Newsletter Edition 4, December 2019 Print

Outgoing President's Message

by Kasara Smith, CPM®

I am deeply honored and grateful to have been given the opportunity to lead the chapter this year. Our chapter continues to shine with our dedicated volunteers and innovative ideas. I am proud to say we don’t rest on our laurels and instead strive to do more. The REstart program was an example of this dedication this year.

Congratulations to our incoming President, Melissa Steele, CPM®! She has provided our chapter with her insight and thoughtfulness for several years. I am excited to see what else our chapter will accomplish under her leadership!


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Incoming President's Message

by Melissa Steele, CPM®

I hope everyone had as much fun at the November Installation Dinner as I did! I am very excited to serve as your 2020 chapter president and so proud to have an amazing group of friends and leaders on the Executive Council by my side. Congratulations to our amazing group of volunteers who were recognized as our chapter award winners. It’s clear that we have an incredibly engaged group of volunteers in our chapter. If you haven’t had the chance to join a committee or attend our IYP and Community Outreach events, I hope you will in 2020.

We are looking forward to some new and exciting programs that are planned for 2020, beginning with the Industry Forecast Meeting and Trade Show on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner. 

Wishing you all a Happy Holiday season!


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Annual Installation & Awards Dinner

IREM Northern Virginia certainly had a lot to celebrate at our Annual Installation & Awards Dinner on November 13th at the Key Bride Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. Congratulations to all who were recognized on this special evening and thank you members, guests, and Industry Partners who helped make this event so successful! 

Congratulations to our 2019 Award Winners:

(Pictured from left to right)

Committee Member of the Year - April Merrill

Chapter Star - Ebony Landon, CPM®

Rookie of the Year - Brett Voeltz®

Committee Chair of the Year - Stacy Lautar, CPM®

Chapter Ambassador - Michelle Gutierrez, CPM®

ARM of the Year - Kelsey Clark, CPM, ARM®

CPM of the Year - Melissa Steele, CPM®

Industry Partner of the Year - Red Coats, Inc. (not pictured)

Congratulations to our 2019 Anniversary Recipients:

(Pictured from left to right)

Ebony Landon, CPM® - 10 years

Ouzana Morgan, CPM® - 15 years

Terry Pike, CPM®, ARM®  - 15 years

Benjamin Comm, CPM® - 25 years

Robin Keller, CPM®  - 25 years

Margaret P. Bessette, CPM® - 35 years

Regina Mullins, CPM® - 35 years

Vickie Whitaker (not pictured) - 10 years

Congratulations to our 2020 Executive Council:

(Pictured from left to right)

President - Melissa Steele, CPM®

Secretary/Treasurer - Rick Reed, CPM®

Vice President - Ebony Landon, CPM®

Assistant Secretary - Neil Werner, CPM®

ARM® Chair - Karen Trueman, CPM®, ARM®

Immediate Past President - Kasara Smith, CPM®

Director At Large - Shaniece Sanford, CPM®

Director At Large - Benjamin Underwood, CPM®

Assistant Treasurer: Donnie Pereira, CPM®, ARM®

Director At Large - Stacy Lautar, CPM®

Director At Large (not pictured)- Miranda Jernigan, CPM®, ARM®

Director At Large (not pictured)- Maj-Lene Keech, CPM®, ARM®

Congratulations CPM® and ACoM® Installees:

Valecia Suser, CPM® - Legend Management, Tod Tanis, ACoM® - Greystar Management, Brad Harrison, ACoM® - Greystar Management

Congratulations ARM® Installees:

(Listed alphabetically) Heidi Amaya, ARM® - Kettler, Shanna Brewer, ARM® - Legend Management Group, Albairis Farquhar, ARM® - AHC Management, Kia Kelly, ARM® - Horning Brothers, Larissa Laiti, ARM® - Kettler Management, Vijil Mavronas, ARM® - Legend Management Group, Jessica Mayo, ARM® - Kettler Management, Juan Pablo Rodriguez, ARM® - Van Metre Companies, Benjamin Smith, ARM® - Kettler Management, Sydney Strosser, ARM® - Legend Management Group

See all of the pictures from the November Meeting here


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Community Action

By Jatonne Perrow

Community Action has quite Been busy over the last quarter doing many great things in our area!

Community Action and IYP Committees held their fall combined event on October 30th. Working with Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation once again, they took 10 dogs on a “Dogventure”, enjoying the scenic view of East Falls Church park. After the walk with the dogs, IYP had a wonderful happy hour at Dogfish Head Alehouse watching the Nationals game!


