To Earn the Accredited Management organization[R](AMO) Designation from IREM, a Company Must Demonstrate a High Level of Performance, Experience and Financial Stability, and Have a CPM[R] in an Executive Position. AMO Firms Must Meet High Ethical Standards and Other Stringent Requirements, Proving Their Value to the Industry

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DALE NUSBAUM, CPM EMERITUS, IS PRESIDENT OF MCLENNAN PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY, AMO, IN PARK RIDGE, ILL., WHICH MANAGES COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES, INCLUDING HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATIONS. He is responsible for the firm's operations and new business development.

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Nusbaum currently serves as the IREM Region 9 Vice President. During his 2008-2009 term, he oversees activities of IREM Chapters in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Nusbaum earned the CERTIFIED PROPERTY MANAGER (CPM) designation from IREM in 1977. Long active in IREM's Chicago Chapter No. 23, he served as chapter president in 1995. Nusbaum has also held positions on national IREM committees, including the Minority Outreach, Legislative and Public Policy Committees.

JPM talked to Nusbaum about his company and what the AMO accreditation means.

HOW DID YOU COME TO WORK FOR THE MCLENNAN PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY?

In 1973, I was fresh out of college with a high school teaching degree. At that time there was a glut of teachers in the market and it was difficult to land a job, especially for someone without experience. My father was a resident janitorial custodian at the building our family resided in and I learned the basic skills necessary to repair and clean a building. McLennan managed the property my father maintained and I was made aware of an opportunity to be a repairman for various buildings they managed. I worked in that capacity for one year and an entry level property manager position opened up in 1974. I applied for the job, was accepted and my boss immediately signed me up for an IREM educational class in order to provide me with a working knowledge of sound property management principles. The company supported my learning endeavors and I proceeded to train for my CPM which I received in 1977. …