A Special Thank You To Our Forecast Sponsors

Bar Sponsors:

A-1 Flood Tech

Allied Universal Security

Crockett Facilities Services

Table Exhibitors:

ABM Industries

Admiral Security

Arc Water Treatment

BrightView Landscape Services

C&C Complete Services

Capital Concierge

CertaPro Painters of Arlington

Clean & Polish Building Solutions

Datawatch Systems, Inc.

Eagle Pest Services


Elevator Control Service (ELCON)

EMI-Executive Maintenance, Inc.

Finley Asphalt & Concrete

Georgia Pacific Professional

Heritage Landscape Services

K17 Security

Kastle Systems

KEVCO Building Services

Kolb Electric


LAZ Parking

Lux Flooring Specialists

Minkoff Company

Oasis Plantscaping

Paul Davis Restoration

Pioneer Building Services

Pritchard Industries

Red Coats

Ruppert Landscape


Securitas USA Security Services

SOLID Surface Care, Inc.

South River Restoration

Superior Mechanical Services

Total Quality Building Services

Unlimited Restoration, Inc.


Newsletter Edition 1, 2018 Print

President's Report

by Miranda Jernigan, CPM®, ARM®

2018 started out very busy at IREM with the roll out of a new logo, tag line, and overall re-branding. Our chapter has already adopted the new logo and we are proud to count ourselves among “Those Who Manage To Make A Difference”.

At our Executive Council meeting in January, officers and committee chairs (and committee members) spent a lot of time brainstorming and discussing our chapter as a whole.  We talked about what works, which initiatives need more support, and what we can do to continue to grow bigger, better, and in a smart way.  Our committee chairs are finalizing their goals for the year and we continue our focus on promoting diversity within the chapter and creating goals that support our initiatives.

Your feedback is one of the most valuable tools we have to shape our growth, and I invite you to share any ideas you might have by emailing me directly at mjernigan@kettler.com. I would love to hear any suggestions on what we could do better--or comments on what we do right--as we embark on a new year of chapter activities.


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Forecast Meeting Wrap Up

by Benjamin Underwood, CPM®

The 2018 Regional Industry Forecast and Tradeshow was held on February 1st at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner. This event provided our members with an opportunity to hear about the economic and demographic trends that are facing our industry and what to expect in the coming year. Jeannette Chapman of the Stephen S. Fuller Institute provided the keynote address and then we heard from a panel of real estate experts moderated by Todd Pearson of the B. F. Saul company which included Noelle Sharbaugh of Greystar Real Estate Services, Brigg Bunker of Foulger-Pratt, and John Sikaitis of JLL. 

After the presentation, members were invited to join over forty of our industry partners for a trade show where they had the opportunity to learn about the latest and greatest within the industry. Everyone enjoyed the networking, and of course the cocktails and delightful refreshments. For reference, Jeannette’s presentation is available here. If you didn’t have a chance to make it, we look forward to seeing you next year.

See all Forecast pictures here.  


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IYP kicked off 2018 with a fun Valentine’s Day event at La Tasca in Arlington on February 13th. Industry partners and members were all welcome to attend! IREM’s Young Professionals committee would like to thank all those who participated! For more information on the IREM Young Professionals committee, please contact IYP Chair Kathryn Hense at khense@monumentrealty.com




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February General Membership Meeting Luncheon

Certified Financial Planner Jason Howell talked about how to leverage your salary, bonus, and basic knowledge into real wealth! He gave simple anecdotes to save money and make your dollars work for you. It was an enjoyable afternoon with delicious food and great networking. New installees were Ashley Dascoli, ARM® and Christopher Houlding, CPM®.


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Diversity Scholar Program

For the 4th year in a row, members of our chapter have been selected for the Diversity Scholar Program which recognizes IREM members from underrepresented groups who have demonstrated leadership skills at the chapter level, have an interest in advancing their leadership skills at the national level, and are committed to advancing their careers using IREM resources. Congratulations Jatonne Trianna of Cushman & Wakefield, and Kenicia Thomas of Washington REIT who have been chosen as two of the Diversity Scholars for 2018! They will serve on the national Diversity Advisory Board and representing Chapter 77 at the Global Summit this fall in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Be sure to congratulate them when seeing them at our next General Membership Meeting!


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Advance To ACoM

The ACoM (ACCREDITED COMMERCIAL MANAGER) certification shows employers and clients that you’re passionate about commercial management, and have the credibility and expertise to back up that passion.

How do you get it?

Earn the ACoM by meeting requirements including education, examination, ethics, and experience. The convenient ACoM Track offers the chance to fulfill the first three of those.

Perfect for:

  • Commercial managers newer to the profession and aspiring to take the next step in their careers, and gain control over their future.

  • Young professionals

  • Professionals of any age ready to put distance between themselves and their competitors


Some commercial managers have a job. Commercial managers who hold the ACoM have a career. IREM stands proudly with, and lends its full strength and support to, every ACoM member as they advance through the profession.


