October 2017 Newsletter Print

President's Message

Welcome to the October 2017 edition of KeyNotes...IREM 8's newsletter of all events. This is a bi-monthly publication.

It's hard to believe that the summer is over, as well as my term of office.  I hope you all had an opportunity to take a well-deserved summer break.  Not to worry, while you were taking a break, your Chapter Leadership continued to forge ahead, and here are some of the highlights of the summer.

In August, our Board of Directors attended our yearly Leadership Retreat at beautiful Lake Anna in Virginia.  Thanks again to David Barton, CPM, ARM and Alex Garcia, CPM who graciously invited us into their beautiful home.  The Annual Retreat proved to be another very valuable and motivating experience and provided us all with an opportunity to brainstorm and renew our commitment to providing a meaningful experience for all our members.

In September we hosted our Annual Election of Officers at Union Station and pinned seven newly-minted CPM and ARM members.  Thanks again to JLL who provided us with a tour of the station and a book that culminated the folklore history of the station.  With this Election of Officers, I am so thrilled to be able to pass the torch over to David Forster, as he, with all of our support, will lead Chapter 8 in 2018.  Our Chapter needs you!  For IREM Chapter 8 to be succesful, it takes the efforts of many members and industry partners.  If you have an interest in becoming more involved and serving on a committee, please contact Jean Collins, who will be happy to assist. 

At our September meeting we had several IREM members and Industry Partners that graciously participated in our video interviews highlighting the importance and impact that IREM has had on their personal and/or professional lives.  Once complete, this promotional video will be for the use of the Chapter in our marketing outreach program.  If you are interested in participating in this video, you still have an opportunity.  Please submit a b-roll as soon as possible.  And what is a b-roll you ask? ... A b-roll is the extra footage that adds dimenstion to our story.  Examples of this could be: pictures from recent IREM events, pictures of properties you manage, and videos from recent IREM events (requirements for video footage are very specific).  Please contact Jean Collins for additional details.  Again, thanks to our Executive Producer and VP of Communications, Jennifer Laforest, CPM for putting this mammoth project together.  Next stop...Hollywood. 

IREM Chapter 8's Young Professionals (IYP) hosted their second Happy Hour & Networking Event for the year on Thursday, September 14th.  This event lived up to the expectations as young real estate professionals, industry partners, students, and industry veterans had an opportunity to accomplish some fruitful networking at the fabulous MXDC restaurant.  Thank you again to Minkoff Company, Plantations, Classic Concierge and Crockett Facilities Services for sponsoring this event.

We came, we walked... some ran, but we all conquered.  Thanks to everyone who came out to support the St. Jude's Walk on Saturday, September 23rd.

Looking forward to an action-packed October...

I would like to give special recognition to our upcoming MEGA Meeting sponsors:

  • AlliedUniversal
  • BrightView
  • Clean & Polish
  • LUX Flooring
  • USSI


Our 6th Annual MEGA Meeting is only tomorrow (Wednesday, October 4th).  This joint chapter event is co-hosted with IREM Chapters 77 & 92.  This year, we are excited to welcome Steve Rizzo, The Attitude Adjuster, as our Keynote Speaker.  See below for all the details on this fantastic event. 

The following week, members of our Chapter Leadership Team will gather in the windy city of Chicago to attend the IREM Global Summit Conference.  Join us!  This conference is open to anyone - CLICK HERE for all the details on this exciting leadership conference.  Approximately 1200 real estate professionals from around the world will be gathered to gain the latest information in real estate management that will afford us front seat access to the cutting edge technology and practices in an effort to achieve the highest returns for our properties and members. 

Coming up next--join us for a day of golf (golfing not a pre-requisite) while helping to make a difference in the lives of local Special Olympic Athletes on Monday, October 23rd, at the newly-renovated Country Club of Fairfax.  Hope to see you there!

