December 2017 Newsletter Print

President's Message

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

Happy belated Thanksgiving everyone!  And...Happy Holiday Season!

As your Chapter 8 2017 President, the Board and I were committed to providing a meaningful experience for all our members and industry partners. We accomplished this goal by engaging our members in a variety of educational, charity, and networking-packed events. Here are a few of the highlights of 2017. We held our joint Chapter Industry Forecast meeting and Vendor Blender at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner, Virginia, four lunch and learn events  that were hosted in the District, a regional leadership retreat and conference in New York,  a joint Chapter meeting and happy hour for all CPM® Candidates,  Mega Meeting event hosted at the award-winning Wardham Park Marriott™, our annual Gala at the beautiful Congressional Country Club (where we made a donation to the charity Special Love For Children With Cancer of $80,000!), IREM’s Global Summit fall conference that was held in the windy City of Chicago, walk for cancer benefitting St. Jude’s, golf tournament at the Country Club of Fairfax benefitting Special Olympics of DC, past presidents’ happy hour, three IYP events, a Washington Nationals baseball game at Nats Park, participation in the income expense report, and a visit to the  DC kitchen. Phew!  What a year!

As IREM gears up to kick off its 85th anniversary, we have chosen a new CEO Denise LeDuc-Froemming. IREM is repositioning its brand to be fresh, innovative, and relevant for our members and industry at large. We are excited as an organization as we await the reveal of the updated IREM logo in 2018. Not to be outdone, Chapter 8 celebrates a milestone 80th birthday this year.

Giving back to our community and those less fortunate remains our focus. We are thrilled to announce that at our annual Installation of Officers and Awards Dinner, we were able to collect enough money to provide every child enrolled in the Head Start Pre-K program at our adopted school with a state-of-the-art galaxy tablets, enriching the lives of these students and their environment in which they live.  Thanks again, to all who supported this worthy cause and all the other events hosted this year.

Our  Industry Partners’ program was created so vendors could participate and provide feedback on IREM events, serve on committees, and support the educational and networking opportunities that IREM delivers.  With the assistance of Rob Collins, past president of Chapter 92, and Alex Garcia, our VP of Industry Partners, we were able to create a focus group of industry partners. This has proven to be very successful and something we will continue into 2018. Additionally, we began our SWAG bags initiative. Thanks to the six industry partners for being the pioneers on the focus group and thank you to the industry partners who participated in the swag bag program! I am happy to say that we will be continuing this program next year as well. A huge thank you to our industry partners, without whom we could not accomplish any of our lofty goals.

Congratulations to all the award and scholarship recipients that were recognized at our annual Installation of Officers and Awards Dinner on November 14th.  Also, if you were not present at the November meeting and have not yet had an opportunity to watch the IREM 8 video that premiered there, please take a minute to do so.  In addition to the link below, the video will be posted on our website, as well as our Facebook page. It is a fantastic video and something we are very proud of. Heartfelt thanks to Jennifer Laforest who made this vision a reality.


I would like to say thanks to everyone who has guided, reassured, and encouraged me along the way by providing a positive impact in my year as your 2017 President. Special thanks to my Board ,and Jean Collins our Executive Director, for believing in me and affording us an incredible year of great achievements. It has indeed been an honor to have served as your 2017 President for the Greater Metropolitan Washington Chapter 8.

As we look forward to the new year, I would like to congratulate our new Chapter President, David Forster, the entire Board of Directors, our Executive Director, our Industry Partners, and most importantly “YOU”, our valued IREM member, for agreeing to continue to be engaged in this outstanding  association known as IREM®.

Before signing off, please join us for our Happy Hour 80th-year celebration that will be held on Wednesday, December 6th at Toro Toro.  Don’t forget, along with the price of admission, will be a new, unwrapped toy benefiting Toys for Tots.

Have a safe and enjoyable Holiday Season everyone! See you in 2018 if not before!

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


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Upcoming Events--Register Now!

irem chapters 8 holiday happy hour

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Toro Toro, Washington, DC
Hurry & Register!  You're invited to IREM 8's Holiday Happy Hour.  Kick off the 2017 holiday season with a happy hour for our Members and Industry Partners.  Don't miss this festive evening of fun!  Don't fogert to bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots!





Check the EVENTS section of the website for Registration Details

  • Stay tuned to our January 2018 Newsletter for all the details on our upcoming events!


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Past Presidents' Celebration

On Wednesday, November 1st, members of the Chapter 8 Board held a Happy Hour at Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab DC to honor our Chapter 8 Past Presidents.  We would like to give a very special thank you to Minkoff Company, Inc. for generously sponsoring this event.  A fun time was had by all!


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NOVEMBER irem young professionals (iyp) event...

Happy Hour @ Elephant & Castle -- Thursday, November 2, 2017

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

Thank you to our Event Sponsors for making this possible:

CSI International
Georgia-Pacific Professional
KEVCO Building Services
LAZ Parking
Unlimited Restoration, Inc.

