IREM Foundation Honors Industry Veteran and IREM Staff Officer Chuck Achilles

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(Chicago, May 9, 2011) - The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) Foundation has honored Charles (Chuck) Achilles, IREM’s Chief Legislative and Research Officer, with its J. Wallace Paletou Award. Presented to Achilles recently at IREM’s 11th Annual Leadership and Legislative Summit in Washington, DC, the Paletou Award recognizes individuals who make outstanding contributions and show extraordinary dedication to the real estate management industry.

IREM Foundation President Edward Boudreau, CPM , who presented Achilles with the award, commented: “As a member of the IREM staff for 38 years, overseeing IREM’s ongoing legislative, regulatory and research activities, Chuck interfaces regularly with Congress and various governmental agencies on IREM’s behalf and has vast knowledge of all of the areas he directs The author of numerous articles published in the Journal of Property Management, Chuck also is a frequent presenter at IREM-sponsored conferences and a highly respected and sought-after speaker by other industry groups.”

In addition to his oversight of IREM’s legislative, regulatory and research initiatives, Achilles manages the publication, annually, of IREM’s income/expense benchmarking studies for five major property sectors. For the past 14 years, he also has managed legislative and research activities for the CCIM Institute.

Achilles earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Northern Illinois University (NIU) and a Master of Business Administration degree in Quantitative Analysis from Chicago-based Loyola University.

ABOUT THE IREM FOUNDATION
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.

ABOUT THE INSTITUTE OF REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT
The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) is an international community of real estate managers across all property types dedicated to ethical business practices and maximizing the value of investment real estate. An affiliate of the National Association of Realtors, IREM has been a trusted source for knowledge, advocacy and networking for the real estate management community for more than 80 years.

IREM is the only professional real estate management association serving both the multi-family and commercial real estate sectors and has 80 U.S. chapters, 14 international chapters, and several other partnerships around the globe. Worldwide membership includes nearly 18,000 individual members and over 535 corporate members.

IREM promotes ethical real estate management practices through its credentialed membership programs, including the Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation, the Accredited Residential Manager (ARM) certification, the Accredited Commercial Manager (ACoM) certification, and the Accredited Management Organization (AMO) accreditation. These esteemed credentials certify competence and professionalism for those engaged in real estate management. IREM also offers CPM Candidate, Associate, Student, and Academic memberships. All members are bound by the strictly enforced IREM Code of Professional Ethics.

Collectively, CPM Members in the United States manage nearly $2 trillion in real estate assets, including 11.4 million residential units and 10.4 billion net square feet of commercial space. 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 www.irem.org.