President's Desk

CCIM Makes Strides

Many in the commercial investment real estate industry may look back on 2008 and remember the challenges this year held. Despite this, it’s important to remind ourselves of the positive accomplishments we’ve made this year. As my term as CCIM Institute president concludes, I’d like to highlight a few of this year’s achievements.

Broader Networking Opportunities. I’m pleased to announce that the institute is transitioning the CCIM Partners initiative to a more broad-based, institute-wide networking platform. Networking is one of the institute’s core competencies, and the power and distinction of the CCIM designation has never been stronger. To maximize their business networks, designees should take advantage of the institute’s national deal-making events as well as regional and local chapter activities.

New Advanced Education Offerings. Although the institute has provided non-designation educational offerings in the past, the Robert L. Ward Center for Real Estate Studies has infused new energy, life, personality, and focus into the institute’s educational lineup. The market’s overwhelming response to the Advanced Negotiations Workshops illustrates how effectively the institute has filled a niche in the commercial real estate education arena. More specialized courses are being developed that will allow us to continue to deliver the highest-quality industry education available.

More Technology Benefits. Staying at the forefront is critical, particularly in terms of technology. With this in mind, the institute recently launched MyNetwork, a social networking-style platform for CCIM designees. Similar to LinkedIn and other online networking systems, MyNetwork allows CCIM designees to customize their personal networks within the CCIM network to broaden their business opportunities.

Watch for the next generation of CCIMNet technology to be available soon. Powered by ESRI, CCIMNet will be a vendor-neutral database into which CCIM members can enter their property listings.The platform will feed listings to other property listing services and commercial information exchanges, as well as to marketing service providers.A leading benefit of this tool is the ability to integrate data with the Site To Do Business.These high-tech tools complement the institute’s existing suite of technology offerings, including the Site To Do Business and the MailBridge designee messaging system, among others.

Additional Highlights. The institute took on the administration of the Education Foundation in 2008. Former institute Executive Vice President Susan J. Groeneveld, CCIM, is guiding the foundation’s future efforts as its executive director.

Next, the institute’s unified dues billing program, which will include 27 CCIM chapters next year, is a major step toward improving our membership administration processes. The institute’s university alliance program also made strides this year, forming new relationships with several universities. In addition, the 2008 chapter leadership summit provided local and regional CCIM leaders with specialized training and resources to carry the institute’s mission forward locally. This year also marked the first-ever CCIM international summit, which provided a forum for institute leaders and staff to begin a strategic vision for our continued international expansion.

Finally, a new era of staff leadership began as Jonathan D. Salk assumed the role of chief executive officer in January. His leadership, combined with the outstanding efforts of the entire CCIM staff, has helped to make 2008 a year all of us should remember fondly.

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