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93 percent of employees said they would stay at a company longer if the company invested in their careers.

By Nancye J. Kirk
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Want to hold on to your talented employees?

Invest in the Next Generation

Does your AMO Firm have an employee who would make a good candidate for the AMO Next-Gen CPM Leaders program? Here’s what you need to know:

An AMO Firm can nominate an employee who is not currently an IREM Member and who is 40 years old or under as of March 1 of the application year, has at least two years of real estate management experience that would qualify for CPM credit, and is willing and able to complete the program in its entirety.

The one-time per-student fee is $5,200, a savings of over 50 percent. This covers all course and exam tuitions, registration fees, application fees and two-years of national and chapter dues. The company is responsible for travel expenses.

Nomination deadline:
March 1, 2019

Invest in their careers. That’s the advice that can be drawn from LinkedIn’s 2018 Workforce Learning Report, which found that a remarkable 93 percent of employees said they would stay at a company longer if the company invested in their careers. More and more, professional development is no longer an occasional perk or earmarked only for certain positions. Especially among younger professionals, it’s an employee expectation that demonstrates whether the company appreciates its people and is committed to their success.

Several of IREM’s AMO companies demonstrated commitment to their employees when they nominated members of their property management teams to take part in the initial offering of the Next-Gen CPM Leaders program. The program, available exclusively to AMO companies, is a talent management initiative that fast tracks a group of young professionals through the CPM curriculum, providing supplemental leadership training along the way, at a savings of more than 50 percent on tuitions and registrations.

The 21 students formed a cohort in which they progressed through the CPM designation program together over a period of 18 months, kicking off with an introductory webinar, traversing through the entire CPM syllabus, and culminating with their CPM installation at the IREM Global Summit last September in Florida. Over the course of the program, they spent time together virtually through online courses and in person, both when they came together to attend the 2017 and 2018 Global Summits, and when they participated in instructor-led classroom offerings at IREM’s Chicago Headquarters.

Not only did the cohort earn the CPM designation. The program also created a strong sense of community. The participants formed relationships with colleagues throughout the country, which likely will extend throughout their professional careers.

Companies that participate in this program or offer their employees similar opportunities to gain new knowledge and learn new skills also stand to gain. They benefit from increased employee loyalty, lower employee turnover and employees who have enhanced skill sets that can be immediately put to use, bringing value to the properties they manage and creating a competitive advantage for the company.   

The 2017-2018 AMO Next-Gen CPM Leaders class:

  • Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., AMO
  • Megan Druding , CPM, Phoenix
  • Megan Faircloth, CPM, San Diego
  • Erin Leahy, CPM, New York
  • James Lee, CPM, Los AngelesEdina Lemo, CPM, New York
  • Ellie Mills, CPM, St. LouisCarling Moore, CPM, Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Ryan Quick, CPM, Boston
  • Julie Venegas, CPM, San Francisco
  • Neil Werner, CPM, Alexandria, Va.
  • First Capital Property Group, Inc., AMO
    Wm. Brady McGill, CPM, Orlando, Fla.
  • Flake & Kelley Commercial, Inc., AMO
    Eric Varner, CPM, Little Rock, Ark.
  • Griswold Real Estate Management, Inc., AMO
    Stephen Griswold, CPM, San Diego
  • HallKeen Management, Inc., AMO
    Courtney Mathiowitz, CPM, ARM, Norwood, Mass.
  • Income Property Management Co., AMO
    Andrea Kirch, CPM, Portland, Ore.
  • McCreary Realty Management, Inc., AMO
    Laura Wozniak, CPM, ARM, Marietta, Ga.
  • Polinger Shannon & Luchs Co., AMO
    Jesse Martinez, CPM, Chevy Chase, Md.
  • Rappaport Management Company, AMO
    Hayley Amey, CPM, McLean, Va.
  • RiverRock Real Estate Group, Inc., AMO
    Maria Holsinger, CPM, Long Beach, Calif.
    Brianna McHenry, CPM, Newport Beach, Calif.
  • Washington Holdings
    Thomas Newell, CPM, Seattle
    (was formerly with an AMO company)

Group picture of the people in this article From left to right: J. Lee, CPM, E. Lemo, CPM, S. Griswold, CPM, M. Druding, CPM, E. Varner, CPM, E. Leahy, CPM, R. Quick, CPM, A. Kirch, CPM, M. Newell, CPM, N. Werner, CPM, B. McGill, CPM, C. Moore, CPM, B. McHenry, CPM, M. Holsinger, CPM, L. Wozniak, CPM, M. Faircloth, CPM, J. Venegas, CPM, H. Amey, CPM Not pictured: J. Martinez, CPM, C. Mathiowitz, CPM, E. Mills, CPM

Journal of Property Management

Nancye J. Kirk ( is chief strategy officer at IREM Headquarters in Chicago.

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