President's Desk

Moving Global

President's Desk


Global capital markets, industry revolution, and dramatic shifts in demographics are transforming the commercial real estate profession. These industrywide changes are happening locally, nationally, and globally.

Distilling the best practices for success, the CCIM Global Conference, Oct. 15-16, 2017, is being held in Toronto. Join us to learn how to adapt successfully to these rapid changes and to meet international industry leaders face-to-face.

A respected editor of Forbes and savvy politician, Steve Forbes will be this year's keynote speaker. He embraces the worlds of economics, finance, and corporate leadership. Other stellar industry experts will serve as the moderators and panelists. 

Top industry leaders — Jay Olshonsky of  NAI Global, Naveen Jaggi of JLL, and Mark Rose of Avison Young — will reflect on how brokerage is being transformed by transparency, and ways in which brokers can adapt and thrive.

Giants in the capital markets, such as Brian Stoffers of CBRE, and Jeremy Wedgbury of First National Bank, will discuss how regulations, economic cycles, and interest rate hikes will affect commercial real estate financing in 2018 and beyond.

The second keynote presenter, futurist Kenneth W. Gronbach,  will share his views about how the demographic revolution is changing commercial real estate, and the many ways in which professionals can successfully adapt. The internationally acclaimed demographer combines a flair for marketing with extensive demographic analysis.

Among the industrywide changes, increasing numbers of women and minorities are entering commercial real estate. C-Suite executives — Poonam Mathis of StealthForce, Lindsay Baker of Comfy, and Susie Algard of — will show attendees the power of positive disruption.

CCIM Global Conference topics include keepers of the capital, the upside of global upheaval, disruptive forces, and transforming brokerage.

I have already registered for the 2017 CCIM Global Conference and expect to see you there for this unparalleled experience. Register now at

Robin Webb, CCIM

Robin L. Webb
2017 CCIM Institute President

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