IREM® announces 2022 Leadership Team and Board of Directors

CHICAGO (January 5, 2022) – IREM (Institute of Real Estate Management) welcomes its 2022 President Barry Blanton, CPM®, succeeding Chip Watts, CPM®, CCIM, C2EX, AHWD®. The organization has also made changes to the leadership structure, shifting from an Executive Committee and introducing an elected Board of Directors.

“As the leading institution for real estate management education and certification, IREM has re-structured our leadership strategy to best serve our members and chapter network,” says Barry. “Our Board of Directors and executive leadership provide the representation and direction to drive IREM into the future and fulfill our mission of advancing the real estate management profession.”

In addition to his position with IREM, Barry is Chief Problem Solver and a founding principal of Blanton Turner, an AMO® real estate and consulting firm based in Seattle, WA. Barry’s been in the real estate management business since 1980 and has become one of the most influential industry professionals in the Pacific Northwest. His company was named Management Company of the Year by Multifamily Housing News in 2014 and received an IREM REME (Real Estate Management Excellence) award in 2016 as “AMO of the Year.”

Serving alongside Blanton is 2022 President-Elect Renee Savage, CPM®, CCIM, President of Casavida, AMO®, in San Diego, California, and 2022 Secretary/Treasurer Libby Ekre, CPM®, founding principal of MEB Management Services, AMO®, in Phoenix, Arizona. The leadership team is rounded out by Dawn Carpenter, CPM®, 2022 IREM Secretary/Treasurer Nominee, and Broker-owner, Dawning Real Estate, AMO®, in Staten Island, New York and Chip Watts, CPM®, IREM Immediate Past President, and President of Watts Realty, Co., Inc., AMO®, in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Board of Directors is made up of 13 additional experienced real estate managers and IREM leaders. Welcome to our 2022 Board of Directors:

Board of Directors
Brad J. Ashley, CPM®, Newmark Zimmer, Kansas City, MO
Branden J. Barker, CPM®, Barker Property Management, AMO®, Baton Rouge, LA
Gregory A. Cichy, CPM®, Colliers International, AMO®, Arlington, VA
Kimberly P. Collins, CPM®, CBRE, Inc, AMO®, Indianapolis, IN
Mindy Gronbeck, CPM®, Hawkins Companies, AMO®, Boise, ID
Toni Renee Harris, CPM®, ARM®, Avanath Realty, AMO®, Reisterstown, MD
Ryan M. Huffman, CPM®, Cohen-Esrey, LLC, Overland Park, KS
Sidney Lynn Ingelson, CPM®, The Northern Trust Company, Pasadena, CA
Timothy S. Kramer, CPM®, ARM®, Draper and Kramer Incorporated, AMO®, Chicago, IL
Karen L. Pharr, CPM®, Cushman & Wakefield PIRES International, El Paso, TX
Shaniece N. Sanford, CPM®, Cushman & Wakefield, AMO®, Washington, DC
Donald B. Wilkerson, CPM®, Gaston & Wilkerson Management Group, AMO®, Reno, NV
Waddell H. Wright, CPM®, W. Wright & Co., LLC, Nashville, TN

To learn more about the IREM Board of Directors, please visit

About IREM
For over 85 years, our members have made us the world’s strongest voice for all things real estate management. Almost 20,000 leaders in commercial and residential management call this home for education, support and networking. Our CPM®, ARM®, ACoM, and AMO® certifications are internationally recognized symbols of ethical leadership and a well-managed property. And our tools deliver decades of on-the-job know-how to help members get even better at what they do. Put simply – IREM and its members are here to elevate the profession. If you know real estate management, come get to know us.

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