President's Desk

CCIM Live!

Despite an uptick in activity, the real estate industry remains a tricky market to maneuver. Economic road bumps such as minimal job growth are slowing the spread of the recovery to smaller markets where many CCIMs operate. To succeed as a commercial real estate professional, you must leverage every available advantage and that is where your CCIM membership makes a difference.

Your affiliation with the CCIM Institute provides you with a ready-built networking platform that operates in every state and 30 countries. The CCIM education gives members a common language and approach to deal making. CCIM MailBridge puts you in touch with members who are leasing, buying, and selling properties in markets like yours. Can you really afford not to be a CCIM member?

And speaking of opportunities, our crown jewel networking event, CCIM Live!, debuts Oct. 12–14 in Phoenix. This new conference format combines the essentials of what you need to succeed: a chance to discuss deals with CCIMs from around the country, education sessions that explain where the market’s headed, tips on how to use social networking and other technology effectively, and ideas on where to find today’s real estate jobs.

Kicking it off is football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith, who is making a run for the CCIM pin. As co-chairman of ESmith Legacy, a Dallas-based commercial real estate development and investment company, Smith will talk about his legendary football career as well as how he plans to use his CCIM education in upcoming projects. As Smith is noted for “running to daylight,” I think he will provide a fascinating perspective on CCIM and the industry!

Get a jump on the action by logging on to today and setting up your profile. Find out who is attending, schedule a meeting, post a discussion topic, or link to your Twitter account. Start networking today to get the most from this conference experience. I’ll see you there.

Frank N. Simpson, CCIM

President, CCIM Institute

Frank N. Simpson

Hear Jerry Colangelo, former owner of the Phoenix Suns, discuss successful real estate ventures, profitable partnerships, and how to overcome business challenges at the CCIM Live! luncheon. Register today at


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