Industry veteran and past IREM President Jo Ann Corbitt, CPM, has stepped into the role of executive vice president of property management at Colliers International | Nashville, an AMO firm, where she previously held the position of vice president. In the company’s press release, Bert Mathews, senior partner at Colliers, said of Corbitt, “[She] is truly the gold standard for real estate management, not just in Nashville but across the country, and we are extremely fortunate to have her serving in this leadership role at Colliers.” Active in the industry and within IREM, Corbitt is a past recipient of both IREM’s Lloyd D. Hanford Distinguished Faculty Award (2006) and the J. Wallace Paletou Award (2013), which recognizes significant contributions to the industry or society through the role of real estate manager.
Thuong “Terri” Benskin
Thuong “Terri” Benskin, CPM, HCCP, and past president of the IREM Memphis Chapter, has been appointed executive vice president at WinnResidential. In her new role, Benskin will be responsible for a portfolio of owned and fee-managed properties located in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Said Benskin of her new assignment, which takes her to Boston after being based in Memphis, Tenn., where she served as COO for LEDIC Realty Company, “I am honored to be a part of an organization with such emphasis and energy for their residents, their clients and their employees…The lobster rolls aren’t too bad either.”
The Florida Apartment Association (FAA) has installed Bonnie Smetzer, CPM, HCCP, as its 2019 president. Smetzer is executive vice president and a partner for JMG Realty, Inc., AMO, in Melbourne, Fla., where she directly oversees operations of a portfolio of 10,000 apartment units. Properties under her guidance have been finalists and won several industry awards, including two National Association of Home Builders Pillars of the Industry awards and the Outstanding Renovation Victor award given out by the National Apartment Association (NAA). She’s also served on the board of directors for the Space Coast Apartment Association and the NAA.
Steven J. Martens
Steven J. Martens, CPM, CCIM, SIOR, received the 2018 Real Estate Lifetime Achievement Award presented annually by The Kansas CCIM Chapter and Wichita State University. Recipients are chosen for their significant contributions over many years to the Wichita commercial real estate or development industries. In the case of Martens, CEO of the Martens Companies and NAI Martens and a third-generation commercial real estate professional, he was recognized for dedicating his career to promoting the commercial real estate industry and helping it flourish, having realized early on that commercial real estate opportunities provide the catalyst for entrepreneurial development, jobs and community growth.
Minnesota-based Timberland Partners has promoted Sundae Caudle, CPM, to the position of regional vice president. Caudle, who joined Timberland Partners as a regional manager in 2017, is based out of the Nashville, Tenn., area and will be managing a multi-site portfolio in both Tennessee and Florida, overseeing all aspects of operations. Not only has she been an active member of the real estate industry for almost 30 years, she is also an active and award-winning member of the IREM Nashville Chapter.