President's Desk

ReFocus on the Future

CCIM Members:

This final column as your CCIM Institute president ends a challenging but exciting year. Many markets are starting to bounce back. Property is becoming more attractive and gaining attention from a diverse group of investors, according to the institute’s Chief Economist Kenneth P. Riggs Jr., CCIM.

The number of new CCIM designees is up 31 percent over last year, with more than 850 commercial real estate professionals earning the designation this year. In addition, we have planted the seeds for future success. We have launched a new marketing campaign that rebrands the institute. “Equipping the world’s best minds in commercial real estate” is not just our tag line, it is a definition of our purpose. Whether it’s through our education programs, technology tools, or networking connections, CCIM Institute is the place to do commercial real estate business.

To experience the “new” CCIM Institute, attend ReFocus, the CCIM 2010 conference in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 22–23. Twenty hours of education, nine hours of networking, and three keynote speakers offer the best in commercial real estate technology, finance, and business development. Go to www.ccim.com to find out more about this informative real estate event.

In closing, I want thank my Leadership Team for their invaluable help this year. Frank Simpson, CCIM, and Leil Koch, CCIM, will follow me in 2011 and 2012. The institute is in very capable hands with them. As treasurer, Craig Blorstad, CCIM, CPA, has kept our books in order. Susan Groeneveld, CCIM, who stepped in as the interim executive vice president, has been incredible to work with. Thanks also to all CCIMs who have volunteered to serve. Lastly, I want everyone to recognize the hard work of the CCIM Institute staff. Whatever we’ve done right this year is a direct result of their efforts.

Richard E. Juge, CCIM
President, CCIM Institute
rjuge@ccim.com

Richard E. Juge, CCIM

Richard E. Juge, CCIM, is the broker and owner of RE/MAX Commercial Brokers, Inc., in Metairie, Louisiana. He can be reached at (504) 838-0001, or on CompuServe at 72062,1301.

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