Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Advancing Your Career with the ARM Certification

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Advancing Your Career with the ARM Certification

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AN INTERVIEW WITH DUANE KOMINE, ARM, REME AWARD WINNER FOR ARM OF THE YEAR

HOW HAS ACHIEVING THE ARM CERTIFICATION HELPED YOUR CAREER?

Komine, ARM: The ARM certification has advanced my career by providing me with the education and tools needed to be a successful manager. Property management is a perpetually changing industry. Boards rely on managers to maintain high standards and adapt to new technologies. As an ARM, I have access to IREM's vast resources and employers recognize they can depend on me.

HAS THE ARM MADE YOUR CAREER MORE PROFITABLE?

Komine, ARM: Employers are confident I have the necessary skills and knowledge to manage high-end high rises, which is due-not only to years of experience-but by having the ARM certification. In return, I am able to negotiate a salary reflective of the time and effort I have invested in being an ARM and a member of IREM.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE UP-AND-COMING PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE CONSIDERING APPLYING FOR AN ARM?

Komine, ARM: I would advise professionals intending to pursue a career in property management to obtain their ARM certification as soon as possible to give them more employment opportunities. Candidates should also consider shadowing an experienced manager and finding a mentor to assist them as they begin their careers.

HOW HAS IREM PLAYED A ROLE IN YOUR CAREER AND PERSONAL LIFE?

Duane Komine, ARM: IREM has played a huge role in my career and personal life for the past 28 years. First, I have served on the Hawaii Chapter's Executive Committee and the IREM Executive Board, which has enabled me to build relationships with peers, vendors, and community leaders. …

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