New Member Highlight

MEMBERSHIP WELCOME

Welcome to the Central Iowa Chapter of IFMA! I am Jessica Cunningham, your 2020-2021 Membership Chair. My primary goal is to grow our local membership by enhancing your membership experience.

I look forward to connecting with every new member to ensure you are aware of the valuable resources IFMA has to offer! Our IFMA Central Iowa Steering Committee wants to make YOUR goals, as a Facility Management Professional, our number 1 priority. We appreciate our Members. Please take a look at our New Member Highlight.

Due to COVID 19, both IFMA International and our Central Iowa Chapter are focusing on virtual programming. Many educational opportunities are available in various virtual formats. Our members are happy to share information about these terrific resources offered by our Central Iowa Chapter:

  • Facility Tours
  • Educational & Accreditation Opportunities
  • Fun Networking Events

For further information or to offer valued feedback re: your Facility Management needs, please contact me on our contact page.

NEW MEMBER HIGHLIGHT

Please help us give our newest member, Zach Van Cleave, a warm welcome to The IFMA Central Iowa Chapter!

Zach Van Cleave
Member Spotlight: Zach Van Cleave
  • How long have you been living in the Des Moines area?

    I grew up in Atlantic, Iowa and attended Iowa State University. After undergraduate school, I spent time in Missouri, Maryland, and South Carolina before returning to Huxley, Iowa in 2015.

  • When did you start working for REG and what brought you here?

    I started in the fall of 2015 and my wife and I moved back to the state of Iowa to settle down and start a family.

  • Since coming to REG – who has been most helpful/influential in your development?

    My old supervisor Matt Brooke hired me at REG even though I was an out of state applicant, and probably didn’t have a lot of directly related experience to the position. He’s since moved to Clinton, Iowa where he is the City Administrator. I learned more about work ethic and customer service in that 16 months working for Matt than I have in any other position in my career.

  • What parts of your job do you like the most?

    Parts of my job that I enjoy the most is interacting with all of our internal customers, managing office renovation projects, and finding ways to reduce our carbon footprint through our office operations.

  • What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

    I spend anywhere from 2-5 weeks a year in the country of Denmark as that is where my wife is from and where all of her family still lives.

  • What is your favorite time of the day? Or When are you your happiest self?

    I do all of my best thinking at night after 9pm. I think knowing that everyone else is asleep gives me energy.

  • What was your most interesting job?

    In the summer of 2008 I was an outdoor recreation intern at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho. I spent the summer as a white-water rafting guide and managed the base paintball complex. Before then, I’d never participated in either of those activities.

  • How would you describe your ideal vacation?

    Definitely sitting on a beach somewhere with a cold drink in my hand.

  • What do you like to do when you’re away from work?

    I love spending time with my family and being outdoors whether it’s hunting/fishing, golfing, or any other outdoor recreational activities and sports. I also enjoy traveling to places I’ve never been before.