Property Management Conference
September 30, 2013
A high-profile property management conference focusing on Best Practices in Property Management Services was held in Warsaw Sept. 6 by the Polish branch of the Chicago-based Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), which brings together professional property managers from around the world. This was the first conference in a series planned this year by the organizer.
The conference marked 15 years since the Polish branch of the institute was established and featured members of its governing council from the United States among the guests.
The event was hosted by Tadeusz Brach, president of IREM Polska, and the opening lecture was delivered by Prof. Marek Bryx, vice-rector of the Warsaw School of Economics. A speech by Elizabeth Machen, president of the U.S. Institute of Real Estate Management, on how the value of real estate can be increased in today’s difficult economy, generated a lot of interest. In turn, Adam Polanowski, a member of the management board of IREM Polska, shared his thoughts with conference participants on the property development process and stressed the importance of best practices in this area. Other speakers included officials from the Polish Chamber of Commerce (KIG), the Teraz Polska (Poland Now) Foundation, and Master Management Group.
Closing the meeting, Brach announced new projects by IREM Polska, which plans to soon offer Polish property managers specialist training programs in the management of public property, including sports and recreation facilities, in addition to its internationally recognized training and certification programs such as Certified Property Manager (CPM). IREM Polska also plans to use innovative training tools such as computer simulations, Brach said.
Future IREM Polska conferences will focus on the issue of security in the management of real estate, including sports facilities.