Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Keep It Simple

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Keep It Simple

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In this issue of RVP Corner, JPM [R] shares the thoughts and opinions of an IREM Regional Vice President and the value of uncompromising ethics

DEBRA OWINGS, CPM, OF MEMPHIS, TENN., SERVES AS THE 2011 AND 2012 REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT FOR REGION 13. During her two-year term, she has oversight for the activities of IREM chapters in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Owings is president of Retail Management Services Co., Memphis. She has more than 25 years of industry experience managing real estate and specializes in commercial asset management. She earned her CPM designation in 2004 and has held many leadership positions in IREM Memphis Chapter No. 20, including president. In 2007, she was honored with the chapter's "President's Award."

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HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO GET INTO REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT?

I began my property management training by watching my mother manage multifamily communities in Eastern Arkansas in the 1970s. My mother held a business degree at the time, but she truly used mostly common sense to solve everyday problems. This was a great and lasting lesson for me when 1 started my career in Memphis. Today. I manage more than two million square feet of commercial space from Mississippi to Nashville.

HOW HAS DIVERSITY PLAYED A ROLE IN YOUR CAREER?

Memphis is a distribution hub and we're connected to the rest of the country--and world. As I like to say, "Pulled pork is global now." But in many ways, Memphis is also an oversized small town. …

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