Member David Stephenson in the Spotlight

How long have you been a member of IFMA Charlotte?
I first joined IFMA Charlotte around 2009 when I moved back to Charlotte from Arlington, VA. I was a member of the Capital Chapter when I lived there and was the chair of the Communications committee. The main focus during my tenure was relaunching the Capital Chapter website.

Why did you join IFMA Charlotte?
I joined so that I could be more closely tied to the industry of my clients. I enjoyed being part of the board when I was in the Capital Chapter, and it is a great way to build your local network.

What do you enjoy most about the FM industry?
From my perspective, it's the technology that is available today and how it supports the industry. Five years ago, we were looking at sensors to track utilization, integrating BAS to provide a holistic view of the facility's operations, and trying to fit as many people into a building as possible or make them work from home. Today, the technology supports the employee and their workplace experience and is focused more on satisfaction and collaboration that just operations and the bottom line.

What is your favorite tip for someone new in this industry?
Join a chapter and get on a committee. Committees are a great place to cut your teeth in an industry. It provides access to people from all areas of the industry, both newcomers and veterans, and it builds great comradery.

What do you like to do in your free-time?
I like to do yard work, although right now you wouldn't think I'd done any if you drove by my house. That's because I also love to hang out with my wife and son, go to his soccer games, go hiking or just ride our bikes to a brewery. I also love cars and would love to one day have a garage and a classic European car that needs a bit of tinkering every so often.

If you could adopt an animal from the zoo, what would it be and why?
Probably a sloth. They are really cute but not sure how cuddly they are. They are slow of course, so if it got out, it wouldn't be the end of the world.

What was your first concert, when and where?
Tina Turner with Mister Mister opening, Dean Dome (UNC Chapel Hill), circa 1984-ish. My dad was a huge Tina fan, and What's Love Got To Do With It had just come out. The concert was awesome! Tina rocks!