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June 1, 2011
Contact: Andrea Sanchez

World Workplace Asia Brings IFMA’s Signature Conference to Hong Kong

HOUSTON — (June 1, 2011) — The International Facility Management Association is bringing the World Workplace experience to Hong Kong. IFMA headquarters has partnered with the Hong Kong Chapter of IFMA to offer the association’s first ever World Workplace Asia Conference & Expo, to be held June 21-22 at the Le Méridien Cyberport hotel in Hong Kong, China.

Businesses worldwide share an interest in enhancing the performance of their facilities. World Workplace Asia will provide attendees with a unique opportunity to gain an international perspective on facility management. The event promises a well-rounded program focused on strategies for managing facilities, teams and workplace projects in today’s global economy.

World Workplace Asia will feature educational sessions, a new products and services expo, facility site visits, special guest speakers, networking events and other relevant content that attendees have come to expect from the World Workplace brand.

The conference kicks off on Tuesday, June 21, with the expo grand opening and keynote addresses from Mark Clift, MBA, COO of Cyberport, and Francis Kuhn, CFM, CFMJ, chair of the IFMA board of directors and vice president of facilities and administration at Western Bridge Corporate Federal Credit Union. Their presentations will be followed by government, town hall and networking events; facility tours; and educational sessions on energy benchmarking, sustainability, aligning facilities with business needs, developing corporate real estate partnerships in Asia, and more. Deric Probst-Wallace, president of the Hong Kong Chapter of IFMA and a director at Jones Lang LaSalle, will deliver the day’s closing address.

World Workplace Asia will conclude on Wednesday, June 22. Probst-Wallace and IFMA President and CEO Tony Keane, CAE, will deliver the day’s keynote presentations. Day two of the conference will again feature facility tours and the new products and services expo. Educational sessions will focus on topics including leading a global organization, facility cost modeling, FM talent recruitment and retention, and more.

In addition to the facility tours taking place during the conference, World Workplace Asia will feature site visits throughout the months of June and July. The tours include visits to Hong Kong Disneyland, the Venetian Macau Hotel, the Microsoft Experience Center, City of Dreams Macau, the Savannah College of Art and Design, and more.

“It's a great honor for IFMA to partner with the Hong Kong Chapter of IFMA in offering the World Workplace Asia Conference & Expo in Hong Kong,” said Kuhn. “This event follows IFMA’s objective to ‘learn, connect and advance,’ and will provide the essentials facility professionals need to advance their careers and expand and leverage their collective knowledge and experiences. This conference delivers unique value to our members, customers and corporate partners, and will strengthen our efforts to magnify the importance of the facility management profession worldwide.”

The World Workplace Asia Conference & Expo program and session descriptions are available online. For more information, or to register, visit

IFMA is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for professional facility managers, supporting more than 19,500 members in 78 countries. The association’s members, represented in 125 chapters and 16 councils worldwide, manage more than 37 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$100 billion in products and services. Formed in 1980, IFMA certifies facility managers, conducts research, provides educational programs and produces World Workplace, the world’s largest facility management conference and exposition. To join and follow IFMA’s social media outlets online, visit the association’s LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter pages. For more information, visit the IFMA press room or

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