Social media, the internet, and progressively advancing technology platforms are weaving tighter connections among commercial real estate professionals worldwide. As the CCIM Institute expands its global reach, the prospective clients for CCIMs have grown exponentially.
During the past year, I have cultivated more international relationships with multiple global partners through travel to Russia, South Korea, Mexico, Canada, Taiwan, and China. For these countries, the Institute has a long history of educating its local commercial real estate professionals, establishing a common industry language, and enhancing their expertise. More international designees also build the CCIM referral network, providing more cross-border transactions for our members in North America.
This fall's CCIM Global Conference in Toronto was the place to share and discuss ideas that are shaping the future of the industry worldwide. Editor-in-chief of Forbes Media, Steve Forbes, headed up a stellar roster of top thought leaders outside and inside the commercial real estate profession. These leaders included Mike Reagan of RE/MAX Commercial, Jay Olshonsky at NAI Global, and Julia Davis at WeWork. At the concurrent business meetings in Toronto, CCIM chapter and national leaders pinned 166 new designees, bringing this year's total to more than 400.
Throughout 2017, the Institute has been helping U.S. veterans find successful second careers through its partnership with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, providing CCIM designation training funded through the GI Bill. After serving our country so faithfully, vets need a helping hand to return to civilian life, and we are proud to be an integral part of this effort.
During 2017, I have been honored to build more brand recognition for CCIMs, to enhance our international partnerships, and to improve CCIM training and technology for our members. Thank you for giving me this phenomenal opportunity.
Robin L. Webb
2017 CCIM Institute President