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IREM Members Gather in DC – Making a Difference for Themselves and the Industry
The upcoming presidential election. Consolidation in the real estate industry. The war for talent. The importance of property management to real estate investment strategy. These were some of the key themes discussed by IREM members as they gathered in Washington, DC, last week for the Institute’s annual Leadership and Legislative Summit.Nearly 400 IREM members converged on the nation’s Capitol with the goal of engaging with each other to share best practices that will better position them to identify and respond to changes in the business environment and advocate on issues affecting the properties they manage and the clients they serve.
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Education Sessions

Real Estate Icons Share Unique Insights on the Current State of the Industry
The management of investment real estate ultimately comes down to people. This was a recurring theme during IREM’s Live with Industry Leaders session that brought together the head of one of the world’s largest real estate service companies with two asset managers representing major institutional investors. The session kicked off IREM’s 2016 Leadership and Legislative Summit in Washington, DC.Speaking on behalf of third-party property management was John Santora, CPM, global chief operating officer and chief integration officer for Cushman & Wakefield, AMO. His fellow panelists were Donald Svoboda, director of real estate investments at MetLife, and Scott MacDonald, managing director at J.P. Morgan Asset Management – Global Real Assets.
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Ann Compton: A White House Correspondent’s View of the 2016 Election
Ann Compton joined ABC News in 1973 and was the first woman assigned to cover the White House by a television network. During her keynote address, she shared a historical perspective of the presidency and provided her insights on why the 2016 presidential election has been so unpredictable.
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Legislative Update: Issues to Watch Out For
According to an old quote, “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session!” Keeping up on the legislative issues being considered by Congress is a must for anyone in the real estate management industry. That’s why the attendees of the IREM Leadership and Legislative Summit packed the room to listen to Ryan McCormick of the Real Estate Roundtable, Dan Wagner of the Inland Real Estate Group, and IREM Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Don Wilkerson discuss what 2016 has in store for the industry. Read More


“Leading” to Resident Satisfaction
What does it take to build resident satisfaction? DDG has figured it out. It’s not about just telling staff what to do — it’s about developing leaders who use their newly polished skills to help build a process for delivering outstanding luxury resident service. Learn how this REME Award winner did it, and how you can do it too! Read More


Industry Roundtables: Sharing Knowledge and Experience on Hot-button Issues
One of the most valuable benefits of attending an IREM conference is the ability to network and learn from colleagues from across the world. To help facilitate the sharing of information, IREM set aside a specific time at its Leadership and Legislative Summit for attendees to meet and talk about different issues affecting real estate management. The roundtable discussions included:

  • Technology/Property Management Systems
  • Transgender Bathroom Best Practices
  • Medical and Recreational Marijuana
  • Asset Management
  • Management Agreement and Fees
  • Business Development and Growth

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ENERGY STAR®: Updates from the U.S. EPA
Michael Zatz, Chief, Market Sectors Group, ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch, U.S. EPA, detailed some exciting developments that will allow property managers to better track resource consumption, control expenses, and get recognition.
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Fill Your Leadership Gap — Now and for the Future
A recent survey shows that 86% of all companies are facing a serious leadership gap. Shannon Alter provided a blueprint and tools to use for filling that gap at your company.Read More



IREM Events

IREM Awards Dinner: Celebrating Chapters
What an exciting night in DC for IREM Chapters! At its IREM Awards, 35 chapters were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Institute and the real estate management industry. They were recognized for innovative programs, membership growth, IREM Foundation support and contributions and promotion and support of the Income/Expense Analysis Program. In addition, IREM recognized Legislator of the Year, Representative Peter Welch from Vermont, for significant support and understanding of the issues important to our industry. This recognitionevent was held in Washington, DC, in conjunction with IREM’s Leadership and Legislative Summit.
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RPAC Reception: Protecting an Industry
RPAC works to elect candidates who understand the importance of real estate management and commercial real estate investment. The RPAC reception provided an opportunity for members to learn more about how they can support RPAC’s efforts to protect the real estate industry. Read More


IREM Foundation: Party with a Purpose
It’s not often you can have a whole lot of fun, and still accomplish a whole lot of good. Attendees at the IREM Foundation Party with a Purpose accomplished both. Not only was the carnival theme party a blast, but the event raised over $23,000 that will be used to help attract, develop, and retain individuals in real estate management. Read More

Capitol Hill Visit Day

IREM Announces Legislator of the Year Award Winner: Congressman Peter Welch of Vermont
IREM presented its 19th annual IREM Legislator of the Year Award to Congressman Peter Welch of Vermont. Several members of the IREM Boston Metropolitan Chapter 4 were joined in the Congressman’s office by IREM 2016 Secretary/Treasurer Ben McGrew, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Don Wilkerson, and IREM Government Affairs staff in presenting the award to Representative Welch.
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IREM Stormed the Hill
With the election just a few months away, NOW is the time to educate Members of Congress on certain issues that are critical to real estate managers and investors. More than 230 IREM Members visited the Nation’s Capital to lobby their Congressmen on April 13. They met in more than 190 face-to-face meetings with Members of Congress to discuss critical issues. Read More