President's Desk

CCIM Moves Forward

At the October 2006 board of directors meeting, the ceremonial gavel was passed to me as CCIM Institute's 2007 president. Having been involved with the institute since receiving my designation in 1979, during these years I assisted in several of its member service and education initiatives and served as an institute faculty member since 1980.

This year the elected leadership's goal is to enhance the array of assets that the institute provides as well as to grow the membership and designation recognition. I would like to update you on a number of the initiatives that the institute has planned.

The CCIM curriculum redesign is well under way and already is having a positive impact on our educational assets. This redesign is a multimillion-dollar commitment to keep CCIM education at the forefront of the commercial investment real estate education market. During this year we will experience a more than 10 percent increase in student growth, which represents more than 16,000 students in CCIM educational experiences. The redesign incorporates state-of-the-art concept and delivery technology that provides the basis for our models in effective real estate decision making. The redesign is scheduled for completion in 2009.

In the technology area, CCIM Institute offers members two of the most powerful online resources available in the industry: STDBonline and CCIMNet. These technology products enhance members' ability to be successful in the real estate business. STDBonline tools now are provided through ESRI, the world leader in GIS, or geographic information services. This new resource offers users a dramatically enhanced array of demographic reports, custom mapping, aerial imagery, and more. In addition to STDB, members can use CCIMNet, which is now the third largest U.S. commercial information exchange with more than 200,000 active listings. CCIM members not only get tremendous exposure for their listings but also can report and access completed transactions, building a database of comparable listing and sale experience.

Institute member services also include networking opportunities through the CCIM Partners Program. Partners events are scheduled in four U.S. cities in the first half of 2007. These meetings allow CCIMs to expose properties and opportunities on a regional basis. The volume of properties and investment capital at the 2006 events exceeded $750 million.

In the area of institute growth, we are experiencing a membership increase of more than 250 candidates monthly. This growth is both domestic and international. The institute recently awarded the CCIM designation to 110 members of the Korea Chapter in Seoul. We now boast 1,000 international members in 34 countries outside the U.S. During 2007 our goal is to continue to expand the CCIM membership and recognition around the globe.

Finally, I would like to note that the board of directors recognized the passion and dedication that Executive Vice President Susan J.Groeneveld, CAE, has brought to the institute for many years by awarding her an honorary CCIM designation at the October 2006 business meeting. The board also created the Susan J. Groeneveld endowment for candidates who enroll in the Jay W. Levine Leadership Development Academy, a program first championed by Susan in 2003.

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