McGrew earned his CPM designation in 1987 and began
to actively participate in his local Sacramento Chapter.
Once he ran out of local positions and committees to
serve on, McGrew moved on to national participation,
starting with IREM’s governing council and regional
vice presidency for California and Hawaii, and then on
to the IREM executive committee. MCGREW’S GOAL
IS TO BE ABLE TO GIVE BACK TO IREM AND
ITS MEMBERS EVEN A SMALL PERCENTAGE
OF WHAT HE FEELS IREM HAS GIVEN TO HIM
AND HIS CAREER.
DON WILKERSON, CPM, is president and CEO of
Reno-based Gaston and Wilkerson Management
Group, AMO, a full-service real estate firm engaged
in multifamily, commercial and industrial management
as well as development and brokerage. Wilkerson got
his start in the appraisal business so he knew how to
value buildings, but it wasn’t until he began acquiring
properties and getting involved in IREM that he really
understood how to manage them.
Wilkerson earned his CPM designation in 2003. Once
he realized how much IREM had to offer, he began
to participate in and volunteer with IREM’s Northern
Nevada/Tahoe Chapter, where he’s since held numerous
leadership positions and served twice as its president.
In 2005 and 2009, he was honored as the chapter’s
CPM of the Year. Nationally, Wilkerson has held multiple
volunteer positions, including regional vice president for
Region 8, Governing councilor, and both member and
senior vice president of the IREM Executive Committee.
TO WILKERSON, THE OPPORTUNITIES
AFFORDED TO HIM BY IREM HAVE BEEN
EXCEPTIONAL, AND HE WANTS TO HELP
OTHER IREM MEMBERS CAPITALIZE ON THEIR
POTENTIAL AS WELL.
MICHAEL T. LANNING, CPM, is senior vice president
and market leader for the Cushman & Wakefield, AMO,
office in Kansas City, Mo. Prior to joining Cushman
& Wakefield, Lanning held various CBRE leadership
positions for 20 years before joining its office brokerage
team, specializing in office building landlord leasing. He
was then recruited by Cassidy Turley to oversee asset
services and office building landlord leasing. LANNING
HAS COME A LONG WAY SINCE HIS JUNIOR
PROPERTY MANAGER DAYS, COMPLETING
OVER 1. 3 MILLION SQUARE FEET OF OFFICE
LEASING TRANSACTIONS IN THE PAST FIVE
YEARS, WITH A TOTAL VALUE EXCEEDING
Even with all of his professional accomplishments,
Lanning is most proud of his involvement with IREM.
Lanning received his CPM designation in 1995 and is
a long-time member of IREM’s Kansas City Chapter.
The road from CPM to president-elect has been filled
with numerous local and national leadership positions,
education, growth and, most importantly, friendships.
Lanning knows firsthand that being deeply engaged in
the industry can provide unlimited rewards.
J. BENJAMIN MCGREW, CPM, CCIM, is president
of Managewest, a full-service management firm in
Sacramento, Calif. McGrew started in the industry
over 30 years ago as a maintenance professional and
then became involved in property management and
commercial real estate, managing all types of commercial
investment properties. He has also served as both a
receiver for the superior court (someone who, under
the court’s direction, takes over the management of
properties primarily in default) and a federal bankruptcy
trustee (a court-appointed official who administers a
debtor’s bankruptcy estate) in 21 states and jurisdictions
on more than four thousand occasions.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: DON WILKERSON, CPM; MICHAEL T. LANNING, CPM; J. BENJAMIN MCGREW, CPM, CCIM