News from the Chicago Chapter
16th Annual Evening Gala Features Roaring 20’s Theme
CHICAGO, March 6, 2020– Two companies and four individuals were recognized for excellence and outstanding contributions to the property management industry March 6 during the 16th Annual IREM Chicago Premier Awards and Casino Night.
A sold out house of more than 300 industry professionals and guests attended the gala event held at the historic Drake Hotel.
These four professionals earned individual Premier Awards in their respective categories:
- Crystal Stude, CPM®, Community Specialists -- CPM® of the Year
- Angel Edwards, ARM®, Baum Revision-- ARM® of the Year
- Shari Vass, CPM®, Braeside Community Management -- Leadership Award
- Tasha Rush, ARM®, A & R Katz Management -- Rising Star
Two companies that provide products and services to the metropolitan Chicago property management industry earned awards in these categories.
- Smart Elevator-- Industry Partner of the Year
- Habitat Company – Property Management Company of the Year
The 2020 Premier Awards featured a Roaring 20’s theme, and some participants dressed in period costumes. Table centerpieces included a three-foot tall champagne glass draped with beads and pearls. The evening included food and beverage, casino games, music, camaraderie, and recognition on stage for the Premier Awards entrants and winners.
Before the Premier Awards were announced, IREM 2020 National President Cheryl Gray, CPM® delivered an inspirational message via video, which concluded with the lines: “Become what you want to be. We’re IREM.”
The awards ceremony was hosted by 2020 Chapter President Angela Aeschliman, CPM® and 2016 Past President Brian Lozell, CPM®. Aeschliman encouraged members to pursue volunteer positions with the Chapter and concluded: “We are IREM, and we are here because of you. And, we are here for you.” Chapter President-Elect Steve Schimmel, CPM®, participated by announcing entrants and handing out awards.
A total of 19 nominations were submitted for consideration during the 2020 competition. More than 40 Industry Partner companies supported the event through sponsorships.
The Premier Awards were created to recognize people, organizations and companies for excellence in areas that include innovation and technology, energy conservation, community involvement and leadership, property management, vendor services and embodying the core principles of the ARM® and CPM® credentials.
Founded in 1953, IREM Chicago has nearly 700 members who are charged with managing office, industrial and multifamily properties throughout metropolitan Chicago. The Chapter works to keep members informed on safety standards, legislative activities and other issues that have an impact on commercial real estate property management. And, it provides members with industry education, opportunities for community service, job referral services and guidance for candidates seeking to earn IREM industry designations.
IREM® is an international force of 20,000 individuals united to advance the profession of real estate management. Through training, professional development, and collaboration, IREM® supports its members and others in the industry through every stage of their career. IREM® offers the CPM®, ARM®, ACoM, and AMO® credentials, which demonstrates a commitment to, and passion for, good management.