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Budget for IREM in 2016
Make sure you include IREM events, education and dues costs in your annual budgets. We're building a great year of initiatives that will benefit you, your company and your customers. Click here for a sample of potential costs. For a complete list of IREM membership benefits, click here. As always we're here to serve as your career partner, so please let us know what you need.
Catwalk with a Cause
IREM's Fashion Show Committee has a passion for more than just fashion. Part of the proceeds from IREM Presents: An Evening of Style, our signature charity event of the year, will go to Dress For Success. Additionally, members are encouraged to donate items following instructions listed below.
The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
Since 1998, Dress for Success Houston has provided business attire, a much-needed boost of confidence, and job retention and career advancement services to more than 30,000 women in the Houston community. In 2015, Dress for Success Houston will add more than 3,000 women to its growing number of success stories. One woman, one suit, one job can change the world!
Donations at IREM Houston:
Are accepted at upcoming events;
IREM May Luncheon - May 14 at Mr. Peeple’s
IREM Seminar - May 20 at Greenway Plaza
IREM Fashion Show - June 4 at Bayou City Event Center
Donations at Dress for Success:
Are accepted Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. and the first and second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. at Dress for Success Houston located at
3310 Eastside Street, Houston, TX 77098.
Donors may use our convenient drop off circle, located on the street side of our building
Please have all donated items clean, pressed, and on hangers; only accessories, shoes, handbags, etc. will be accepted in boxes.
Ready To Win Big At IREM's Fashion Fundraiser?
As part of the efforts driving our newest fundraising event, IREM's Fashion Show committee is selling 50/50 Raffle Tickets! All proceeds from the event will go to support Dress for Success and IREM's Educational Mission. Each raffle ticket is only $5 (or $20 for 5 tickets) and enters you in for a chance to win over $2,000! If you'd like to learn more about this event or purchase raffle tickets, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the registration table at any IREM event.
Download the Building Emergency Action Team Training
Newly developed by the Houston High Rise Triad, the BUILDING EMERGENCY ACTION TEAM TRAINING GUIDE captures the collective knowledge of private security and life safety professionals along with the insights of highly experienced fire inspectors and fire suppression officers from within the City of Houston Fire Department. The Houston High-Rise Triad urges building owners and stakeholders to use this guideline for training property managers, building engineers, concierge personnel, and security personnel in how to safely respond to fire and other emergency incidents within high occupancy facilities. For more tools and resources life this, click here.
Identifying existing and potential asphalt repairs can be tricky, but if you remember a few fundamental principles, you should be able to understand what, when and why. First, let’s look at the basics. If you take a cross-section of a typical asphalt parking lot, you will see that there is a lot underneath the asphalt layer on top – which should be considered a “wearing course” of the overall pavement.
Below the asphalt, by about 8 to 10 inches, you will find the earth, soil or “sub-grade”. This may or may not have been “stabilized” which is a method commonly used to break down the molecules in the soil to make them smaller so you can then compact them as much as possible (so they don’t move or sink later). On top of that, you should find 6-8” of “base material” which is commonly crushed rock, crushed concrete, or a mixture of both.
On top of the base you now have your asphalt, which is usually 1 ½” or 2” thick. This is the wearing course, which is designed to wear out eventually. If you stay on top of things you can simply remove and replace it and keep things going.
Unfortunately, due to budget constraints, busy schedules or other considerations, all too often these necessary maintenance items get put off, overlooked or just avoided. At that point, you are in for bigger problems and more costly repairs. Here is the reason why:
Water Intrusion. Water is the enemy of any parking lot, whether concrete or asphalt. What happens is this: The deteriorated and cracked pavement is now a source for water to get into and under the wearing course, and into the base and sub-grade - which leads to the soil shrinking or swelling. When this goes on long enough, you wind up having to repair much more than just the asphalt on top. Now, you need to repair and/or replace the base material as well as the asphalt.
There are two easy ways to identify if your asphalt pavement has reached the “Defcon-4” Status described above:
- It looks like an alligator’s hide (think ‘Alligator Boots’) or
- You see signs of sand or other “fines” coming out of the cracks. We call this “pumping” - it means quite literally that water has reached the sub-grade and your base material is getting pumped out of the pavement from vehicles. Your pavement is moving, and before too long there will be a chuck-hole deep enough to go all the way to China.
