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NPMA History

The National Property Management Association was formed as the result of a merger between the Property Administration Association (PAA) and the National Industrial Property Management Association (NIPMA) in DallasTexas on March 13, 1970.  This merger created a nationally united membership of both government and industrial employees whose prime interest was in the efficient and effective management of property.

Property Administration Association

PAA was organized in 1961 with John (Jack) Erwin Griffiths serving as the association’s first president. A second chapter was established in Long Island in 1962.  The organization continued to grow to seven very active chapters with 700 members located in Central FloridaDelaware ValleyLong Island,New EnglandNorth Jersey and Rocket City.  Past national presidents included Jack Griffiths, Clarence Knoll, Henry Back and Frank Reese.


One of the important milestones of PAA was reached in 1963 when the concept of an annual meeting was initiated.  Despite a lack of funds, the first PAA national meeting was held in March at the Americana of New York.  Speakers at the event included Marty Reinstein and Carl Davis.  Subsequent to the first national meeting, an annual meeting was held each year.  The Eighth Annual Meeting was held at the Hotel New Yorker on April 24-25, 1969.


National Industrial Property Management Association

In 1963, a small group of property oriented people on the West Coast joined together to form an organization known as the National Industrial Property Association (NIPMA).  A meeting was held in the home of Eloy Barrios in June 1963 and attended by Bud Ford, INSMAT; Ed Wemslik, Marquart; Gil Fife, U.S. Air Force; and Bob Clancy, Hughes.  This same group held a second meeting in July and Dick Gafarian from the Air Force attended that meeting where they agreed to begin planning their first organizational meeting.  In September, the first meeting was held at the Chase Hyatt House in Los Angeles.  Invitations had been sent to 250 people; however, 98 people attended to decide whether they should become a part of PAA or form a separate organization.


National Property Management Association

On April 9, 1970, the North Texas Chapter held its charter meeting.  A unanimous vote was cast to become the first chapter in the newly formed National Property Management Association (NPMA). Acceptance of this chapter was formally made at Seminar ’70.  On December 15, 1970 there were 48 active members in the chapter.


NPMA was incorporated in the state of New Jersey on May 26, 1971.  The agreement of the merger between PAA and NIPMA was signed on January 1, 1972.  The New Jersey Corporation was dissolved and NPMA was incorporated in the state of Florida in 1990.  The National Board enacted a new set of bylaws and a constitution, and adopted Articles of Incorporation at the annual meeting in Reno, June 1991.

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