It was a proud moment, both personally and professionally, when Roger Shah, CCIM, pinned his son, Rishi Shah, CCIM, during a pinning ceremony and cocktail reception on April 4 during CCIM Institute's Midyear Governance Meetings at the Fairmont Chicago in Chicago. Both father and son are with Grant-Murray Real Estate in Fayetteville, N.C.
Rishi Shah says his father was instrumental in his decision to enter commercial real estate and in pursuing the CCIM designation. Encouraged by both his father and his managing broker, Patrick Murray, CCIM, he began attending networking events where he met other CCIMs.
“My father has always been my first source of information for everything, including commercial real estate,” says Rishi Shah, “I was amazed at how he looked analytically at a project to show me different ways to think about my questions with much of his advice stemming from his CCIM education.”
Roger Shah first decided to take CCIM Institute courses primarily to make more informed decisions for his own real estate investments. He soon found himself helping others with analysis and later joined the firm headed by Murray. Admiring Murray's professionalism and disciplined approach to conducting business, Roger Shah decided to pursue the CCIM designation in full.
“The designation has brought a new level of knowledge and helped me increase my business through networking with other members,” says Roger Shah. “When my son started his commercial real estate career, I immediately encouraged him to pursue the designation.”
The CCIM designation is considered the most rigorous commercial real estate professional designation to obtain due to extensive coursework, a peer-reviewed commercial portfolio, and a final comprehensive exam lasting six hours. Five years is average time to complete the CCIM designation requirements.
“I have learned from my father that there is no better way to expand your knowledge and improve your business than through CCIM, either as a candidate earning your designation or as a CCIM adding to your knowledge base,” says Rishi Shah. “When you also factor in networking opportunities, nothing else comes close.”