US Veterans Enhance Careers with CCIM Veterans Program

Posted on July 25, 2017

Having recently completed CI102 at CCIM Institute in Chicago, (pictured l-r) Jeff Guild, Steven Rosa, Jeremy Otto, and Jackson Berry are four of the current U.S. veterans taking advantage of the CCIM Veterans in Real Estate Program. CCIM Institute, in a partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, offers veterans the opportunity to fund their education toward earning the CCIM designation through the GI Bill.

“These veterans bring a strong work ethic and a high level of discipline to the commercial real estate industry,” says 2017 CCIM Institute President Robin L. Webb, CCIM. “Adding the quality of a CCIM education to that skill set makes these veterans highly sought after real estate practitioners.”

For many veterans enrolled in the program, their past skills and experiences have helped to make the jump to commercial real estate. “Like the military, commercial real estate requires due diligence, thorough research, discipline, and a well-planned strategy,” says U.S. Army veteran Otto. “I enjoy the research and analysis aspects of commercial real estate.”

As a former human resources senior Sargent in the U.S. Army with combat experience in Iraq, Rosa was tasked with placing personnel in the right positions. He has seen many veterans struggle with finding a career that fits with their previous skill sets.

“I firmly believe veterans bring a lot to the table in any business,” says Rosa. “But the prestigious CCIM Veterans in Real Estate program opens further doors and elevates us to the highest levels of commercial real estate professionals.”

Having served more than 20 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL, with tours of duty in Afghanistan, Europe, South America, and Africa, Guild searched for the most efficient resources to enhance his career in commercial real estate.

“This was the most comprehensive pathway I found into the industry,” says Guild, “I was constantly researching the best ways to make up for lost time and the answers always returned to CCIM Institute.”

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