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San Francisco Exec James Cantrell, CPM, Honored for Contributions
to Real Estate Management Education

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Editor’s Note: A photo of James Cantrell is available upon request to Sharon Peters.

(Chicago, April 17, 2013) –The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public foundation, recently honored James H. Cantrell, CPM, of San Francisco, CA, with its Lloyd D. Hanford Sr. Distinguished Faculty Award. The Hanford award is presented periodically to a member of the IREM faculty who has shown extraordinary dedication to the educational process and the advancement of knowledge in the real estate management profession. It commemorates the direct contributions of Lloyd D. Hanford, Sr., one of the Institute’s early presidents and a founder of the IREM real estate management education program.

An IREM instructor for 30 years, teaching courses throughout the world, Cantrell is president of Cantrell, Harris & Associates, a San Francisco-based real estate consulting firm. The firm provides consulting and hands-on management of all types of real estate assets for institutional and private investors throughout California. With more than 35 years of asset and property management experience across a variety of property types, Cantrell specializes in the turnaround of properties with deferred maintenance and a history of mismanagement.

Prior to joining Cantrell Harris 25 years ago, Cantrell was affiliated with Arlen Realty, Clevetrust Realty Investors, and Regency Equities. As well, he was president of Plaza Equities Management, Inc. managing a national portfolio of approximately $275 million of mixed assets.

Cantrell has long been active in IREM at the local and national levels. He has served as president of IREM’s San Francisco Bay Area Chapter No. 21, and was honored with two chapter awards in recognition of his contribution to professional education. Nationally, he has been an IREM Regional Vice President and has served as chair of several committees. In addition, Cantrell has been a featured speaker on major industry speech platforms; a contributing author to the John Wiley Handbook of Real Estate; and an Associate Professor and faculty member of Golden Gate University, teaching courses in the Masters Program on property and asset management. As well, he was appointed in 2009 by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom to the City of San Francisco’s “Existing Building Efficiency Initiative Task Force.”
Cantrell is a court appointed receiver for properties in San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Los Angeles, San Joaquin and Sonoma Counties. He holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami and is a licensed Real Estate Broker in California.

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 560 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