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2018 President's Message

I’m excited and honored to lead the IREM San Francisco Bay Area Chapter this year.  Ask me “Why?”

We have an exciting year building off of the chapter’s 2017 Strategic Plan following sweeping changes from prior years. With a new “infrastructure” securely in place we can begin a new journey beyond 2020. This new “infrastructure” shall pave the way towards attracting and retaining new talented and creative leaders with vision, creativity and energy.  Also, did you notice the new logo?  

Did you know our chapter membership consists of members who reside and work in at least 12 Northern California counties?  That is extensive coverage- several hundred miles if you were to take a road trip.

Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Marin, Santa Cruz*, San Benito* and Monterey Counties*.

* Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Counties are not shown on the map

Yes, we’re working on hosting events and activities in select cities throughout our territory this year which is our way of keeping in touch.

As a volunteer on the board and/or committees, I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside many past leaders, therefore feel well-groomed to lead the chapter this year.  Thank you Past Presidents for your wisdom and giving me this opportunity to serve with you.   

The multi-family sector of our industry will be grabbing more attention as this Chapter will be in a perfect position to provide top notch educational opportunities to the hard working individuals serving this industry sector.  The path to the ARM ® designation is fulfilling and worth the investment.  After all, the clients, community, tenants and owners are the beneficiaries.

How about CPM Candidates?  This chapter has about 75 today and hoping to see this number increase.  Some of them are obtaining their designation soon while some are in their early stages of the process.  Nevertheless, guidance is available and any CPM can “Become a CPM Mentor”. Visit www.irem.org/cpmsponsor

We are also contemplating on hosting an extraordinary event soon - A CPM Informational “Road Show” presented by an IREM HQ member over a (2) hour breakfast Q & A session on why and how to obtain the credential.   

Why am I excited?  

All of the above is refreshingly new and beneficial for the members, which tells me we are investing in the right cause at the right time.

Let’s have fun and keep in touch!



Richard Lee, CPM®
IREM San Francisco Bay Area President


BOMA, NAIOP, IREM Create College Program for Young Real Estate Talent

BOMA, NAIOP, IREM Create College Program for Young Real Estate Talent

Edward Sullivan December 19, 2017 - Facilities Management

Working under the banner of the Commercial Real Estate Alliance for Tomorrow’s Employees (CREATE), four real estate trade groups are fully funding an ambitious new outreach program designed to recruit and train future real estate leaders. Launched in the fall of 2017, the two-semester Commercial Real Estate Fellows Program at San Francisco State University builds upon the success of the industry’s Commercial Real Estate Certificate Program, which began in 2012.

The impetus for the program is the looming building management talent deficit, which presents serious short and long-term implications. Unless the commercial real estate industry recruits significantly more people into its workforce to replace a wave of retiring Baby Boomers, the quality of building and facility operations housing employers from all fields, will suffer. Not only may building occupants see a decline in services, but investors could see a decline in asset value.

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