President's Message
Amy Natoli,  CPM®, RPA
President, IREM Maryland Chapter

As 2018 winds down and we are making the transition to our new leadership, I'd like to take the opportunity to thank our amazing Chapter Leadership. We have an incredible group of dedicated volunteers who serve on committees, as committee chairs, as Executive Council members, and officers. 
Thank you all for making this an amazing year! I would like to especially recognize the one and only DAVE THOMAS. Not only did Dave serve as IREM Maryland President in 1992, he's been an Executive Council member for the past 25 years! He has decided that this year will be his last in that capacity. Dave, thank you for your dedication, wisdom, and kind words of encouragement.

As we prepare for 2019, I'd like to encourage you all to stay involved with the chapter. Attend events, meet new people, and volunteer to serve. I promise you'll find it both professionally and personally rewarding!

Closing out the year, we have two great events coming up: the IYP Happy Hour at Main Event in Columbia, and the Holiday Party at The World Trade Center's Top of the World, where Alex Krone will be installed as your 2019 President, along with Ginger Catherman as President-Elect, Theresa Leatherbury as Secretary/Treasurer, and the rest of the 2019 Executive Council. I hope to see you there!
IREM Spotlight: Theresa Leatherbury, CPM®    
Theresa Leatherbury, CPM® is the President and CEO of Rachuba, a third-generation firm of real estate related entities, including Rachuba Management, Inc., AMO®.
Theresa's father, Larry Rachuba, asked her to join Rachuba in 2005.  At the time, she was working as a Consulting Actuary for an International Consulting firm.  She never imagined she would have the opportunity to work with her father.
It didn't take long for Theresa to focus her energy on the Property Management division of Rachuba.  In 2007, Theresa spearheaded the effort to move the family's properties away from a third-party manager and bring management in-house.  She found the property management business exciting and also knew she had a lot to learn.  She turned to IREM for education and networking.  With a lot of help and guidance from Len Frenkil, Theresa wrote a full management plan for the family's largest property and earned her Certified Property Manager (CPM®) designation in 2011.  Rachuba Management, Inc. earned the Accredited Management Organization (AMO®) designation in 2018.
Theresa shares what she loves about Property Management and IREM:  "There are two main reasons I focused my efforts on Rachuba's property management division.  The first reason is the challenge of managing the staff serving the properties, specifically the opportunity to provide professional growth and development to the teams.  The second is that the business is constantly changing.  I love hearing about new ideas and challenging myself and my team to find a way to incorporate them into the business.  I love IREM because IREM is the main resource I use for professional development and networking.  It's within the IREM family that I hear about the opportunities and challenges others face in the industry."
Theresa joined the Executive Committee of the IREM Maryland Chapter in 2016, served as Education Chair in 2017, Membership Chair in 2018 and is Secretary/Treasurer for 2019.  She is on track to be President of the Chapter in 2021.  Long-term, she is looking to get involved at the National Level and is considering becoming an IREM instructor.  Theresa was awarded Certified Property Manager of the year from the IREM Maryland Chapter in 2018.
Theresa is a past president of the Maryland Multi-Housing Association and a past Treasurer of the Home Builders Association of Maryland.  She enjoys giving back to community.  She served as an Aquarium Advocate for the National Aquarium in Baltimore and a Board Member for Notre Dame Preparatory School.  She recently completed a term as Board Chair for Leadership Baltimore County, and will continue as a Board Member.  She was a Dancing Star at the Alzheimer's' Association 2018 Memory Ball and is continuing as a committee member.
Theresa lives in Towson with her husband and two college-aged children.
Upcoming Events  Events
IREM MD Young Professionals
Happy Hour
November 20th, 2018
Main Event Entertainment 
Columbia, MD

Join IREM's Young Professionals for a networking happy hour. Event includes drinks, food, billiards, shuffle board 
and more!

IREM MD Awards Ceremony 
Dinner 2018
December 13th, 2018
Top of the World - World Trade Center 
Baltimore, MD

Join us for a memorable evening featuring networking, dancing, food, drinks, photos, our IREM Bucks Silent Auction & more!
We will also be having a Toys for Tots drive! 

IREM BUCK$ earned throughout the year will be distributed at the Holiday Party on December 13th. You can use your earned BUCK$ to place your bids on the amazing selection of items up for auction which include Dom Perignon Champagne, Sports Tickets, Designer Purses, Gift Cards and so much more! As a reminder, you must be present to participate.
Visit our  EVENTS PAGE 
for all the upcoming events of 2018!
Save the Date: CPM® Candidate Luncheon Save
 We are fortunate to once again have the opportunity to hear Leonard Frenkil, Jr. CPM® , Past Chapter President, IREM Instructor and IREM MPSA Grader present to our a spiring CPM ® 's.  This year's event will include a photographer who will provide headshots to attendees.  Additional details on the event to follow .

Event Date: Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 | 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Location : McCormick & Schmick's | 711 Eastern Avenue,
                 Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Events Recap Giving
On October 24th, we held our first 'Connecting with our Industry Partners & Property Tour' event at Ten M. Flats Apartments in Columbia, MD. This event was designed to help our Industry Partners network and develop business opportunities with key decision makers of property management companies in a speed dating style format. It was a great turnout and we would like to thank all our IPs and property management companies that joined us for such a fun event!

On November 1st, we hosted our Annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner at Cloisters Castle in Lutherville-Timonium. Many of our members and Industry Partners joined us as we presented designations and gave out awards for IP of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Committee Chair of the Year, ARM® of the Year, and CPM® of the Year. We enjoyed a fun and memorable evening with great food, drinks, networking and even some singing! Thank you to everyone who joined us for this wonderful yearly tradition and a huge thank you to our sponsors Associates Plumbing, Inc., Acadia Windows & Doors, Minkoff Company, Inc., Park Rug Co., Multicorp, and Greenwood Towing, Inc. for helping us host such a great event!

Congratulations to Rachuba Management on becoming an Accredited Management Organization AMO ®
Industry Partner of the Year
(left to right) Dani Bressler, David Hollingsworth, Rich Chilcoat, Julie Coyle, Kelly Murray
Volunteer of the Year
(Right) Cristina Istrate
Committee Chair of the Year
(Right) Sonya Campbell
ARM® of the Year
(Center) Melissa Moore
CPM ® of the Year
(Right) Theresa Leatherbury
Don't forget to earn IREM Bucks by:
  • Attending a meeting, joining a committee, recruiting new members, taking an IREM course, or obtaining an IREM designation.
You'll use your Bucks at our Holiday Party to bid on Silent Auction items or purchase raffle tickets! What will be up for grabs? Items like hotel stays, gift baskets, theater tickets, designer purses, spa retreats, and MORE!