PMCC_sm_featureI’d like to take a moment on this Friday afternoon to wax sentimental on one of my favorite annual events: The Virginia Property Management Coalition Conference. 2013 marks the 10 year anniversary of the Virginia PMCC. This conference has gone from 20 people in a conference room to a standing-room-only event in Charlottesville (October 23-25, 2013) packed with hundreds of property managers from across the state. When I first started at VAR, this event was the first event I planned for the VAR Property Management Council, and I was lucky to have the incredible support of our members and my mentor in the specialties area at VAR, Carole Umbel.

I was impressed with all the members and sponsors at this event because everyone just clearly loved what they do for a living. I enjoyed learning about what property managers do, and the incredible day-to-day goings on that they face with tenants, landlords, and the properties themselves. I mean, these folks deal with fires, floods, deaths, and…escrow accounts. It can be a quagmire, but these folks tackle it with utter gusto and professionalism.

So why has this conference done so well? It’s more than the fact that more of our REALTOR® members practice property management to some degree these days than ever before (though that’s certainly worth mentioning). It’s because every year this event offers property managers something they simply cannot get anywhere else: solid, in-depth property management education and the chance to rub elbows with colleagues from across the state to share war stories and best practices in a truly fun environment. I mean, where else can you earn CE credit (bonus: brokers, you can get 8 hours of broker CE at this event) learning about mold, gangs, drugs, dead bodies, evictions, legalities, insurance, and natural disasters all in one event? Even better, you can top it all off singing karaoke at a casino night event that gives to charity at the end of the night.

What a great event – I urge any of our members who even dabble in property management to consider attending. Even if you’re new to the game, this conference offers a Boot Camp session for new property managers, so it truly has something valuable to offer every attendee.

Click here to check out the full schedule and register for this event. I hope to see you in Charlottesville to celebrate 10 great years.

Note: The Property Management Coalition Conference is hosted by the Virginia Association of REALTORS® and sponsored by the Virginia Chapter of the National Association for Residential Property Management (NARPM), the Virginia Apartment Managers Association (VAMA), the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) Chapter 38, and the Community Associations Institute.