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Winners of First Annual Real Estate Faculty and Student Writing Announced by IREMand the IREM Foundation

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(Chicago, April 24, 2013) – A student from Brigham Young University and a professor from California State University-Fullerton have been named winners of the first annual writing competition to promote scholarship in the field of real estate property and asset management sponsored jointly by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and the IREM Foundation.

The winning student submission was authored by Nick Gonzalves of Brigham Young University (BYU); the winning faculty submission was authored by Dr. Michael LaCour-Little of California State University-Fullerton (Cal State Fullerton). Both winners were honored at a special awards ceremony held during IREM’s recently concluded 13th Annual Leadership and Legislative Summit in Washington, DC.

Gonzalves’ submission, titled “Social Media and Property Management,” explores how real estate managers can effectively use social media and also address the challenges created by these platforms. Gonzalves currently is pursuing a degree in Facility and Property Management at BYU.

The submission by Dr. LaCour-Little – who is a Professor of Finance at Cal State-Fullerton as well as the Director of Real Estate and Land Use Institute housed within the institution’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics – is titled “Issues and Opportunities in Multifamily Property Management.” It addresses both the strengths of the multifamily market segment and its need to acquire and develop talent.

All of the writing competition submissions were judged anonymously by a panel of practicing real estate managers based on:
  • Importance of the topic to real estate management
  • Practical application to the industry
  • Clarity, originality, organization, and presentation of the material.

The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) Foundation, established in 1977, is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) public foundation. The IREM Foundation is committed to attracting, developing, and retaining individuals for careers in real estate management. This mission is supported by the generosity of individual IREM Members and chapters, corporate sponsors, and private contributors.

The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) is an international community of real estate managers dedicated to ethical business practices, maximizing the value of investment real estate, and promoting superior management through education and information sharing. An affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS, IREM is the home for all industry professionals connected to real estate management – and the only organization serving both the multi-family and commercial sectors.

We believe that good management matters, and that well-managed properties pay dividends in terms of value and in the quality of life for residents, tenants and customers. We believe in professional ethics. We believe in the power of knowledge and the importance of sharing it.

IREM offers a variety of membership types for professionals of every experience level, from on-site managers to high-level executives. Our credentials, earned by meeting high standards of education, experience, and ethical business practices, include: Certified Property Manager (CPM), Accredited Residential Manager (ARM), Accredited Commercial Manager (ACoM), or Accredited Management Organization (AMO).

Since 1933, IREM has set the standard for best practices in real estate management. Today, IREM membership includes nearly 18,000 individuals and 550 corporate members. To learn more about the IREM and its chapter network, call (800) 837-0706, ext. 4650 (outside the U.S. call (312) 329-6000) or visit