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Institute of Real Estate Management Orange County Chapter to Honor John Combs with ICON Award

RiverRock Real Estate Group Founder and Principal John Combs will be recognized for his industry leadership and influence on the real estate community when the Orange County chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) awards its prestigious ICON Award to Combs on June 5. The chapter has only bestowed the ICON award two additional times, honoring Brandon Birtcher and John Kilroy, Jr.

Combs formed RiverRock in 2003 in response to a market-driven need for a more client-centric property service model. Now 110-employees strong, RiverRock is celebrating its 15th year in business. RiverRock services more than 29 million square feet of office, industrial and retail properties throughout California and Arizona from its 24 regional offices. Prior to launching RiverRock, John served as COO of Insignia/ESG for the Americas and Asia. He was also the President of U. S. Property Services for Insignia/ESG, Inc. where he was responsible for all regional offices and service lines of an approximately 300-million-square-foot portfolio of office, industrial and retail properties.

“What is unique to John is that he has experienced leadership at all levels. At the national level for Insignia/ESG as well as committing to his own vision to launch RiverRock, growing it to a dominant regional property management company in just 15 years,” said IREM OC President Lori Negrete.

Not only has Combs demonstrated a broad depth of leadership across his career but he has also played an important role in the development and stature of the IREM Orange County chapter.

Combs was the 1994 President of IREM OC, which is one of the largest and most active chapters in the country, and is the only IREM OC President to have received the National Gold Award for Best Large Chapter in the Country. He won CPM® of the Year in 2009 awarded by the Orange County Chapter. In 2013 he was named the Retail Professional of the Year. He was also a founder of the IREM OC Invest In Success Annual Conference, now in its 28th year.

“He has given back to our industry in such an important way and helped us to build the chapter’s brand. We are excited to make him our 2018 ICON recipient,” Negrete added.

The Signature ICON Breakfast will be held June 5 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Center Club, located at 650 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. For more information, visit

IREM OC is backed by the power that comes with being an affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS®. Memberships empower college students, young professionals, and industry veterans who are committed to career advancement. Earning its credentials, including the CPM, ARM, ACoM, and AMO, demonstrates a commitment to, and passion for, good management.