President's Desk

Local Connections

The CCIM Institute reaches out to members about the networking, education, and technology provided by the national organization — CCIM’s NET. However, are you aware that many times the best way to experience, understand, and appreciate NET is through your local chapter? The institute is taking great strides to boost resources to local chapters and training for local chapter officers, which translates into more value for CCIM members.

Training and education for CCIM chapter leaders is one of the institute’s key initiatives this year. Last fall, 207 chapter leaders attended the 2007 Chapter Officer Training seminar in San Antonio. This three-day information exchange provided local leaders with the knowledge and resources necessary to deliver high-quality programs, events, and educational offerings in their local markets. Building on this success, the 2008 officer-training seminar will include even more resources and education for local leaders. Last year the institute held the first-ever chapter summit, in which chapter leaders and staff members convened to assess the services and resources necessary to help chapters succeed. In addition, the national leadership visits each CCIM chapter on a biannual basis, helping to carry forward the institute’s mission and goals.

I am pleased to announce that the institute is expanding its chapter and regional activities. On Feb. 27, the institute, in conjunction with the Atlanta CCIM Chapter, will host its first-ever Regional Roundtable event for chapter leadership. As part of the CCIM Partners networking event in Atlanta, the roundtable session is designed to help chapter leadership improve communication, foster an environment to develop successful programs, and increase value
to members.

Chapters are integral in delivering benefits at the local level, such as the CCIM Institute Robert L. Ward Center for Real Estate Studies educational offerings, which are designed and created at the national level. And, one of the advantages of being involved in your local chapter is the chance to connect with colleagues in the area. Many institute chapters host regular networking events that provide CCIMs with a forum for meeting — and hopefully doing business with — other designees.

I’d also like to welcome the Northwest Arkansas CCIM Chapter to the institute. This new chapter brings a wide array of member services to a thriving and active commercial real estate market. With 60 CCIM chapters worldwide, the institute is providing diverse educational and networking opportunities to members. Take advantage of all that your CCIM membership provides — get plugged into the NET by becoming involved with your local chapter. For more information, link to your chapter’s Web site on

I look forward to serving the institute as president this year, along with the 2008 Management Team, which includes President-Elect Charles “Mac” McClure, CCIM, CRE; First Vice President Richard E. Juge, CCIM, SIOR; and Treasurer Stephen Perfit, CCIM, SIOR.


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