It’s the New Year! For me, that means buying a new calendar, cleaning out my
email so I can start fresh, and making New Year’s resolutions. But before doing that,
it’s worthwhile to reflect on all that the IREM community experienced over the past
> As part of a major rebranding campaign, IREM embraced a new logo and a refreshed, contemporary image and committed itself to advancing the careers of
“those who manage to make a difference.”
> Members who share a passion for the profession came together with other like-minded individuals at four regional meetings throughout the U.S., the Global Summit in
Florida— which drew 834 attendees—and participation in IREM events in Japan
> Indeed, expansion of the international program was a 2018 highlight, with 220 new
CPM Members, our first IREM officer from outside the U.S. and the establishment
of a new chapter in South Africa.
> Nary a week went without an opportunity for practitioners to accelerate their careers
through online learning, thanks to the expansion of the live webinar program and
launch of on-demand courses. Under the Accelerator brand, 36 live webinars drew
more than 1,100 attendees, and 20 on-demand courses were available for 24/7 access
> An education program targeted to entry-level practitioners in the commercial property sector had a successful launch. Not only did the industry newcomers who completed the program walk away with a storehouse of useful knowledge, they also fulfilled the education requirement for the ACoM certification and are postured for
> Published research and presentations on asset management in multiple venues reinforced IREM’s position as a leading voice in this real estate management arena.
Added to this was compelling, industry-centric content on a broad range of topics delivered through blog postings, IREM’s weekly e-newsletter, media placements, and,
of course, Journal of Property Management. And there’s more valuable content coming
out in 2019, starting with a new edition of Shopping Center Management and Leasing. See
P22 for a peek into this new publication.
> A major thrust last year—and continuing into 2019—was raising awareness
of property management as a meaningful career choice, and IREM as a
valued partner, among college students
and young professionals. What this
initiative looks like: a more expansive
academic outreach program including
HBCU schools, participation in the
Communities of the World website tool
with 25 other real estate-related associations, a Next Gen task force, recognition of 30 outstanding members
under the age of 30, and graduation of
the first class of AMO Next-Gen CPM
Leaders. ( To learn more about this program and see who was in that graduating class, turn to P18.)
> From a government relations perspective, 2018 was a truly exceptional year.
In the midst of all that was happening
in Washington, D.C., IREM conducted its first legislative briefing to draw
attention to key public policy issues,
expanded the Congressional in-district
visit program, strengthened connections with HUD and Rural Housing,
and joined in the celebration of the
50th anniversary of the Fair Housing
Act. Those curious as to what might
happen “inside the beltway” in 2019
should definitely go to P28 for IREM’s
perspective on the mid-term elections.
In terms of what else 2019 has in store for
us, I share the opinions of my colleagues
interviewed for the article that begins
on P8. Although we are facing a war
for talent, disruptive technology and an
economy that is giving us some angst, the
property management industry is strong.
I am optimistic that, with IREM leading
the way, advocating for our interests and
keeping us informed, we will not merely
weather any storm that may arise—we
will flourish in it.