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

August 7 Vote No on Question 1


IREM KC would like to make our members aware of a proposed ordinance that will be on the Special Election Ballot on August 7. Referred to as Question 1, this ordinance will enact a rental licensing program to be overseen by the Kansas City Health Department.

IREM KC is working in conjunction with Heartland Apartment Association to encourage voters to vote against this ordinance for the following reasons: 
  • KCMO already has a substantial affordable housing problem. The costs of this program (the extent of which are currently unknown) will be passed along to the tenants, increasing monthly rents and making housing even less affordable for many.
  • The passage of Question 1, left unchecked, will allow government officials to enter and inspect rental property without a warrant — this is a violation of the 4th Amendment and denies “due process” and “equal protection” under the 14th Amendment. Under the Constitution, renters possess the same rights to privacy as homeowners, and with respect to taxpayer supported health and safety minimum standards, in this instance homeowners are held to a lower standard than rental property owners.
  • Renters currently have the ability to request inspections of rental properties by the KCMO health department and codes department inspectors — additional expense and unenforceable regulation changes nothing, and only serves to discourage re-investment in KC’s aging housing stock.
  • KCMO already has substantial health, safety and property maintenance codes on the books to address the concerns that this ordinance claims to resolve. Kansas City officials simply choose not to enforce existing laws against non-compliant landlords, because accountable enforcement could ultimately cause  the City to assume responsibility for numerous derelict properties, as well as for identifying alternative housing for a significant number of displaced residents. 

A synopsis of this ordinance is as follows:

  1. A fee of $20 per rental unit is due at the time of submission for a permit.
  2. A unit may not be offered if the fee is not paid.
  3. It is a complaint based system. If someone calls to complain, the city can come and inspect.
  4. If they find a violation, a $150 per unit re-inspection fee will be assessed.
  5. The fees can increase at the will of the Health Department in line with CPI indexing.
  6. If a permit lapses, there is a $300 reinstatement fee per unit.  
  7. The health department is given full authority to formulate the rules and regulations regarding implementation of the ordinance.  
  8. If a complaint is made, inspection must be granted. A complaint can be made by anyone on anyone, and the affected unit would receive a five day notice of said inspection.
  9. The Director of Health will also establish rules for random inspections of the permitted units, and will also establish rules for random inspection of properties where there are offenses.  
  10. We all must comply with the inspections if scheduled.

*If you have questions about Question 1 or want to learn more, please contact Sam Alpert with Heartland Apartment Association at 816-561-9958. 

GUEST POST from MidAmerica Metals

Take the Guesswork out of Your Facility Maintenance Budget

buget-featureMaintenance plays a crucial role in your annual facilities budgeting process.

Anticipating maintenance expenses for the coming year helps to manage your costs and implement an effective preventive maintenance plan.

There are several additional benefits of good operating budget planning that includes preventive maintenance:

  • Aligns maintenance activity with your organizational mission
  • Shapes your facility’s annual financial outlook and the role of maintenance in that outlook
  • Encourages an in-depth look at facilities to identify areas of greatest need
  • May coincide with an equipment assessment to maintain up-to-date capabilities
  • Helps to identify cost-cutting opportunities
  • Can include a personnel review to ensure that you’re working with the best professionals to provide the maintenance you need

Maintenance budgeting involves planning for routine care, determining upcoming capital expenses and examining the life cycle of your most costly assets.

It’s also a good idea to put a contingency fund in place so you’re prepared to deal with the unexpected, and reassess your budget throughout the year in response to changing circumstances.

In addition, your maintenance service providers can provide insights to guide the budgeting process and manage day-to-day implementation of your maintenance plan.

A good place to start is to talk with service providers about including expected maintenance costs in your operating and capital budgets.


Operating expenses are used for day-to-day upkeep, but forecasting annual maintenance costs can be a tricky endeavor.

A trusted service provider should be willing to sit down and help you assemble a proposed budget and can often provide accurate estimates based on their past experience with other properties that have similar conditions.

