Magazine article Journal of Property Management

IREM and IREM Foundation Train Veterans: Special Grant Provides Professional Growth Opportunity

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

IREM and IREM Foundation Train Veterans: Special Grant Provides Professional Growth Opportunity

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The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and the IREM Foundation, aided by financial support from Yardi Systems and the Realtors[R] Commercial Alliance (RCA) of the National Association of Realtors[R], funded professional development grants for 17 U.S. veterans who attended a one-week IREM course, "Successful Site Management (RES201)," in Chicago this past February. The grant included transportation to and from Chicago, lodging sponsored in part by Swissotel Chicago, and one year of IREM Associate Member dues. The course addressed all aspects of managing residential properties--including affordable and student housing--and provided participants with the skills they need to get jobs as residential site managers, leasing agents and assistant property managers.

Seasoned IREM faculty members Joe Greenblatt, CPM[R], of San Diego Chapter No. 18, and Marlene Dau, CPM, of Chicago Chapter No. 23, conducted the course. IREM Officers Pam Monroe, CPM; Randy Woodbury, CPM; Ron Goss, CPM; and IREM Foundation Vice President Ed Boudreau, CPM, joined the attendees and IREM staff at a networking dinner funded in part by Harry Caray's Restaurant. Grant recipients shared with the officers their personal experiences about how this grant will provide opportunities for them to develop new careers in the real estate management industry. In a version of IREM "speed dating," the officers rotated among the tables to share career planning tips and to answer questions about growing a career in the industry.

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Leading up to this course offering, IREM and the Professional Housing Management Association (PHMA) established an informal partnership in which PHMA helped to publicize and identify candidates for the grants. …

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