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January 29, 2019

HOUSTON – Transwestern today announces the Houston Chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®) has named the firm No. 1 on its annual list of top real estate companies based on the number of Certified Property Manager® (CPM®) credentialed members they employ locally. Transwestern, an Accredited Management Organization®, earned the top spot with 20 credentialed members.

“A professional designation represents not only the breadth of knowledge needed to earn that credential but is also a visible representation of the commitment and diligence it takes to achieve that goal,” said IREM Houston President Janet Shipley, CPM. “The credentials provided by the Institute of Real Estate Management are among the most recognized designations globally. The Certified Property Manager designation signifies a level of ethics, acumen and proficiency unparalleled in the property management industry. By employing managers that hold the internationally acclaimed CPM credential, owners and asset managers enhance the protection and assurance that their properties are managed at the highest level of competency and quality service.”

To obtain the CPM designation, one must meet stringent IREM requirements in the areas of professional education, examination and experience. They also must pledge to abide by a rigorous Code of Professional Ethics that is strictly enforced by the organization.

“We are honored to be named as the leader of IREM’S annual CPM list,” said Steve Ash, Managing Senior Vice President at Transwestern. “We encourage our team members to become credentialed property managers, and IREM offers an excellent program and training that equips them to provide best-in-class service to our clients. The recognition our team members receive from this designation sets them apart and promotes a culture of striving for excellence that resonates throughout Transwestern.”

Transwestern’s innovative approach to property management reflects the firm’s unique culture while producing measurable results for clients. The four key goals include consistently creating positive experiences, connecting the dots between internal and external service, rupturing industry stereotypes, and building passion about purpose.


Transwestern is a privately held real estate firm of collaborative entrepreneurs who deliver a higher level of personalized service – the Transwestern Experience. Specializing in Agency Leasing, Asset Services, Occupier Solutions, Capital Markets and Research, our fully integrated global enterprise adds value for investors, owners and occupiers of all commercial property types. We leverage market insights and operational expertise from members of the Transwestern family of companies specializing in development, real estate investment management and research. Transwestern has 33 U.S. offices and assists clients from more than 219 offices in 37 countries through strategic alliances with France-based BNP Paribas Real Estate and Canada-based Devencore. Experience Extraordinary at and @Transwestern.

About the Institute of Real Estate Management

IREM® is an international force of 20,000 individuals united to advance the profession of real estate management. Through training, professional development, and collaboration, IREM® supports our members and others in the industry through every stage of their career.

We believe in our people, and we provide the tools they need to succeed. We open doors, we forge connections, and we help show the way forward. Backed by the power that comes with being an affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS®, we add value to our members, who in turn add value to their teams, their workplaces, and the properties in their commercial and residential portfolios.

Our memberships empower college students, young professionals, and industry veterans who are committed to career advancement. Earning our credentials, including the CPM®, ARM®, ACoM, and AMO®, demonstrates a commitment to, and passion for, good management. These credentials, along with our courses and array of resources, all exist with one goal in mind – to make a difference in the careers of those who manage. To learn more about IREM®, visit

The award winning IREM Houston Chapter, established in 1955, is one of largest in the world and has nearly 600 members. Our leaders strive to keep members informed on the latest legislative activities, safety standards, current management trends, as well as providing education seminars, community service opportunities, a job referral service and networking benefits. In an effort to enhance knowledge and professionalism in the industry, the Houston Chapter awards over $20,000 annually in scholarships to local members.

Media Contact:

Shannon Bedinger


Steve Ash

Managing Senior Vice President

Houston, Texas

(713) 270-3365