Chapter History

Founded in 1970

The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®) has been the source for education, resources, information and membership for real estate management professionals for more than 80 years.  An affiliate of the National Association of Realtors®, IREM is the only professional real estate management association serving both the multi-family and commercial real estate sectors.

IREM promotes ethical real estate management practices through its credentialed membership programs, including the Certified Property Manager® (CPM®) designation, the Accredited Residential Manager® (ARM®) certification, the Accredited Commercial Manager (ACoM) certification and the Accredited Management Organization® (AMO®) accreditation.  These esteemed credentials certify competence and professionalism for those engaged in real estate management.  In addition, IREM offers Associate, Student and Academic memberships.

Collectively, IREM CPM® Members in the United States manage over $1.5 trillion in real estate assets, including 8.4 million residential units and 8.4 billion net square feet of commercial space. An additional 977,400 residential units are managed by IREM ARM® Members. IREM Members are employed by some of the most prestigious real estate firms in the world and nearly 70% hold upper-level management positions. Due to their professionalism and vast experience, property owners and investors worldwide continually seek out the management services of IREM Members.

Founded in 1970, the Georgia Chapter of IREM is internationally recognized, year after year, as one of IREM’s largest and most successful Chapters.  The Georgia Chapter is considered by many to be an industry leader in developing new and informative programs for real estate professionals.  This success is directly attributed to the members, the partners, and the leadership teams.  Year after year, the chapter was awarded top honors and was considered the highest ranking chapter – a five star organization!

Based on these goals and the efforts of IREM GA Members and Partners - the chapter was recognized as the third best chapter in the world for year end 2009 and 2010!  Internationally the Second best large chapter in the world for year end 2011.  For year end 2012 - the International best chapter in the world / awarded the GOLD award!  For year ending 2013 National began a new program - basing awards on Innovation Awards. 

During the 2015 year end  IREM® Executive Edge and Leadership Conference, out of the 20K members IREM has, we are excited to recognize three outstanding achievements that took place. 

Our very own Velda Simpson,CPM® was approved to begin teaching "Managing the Physical Asset" course and was installed to be the 2016 and 2017  Vice President for four of the Florida Chapters and the GA chapter otherwise known as Region IV.   CLICK HERE for learning more about our RVP.


John A. Warthman, CPM® was awarded The Lloyd D. Hanford Sr. Distinguished Faculty Award. John has been an IREM faculty member and an active Chapter supporter for 40 years, since 1/1/1974. Please CLICK HERE to see why John was so deserving of this distinguishing award.

Dr. Debbie Phillips, Ph.D., CPM® was chosen as IREM's International Real Estate Management of Excellence (REME) award winner.  Please CLICK HERE for Dr. Debbie's press release. 

Chapter’s Strategic Principles

The chapter will promote the strategic principles of the national organization and promote with excellence the following principles:

  • IREM will be acknowledged as the leader in providing comprehensive, trusted, relevant, accessible knowledge and information about and to the real estate management industry at its broadest level. Sharing best practices and business trends across all asset classes and at all career levels.

  • IREM and its brands will be positioned as market leaders. Respected by practitioners, valued in the industry, recognized by the public. IREM will inform, guide, and support those who manage real estate assets from the property level to the portfolio level. Incorporating operational management, asset management, sustainability, and technology. 

  • IREM’s credentialing programs will be aligned with industry best practices and emerging industry and business trends. Delivering cutting - edge curriculum and embracing contemporary training technologies and practices.

Chapter’s Strategic Initiatives

  • Encourage a new level of outreach to members and non-members, including those that have been members but having low attendance or involvement. 

  • Empower committees to meet, plan and contribute meaningfully to the chapter in ways that meet the chapter’s strategic plan and initiatives.

  • Provide a clear purpose and specific, measurable goals to committees. 

  • Introduce, attract, and engage young talent to real estate management and prepare newcomers for career success by continued focus/ partnerships with colleges and universities, advancing employer-based outreach initiatives, engaging young professionals, and embracing demographic and generational shifts. Foster collaboration with UGA, GA TECH, GA PIEDMONT and KSU and its students.

  • Position IREM’s credentialed members and firms for business success.  Reinforcing the value proposition of those who hold the CPM®, ARM®, ACoM, and AMO® credentials to those who benefit from their profession.

  • Inform, guide, and support the operation of companies that provide real estate management as a professional service and those who lead them. Offering products and services that maximize business enterprise value, acknowledge excellence, strengthen today’s leaders, and build leaders for tomorrow.

Thank you leaders, members, and partners for the significant role you provide to make this chapter what it is today!