Lastly, you must know that if your pavement is in this condition and you do not repair the base but simply put more asphalt on top of it – you will be doing the same thing next year. Think of it as putting the frosting on the cake right after you take it out of the oven – it won’t work very well.
Your trusted paving contractor will be happy to assess the condition of your parking lot and offer a comprehensive analysis and plan to remediate the issues – and fit them into your short-term and/or long-term budget.
Author Eric Hancock of PaveCon is an active vendor member within the Friends of IREM program in Houston. The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®)
For those wanting to keep a copy of our February speaker's presentation on nutrition, it can be found here. To contact our speaker Lisa, please call 800.777.1474 or go to www.detoxbylisa.com to order her book.
Your CPM Designation and NAR Institute Affiliate Membership
IREM is an affiliate of the National Association Realtors (NAR). As a result, you are required to hold membership in NAR in order to maintain your CPM designation – either as a Realtor or an Institute Affiliate. If you are not a Realtor, then your default membership is Institute Affiliate. IREM creates your Institute Affiliate membership on NAR’s database system (known as NRDS) and you have a unique NRDS ID number. 2015 Institute Affiliate dues are $105. You should have been invoiced directly from NAR for Institute Affiliate dues via e-mail notifications only.
Beginning in 2015, your Institute Affiliate dues must be paid online through NAR’s eCommerce network via credit/debit card or electronic check only.
To pay your Institute Affiliate dues online, log in to realtor.org:
Problems? If you do not know your NRDS ID number or need assistance registering, resetting your password, or for someone to walk you through the checkout counter process, contact NAR’s Information Central at 800-874-6500.
Congratulations To Our Leaders on New National Roles
We'd like to congratulate the following IREM Houston Chapter leaders on their exciting new roles at the national level. We're proud to have these three amazing individuals representing the Houston Chapter at such a prestigious level and wish them a successful year in their new positions.
Mary Butler-Summy, CPM
Granite Properties, Inc.
IREM Foundation Board of Directors
George Griffin, CPM
Houston Housing Authority, AMO
Regional Vice President
Pius Leung, CPM
SPAK Interests, Inc.
Services for Jeff Burck, CPM
We've been asked to circulate the following. A minyans (prayer service to honor the memory of the deceased) for Jeff Burck will be tonight at Robyn and Adam Burck's home (4918 Cheena, Houston) following the funeral.
For those that can't attend tonight, another service will be held Monday night at the Yambra home (9015 Cliffwood, Houston). Currently, Monday's service is scheduled for 7 p.m. but may change. Please note that you must enter the neighborhood for Monday's service from 610 and Greenwillow. Members may check back here for changes to the time should they be made.
An account for donations will be set up at by Monday at Rice. To donate please call Tova at 713-662-7707. Donations will pay for the minyan on Monday as well as provide food for the family in weeks to come.
The funeral is Sunday, January 25 at 5 pm at Beth Jacob Cemetery at 2300 Almeda Genoa Rd., Houston, TX 77047.
Call for Platelet Donations
We’re seeking platelets donations for one of our beloved former Chapter President’s Jeff Burck, CPM who recently learned he has Leukemia.
Donating platelets is a lot like donating blood. It is an easy process but may take up to two hours. Any blood type can donate and the donation goes directly to Jeff.
If you or someone you know can help, please contact Brookfield Properties (Linda at 713-651-1515) first as they are maintaining a collective calendar. Then, you’ll schedule your donation with the MD Anderson Blood Bank. Once you are all set with MD Anderson, you’ll need to alert Brookfield. Every donation is important and appreciated!
Reference Jeffrey Burck MDA # 1097608 when you donate.
To Give Platelets: When donating platelets only, you must be off of all Ibuprofen products, Aspirin, Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, Aleve and herbal products containing Garlique, Ginseng, Ginko or Ginger, for 48 hours prior to donation. Unlike whole blood donors, those who give platelets can give again within 48 hours.
MD Anderson Blood Bank 713-792-7777
Several locations are available including:
Blood Donor Center - Holly Hall, 2555 Holly Hall, Houston, TX 77054
Tuesday – Thursday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday – Monday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Blood Donor Center - Main Building, Floor 2, new Elevator D
1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tuesday – Thursday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Blood Donor Center - Mays Clinic
Floor 2, near The Tree Sculpture
1220 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030
Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
For more information go to http://www.mdanderson.org/bloodbank
IREM's "Out of this World" Award Winners
On November 12, 2014 the IREM Houston Chapter recognized several “Out of this World” leaders including those that served as Executive Council Members and Committee Chairs. Other special honors were awarded to these following members for their “above and beyond” commitment to the Real Estate Management industry and their peers.
