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Wednesday, October 19 • 10:00am - 11:30am
Becoming a Citizen Lobbyist: What You Need to Know to Position Your Chapter as an Industry Advocate (CS-1)

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When you hear the words “advocacy,” “public policy,” “lobbyist,” and “legislation” do your eyes instantly glaze over? Are you interested in learning more about how to have a real impact on law-making in your area but you’re not sure where to start or wonder if you can even make a difference?

In this session, hear how you and your chapter members can take a few easy steps to become an active and successful citizen lobbyist. Join Congressman Juan Vargas, IREM Members, and IREM Government Affairs Staff on why your involvement is critical in the process of fighting for well-rounded public policy that benefits you and your business.  And learn how to easily put this theory into practice to become a citizen lobbyist. You will also be the first to know about a new exciting tool IREM will be launching that will enable you to become a citizen lobbyist at the click of a button.

Getting your chapter members involved can be easy, fun, and extremely effective. 

Remember, if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu!

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Lewis, CPM

Brandon Lewis, CPM

CBRE, AMO
Brandon Lewis is a Certified Property Manager with 10 years of experience. He is currently working with CBRE|Richmond where he is responsible for the management of a portfolio of 1.7 million square feet of commercial property. He has also overseen approximately 75 construction projects ranging from $10,000 to over $2 million. He is currently the President of the IREM Central Virginia Chapter #38 and has served in various roles with the chapter... Read More →
avatar for Congressman Juan Vargas

Congressman Juan Vargas

(CA-51), U.S. House of Representatives
Representative Juan Vargas represents California’s 51st Congressional District, which includes portions of San Diego County, all of Imperial County, and the entire U.S. - Mexico Border in California. Juan was raised on a chicken ranch in National City, California, a city in the 51st District. He is one of ten children, born to his parents, Tomas and Celina Vargas. Tomas Vargas immigrated to the United States from Mexico in the late 1940s as... Read More →
avatar for Beth Wanless

Beth Wanless

Senior Manager, Government Affairs, IREM
Beth is the Senior Manager of Government Affairs at IREM and is responsible for all things public policy. She monitors legislation at the federal, state, and local level and creates advocacy strategies to enact or fight certain policy propositions. Beth is the IREM Staff Liaison to the Legislative and Public Policy Committee, the Federal Housing Advisory Board, and the newly created Federal Advocacy Board. Beth also works closely with industry... Read More →
avatar for Carrie Woodring, CPM

Carrie Woodring, CPM

Director of Real Estate, Virginia Tech Foundation
Carrie Woodring is the Director of Real Estate at the Virginia Tech Foundation and has over 25 years’ experience in real estate.  Carrie manages a diverse real estate portfolio valued in excess of $200 million and includes office, retail, agricultural, and residential properties.  She has been a licensed Realtor in the Commonwealth of Virginia since 1993 and earned her Broker designation in 2016.  Carrie graduated from Old... Read More →


Wednesday October 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Sapphire A-O

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