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Happy New Year! We ended our year on a very high note and are proud to do a little bragging on some of our awesome members. Congratulations to Janae Nezerka from CertaPro Painters of Johnson County for being named Industry Partner of the Year; Gail Tieman from Kessinger/Hunter for being named Candidate of the Year; and our very own 2016 IREM KC President, Vicki O’Malley for being named CPM of the Year!
The new 2017 board members were also sworn in. We are thrilled to welcome Kelly Barton from CBRE as our 2017 IREM KC President!
And we are honored to congratulate IREM Kansas City Certified Property Manager, Lenora Carpenter on being announced the new President of Block Multifamily Group!
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
Last week we rolled out the new look for our website. The site address will remain the same; however, the website will include two major changes:
1. Logging on will be required before registering for any IREM KC event. Your login user name is your email. If you do not have a password or can’t remember yours, please click on “lost your password” and a new password link will be sent to your email account.
2. All payments will now be made through PayPal. You will need to set up a PayPal account using your company credit card and email, if you do not have one set up already. Paying for events going forward will be faster and will not require you to type in your credit card each time.
A reminder for anyone who has buildings over 100,000 SF in Kansas City MO, the City is requiring our compliance with the Energy Ordinance by May 2017.
There appears to be a fair amount of set up on the front-end to get the buildings set-up.
See more information here: http://kcmo.gov/kcgreen/benchmarking/compliance/
A letter from Vicki O’Malley, 2016 President of IREM Kansas City.
IREM Members and Industry Partners:
We are half-way through 2016 – where has the time gone? It seems like yesterday we were celebrating Christmas and the New Year. What about your New Year’s resolutions? Did you make any? Have you kept them? If not, it is not too late to pull them out and see how you can turnaround the second half of 2016.
If a resolution included networking more – IREM luncheons are a great way to network with your peers. The resources around a table each month are staggering. I’m not too proud to ask a peer a question that I am not that familiar with. In fact, I did just that this month when I asked a fellow member about the LEED certification process and her experience. Does it make me a lesser manager? I don’t think it does. As a property manager, we need to know a lot about many topics. I cannot be an expert in all but I do know when to reach out for assistance. I am also glad to offer assistance to anyone with a question. Not only are our peers a resource, so are our Industry Partners. I value a partner that I can call for advice on a particular problem or seek a second opinion. In my opinion, that is what being an IREM partner is – a resource and hopefully an integral part of my team.
Perhaps you vowed to take a class to move toward your CPM and/or ARM designation. IREM offers courses both online and in classroom settings. Kansas City hosted a few this year, however you can sign up anytime and take them online.
Maybe you wanted to get more involved. IREM professionals are forward thinkers who want to leave their mark on the world and care about the profession of real estate management. IREM Kansas City has many opportunities to volunteer. What about a mentor to a new manager on their path to their designation or what about serving on the IREM Board? There are also several committees looking for volunteers from the golf committee to the social committee. It is far too easy to sit back and let everyone do the work and enjoy the fruits of their labor. As I said during my inaugural speech, you get out of IREM what you put in. What are YOU putting in?
The second half of 2016 is busy. It started off with the golf tournament in June which was a huge success and wouldn’t be what it is today without all the hard work of our volunteers each and every year. Learn about Kansas City history on the trolley tour and networking event in August. In October, the Board heads to the National Conference in San Diego. We are so proud of Mike Lanning who will be inaugurated as the IREM National President and we will get to celebrate in his success and the success of the Kansas City Chapter. November will hear from industry experts on the state of real estate in Kansas City, and December we will inaugurate IREMKC’s new 2017 President and the Christmas party.
Again, it is not too late to turn around the year and your resolutions.
This year’s golf tournament was another great success! We had a lot of fun, raffled off some great prizes, and raised money for an important local organization — The Children’s Place. Thank you again to our volunteers, sponsors and participants! Below are the highlights from this year’s action…
Closest to the Pin: Phil Peck
Women’s Long Drive: Gail Tiemann
Men’s Long Drive: Matt Foland
Longest Putt: Pierce Penner
1st Place – Score: 56
- Dominic Petit
- Joedy Petit Jr
- Landon Sexton
- Joedy Petit
2nd Place – Score: 57
- Jeff Leeper
- Scott Kingsley
- Kelly Hopkins
- Blake Strother
3rd Place – Score: 57
- Steve DeRouse
- Warren Brown
- Tom Demesko
- Dave Kraemer
1st Place – Score: 62
- John Combs
- Kelsey Moore
- Bruce Jackson
- Stan Chandler
2nd Place – Score: 62
- Brenden Mick
- Joe Grey
- Rob Carroll
- Don Toburen
3rd Place – Score: 63
- Matt Smith
- Brandon Kane
- Michael Patterson
1st Place – Score: 68
- Todd Pike
- Jeremy Boyer
- Jason Green
2nd Place – Score: 68
- Bart Danler
- Scott McConnell
- Wayne Diezman
- Jeff Clark
3rd Place – Score: 69
- Lee Whitman
- Dave Walter
- John Makuch
- Dave Lovetere
Welcome to the IREM KC blog! We’ll be utilizing this page to inform you of various news going on at IREM and around our city. If you have anything news-worthy that you’d like us to share, please shoot us an email from the contact page. We’d love to hear from you.