May 2018 Newsletter Print

President's Message

CBDWelcome to the May 2018 edition of KeyNotes...IREM 8's newsletter of all events. This is a bi-monthly must-read publication.

For those of you that missed our April joint meeting with Chapter 92… well you missed a great time!  We spent most of the time talking about you and why you didn’t show up.  No, seriously we played Family Feud and Bingo.  Sounds a little corny but it was actually a blast.  Please make plans to attend next year because we will likely play another round of Family Feud – Industry Partners vs Property Management and you won’t want to miss this event (because if you do we are going to talk about you again).  This was also the day of our Annual Candidates Meeting.  See below for a recap and pictures from this event.

April 19th was the PM Expo and I had a chance to talk to several Property Mangers that were either working on their IREM designation or thinking about it.  Some people have spent the last 4-5 years or even longer trying to get their designation and the recurring question that was asked was “how do I find the time to complete my designation”.  My advice is the same every time, sign up for whatever classes you need at the beginning of the year and make a conscious effort to review your calendar and commit to completing your course work.   


On May 10th we held our Annual Past Presidents' Happy Hour at Morton's. Special Thanks to Minkoff Company, Inc. who has sponsored this event for Chapter 8 the past several years.  This event is an opportunity for current Board Members and Past Chapter Presidents to mix and mingle, and also a way to thank our Past Presidents for their years of service and dedication to IREM.


Our IREM Gala was held at Congressional Country Club on Friday, May 18th, and it was a great event.  I always recommend that everyone try to attend this event every year.  The turnout is always great and the band Millennium rocks the house.  As usual, our charity was “Special Love for Children with Cancer” and their presentation was very touching.  We auctioned off artwork that was created by some of the children at Special Love but once the biding reached over $2,000.00, I ran out of money.  See below for a recap on this event, our sponsors and some great pictures!

The IREM Regional meeting is coming up in June. Our Region will attend the Northeast Regional Conference in Boston.  Stay tuned to our next newsletter for a full recap of this event.

IREM 8 gives back! You may recall that IREM 8 donated several tablets to our adopted school at the end of 2017.  This was in large part due to the generosity of our members who personally donated to this cause during our November 2017 Dinner Meeting. These tablets are getting good use in the classroom for some young students who would otherwise not have access to technology like this at home. The students in the classroom have recently started growing their own plants.  Here, they are using their tablets to take pictures of their plants and to document their growth.


The June meeting is coming up on Tuesday, June 26th (see below). This meeting is a tour of the DC Southwest Wharf and Waterfront, with a networking happy hour afterwards. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Lastly, if you haven't seen the IREM 8 video, please take a look!



Dave Forster, CPM®
2018 Chapter 8 President


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Upcoming Events--Register Now!

IREM 8 June Meeting - Tour of DC's Southwest Wharf and Waterfront!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Madison Marquette Lobby & Kirwan's on the Wharf
3:30pm Registration at Madison Marquette Lobby
4:15pm Start of Tour
5:00pm Networking Reception at Kirwan's on the Wharf
The June meeting of IREM DC is a tour of the new DC Southwest Wharf and Waterfront.  Join us for a 45-minute tour, learning about the $2 billion development, planning, and seeing first-hand this remarkable mile-long neighborhood along the Potomac River.  We will end the tour with a Happy Hour at Kirwan's Irish Pub.  Don't miss this exciting and informative meeting.






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Meeting Recap & Pictures

April Meeting 2018

IREM 101 Meeting & Industry Resource Exchange Event

This special event was held on Tuesday, April 17th at Maggiano's Little Italy of Chevy Chase. We hold this meeting annually in conjunction with IREM Chapter 92. The first part of the meeting was a must-attend event for Candidate Members of the Chapter. "IREM 101" was presented by Lizzie Ortolano, Director, Customer & Member Services with IREM Headquarters in Chicago.  Lizzie detailed the CPM requirements and provided step-by-step guidance for earning and keeping the CPM designation. 

The second portion of the day was our Industry Resource Exchange Event - a chance to move around the room, meet new faces and network!  This year, we played networking BINGO to meet new faces and had a good laugh playing Family Feud: Property Managers vs. Industry Partners!

The following new members were installed during this event:

  • Katie Oliverio, CPM - IREM 8
  • Matthew Taffi, CPM - IREM 8
  • Tamar Shaw, ARM - IREM 8
  • Jasmine Castro, ARM - IREM 92





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IREM Annual Charity Gala


Friday, May 18, 2018

Congressional Country Club

The 13th Annual IREM Gala was held on Friday, May 18th and it was yet another glamorous evening filled with good food, good drinks and good company.  We once again enjoyed the music provided by the talented band MILLENNIUM!  A record number 325 were in attendance for this fabulous evening.