This helps you to anticipate wear and tear on your building and estimate the corresponding maintenance that will be required to enhance the safety, functionality and aesthetic appeal of your facility for customers and employees alike.

Many factors go into projecting your operating maintenance needs:

  • General use of the space
  • Estimated foot traffic
  • Environmental conditions
  • Types of finishes used on assets


Capital expenses, on the other hand, are funds specifically set aside to purchase, upgrade or extend the life of physical assets like equipment, vehicles, and properties.

Large renovation projects or project undertaken to extend the useful life of a building would fall under this category.

Emergency repairs can often not be predicted, which is where a contingency fund can help.

However, other large projects are easier to tackle when they are planned and budgeted for ahead of time. This helps you to select the right service provider for each part of the process and get the most value for the money you spend on the project.


When you’re working on your annual budgeting process, reach out to your trusted service providers for an accurate estimate of expenses so you can be prepared for the year ahead.

As you transition from one fiscal year to another, a trusted service provider can also help you make the most of your remaining budget.

Flexible scheduling and invoicing programs are critical components to many operating and capital projects, and a reputable service provider will be happy to provide a set of options to suit your needs.

Are you looking for guidance on maintenance budgeting for the coming year?

Contact us at Mid America Metals. We’ll assess your needs and help you invest in the right services to keep your facility in excellent condition for years to come.

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New Board Member Vote

On behalf of your 2017 officers, I am pleased to announce the annual vote of Membership for a new Executive Board Member will be Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Milburn Country Club, Overland Park, Kansas at 11:30 a.m..
Key items you will be asked to consider and vote on at the meeting are:
(1) Election of the Board:
Routine business item includes approval of the new IREM Kansas City Executive Board Member. Prior to the meeting a Consent Agenda will be posted online.
(2) Notice Period Consent Agenda:
A request for a one time waiver of 30 days written notice and instead substituting 10 days written notice via electronic communications.
Current members whose dues are paid in full are eligible to vote at the meeting.
If you will not be in attendance at the meeting, please notify me by return e-mail so I can note your absence as “excused” on the sign-in sheet.
We are looking forward to seeing you on September 21.


Kelly Barton, CPM
IREM KC 2017 President
Ryan Huffman, CPM
IREM KC 2018 President

Who You Going To Call

January’s “Who You Going To Call” Sponsor is BluSky Restoration Contractors.


BluSky Restoration Contractors has been providing commercial damage restoration, renovation, environmental and roofing services nationally since 2004.  We have 10 offices throughout the US and have performed work in 40 of the 50 states in the past 5 years.  We strive for excellence in all phases of our work including; planning, budgeting, communication, documentation, experience, technical competence, training, and overall management of a project.  We have proven ourselves on all sizes of projects from small mitigation to multimillion dollar renovations.

Site stability and safety, shoring, testing and temporary board up; these are just a few of the tasks we specialize in when it comes to restoring your property. Damage restoration needs can arise from many types of disasters. From water to smoke to mold to asbestos, we can clean it up and put things back to normal.

When disaster strikes, a timely response is important, but pre-planning is even better. BluSky’s First Aid Disaster Response Plan provides immediate assistance to your company’s personnel and property following any type of damage. At BluSky, we understand the unique requirements of national catastrophe mobilization. By establishing a working partnership prior to a significant property loss, you will recover faster and minimize your business losses. The First Aid Disaster Response Plan is an integral part of your total disaster preparedness plan and provides unparalleled protection to your ownership group in the event of a disaster. With First Aid, our goals are aligned—return your property and your life back to normal as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

Since 2004, we’ve supported our claim of superior customer service by maintaining our 96 Proof philosophy—96% of our clients say “I would hire BluSky again”.

People on the Move

2017-01-05_0001Happy 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!

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The new 2017 board members were also sworn in. We are thrilled to welcome Kelly Barton from CBRE as our 2017 IREM KC President!

lenora-2014-headshotAnd we are honored to congratulate IREM Kansas City Certified Property Manager, Lenora Carpenter on being announced the new President of Block Multifamily Group!