2014 CPM of the Year Winner – Patty Phillips, CPM, of BMS Management
The Jeff Williford Award of Excellence - James W. Sinclair, CCIM, CPM, RPA of Brookfield Properties
2014 CPM Candidate of the Year - Robert Tyler, CPM, of Brookfield Properties
2014 ACoM Member of the Year - Kaci Hancock, ACoM of Wulfe Management
2014 Friend of the Year - Lacey Withers with ABM Janitorial
2014 Committee Chair of the Year - Maria Flores, CPM, Lincoln Property Company and Chair of the IREM Education Committee
2014 Legacy Award - To BMS Management, Inc. for their exceptional support of IREM Courses and Seminars
2014 Impact Award – To the IREM Young Professionals Committee for their strong support of IREM’s present initiatives and future strategies
For photos of our award winners, click here.
All Hands on Deck for Troops Packages
We're in need of volunteers to help sort and pack items for our 200 Troops care packages. This rewarding project takes just a few hours of your time but is a great way to give back to the men and women that protect us. Please let us know if you can attend by emailing Lindsay at email@example.com. Children over 12 are welcome to help. Our packing location is: 3100 Gessner, Suite 105, Houston 77042 in the Westchase area. Refreshments will be on hand and complimentary surface parking is available. Packing dates include: Tuesday, November 18 from 2:30 pm to 7 p.m. and again on Saturday, November 22 from 8 am to Noon.
MMM, MMM, Good!!!
Thank you to everyone who helped make the first annual Food Fest a big success! Turns out we have some amazing cooks in IREM Houston, right?!
Our winning teams were:
- 1st Place went to Keystone Resources for their Push-Up Spiced Bourbon Pie on a Stick
- 2nd Place went to Stream Realty Partners for their Chocolate Chili Cake Balls
- 3rd Place went to Pavecon for their Yardbird on a Stick
- Best Booth went to E3 Electric with their “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” Theme
- People’s Choice Award went to Keystone Resources for their Push-Up Pies on a Stick
The event attracted 18 cooking teams in total, 175 attendees and raised $16,000 to support IREM's mission of industry education, member scholarships and professional development. We've been pleased with the post-event proess and are grateful for everyone who pitched in to help.
VIP Judges included: Chef Julio Avila of The Hometown Chef; Huy Dang, Uber Bites food blogger; Catie Dixon, Bisnow CRE Reporter, and Sous Chef Elliot Kelly of RDG Bar Annie.
Thank you to the following sponsors & teams:
Foodie Sponsor: PJS
Gold Sponsor: Cotton, E3 Electric, Weingarten Realty
Drink Sponsor: Martin's Window Cleaning Corp.
Band Sponsor: Griffin Partners - 1301 Fannin
Photo Sponsor: ABM Janitorial
Always In Season
Chamberlin Waterproofing & Roofing
Executive Security Systems, Inc.
Houston Waste Solutions
Booth & Food Contest Teams:
E3 Electric, Ltd.
IREM Young Professionals
Locke Protective Services
Modern Pest Control
Weingarten Realty/Platinum Parking
2015 Course Schedule is Set
We're pleased to hold all of the IREM credentialling courses that members need to obtain their Certified Property Management (CPM) designation. Click here for the complete list of 2015 Courses planned for Houston. Interested in earning the CPM? This helpful checklist will hopefully simplify the process. Feel free to contact Lindsay or Jo D. at the IREM office (713-783-9225) with any questions. We're here to help with your career advancement and professional development.
The IREM Food Fest is Here!
Over 150 professionals are expected to attend the IREM Food Fest on Thursday, October 9 at 2600 Citadel Plaza Drive on the lawn from 4 - 8 pm. Thank you to our 18 cooking teams and 15 sponsors!
Register for this unique evening of networking and food. Our cook-off competition theme is "Anything-On-A-Stick." Think of all the creative and yummy possibilities from teams of real estate management companies and Friends of IREM. This fundraiser supports our chapter's educational mission and includes drinks, food, live music, photos and more. Click here for parking maps.