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    Charity Golf Event Honors Jeff Burck, CPM

    After a three year hiatus, the IREM Houston Chapter brought back their popular golf tournament in April 2018 with much success. The event, renamed "The IREM Golf Open," attracted 140 golfers, 35 volunteers, 60 sponsors and helped IREM donate a total of $15,000 to charity.

     

    IREM Headquarters Honored for Earth Month

    IREM Earns 2018 ENERGY STAR®
    Partner of the Year Award

    IREM is proud to announce that it received the 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for its outstanding efforts in the Energy Efficiency Program Delivery category.

    IREM received the award for the following programs and activities:

    • Live and online training on energy management, including a new course on benchmarking multifamily properties in the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® benchmarking tool.
    • Integration of ENERGY STAR tools and resources with the IREM Certified Sustainable Property certification, an affordable, achievable, and meaningful recognition for existing office, multifamily, and retail properties.
    • Industry research on energy efficiency practices and perceptions among real estate managers, including benchmarking and use of ENERGY STAR tools and resources, as well as a forthcoming study on the impact of property certifications such as ENERGY STAR on the financial performance of multifamily communities.
    • Participation in ENERGY STAR-related events and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) participation in IREM events to provide ENERGY STAR information and updates to members and the industry.

    This is the second consecutive year IREM has been named an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year. IREM’s accomplishments will be recognized by the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2018.

     

    Larry Goodman, CPM Honored

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Long-time member Larry Goodman, CPM was recently honored at the IREM March Luncheon for his years of service to our organization. Larry, who has served on the IREM Legislative and Public Policy Committees for over 30-years has also represented the IREM Houston Chapter as our Construction Industry Council liaison for over 25 years. Because Larry Goodman, CPM is set to retire after 2018, the Houston Chapter honored him with an Industry Impact Award. 

    "I believe my advocacy has been effective in reflecting the changing needs of commercial real estate." said Larry Goodman. Through his involvement in the legislative realm, Larry has been active on the Houston Triad team and worked with several City of Houston administrations to write and adopt important building code changes that have impacted members' management practices for decades. He earned the prestigious CPM designation in 1985, and won the CPM of the Year Award award in 1998, 2006 and received the Jeff Williford Award of Excellence in 2010. Larry also has a Masters of Urban Planning and graduated from Texas A&M.

     

    Houston Member Awarded Prestigious Diversity Scholarship

    The Diversity Scholars program recognizes IREM Members from underrepresented groups in the real estate management profession who have demonstrated leadership skills at the chapter level, an interest in advancing their leadership skills at the national level, and in advancing their property management careers using IREM networking and resources. Thanks to a generous grant from the IREM Foundation, eight qualified candidates are recognized each year from across the country.

    This year one of those eight recipients is Houston's very own Nicole Foster, CPM Candidate with Transwestern. Nicole has been a member of IREM for a number of years and served as 2017 Community Involvement Committee Chair and currently serves as 2018 Outreach Chair. She is the Property Manager at the Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Campus; a 1.4M square foot campus comprised of Class A and B medical office buildings and corporate facilities.  Nicole is responsible for daily operations and management of 750,000 square feet on the campus.

    Nicole has been in the commercial real estate industry for more than 12 years. During her tenure with Transwestern, Nicole has been involved in the repurpose of a medical office building to corporate facility, renovation of a Class C medical office building to Class B including major mechanical, structural replacement, interior finishes and wayfinding programming.  She oversees lease administration, accounting and contract management functions.  She also leads a tenant relations program that is instrumental to campus retention and renewal rates.  

    Congratulations Nicole! We are honored to have you representing IREM Houston as a Diversity Scholarship Award Winner.

     

    IREM Golf Open MC

    We're excited to have news personality Cynthia Hunt as our IREM Golf Open Dinner and Awards emcee. Join us Monday, April 16 at Wildcat for a full day of lunch, golfing, drinks, dinner, networking and prizes all for three great causes: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), The IREM Foundation and IREM Houston's mission of professional development and scholarships.More details and registration links can be found here.

