CCIM Feature

Dual Vision

Walt Clements, CCIM, newly appointed executive vice president and CEO of the CCIM Institute, embodies the two worlds that CCIM inhabits: commercial real estate and education. Throughout his 40-year career, he has owned or managed several companies involved in brokerage, investment, development, and property management. On the education side, along with being a CCIM senior instructor, Clements was director for the Lewis White Real Estate Center at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, where he founded undergraduate and graduate degree programs in real estate.

Through his dual vision, Clements recognizes that today’s market forces are in the Institute’s favor. “The U.S. continues to be the international safe choice for investments, attracting increasingly large amounts of global capital,” he says. “Corporations are enjoying high profits and are expanding. The demand for more commercial real estate expertise is on the rise. I hope to capitalize on these simple but significant market factors to increase the awareness and use of CCIM’s education and membership platforms in the global market.”

When asked about specifics, Clements cites CCIM’s diverse membership base as creating “a powerful environment for productive networking. Lenders, developers, brokers, acquisitions analysts, property managers, and appraisers — all share the common interests of making money with each other while accessing the ‘best practices’ of their profession.”

Clements wants to ensure that CCIM resources are directed for maximum benefit to the membership. As an example, he cites two new online networking tools, CCIM Connect and DealShare, which are being heavily promoted “so our members can maximize their use.” Another high priority will be fully developing “advanced education initiatives through the recently debuted blended learning model.”

“Never has there been a better time to be in the commercial real estate business,” Clements adds. “It will be an exciting time for us all.”

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