Start 2021 Off Strong with These Professional Development Events

Clarity Commercial is a proud and active member of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) Minnesota. This year, IREM Minnesota offers commercial real estate management professionals a full slate of professional and personal development opportunities. Here’s a look at what’s coming up in the first quarter of 2021.

Online – Cultivating Diversity and Inclusion | February 4

As commercial real estate managers, we build community, and creating a community that secures equal opportunities and protections for all is absolutely necessary. In this hour-long training, learn how to cultivate a diverse workforce to ensure your company’s long-term success.

Enroll in the virtual training on the IREM Website.

Online – Marijuana in Commercial and Residential Properties | February 16

As the effort to nationally legalize medical and recreational marijuana gains momentum, it’s important to understand its possible effects on the commercial real estate market and the industry more generally. Learn about the challenges facing commercial real estate managers in regard to legalized weed and the potential opportunities legalization presents.

Enroll in the session on the IREM website.

Online – Student Connect Trivia & Networking | February 25

Do you have what it takes to become a trivia master? IREM student members can test their knowledge on February 25 at the Student Connect Trivia & Networking virtual event. Don’t miss your chance to show off your trivia chops and win prizes!

Register on the IREM website.

Clarity Commercial owner Mel Schultz, CPM, CCIM, CCAM, is an active member of IREM and is passionate about continuing education in the commercial real estate industry. For more information about IREM and how our participation in the organization helps you, contact Clarity Commercial today.

IREM Events Can Help Commercial Property Managers Find Success in Their New Normal

The last few months have been challenging for commercial property professionals and businesspeople across Minnesota. Everyone is struggling to define how they will conduct business in their new normal. The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) offers networking and educational opportunities for commercial property managers to help them expand their connections and keep their skills current.

IREM 2020 Golf Tournament | August 3

Blow off some steam and make connections at the IREM 2020 Golf Tournament. Join fellow golfers at the Mendakota Country Club for a day on the course. The tournament will follow the COVID-19 tournament guidelines from the Minnesota Golf Association to ensure everyone stays safe. It will be a great opportunity to meet other commercial property professionals and vendors, so register yourself or an entire team today.

Register for the IREM Golf Tournament on the IREM website.

Online – Virtual CPM Capstone | September 14

The pandemic shouldn’t put a stop on your career development. The IREM CPM Capstone course will prepare you for the MPSA and CPM exams (scheduled separately). Review key commercial property management concepts and management plan skills and learn tips for completing the MSPA and CPM exams. Participants will earn IREM certification credits.

Enroll on the IREM website.

Online – Marketing and Leasing Strategies for Office Buildings | September 23

This day-long course will help you secure new tenants, maximize your available space, and make more money for your property owners. Learn all about lease types, market analyses, and how to attract and retain good tenants. Participants will also learn how to create a leasing plan for the office buildings in their portfolios. Course meets CPM and ACoM requirements.

Enroll on the IREM website.

Online – Budgeting, Cash Flow, and Reporting for Investment Real Estate | November 10

This day-long course will use several real-life case studies to illustrate budgeting, cash flow, and reporting for commercial properties. Participants will learn all of the accounting and budgeting skills they need to meet property owners’ goals for their portfolios. This course meets the requirements for CPM, ARM, and ACoM.

Enroll on the IREM website.

Clarity Commercial owner Mel Schultz, CPM, CCIM, CCAM, is an active member of IREM and is passionate about continuing education in the commercial real estate industry. For more information about IREM and how our participation in the organization helps you, contact Clarity Commercial today.


Don’t Miss These IREM Minnesota Events This Fall

Clarity Commercial is an active member of IREM Minnesota. Our local chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management hosts events throughout the year to help real estate managers hone their skills. Mark your calendars for these informative fall events.

October 9: YRU Here? A Search for Positivity in Property Management at the Golden Valley Country Club

Property managers are in the problem-solving business. Sometimes, the problems you encounter every day can be overwhelming, which can put even the most positive of people in a foul mood. The October 9 YRU Here? event will give you tips, tricks, and the inspiration to bring your positive attitude to every problem so you can find creative ways to solve it.

