NARPM® President

Eric Wetherington, MPM® RMP®

Eric WetheringtonEric Wetherington, MPM® RMP®, is the Director and Broker-in-Charge of New Heights Property Management, CRMC®, in Summerville, South Carolina. He started the company in 2009 and quickly grew the business to be one of the largest in the area. Eric specializes in public speaking, acquisitions, operations management, strategic planning, and business development. Eric attributes the success of the company to his great team and the knowledge they have gained through their involvement with NARPM®. Eric has previously served NARPM® as President-Elect, National Treasurer, Southeast Regional Vice President (RVP), as a PAC Trustee, as President of the Charleston Chapter, as a Member of the NARPM® National Governmental Affairs Committee, and as a Member of the NARPM® National Finance Committee.

Message from the President

Return on Relationships

NARPM®’s Mission states that NARPM® provides resources for residential property management professionals who desire to learn, grow, and build relationships. Since joining NARPM® in 2009, I have been privileged to meet and build relationships with a countless number of residential property management professionals all over this country. From Orlando to Boise, from San Diego to Richmond, from Grand Rapids to San Antonio, and all points in between, there are property managers working hard to provide great service to owners and quality housing to tenants. These professionals have come together and make up this community that we know as NARPM®.

I have not met a person who, after getting involved with NARPM® at a local, state or national level, did not see an immense return on their NARPM® investment. The return is real and measurable when you consider that sometimes just one idea from another NARPM® Member can return tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars to your business.

Zig Ziglar, the great motivational speaker and trainer said, “You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” In my own life, I have experienced the blessings that come when I get my focus off what I want and start looking out for the interests of others. We can only help others when we put in the effort to build relationships, get to know people, work alongside them, and seek to understand their needs.

NARPM®’s mission calls us to ‘build relationships,’ and so, I have chosen the theme Return on Relationships for 2019. This theme challenges each of us to work on strengthening the bond we have with family, friends, team members, owners, tenants, referral partners, NARPM® colleagues, and others in the property management profession who don’t yet know about all the great benefits that this NARPM® community offers.

At the annual Strategic Planning Committee meeting last fall, your committee established a goal to reach 7,500 members by 2020. Growing NARPM® membership has many benefits. As NARPM® best practices and ethics are adopted by more property management professionals, both current members and the public wins. As NARPM® works to address important legislative issues at the state and national level, we all win when we have more voices behind our message. Finally, bringing in new members means that new ideas will come into our community, challenging us all to think differently and to be better at our craft.

I challenge you to make it your mission to build stronger relationships this year. Reach out to someone in your area who isn’t a NARPM® Member and invite them to join. Welcome them into your circle. And, as you help others and build stronger relationships, you will see returns that you never imagined possible.

Over the years, many of you have participated in the Past Presidents’ Charity Golf Tournament, or given funds to support the designated charity. This event has raised over $604,000 for charity and is an important part of what our NARPM® community is about. It gives us all an opportunity to join together, think about others, and help meet their needs.

New in 2019, the Past Presidents have asked me to select the charity that will benefit from this event. It is the Past Presidents’ desire for the future that the current NARPM® President select the charity that we all can rally around as we seek to give back to others who are in need.

Since I first met Kit Garren, MPM® RMP®, NARPM® Past President, and his wife Marilyn, I have been inspired by the story of their daughter, Jessie. Jessie was only 15 years old when a nagging pain in her thigh moved to her shoulder and ultimately forced her to visit the doctor. After a battery of tests, doctors informed Jessie and her parents that she had cancer. For the next 18 months, Jessie battled valiantly before God took her home on September 8, 2008.

In the spring of 2008, Jessie had been making plans to join her church youth group on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. While Jessie was never able to make that trip, she developed a deep love and concern for the children of that country. Today, Jessie’s Well is a foundation that provides funding to build clean water stations in areas of the Dominican Republic that otherwise have limited or no access to clean water. You can learn more about Jessie and that water by visiting JessiesWell.org.

Will you join me and our NARPM® Past Presidents in raising $100,000 so that our NARPM® community can give the gift of clean water to the children of a community in the Dominican Republic? With this money, another Jessie’s Well will be built, providing up to 6,000 gallons of clean water each day.

Thank you for the privilege to serve as your 2019 President, and I look forward to building stronger relationships with you this year!

Eric Wetherington, MPM® RMP®
2019 NARPM® President

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