Evolving technology platforms continue to bring the world closer together. Clients continue to seek CCIMs because of their expertise in advanced real estate decisions. As a result, establishing CCIM connections both nationally and internationally becomes even more crucial.
Cultivating these relationships and promoting the CCIM designation from a local to global level has advanced in both urgency and momentum during my term as the 2016 CCIM Institute President.
Internationally, CCIM leaders represented the Institute in Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan, and China to further develop and strengthen the CCIM brand and build resources for our international CCIM chapters. More than 170 new CCIM designees for 2016 hailed from China, Poland, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea. CCIM Institute strives to build the numbers of international CCIM designees as well as offer more CCIM courses globally.
Throughout 2016, CCIM Institute continued to make advances with its education initiatives outlined in our strategic plan. CCIM Institute united with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to offer vets our CCIM designation training funded through the GI Bill. Helping those who sacrificed so much for our country continues to be a source of pride for CCIM Institute.
In accordance with our legislative goals, CCIM leaders attended the IREM conference, Real Estate Roundtable, NAR Mid-Year Meeting, and EB-5 conference in Washington, D.C. During 2016, 5,000 new international investors supported the commercial real estate market through the EB-5 program. Now they own a piece of the American Dream.
This fall, our annual conference CCIM Thrive was an immense success, with attendance selling out. At the concurrent business meetings in Atlanta, more than 200 new designees were pinned, bringing this year's total of new CCIMs to more than 500.
During 2016, it has been my great honor to serve CCIM members, and it has been my great pleasure to help bolster our recognition and relevance locally and globally.
Steve Moreira, CCIM
2016 CCIM Institute President
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