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was affected by the wrath of hurricane season. Although the storms wreaked havoc and mayhem that resulted in severe damage to property and loss of lives, it has been heartwarming to see how humanity continues to prevail as total strangers practice random acts of kindness.  I hope that you will all continue the challenge I started back in July, please take an opportunity to read the July newsletter if you have not yet done so.  "By accepting this challenge, we are all taking simple steps of action to make your world, this world, and our world a better place.  The positive impact that simple gesutres can have in our homes, our communities, and globally is immeasurable.  At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, and no regrets." - Dr. Steve Maraboli

In closing, I would like to thank our FRIENDS of IREM/Industry Partners who provide their support to our Chapter.  Thank you all for making what we do possible.

Cheryl Belle-Deen, CPM®, ARM®
2017 Chapter 8 President


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Upcoming Events--Register Now!

irem chapters 8, 77 & 92 6th annual october mega meeting - "get your shift together" presented by the attitude adjuster, steve rizzo!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Wardman Park Marriott, Washington, DC
2:00-3:00PM - Registration Hour & Sponsor Showcase
3:00-4:30PM - Keynote Presentation
4:30-6:30PM - Networking Reception
IREM Chapters 8, 77 & 92 join forces to present the 6th Annual MEGA Meeting... We spend most of our waking hours at our place of employment and much more of our leisure time thinking about it.  We can let the stress, fast pace, and challenges control our emotions or we can lighten up, have fun, and enjoy the process.  It's always a matter of choice!  Acquiring a healthy state of mind is essential in order to produce quality sales, quality customer service, teamwork, and communication.  Steve will show how to overcome the everyday pressures that can stifle productivity and creativity in the workplace, while enjoying the process.  He will also share tools for maximizing your success and happiness - both in the office and at home...


His Attitude Adjustment Strategies will teach attendees how to shift their way of thinking and laugh while doing it.  If you want to motivate yourself or your team to do more, be more, and achieve more... this is the program for you.  Register for this Keynote Presentation for your own personal development and growth OR register a group of employees from your company for an afternoon of training and team-building.





Check the EVENTS section of the website for Registration Details

  • Wednesday, October 4th - IREM MEGA Meeeting - 3:00PM
  • Monday, October 23rd - IREM 8 Charity Golf Tournament - All Day
  • Tuesday, November 14th - Dinner Meeting - 6:00PM
  • Wednesday, December 6th - Holiday Happy Hour - 5:00PM


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september irem young professionals (iyp) event...

Happy Hour @ MXDC -- Thursday, September 14, 2017


Thank you to everyone who joined us for this fun evening!

Thank you to our Event Sponsors for making this possible:

Crockett Facilities Services
Minkoff Company
Plantations, Inc.
Classic Concierge

Next IREM 8 IYP event is scheduled for Thursday, November 2, 2017. Stay Tuned OR visit the IYP Section of our Chapter Website.


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September Meeting Pictures

On September 19th, we enjoyed a tour of the magnificient Union Station, followed by a happy hour networking reception.  At this meeting we were pleased to welcome seven new members into our Chapter:

  • Ana Robertson, CPM - JBG Smith
  • Lauren Tyler, CPM - Borger Management
  • Preston Nguyen, ARM - First Priority Management
  • Zahra Osman, ARM - First Priority Management
  • Carlos Paz, ARM - First Priority Management
  • Sharlen Sejas, ARM - First Priority Management
  • Alex Soriano, ARM - First Priority Management




click here to see all the pictures from this event


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2017-2018 Officers

Congratulations to the following members on their election as 2018 officers & directors.  The installation ceremony will take place at our november dinner meeting on 11/14/17

President - David Forster, CPM

President Elect/VP Finance - Jennifer Laforest, CPM

VP Communications - Catherine Kucsan, CPM

VP Admissions - Charlotte Strain, CPM

VP Programs - Alex Garcia, CPM

VP Education - Karyn McAdory, CPM

VP Industry Partners - Kent Bell, CPM

VP Member Services - Mary Herington, CPM

VP Community Action - Denise Vignola, CPM

VP Student Outreach - Kris Henry, CPM

VP Legislation - Robert Jones, CPM, ARM

Immediate Past President/VP Strategic Planning - Cheryl Belle-Deen, CPM, ARM

Director Strategic Planning - David Barton, CPM, ARM

Director Strategic Planning - Afi Edim, CPM

Director Education - Shay Dugan, CPM

Director Education - Stevynn Glass, Candidate Member

Director Admissions - Lesley Morrison, CPM

Director Communications - Devin Keenan, Candidate Member

Director Member Services - Rita Parasidis, Candidate Member


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Chapter 8 Awards

Each year, IREM Chapter 8 recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to IREM, the Industry, and/or community. We are asking for YOUR nominations for awards to present to our well-deserving members at the November 14, 2017 meeting.