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by Maj-Lene Keech, ARM®, CPM®

Region 3 education is already off to a strong start. The seminars in particular are very successful.

Our Excel seminar was such a draw that we had to add two additional sessions – all of which sold out. In addition, we had a very successful Maintenance for Residential Managers seminar, which had more than 50 attendees, and we are slated to have 40 attendees at the Public Speaking & Professional Presence Seminar. We are currently looking to add Customer Service to the already full seminar schedule for this year.

Check out our Region 3 Education website for our seminar and course offerings and to register here!


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Member Spotlight

by Kasara Williams, CPM®

If you have not had the pleasure of meeting Neil Werner, it’s only a matter of time! This year he is one of our greeters at general membership meetings. He is also on the Education Committee and works with Sharron Howard on course delivery. Additionally, Neil is part of the Next-Gen CPM Leaders program through IREM HQ. As an employee of an AMO firm, he was selected from fellow high performing Cushman & Wakefield employees under 35 to earn a CPM designation in 2 years and receive additional leadership training. He is active in Cushman & Wakefield’s future leader program as well.

Neil was recently promoted to Property Manager and manages 2 office buildings: 4401 N. Fairfax Drive in Arlington and 1421 Prince Street in Alexandria. He started out in residential property management after graduating from Virginia Tech’s property management program. Growing up in Richmond, Neil was exposed to real estate as a career by his father who is a general contractor. His involvement in IREM started early; he was a member of Chapter 38 while in college. Thanks to former chapter president, Charlotte Wilson, Chapter 77 got him back into IREM after he moved to northern Virginia!

Neil lives in Alexandria with his fiancé and dog. When he is not getting ready for his wedding next March in Leesburg, he plays volleyball and follows Hokies football. He is also appreciative of the support he receives from friends and family for all his endeavors and loves Excel, like all property managers!


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Income and Expense Reporting

by Allison Fredericks

Submit Your Property Data for a Free Income/Expense Report.

It’s that time of year. IREM is now accepting contributions for the 2018 Income/Expense Analysis Reports. Submit your property data by April 1st and you’ll be rewarded with a complimentary Income/Expense Analysis Report and a free individual building report for your property.

Why Submit?

The more data we receive, the more precise, accurate, and useful our reports become. Your submissions are crucial in helping IREM craft the most accurate portrait of the real estate industry – providing professionals like you an unparalleled resources for budgeting, benchmarking, and forecasting.

How to Submit

Visit our user-friendly submission site  to submit your data for the following property types:

  • Conventional Apartments
  • Office Buildings
  • Shopping Centers
  • Federally Assisted Apartments
  • Condominiums, Cooperatives, & PUDs

Remember, your property data does not have to be audited and budget data is accepted.

2018 Goals


Submit Your Data Today.


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REME Award Nominations

by Benjamin Underwood, CPM®

IREM is now accepting submissions and nominations for the 2018 Real Estate Management Excellence awards (REME).  The IREM REME Awards highlight the people and companies who are managing to make a difference in our industry, and celebrate real estate management by emphasizing innovative business practices and sharing successful initiatives to foster further advancement, locally, nationally, and globally.

Stand out among your peers - submit for a REME Award today, and: 

Be Recognized: Gain exposure through media outlets, to other companies, and to the public,

Earn An Exclusive Honor: Show your owners, clients, employees, tenants, and residents that you/your company are champions of the real estate management industry;

Raise the Bar: Show the world that innovation and professionalism make a difference.

Corporate: Individual:
  • Employee and leadership development
  • Sustainability programs
  • Corporate and social responsibility
  • Corporate innovation
  • AMO of the year
  • CPM of the year
  • ARM of the year
  • Student of the year
  • Student essay competition
  • Professional achievement

For additional information, or to submit or nominate someone, click here


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In the News

Chapter member Donnie Pereira, CPM®, ARM® was promoted to Regional Property Manager at Kettler. Michelle Priesner, ARM® was promoted to Vice President of Operations at Kettler.

Congratulations to Chapter 77 Secretary/Treasurer Melissa Steele, CPM® who married Rick Bolinsky in Las Vegas on March 3, 2018.



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Job Placement

If you are looking to fill a position, please email incoming job placement guru Michelle Guiterrez (mgutierrez@rappaportco.com) 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 Michelle since we maintain a job seeker database. Any questions? Shoot Michelle an email!


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Call for Volunteers

Volunteers Needed!

Interested in exciting work with your IREM Chapter 77? We are always interested in NEW volunteers! Needs range anywhere from helping with one-time events like the Candidate event to larger committees with regular events, like IYP, Community Action, or Programs.  All are welcome!  If interested, please reach out to Maj-Lene Keech at mkeech@prprem.com.

You can also fill our our volunteer form here or on the left side of our home page, www.irem77.org


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Follow Us


Be sure to follow us and share our pages with your colleagues and other industry professionals!!

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