President's Desk CCIM Feature

Focus on Education

As reported in the 4Q13 CCIM Institute Quarterly Market Trends, CCIMs around the country are experiencing positive economic and transactional momentum in their markets. One of my top goals as 2014 president is to further equip industry professionals for the rebound by delivering the best possible commercial real estate education.

The real-world application of investment, market, and financial analysis concepts is what sets CCIM education apart from other professional development and advanced education programs in the field. Our instructors, who are also active practitioners, illustrate the concepts they teach through their own professional experiences.

This year the Institute plans to build on its solid educational foundation by infusing more technology into CCIM’s designation curriculum. By using STDB and other top technologies in the courses, students will gain the skills necessary to provide high-level, technology-based service.

Another focus this year will be continued refinement of CCIM’s Ward Center for Real Estate Studies, which offers professional development in one- and two-day online and classroom courses. The Ward Center is designed to meet the rapidly changing needs of today’s industry professionals. From improving business communication skills to learning how to apply time value of money concepts, the Ward Center’s education is some of the most timely and relevant available in the market.

As CCIM furthers its position as commercial real estate’s premier education and information resource, I encourage all designees to capitalize on CCIM’s growing prominence. Update your online member profile in CCIM’s Find a Professional database to ensure that industry pros searching for CCIMs in your market can find you. And get involved with CCIMs in your area by attending chapter events and networking sessions. Be ready for the many opportunities ahead this year.

Karl Landreneau, CCIM

2014 President

CCIM Institute

klandreneau@latterblum.com

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