President's Desk

In the Business of (Re)Building

A message from the global president of CCIM Institute

Barbara Crane, CCIM

As commercial real estate professionals, we are all in the business of building. Whether it’s on the development and construction side or creating value through existing properties or growing our businesses, this idea of building permeates every nook and cranny of the industry. Here at CCIM Institute, our mission is to support you every step of the way with our premier designation and continuing education programs, top-notch events, and thought leadership offerings.

One of those thought leadership offerings is the recently published 1Q2019 Commercial Real Estate Insights, which explores the latest valuation metrics and data sets needed to optimize your investment and financial analyses.

Another fine example is in your hands now, CCIM Institute’s official publication, Commercial Investment Real Estate magazine.

In this edition, we tackle the business of building — and in some cases rebuilding — head on. For example, you’ll learn how logistics infrastructure has become a critical site-selection criterion, and how the need to invest in and rebuild the country’s infrastructure is vital to continued growth.

Another feature shares how companies are rebuilding or refining their accounting practices to comply with CECL, lease accounting, and several other new FASB regulations.

In the office sector, discover why demand for coworking is building in tertiary markets.

For the cover story, we tackle how retail is being rebuilt in the face of e-commerce and changing consumer preferences.

And finally, when disaster strikes, see how commercial real estate professionals are helping rebuild communities and businesses.

I hope you enjoy this issue of CIRE and that you take away some insights and expert intelligence to help you build — your skills, your knowledge, and your career.

Barbara Crane, CCIM

Barbara Crane, CCIM, the 2019 CCIM Institute President, is a commercial real estate broker and consultant in San Antonio. Contact her at

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