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2023 IREM Award winners

By Journal of Property Management

Each year at the Summit, we celebrate the outstanding contributions of our chapters and members who have made a lasting impact on the real estate management profession. Meet our other 2023 IREM Award winners:

Diversity & Inclusion Succession Initiative (DISI) Leaders Program

The DISI Leaders Program, funded by the IREM Foundation, recognizes IREM members from underrepresented groups in the real estate management profession. These dynamic professionals demonstrate exemplary leadership skills at the chapter level and have shown interest in advancing their careers using IREM’s network and resources.

Lloyd D. Hanford Sr. Distinguished Instructor Award

For 20 years, this award has been bestowed to an IREM instructor who demonstrates exceptional commitment and dedication to advancing professional education in the real estate management industry.

David G. Domres, CPM®, CCIM

David G. Domres, CPM®, CCIM

Notably, Dave is the developer and architect of the IREM Financial Analysis Spreadsheet, which is used at multiple levels of IREM’s certification curriculum in the U.S. and abroad. Dave has served on the review teams of numerous IREM courses, has been a member of the IREM instructor corps since 1991, and has supported Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Stout real estate curriculums as an instructor for many years. He’s a past president of the IREM Milwaukee Chapter and received IREM’s Professional Achievement Award in 2013 and the Louise L. and Y. T. Lum Award in 2015. As vice president of Physicians Realty Trust, AMO®, a Milwaukee-headquartered real estate investment trust, he leads capital project management for the self-managed outpatient medical facility REIT.

Louise L. and Y.T. Lum Award

Since its inception in 1980, this award has been given to individuals who are actively engaged in real estate management and have made distinguished contributions to the profession through education, publication, or the advancement of ethical and professional standards.

Kathy M. Whitman, CPM®

Kathy M. Whitman, CPM®

Kathy’s career of 37 years includes all types of property management across the Midwest and the South, focusing on multifamily. This includes investor-owned as well as third-party management. A CPM since 1984, Kathy became a member of the IREM instructor corps in 1987 with a concentration on finance classes, beginning with FIN402 through the MPSA. Through diverse roles, such as editor for Principles of Real Estate Management,

18th edition, and as a key contributor to various course revisions, she has significantly impacted IREM. Beyond her editorial and instructor work, Kathy has served as an IREM chapter president, IREM Regional Vice President, and mentor to many, addressing industry challenges and fostering growth. She’s a dedicated educator, embracing innovative teaching methods, and has played a crucial role in developing countless publications and courses. Kathy’s dedication to students’ success has left a lasting mark, helping numerous members navigate their career development. Her instruction style never forgets: “I stood in your shoes at one time.”

J. Wallace Paletou Award

The J. Wallace Paletou Award has been presented for over 50 years to an ARM or CPM who has made significant contributions to the real estate management industry or contributed to the betterment of society through the role of a real estate manager.

W. Alan Huffman, CPM®

W. Alan Huffman, CPM®

Alan Huffman, CPM®, has made significant contributions to the real estate management industry and the betterment of society. He served as the 2000 IREM President after holding various leadership roles. As an IREM instructor, he’s played a crucial role in educating and positively influencing individuals in their real estate management careers. Additionally, Alan served on the IREM Federal Housing Advisory Board for 20 years, advocating for professional management to regulatory agencies. Beyond IREM, Alan was president of the Wichita Area Board of REALTORS® in 2006, receiving the Distinguished Service Award in 2007 and the Broker of the Year award in 2010. For six years, he served as the IREM representative to the National Association of REALTORS® executive committee. As the founding principal of Key Management Co., Inc., AMO®, Alan acted as CEO, serving as a role model and mentor to many in the real estate profession.

2023 Jackson Control Sustainability Awards–People’s Choice for Sustainable Property 

The Jackson Control Sustainability Awards recognize exceptional performance by the teams of people behind IREM Certified Sustainable Properties, or CSPs. The People’s Choice for Sustainable Property Award is a crowdsourced competition hosted in April by recipients of the 2023 Jackson Control Sustainability Awards.

The Pradera

The Pradera

Built in 2009 with 360 units, The Pradera’s garden-style property blends sustainability with the natural environment. Berkshire Residential Investments, which manages The Pradera, has successfully integrated sustainability attributes into marketing strategies. Currently, seven communities in Berkshire’s portfolio have achieved IREM CSP certification. The process of becoming a CSP provides their management teams with valuable insight into the social wellness of their properties.

Chapter Innovation Award

This award recognizes IREM chapters for developing and delivering innovative chapter programs.

Chicago Chapter

IREM Chicago Chapter members strive to become DEI champions.

This year, 2023, marks IREM Chicago’s 70-year anniversary of making an impact in real estate management, and to celebrate, they’re aiming for 70% of the chapter members to earn the IREM Skill Badge: Building DEI. The chapter’s DEI committee was formed to develop a vision and definition of DEI within IREM Chicago. The first step for chapter members to become DEI champions is to provide education and equip them with substantive resources. The IREM Skill Badge: Building DEI meets this goal and supports diversity within the workplace.

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