January 2018 Newsletter Print

President's Message

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

I hope most of you survived the holidays and for those that didn’t…well you’re probably not reading this. Seriously, I am uber excited to be your 2018 President and want to take a minute to thank our 2017 past president, Cheryl Belle-Deen, CPM for a great year. Cheryl did a great job passing the torch without inflicting any serious harm. Cheryl accomplished this task just in time for the 2018 Winter Olympics. I hope everyone has a chance to tune-in and watch the action.

IREM started off the year by giving back to the community. On January 10th a group of 20 IREM volunteers worked in the DC Central Kitchen slicing frozen ham, making coleslaw and rice pilaf. The team at DC Central Kitchen does amazing work ensuring that no one goes hungry in our city and I thank everyone that helped out. It was a great kickoff to our new year!

On January 25th the IREM 8 Board of Officers & Directors came together for a team building event - making sushi at Masa 14. This was an interesting night filled with sharp knives and novice sushi makers.  We had a blast! 

If you haven’t done so already, please remember to mark your calendars and register for our two February events: February 1st is our IREM Regional Industry Forecast and Trade Show which will be held at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner, and on February 20th we will be having a membership meeting at Clyde’s of Gallery Place in Chinatown. As promised, working closely with our new VP of Programs – Alex Garcia, “we” (really, he) have scoured the country to find you the best speakers for our 2018 programs and I am pleased to announce that Doug Lotierzo with the Neuberger Company will be our guest speaker for our February membership meeting. Doug will be presenting the “BAT’s of Goal Setting.” Explaining the Behaviors, Attitudes and Techniques necessary to ensure your future success. This is an event that you won’t want to miss!  Here is a little teaser from Doug

Prior to the commencement ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics and Super Bowl LII (wherein the Eagles are defeated by the Pat’s 35-24), but with similar fanfare, IREM National will be launching its new logo (end of January). IREM’s new logo is colorful, dynamic and exciting but that’s all I can tell you as I have been sworn to secrecy. I hope that I have provided sufficient hype that you are now, at least, curious.

Upcoming Deadline for Project REAP:  Project REAP is a 10-week class that teaches those interested in transitioning into a career of commercial real estate the foundation of leasing, development and property management.  Interested parties should apply by February 9th.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

IREM will also be rolling out a new “designation checker” in 2018. This nifty bit of technology involves imbedded links within all IREM designations that allow the CIA to track your movements. Actually, the link will instantly transport you to an IREM National site that will confirm the validity of all IREM designations for either an individual or company (at which point we can officially refute that Donald Trump is not a CPM).

Lastly, I want to thank my incoming 2018 Board for their commitment to IREM and to the members of Chapter 8. 2018 promises to be an exciting year, and I am truly looking forward to working with such an amazing team!


Dave Forster, CPM®
2018 Chapter 8 President


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Upcoming Events--Register Now!

2018 Industry forecast & trade show


 Thursday, February 1, 2018

2:00-3:00PM: Registration Hour & Vendor Showcase
3:00-4:30PM: Forecast Meeting Presentations
4:30-6:30PM: Industry Trade Show & Cocktail Reception


IREM Chapters 8, 77 & 92 join forces to present the 2018 Industry Forecast & Trade Show... Hear from real experts about the impact the economy will have on your properties and the local market in the coming year.  Speakers with expertise in each market segment will share what they know and discuss how YOU should prepare for 2018 and beyond!


Economic Forecast - Jeannette Chapman

Deputy Director & Senior Research Associate

The Stephen S. Fuller Institute

Residential Forecast - Noelle Sharbaugh

Managing Director, Real Estate


Mixed Use Forecast - Brigg Bunker

Executive Director

Foulger Pratt Management

Commercial Forecast - John Sikaitis

Managing Director



Industry Partners interested in sponsoring a table at the trade show should contact IREM 77 offices at iremchapter77@irem77.org

All registrations for this joint-chapter special event will run through the IREM 77 Website.




irem 8 february general membership meeting - "The bats of goal setting: the best behaviors, attitudes, and techniques"


Tuesday, February 20, 2018


11:30AM: Registration
12:00PM: Lunch/Program
Clydes of Gallery Place




Join Chapter 8 for our February Lunch Meeting presented by Doug Lotierzo with Neuberger & Co.  Doug will introduce best practices on how to overcome poor beliefs and develop a healthier mindset towards setting goals.  He will give attendees the tools and tactics to stay motivated and turn ambiguous hopes into tangible results in the coming year.  It's time to get out of your own way and raise the bar above and beyond the status quo!






