CCIM Leaders Focus on Strategic Advancement at the Midyear Meetings
Strategic direction, enhanced brand promotion, and Toronto 2017 CCIM Global Conference, Oct. 15-16, dominated the agendas of the CCIM Institute Board of Directors and governing committees during the organization's Midyear Meetings, held April 1-5 at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago. While celebrating its 50 years throughout 2017, CCIM leaders are looking ahead to the next 50 years.
“CCIM's golden anniversary is a great time to reflect on how CCIM Institute instructors and designees have advanced the entire commercial real estate industry,” says 2017 CCIM President Robin L. Webb, CCIM. “More relevant are how CCIM Institute continues that tradition for future generations of CCIM designees and members. With many changes occurring in commercial real estate, our strategy is to keep CCIMs at the forefront of the industry in training, networking, and technology.”
In addition, the CCIM Institute honored the newest 164 designees during a pinning ceremony and cocktail reception on April 4. These designees passed the six-hour comprehensive exam held during the meetings, the last step in earning the CCIM designation, which includes rigorous coursework and commercial real estate portfolio requirements.
“Being an Asian woman and new in San Jose, I needed to distinguish myself from others, and earning the CCIM designation does that,” says Helen Chong, CCIM, broker and owner of the Haylen Group in San Jose, Calif. “Earning the CCIM designation really means a lot to me. It was not an easy path because I was taking CCIM courses when I was pregnant with my second and third children. My clients are very impressed when I use the analyses learned through CCIM training.”
CCIM Institute leaders discussed multiple initiatives at the Midyear Meetings. CCIM Institute's Strategic Planning Committee is building on the strategic goals and tactics begun in 2014, adding new goals and projects for 2018.
“Disruptive changes in commercial real estate will provide new and different opportunities for CCIM designees,” says 2017 CCIM President-Elect David P. Wilson, CCIM. “CCIM Institute will continue to provide our members with the education and technology that sets them apart and ahead of their competitors.”
For marketing, the Designation Promotion Matching Grant Program for CCIM Chapters continues its ongoing success with $54,450 already approved for many CCIM chapters and a remaining budget of $45,550.
“CCIM chapters provide innovative ideas and local support for our international brand, which is integral to our organization's success,” Webb says. 2017 CCIM President Webb recently returned from promoting the CCIM brand and education programs at MIPIM, the international property marketplace, in Cannes, France.
Recognizing 50th Anniversary
To honor the Institute's golden anniversary, the organization added an evening celebration on April 1, a pop-up CCIM Museum from April 1 to 4, and a three-hour session that looked back to the future on April 2. Many former CCIM presidents attended these events, including Sheldon Good, CCIM, Duncan Patterson, CCIM, and James Bell, CCIM, who is CCIM pin No. 11. Both Good and Bell were among the 315 first chartered members of CCIM Institute. Most attendees added their CCIM designation pin number to their badges.
Honoring CCIM Chapters
At the grassroots level, more than 50 CCIM chapters across the U.S. attract new members by promoting the benefits of being a CCIM. Nine CCIM chapters were recognized for their marketing excellence through presentation of the President's Cup Awards: North Carolina, Florida, Southern Nevada, Middle Tennessee, San Antonio, Utah, Connecticut, San Diego, and Iowa.
“CCIM chapters and their leaders are the foundation of CCIM Institute's success, and the President's Cup awards help to raise the bar every year,” Webb says. “The chapters cultivate new leaders and provide networking for its members that enhance their businesses and benefit our entire organization.”
National Election Results
Election results included Chuck Connely, CCIM, as the 2018 CCIM Treasurer and Gary Hunter, CCIM, as a member of the CCIM Institute Board of Directors. Nine CCIM designees achieved Life member status: David Bickell, CCIM, of Carmel, Ind.; Walt Clements, CCIM, of Highland Park, Ill.; Edward Craine, CCIM, of San Francisco; Michael Foster, CCIM, of Kansas City, Mo.; William Puddephatt, CCIM, of Little Rock, Ark.; Joseph Perotti, CCIM, of Rocky Hill, Conn.; Gary M. Ralston, CCIM, of Lakeland, Fla.; Edwin G. Stanfield, CCIM, of Middletown, Md.; and Robert C. Watson, CCIM, of Houston.
The CCIM Institute's Board of Directors and national committees will convene again during the organization's Annual Governance Meetings held Oct. 14-18 in Toronto, which is also the site for Toronto 2017 CCIM Global Conference, Oct. 15-16.