3 reasons I Consider the IREM’s Fall Leadership a Can’t Miss Event

by Aaron Bosshardt

IREM Fall Leadership Conference
October 15-19, 2013
Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Scottsdale, Arizona

IREM Fall Leadership Conference

This will be the fourth year in a row I have attended the IREM Fall leadership conference. Four years ago I went to the Orlando convention a new CPM, but I had more questions than a five year old on a road trip. Since then, I’ve learned a lot about property management and my company has grown accordingly. Knowledge is power and knowledge put to work is professionalism.


Normally after four years of any one venue you get a little tired and feel a little stale. But, there are three reasons I’m more excited than ever about this event.


IREM created an executive edge program this year. I’ll get one whole day to learn and network with other property management firm owners and executives. This is invaluable in a competitive field like commercial property management.


Now there is IREM’s members only Shared Interest Community. These are the LinkedIn groups by property type. We share ideas, problems, best practices and innovations on LinkedIn, but when we get together that’s when sparks fly! My only regret as the owner of a diverse firm is that I can’t get to all the different property types.


Finally, the IREM Foundation is having another super cool event “Boots and Buckles” The foundation provides scholarships for property managers to advance their education through IREM when they can’t afford to do it on their own. I know that getting a CPM isn’t cheap- but as someone who took that leap of faith in 2008 and was able to pay my own way, I can safely say that my CPM has earned me a return far greater than any other investment I’ve ever made in my career.

Did I forget to mention that the Foundation is also having a golf tournament?  Oh the sacrifices I have to make in the name of professionalism and education. See you in Scottsdale!


Aaron Bosshardt currently serves as the Chairperson of the Children’s Home Society of Mid Florida and the President of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) Chapter 60. You can read the most recent coverage about him in the Gainesville Sun by clicking http://bit.ly/XybpaO

14. October 2013 by Jorge Rivera
Categories: IREM, Multifamily, Property, Property Management | 107 comments

Comments (107)

  1. Looks Like a great event.

  2. Great article, Aaron. I used to work for a company out of Scottsdale. You can’t beat that area for vacation. Hope you can extend your conference stay to include some sites. The views from Camelback Mountain are terrific.

  3. Good post.. enjoyed reading

  4. I hope one day to be able to make this event, as a Broker I think it is important to keep on all these topics.

  5. Looks like it would be very interesting.

  6. Its all about leadership! Good read!

  7. Looking forward to the event. PERFECT time to be in Scottsdale! For those visiting, you will see why we chose to live here! So, great event in a great location!

  8. “Knowledge is power and knowledge put to work is professionalism.” Well said. I firmly believe this to be true, especially for Realtors.

  9. Thank you, Aaron, for telling us about IREM’s Executive Edge program and the Boots & Buckles program. I appreciate that you mentioned these programs & I appreciate your insight.

  10. Great post! This event sounds like it going to be a lot of fun, filled with education, and an experience to remember. Events do tend to sound stale, until to actually get there. We ask what else can we possibly learn or be told? Many events turn out to be refreshing and life changing. It’s not what you say all the time, but it’s how you say it. Go and present like a pro. Be natural!

  11. Scottsdale? Now that’s a great place for a convention, eh?

  12. If you can promise sunsets like this, I’ll happily attend. Wow, what an opportunity to learn and “vacation.” Biz expense, of course!

  13. Wonderful, educational and fun, see you there

  14. Great event; it sounds perfect for learning and networking.

  15. I agree. Good article. Thank you!

  16. Will watch for next year’s event – thanks!

  17. “Consider the IREM’s Fall Leadership a Can’t Miss Event”. Enough said.

  18. I do not know what IREM is.
    I cannot afford to go to Arizona.

  19. Sorry to miss this event, ESPECIALLY since it is in Arizona where the sunsets are almost as beautiful as those in the Florida Keys.

  20. It’s a beautiful place to have a seminar, I wish I could attend to find out more information.

  21. Sounds like a great topic and great location!

  22. Wish I was there!

  23. Love it sounds great!

  24. Sounds like a great event, I look forward to attending.

  25. Good article. I would love to gain more knowledge and education on the topic.

  26. Great article. Looks like it is going to be a great conference.

  27. Always a great event.

  28. This looks like a great event! Wish I would have known sooner! I scheduled a workshop in Indy that I just got back from.

  29. How do I learn more about getting a scholarship. As an investment property owner myself, I would love to learn more about incorporating this into my business and get certification.

