INSIDEIREM AMO SPOTlIGhT
lylA gAmbow, cPm, is senior vice PresiDent of mAnAgement services for
trAnswestern’s Denver office.
Transwestern is an AMO firm that offers fully integrated real estate
services for a broad range of property types, including
office, industrial, retail, healthcare and multifamily.
Gambow directs Transwestern’s Mountain region property management operations, overseeing more than 8 million square feet of Transwestern’s property management
portfolio and developing new business in Metropolitan
Denver and Salt Lake City.
JPM talked to Gambow about Transwestern.
To earn the ACCREDITED MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATION® (AMO) designation from IREM,
a company must demonstrate a high level of performance, experience and financial stability, and have a CPM® in an executive position. AMO firms must meet
high ethical standards and other stringent requirements, proving their value to the
put and use 12 percent of our water. Given the impact of
those statistics, Transwestern is taking action to reduce its
environmental footprint by educating our team members
and providing our clients with sustainable, energy-efficient
solutions. Since 2002, our energy-management practices—
including low-to no-cost operational adjustments, capital
improvements and energy procurement—have consistently reduced operating costs by 20 to 30 percent.
how DiD you come to work for trAnswestern?
In 1998, I was looking for a firm that truly believed in its
people and had a strong corporate culture. I signed up
with Transwestern over 10 years ago and I am still very
proud of that decision to join.
whAt Are the benefits of being AssociAteD
The benefits of belonging to IREM and being an AMO
accredited firm are very important to Transwestern. Our
philosophy has always been to participate in our community and the best way to participate in the real estate community is by belonging to organizations like IREM.
whAt Are the strengths of your comPAny?
Transwestern’s corporate culture is a huge strength and
is one of teamwork, honesty and integrity. We have a
mission, a purpose and goals that are readily defined and
achievable. Transwestern’s concept of “team” is evident
throughout the entire company. Another strength is that
Transwestern is, and will remain, a privately held company. This empowers our team members to freely focus
on clients and goals.
trAnswestern is committeD to green efforts.
why is sustAinAbility imPortAnt?
Transwestern is a very proactive company and has been
involved in energy management and efficiency efforts
since the late 1990s. Office buildings use 70 percent of the
nation’s electricity, generate 65 percent of our waste out-
how Do you think the economic Downturn will
Affect your comPAny in 2009?
The year ahead will indeed be a challenging one as we face
a national recession and try to head off challenges within
our own industry; however, Transwestern has weathered
difficult national economies throughout our 30-year history. We have found that strong client relationships, a
team of seasoned professionals, an ability to act quickly
and a great track record are the tools needed to survive
any economic climate.
Transwestern is debt-free and that is very important
given today’s economy. We realize the way we did business
yesterday will not be the way we do business today. We
need to understand our clients’ needs and be proactive to
the changes that they are experiencing. We need to partner with them more than ever as we work on continually
lowering operating expenses and discovering new ways to
comPany HeadQuar Ters loca Tion Houston, Texas number of emPloyees 1500 da Te THe comPany become an amo firm June 1, 1989