Governing Council

IREM® 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.

Applications now open through July 15, 2024, for the following regions with open seats for the 2025-2027 term:

    Region 1 – One (1) seat
    (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)

Region 8 – Two (2) seats
(AZ, CO, NV, NM, UT)

    Region 2 – Three (3) seats
(DE, NJ, NY, PA)

Region 9 – One (1) seat
(IL, MN, WI)

    Region 3 – Two (2) seats
    (MD, VA, DC)

Region 10 – Two (2) seats
(IA, KS, MO, NE, ND, SD)

    Region 4 – One (1) seat

Region 11 – Six (6) seats
(CA, HI)

    Region 5 – One (1) seat
(AL, AR, LA, MS)

Region 12 – None
(AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY)

    Region 6 – Two (2) seats
    (IN, KY, MI, OH, WV)

Region 13 – Three (3) seats
(NC, SC, TN)

Region 7 – Four (4) seats
(OK, TX)

Click here to view the Governing Council Breakdown per Region

Important updates about 2025 events

Participation in IREM governance will look different starting in 2025 as we take a new approach to our events! 

Starting in 2025, IREM will host two new events: 

  • PropertyCon
    An IREM education experience

    April/May (location TBD), a two-day event of educational programming and networking for members and non-members; no governance meetings. This conference allows us to: 
    • Extend our brand as an educational Institute  
    • Expand our reach to more members and non-members – giving more of what people want 
  • IREM Leadership Forum (replaces IREM Global Summit)

    October in Chicago, a training and governance event that includes: 
    • Chapter training for Chapter Boards and IAEs (similar to current Chapter Leadership Retreat) 
    • Networking and celebrations  
    • Governing Council – will be hybrid, participate in-person or virtually
    • Other governance meetings held in-person: IREM Board of Directors, IREM Foundation Board of Directors, Nominating Committee, RVP Advisory Council 
    • All other committees, advisory councils, and ethics panels will be virtual only throughout the year 

What does this mean for you as you consider volunteering in 2025? 
Our goal is to always enhance member experience and optimize volunteer time. This re-imagined approach allows more flexibility and inclusion for governance participation – helping us to expand our volunteer pool. 

  • Save time and money! If you apply to serve and are appointed for a committee, advisory council, or ethics panel, all your meetings will be virtual only. 
  • If you apply for and are nominated to serve on Governing Council, you can choose to attend in-person or participate virtually. 

“I have been an IREM volunteer serving in various roles for 10+ years. If it were not for my involvement in IREM, I would not have my current position at my company. It was through my connections at IREM that helped catapult my career and form lifelong friendships. IREM members are great people, and by volunteering you get to engage and connect to the smartest individuals in the industry! Being an IREM volunteer is truly a wonderful opportunity – both personally and professionally. Where else can you get this kind of experience and high-level certification that sets you apart from all others in the property management industry?”

Teika L. Haymon, CPM®, ACoM®
Foulger Pratt | Portfolio Manager, Commercial Management
Potomac, MD


Things to know about the IREM Governing Council

 Over 230+ members serve on the Governing Council:

  • Elected Governing Councillors – must be a CPM®, ARM®, ACoM®, or CPM candidate
    • Seventy-five (75) elected Governing Councillors
    • Serve three-year terms
  • Ex-officio members of Governing Council – serve on Governing Council for the term of their position
    • President (Chair of Governing Council)
    • President-Elect
    • Secretary/Treasurer
    • Regional Vice Presidents
    • IREM Country Vice Presidents
    • Remaining members of the IREM Board of Directors
    • IREM Past Presidents
    • All sitting Chapter Presidents
  • Seats per region – each of the 13 U.S. regions are allocated a specific number of the 75 elected Governing Council seats based on the total number of CPMs at year-end.
  • International members – all IREM members, including international members, are welcome to apply; however, please note all meetings will be scheduled in North American time zones, materials will be provided in English only, and attendance at the IREM Leadership Forum (either virtually or in-person) for the duration of the three-year term is required.  All expenses for in-person attendance are the responsibility of the volunteer.
  • Re-election – 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.
  • Governing Councillors are expected to:
    • Attend (virtually or in-person) the annual Governing Council meeting for the duration of your term and actively participate.
    • 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.

Governing Council FAQs

  • How and when are Governing Councillors selected?
    • All interested members must submit an application by the deadline; late applications will not be considered.
    • Applications are reviewed by the Nominating Committee, which chooses the slate of nominees.
    • If nominated, you will be notified via email by early September and will need to accept the nomination via the link you receive – and by the deadline –to confirm your nomination.
    • The slate of nominees is published 30 days prior to the election, which takes place during the annual Governing Council meeting.
    • All IREM members in attendance at the annual Governing Council meeting elect the new Councillors from the slate of nominees – the term begins January 1 the following year.
  • What expenses are covered for Governing Councillors?

    For those attending the IREM Leadership Forum, all expenses are the responsibility of the volunteer.

  • What are the terms for Governing Councillors?

    Councillors serve a 3-year, staggered term; terms begin January 1 and end December 31.

  • What would be my commitment as a Governing Councillor?
    • Attending the annual Governing Council meeting (virtually or in-person) for the duration of your term.
    • Reviewing agendas and being prepared to actively participate in discussions and decision-making.
    • Having an understanding of IREM’s strategic plan,  policies, governing documents, and key programs.
    • Reviewing quarterly Governing Council reports and other materials distributed throughout the year.
    • Representing the voice of your chapters and region.
  • How will I make a difference by serving on Governing Council?

    Make decisions that affect IREM’s future:

    • Adopting the strategic plan
    • Approving the annual operating plan and budget
    • Approving IREM Legislative Statement of Policies
    • Approving membership requirements, chapter formation or dissolution, and governance policies
    • Approving Bylaw amendments and Statement of Policy modifications

    Making decisions that affect the real estate management 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 profession.

Click here for application

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

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