164 Commercial Real Estate Pros Earn the Prestigious CCIM Designation
CCIM Institute's newest 164 designees were honored by CCIM Institute and their local chapter members during a pinning ceremony on April 11 during CCIM Institute's Midyear Governance Meetings at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay in Tampa, Fla. The new CCIMs have varying years of experience and work in all aspects of the commercial real estate profession. They hail from 37 states and Canada.
The CCIM designation is considered the most rigorous commercial real estate professional designation to obtain due to extensive coursework, a peer-reviewed commercial portfolio, and a final comprehensive exam lasting six hours. Five years is average time to complete the CCIM designation requirements.
“The CCIM designation prepares me for a lifetime of learning and in developing a sustaining career in commercial real estate,” says new designee Melissa Moran, CCIM, vice president of Advisory and Transaction Services at CBRE in Fort Collins, Colo. “The value of the instruction and materials was immeasurable, and it became evident that to prosper in this dynamic, competitive industry, I would need best-in-class training and resources.”
New designee Dionne L. Edwards, CCIM, vice president of Corporate Real Estate & Workplace at SunTrust Bank in Atlanta, decided to pursue the CCIM designation to validate her years of experience in the industry and be recognized as a leading expert to both her clients and peers.
“I begin this journey one year and eight months ago, and the principles I have learned from the courses are priceless,” says Edwards. “The designation will provide a competitive advantage over my peers and allow me to negotiate more complex deals within my current role.”
Another new designee, Eric DeYoung, CCIM, vice president of commercial lending at Charlotte State Bank & Trust in Port Charlotte, Fla., credits his mentor, CCIM Institute Senior Instructor Maryann Mize, CCIM, for being an inspiration for his career in commercial real estate.
“Watching Maryann make use of the designation and the opportunities it has afforded her was a strong impetus to keep me motivated,” says DeYoung. “The CCIM designation is a quick way to let customers of the bank know that I am conversant in the language of commercial real estate.”
New for this year was a special welcome reception held for both candidates and CCIM designees. “It was a wonderful opportunity to meet the candidates,” says 2018 CCIM Institute President Dave P. Wilson, CCIM. “Existing CCIM designees were able to encourage candidates not only with their upcoming exam but to also to get involved with their local chapters as well as nationally.”
CCIM Institute is a global community of 13,000 members, more than 50 chapters, and 30 countries that educates and connects the world's leading experts in investment strategy, financial analysis, and market analysis.