CCIM Spotlight: Honor Role
A CCIM earns distinction as a leading commercial real estate educator.
education is a lifelong process for many commercial real estate professionals.
However, for Mark L. Levine, CCIM, CIPS, MAI, director and professor at the University of Denver's
Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate & Construction Management in Denver, real estate
education is a career unto itself.
who has been involved in commercial real estate for more than four decades, was
honored in June as the Burns School's first-ever Mark Lee Levine Chair in Real
Estate and Construction Management. Joy Burns, president of D.C. Burns Realty
and Trust Co. and the Burnsley Hotel in Denver,
bestowed the $3.5 million gift. The purpose of the chair is to recognize
meritorious and superior achievement by outstanding real estate faculty
members. "It has been and remains my honor to teach at DU for 31
years," Levine says. "Stacked on that honor is the prestige
associated with being the holder of a chair when teaching."
a leader in commercial real estate
education, Levine has observed the industry's evolution over the years.
"One of the most obvious changes is the speed that is involved in real
estate transactions and the knowledge and information that consumers now
have," he says. The Internet is to thank in part, and in his opinion,
global real estate is the next frontier to be explored.
rapidly expanding market and advances in the speed of information also have
contributed to recent growth in graduate real estate education programs.
"More universities are realizing that real estate will continue to grow as
a part of our lives, as an investment vehicle, and as part of our wealth,"
Levine says. However, he is quick to point out that only a handful of programs
provide real estate education in a business college setting - a factor that
routinely draws CCIMs to the University
of Denver's Master of
Science in Real Estate & Construction Management as well as the online
executive master's degree program. The Burns School
is part of the university's Daniels College of Business.
addition, through professional educational programs such as those offered by
CCIM Institute, "students gain the advantage of a wonderful
foundation," Levine says, particularly those who have some experience in
the industry. Designation programs "build on that experience and allow a
fast, less-expensive, and sophisticated form of training." In fact, the Burns School's
program complements the CCIM educational track and includes curriculum to meet
certain designation requirements.
CCIM community also is honored by Levine's special recognition. "It is
rare that a chair will be named and occupied by the same individual," says
Bob Behrens, CCIM, president of Re/Max Commercial in Denver, a past CCIM
president, and a current student in the Burns School's executive master's
program. "Mark is very deserving of this honor," he adds.