In the past twelve years combined, we have given an unbelievable $586,000 to Special Love for Children with Cancer.  This year, we were able to present them with a check for $82,000!

At the event, we were pleased to welcome IREM's 2018 National President, Don Wilkerson, CPM and IREM CEO and Executive Vice President Denise LeDuc-Froemming.

A huge thank you to the members of IREM Chapters 8, 77 & 92 who comprise The IREM Gala Committee:

  • Amy Waldron, CPM
  • Catherine Smolka, CPM
  • Kent Bell, CPM
  • Rob Collins, CPM
  • Jim Crawford, CPM
  • Erin Grover, CPM
  • Mike Aird, Industry Partner
  • Jean Collins, IREM Executive Director


Thank you to everyone who attended the event and made an additional pledge card donation!  Your donations make a difference.

Thank you to our Diamond Sponsors:

  • IREM Northern Virginia Chapter 77
  • IREM DC Chapter 8
  • IREM West-Central Maryland Chapter 92


Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors:

  • Capitol Concierge
  • CSG-Construction Systems Group, Inc.


Thank you to our Gold Sponsors:

  • ABM Industries
  • Allied Universal Security
  • CRS Facility Services, LLC
  • Edgewood/Vantage Mgmt.
  • Flynn Architectural Finishes
  • JLL
  • Kettler Management
  • Pioneer Building Services
  • Pritchard Industries
  • Red Coats, Inc./Admiral Security Services
  • Total Quality


Thank you to our Silver Sponsors:

  • BrightView Landscape Services
  • C&C Complete Services
  • CBRE
  • CCSI Construction
  • Colonial Parking
  • CSI International, Inc.
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • Datawatch Systems, Inc.
  • E&G Group
  • EMI-Executive Maintenance, Inc.
  • Gates Hudson
  • Guardian Realty Management
  • KEVCO Building Services
  • KGO
  • KNS Contracting
  • LAZ Parking
  • The Meridian Group
  • Newmark Knight Frank
  • P&R Enterprises, Inc.
  • Platinum Maintenance
  • Securitas Security Services
  • SP+ Parking
  • Transwestern
  • USSI


Swag Bag Sponsors:

  • All Plumbing, Inc.
  • Classic Concierge
  • PCM Services
  • Rappaport
  • TRC Engineering


Thank you to our Special Contributors:

  • Oasis Plantscaping - Centerpieces
  • GAM Graphics & Marketing - Printing
  • Mrs. Leslie Wright - Congressional Host
  • Millennium - Band
  • AMS of Maryland - Donation
  • Foulger-Pratt Management - Donation
  • Gail Service Industries - Donation
  • SFMS  - Donation


Here are some Great Pics taken in the Photo Booth sponsored by KEVCO Building Services:




Here are some of the amazing pictures taken by our Professional Photographer:




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The IYP Committee, chaired by Mary Herington, has some great events on the calendar for this year.
  • June date TBD - Nationals Baseball Game
  • August Kickball Game with IREM 77 - More details to come soon!
  • September 13 - Happy Hour, location TBD
  • November 8 - Happy Hour, TBD


Stay Tuned OR visit the IYP Section of our Chapter Website for information on upcoming 2018 events.


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Community Action Efforts

On May 22nd, Members of IREM 8 gave their time at the DC Central Kitchen.  Chapter Members helped to turn donated food into healthy, balanced meals that were distributed to homeless shelters, non-profit organizations, and transitional homes in DC.  Thank you to all who volunteered their time!


Save The Date - Saturday, September 29, 2018 - St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer.  More Information to come soon!

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

Contact our VP of Community Action - Denise Vignola, CPM


Thank you to all of those who contributed to our April Charity - MANNA FOOD CENTER - by bringing a donation(s) to our chapter meeting.


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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 2018 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.


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


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Student Outreach Update

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:

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 2018 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.  

 You will receive one invoice coming from IREM Headquarters.  This eliminates the need to process separate payments for National dues and Chapter 8 local dues.  One payment can be made to IREM HQ and the Chapter portion will be electronically transferred to Chapter 8.  Also included on this invoice for CPM members are your NAR Affiliate dues.  These affiliate dues must be paid in order to maintain your CPM designation.

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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