Upcoming IREM Leaders
We're so excited for these Greater Phoenix Chapter members who will be serving on the IREM leadership team! Congratulations!
Meet your 2020-2021 IREM Greater Phoenix Chapter President
Rosalinda Bridges, CPM® is the V.P. of Operations for NLR Management/G.A. Haan Development.
Positions held previously include Sr. Regional Manager for Milestone Management, Director of Property Management for Bridge Property Management where she managed conventional, market rate and tax credit communities. She graduated from Arizona State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Marketing.
She is a licensed AZ real estate broker and received her CPM® in 2007. She received the CPM® of the Year award in 2015.
Rosalinda has a son, Tristan, her beloved pooch Bella, and married to Terry Bridges on 12/31/29 (Congratulations!).
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IREM Greater Phoenix has established a local COVID-19 Relief Fund through a grant from the IREM Foundation. Our community has felt the economic impact of the global pandemic. Through the COVID-19 Relief Fund, IREM Greater Phoenix is providing support to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Our goal is to raise $1000! IREM Foundation will match every dollar up to $1000.
Your donation is tax deductible through the IREM Foundation.
Donate Here: https://www.irem.org/giving/greater-phoenix
St. Vincent de Paul of Arizona is the largest chapter in the world. We operate to Feed, Clothe, House and Heal those in our local community who have nowhere else to turn. Though our services look different these days, we are committed to providing the most basic needs of humanity; including dignity and hope on their worst days. More than ever we realize how ever one of us play a unique and vital role in the holistic well-being of our community at large. We are truly all in this together.
Genna Goldberg, CPM Governing Councillor 2021-2023
Congratulations to Genna Goldberg, CPM who has been nominated by the Nominating Committee to serve on the Governing Council for the 2021-2023 term as an At-Large Governing Councillor.
As a Governing Councillor, Genna will attend all Governing Council meetings – the first of which will be at the 2021 Global Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Governing Council receives and acts on recommendations from the Executive Committee and is the final authority on decisions affecting Institute bylaws, policies, and budget matters.
Genna served as IREM Greater Phoenix Chapter President in 2013 & 2018.
2020 DISI Leaders
IREM® announces 2020 DISI leaders
IREM believes a diverse workforce increases creativity and performance, boosts your brand and your company’s reputation, and helps your business compete globally. But what is diversity, really? Diversity engages people with all different kinds of backgrounds, gender identities, ages, races, religions, abilities, and socioeconomic circumstances. All the differences we have among us. IREM celebrates the unique contributions that a diverse population brings to real estate management with the Diversity & Inclusion Succession Initiative, or DISI.
We’re honored to present this year’s 2020 DISI leaders. These are IREM members from underrepresented groups who’ve demonstrated leadership in their local IREM chapter, have an interest in advancing their leadership skills nationally, and are interested in enhancing their knowledge and skills through IREM education. They’re already making a positive impact on our profession, and in their communities. As DISI leaders, these women will benefit from professional mentoring, and receive recognition, training and education at the 2020 IREM Global Summit.
Who are IREM’s 2020 DISI leaders?
- Jacqueline Knight, CPM® with Ackerberg in Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Whitney Lane with Weingarten Realty in Phoenix, Arizona
- Kandace Massenburg with Jones Lang LaSalle in Washington D.C.
- Chianon Mutsiwegota with Texas Capital Partners in Phoenix, Arizona
- Khanyisile Nene, CPM® with Airports Company South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa
- Karoline Peralta, ARM® with Virtue Properties in Boston, Massachusetts
- Michiko Sanchez, ARM® with Denver Housing Authority in Denver, Colorado
- Sarah Shezi, CPM® with Broll Property Group in Johannesburg, South Africa
- Shanicka Sudler with PropertyWize in Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland
- Dee Wilson with Freeman Webb in Nashville, Tennessee
What does being a DISI Leader mean?
