For the first time, a CPM Member from outside the United States became IREM’s president-elect. As he continues to serve as president in the year
ahead, Donald Wilkerson, CPM, of Reno, Nev., will be joined
by Cheryl Gray, CPM, from Toronto, who by acclimation became president-elect and will be president in 2020. W. A. “Chip”
Watts IV, CPM, CCIM, of Birmingham, Ala., was elected to
the position of secretary/treasurer for 2019. (Turn to P8 and
learn what they see for IREM’s future.)
A new IREM chapter was established in South Africa—the
first chapter on the continent of Africa and the 16th chapter
outside the United States, bringing to 96 the total number of
IREM chapters. The formation of the South African Gauteng
Chapter is the visible result of a successful partnership among
IREM, Witts University in Johannesburg, and the South African Institute of Black Property Practitioners (SAIBPP). T.W.
Nxesi, Minister of Public Works for the Republic of South Africa, was present for the historic event and pledged the South
African government’s support to the chapter with the goal of
raising the property management sector to the next level.
With attendance hitting the 800 mark, 10 percent of those
at the Summit came with passport in hand as they traveled to
Hollywood, Fla., from outside the United States. They came
from Brazil, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, and South Korea,
as well as South Africa to connect with colleagues. Two of
these international attendees also participated in panel discussions, covering topics of critical importance to practitioners,
which occurred throughout the Summit as part of its educational programming.
Throughout the week, attendees participated in discussions
around such issues as attracting the next generation into property management and top challenges facing the industry. They
watched the first class of AMO Next-Gen Leaders subscribe
to the CPM pledge as they were installed as IREM’s newest
designees. They applauded the innovative work done by IREM
Chapters, management companies, and individuals that was
recognized with accolades and awards (see all the winners starting on P14). They gave back to the industry through donations
to the IREM Foundation and by partying with a purpose. And
they made sure they left the beaches of Florida in better shape
than when they arrived by teaming up with VolunteerCleanup.
org to remove trash from the ocean coastline.