The International Facility Management Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Liz A. Ely, CMP, CMM, to the position of director of strategic event management. In this newly created role, Ely will be responsible for advancing IFMA's events and programs to greater levels of influence, participation and prominence worldwide.

Ely will work closely with IFMA's senior management team to oversee the strategic and long-term planning and management of the association's events and meetings. She will also negotiate and manage partnerships with other associations and organizations participating in IFMA events.

"I think we have an excellent team in place, and I look forward to working with them and the association's membership to take our conferences to the next level - and maybe create some new ones" said Ely. "I know facility managers are a diverse group, so I hope to interact with them and create unique experiences for all IFMA conference attendees."

Ely joins IFMA with a strong background in meeting and event management. She holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from Pennsylvania State University as well as certified meeting professional and certified meeting manager credentials. Ely has held leadership positions in Meeting Professionals International and has served on the Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau Advisory Board and the Tourisme Montréal Advisory Board.

 Before joining IFMA, Ely served as the director of meetings at Veterinary Learning Systems, where she managed a budget of more than US$2 million. She has also held positions as the director of meetings and exhibits at the American Association for Cancer Research; the managing director of meetings and exhibits at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; and the manager of global congresses and meeting design and the Project Management Institute.