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


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November 2017 Meeting Recap & Pictures

On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, IREM 8 held their November Meeting - 2018 Installation of Officers and Directors & 2017 Awards Celebration - at the beautiful and delicious Sequoia Restaurant in Washington, DC.

What a great evening to commemorate the successes of IREM Chapter 8, install our 2018 Officers and Directors, and recognize those deserving members for their hard work and dedication to IREM!  Best of luck to our new Chapter President for 2018, Dave Forster, CPM, and his Executive Council. 


Thank you to our Sponsors for the evening:

  • Capitol Concierge
  • Kastle Systems
  • KEVCO Building Services
  • LUX Flooring Specialists
  • Unlimited Restoration, Inc.


Here are a few highlights from this memorable evening:

  • We welcomed IREM Region 3 Vice President, Toni Harris, CPM, ARM, who installed 14 new chapter members and conducted our Installation Ceremony.
  • We presented Special Olympics of DC with a check for $18,000.00, which represents proceeds from IREM 8's 20th Annual Golf Tournament held in October.
  • We presented Chapter Member, Paulito Maslog, CPM, with the John N. Gallagher Scholarship.
  • We unveiled the IREM 8 Promo Video to chapter members for the very first time!  This promo video will be used to market our chapter and further our corporate outreach efforts. CHECK OUT THE IREM 8 VIDEO!


Congratulations to the following Members who were installed this evening:

  • Paulito Maslog, CPM with WCSmith
  • Mark Payne, CPM with The Wilkes Company
  • Ana Robertson, CPM with JBG Smith
  • Asha Teelock, CPM with Cushman & Wakefiled
  • Laura Berney, ARM with Community Realty Company
  • Tasha Easley, ARM with Borger Management
  • Lisa Kopinetz, ARM with The Donaldson Group
  • Sarah Magnani, ARM with Community Realty Company
  • Karen McCrary, ARM with William C. Smith Co.
  • Zahra Osman, ARM with First Priority Management
  • Carlos Paz, ARM with First Priority Management
  • Sharlen Sejas, ARM with First Priority Management
  • Lisa Watkins, ARM with Edgewood/Vantage Management
  • Vandella Williams, ARM with CIH Properties, Inc.


Congratulations to the following 2017 Award Winners:

  • Industry Partner of the Year -- Classic Concierge
  • Distinguished Service Award -- Jennifer Laforest, CPM
  • Leo David Education Award -- Afi Edim, CPM
  • W. Donald Calomiris Humanitarian Award -- Stevynn Glass
  • ARM of the Year -- David Barton, CPM, ARM
  • Candidate of the Year -- Devin Keenan
  • AMO of the Year -- First Priority Management, AMO
  • CPM of the Year -- Cheryl Belle-Deen, CPM, ARM


click here to see all the photos 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 took 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, Associate Member


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October 2017 Meeting Recap & Pictures

Nearly 300 Property Managers, Industry Partners, Colleagues and Guests were in attendance for the 6th Annual MEGA Meeting held on Wednesday, October 4th at the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, DC.  This was a fabulous event with a world-class motivational speaker and great networking opportunity among members and guests of our three local metro-area chapters.

In his keynote presentation, "Get Your Shift Together: How to Enjoy the Process", Steve Rizzo presented his Attitude Adjustment Strategies and taught attendees how to shift their way of thinking and laugh while doing it.  Steve reminded attendees that acquiring a healthy state of mind is essential in order to produce quality sales, quality customer service, teamwork, and communication.  Steve showed us how to overcome the everyday pressures that can stifle productivity and creativity in the workplace.  Guests left the keynote with new tools to maximize their success and happiness - both in the office and at home.

Following the keynote presentation, guests enjoyed a networking reception.  A special thank you to the following Industry Partners for sponsoring this event:

  • Allied Universal
  • BrightView
  • Clean & Polish
  • LUX Flooring Specialists
  • USSI


click here to see all the pictures from this event


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21st Annual Charity Golf Tournament

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

We had a great 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 Members and 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

BrightView/Platinum Maintenance - Putting Contest

Stuart Dean - Driving Range/Instructor Sponsor

Minkoff Company - Photography Sponsor

Associated Building Maintenance Co. - Sign Sponsor

Crockett Facilities Services - Cigar Sponsor

Simpson Unlimited - Golf Ball Sponsor

Busy Bee Environmental, A-1 Flood Tech, Construction Systems Group, Cushman & Wakefield, CBRE, Executive Maintenance, Inc., Georgia-Pacific, 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

click here to see all the photos from this event


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Community Action Efforts

dc central kitchen - january 10, 2018

IREM 8 Community Action Committee is looking for volunteers to help out at the DC Central Kitchen.  Help turn donated food into healthy, balanced meals that will be distributed to homeless shelters, non-profit organizations, and transitional homes for little or no cost! We will be volunteering our time on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from 9:00am-12:00pm.  Only 20 volunteer spots available!  To sign up, please contact Denise Vignola, CPM, VP of Community Action

december 2017 event

Please join IREM Chapter 8 by supporting Toys for Tots campaign at our Holiday Happy Hour on December 6th.

