2011, Mr. Sekula was bestowed the highest honor given by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) when he was named an IFMA Fellow. Mr. Sekula also co-authored the recently published book titled, “The Facility Manager’s Field Guide” as well as having had over 25 articles published on facility management and business issues in a variety of professional journals.

Mr. Sekula holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning and a certificate from the Kellogg Management Institute-Management Certificate Program at Northwestern University