On November 22, we volunteered at Food for Others. This was a great time of year to volunteer as they were slammed with so many donations! IREM volunteers helped by sorting food, breaking down boxes, and disposing of any expired food. This was such a rewarding experience!


Thank you for everyone’s donations to 50/50 this year. With all of your help, we were able to adopt two families from the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. We were also able to donate to all of the shelters we volunteered at this year, including The Patrick Henry Shelter House, Food for Others, Women Giving Back, Lost Dog & Cat Foundation and Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court (Adopt a Family)! These charities will have a nice holiday gift from IREM Norther Virginia Chapter.

We received several donations from the Toys for Tots drive this year during our Holiday Happy Hour. We made lots of children happy! Thank you everyone who donated. Happy holidays!



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December Holiday Happy Hour

On December 2, we kicked off the holiday season at Seasons 52 in Tysons Corner where we raised a glass of holiday cheer and had heavy appetizers while we mingled with our peers. Thank you to everyone who brought a donation for Toys for Tots!

See all of pictures from the Happy Hour here


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2020 Committee Chairs

The nominating committee is pleased to announce that all positions in the chapter’s committee leadership have been filled. To see the full listing of the committee chairs, co-chairs and members, click here


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Annual Forecast Meeting & Tradeshow

2020 IREM® Industry Forecast & Trade Show

Don’t miss IREM’s Industry Forecast Meeting for 2020! 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 2020 and beyond!


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

$75.00 Members/Guests
$150.00 Industry Partners


Register Here!


Douglas Duncan

Jeannette Chapman
Deputy Director & Senior Research Associate
The Stephen S. Fuller Institute

Noelle Sharbaugh

Managing Director
Stephen Pugh
Scott Homa
Senior Vice President 

Bobby Rassuli
Senior Vice President – Investments
First Washington Realty

Dustin Read
Assistant Director for the Program in Real Estate
Associate Professor, William and Mary Alice Park Junior Faculty Fellow
Virginia Tech

Click here for more information.


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2020 Meeting Dates

February 2020 General Membership Meeting

February 12, 2020
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Ruth Chris Steakhouse
2231 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202

March 2020 General Membership Meeting

March 18, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Wildfire Restaurant, Tysons Galleria
2001 International Dr
Mclean, VA 22102

Stay tuned to our Meeting Page for the updates and to view the complete schedule. 


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Region 3 Education

The Region 3 Education Committee wrapped up the year with its annual transition meeting, where 2019 volunteers turned over their roles to their 2020 counterparts from the participating chapters. 2019 was a very good year for RE3 Education, returning a record profit to the chapters based primarily on the huge success of its executive skill set of professional seminars and its large number of private, corporate offerings.

Region 3 Education is unique in IREM® because of the highly collaborative planning and execution of credentialing courses and professional seminars. Rather than competing against other local chapters for students, RE3 Ed combines volunteers from five of the region’s chapters, who work together to plan a comprehensive calendar. RE3 Ed runs autonomously from the chapters, with its own staff, its own bank account and its own set of leaders and governing documents. The overwhelming success of the committee can be tied directly to the hard work of the chapter volunteers who find no-cost venues, coordinate course logistics such as receiving and distributing course materials, finding sponsors for refreshments, and taking time off from their day jobs to sign in students for the courses. Hats off to these amazing volunteers for their dedication!

The new 2020 course calendar is now available online at All local RE3 offerings can be found on the RE3 Education website, here. Professional seminars for 2020 will be announced in early January, with another leadership series on the horizon. Watch your inboxes!


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Year End Summary


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All I Want For The Holidays...

…a sizeable tax deduction that doesn’t require an 18-year commitment.
~ Shaniece Sandford

…another Washington Capitals Stanley Cup!
~Neil Warner

…a silent iPhone (without after hours calls)!
~Kasara Smith

…some relaxing, down time with my family!
~Amanda Strole

…to win the Mega Millions lottery so I can retire now! 
~Amy Waldron

…to have my parents here with me from Detroit!
~Leigh Carter

…for people to take a step back, breathe, and realize that we have more in common than most people realize. [Or, as a bear might say:  “White man, black man, gay, straight, Christian, Jew, Atheist, Democrat, Republican . . . they all taste like chicken!”]
~Rick Reed


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Job Placement

If you are looking to fill a position, please email incoming job placement leader Brooke Johnson ([email protected])  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 Brooke since we maintain a job seeker database. Any questions? Shoot Brooke an email!


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Call for Volunteers

Interested in exciting work with your IREM Northern Virginia Chapter? 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 Kasara Smith at [email protected] or fill out our volunteer form online here.


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