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Member Milestone Anniversaries

Congratulations to the following chapter members on celebrating Milestone Anniversaries of their Designations in 2018:

Clifford Skuta, ARM - 5 Years
Princess Foster-El, ARM - 5 Years
June Daly, ARM - 5 Years
Tracey Nollie, ARM - 10 Years
Anthony Faircloth, ARM - 10 Years
Gail Chow, ARM - 15 Years
Deborah Fields, ARM - 15 Years
Darlene Thomas, ARM - 20 Years
Nicolle Davis-Niang, ARM - 20 Years
Raymond Caden, ARM - 20 Years
Victor Sherrod, ARM - 25 Years


Ladd Keegan, CPM - 5 Years
Rebecca Buchanan, CPM - 5 Years
Akilah Jafari, CPM - 5 Years
Michael Bryant, CPM - 5 Years
Katherine Nettle, CPM - 5 Years
Kent Bell, CPM - 5 Years
Robert Jones, CPM - 5 Years
Kristin Gross, CPM - 5 Years
Leslie Catlin, CPM - 10 Years
Michael Mrozek, CPM - 10 Years
Jon Lakner, CPM - 10 Years
Nicolle Davis-Niang, CPM - 10 Years
David Peterson, CPM - 15 Years
Michael Potts, CPM - 15 Years
Afi Edim, CPM - 15 Years
Jacqueline Duke, CPM - 15 Years
Michele Hagans, CPM - 15 Years
Bryan Cook, CPM - 15 Years
Cynthia Bertolotti, CPM - 15 Years
Charlotte Strain, CPM - 15 Years
Antoinette Beverly, CPM - 15 Years
William Singer, CPM - 20 Years
Karen Whitt, CPM - 20 Years
Thomas Griffin, CPM - 20 Years
Caroline Kruger, CPM - 25 Years
L. Elaine Pogell, CPM - 30 Years
Albert Moler, CPM - 30 Years
William Grillo, CPM - 30 Years
James Kernan, CPM - 35 Years
Madeleine Abel, CPM - 35 Years

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Now Accepting Nominations for Next-Gen CPM Leaders and 30 Under 30!

Next-Gen CPM Leaders - Exclusively for employees of AMO Firms

Do you have a rock star employee who is under the age of 35 and who you want to invest in?  Would this person be a great candidate to earn the CPM designation and get additional leadership training within a condensed 16-18 month timeframe?  If yes, you must nominate him/her for IREM Next-Gen CPM Leaders!  This is a talent management initiative exclusively for AMO Firms.  This initiative fast tracks a class of young professionals through the CPM program, providing supplemental leadership training at a savings of more than 50% on tuitions and registrations.  The program will not only help your firm develop talent, it will create a sense of community and camaraderie among the participants to network and share best practices from around the country.  A win-win for your company and your employee!

Nominations are due by February 15, 2018!  Check out all the details here

30 Under 30

Are you an IREM member under the age of 30 who is actively engaged in property or asset management?  Do you know a rising star who is making a unique and significant contribution to the profession?

Nominate yourself or a colleague by March 1, 2018!  Check out all the details here


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IREM 8 Member Survey

Got 5 minutes?? Take our Member Survey!

Your feedback will help us improve and enhance your membership.  Complete this survey by February 1, 2018 and share your name, you will be entered to win a $100 Gift Card!  Take our Survey Now



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December 2017 Holiday Happy Hour Recap & Pictures

We had a great time at our Holiday Happy Hour! This was a casual get-together to kick-off the holiday season with our members & industry friends. The event was held on Wednesday, December 6th at Toro Toro in Washington, DC.  Thank you to everyone who brought a donation to support our Annual Toys for Tots Drive. 




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Community Action Efforts

january 2018 event

Twenty Members & Industry Partners of Chapter 8 volunteered their time on January 10th at the DC Central Kitchen to help prepare food that went to feed the hungry. Thank you to everyone who volunteered! Check out some of the pictures from all the fun that we had...


february 2018 event

Wear RED to our February Meeting (2/20/18) in support of The American Heart Association's, "American Heart Month!"  To learn more about your Heart Health, visit www.heart.org

Don't forget to bring your GREEN too!  We will have a 50/50 cash raffle in support of The American Heart Association.  In addition to the raffle money raised, we will make an aditional donation of $10 for each person who wears RED to this meeting.  So, ROCK YOUR RED and bring your GREEN for a good cause!

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

Contact our VP of Community Action - Denise Vignola, CPM


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


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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 jcollins@irem8.org


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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: 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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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.  

2018 Dues Collection is in full swing - Pay by January 31st to avoid any late fees.  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.

Industry Partner 2018 Renewal Dues - Renew your membership by 1.31.18 to secure your spot!


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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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