Letter from our 2016 President

As 2016 comes to an end, I want to take a moment to thank everyone that is a part of the IREM community for our success.

We held some very informative luncheons with speakers that ran the gamut from KCMO’s City Manager, Troy Schulte to Dr. Tony Nash to Jill McCarty from KCADC. We cannot forget the annual IREM Forecast luncheon in November filling 28 Event Space as real estate professionals gathered to hear leading industry professionals’ predictions for 2017. 2016 will come to an end back at 28 Event Space as we swear in the new board; recognize the Children’s Place our charitable recipient; and, participate in some fun with the annual Holiday Raffle.
In 2016, Kansas City was proud to participate in the inaugural events as Mike Lanning was sworn in as the 2017 IREM President. A bonus was being on hand as Brad Ashley was recognized for his contributions to IREM and a recipient of the Professional Achievement Award. IREMKC’s participation at the National level is significant. In addition to Mike’s involvement, Anne Lemon, Brad Ashley, Lee Whitman and Ryan Huffman are involved in some capacity on the National level. To have that many IREM members from one chapter and especially given the size of Kansas City is pretty spectacular and we should all be proud of their commitment and dedication to our profession.

I cannot end the year without recognizing some pretty important people to me. To start off, the IREMKC 2016 Board — the hours spent making our organization topnotch and ensuring each event goes off without a hitch and chairing your specific committee; thank you. To the committee members assisting the Chair, true success comes from you and your unselfish time you gave to IREM; thank you. To every member and industry partner, your participation and involvement is most appreciated from monthly luncheons to the IREM Golf Tournament to Happy Hours. Again, without you we wouldn’t be an organization. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for your friendship and partnership. Finally, there is one person that holds us all together and that is Andie Albers, IREM Kansas City’s Association Executive. Without you, we would all be lost. THANK YOU for all that you do in keeping us on task and elevating our organization to that next step with your marketing skills.

As a reminder, 2017 Invoices to Members have been sent. Included in the billing is the IREM National dues, Kansas City dues, luncheon costs (if you would like to prepay), as well as if you would like to contribute to the IREM foundation. If you haven’t received yours, please contact Andie and she can assist. Industry Partners, the link is open on the IREMKC website to register for 2017. You have until January 15th to register before it closes and we look to those vendors on the waiting list.

I am looking forward to celebrating with everyone at the December Holiday luncheon. Don’t forget to register. Thank you and I hope you are able to enjoy this special time of year.

Vicki O’Malley, CPM
2016 IREM KC President