The IREM Foundation celebrates 2021 award winners

CHICAGO (December 9, 2021) – The IREM Foundation honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the real estate management profession. This year’s Foundation award recipients were recognized at the recent 2021 IREM Global Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“At IREM we believe that well-managed properties lead to thriving communities,” says Julie Scott, CPM® and IREM Foundation President. “The contributions made by this year’s Foundation award winners elevate property managers through education, diversity, and inclusion, and lay the groundwork for the future of our profession.”

The 2021 IREM Foundation awards go to:

Lloyd D. Hanford Sr. Distinguished Instructor Award

The IREM Foundation presents this award to an IREM Instructor for exceptional commitment to advancing professional real estate management education. This year, we’re excited to present this award to two deserving individuals for exceptional commitment and dedication to their students and the educational process.

Thomas Elmer, CPM®, has been an IREM instructor since 1990, and is certified to teach the MPSA preparation course. He’s used IREM’s live online course model to lead students through their final stages of preparation before taking their CPM and MPSA exams. By lending his expertise to students as they prepare for CPM certification, he demonstrates his commitment to advancing the next generation of real estate leaders.

Hao Sun is dedicated to expanding IREM education globally. He’s made significant contributions to IREM’s international education from 2017 – 2021, particularly in the asset management sector. Hao’s efforts have helped to position IREM as a worldwide leader in the real estate industry, and real estate management specifically.

J. Wallace Paletou Award

This award is presented to a CPM who has made significant contributions to the betterment of society through their role as a real estate manager.

Glenn French, CPM® Emeritus, fits this description with his trail blazing for diversity and inclusion within the real estate industry over several decades. He’s celebrating his 46th year as a CPM after becoming the first African American to join the IREM faculty in 1980. In 2009 he became the first person in the nation to establish a real estate degree program at an Historically Black College or University (HBCU) when he launched the real estate major at St. Augustine University in Raleigh, North Carolina. He’s also a consultant to Harvard’s Public Housing Operating Cost Study, which has contributed greatly to public housing research.

Congratulations to this year’s winners.

About the IREM Foundation

We believe that well managed real estate leads to thriving communities, and we value providing access to education and resources that assist those in the real estate management profession. The IREM Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity and was established in 1977. The Foundation is exclusively supported through donations from IREM members.

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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