October 15: Roundtable on Customer Lighting Control & Building Interface at The Harrington Company

With the days getting shorter, energy-efficient lighting is a priority for Minnesota property owners. Kurt Johnson from the Egan Company will lead the October 15 roundtable on innovative lighting and lighting control options that help facilities save energy and improve building amenities.

November 5: Roundtable on the IREM Certified Sustainable Property (CSP) Program at The Harrington Company

Sustainability is more than a buzzword—it’s an integral part of commercial property management. At the November 5 Roundtable, join Stephen Todd of the Energy Guy to learn about IREM’s CSP program and get ideas from your peers on how to help your properties waste less and save more.

November 11–15: Asset Management Track Course at Atria Corporate Center

In mid-November, IREM Minnesota will host the Asset Management Track courses on financing and loan analysis (ASM603), performance and valuation (ASM604), and asset analysis (ASM605) for CPM certified property managers. Register for this valuable training on the IREM website.

December 10: Roundtable on Fenestration Field Testing at The Harrington Company

The last IREM roundtable of the year will cover field testing of fenestration products with Allan Witt of Terracon Consultants. December 10 is your chance to learn all about the ASTM and AAMA standards and methods that govern field testing.

End 2019 on a strong, positive note. Register for an upcoming IREM event today to make the most of the rest of 2019 and 2020. Clarity Commercial is looking forward to seeing you at the next IREM event!


A Sneak Peek at Upcoming Events at IREM Minnesota

The end of December is a time of reflection for the Clarity crew. It’s a little quieter in Minnesota, and we have some time to think about how the past year went and what we hope to accomplish in the new one.

Clarity Commercial invests in the professional development of our team so we can serve our clients and community better. That’s why our leadership is heavily involved in the Minnesota chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), as well as the national organization that is around the globe in 42 countries.

IREM provides ongoing education and support to real estate management companies across the state and around the country. The Minnesota chapter is hosting two valuable events in January 2019 that should be on every management company and property owner’s calendar.

January 9: SPACE-TIME-MONEY: Optimizing Business and Life

IREM’s 2019 event series kicks off with economist Toby Madden at the Golden Valley Country Club. Madden will explain his Space-Time-Money Continuum Theorem and how you can harness it to build your business and your personal wealth by working smarter and more simply. Attend to start your year off on the right foot. Register for this January 9 lunchtime event on IREM’s website.

January 29: Roof Preservation: A Sustainable Option

While IREM’s January 9 event inspires you to consider the bigger picture, you’ll leave the event on January 29 armed with practical roof knowledge (and an hour of CE credit). John Breidenbach, AIA, CSI, LEED® AP, CDT, will lead this roundtable discussion on how to trim your roofing budget while extending the life of an existing roof. Discover the economics and environmental benefits of restoring your roof. Register for this January 29 lunchtime event on IREM’s website.

The Clarity Commercial team hopes to see you at one of these January IREM events. We look forward to sharing the knowledge we gain with our property owner customers and fellow real estate management professionals. To learn more about IREM or Clarity’s role in the organization, or to plan your property management needs in 2019, contact the Clarity Commercial team today.

Are You Missing Out on IREM? An Interview with Clarity Commercial Founder Mel Schultz, CPM®

Mel Schultz, CPM®, CCIM, CCAM

Mel Schultz, CPM®, CCIM, CCAM

Mel Schultz, CPM®, has been in the Real Estate business since March of 2003, prior to 2003 he was in Medical Device manufacturing after serving in the US Navy as an electrician working on F/A – 18s.  Schultz was instrumental in growing the family business and in negotiating the sale of that business to New Concepts in 2009. Schultz’s management portfolio consists of retail properties, commercial office buildings, commercial associations and raw land development. Schultz has been a member of the New Concepts Management Group (NCMGI) team since 2009. On January 1, 2018, Mel and NCMGI ownership formed Clarity Commercial Services, LLC to further their efforts on growing a Commercial Real Estate portfolio and business. He is committed to the growth of Clarity Commercial, it’s client’s growth and his personal education and training. Schultz’s professionalism, personality and integrity are the main attributes the clients Schultz represents deeply appreciate.