Please take a few minutes to respond to the categories below with your votes! Deadline for submitals is October 23, 2017.


  • CPM of the Year
  • Candidate of the Year
  • ARM of the Year
  • ACoM of the Year
  • Associate of the Year
  • AMO of the Year
  • Student of the Year
  • Industry Partner of the Year
  • Leo David Education Award
  • W. Donald Calomiris Humanitarian Award
  • Distinguished Service Award


CLICK HERE to download the Nomination Form for 2017 to submit a nomination(s) for any or all of the awards listed above.


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September is Ethics Awareness Month

What distinguishes IREM Members from other Real Estate Managers?  They "Walk The Walk!"

Let's "Talk The Talk!" to raise Ethics Awareness!

IREM Members are bound by our Code of Professional Ethics to conduct business activities with ethics and integrity.  Join us in showing your commitment to ethics by posting on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #IREMethics

Post your copy of the Code, a picture of you with your CPM or ARM pin, or anything that shows what ethics means to you!

CLICK HERE to learn all about IREM Ethics - read actual case studies, download the IREM Code of Professional Ethics and learn how the IREM Ethics process works.



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20th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Tournament is sold out! we can't wait to see you on the greens in october!

Monday, October 23, 2017 -- Country Club of Fairfax

We are looking forward to a day of golf while helping to make a difference in the lives of local Special Olympic Athletes!  Thank you to all the Sponsors, Foursome Participants, Committee Memberes & Volunteers for making this special event possible.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Red Coats, Inc. - Tournament Sponsor

UG2 - Golf Cart Sponsor

Hastings Restoration - Golf Ball Washing Station Sponsor

Flynn Architectural Finishes - Million Dollar Shoot-Out

Jones Lang LaSalle - Beverage Station Sponsor

Paul Davis Restoration - Beverage Station Sponsor

Capitol Concierge - Dinner Sponsor

Brookfield - Lunch Sponsor

Rolyn Companies, Inc. - Breakfast Sponsor

Pritchard Industries, Inc. - Bloody Mary/Mimosa Sponsor

ThyssenKrupp Elevator - 19th Hole Sponsor

Flynn Architectural Finishes - (M) Closest To The Pin Sponsor

AlliedUniversal - (M) Longest Drive Sponsor

Western Specialty Contractors - (M) Straightest Drive Sponsor

AMS - (W) Longest Drive Sponsor

Total Quality Building Services - (W) Straightest Drive Sponsor

Pioneer Building Services - (W) Closest to the Pin

Stuart Dean - Driving Range/Instructor Sponsor

Minkoff Company - Photography Sponsor

Associated Building Maintenance Co. - Sign Sponsor

Busy Bee Environmental, A-1 Flood Tech, Construction Systems Group, Cushman & Wakefield, CBRE, Executive Maintenance, Inc., Georgia-Pacific, Laz Parking, Newmark Knight Frank, SP Plus, USSI, Valcourt Building Services, Laz Parking - Hole Sponsors

ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC - Hole-in-One Sponsor

ABM Onsite Services - Hole-in-One Sponsor

Classic Concierge, Securitas Security Services, Michael Blades & Associates, Ltd., Brookfield - Special Olympic Team Sponsor


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Community Action Efforts

dc central kitchen - august 14th

Thank you to everyone who joined us in August at the DC Central Kitchen.  Members and Industry Partners of IREM 8 helped turn donated food into healthy, balanced meals that were distributed to homeless shelters, non-profit organizations, and transitional homes in DC.




st. jude's walk - september 23rd

On Saturday, September 23rd, members of IREM 8 participated in the St. Jude's Walk in DC.  Thank you to Stevynn Glass for organizing these efforts!

Have an idea for a community service project or want to serve on this committee? 