    IREM Golf Open

     

     

    Announcing New IREM Sustainable Properties

    Congrats to IREM Members:

    • Lake Pointe Village Shopping Center, Planned Community Developers, La Maison River Oaks Multifamily Community, Greystar, AMO
    • The Circle at Hermann Park - The Esplanade Multifamily Community, Greystar, AMO
    • The Circle at Hermann Park - The Alalfi Multifamily Community, Greystar, AMO

     

    These Greystar Communities Join an Elite Group of Sustainable Properties

    (Houston, TX, January 30, 2018) –  The IREM Certified Sustainable Property is a prestigious sustainability certification program that focuses on the role of exceptional real estate management in green building performance. This certification is a mark of distinction for office, multifamily, and retail properties. IREM’s sustainability certification provides properties with recognition for resource efficiency and environmental programs. To earn the certification, a property must first meet key baseline requirements, and then earn necessary points across energy, water, health, recycling, and purchasing categories. Tenants and residents increasingly associate environmental performance with quality, so the certification presents a prime opportunity to showcase quality, responsible real estate management.

    “The concept of green buildings has come a long way, from vague ideas of changing out lightbulbs to a corporate imperative, one that transcends energy efficiency to embrace health and wellness”, states Christopher Mellen, CPM, ARM, IREM President, The Simon Companies, Braintree, Mass. “We congratulate Greystar, AMO on their initiative in achieving this certification at these properties.”

     

    2017 IREM Award Winners

    Congratulations to all of our 2017 IREM Award Winners. These members exemplify the highly valued qualities of professionals in our industry and have gone above and beyond to support IREM Houston in our mission to provide education and professional development to those in our industry.

    Breakout Member of the Year: Kim Hannigan with Transwestern, AMO

    Mentor of the Year: Sheryl Green, CPM with Camden Property Trust, AMP

    Friend of the Year: All Star Pavement

    Associate Member of the Year: Mark Wright with Brookfield

    CPM Candidate of the Year: Nicole Foster with Transwestern, AMO

    Jeff Burck, CPM of the Year Award: Blaire Hoffman, CPM with Dean Realty

    Jeff Williford Award of Excellence: Laura Krupowicz, CPM with Brookfield

    Industry Impact Award: Larry Goodman, CPM with Goodman Technology Associates

     

    Announcing Our New President

    We're so excited to introduce our 2018 IREM Houston Chapter President, Stephanie Swanson, ACoM, CPM of Transwestern, AMO.

    Stephanie oversees an office tower portfolio of several million square feet in the greater Houston area and directs property management operations for the Office Management Group at Transwestern.  She has been active in commercial real estate since 1992.  She is experienced in all aspects of real estate management, including property management, fiscal management and construction supervision of commercial office, retail and industrial portfolios for institutional and private equity clients. 

    During this time, she has been an active member of IREM and has served on many committees and the Executive Council since 1997. Among her many accomplishments, she values IREM and the impact the CPM coursework and education has had in her career.  In addition, she credits the many lifelong friendships, mentors and industry relationships for their continued support.  “I grew up in IREM” is often heard by many of her team members and those that she now mentors in the industry. 

     

    2018 Economic Predictions

    Our November Speaker Dr. Ted Jones, PhD (Stewart Title Chief Economist) had a number of important predictions for the 2018 Houston economy. Click here to view his presentation.

     

    IREM 2018 Course Schedule Available

    Education is at the heart of what we do. Be sure to download a copy of our 2018 course schedule here and you can register for any Houston courses here. These classes are great for real estate management professionals at any level of experience and for those working towards an IREM credential.

    Managing Maintenance Operations and Property Risks (MNT402) 
    February 20-21

    Budgeting, Cash Flow and Reporting for Real Estate Investments    February 22-23

    Management Plan Skills Assessment (MPSA)                                        March 19-22

    CPM Certification Exam (CPMXM)                                                          March 23

    Ethics for the Real Estate Manager (ETH800)                                          June 21

    Marketing & Leasing Strategies for Office Buildings (MKL406)      September 18-19

    Leading a Winning Property Management Team (HRS402)            September 20-21

    Financing and Loan Analysis for Investment Real Estate (AMS603) November 5-6

    Performance and Valuation of Investment Real Estate (ASM604)    November 7-8

    Asset Analysis of Investment Real Estate (ASM605)                      November 9

     

     

    Congratulations to our 2018 IREM Houston Board

    Congratulations to the incredible IREM members who will be leading our chapter in 2018. We're excited for the new year and know this group of professionals has big plans for our membership.

