Newsletter Edition 4, 2017 Print

Incoming President's Message

by Miranda Jernigan, CPM®, ARM®

I am thrilled to have been installed as your 2018 chapter president. Our annual awards dinner in November was such a fun way to recognize leaders past, present, and future as well as commemorate the 25 years of service that Carol Walker has provided to our chapter.  I didn’t get a chance to send in my video for the presentation, but part of the underlying sentiment was that Carol has a special talent for leading volunteers toward the right job, and then stepping back and letting them shine in their roles.  Our volunteers are some of the best I’ve had the pleasure of working with--congratulations to all of our award winners!

As we set our goals for 2018, we hope to continue so many of the initiatives that were started in 2017 as well as move further along in establishing the ReStart program here in Northern Virginia.  I also look forward to supporting IREM’s overall rebranding and the new content that will come with that!

Wishing all of our members a wonderful December and Happy New Year!

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Outgoing President's Message

By Stacy Lautar, CPM®

Although, sadly, this is my last newsletter submission as chapter President, I look forward to my continued involvement in the chapter and service under the great leadership Miranda brings to Chapter 77.

 As my outgoing message, I first would like to thank all of our chapter members and Industry Partners for choosing Chapter 77. Being in the Washington Metropolitan market affords you the option of choosing from a number of IREM chapters, so I want to personally thank you for supporting me in the last year and choosing Chapter 77 as your preferred chapter of choice. Your membership ensures the success of our chapter today and in the future.

Secondly, I’d like to thank my amazing Executive Council for supporting me. Your contributions of time, energy and tireless efforts made me and our chapter successful.  I couldn’t have done it without you! You all rock!

Lastly, and certainly not least, I would like to thank Carol Walker, our Chapter IAE, for her time, support, and guidance over the last year. If you were not in attendance at the November installation of officers meeting, you missed an amazing night as we surprised Carol by honoring her for 25 years of dedicated service.  She works tirelessly behind the scenes and is the glue that keeps this organization together.  Carol has worked with all the past officers, has touched hundreds of lives of our vendors and members in a positive way, and remains committed to the goals and mission of IREM.  In honoring her, we had numerous past Presidents and longtime IREM officers to say a few words about her service. Katherine Shiplett’s speech was particularly hilarious,  and we displayed a slide show of photos of Carol with members over the years and presented her with a gift of our appreciation.

Over the next year I will continue efforts in launching the REStart program with the help of volunteers and Chapter 77 support. We are still calling on volunteers. What are you waiting for?? Be involved in changing someone’s life!

Chapter 77 IREM Association Executive Carol Walker with several past chapter presidents who honored her 25 years of service to the chapter.


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Annual Installation & Awards Dinner

On November 15th the chapter celebrated its annual installation and awards dinner at the Key Bridge Marriott. In addition to installing 2018 President Miranda Jernigan, CPM®, ARM®, and her officers and executive council, the chapter also announced several awards for volunteer service in 2017 (see below). We were also proud to install three new CPM® members, Kettler employees Kelsey Clark, Monica Starr, and Jesika Evans; and three new ARM® members, including DeJuan Gill (Borger), Vivian Smith (CRC), and Jeenea Innis (Gates Hudson).


Jatonne Trianna 
Rookie of the Year

Jennifer Burns
Committee Member
of the Year

Rick Reed, CPM®
Committee Chair
of the Year

Melissa Steele, CPM®
Chapter Ambassador


Ebony Landon, CPM®
Chapter Image Award

Shaniece Sanford
Chapter Star

Stacy Lautar, CPM®
Outgoing President

Peter Fitzgerald, CPM®
20 Year
IREM Anniversary


Miranda Jernigan, CPM®, ARM®
CPM® of the Year
Incoming President 

Region 3 Vice President Toni Harris, CPM® and CPM® and ARM® members

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MEGA Meeting Recap


Nearly 300 Property Managers, Industry Partners, Colleagues and Guests were in attendance for the 6th Annual MEGA Meeting held on Wednesday, October 4th at the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, DC.  This was a fabulous event with a world-class motivational speaker and great networking opportunity among members and guests of our three local metro-area chapters.

In his keynote presentation, "Get Your Shift Together: How to Enjoy the Process", Steve Rizzo presented his Attitude Adjustment Strategies and taught attendees how to shift their way of thinking and laugh while doing it.  Steve reminded attendees that acquiring a healthy state of mind is essential in order to produce quality sales, quality customer service, teamwork, and communication.  Steve showed us how to overcome the everyday pressures that can stifle productivity and creativity in the workplace.  Guests left the keynote with new tools to maximize their success and happiness - both in the office and at home.