We interviewed several of this year’s DISI Leaders to learn what this recognition means to them. Here’s what they said:
“I’m honored to be recognized as one of IREM’s 2020 DISI Leaders. This is a wonderful opportunity to receive mentorship, and to grow my professional network, while I continue to pursue my CPM designation. I’m grateful to be a part of an organization that values diversity and promotes inclusion.”
“I’m very honored to be chosen as a 2020 DISI leader. I've always strived to help others feel empowered, find their voice, and grow beyond their own expectations, and I look forward to the opportunity to coach and further assist in the advancement of others.”
Karoline Peralta, ARM®
“I’m honored to have been selected as one of IREM’s 2020 DISI Leaders. I look forward to working with the team in developing programs to promote diversity in the workplace, and in the exciting field of real estate."
Michiko Sanchez, ARM®
“To be recognized as one of 10 DISI leaders is very exciting. To be trusted with this role is a great opportunity, where I can share qualities of respect, honesty, authenticity and bring awareness and value to diversity and the importance of celebrating ALL people from all cultures. Thank you.”
“Thank you. I’m deeply honored to receive such an award. To be recognized by my peers for work on something as important as diversity, to me, my family, and my ancestors is very special. It’s really humbling to receive the award in the challenging climb towards greatness over the past decade and a half. This has inspired me to push myself even further.”
Congratulations to this outstanding group. These extraordinary professionals make a difference in the lives of so many, every day. Learn more about IREM’s DISI diversity outreach programs.
MEB Commercial Management, OPTIM Property Solutions Merge
MEB Commercial Management Group and OPTIM Property Solutions have announced a merger of their business operations, a move that will open new client relationships and combine resources to better serve clients, become more efficient and advance in technology. The merged business will operate under the MEB Commercial Management Group brand.
The merger will create a company with 3 million square feet (MSF) of management property at more than 70 buildings of office, retail and light industrial.
The leadership team will comprise Principals Libby Ekre, Jodi Sheahan and Scott Cook; Managing Director and Designated Broker Azar Meszaros; Vice President Tyrel Williams; and Director of Accounting Jayne Anderson. Karlene Politi, former President of OPTIM, will play a key role overseeing a large regional portfolio and work with MEB Commercial leadership on strategic initiatives. The rest of the OPTIM Property Solutions staff will join MEB Commercial as well, adding additional depth to the highly-talented team.
“It’s gratifying to see the synergy and momentum this merger is creating for our company and our clients,” said Ekre, one of the three original founders of MEB Management Services, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2018. “I’m excited to work with this highly driven team of experts who have mastered the ability to create value for clients.”
Prior to the merger, MEB Commercial had approximately 1.5 MSF of office, 330,000 SF of retail and 70,000 SF of light industrial under management. OPTIM had approximately 500,000 SF of retail, 400,000 SF of office and 100,000 SF of light industrial under management.
The company will serve Metro Phoenix, Tucson and Las Vegas. More than 20 employees will be housed at MEB Commercial’s offices at 3030 N. Central Ave. and 11201 N. Tatum Blvd. in Phoenix.
Key properties under management include a 100,000+ SF Class A office building in the Paradise Valley area; a 180,000+ SF, 15-story office building in Midtown Phoenix; an iconic mid-rise office building in the heart of downtown Mesa; and a newly renovated, 100 percent occupied retail center in Queen Creek.
“The combination of companies, people, experience and resources gives us the best of all worlds for our existing and future clients,” Politi said.
The merger will create a firm with professionals who possess decades of top commercial management experience and impressive industry credentials. Five of the company’s leaders and managers hold the highly respected Certified Property Manager (CPM®) credential from the Institute of Real Estate Management. Leadership of both entities has had long-time professional relationships with each other. The move positions MEB to better serve clients of all asset types and continue with OPTIM’s 17 years of commercial operations in Nevada.
2020 IREM CCIM Economic Forecast
Commercial real estate experts tout a sizzling and robust Phoenix and Arizona market at 13th Annual IREM-CCIM Economic Forecast
PHOENIX, ARIZONA (January 22, 2020) – The theme of the 13th Annual IREM-CCIM Economic Forecast was “The Real Scoop.” Judging by the comments of economists and industry panelists, the message that resonated was “Phoenix and Arizona are on fire.”