    Chapter President -Stephanie Swanson, CPM, ACoM, Transwestern, AMO
    President Elect - Janet Shipley, CPM, CBRE, AMO
    Treasurer - Kaci Hancock, ACoM, Wulfe & Co
    Vice President of Education - Blaire Hoffman, CPM, Deane Realty
    Vice President of Membership - Sheryl Green, CPM, Camden Property Trust
    Vice President of Services - Erin Holland, CPM, Stream Realty Partners, AMO
    Vice President of Communications - Laura Harvey, CPM,  Stream Realty Partners, AMO 
    Vice President of Legislative - Matthew Townley, CPM, ARM, Townley Realty Co.
    Member-At-Large - Robert Tyler, CPM,  Rockwell Management Corp., AMO
    Member-At-Large - Natalie Woodard, CPM, Accesso Services
    Immediate Past President - Chase Crawford, CPM,  Stream Realty Partners, AMO     

    All leaders are dedicated to the advancement of the property management industry and bring a wealth of professional experience and expertise to their nominated positions on our governing board. Our 2018 leaders will be installed at the January 2018 Luncheon.

     

    IREM Fashion Raises $28,500 for Beneficiaries

    Our Third Annual Fashion Fundraiser succesfully brought in $28,500 in total, with $6,000 being donated to our partner charity, ARC of Spring Branch/Memorial. The remainging funds will be used to support further education for our property managers through scholarships, classes and professional development.

    Thank you to all of our fantastic volunteers, sponsors and attendees that made this event not only possible, but incredibly profitable!

    Check out some of our fabulous event photos here.

     

    Houston Brings Home Innovation Award

    We are excited to have earned an IREM National Innovation Award for our Digital Strategy. Our Digital Strategy encompasses all our social media channels, our blog, our new website, increased video presence and time spent with a social media consultant in 2016. The best part of this honor is taking some of what we have learned and sharing it with other IREM Chapters around the United States. Check out our Innovation Award Showcase Presentation (with tips, resources and examples) or check us out online:

    Our Blog
    Twitter
    Instagram
    Facebook
    LinkedIn
    YouTube

     

    2017 IREM Awards: Nominate a Member

    Have you noticed an IREM Member who has made a significant contribution to our organization or within the industry? As we wrap up 2017, the IREM Houston Chapter would like to honor the outstanding volunteer service of our members. We are accepting nominations for a wide variety of awards based on members’ dedication, leadership and professionalism. Members may nominate more than one person in each category. 

    CATEGORIES INCLUDE:

    • Breakout Member of the Year
    • The Jeff Burcke, CPM of the Year Award
    • ARM of the Year Award
    • Friend of the Year
    • Impact Award
    • Mentor of the Year
    • For a range of other honors, please name a non-CPM/ARM member(s)

     

    To submit your nominations, please email us here.

     

    Career Kudos!

    We are pleased to announce the recent accomplishments of many of our IREM Houston CPM candidates. Congratulations on earning valuable IREM designations and taking the oath of ethics and professionalism.

    Neha Agrawal, CPM, Granite Properties
    Alice Boss, CPM, Stream Realty Partners, AMO
    Vanessa Brunson, CPM, Unilev Management
    Serena Chu, CPM, Ambassador Management Group, LLC
    Ann Marie Gallagher, CPM, Tisona Real Estate Services
    Faith Galvan, CPM, Triten Real Estate Partners
    Jessica Larson, CPM, Allied Orion
    Laura Lary, CPM, Stream Realty Partners, AMO
    Alisha Santos, ACoM, Cencore Realty Services
    Stephenie Wendt, CPM, Stream Realty Partners, AMO
    Jin Li Zhao, CPM, Westwood Commercial Property Management, LLC

     

    Help with Hurricane Harvey Recovery

    If you are able to help with Hurricane Harvey recovery and relief, please consider the following organizations:

     

     

    Elevator Safety Reminders for Hurricane Harvey and Beyond

    As you are probably aware, there is the possibility of strong storms in the upcoming days. The staff of Thyssenkrupp Elevators would like to take this opportunity to remind everybody of the potential hazards associated with pipe breaks, hurricane storm surges, water from floods, and excessive rain. They've prepared a checklist to protect your investment as well as building tenants during and after storms such as these.

