2019 Speakers

The Southern States Conference is pleased to have some of the best speakers in the industry. Join us in learning from some of the best Property Management Professionals around!

Call for Presentations 2019

If you've ever been to a Southern States Conference, you know that we pride ourselves on finding the best, top-notch education for our conference attendees.

Our Call for Presentations is now open for this years 2019 Southern States Conference in Nashville, TN!

We would like to consider presenters for our breakout workshops. We will be finalizing our presenter selections by April 15, 2019.

Please keep in mind that this is a volunteer presentation.

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Robert Locke, MPM® RMP®
Office Operations: Policy & Procedures
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Robert Locke, MPM® RMP®

Robert graduated from Michigan State University in 1969 with a degree in Business and Marketing. Robert got his real estate license in 1973 and has practiced real estate sales, investing and property management ever since. He and his wife Betty have bought over 150 houses for their own account and have located over 500 houses for their investor clients.

Robert started managing rentals for others in 1980 out of his basement as Crown Management Corporation and over 9,000 tenants have rented from Crown since then. Crown had acquired 14 other management companies in the past 10 years and Robert brokers the sale of management companies between others. Crown’s clients included accidental landlords, private investors, Real Estate Investment Trusts, banks, government agencies, builders, lenders and other brokers. Crown was managing 1000 single family rentals in 2015 when Realogy, a fortune 500 company (and the largest real estate company in the world), bought the company.

Robert is past president and board member of the Atlanta chapter of the National Association of Residential Property Managers. He received the Residential Management Professional (RMP) designation in 1998, his Master Property Manager (MPM) designation in 1999, and Crown received the Certified Residential Management Company (CRMC) designation in 2000.

Robert is a frequent speaker at local, national and international real estate conventions. He has been hired by attorneys needing expert witness in magistrates, state and federal courts on property management disputes and is a trainer in the real estate investing community. Robert is a certified instructor for the National Association of Residential Property Managers and a member of the Partners in Education for the Georgia Association of Realtors. Crown Investor Institute is an accredited school with the Georgia Real Estate Commission and their courses focus on issues of leasing, property management and real estate investing.

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Kit Garren, MPM® RMP®
Maintenance: Beyond the Basics
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Kit Garren, MPM® RMP®

Kit has been an active professional in property management services since founding IPM in 1986. Today, IPM owns and operates two wholly owned management subsidiaries: tonsofrentals.com® specializes in single-family homes and is a CRMC company. IPM Association Services operates homeowners associations. Current management portfolio includes high end residential rentals and some of the nation’s most prestigious community associations.

Kit is a past president of the National Association of Residential Property Managers, and is one of the individuals nationwide to have earned the designation of Master Property Manager (MPM®). Kit also holds the Certified Property Manager (CPM®) designation through the Institute of Real Estate Management.

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