The first time Joe Greenblatt took a class from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), he had to travel pretty far. The class was in San Diego and Greenblatt lived in his native St. Louis. More than 20 years later, he's gone pretty far again. He's a longtime resident here, an active member of the 2,400-member San Diego County Apartment Association (SDCAA) and 2014 national president of the 18,000-member IREM.
He also is president and CEO of San Diego-based Sunrise Management, the full-service property-management firm specializing in apartment properties he joined in 1989 and purchased with two colleagues 10 years later. Even with his demanding schedule, he has found time to serve on the SDCAA board over the years and already travels the country as the Chicago-headquartered IREM's new leader.
"I'm honored to be serving as IREM's national president in an industry that's been very good to me," Greenblatt said. "And I'm happy to be able to work with a lot of fine people, not just locally, but nationally and now internationally through IREM. I'm proud and privileged to be in that position."
SDCAA appreciates him as well. In October, the board of directors conferred on him the chapter's Annual Mark of Excellence Industry Achievement Award. The award recognizes lifetime industry commitment and achievement; service to the industry, SDCAA and the community; contributions to and in support of the industry and/or community advocacy efforts on behalf of the industry; and overall efforts that have had a positive and lasting impact on rental housing businesses and their customers.
SDCAA is Southern California's No. 1 source for rental housing, serving the needs of individuals and companies who own, manage or provide services and products to more than 150,000 rental housing units in the county.
"Ever since I joined Sunrise Management, we have been members of the association," Greenblatt said. "Most of these years, we've had someone serve on the board. It's a great venue to work with colleagues in the industry as well as to interact with vendors and contractors who serve the industry. The chapter is very active at the state and local levels from a legislative standpoint, looking out for the concerns of apartment investors, owners, landlords and managers. There are a lot of reasons to be engaged and a lot of benefits as well.
"We collectively strive to represent the interests of owners in both education and real estate management, which can lead to a deeper engagement with IREM and other trade organizations."
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By Glenn Grant, The Daily Transcript