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IREM Hawaii Chapter's 2013-2014 board, front to back row, from left: Gifford Chang, Steven Sofos, Lois Ekimoto, Michelle Wong, Wayne Nakashima, Davie Felipe, Joylin Ho-Shum, Kristi Hirota-Schmidt, Jeremy Long, IREM Regional VP Renee Savage and Kawika Keala The Age Of IREM As Honolulu's next wave of high-rises takes shape, the Institute of Real Estate Management Hawaii Chapter is prepping property managers to take the helm. By Stacy Pope S can Honolulu's high-rise skyline, and it's easy to grasp the major role property managers play in Hawaii. At each commercial and residential highrise, as well as at mid- and low-rise properties across the state, a property manager is tending to hundreds of tenants, serving as a liaison between tenants and management and overseeing the development and maintenance of the building and its facilities, which itself is a fulltime job. The role of a property manager is becoming increasingly sophisticated these days, and qualifications are changing. With the city's new fleet of technologically advanced luxury towers on the way and an expected demand for highly polished managers to oversee them, many managers are 8 June-July 2014 BMH looking to up their game. When these buildings open, everyone should be able to move up the line-if they're ready for it. Enter the perfect solution for a new age: IREM. The Institute of Real Estate Management Hawaii Chapter provides educational opportunities that help people prepare for careers within the property management industry, supports managers in their current positions and enables them to advance their careers. "Most of our members already work in the field," says Association Executive Lauren Kagimoto. "But standards have risen-even on how to conduct business-and the playing field's going to change. We're here to help everyone keep up to date. What managers want is to sharpen their skills, get credentialed, become more professional and have the chance to move up to better properties, as well as improve their salaries. Even though you might be a resident manager, it's better to be an accredited residential manager; the difference is kind of like being an accountant but not a CPA." IREM is the only organization that serves both commercial and residential real estate professionals who manage all property types. Through the organization, managers-or those wanting to become managers- can pursue Accredited Resident ManagerĀ® (ARM) certification, Certified Property ManagerĀ® (CPM) designation or Accredited Commercial Manager (ACoM) certification, which

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Building Management Hawaii June/July 2013

The Age Of IREM
On Site: Life Of A Property Manager

Building Management Hawaii June/July 2013