“Last year we talked about being late in the game and would there be extra innings,” said keynote speaker Elliott D. Pollack. “Where do we stand in the cycle now? Well, Phoenix is the most affordable major market in the Western U.S. We’re growing at three times that of other U.S. cities and still need to figure out how to deliver affordable housing. We’re likely to remain one of the top five metro areas in the country. Overall, I’d say the picture is positive.”
The Valley’s premier real estate outlook recently drew a crowd of more than 400 at the Omni Scottsdale Montelucia. Besides Pollack, the Economic Forecast featured panelists who specialize in office, industrial, multifamily and retail properties. The takeaways from each panel:
>> Office: The center of all activity continues to be Tempe, around Arizona State University and the Grand at Papago Park Center. Overall vacancy in that submarket is in the single digits. SkySong has added three more buildings, a hotel and an 800-unit multifamily project.
“We certainly have created an urban environment, a true live-work-play lifestyle,” said panelist Stan Shafer with Holualoa Companies, one of the developers of SkySong.
Medical office presents opportunities for brokers and owners alike, said Kate Morris with Transwestern.
“We don’t have enough doctors and facilities,” she said. “We certainly have more room for facilities. Right now, we have two hospitals under construction and more expanding. You don’t see that on the East Coast any longer.”
Added Johns Orsak with Lincoln Property Company:
“Our (the Valley) roster is now the Oracles of the world, financial companies. The diversity of the market has put us on sound footing here.”
>> Multifamily: While Arizona is enjoying a booming multifamily cycle, there are still issues on the horizon that could affect an industry that pumps $3.8 billion annually into the local economy.
“Last year is the first year we actually built enough units to meet the demand,” said John Carlson with Mark-Taylor. “The core of what creates demand is jobs. It’s all about jobs. But what keeps me up at night is rent control. It’s now an issue in 41 states.”
A lack of affordable housing is also a concern. More than 70 percent of all units built in the past few years have been specifically in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe.
“The cycle is dynamic, and we have a lot of runway left,” said John Rials with Western Wealth Capital.
>> Retail: The new moniker for this property type, according to the panelists, is consumer real estate. A property type in which consumers want and expect an experience, whether it’s shopping or eating in a restaurant.
“Retail real estate is the best of all property types,” said Kalen Rickard with Western Retail Advisors. “We’ve had to reinvent ourselves. But think how we affect other property types, including multifamily and office. It’s still true that retail follows rooftops, especially in the Valley.”
“Retail is an amenity to attract workers and residents,” added Ari Spiro with ORION Investment Real Estate.
Trends? Josh Simon with SimonCRE said a popular trend is the unanchored retail center. “Retail is getting more localized,” he said.
>> Industrial: As new transportation corridors open around the Valley – namely the loops 202 and 303 freeways – the industrial market has flourished, panelists agreed.
“The Southwest Valley is experiencing an increase of larger big-box users because the land is cheaper out there,” said Jeff Foster with Prologis. “It’s e-commerce, food and beverage that is serving and fulfilling the population growth out there. The Loop 202 (South Mountain Freeway) is going to be a huge game-changer.”
The East Valley is also in demand of product, from 10,000 SF to 100,000 SF, according to Steve Larsen with JLL.
“The pent-up demand is now playing out,” Larsen said. “In-migration. Affordable housing. Pharma, aerospace and defense … industrial is being backfilled with lots of employment.”
Rusty Kennedy with CBRE agreed.
“The labor story is really what is driving activity in the Southeast Valley,” he said. “There are six or seven applicants for each job posting. Human resources is on the first tour. They want to know where the labor is coming from, where the kids will be going to school, where employees with be shopping.”
E-commerce, Megan Creecy-Herman said, is one of the darlings of the industrial sector. Data centers are the other.
