IREM Foundation receives generous gift from Bob and Gladys Beal

There was once a time when nearly everyone involved with IREM had met, or at least knew of the good-hearted couple from Arkansas, Bob Beal, CPM® and his wife Gladys. Bob was a fixture at IREM, a mentor, a connector, and a man dedicated to the profession. Bob and his wife Gladys had a deep love for IREM and freely shared this love with others. Countless CPMs and ARMs were born out of the Beal’s generosity.

Bob spent more than 50 years at RPM Management, AMO®, in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he served as president, and shortly before his passing in 2013 served as chairman emeritus. He was also an active member of IREM, serving at both the local and national level. He received many recognitions and awards in that time, serving as an IREM Regional Vice President and an IREM Foundation board member. He also received the 2008 Arkansas Chapter Man of the Year award.

Bob and Gladys passed away in 2013, within a few short weeks of each other, and while their presence is truly missed, their legacy at IREM lives on. The IREM Foundation is a named beneficiary of the Beal’s trust, and to date, we have received just over $1 million in distributions.

The funds will be used to support the Beals’ desire for IREM to prosper, lead, educate, and endure in the field of professional real estate management. With this truly unprecedented and transformative gift, the legacy of Bob and Gladys will live on to reflect the magnitude of their passion.

Donate to the Robert K. and Gladys M. Beal Fund

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About the IREM Foundation

The Institute of Real Estate Management Foundation (IREM Foundation), established in 1977, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public foundation. View our 2019 Annual Report.

Our mission is to be a resource for people and organizations seeking to advance the profession of real estate management. The IREM Foundation supports initiatives developed or endorsed by IREM that increase diversity, the engagement of young professionals, and expansion of industry knowledge.

Contact the IREM Foundation at or 312-329-6008 with any questions you may have.

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