Following the keynote presentation, guests enjoyed a networking reception.  A special thank you to the following Industry Partners for sponsoring this event:

  • Allied Universal
  • BrightView
  • Clean & Polish
  • LUX Flooring Specialists
  • USSI

Click here to view all pictures from the event!


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December Holiday Happy Hour

On December 4th the chapter celebrated the holidays with a Happy Hour at Earl’s Tysons Corner. Members and Industry Partners enjoyed the seasonal cocktails and delicious food and the chance to network, while the community action committee collected Toys for Tots and several lucky chapter members won door prizes furnished by the meeting sponsors.

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Community Action

During our Holiday Happy Hour on December 4th many IREM 77 members brought in several unwrapped toys to donate to The Marine Corp Toys for Tots Program. The program helps less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas. Their objective is to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future. This year we collected and donated over 50 unwrapped toys! Thank you to everyone that donated this year!!


The chapter was also pleased to contribute much-needed personal hygiene, household and baby items to Shelter House, a community-based, non-profit organization serving homeless families in Fairfax County, whose mission is to prevent and end homelessness and domestic violence by engaging the community, building effective relationships and providing crisis intervention, safe housing and supportive services.

Every year we sponsor a family for Christmas to help make the season a little more sweeter for those in need.  This year we were able to sponsor two families from the Fairfax County Mental Health Service.  Family 1 consisted of a Mom, Dad, Daughter (9), and Son (6) and Family 2 consisted of a Mom and her two sons (13 and 11).  Each family received the gifts they requested, as well as, $75 gift cards to Walmart.  Both families were very grateful for the gifts.  Thank you to all who donated to the 50/50 throughout the year to help make two families' Christmases great!


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The IREM Young Professionals committee wrapped up the year at The Washington Wizards game on November 7th against the Dallas Mavericks at Capital One Arena.  Although the Wizards didn’t come out with a win, Chapter 77 did with this event! Industry partners and members were able to mingle beforehand at 10 Tavern prior to tip off. IREM’s Young Professionals committee would like to thank all those who participated! We are looking forward to the new year with more fresh and fun events! For more information on the IREM Young Professionals committee, please contact IYP Chair Kathryn Johnston at



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2018 Forecast Event

Don’t miss IREM’s Industry Forecast Meeting for 2018! Hear from real estate experts about the impact the economy will have on your properties and the local market in the coming year. Speakers with expertise in each market segment will share what they know and discuss how YOU should prepare for 2018 and beyond!



 2:00-3:00pm - Registration/Vendor Showcase
 3:00-4:30pm - Forecast Meeting Presentations
 4:30-6:30pm - Industry Trade Show/Cocktail Reception 

         $75.00 Members/Guests
         $150.00 Industry Partners
         *IREM members of Chapters 8 or 92 please register as Guests.

Douglas Duncan
Jeanette Chapman
Deputy Director & Senior Research Associate 
The Stephen S. Fuller Institute
Chad Cooley
Noelle Sharbaugh

Managing Director, Real Esate
Stephen Pugh
Brigg Bunker
Executive Director
John Sikaitis
John Sikaitis
Managing Director

To register, complete the form or register online below. 
Payments or cancellations must be received by 1/22/18.

Register Online Now


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Next Gen Leaders & 30 Under 30

Now Accepting Nominations for Next-Gen CPM® Leaders and 30 Under 30!


IREM® is passionate about engaging and investing in the next generation of industry leaders. IREM’s Next-Gen CPM® Leaders and IREM’s 30 Under 30 are two young professional programs that cater towards young professionals and get them more involved in the real estate management industry and IREM®. These two programs are now accepting nominations for 2018. For more information on each program, read below.

Do you work for an AMO® Firm and have a rock star employee under the age of 35 who you want to invest in? Would this person be a great candidate to earn the CPM designation and get additional leadership training within a condensed 16-18 month timeframe? If yes, you must nominate him/her for IREM® Next-Gen CPM® Leaders!

IREM® Next-Gen CPM® Leaders is a talent management initiative exclusively for AMO® Firms. This initiative fast tracks a class of young professionals through the CPM® program, providing supplemental leadership training at a savings of more than 50% on tuitions and registrations. The program will not only help your firm develop talent, it will create a sense of community and camaraderie among the participants to network and share best practices from around the country. A win-win for your company and your employee!

More details on the eligibility requirements and commitments can be found here on our website.  Nominations for the 2018-2019 Next-Gen CPM® Leaders class are due by February 15, 2018.