The event was co-sponsored by the CCIM Central Arizona chapter (Certified Commercial Investment Member), commercial real estate’s global standard for professional achievement; and the Greater Phoenix Chapter of IREM (Institute of Real Estate Management), which comprises more than 280 professional commercial and residential real estate managers.
The recipient of this year’s Impact Award, Grand Canyon University President Brian Mueller, echoed the remarks made by Gov. Doug Ducey at his recent State of the State Address.
“This is one the best places to live and work,” Mueller said. “One of the biggest decisions the school made was to stay in West Phoenix. It’s a wonderful neighborhood of immigrants. What it needed was an economic catalyst. A lot is now going on west of Central Avenue. I feel extremely blessed to be at Grand Canyon and contribute to our local economy.”
Added Valley icon and long-time local businessman Jerry Collangelo, who presented Mueller with the award:
“Grand Canyon University is one of the greatest business and education stories in the country today. Brian could teach people a lot about real estate. He is very bullish on our economy. This is a very exciting time for all of you to be in this industry. Phoenix is on fire.”
United Food Bank Collection by Chapter
IREM Greater Phoenix collected 250 lbs. of canned food for United Food Bank helping feed 208 families for our community. Pictured Melissa Boyle, CPM.
MEB Commercial Group adds real estate professional Tyrel Williams to Phoenix office
PHOENIX, ARIZONA (July 29, 2019) – MEB Commercial Group, a provider of comprehensive commercial management services throughout Metro Phoenix, is pleased to announce the addition of another industry professional at its Phoenix office.
Tyrel Williams has joined the commercial team as Vice President of Commercial Real Estate. Williams is a seasoned professional with a rich background in real estate management, risk management, and business operations and holds his Certified Property Manager (CPM ®) designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM ®).
“We are very excited to announce Tyrel Williams as our Vice President of Commercial Real Estate. Having Tyrel join our leadership team expands the depth of our expertise and therefore allows us to bring greater value to each of our clients. This comprehensive and accomplished team enables us to continue with our strategic growth plan,” said MEB Principal Libby Ekre, CPM ®.
Williams brings a wealth of experience from his professional career serving in several positions of high responsibility with leading companies such as CBRE, Coldwell Banker Commercial, University of Utah and Allstate Insurance Company. He has managed multimillion-dollar commercial real estate portfolios, overseen several large construction and development projects, and managed risk through insurance strategies for various property owners and businesses.
Williams holds a Bachelor of Science degree in facility and property management and holds active real estate and insurance licenses in Arizona.
MEB Management Services Principal Libby Ekre honored by Globe St. as a 2019 Woman of Influence in commercial real estate
MEB Management Services Principal Libby Ekre honored by Globe St. as a 2019 Woman of Influence in commercial real estate
PHOENIX, ARIZONA (July 23, 2019) – Libby Ekre, Principal of MEB Management Services, one of Arizona’s prominent women-owned firms, was among the winners of the 2019 Globe St. Women of Influence in commercial real estate.
Since 1983, Globe St. and Real Estate Forum have recognized women who significantly influence the real estate profession and drive the industry forward. Entries are evaluated based on a number of factors including professional reputation, career highlights, innovation, creative thinking and dedication to advancing the role of women in real estate.
Ekre, CPM®, was named a Woman of Influence in the Property/Facility Manager of the Year category. She is among eight Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) members who were honored.
“I am truly honored to be recognized, along with my fellow IREM executives, as one of Globe Street’s Women of Influence of 2019,” Ekre said. “At MEB, our purpose is to enrich the lives of our clients, residents and team members by creating value. Our team exemplifies these values and owns this mission every day. This recognition is due in large part to this dedication and I’m grateful to be a part.”
Avana at the Pointe JOINS the Elite Group of Sustainable Properties
Happy Valley Towne Center JOINS the Elite Group of Sustainable Properties
The Palms on Scottsdale JOINS the Elite Group of Sustainable Properties
Best of NAOIP Nominates Diablo Technology Park
Diablo Technology Park nominated as Best of NAOIP 2018 - congratulations to Genna Goldberg, CPM!
