CCIM Members Prominent at ICSC Chicago
Posted on Oct. 25, 2016
As the Midwest's destination convention for the shopping center industry, ICSC Chicago Deal Making, Oct. 19-20, attracted more than 320 retail specialists and 162 exhibitors to Chicago. CCIM members nationwide who specialize in retail attended this year's conference in which networking, deal making, and educational opportunities were highlighted.
“The regional ICSC events are a great way to strengthen the relationships we have with our brokers and to get to know the local tenant reps face to face,” says Zack Zarrilli, CCIM, managing partner of Green Flash Equity in Newport Beach, Calif. “We came to ICSS Chicago looking to make new relationships to help fill the vacancies in our shopping centers. We also met with prospective leasing brokers and property managers for new markets we are entering.”
CCIM members from the CCIM Illinois Chapter also hosted the CCIM Institute booth to network, make deals, and promote the CCIM designation. For Ann Trandai, CCIM, principal of Trandai Realty in Chicago, this is her fifth year at ICSS events. Trandai sees opportunities to make deals with foreign investors who seek out trusted and knowledgeable professionals with the CCIM designation.
“There will be more opportunities for international investments,” Trandai says. “We are already seeing this in Chicago with retail, high-rise hotels, and the office market, as well as multifamily.”
Tim Rasmussen, CCIM, senior advisor at SVN Chicago Commercial recently earned his CCIM designation in April and has already seen the importance of it and what it has meant for his career. He came to ICSC Chicago Deal Making to not only network and make deals, but to share the importance of the designation with others.
“Earlier today, some brokers new to the industry came by the booth inquiring about the CCIM designation and what it could mean for their own burgeoning careers,” Rasmussen says. “ICSC Chicago is an ideal environment to share the benefits of a CCIM education to those new to the industry, as well as make some potential deals.”