July 2018 Newsletter Print

President's Message

CBDWelcome to the July 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 June meeting… well you missed a great time!  We toured the District Wharf - Madison Marquette was kind enough to provide representatives that acted as both historians and tour guides on this great walking tour of the new District Wharf.  This event was very well attended with three large tour groups that sauntered all over the Wharf.  After the tours, our group converged on Kirwan’s Irish pub for happy hour.  If you attended the event please remember to check out our Chapter 8 website and look for pictures of yourself.  If you didn’t attend the event you should check out pictures of all the fun that you missed.

June was also our Mid Atlantic Regional IREM meeting which was held in Boston this year.  The event was great.  Most (if not all) of our regional executives met and attended workshops on topics such as increasing membership involvement and developing leadership skills.  The meeting was capped off with a set of comedians that worked with us on our communication skills.  As you can guess this event was both humorous and educational.  Next time you see Jean ask her “What walked into a bar…” she will know the rest.  


A major topic of discussion during this 2 day conference was around Millennials.  Check out the 10 things that Millennials are looking for in an employer:

As most of you are aware it’s time for our summer break.  We will be back in September at Clyde’s for lunch and our topic will be a HR issue dealing with discrimination in the work force.  Our guest speaker will be a representative with ADP.   IREM Chapter 8 has jumped on the “Me Too Movement” bandwagon and I for one am all for it. Although most of my female peers and/or supervisors that I have worked for in my career have made the same or more money than me… but I still agree with the concept.    Anyway I guess I should change the subject and tell you about our secret meeting...

That’s right, every August the IREM Chapter 8 leadership team gets together for a secret conference at an undisclosed location near Lake Anna.  We meet to discuss the goals and objectives for our upcoming year.  I know what you are thinking… Wow you guys and gals work a lot! Don’t worry, we do leave a little bit of time for happy hour!  If this sounds exciting to you… being part of a team that likes to make things happen while leaving time to party… then you should consider joining our IREM Chapter 8 Board of Directors.  We would love to have you! Assuming you are old enough to drive and not to old that they took your license away.  Seriously, we are always looking for new talent that have a passion to give back to this great real estate community that we work in.  If you are interested please let me know or contact Jean… and don’t forget to ask her “What walked into a bar”?

In October, we will hold our 7th Annual MEGA Meeting. This joint chapter event is co-hosted with IREM DC Chapter 8 and NOVA Chapter 77. This year, we are excited to welcome Shannon Huffman Polson as our Keynote Speaker.  See below for all the details on this fantastic event and register early.  Special Group Pricing available for those sending 9+ colleagues from their company for an afternoon of training, team-building and networking.

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 MEGA Meeting featuring Shannon Huffman Polson

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Washington Marriott Wardman Park
2:00 - 3:00pm Registration Hour & Sponsor Showcase
3:00 - 4:30pm  Keynote Presentation
4:30 - 6:00pm  Networking Reception


IREM Chapters 8, 77 & 92 join forces to present the 7th Annual MEGA Meeting.

From the cockpit to the boardroom, Shannon Huffman Polson shares stories of grit and leadership to help others overcome fear, break through uncertainty, and reach their full potential.  Shannon is the auther of, "North of Hope" and "The Grit Project" and one of the first U.S. Army Women Apache Helicopter Captains and Pilots.


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.  Special Group Pricing is Available!









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Meeting Recap & Pictures

June Meeting 2018

Tour of Southwest Wharf & Waterfront

This special event was held on Tuesday, June 26th. Chapter members and guests were given a special behind-the-scenes tour of this exciting new area, followed by a networking reception at Kirwan's on the Wharf.

Make sure to check out our facebook page the day after our chapter events to see the video slideshow of all the fun we had!


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21st Annual Charity Golf Tournament


Only 3 Sponsorships Remaining

Monday, October 15, 2018

Country Club of Fairfax

Come enjoy a day of golf while helping to make a difference in the lives of local Special Olympic Athletes!

Thank you to our Sponsors to date:

Red Coats, Inc. - Tournament Sponsor

UG2 - Golf Cart Sponsor

Hastings Restoration - Golf Ball Washing Sponsor

Flynn Architectural Finishes - Million Dollar Shoot-Out

SP+ Parking - Beverage Station Sponsor

Simpson Unlimited - 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

Allied Universal - (M) Longest Drive Sponsor

ABM Industries - (M) Straightest Drive Sponsor

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

AMS - (W) Longest Drive Sponsor

Total Quality Building Services - (W) Straightest Drive Sponsor

Western Specialty Contractors - (W) Closest To The Pin Sponsor

Stuart Dean - Welcome Gift Sponsor

Platinum Maintenance/Pioneer Building Services - Putting Contest Sponsor

Minkoff Company - Photography Sponsor

Associated Building Maintenance Co. - Sign Sponsor

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

Crockett Facilities Services - Cigar Sponsor

BrightView - Hole In One for Car Sponsr

ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC - Hole In One for Car Sponsor

Brookfield, C&C Complete Services,Securitas Security Services - Special Olympic Team Sponsor



Email Jean Collins to reserve your spot


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The IYP Committee, chaired by Mary Herington, has some great events on the calendar for this year.
  • 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

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


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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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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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