november 2017 events

  • Holiday Mail for Heroes - Attendees at our November Meeting were given the opportunity to support the American Red Cross 2017 Holiday Mail for Heroes Program.  Holiday Cards were provided to each guest so that they would be able to write a hand-written note to express their gratitude and best wishes for the holiday season to those who serve or have served in the United States Military. 
  • Adopted School: South Lake Elementary - At our November Meeting we supported our adopted elementary school of South Lake.  We held a donation drive to provide galaxy tablets to the children in the classroom to learn through the latest technology, something that they wouldn't otherwise get to experience.  We were overwhelmed by the donations given to support these underprivileged children. We received enough funds to provide 20 tablets for the classroom!
  • Thrive DC Coat Drive - At our November Meeting, attendees were asked to bring a new or gently-used coat to support our coat drive.  A special thank you to C&C Complete Services who brought in 3 bags full of coat donations!


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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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.


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

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:

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 began in November.  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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Parking Garage Slab Deterioration

In climates where road de-icing salts are used, concrete parking garage slab deterioration  can be a significant maintenance cost. Deterioration occurs in garages as vehicles carry in snow and ice that has been treated with de-icing salts. Slab deterioration is a cyclical problem that can start out small and become significant with time. Slab deterioration is typically related to concrete cracking, which allows water to reach and corrode the slab reinforcing steel. Reinforcement corrosion is greatly accelerated when de-icing salts are used.

One cause of concrete cracking is shrinkage as the concrete cures.These surficial cracks allow moisture to reach the reinforcing steel. When the steel corrodes, its effective volume increases, as iron oxide takes up approximately three times the volume of uncorroded steel. This exerts tensile forces in the surrounding concrete, resulting in a horizontal crack (typically along, or just above, the plane of the reinforcing steel). This separates the top of the slab from the bottom. This horizontal cracking – called “delamination” – is not visible. However, spalling and excessive concrete surface cracking can be evidence of delamination.When surficial and delamination cracks combine, the resulting network provides pathways for moisture to reach and corrode reinforcing steel.  Freezing water expands the cracks, creating more tensile force, leading to more cracking and delamination.

Another factor that contributes to slab deterioration is if concrete contains elevated levels of chloride ions. Prior to the mid-1980s, calcium chloride admixtures were used during winter construction to accelerate concrete curing. The American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the Post Tensioning Institute (PTI) no longer allow chloride-containing admixtures. Chloride ion levels can be determined by sampling the concrete. A drill is used to pulverize the concrete into dust, which is collected from different below surface depths. The chloride content at the reinforcement level is most important. ACI has established a maximum water-soluble chloride ion content of 0.06% by weight of cement in prestressed concrete to limit reinforcing steelcorrosion.

A common technique to detect delaminated areas is chain dragging. As the name implies, a chain is dragged over the surface of the slab. When the chain passes over a delaminated area, it produces a distinct hollow sound. Delamination areas are marked with spray paint. While not sophisticated, it is an effective and economical technique. If reinforcement corrosion is a concern, corrosion mapping can be performed. Half-cell potential measurements can help evaluate corrosion activity on the slab reinforcing steel. Using this technique, probable corrosion areas in the slab can be identified for evaluation and potentialreplacement.

Repairs involve chipping out the damaged sections and replacing them with new concrete. Deterioration willcontinue in areas that are not repaired. Once reinforcing steel is exposed during the repair process, it is common to find that cracking extends beyond the limits initially identified during the delamination study.

For new parking garage designs, reduced permeability concrete mixes, epoxy- or zinc-coated reinforcing steel, corrosion inhibiting concrete admixtures, surface-penetrating sealants, and surficial coatings can be used to reduce deterioration and the associated maintenance costs. The higher initial cost can be evaluated against the potential maintenance costs over the life of the parking garage.

A good maintenance practice is to wash down the garage slabs at least once a year, preferably in the spring after the use of de-icing salts has ceased for the season. Cracks and joints should be sealed to reduce water migration; joint sealants should be checked for deterioration and replaced as necessary. Penetrating sealants and surficial coatings can be applied to reduce the potential for delamination cracking. A seven-year recurring schedule is typical, with an approximate annual maintenance and repair budget of $0.10 to $0.30 per square foot or $30.00 to $90.00 per parking space.

You can learn more about Parking Garage deterioration issues and maintenance practice by requesting a ECS Lunch and Learn on Parking Garage Assessments.


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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 - Invoices will be mailed to you the week of 12/4/17.  Check your inbox for this invoice and renew your membership as soon as possible 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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