Branden Barker, CPM, CCIM, CSM owner of Baton Rouge based Barker Property Management & Commercial Real Estate, was recently recognized as the Certified Property Manager of the Year by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). This award recognizes individuals in the real estate management field for their demonstration of commitment to principled business practices based on the IREM code of professional ethics, advancing the real estate management industry, providing excellence and transformational services to clients, tenants and residents, mentoring newer agents, and demonstrating commitment through community service. Barker serves on the National Executive Committee of the IREM and is a past President of the Louisiana IREM chapter.
Headquartered in Chicago, the Institute of Real Estate Management boost a membership of 20,000 Real Estate professionals at the national and international level. As an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors, IREM is the only real estate management organization serving both the multifamily and commercial real estate sectors.
“The CPM designation is a point of pride for me,” said Barker. “My ethics are a huge part of my personal and professional life.” Barker continued, “Receiving this award is a high honor for me and illustrates my commitment in providing the best service for the people I serve.”
Prior to establishing Barker Property Management & Commercial Real Estate in 2017, Barker worked as a Commercial Sales and Leasing Agent/Associate Broker with Latter & Blum, and recently served as General Manager/Broker of Record of Perkins Rowe.
As an active member of the community, Barker is a current board member of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, Kids’ Orchestra and the West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response Regional Council. In 2017 he was honored by the Baton Rouge Business Report as a Top 40 Under 40 recipient.
A native of Ponte Coupee Parish, Barker is the only person in Louisiana to have earned the three prestigious designations of Certified Property Manager, Certified Commercial Investment Member, and Certified Shopping Center Manager.