Charlie Norton, Broker at HRS Earns Professional Designation of CPM®

BIRMINGHAM, October 21, 2015Charlie Norton, Leasing and Brokerage Associate at Harbert Realty Services, Inc. (HRS) has earned the Certified Property Manager® (CPM®) designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®), an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors®. The CPM® designation is awarded to real estate managers who have met the Institute’s stringent requirements in the areas of professional education, examination and experience and has been cited in independent studies as the most important designation to consider in the hiring process. CPM® Members must also abide by a rigorous IREM® Code of Professional Ethics that is strictly enforced by the Institute.

Charlie Norton has been in the Commercial Real Estate profession for over seven years. As a Leasing and Brokerage Associate at HRS, Mr. Norton brings value to Tenants, Landlords, Purchasers and Sellers. Mr. Norton’s experience includes tenant representation for office users, retail and industrial landlord representation, leasing, land sales, multi-family leasing and property management. Before joining HRS, Mr. Norton spent four years with Colonial Properties Trust in their Multi-Family Division. His roles ranged from intern to property manager with his last responsibility being property manager of a 300 unit multi-family development. With a major in Finance and concentration in Real Estate, Mr. Norton received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Alabama in 2008. Mr. Norton is a member of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and is currently on the board. He is also a member of NAIOP. Mr. Norton is a member of Canterbury United Methodist Church.

About Harbert Realty Services, Inc.
Harbert Realty Services (HRS), a Birmingham-based commercial real estate firm offers clients expertise in a full range of commercial real estate services including brokerage, development, management and accounting. As a majority owned subsidiary of Harbert Management Corporation (, HRS has the strength and flexibility of its parent company. HRS’s mix of experience, resources and global reach offers clients one of the most comprehensive arrays of customized services in the commercial real estate market. For more information on current commercial real estate opportunities visit their website at or contact them at 205-323-2020.

 About the Institute of Real Estate Management
The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®) is an international community of real estate managers across all property types dedicated to ethical business practices and maximizing the value of investment real estate. An affiliate of the National Association of Realtors®, IREM has been a trusted source for knowledge, advocacy and networking for the real estate management community for more than 77 years.

IREM is the only professional real estate management association serving both the multi-family and commercial real estate sectors and has 80 U.S. chapters, 14 international chapters, and several other partnerships around the globe. Worldwide membership includes more than 18,000 individual members and 540 corporate members.

IREM promotes ethical real estate management practices through its credentialed membership programs, including the Certified Property Manager® (CPM®) designation, the Accredited Residential Manager® (ARM®) certification, the Accredited Commercial Manager (ACoM) certification, and the Accredited Management Organization® (AMO®) accreditation. These esteemed credentials certify competence and professionalism for those engaged in real estate management. IREM also offers CPM® Candidate, Associate, Student, and Academic memberships. All members are bound by the strictly enforced IREM® Code of Professional Ethics.

Collectively, CPM® Members in the United States manage nearly $2 trillion in real estate assets, including 11.4 million residential units and 10.4 billion net square feet of commercial space. To learn more about the IREM and its chapter network, call (800) 837-0706, ext. 4650 (outside the U.S. call (312) 329-6000) or visit