5.01 What the Heck is a Chartered Surveyor, and Why Should You Care?
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Venue: Caesars Palace
Room: Forum 14
This panel will explore the RICS/IFMA affiliation and its implications for REAL members. Since the REAL community sits right on the “boundary” between IFMA and RICS, the emerging relationship between the two Associations offers broad employment opportunities and increased professional development choices. What credentials does RICS offer its members? How do those certifications compare with IFMA’s? How would membership in RICS benefit REAL members? This panel, comprised of both IFMA and RICS members, will exchange information and perspectives about the two organizations and offer advice to REAL members who are exploring career opportunities and professional development choices. We will compare and contrast the credential programs in the two associations, hear personal stories from experienced professionals, and engage in a spirited discussion about the opportunities and challenges presented by the affiliation.

Learning Objectives
Understand the nature, role, and history of RICS, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Build awareness of the value and benefits of the RICS/IFMA affiliation
Identify potential career paths and professional development opportunities growing out of the affiliation
Levels of Learning
200 level
Track/Topic Area:
Real Estate Advisory and Leadership (REAL) Community
James Ware Ph.D., Executive Director, The Future of Work...unlimited
Ken Burkhalter CFM, Deputy Director of Facilities Services, RAND Corporation
Diane Coles-Levine MCR, President, Workplace Management Solutions
Maureen Ehrenberg FRICS, CRE, President, Global Integrated Facility Management International Director, JLL
Lawrence Melton, Chief Executive Officer, The Building People, LLC