Recognizing the credibility and distinction of the CPM® designation, Schultz began his IREM involvement in 2003 and earned his CPM® designation in 2007. Long active in IREM’s Minnesota Chapter, he has served in numerous chapter leadership positions, including that of 2014 MN Chapter President. He has also been honored as the chapter’s CPM® of the Year in 2014 and most recently received the 2017 Spirit of IREM award. At the National level Schultz also has served as a member of its Governing Council, a committee member on IREM’s Industry Standards Board and Membership and Credentialing Committee, Regional Vice President and is currently serving on the Executive Committee as a Member At Large.

Schultz is also involved with other organizations and earned his Certified Community Association Manager (CCAM) designation through the Minnesota Multi-Family Housing Association (recognized as the Outstanding CIC Manager of the Year in 2013) and the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation in 2011. Schultz is heavily involved by attending various events, serving on committees and in many leadership roles within each of these organizations. Schultz currently lives in Rosemount, Minnesota with his wife of more than 19 years, and is very active in their children’s many activities.

If you’re serious about your property management career, membership in the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) is absolutely essential. It’s your gateway to building relationships with peers, and industry partners as well as training on the innovations happening in our industry here in Minnesota and around the world. No other real estate group does it better than IREM! Clarity Commercial Mel Schultz, CPM®, is here to tell you why.

What is IREM?

IREM is an international organization of real estate management professionals. We have more than 20,000 members across the globe and more than 330 members in the Minnesota chapter alone. IREM’s tagline is “those who manage to make a difference,” and the organization’s mission is to support property managers through education, professional development, and collaboration with other industry professionals.

IREM welcomes college students, young professionals, and industry veterans who want to advance their career in property management. If that describes you, I’d love to hear from you!

Mel, you’re passionate about what IREM does. How did you get started in the organization?

Quite simply, without IREM, I could not do my job as a property manager up to my personal standards and those of my industry. Today, 80 percent of the contractors I partner with are supporters or members of IREM. It’s given me the opportunity to build relationships here in Minnesota and across the country, including Texas and California.

I joined my local chapter when I started in the property management industry in 2003. I earned my Certified Property Manager (CPM®) designation in 2007. By then, I had experienced the value of membership first hand and joined several committees, attended multiple events, and served on my chapter’s leadership team, which led to the role of president in 2014.

In 2015, I was asked to join the national governing council for IREM —what an honor! I was privileged to serve as the Regional Vice President of Region 9. Region 9 covers the IREM Chapters in Minnesota, Illinois, and Wisconsin for a 2-year term:  2016 and 2017.  Currently I serve as a Member-At-Large on the National Executive Committee.

Wow! That sounds like a big role. What do you like most about serving the organization at the regional level?

Being RVP is said to be “the best volunteer position in IREM!” Volunteering at the regional or national level gives you a deep understanding of why IREM is the Leader in Real Estate Management Industry.  I able to work with leaders from each chapter in the region (as well as leaders across the world) and help them improve how their chapters are run and ultimately, to help them grow their chapters.

It also offered me a good look at what IREM does to support its members on a global level. IREM is heavily involved in lobbying for policy that affects the real estate industry. It also provides ample opportunity for personal and professional growth.

Can you describe some of those opportunities for personal and professional growth through IREM?

Sure! In addition to a variety of recurring and annual events to help members build their skills and make connections. IREM offers four designations. These are designations members volunteer to pursue that indicate they implement industry best practices in their property management business.

The flagship designation is the Certified Property Manger designation, or CPM®. It is for individuals who are property management professionals. This is the designation I pursued in my early years with IREM. It unlocks the opportunity to serve on leadership within IREM.

In addition to CPM®, IREM offers Accredited Residential Manager (ARM®) and Accredited Commercial Manager (ACoM) for individuals. The Accredited Management Organization (AMO®) designation is for companies. It requires a company leader to have the ARM® or ACoM accreditation.

How can property managers learn more about IREM or join the organization?

Attend one of our events! On April 4, a speaker from the national council will speak on the value of the CPM® and how property managers can earn it. It will be held at Minneapolis Event Centers on St. Anthony Main in Minneapolis. You won’t want to miss it!

Of course, you can always reach out to me or Minnesota chapter president Charles Meadows. I’d love to share how IREM could help you take your career to the next level.