Meet our Newest CPM's, ARM's and ACom!
Super Congrats to our newest Best of the Best: CPM's: Kelsie Whipple, Michael Chadwick; ARM's: Norma Bruley, Mark Covey, Valerie Rios; ACoM: Arnold Cosgrove! Your hard work has paid off and IREM Greater Phoenix is very proud of you!
Broadstone Waterfront/Scottsdale JOINS the Elite Group of Sustainable Properties
CPM & ACoM Installations December 2018
Genna Goldberg, CPM and 2018 Chapter President recognizes Whitney Delgado, CPM; Jasmine Greene, CPM; Heather Knudson, CPM; McKenna Drummond, CPM; Ana Ramirez, CPM and Mark Hanneken, ACoM
2018 Appreciation Award Jim Kowalski & Daniel Mazzon
2018 President's Award Tyrel Williams, CPM
2018 Associate of the Year Briana McReynolds, MODE Commercial
2018 AMO of the Year MEB Management Services, AMO
2018 CPM of the Year Tom Coughlin, CPM
REME Award WINNER: MEB Management Services, AMO of the Year
MEB Management Services, AMO won the REME Award, AMO of the Year, at the IREM Global Summit Conference in Ft. Lauderdale (9/29/28). We're so proud of Libby Ekre, CPM, and her team!
Member Spotlight...Jennie Miller, CPM
Market Edge Realty LLC was founded by Jennie Miller, CPM. Jennie is an award winning Real Estate Broker who has exceeded quotas, earning company and industry recognition for TOP sales performance and customer satisfaction annually AND Jennie has been featured on News Channel 3 in Phoenix! Originally from Chicago, Jennie has lived and worked and lived in the Phoenix area for nearly 30 years. Jennie holds a Bachelor's' Degree in Accounting; is working toward her MBA.
The Real Estate experiences and education she has acquired undauntedly will pave the road of her success for years to come. Market Edge Realty LLC uses the talents of being an articulate communicators and skilled negotiators to educate and empower their customers to alleviate the stress of managing their property making it a smooth transition. Market Edge Realty LLC also offers buyer/seller services to help clients acquire and liquidate investment properties.
Jennie took advantage of IREM's education towards the prestigious CPM designation, and recently obtained her CPM in August.
Member Spotlight...Patty Hartley, CPM Candidate
Patty Hartley, IREM CPM candidate and member of CCIM, has 25 years of commercial property management experience. Patty brings property management leadership and expertise to MODE Real Estate Management Services. Prior to MODE Patty spent 10 years as the Director of Real Estate for the Central Region of the U.S. at Healthcare Realty Trust, one of the largest medical REITs in the nation. The financial successes of her building portfolios are largely due to recognizing that a primary focus is to increase property values by maximizing leasing and occupancy income and minimizing operating expenses. Patty’s recent intern program is very successful; it allows ASU students to work for MODE, thus giving undergrads an opportunity to build resumes with commercial real estate experience
I joined IREM for the opportunity to earn my CPM credentials. The elite CPM designation reflects the highest ethical standards of practice and education achievable in our industry and is proof of a Manger’s maintenance of high moral standards and integrity. The networking and sharing of experiences and practices is invaluable.
2018 Real Estate Management Excellence Awards Finalists
Congratulations MEB Management Services, AMO, on being nominated as a finalist for the AMO Company of the Year and the Employee & Leadership Development Category.
The IREM REME Awards highlight the people and companies who manage to make a difference™ in our industry, and celebrate real estate management by emphasizing innovative business practices and sharing successful initiatives to foster further advancement, locally, nationally and globally.
Though their programs and initiatives may vary, the shared commonality between all of the 2018 REME Award Finalists is a commitment to add value to their teams, their clients, and their properties. All of the 2018 finalists are not only working to improve themselves/their companies, they really demonstrated a commitment to perpetuating the real estate management industry itself. It is an honor for IREM to be able to champion these companies and individuals and to highlight the wonderful work that they are doing.
