President's Desk

Ahead of the Curve

A message from the global president of CCIM Institute.

Tim Blair

The new year has finally arrived — one that is full of possibilities and opportunities. While most were eager to put 2020 behind them, last year reminded us all of the resiliency, the adaptability, and the strength of the industry and the global commercial real estate community.

CCIM Institute tackled every challenge and obstacle head-on, providing practical and timely resources for CRE professionals so they could continue to thrive in this challenging environment. And this commitment is ongoing and one you can rely on. Our philosophy that lifelong learning is the key to enduring success extends to every area of the organization.

For example, we recently debuted four new online, self-paced courses in our Ward Center for Real Estate Studies that focus on some of the most pressing issues in commercial real estate and provide practical solutions you can use right away — Capital Markets: Making the Case for Investment Real Estate; Last-Mile Logistics: The Final and Most Expensive Link in the Supply Chain; Surviving Volatile Markets: Mitigating Lease Risk; and Troubled Assets and Opportunities in the Age of COVID-19.

For more on what 2021 has in store for commercial real estate and where the opportunities lie, the institute hosted an exclusive members-only webinar featuring Chief Economist K.C. Conway, CCIM, MAI, CRE. You can view the “2021 Commercial Real Estate Outlook” webinar playback in the members-only section of

Of course, our official suite of publications, Commercial Investment Real Estate magazine and podcast, provides you insights, analyses, and best practices throughout the year on every sector of the industry and every step in the CRE deal. 

The introduction of the redesign and podcast is just a year old but has already gained the attention of the publishing industry. In late fall, Commercial Investment Real Estate was honored with a 2020 Folio: Ozzie Award for Design Excellence for the redesign, beating out association heavyweights the American Bar Association and Army magazine. 

I hope you take advantage of all the resources, courses, and publications CCIM Institute has to offer to help you make the most of 2021. I’m excited to be leading the charge as your 2021 global president, so here’s to a successful year.

Timothy S. Blair, CCIM
2021 CCIM Institute President
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