31 January 2007
Malcolm Bennett has been the broker/owner of International Realty & Investments since 1975. His firm specializes in property management and investment property sales with offices in Los Angeles and Long Beach. In 2001 he received the Apartment Association, California Southern Cities (AACSC) Industry Leader of the Year Award for outstanding service to the rental housing community.
Assisting Bennett on the Board will be Vice President Cheri Kelley of Home Town Realtors; Secretary Todd Brisco, Esq.; Treasurer Kirk Davey, CPA; Parliamentarian Mike Brassard; Education Co-Chairs Lucille Aresco-Crowley of RK Properties, Inc., and John Ellis of LS Real Estate; MSC Chair George Pabst of Pabst, Kinney & Associates, Inc.; PSC Chair Lorrie Baldwin of LA Hydro-Jet & Rooter Service, Inc.; American Housing Foundation Chair Elaine Hutchison of Paragon Equities; PAC Chair Evelyn Arnold of Century 21 Arrow Realty.
OCAJ Officers include President Clive Graham of Graham Management Corporation; Vice President Evelyn Arnold; Secretary Nancy Comaford; and Treasurer Dan Lively, CPA. OCAJ is AACSC’s wholly owned subsidiary.
“We don’t build and operate buildings in this industry, we create communities and neighborhoods,” Bennett said about the apartment industry. “We improve the quality of life.”
Mr. Bennett serves as a State Court Receiver for real estate properties in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties and an Expert Witness for the Los Angeles Superior Court for real property valuation.
He is a member of the Los Angeles County Tax Appeals Board; President-Founder of the Minority Apartment Owners Association; Chairman of the Inglewood Rental Property Owners Association; and Immediate Past President of the Board of South Central Los Angeles Regional Center for the Disabled.
He was the 2005 President of the Rancho Southeast Association of REALTORS®, and the 2004 Chair of the California non-profit Housing Providers Coalition, a statewide group of apartment associations.
He also teaches a property management class at Cerritos College. He is the Vice Chairman of Federal Issues Committee and has served on the property management committee of the California Association of REALTORS® and is a member of various committees of the National Association of REALTOR®. He received his formal education from California State University, Los Angeles with a major in Business Administration. He is also a licensed contractor.
At the recent Installation Luncheon, 2006 President Geoff McIntosh received legislative accolades from elected officials. Proclamations were presented from Congressman Dana Rohrabacher.
Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald, Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, State Senator Alan Lowenthal, State Senator Jenny Oropeza, State Senator Tom Harman, Assemblymember Betty Karnette, Assemblymember Laura Richardson, Assemblymember Curren Price, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, Los Angeles County Assessor Rick Auerbach, City of Bellflower Councilmember John Pratt, City of Carson Mayor Jim Dear, and City of Cerritos Mayor Pro Tem Laura Lee.
Also, City of Lakewood Councilmember Joe Esquivel; City of Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and Councilmembers Bonnie Lowenthal, Vice Mayor, Suja Lowenthal, Gary DeLong, Patrick O’Donnell, Gerrie Schipske, Tonya Reyes-Uranga, Rae Gabelich, and Val Lerch; City of Los Angeles 14th District Janice Hahn, City of Norwalk Councilmembers Gordon Stefenhagen and Cheri Kelley, and City of Signal Hill Mayor Larry Forester.