President's Desk

Thrive Is Alive

Sam Zell heads up a roster of stellar industry participants at CCIM Thrive, Oct. 27-28, at the Hyatt Regency Austin in Austin, Texas. A legendary, unorthodox investor, Zell has an unequaled ability to identify opportunistic, often contrarian, investments by recognizing market anomalies and emerging patterns.

Discover what Zell thinks about current commercial real estate opportunities and challenges in a wide-ranging interview conducted by Real Estate Forum and publisher Michael G. Desiato. CCIM Institute's 1974 president, Sheldon Good, CCIM, will introduce Zell, his lifelong friend and colleague.

Other influential presenters include Jay Olshonsky, president of NAI Global; Neil Shah, managing director of RICS Americas; Michael W. Dardick, president and CEO of Granite Properties; G. Joseph Cosenza, president of Inland Real Estate Acquisitions; and Steve Pumper, executive managing director of Transwestern Commercial Services.

These and other expert panelists will address issues crucial for our industry, including the future of commercial real estate, millennials and changing demographics, global investment opportunities, and capital markets. As in 2014, the CCIM Institute is partnering with ALM Real Estate Media Group for its assistance in promoting this year's annual conference via

To build on last year's success, the conference planning team added some of the Institute's unparalleled education into the mix. CCIM instructors will lead investment strategies and STDB BAO training courses on Oct. 27. Both sessions will be eligible for CE credit in Texas and several other states.

Attendees can also register for an Oct. 27 conference reception hosted by Opportunity Austin, featuring Texas barbecue and local music.

I have already registered to attend CCIM Thrive and expect to see you there for the 2015 experience that cannot be missed. Register now at 


Mark Macek, CCIM

2015 CCIM Institute President

P.S. Look for CCIM Institute to be featured on the cover of the October issue of Real Estate Forum.


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