CCIM Institute Bestows Honorary CCIM Designations on Three Industry Leaders

Posted on Apr. 26, 2020

Congratulations to CCIM Institute Chief Economist K.C. Conway, NAI Global CEO Jay Olshonsky, and Real Estate Advisor Junji Ono.

CCIM Institute, one of the largest commercial real estate networks in the world with members in more than 30 global markets, recently bestowed honorary CCIM Designations on three industry leaders at the organization's midyear governance meetings on April 21: CCIM Institute Chief Economist K.C. Conway, MAI, CRE; NAI Global President and CEO Jay Olshonsky, SIOR, FRICS; and Real Estate Advisor Junji Ono. CCIM Institute confers the Certified Commercial Investment Member Designation, commercial real estate's global standard for professional achievement. 

This honor has been bestowed upon only nine individuals in the institute's 53-year history. Approved by the institute's board of directors, each honoree was nominated by an existing CCIM, who detailed how each demonstrates an exceptionally high level of knowledge, service, and success in the commercial real estate industry. 

CCIM Institute's Chief Economist K.C. Conway, MAI, CRE, continues to provide forward-looking thought leadership and invaluable analyses of industry sectors and trends. His insights are available in the institute's Commercial Real Estate Insights series he authors, as well as being a recognized go-to expert in the media and the industry. Conway also serves as the director of research and corporate engagement at the Alabama Center for Real Estate and on the board of directors for Monmouth REIT.

As president and CEO of one of commercial real estate's leading firms, Jay Olshonsky, SIOR, FRICS, remains an ardent supporter of CCIM Institute and its education. NAI Global completes in excess of $20 billion in CRE transactions across the globe and maintains 375-plus offices worldwide and more than 6,000 professionals. Olshonsky advocates for professional development and continuing education through the institute's robust offerings by providing all his employees bulk education vouchers from the institute.

A Real Estate Advisor at both Engel & Volkers Honolulu and Urban REC Tokyo, Junji Ono is not only a successful broker but also has been instrumental in the growth of CCIM Institute in Japan. Ono is the primary translator of course materials and a staunch advocate for the institute. He is also part of a team currently working to develop an online application called SuperREIFA, which will improve the transparency of the real estate industry in Japan and educate the general public on real estate investment based on CCIM Institute principles.

“An honorary CCIM Designee embodies the values, integrity, and mission of the institute,” says Gregory J. Fine, FASAE, CAE, CCIM Institute CEO. “These three commercial real estate leaders exemplify these traits beautifully, each in their own way, making a powerful and enduring impact on those fortunate enough to work alongside them, as well as the industry as a whole.”

Conway, Olshonsky, and Ono join the ranks of Sam Zell, CCIM, the billionaire American businessman, philanthropist, and founder of Equity Group Investments; Richard A. Mendenhall, CCIM; Jeffrey Lenn, CCIM; Dr. Donald R. Epley, CCIM; Susan Groeneveld, CCIM; and Gary P. Taylor, CCIM.

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. 


About CCIM Institute

CCIM Institute created the language of global real estate investment. Our courses and worldwide community deploy commercial real estate investment methodologies and tools that speed the pathway between opportunity, a go/no-go decision, and success for an asset, taught by instructors who are themselves industry leaders. Today, the organization, through its 50-plus chapters, continues to innovate best practices and elevate the commercial real estate professional through its core Designation program to earn the CCIM pin - real estate's most coveted credential - and its topical education courses offered through the Ward Center for Real Estate Studies. In addition, membership in CCIM includes the industry's best technology and operational platform, allowing entrepreneurial and mid-sized businesses to compete with the largest multinational providers. Today, almost 70 percent of Designees hold the title of owner, partner, principal, or president, representing an exclusive worldwide referral network of 13,000 members in 30 countries. Ultimately, CCIM represents a larger vision of the commercial real estate provider, leveraging investment analysis, opinions of value, and underwriting to become a leader in sourcing capital, building a cash-flow vehicle, and ultimately creating value. Information at

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