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History and Impact

The CCIM Institute: A Rich History of Talent Development  

Since 1967, The CCIM Institute has been the established leader in education, technology, and networking resources. We are a member-driven community, helping more than 13,000 members by supplying the finest education and tools.  

The Founders 

Founded by Jay W. Levine, CCIM, The CCIM Institute's first president, and Jim McMichael, CCIM, the first Designee, The CCIM Institute has built its reputation on delivering the most in-depth education and analytical tools available in the commercial real estate industry.  

Levine and McMichael recruited two successful students, Palmer Berge, CCIM, and Victor Lyon, CCIM, from one of the early classes to help develop The CCIM Institute's curriculum. Their dedication to sharing proven market, financial, and investment analysis methods evolved into the world-class education and technology products and services The Institute offers today. 

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An Active Community 

Hundreds of CCIM Designees have contributed their time and talent in countless ways, including: 

  • Writing articles for The CCIM Institute's flagship publication, Commercial Connections magazine 
  • Creating Excel-based financial tools 
  • Developing the industry-leading technology platform Site To Do Business 
  • Rewriting The CCIM Institute's educational curriculum to incorporate innovative industry concepts 

These member-driven initiatives and contributions have elevated The CCIM Institute's reputation as the world's premier commercial real estate organization. 

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