The future of professional real estate
management rests with the next generation of practitioners who are moving into the management business
and up the ranks of their companies.
And that future looks bright. Need proof?
There’s a cadre of IREM Members still in
their 20s who already are making names
for themselves and have been recognized as
IREM’s 30 Under 30 for 2018. You can hear
directly from them what drives them to succeed in our industry, beginning on P11.
It’s especially exciting to see this year’s
under- 30 honorees comprising members not
only from the United States but also from Japan, Kazakhstan and South Africa—
countries where property management itself is
just gaining traction as a profession. Earlier
this year I was in Kumamoto, Japan, for the
IREM Japan annual meeting and had the
extreme pleasure of installing 85 new CPM
Members, many of whom fit the “young professional” profile. If you turn to P44, you’ll
see their names, together with new CPM designees from the U.S., Canada and Korea.
Certainly, some of the interest in property management
as an appealing career is coming up through colleges and
universities that are recognizing the field as an academic discipline worthy of formal education. For this, our appreciation goes to pioneers like Dr. Rosemary Goss, who launched
the residential property management curriculum at Virginia Tech and recently retired after 35 years leading that
groundbreaking program. A Career of Contribution (P28)
tells the story of her impact on property management education and on the students she’s ushered into the business.
DONALD B. WILKERSON, CPM
Still others are learning about and moving into the industry as a result of the REstart program, through which
IREM chapters are preparing at-risk and disadvantaged
adults to gain employment and thrive in property management. Some key players in this initiative have shared their
experiences with us, and you’ll find their accounts beginning on P24.
In addition to visiting Japan this year, I also represented IREM in Taiwan, where I toured TAIPEI 101 with the
building’s manager. With 101 stories, this mixed-use property lost the title of the title of the world’s tallest building, but
it does have the world’s fastest elevators. I wanted to share
the experience of visiting TAIPEI 101 with our readers, so
don’t miss the article about the building that appears on P6.
What I’ve learned as a property manager and company
owner—and it’s been reinforced numerous times over the
last few months—is that our success in managing the assets
entrusted to our care depends on having talented, committed people who share our dedication to the profession.
That’s why a key focus for IREM this year is attracting
talent throughout the world to our industry—young, energetic, enthusiastic talent. This issue of JPM® highlights
the progress we are making, and we plan on keeping that
momentum going for generations to come.