Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Give Next Generation a Chance

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Give Next Generation a Chance

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IREM Member creates network for next generation of property managers

A couple years ago, I attended my first national IREM conference. At the age of 30, 1 was among the youngest in the crowd.

I was struck by the camaraderie and familiarity among the "veteran" members that didn't exist at the younger level. This is probably because many of us are either just embarking on our careers or making a career shift into real estate management. We simply don't have the extensive contact base or familiarity with other members and associates.

From this observation, an idea was born to develop a forum that would transition this younger generation of real estate managers into IREM and provide integration with other generations - in effect fostering collaboration and networking, and helping the younger generation quickly reach that "familiar" level other members have experienced.

This forum has since emerged in San Diego as a group called IREM Young Professionals. The organization does not require membership, and "young" has yet to be defined, so participation by all members is encouraged.

The group's objective is simple: "IREM Young Professionals is dedicated to promoting growth for young professionals, IREM and the asset and property management field by providing educational and social networking mixers in a casual, progressive and fun environment." Ultimately, we want professional experiences while having a good time.

The group manages this by hosting events with venues, music, entertainment, food and overall alternative environments appealing to our generation. The past year's events have included:

* Going Green, A Wine Tasting Event: A conversation with sustainability consultants describing the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification hosted at a local wine bar.

* Spotlight on a Young Professional, A Sushi Event: A panel discussion highlighting a young San Diego asset manager describing her turnaround of a 200,000 square-foot distressed office complex. …

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