    During the storm:

    - Never ride elevators during any kind of storm

    - Evacuate occupants who rely on elevators

    - Shut down escalators

    - Keep one elevator, serving all floors, operational for emergency personnel and disabled

    - Run remaining elevators to the uppermost landings and cycle the doors shut

    - Turn off the main disconnects of the remaining elevators in the machine room

    - Place sandbags four feet high around the machine-room door

    - Shut or cover any vents or openings at the top of the shaft

    After the storm:

    - Make sure no one is trapped in elevators. If they are, call emergency personnel

    - Inspect machine room and pit for water

    Do not ride the elevator down until you are sure there is no presence of water on lower floors

    - Check for water on control panels and machine room before restoring power

    - If water is found, call your elevator service company

    - Open any vents or openings at the top of the shaft

    - Record as much information about damage as possible

    - Take photographs of any damage in case insurance companies need evidence

     

    This helpful information is brought to you by ThyssenKrupp Elevators. If you have any questions regarding the safety or security of the elevator, please call their main line at (713) 849-2191.

     

    Congrats to our 2018 Nominated Leaders

    It is hard to believe we are half-way to 2018. Recently, our nominating team completed their work in building the IREM board of the future. Below are the nominations for our 2018 Officer and Executive Council positions.

    Chapter President -Stephanie Swanson, CPM, ACoM, Transwestern, AMO
    President Elect - Janet Shipley, CPM, CBRE, AMO
    Treasurer - Kaci Hancock, ACoM, Wulfe & Co
    Vice President of Education - Blaire Hoffman, CPM, Deane Realty
    Vice President of Membership - Sheryl Green, CPM, Camden Property Trust
    Vice President of Services - Erin Holland, CPM, Stream Realty Partners, AMO
    Vice President of Communications - Laura Harvey, CPM,  Stream Realty Partners, AMO
    Vice President of Legislative - Matthew Townley, CPM, ARM, Townley Realty Co.
    Member-At-Large - Robert Tyler, CPM,  Rockwell Management Corp., AMO
    Member-At-Large - Natalie Woodard, CPM, Accesso Services
    Immediate Past President - Chase Crawford, CPM,  Stream Realty Partners, AMO     

    All nominated leaders are dedicated to the advancement of the property management industry and bring a wealth of professional experience and expertise to their nominated positions on our governing board. Each nominated leader must be confirmed by a majority vote of IREM Houston Members taking place at our September Luncheon.We hope to see you there participating in the vote. Once elected, they will be installed at the January 2018 Luncheon.

     

    IREM Members Support Our Show

    We're excited to announce this year's IREM Fashion Show lineup of models! Without these supportive (and brave) individuals, we would not have such a great show planned for Thursday, October 26th at The Briar Club. More details at www.iremfashion.com

    IREM Fashion Show 2017 Models:

    Renee Boutelle, Tanglewood Management
    Lauren Burgess,CPM, Stream Realty Partners
    Chase Crawford, CPM, Stream Realty Partners
    Brian Duckro, Spark Lighting
    Nicole Foster, Transwestern
    Colin George, Fujitec Americas
    Robbie Gorrell, All Star Pavement
    Sheryl Green, CPM, Camden Property Trust
    Shawn Harvey, CPM, Griffin Partners
    Haley Hubenak, PCD Management
    Phil Jones, Transwestern
    Monica Keels, Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing
    Johnny Krupowicz, ARC Representative
    Laura Krupowicz, CPM, Brookfield
    Jessica Larson, Allied Orion
    Spencer Overstreet, Terramont Realty Partners
    Lynsie Pedraza, Houston Waste Solutions
    Nicole Tringali, ThyssenKrupp Elevators
    Janet Shipley, CPM, CBRE
    Stephanie Sides, CPM, Transwestern
    Greg Sherman, CPM, Brookfield Property
    Frank Staats, CPM, REIS Associates
    Floyd Mahanay, PJS
    Jennifer Van Nort, GuardTexas
    Robert Tyler, CPM, Rockwell Management
    Stephenie Wendt, Stream Realty

     

    IREM's Totally Rad 80s Holiday Party

    Our holiday party is always rad, but this year's will be totally tubular. That's because we're getting footloose at our IREM 80s prom! Join fellow members and friends on December 7 for a night of networking, drinks and live music as we celebrate 2017. We'll also be handing out annual awards to some of our most excellent members so join us in wigging out over their righteous accomplishments. Find event information and registration details here

     

    Join At A Discount Today!

    Have you wanted to join IREM but been scared off by the price tag? Or perhaps you have an employee that needs to join but there's just not room in the budget? Well now is the time to sign up! IREM is offering Associate Memberships at only $110. You get to enjoy all of the benefits of this great organization, like the superior education and networking, for half the annual price. Visit www.irem.org to apply today.