The REME Awards winners will be announced from among the finalists at the Inaugural Gala Dinner and REME Awards celebration during the IREM Global Summit on September 29 in Hollywood, FL. To see the list of finalists and learn more about them visit: https://www.irem.org/events/reme-awards/remefinalist2018
Member Spotlight...Ed Valerio, CPM
I would like to become more involved with the Phoenix Chapter because I am a Past President of the Milwaukee Chapter and feel like I can bring value and perspective to the board having served in another region of the country. The majority of my first two years in Phoenix has been spent learning the market and re-establishing our business, so I have not had the opportunity to meet as many property management professionals as I would have liked. It’s important to me to be connected within our industry and to help maintain the high level of professionalism that owners, brokers, tenants and clients have come to expect from us. IREM has helped me grow professionally, so I feel it’s important to give that back to our membership.
ED VALERIO, CPM®
Director, Property Management | Knight Management
DIRECT 602.682.0196 | CELL 414.255.6540 | [email protected]
Member Spotlight...Ana Ramirez, CPM Candidate
Ana is a Senior Property Manager for Lincoln Property Company and an IREM CPM Candidate. She joined IREM in 2017 and is pursuing her CPM designation. She has over 14 years’ experience in managing retail, office and industrial portfolios for institutional and non-institutional owners. Her current portfolio of 1.2 million square feet, consists of Class A office and industrial properties.
Ana states, "I joined IREM to not only pursue my CPM designation and extend my network, but to be part of an organization that can influence the real estate community."
Ana is married with three daughters and enjoys playing soccer on inter-city leagues in Phoenix, Arizona.
Tempe Marketplace JOINS the Elite Group of Sustainable Properties
Member Spotlight...Terry Loo, CPM
Terry Loo is a CPM® and “veteran” in property management having spent his career across numerous fields from Multi-family to Class A Commercial. He has been with CBRE, Inc. for the last 17 years and as a General Manager, he and his team of 22 currently manage a mixed portfolio of Office and Industrial assets totaling 2.5 million square feet. Terry’s philosophy is simply “constant improvement.” Purposeful evaluation drives improvements to people, systems/processes and assets by using technology, knowledge and experience. This focused review process will consistently return the most value on the things we invest in.
Being a member of IREM® Greater Phoenix provides numerous benefits, whether through networking, education or access to Industry Partners, careers are enhanced with IREM®. IREM® designations are well recognized in the greater Real Estate and Property Management community and reflect expertise and dedication that separate you from the field.
IREM President Genna Goldberg, CPM, highlights our Association!
Read the article online at https://azbigmedia.com/irem-president-helps-association-face-forward-and-move-up/
IREM® Volunteer Opportunities
- 2019 IREM® Volunteers – Click here to learn more about the NEW process for volunteering and to apply today! Deadline to submit applications is June 15th.
- 2019 Governing Councillors – Click here to learn more about serving on the Governing Council and to apply today! Deadline to submit applications is July 15th.
- 2020-2021 Regional Vice Presidents (RVPs) for Regions 1, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10 – Click here to learn more about the RVP position and to apply today! Deadline to submit application is July 15th.
IREM & Ghaster Painting & Coatings 20th Annual Golf Tournament
The Golf Tournament held on April 20th at McCormick Ranch was a huge success! Sponsors and Players raised over $5,000 for UMOM and over $3,000 for IREM Educational Scholarships for Members to pursue their IREM Credentials!
IREM Social Feeds Ryan House
IREM Greater Phoenix Social Committee provided dinner at Hospice of the Valley on February 19, 2018. We were honored to sponsor a dinner for the children and families at Ryan House! In collaboration with New Song Center for Grieving Children, Hospice of the Valley hosts a bereavement support group for the families of Ryan House who have lost a child to assist their transition to the future. Enduring Ties, the name of the bereavement support group, is held twice a month and is a very important time for the parents and siblings as they go through different workshops each session to learn to cope.