By Stephen L. Burger, CPM®,
Recently, the Institute of Real Estate Management’s Federal Housing Advisory Board descended on Washington, DC.
The purpose was to conduct what turned out to be a number of very successful
meetings with key agency stakeholders on a number of issues close to the hearts
of real estate owners and managers of federally assisted properties.
I was honored to be on that board
and help foster a dialog with such Washington insiders as Bryan Hooper, deputy
administrator for Multifamily Housing in the Rural Housing Service of the US
Department of Agriculture; Priya Jayachandran, deputy assistant secretary in
the HUD Office of Multifamily Housing; and Amy Ginger, director of the Office
of Housing Voucher Programs at HUD. (You can find further details of this visit
The issues were important, complex
and wide-ranging. They included--but were certainly not limited to-- implementation
of the Violence Against Women Act, plans to re-amortize properties to retain
rural rental assistance, updates to the Rural Development 3560.2 handbook and the
recently published Civil Money Penalties Final Rule.
number of victories were realized that day. First and foremost, IREM is--once
again--on the record with its stand on all of these issues. As a group, we’ve
made our unified voice heard. We also created and in some cases reaffirmed our
relationships with the above-named key stakeholders. And on a personal level,
each of us contributed to something larger than ourselves. And in doing so, we
stay abreast of hot-button topics.
believe it is every business leader’s imperative to do just that . . . to get
involved and support the industry causes that are important to you. That, in
fact, is one of the key attributes that lies at the very heart of business
leadership . . . the ability and willingness to participate in issues that will
carry your industry further.
people may find that they don’t have the time for what might seem
extra-curricular activities. Therein lies the problem. There is nothing
extra-curricular about advocacy. It speaks to the very heart of your business.
No one can be coerced to care, but the willingness to sacrifice and contribute
to such causes is what advances any industry. As the old saying goes, if you’re
not part of the solution, then you’re part of the problem.
Steve Burger, President
EUGENE BURGER MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
As president and COO
of Eugene Burger Management Co., Steve
Burger is directly responsible for the overall quality, depth and
consistency of management services provided in all 15 regions in the EBMC