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IREM Debuts IREM iCon.
A New Annual Industry Education and Networking Conference

First Event Slated for Oct. 19 to 23 in Orlando

(Chicago, July 8, 2010) – IREM iCon, a new annual industry education and networking conference sponsored by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), will debut from Oct. 19 to 23, 2010, at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, a new hotel adjacent to Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. The event will feature compelling education sessions on timely and diverse property management and related topics as well as ample time for networking and new business development to help attendees meet the challenges and capitalize on the opportunities presented by these turbulent times.

According to O. Randall Woodbury, CPM, IREM President, IREM iCon will bring together some of real estate management’s most accomplished practitioners at a time of growing recognition among property owners/investors and other industry players that good management matters more than ever before. “IREM iCon is a totally new experience designed by property managers, for property managers,” said Woodbury, “with more than 40 hours of relevant education plus peer-to-peer information sharing that will impact attendees’ professional development far beyond the conference itself.”

IREM iCon attendees will benefit from more than 20 education sessions on many of today’s most popular and critical topics. Subjects to be examined include “Building Your Brand Through Stellar Customer Service,” “Current State of the Capital Markets,” Social Media: Fear It Or Embrace It,” and “Troubled Assets: Financial Crisis Evolution.” In addition, individual sessions for practitioners specializing in retail/shopping centers, multifamily properties, office buildings, and mixed-use developments will focus on “Strategies for Addressing Changing Tenant Demands.” Lively, interactive, online discussions among IREM Members have been taking place on some of the subjects to be addressed on the educational program agenda and are expected to continue after the event concludes.

IREM iCon keynoter is Lee Cockerell, former Executive Vice President of Operations for Walt Disney World, who will draw on his vast experience with Hilton Hotels, Marriott Corporation, and Disney to detail the leadership and customer intelligence gained from being affiliated with three powerhouse companies. Other key event components include an array of IREM governance meetings as well as diverse social and recreational events ranging from a golf tournament to benefit the IREM Foundation, to an inaugural gala dinner honoring IREM’s outgoing and incoming presidents, to a special networking event to be held in conjunction with the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.

IREM iCon is open to all commercial real estate and allied professionals. The discounted registration fee for IREM Members – which includes all education sessions and activities, an evening gala, and several other functions – is $600 for registrations received by Sept.1, 2010, rising to $650 thereafter. The discounted registration for non-members is $800 until Sept. 1, rising to $850 thereafter.  Day pass and student registration also are available. For registration details and additional information, call 800-837-0706, ext. 4650, or visit

Since 1969, the Chicago-based CCIM Institute has conferred the Certified Commercial
Investment Member (CCIM) designation to commercial real estate and allied professionals through an extensive curriculum of 200 classroom hours, and professional experiential requirements. Currently, there are 9,000 CCIMs in 1,000 markets in the U.S. and 31 additional countries. An equal number of practitioners are pursuing the designation, making the Institute the governing body of one of the largest commercial real estate networks in the world. An affiliate of the National Association of Realtors, the CCIM Institute’s recognized curriculum, powerful technology tools, and networking programs impact and influence the way CCIM members do business. Visit for more information.

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