President's Desk

Fall Into New Habits

Eddie Blanton

There’s so much change afoot these days, the least of which is the change of season. As I’ve shared before, change is one of those things we shouldn’t fear, but embrace — especially in an industry like commercial real estate that’s ever-evolving. That means adaptability is a key skill to enduring success for CRE professionals, and CCIM Institute is here to help you fall into some new habits to ensure you safely navigate the current investment landscape and tap into the opportunities that exist.

Commercial Investment Real Estate magazine is one of the many powerful resources available to you as a member of CCIM Institute. This issue explores the changes across the industry, including the cover story on multifamily and features on opportunity zones, lease modification strategies, and building information modeling. Other articles tackle how to leverage big data in your analyses, what’s ahead in construction, understanding joint ventures and joint funds, and best practices for virtual inspections. There are plenty of new habits detailed in these sections you can begin to incorporate right away. 

Outside of the magazine, I hope you'll join me for the 2020 CCIM Global Conference. This year’s event is being held virtually and is designed to help you adapt and thrive in this challenging environment. No matter where you are in the industry, there’s plenty to choose from — with over 20 short virtual sessions featuring real-world solutions from industry leaders for some of the urgent challenges we’re experiencing due to the pandemic. The global conference is a perfect example of how to embrace change and adapt. Because we went 100 percent virtual, we’re able to bring you more content, more access to leading experts, and more value than ever before. Best of all, it’s free for all members of CCIM Institute. Visit for the full schedule and to register today.

Finally, one change that happens this time each year is the changing of the guard in CCIM Institute’s board of directors. As part of the 2020 Annual Governance Meetings in late October, my successor, Tim Blair, CCIM, will be sworn in as the 2021 president of the CCIM Institute. While I am saddened that this will be my last President’s Desk, I’m excited for you to have the chance to get to know Tim better during his year as president. You’ll see that Tim, along with the rest of the board and volunteer leaders, is just as prepared to help our organization and our members successfully change with the times. 

Please stay safe, healthy, and positive too.

Eddie Blanton - Signature

Eddie D. Blanton, CCIM
2020 CCIM Institute President
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