2021 Governing Council

Governing Council

The Governing Council is IREM’s ultimate decision-making body. Governing Councillors have a strong understanding of local, national, and international issues that need to be brought to the forefront of the IREM agenda. They are knowledgeable about the real estate management industry. And they are knowledgeable about how IREM works – strategically, operationally, and legislatively. 

Over 250 members serve on the Governing Council, including:

Elected Governing Councillors

  • 13 ARM Representative Governing Councillors (serve 2 year terms)
  • 75 At-Large Governing Councillors (serve 3 year terms)

Ex-Officio Governing Councillors (serve on Governing Council for the term of their position)

  • President, who serves as the Chair
  • President-Elect
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • Regional Vice Presidents
  • Senior Vice Presidents
  • All remaining members of the Executive Committee
  • IREM Past Presidents
  • All sitting Chapter Presidents*

* If you will be a Chapter President in 2021, you will be an ex-officio member of Governing Council and you should not submit a Governing Council application.

Governing Council FAQs

  • How will I make a difference by serving on Governing Council?

    Make decisions that affect IREM, including:

    • Adopting the strategic plan
    • Approving the annual operating plan and budget
    • Determining legislative advocacy issues and setting IREM policy
    • Approving member programs, services, and products, and chapter formation, dissolution, and policies
    • Approving Bylaw amendments and Statement of Policy modifications

    Make decisions that affect the real estate profession. Use your leadership skills to represent the voice of IREM membership by bringing emerging industry trends, issues, and challenges to the forefront of IREM’s focus and planning. As an IREM Member, you are in a unique position to be a decision-maker on the highest level, helping IREM increase recognition and build the presence of the real estate management industry.

    Make decisions that affect you. By participating on the Governing Council, you will be exposed to many career-building opportunities. You’ll expand your professional network, hone your leadership skills, and be in a position to directly impact the careers of both you and your colleagues.

  • What would be my commitment as a Governing Councillor?
    • Attend the annual IREM meeting for the duration of your term and actively participate – please note that all expenses related to attending the IREM Global Summit are the responsibility of the volunteer. 
    • Be knowledgeable about IREM’s strategic plan, bylaws, policies, and key programs.
    • Review Governing Council reports, financial reports, agendas, and other materials distributed throughout the year.
    • Represent the voice of your chapter and region.
  • How and when are Governing Councillors selected?
    • All interested members must submit an application by June 19, 2020.
    • Applications are reviewed by the Nominating Committee, which chooses the slate of nominees.
    • If nominated, you will be notified via email by mid-August and will need to accept the nomination via the link you receive – and by the deadline – in order to confirm your nomination. 
    • The slate of nominees will be published 30 days prior to the election. 
    • During the Global Summit in Toronto, Canada, all IREM members in attendance at Governing Council meeting elects the new Councillors from the slate of nominees – the term begins at the conclusion of this Global Summit (October 16, 2020).

Things to note before applying…

  • Each of the 13 U.S. regions is allocated a specific number of At-Large Governing Councillors based on the total number of CPM Members. In addition, each U.S. region has one ARM Representative on Governing Council.
  • International members may submit an application and may be nominated if U.S. regions do not get enough applications to fill vacancies.
  • Per IREM Bylaws, no elected Governing Councillor after having served two full consecutive terms, shall be eligible for re-election until one year’s time has elapsed.

Questions about serving as a Governing Councillor?

Contact IREM Headquarters at or (800) 837-0706 ext.6094 or (312) 329-6094.

Our site uses cookies to improve your visiting experience. Please view our Cookie and Privacy Policy.
Got it