Contact our VP of Community Action - Kent Bell, CPM


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IREM 8 Committee Report

ACoM (Accredited Commercial Manager) Certification - A Great Stepping Stone Towards the CPM Designation

If you are a commercial site manager looking to obtain your CPM Designation, but your portfolio has not yet reached the minimum size for the CPM designation, you should consider obtaining a ACoM Certification.  The ACoM certification is awarded to those who meet the touchstones for commercial real estate management professionals regardless of your current job functions, plus it aids you in gaining the education and industry knowledge to put you a step ahead while working towards the CPM.  The courses that you complete for the ACoM also count toward the CPM education requirement.


To obtain more information or to request a ACoM application, please contact Catherine Kucsan, CPM - IREM 8 VP of Admissions - or you can view the ACoM Checklist here


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Participation 2018

Interested in Serving on a Committee in 2018...

We challenge each and every member to get involved in 2018 by committing to one of our many volunteer opportunities.

Let your membership work for you by getting involved!  Complete the Participation Form 2018 and return to Jean Collins.



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Region 3 Education

IREM Region 3 Education
Carol Walker, Education Administrator
P.O. Box 3035, Gaithersburg, MD 20885
301.948.6234 p  301.948.7962 f
Visit this site for the complete 2017 Course & Seminar Schedule


private offerings:

Spread the word that Private Offering Courses are available for your company - groups of 10 or more.  This means an instructor comes to your site and holds a class for just your company's employees.  The idea is to get a group of people to "fast track" their way to a CPM, ARM, or ACoM designation.  The more people in the class, the lower the price per person.  For more information on this excellent opportunity, contact the Region 3 Education Office or download the Private Offerings Brochure Here!

online self-paced courses:

For those interested in taking courses at their own pace, IREM offers many online self-paced courses.  Open new doors for yourself with the help of IREM education.  With our online and classroom courses you'll give yourself a leg up in the constantly evolving world of real estate management.


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Free Money - Scholarship Information

In need of financial assistance to attend IREM Ed courses??  Working toward achieving your IREM designations?? WE HAVE FUNDS TO HELP! JUST ASK!

Our Chapter actively participates in the IREM Foundation Chapter Restricted Fund where we can support chapter members toward IREM education courses.  CLICK HERE to learn more about the IREM Foundation.



Chapter 8 also offers the John N. Gallagher Scholarship each year. Apply today! Application deadline is Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Scholarship will be awarded at the Tuesday, November 14, 2017.  CLICK HERE to download the application.

If you are interested or have questions on how you can apply for financial assistance, contact the IREM 8 offices at 301.874.8425 OR email at jcollins@irem8.org


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Student Outreach Update

Kris is pairing up with the intern program at Bozzuto to reach out to a pool of interns in their program.

We are also working with the University of the District of Columbia, Community College, to establish a partnership with them.

If you are interested in helping Kris on this Committee, please email Kris Henry.

Did you know that the IREM Career Center offers professional services to help with all of your career needs? Tools offered to begin improving your career include a career learning center, resume writing workshops, and personalized career coaching. All of this and more, to include current job postings, can be accessed at: http://careers.iremjobs.org

Interested in IREM student membership for yourself or for someone you know?  Contact Kris Henry to request a student application today!


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Real Estate Management News



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Pay Your 2017 National & Chapter Dues

Your IREM Membership is an investment in yourself and your career.  Make sure you're taking full advantage of the benefits by renewing your membership.  

PAY YOUR DUES to ensure you don't miss out on even one day of membership.



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Chapter 8 Industry Partners

When looking for bids for your next project, we always suggest contacting our Chapter Industry Partners First!  CLICK HERE to see our full directory of Industry Partners.


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Chapter 8 Officers & Directors

CLICK HERE to see contact information for our Board of Officers & Directors


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About IREM 8

If you have a question about IREM 8 or any of our upcoming events, please contact the irem 8 office.

Chapter 8 Financials are available to be viewed by any dues paying member.  If you would like to request to see a copy, please contact the Chapter 8 Office.

Jean Collins
Executive Director

P.O. Box 86252
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20886
t 301-874-8425
f 301-874-8426


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