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IREM, and CCIM Honor Rep. Stephen Cohen (D-TN) as "Legislator of the Year"

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(Chicago, April 18, 2013) –The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and the CCIM Institute have jointly honored U.S. Congressman Stephen Cohen (D-TN) with their 2013 “Legislator of the Year” award. For the past several years, IREM and CCIM have annually recognized the efforts of a legislator who has shown significant support for, and understanding of, the issues important to commercial real estate.

Cohen was cited for his support of increased liquidity for the industry by advocating raising the business lending cap for well-capitalized credit unions. This could create significant economic growth and development. He also supports the Sales Tax Fairness Act, which would create a fair and level playing field for all retailers ‐ online or brick and mortar. As well, he has championed the Section 8 Reform Act, which provides more flexibility for American families and streamlines regulations for property owners. Observed IREM 2013 President Beth Machen, CPM, part of a group of IREM and CCIM members who presented Cohen with his award in his Capitol Hill office: As commercial real estate begins to recover, we need leaders like Rep. Cohen who understand the impacts of policies on private businesses and the importance of the real estate market to our overall economy.”

The CCIM Institute is an affiliate of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of Realtors, (NAR). The Institute confers the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation through an extensive curriculum and experiential requirements. The CCIM designation was established in 1969 and is recognized as the mark of professionalism and knowledge in commercial investment real estate.

Membership includes qualified professionals in all disciplines of commercial investment real estate, including brokers, leasing professionals, investment counselors, asset managers, appraisers, corporate real estate executives, property managers, developers, institutional investors, commercial lenders, attorneys, bankers, and other allied professionals. Of the approximately 125,000 commercial real estate practitioners nationwide, 9,000 currently hold the CCIM designation, with an additional 6,000 candidates pursuing the designation.

Founded upon the principles of education, networking, and ethical practice, the CCIM Institute, as an affiliate of the 1.2 million-member NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of Realtors, helps shape policy and legislation affecting the industry and safeguards the interests of commercial investment real estate practitioners.

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