     

    Local Real Estate Firms Recognize the Added Value of Professional Education and Certifications

    The Houston Chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®) has announced its annual list of top real estate companies in the Houston area based on the number of Certified Property Manager® (CPM®) credentialed members they employ locally. To obtain the CPM® designation, one must meet stringent IREM requirements in the areas of professional education, examination and experience.  They also must pledge to abide by a rigorous Code of Professional Ethics that is strictly enforced by the organization. Read the full press release here.

     

    Local IREM Members Recognized in National "30 under 30" Search

    The IREM 30 under 30 Program highlights 30 of the next generation of industry leaders who have made significant impacts in their career and community. These individuals have made various contributions to the profession as demonstrated by career success, professional leadership, and community involvement. We can proudly say that three of them are part of the IREM Houston chapter. Congrats to everyone selected, especially to Houston members Barrett Bogatto with Lincoln Property Company, AMO, Rachel Mondshine with Stream Realty Partners, AMO and Blaire Moreland, CPM with Deane Realty. 

     

    4 Reasons to Earn Your CPM

    Are you looking to take your career in property management to the next level? The Certified Property Management (CPM) Designation offered by the Institute of Real Estate Management is a highly regarded mark of a property management professional recognized internationally in the industry.

    "The Certified Property Manager designation represents a level of commitment, ethics, intelligence and skill unparalleled in the property management industry.  By setting a standard that managers hold the internationally acclaimed CPM credential, owners and asset managers add an extra layer of protection and assurance that their properties are managed at the highest level of competence and fortitude." - Chase Crawford, CPM, 2017 IREM Houston President 

    Check out our new infographic to see just a few ways earning your CPM can propel your career forward.

     

    Budget For IREM in 2018

    Make sure you include IREM events, education and dues costs in your annual budgets. We're building a great year of initiatives that will benefit you, your company and your customers. Click here for a sample of potential costs. For a complete list of IREM membership benefits, click here. As always we're here to serve as your career partner, so please let us know what you need.

     

    Annual Ethics Course Set for June

    Annual Ethics Course Expected to Sell Out

    To assist members with earning their IREM credentials, the Houston Chapter offers the IREM Ethics Course on an annual basis. This year's offering is scheduled for Friday, June 9 and is expected to sell out. 

    This interactive media-based course teaches strategies for resolving ethical dilemmas and adherence to the IREM Code of Professional Ethics. It is taught by IREM Certified Property Managers and offers 5 hours TREC MCE for qualifying attendees.

    For more information on applying for an IREM Scholarship, click here.

     

    Mid-Year Scholarship Success

    IREM Foundation and IREM Houston Award Educational Funds for Professional development

    In the vein of our motto, "Leaders Developing Leaders," the IREM Foundation and IREM Houston Chapter have awarded financial scholarships to 16 applicants so far in 2017. Each applicant has the opportunity to use the funds toward three IREM classes before year-end. This totals over $16,000 in potential funds for courses which would assist attendees with valuable IREM credentials.

    For more information on applying for an IREM Scholarship, click here.

     

    IREM Book Drive 2017

    For the second year, IREM HOuston partnered with Yellowstone Academy to provide books for deserving kids in need.

    Yellowstone Academy's mission is to provide a high-qualtiy faith-based education exclusively to students from economically disadvantaged families that will prepare them for academic success in high school and college.

    Leaders within Yellowstone Academy are continuing their strong effort to build literacy within the school. By collecting new to gently-loved books reading level Pre-K to High School, Yellowstone is ensuring that not only do they have a robust library, but that students also have reading options at home. IREM Members were invited to drop off any donated books or funds during the months of April and May. In total 400 books were collected along with $250 in additional funds for the library to make purchases. During the last week of school, IREM members participated in the book bask at Yellowstone where books were presented to the kids.

    For more information on this incredible institution, watch their video here or visit their website www.yellowstoneacademy.org

     

    Houston Member Nominated for RVP

    Local Member Shawn Harvey, CPM Nominated for 2018-2020 Regional Vice President

    Our former chapter President Shawn Harvey, CPM of Griffin Partners, has been nominated for the Region 7 Vice President position for the 2018-2020 term. His election will be made official at the IREM Golbal Summit in October. Once official, Shawn will represent and serve all IREM Chapters in Texas and Oklahoma for two years. Shawn will follow in the footsteps of current RVP, Kimberly Morgan, CPM (Austin) of Stream Realty Partners, AMO.