Welcome to 2020. What? It can’t be our 45th year! We are indeed heading into our 45th year and—thanks to all of you—the future looks bright for Investors Realty.
2019 was a busy year, but a good year for us here at IRI. We are achieving continued growth across our departments. Our brokerage volume continues on a growth trajectory. Our property management department now manages over 6 million square feet.
Due to all of that growth, we moved our offices after 34 years in the same location. We are getting used to operating a little differently in our new configuration, which allows for more open space and more collaboration. We invite you to stop by and see us or – better yet – bring your nonprofit or company and use our conference/training area for a day!
We have updated our technology both in our brokerage operation and property management, and added services to better serve our clients and tenants. New work order systems, payment systems and cyber security measures were added in property management. We have also added a dedicated marketing manager, changed our process and software for preparing marketing materials and changed our online marketing communications provider. We think these changes will create efficiencies, reduce costs and ultimately provide a better product and service to our clients.
New technologies over the past five years have brought efficiency to many areas of our daily operation as well as our interaction with our clients and customers. We expect the changes to be even greater in the next five years, and we will lean into it. We feel that our momentum going into 2020 is strong and we hope the economy does not slow us down. Our clients will expect us to continue to perform to a high level and we have every intention of satisfying their needs.
One of our core values is education. I am extremely proud to say that we added to our designations once again in 2019. Pat Regan and Ryan Kuehl both earned the CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation. JP Raynor earned the SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors) designation.
I take special pride in letting you know that Stephanie Chevalier received her CPM (Certified Property Manager) designation this year. Stephanie started at Investors in 2000 at a young age as an assistant to my team. She has continuously learned and taken on new roles within the company. For the past five years she has been a property manager, and now she has achieved her CPM designation, providing her with education and tools to serve her clients in a more strategic way.
We now have a higher percentage of CCIMs than any other company in the United States. We have 13 CCIMs, five SIORS, three CPMs and multiple MBAs and JDs. I am not one to brag, but this is worth mentioning. Our team embraces continuous growth and learning and we are proud to support their efforts.
As we close out our 44th year, we are once again grateful to our clients, friends and stakeholders who have helped make Investors Realty successful. We believe Omaha is a great place to do business and we look forward to seeing you and working with you in 2020.
Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones!
This article appeared in our company newsletter in December of 2019. Please click here to download the entire newsletter.