CCIM Feature

CCIM Spotlight: Curriculum Cornerstone

One CCIM provides the foundation for a new education program.

“The top thing people want is education,” says Robert L. Ward, CCIM, owner and president of Ward Consulting Services LLC in Oviedo, Fla. Though he has had a passion for education since beginning his CCIM Institute career in 1972, the senior instructor and former institute president never thought he would become such an integral part of the institute’s education department. Ward has been through four or five major rewrites of both individual courses and the entire curriculum, including the current redesign and rewrite, he says. While the CCIM courses have been his main focus, he also has set his sights on implementing an education program that goes beyond the core CCIM curriculum.

“The idea of creating post-designation educational opportunities really appealed to me,” Ward says. Early on, he formulated ideas for a non-designation program designed for industry professionals — both designees and non-designees — to further their education. Last year, the institute’s non-designation education program was born. Honoring Ward’s dedication and overall hard work with the education department, the new program appropriately was named The Robert L. Ward Center for Real Estate Studies.

The classes differ from the normal CCIM track, Ward says. The center’s mission is to provide the best commercial and investment real estate education and services and offer a competitive edge to those who take advantage of them. While the core course instructors focus on key principles of the designation program, the Ward Center presents other industry-related topics such as leasing strategies, advanced market analysis, and cost segregation, Ward explains. The Ward Center also currently offers two-day workshops on effective negotiation strategies.

“The specialized classes offer material appealing to different groups, [and they are] classes that aren’t offered in the core curriculum,” he says. Most classes are open to anyone, but some designee-only classes will be offered to provide networking opportunities.

Throughout his 40 years in the industry, Ward has managed a full-service commercial investment brokerage division for a large real estate company, led the income-property sales department of Merrill Lynch Commercial Services, and was a partner in a shopping center development company that built 15 retail centers ranging in size from 60,000 sf to 180,000 sf.

Using his work experience, Ward became an institute instructor teaching both of the two investment courses available at that time. Since then, as the program expanded, he has taught almost every course offered. Over the years, the institute honored Ward with the first-ever Instructor of the Year Award, the Victor L. Lyon Award, and the J.W. Levine Distinguished Service Award. Most recently he received the Exceptional Contribution Award for his participation in the development of the education program’s software.

Currently, Ward occasionally teaches for the institute as well as for various other commercial real estate organizations. In the future, he hopes to serve on the Ward Center’s advisory board. As for his involvement with the institute, he plans to work on the core curriculum redesign and rewrite project, which is scheduled to be fully implemented by mid-2009, and will continue to “hang around as long as the institute will have me.”


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