President's Desk

Integrity Check

CCIM Members:

“By God’s grace and my little red pin. Because of those two factors, I am still active in the industry I love,” says Thomas F. Campenni, CCIM, CPM, in “Thinking Big,” on p.38. He is one of many CCIMs who often credit the designation with helping to keep them solvent over the last few years.

Unfortunately, for one reason or another, other designees have let their membership lapse. While they no longer have access to member benefits such as STDB, MailBridge, and CIRE magazine, they continue to use the CCIM logo in advertising and promotional materials. This unfortunate occurrence affects the integrity of our CCIM membership.

It is difficult to understand why an industry professional would travel the arduous path to earning the designation yet not invest in the dues payment necessary to maintain membership on a yearly basis. For U.S. CCIMs, annual dues amount to 10 percent of a $6,000 commission. No doubt, it is a substantial sum of money — particularly in this market. However, the value of maintaining your CCIM membership pays dividends well into the future. And, for those in difficult situations, the Institute offers an installment dues payment plan.

To knowingly not pay the annual dues and continue to display the CCIM logo on Web sites, signs, proposals, business cards, and other marketing materials is a fraudulent act. It can result in possible violation of state licensing laws or legal action. But most importantly, it is unfair to those us who maintain our membership.

Maintaining the integrity of the CCIM designation is a responsibility we all share. If you are aware of any violations in your market, contact CCIM’s Professional Standards Officer at (800) 621-7027, ext. 4472, or e-mail membership@ccim.com.

Frank N. Simpson, CCIM
President, CCIM Institute
fsimpson@ccim.net

Frank N. Simpson

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