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Volunteer Opportunities

  • Bridging The Gap offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals, groups, families and students. Whether you have just a couple of hours or want to make an ongoing commitment, you can help protect our planet for generations to come.   You can review the list of current volunteer opportunities by clicking here.
    • URGENT NEED for APRIL 27, 9:00-Noon. Learn more here.
  • Join IREM KC and BE THE CHANGE by helping volunteer with VETERANS COMMUNITY PROJECT. Through contributions and partnerships, VCP is creating Veterans Village — a community of transitional tiny-homes and onsite services to provide housing stability and address the underlying cause of the Veteran’s homelessness. IREM Members & IPs can sign up to work on the site between June 5-7. You can SIGN UP HERE and get all of the DETAILS HERE. 

Fearless Negotiating


We’ve hired Mary A. Redmond, the Fearless Negotiator, to present at the May lunch. Mary is a motivator, coach and mentor. With over 20 years of experience, Mary has negotiated on behalf of the world’s largest financial institutions including GE Capital, Orix Financial, Mellon Bank and Wells Fargo. She shares her tips, processes and stories from the negotiation trenches as a professional speaker and boasts several achievements:

  • Member of the Year: National Speakers Association, Kansas City Chapter
  • Past President: National Speakers Association, Kansas City Chapter
  • Women Who Mean Business Award: Kansas City Business Journal and Kauffman  Foundation.
  • Global Ties KC, Board Member, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to improve global understanding through exchange programs between international leaders and their American counterparts.

Mary transforms the way many people negotiate in their daily life with co-workers, friends, and family with her signature negotiation mantra “If You Don’t Ask You Won’t Get.”


Body Language: I Don’t See What You’re Saying

The subtle and not-so-subtle differences in how men and women negotiate can make or break your next communication. People approach others at work, play or at home differently because of their gender, culture, customs, and socialization.

No matter how much we try to control body language, it leaks out and gives away our inner thoughts and feelings. When you accurately read body language, you’ll be more successful in business or personal exchanges.  

For business professionals, the question is how to maximize your ability to read what others are thinking and react appropriately to both their words and their actions no matter what their gender.

Powerful procedures to improve body language interpretation.  

    • How to make minor adjustments in your body language to improve relationships.
    • Discover Eyes Lie, Feet don’t
    • Movement that Sends Red Flags
    • Clusters Clarify and Confirm
    • When silence pays Gold Dividends.  
    • Where to Sit to Assume Power or Disappear
    • How to show you are in charge and “Own the Room”






KC Mayoral Forum


KCMO Mayoral Candidates met for a forum on Thursday, February 28 to answer questions regarding their stance on commercial real estate issues. IREM KC was one of the main sponsors for this event.

Overall, the candidates did not have any major contrasting views or changes for the KC commercial real estate future.

All of the candidates appeared to support the idea of taking the Energy Empowerment Ordinance further to regulations that would require building owners to reduce a building’s carbon footprint. The Energy Empowerment Ordinance was put in to place by Mayor Sly James in 2015. The Ordinance objective is to improve the city’s management of resources by requiring owners of large buildings to benchmark and report their energy and water use. The goal is to help businesses and residents to save money on their utility bills and create local jobs in energy efficiency. This is an ordinance that a majority of property managers are against as it would mean more overall costs by building owners.

None of the candidates support the ballot measure coming out that would limit the city tax incentives to 50%, which is a positive for property managers.

Eleven candidates, including six current city council members, are in the race to replace Kansas City Mayor Sly James when he leaves office this year.

2019 Mayoral Candidates

Alissia Canady: Canady is a first-term Kansas City Councilwoman, representing the 5th district in the south and east parts of the city. She is currently a private attorney. Previously, she was an assistant prosecuting attorney for Jackson County. Canady is running on an initiative to promote equitable economic development in all parts of Kansas City and increasing funding for mental health programs.

Clay Chastain: Chastain’s name may be familiar to voters. He’s been behind several failed light rail initiatives and has run for mayor at least four times. While Chastain keeps a permanent residence in Bedford, Virginia, he is registered to vote at an address on Wyoming Street in Kansas City.

Phil Glynn: Glynn owns a small business in Kansas City’s Crossroads District that finances and supports housing and development projects in American Indian communities. Glynn was previously a member of Kansas City’s TIF commission, which awards incentives to developers, but he was removed after he voted against a plan to approve incentives to build the BNIM headquarters in the Crossroads.

Jolie Justus: Justus is in her first term on the city council, representing the Fourth District. She has also served eight years as a Missouri state senator and is director of pro bono services at the Shook, Hardy & Bacon law firm. Justus initially entered the race last year but withdrew after Jason Kander announced he was running in June. After Kander’s surprise withdrawal in early October, Justus re-entered the race, admitting in a news release that she was disappointed to have suspended her original campaign but believed it was “best for Kansas City.” Since Kander’s exit, she said, “After talking it through at length with my wife, I’ve decided that I can best serve Kansas City as its next mayor.”

Henry Klein: This is Henry Klein’s third run for mayor. He last ran in 2011, but didn’t make it to the general election. On a Go-Fund-Me page, Klein says he won’t ask for donations from special interests groups “knowing full well they expect something in return.”