The IREM® 30 Under 30 Program highlights 30 members of the next generation of industry leaders who have made significant impacts in their career and community. These individuals have made various contributions to the profession as demonstrated by career success, professional leadership, and community involvement. This program intends to showcase these talented individuals to the industry, which in turn will likely open doors and present new opportunities in their professional careers.

IREM® is now accepting nominations for 30 Under 30 for 2018. Details can be found here on our website. Nominations for IREM’s 30 Under 30 are due by March 1, 2018. 

For more information on the Next-Gen CPM® Leaders and IREM’s 30 Under 30, please contact Career Services at IREM® Headquarters at or 312-329-6001. We look forward to seeing your nominations!


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In the News

Congratulations to Associate Member Kathryn Johnston, on her recent marriage to Jason Hense on November 10th in Leesburg.

Promotions of the following members were recently announced by Kettler Management:

Amy Groff, CPM® to Sr. Vice President of Operations

Miranda Jernigan, CPM®, ARM® and Drew Harbrecht, CPM®, ARM® to Sr. Regional Property Managers. 

Congratulations to all!


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Industry Partner Tips

Household Communication Plan

By Tracy Seymour

Allied Universal Security

Last week, my child was taken via ambulance to the hospital from school. I am thankful that he is okay and I am grateful my family has a written emergency communication plan, which we have practiced in emergency situations to make it a bit less stressful when an actual emergency occurs. 

As an IREM® member, you understand that you have a role to safeguard your office or residential property. When an emergency strikes and you are at work, it will ease your mind to know that you have a personal household communication plan with your loved ones to manage any crisis while you are away. 

There is a great website that makes it easy to complete your personal communication plan, share and save for the unexpected. In an emergency, you might not be able to use your mobile devices and your battery could be drained.  Do you have your child’s school or your pet sitter’s number memorized? Probably not. I love the wallet-sized plan that all my family carries in their wallets and backpacks.

Please keep in mind your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Whether you have children, an elderly person or a pet, how will those be cared for and communicated with in your plan?  Don’t forget to keep in mind any transportation needs, dietary needs, medical needs, prescriptions, disabilities, languages spoken, cultural and religious considerations. 

Be prepared, practice typical emergencies and please fill out a Family Emergency Plan and let Chuck Webber or Tracy Seymour know if you need any assistance.  Be Safe.


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By Richard Reed, CPM®

Region 3 Education 2017 Wrap Up

As part of IREM’s Region 3, our local chapter is geographically very close to the five other chapters that comprise this region (serving the areas of Baltimore, Central Maryland, Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, Richmond, and Hampton Roads). Rather than potentially conflicting with the programming of other chapters, Chapter 77’s Reggie Mullins and a few other members in the region formed the Region 3 Education Committee in the 1990s to leverage our shared resources. Any profit earned is returned to the chapters to support their programs.  In addition to her duties as our chapter’s IAE, Carol Walker has served as RE3’s staff resource since the Committee’s formation. Under her consistent presence (many years of gently “herding cats”), RE3 has grown to be a model that other IREM® chapters envy!

For 2017, RE3 continued its goal to expand the educational offerings beyond the courses needed for IREM® designations to include Professional Seminars that provide development opportunities for property managers, brokers, engineers, and our vendors. Many thanks to the 2017 RE3 volunteers who hosted 16 designation courses, 5 designation exams, 10 professional seminars and 12 private offerings for management companies (a huge shout out to Kevin McHale, Heena Feeney, and Sharron Howard for their work representing Chapter 77 on the Committee). Kudos also to ABM Industries for serving as RE3’s annual sponsor and to the many industry partners throughout the region who provided food and beverage service for individual meetings. 

Final numbers are being tallied, but I am happy to report that RE3’s return to the chapters for 2017 is looking generous.

On a personal note, it has been a rewarding experience serving as the RE3 Chair for 2017 and I once again offer my appreciation for the volunteers who made this such a successful year.

Check out IREM's website here for course information!


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Job Placement

If you are looking to fill a position, please email incoming job placement guru Michelle Gutierrez ( the job description, location, and specify where applicants should send their resume. If you are looking for a new position, please check the Career Center for opportunities. You can also email your resume to Timeeca since we maintain a job seeker database. Any questions? Shoot Michelle an email!


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Call for Volunteers

It’s hard to believe, but we are getting ready to start thinking of next year. If you have been wanting to volunteer, now is your chance. Please send an email to Stacy Lautar – and let her know what you are interested in assisting with. You can also fill our our volunteer form on the left side of our home page, or just click on the picture to the left! 


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