This year’s Inaugural Gala was a smashing success as Chris Mellen, CPM, ARM, became the 2016 IREM President—the 80th IREM President since the Institute was
founded in 1933.
There were enthusiastic introductory remarks by IREM
CEO, Russell Salzman, Gala Sponsor, Brad Setser from
Yardi and two colleagues from the Simon Companies, who
read a letter written by Franklin Simon—the mentor who
introduced Mellen to IREM.
The festivities included a touching tribute to Mellen by
his daughter Mandi, delivered onstage with his other children and his adorable grandson, Alexander. Mandi detailed
many heart-warming anecdotes of her father’s devotion to
his family. She also lauded Chris’s dedication to IREM and
his unwavering commitment to fulfilling the weighty responsibilities as the IREM leader.
During his speech, Chris thanked Lori Burger for her passion and commitment as the 2015 IREM President. He also
thanked his family and Simon for his thoughtful mesage.
“I’m proud to be a part of this dynamic profession, and
a part of this incredible IREM community,” said Mellen.
“Thank you again for this honor to serve as your 2016 president. I am truly excited to continue shaping the real estate
management industry and the future of IREM. Working together, the possibilities are endless.”
Chris Mellen, CPM, ARM, Enthusiastically
Welcomed as 2016 IREM President at Inaugural Gala