Vincent Lee: Lee lost to incumbent mayor Sly James in 2015’s general election. Back then, Lee described his top priorities as bringing union contracts back to Kansas City, improving access to health care for low-income residents and improving public education in the city.

Quinton Lucas: Lucas is in his first term on the city council, representing the Third District in the east part of the city. He is currently a private attorney and teaches at the University of Kansas School of Law. In 2016, he sponsored an ordinance that caps tax incentives for developers, with exemptions for distressed areas determined by the city. He has also been behind efforts to motivate developers to build more affordable housing.

Steve Miller: Miller is an attorney in Kansas City. He previously served as chairman of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, where he oversaw billions of dollars in infrastructure projects, even as the Missouri Department of Transportation saw significant budget cuts. According to his website, Miller is focused on improving the city’s infrastructure, including the streetcar expansion.

Jermaine Reed: Reed is in his second term on the Kansas City Council, representing the city’s 3rd District. First elected in 2011, he became the youngest person to serve on the council. Reed also serves on the board for the National League of Cities. He’s spent much of his time on the council advocating for Kansas City’s historic 18th and Vine District, where he lives. He also pushed a measure to ban employers from asking about criminal history on job applications.

Scott Taylor: Taylor is in his second term on the Kansas City Council, representing the 6th district in south Kansas City. He’s a private attorney. Last year, Taylor introduced a “Revive the East Side” campaign aimed at increasing jobs and economic development in neglected parts of the city. He was a vocal opponent of Edgemoor, the developer selected to build the new terminal at KCI; Taylor supported Burns and McDonnell for the project.

Scott Wagner: Wagner is currently Kansas City’s Mayor Pro Tem. He is serving a second term on the city council, representing the 1st district in the Northland. He is a small business owner with a background in marketing and public relations. Over the last year, Wagner has worked to implement a rental inspection program to help renters who live in unsanitary or unsafe conditions. That issue became the subject of a citizen initiative petition after it failed to advance in council. He has also taken a role in the city’s effort to exert greater oversight of the troubled American Jazz Museum.


Be The Change: Uniform Drive

cpa.jpgThe students of Crossroads Preparatory Academy Charter School need your help. Many of the students can only afford one uniform and their home doesn’t have a washing machine or the student is homeless without anywhere to wash the uniform. Teachers are Fabreezing uniforms to help children not be embarrassed by wearing unwashed clothing. You can BE THE CHANGE in these students’ lives by supplying extra uniforms for the school to give to those in need. We are encouraging companies to hold a Uniform Drive with collection boxes. Please see the documents below for details on uniform specifics. If your company would like boxes provided with photos of the items for your official Uniform Drive, please contact PLEASE BRING ALL ITEMS THURSDAY, MARCH 21 to our monthly lunch at Milburn Country Club or request a pick-up from your office by emailing us at THANK YOU in advance for making a difference in our community!

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Member Highlight


This year’s IREM KC theme is “Be The Change,” and we love hearing stories of how our members are doing just that and making a difference! At January’s lunch, Lenora Carpenter, CPM, Managing Director of Cohen-Esrey, shared a new group that she has put together called “Layers of Love.” Lenora, along with friends and family, makes fleece lap blankets for residents at memory care facilities and nursing homes. Lenora started this project after seeing a need when visiting her mother in care: “My mother has been in memory care for 4+ years and I see many of the residents in wheelchairs or sitting around and they are cold.  It has been tugging on my heart to do something like this so now is the time!” Lenora’s goal is to make 80 lap blankets. She has put together 40 thus far and will deliver them to a nursing home on February 19. If you’d like to help Lenora with her project, you can donate money or fleece material. Lenora can be contacted at

IREM KC Member Lee Whitman, CPM, with MC Realty Group was our monthly member drawing winner at the January Lunch. Lee admired what Lenora is doing and donated his $50 prize to her for blanket supplies.

THANK YOU Lenora and Lee for BEING A CHANGE! Opportunities are all around us to make a positive difference in this world! If you have a story to share, please email us at

IMG_6692.jpgLee Whitman, CPM, MC Realty and Lenora Carpenter, CPM, Cohen-Esrey at the January IREM KC Lunch Event. 





Education Scholarship Available

scholarships available

We are offering three $1000 scholarships to be used toward IREM education courses. We want to make it a little easier to achieve your CPM or ARM accreditation, which can accelerate your career! Download the application below. Deadline to submit the application is FEBRUARY 11. 

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MAY 13-17: Asset Management Track (ASM) 603, 604 & 605
OCTOBER 15-16: MNT 402

Annual Vote of Membership

In accordance with our chapter bylaws, I am pleased to announce the annual vote of membership for a new executive board member will be on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Milburn Country Club at 8:00am during our September breakfast meeting. The 2019 Board will take their oath of office and assume their duties at our December luncheon. On behalf of the 2018 board, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your participation this year, and we look forward to serving all of you in 2019.

Current members whose dues are paid in full are eligible to vote at the meeting.

The 2019 board is as follows:

Pam McKechnie – President

Monica Miller – VP / Treasurer

Kim Cronan – Education

Matt Pepper – Legislative

Deanna Jefferson – Programs

Melinda Sissel – Membership

Skip Rosenstock – PR / Golf

Ryan Huffman – Past President