  30. If commercial real estate were my source of business I would be attending

  31. Sounds interesting

  32. When are we having one in Hawaii??

  33. Sounds like it’s a great event, and you are having a wonderful time!

  34. The Westin hotel in N Scottsdale is a fabulous location for a conference. This hotel has a nice golf course, spa and pools. It is also located across the street from two of the nicest shopping malls in Scottsdale, with more great restaurants. This will be a great event.

  35. Sorry I missed the conference. Hope I can attend next year.

  36. Nice post, Wish I could go..

    Loved the “Knowledge is power and knowledge put to work is professionalism.”

  37. Great article!

  38. it is too late to go but would have considered it had I known sooner

  39. IREM is an acronym for “Institute of Real Estate Managers” an affiliate of NAR, which has been around since 1933.

  40. I have never been to one of these, but I am hoping to be able to attend one soon. Thank you for your great post!

  41. Great article! Would have loved to be there

  42. Great article!

  43. looking forward to it

  44. Would be great to have resources for cross-selling and referral networks between commercial and residential brokers…any ideas?

  45. Anytime I can surround myself with the best in my profession I gain so much more knowledge. I am a better Realtor for having attended any of the convention

  46. Really appreciate the insights and the overall to keep current. It’s gotta be a lot of work. Thank you!

  47. Great event to attend.

  48. Sounds very informative, knowledge is power:)

  49. Sounds like a great event, although I cannot make it this year…

  50. This sounds like a great event.

  51. Great article! Thank you!

  52. Thanks for the article. Happy to have found this blog.

  53. Great time to be learning and playing in Scottsdale

  54. Thank you for the information–Would love to atted..

  55. Looks like a great event!

  56. There is no better time to visit our Valley of the Sun!

  57. Great article, interesting information.

  58. Looks like a great event … and a nice time of year to get out to Arizona!

  59. Appreciate the article, looks like a great place, wish I could be there. Keep up the good work.

  60. Great article, wish I could make it this year but I will be there next year!

  61. Good article. Thank you for sharing.

  62. Excellent read and I thank you for sharing with us.

  63. To bad I had to change brokers I would love to have gone to this.

  64. Hope you’re having a great time!

  65. It’s a great conference. I’ll try to make it this time

  66. Best time of year to visit Arizona. Think I will gas up the car and head over. Life is an education. Thanks for the info

  67. Sounds like a good event. Maybe next year.

  68. This is new to me, Would love to know what CPM stands for!

  69. Continuing education is the key to success! Sounds like a great event.

  70. Would love to attend – knowledge is power, particularly in an ever changing industry such as ours.

  71. Wish I was there. I would have celebrated my birthday there on Saturday.

  72. Sounds like a really beneficial event!

  73. Good information. I will share this with out property managers!

  74. Thanks

  75. IREM Foundation sounds like a great way to help your industry community advance their knowledge and education. Also cool that you’re leveraging LinkedIn to support your members.

  76. This sounds like a fabulous event! I hope to one day be able to make it to this event. Knowledge is power!

  77. definitely have me watching for the next one.

  78. Great article, Great information!

  79. Learning how to lead in this marketplace is essential to our success. It’s impossible to implement a differentiation strategy without leadership!

  80. “Knowledge is power and knowledge put to work is professionalism” is my favorite quote for the month! My motto is Ora et Labora – Pray then Work. Thankful for our profession.

    Thanks for a great article.

  81. This looks for interesting. Would love to explore the commercial side in the near future.

  82. This looks like it will be a great event!

  83. These events sounds rewarding in more than one way! Thank you for sharing!

  84. The IREM sounds like a very important group, and the events sounds very informative and a lot of fun. I should not have missed it, but I did not know about it. Too late this time, but I will be on the look out for future events.

  85. Great article!

  86. Looks like this will be a very informative event!

  87. Just saw this post. I guess I miss it but there is always next year.

  88. I enjoyed your article.

  89. Looks like a good event. I need to go to Scottsdale.

  90. I would be happy to assist sellers and buyers of c0mmercial property in the Greater Dayton, Ohio area where the median selling price for all real estate is about 56% of the U.S. MSP.

  91. IREM is a great organization and resource for property managers. Attend the event if you can!

  92. What a great article!

  93. Sounds like a great event with lots of good information

  94. Looks like a great event!

  95. Great article, I hope to go next year

  96. I love Scottsdale and just realized I missed it!

  97. Wish I could attend, seems like a LOT of useful information. Maybe some day!

  98. Scottsdale is a great place for this meeting.

  99. Attending events like this are what helps us to do a better job for our clients by staying abreast of industry trends.

    Great information in a great place to take in some sun and return to work refreshed!

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