Raising the Bar
All who have served as president of CCIM Institute hope to make a difference. As my year comes to a close, I'm so proud of what the organization has accomplished in 2018 to keep you at the forefront of the many changes facing the commercial real estate industry.
CCIM Institute started off welcoming our new EVP/CEO Gregory J. Fine, FASAE, CAE. We've already seen his strong leadership and commitment to collaboration at work with the National Association of Realtors® and NAR affiliates, and I'm excited for what's to come. Another welcome addition in 2018 is the Commercial Real Estate Insights series by CCIM's new Chief Economist K.C. Conway, CRE, MAI. These leading-edge reports deliver on the promise of providing you with the latest trends in the industry - from Amazon's HQ2 search, to adaptive reuse, to the future of financing.
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Thank you to all who joined us at CCIM's Global Conference this past October in Chicago. The event was an exceptional opportunity to hear from leading authorities and connect with other CCIMs for quality networking and knowledge sharing. This year's powerhouse lineup included keynote speaker Walter Robb, former co-CEO of Whole Foods; Dr. Kevin Elko, performance consultant and author; Kimberly Kay Hoang, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology and the College at the University of Chicago, who is profiled in this issue's CCIM Connections; and top executives from the likes of Kidder Matthews, Reonomy, and Ryan Companies, to name a few.
In addition, 210 new CCIM designees were pinned at the concurrent business meetings, bringing this year's total to 381.
It has been my sincere honor to serve the CCIM Institute community throughout 2018. As I pass the torch to incoming president Barbara Crane, CCIM, I do so with confidence, knowing that the organization is in good hands. As with all CCIM Institute presidents, our shared vision of raising the profile of the industry and the value of the CCIM designation will be the touchstone that guides us today and well into the future.
David P. Wilson, CCIM
2018 CCIM Institute President