Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Taking the Lead: IREM Regional Vice President Alfred Ojejinmi, CPM, Shares How to Find the Leader Within

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Taking the Lead: IREM Regional Vice President Alfred Ojejinmi, CPM, Shares How to Find the Leader Within

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How did you decide to begin your career in real estate management?

When 1 was growing up, the dominant professions were engineering, accounting, law and medicine. My parents wanted me to become an engineer, but I was not interested. A family friend--who studied in London to be a successful Chartered Surveyor and went on to own his own company--spoke with me one day and, after realizing my objection to engineering, suggested that I study real estate management. Naturally, I was attracted to his success and decided to pursue a degree in real estate management. After I graduated from college, I knew I had made the right choice and never looked back.

What are some challenges unique to your region?

My region faces the challenge of being spreadout geographically. Three chapters are very close together and hold joint programs together every year, while the other four are miles apart from each other. This makes it difficult to hold regional programs and so we only have the opportunity to meet as a region at the regional dinners and forums during the national conferences.

Despite geographic challenges, we are on-target with realizing our chapter's goals: 1) increasing our regional membership by 5 percent by the end of the year; 2) increasing the awareness of our profession in the region; and 2) remaining a five-star status region at the end of the year.

Describe how your experience as the founder and CEO of the Presbeuo Leadership Institute has impacted your position as RVP for Region 2? …

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