President's Desk

Creative Collaborations

The commercial real estate industry has come a long way in just a few years. Gone are the days when brokers kept their trade secrets under wraps, preferring not to discuss their business operations and strategies, much less their listings. Today the industry thrives on the collaborations that have evolved as a result of technological advances, a global economy, and the expansion of professional organizations such as the CCIM Institute. The relationships the institute has forged with its peer groups, including the Institute of Real Estate Management, the Appraisal Institute, and the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors - just to name a few - allow our members to expand their professional networks and cement the foundation for new business opportunities.

A perfect example is the CCIM & IREM Success Series 2006, a joint symposium for professionals of both organizations, which takes place Oct. 20-21 in Tampa, Fla. After a successful joint conference a few years ago, leaders of both organizations realized the value of bringing our members together in one location and providing a forum for them to share their knowledge, network, and gain insights on the most current industry trends. The conference tagline, "Real Estate Professionals, Issues and Solutions," offers a glimpse into the content of this industry-leading event. The two groups plan to offer similar cooperative events in 2007 and 2008 and build on the framework we establish in Tampa. Watch for more details on this program in the coming months and mark your calendar for this important event.

The institute also has initiated programs with other groups that add value to each organization. For instance, both AI and SIOR have forged relationships with the CCIM Institute to allow their members to become members of our organization and to have access to STDBOnline and similar products and services. The institute also collaborates with the International Council of Shopping Centers' University of Shopping Centers educational program for retail real estate professionals. Other initiatives include meetings with the Realtors Commercial Alliance and the Building Owners and Managers Association International to discuss ways we might work together in the future.

By joining forces with our colleagues in the industry we can improve our business and expand our knowledge. As the institute continues to explore new ways to collaborate with other organizations, I encourage you to attend these valuable meetings and events. I hope to see you in Tampa.

Steven R. Price, CCIM

Steven R. Price, CCIMPresidentsprice@ccim.net

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