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Master Collaborator 

29433 Straddling the worlds of commercial real estate and law is not always easy. However, Roman Petra, Esq., CCIM, CRE, takes it in stride. “As an attorney, I was trained to work alone. Business is the opposite. Through CCIM, I have learned to collaborate with other people in a more holistic approach

EB-5 Entrepreneur 

With more than 16 years of experience in small business, commercial real estate investment, and property management, Mahnaz Khazen, CCIM, president and CEO of U.S. Immigration and Investment Center, is using her expertise to build stronger communities, one investor at

Political Contender 

In March of 2015, commercial real estate broker and  developer, Dolly Elizondo, CCIM, was running to become the first Latina from Texas to serve in the U.S.  Congress. Placing third in a six-way Democratic primary, she  narrowly missed the runoff by a mere 1,026 votes out of more than 50,000 cast.

As she continues her commercial real estate career and contemplates her political future, Elizondo appreciates the long path that brought her to where she is now.

The Rainmaker 

On most days, you will find Yakhin Israel, CCIM, vice president and commercial real estate lender in Fifth Third Bank's Southeast region, calling upon fellow CCIMs in preparations for his travels to towns and cities all over the southeastern U.S. “Nowhere else except CCIM have I found so many people will

Global Promoter 

Given China's new real estate laws, the time is auspicious for Chinese commercial real estate investors to take CCIM courses," says Catherine Li, CCIM. Li is the President of Leiden Business Academy and shares her insights about international investing and the value of a CCIM education with Commercial Investment Real Estate Magazine.

Global Connector 

Now internationally connected and recognized, Elizabeth Belenchia, CCIM, SIOR, FRICS, started her own boutique commercial real estate firm in Spartanburg, S.C., nearly 40 years ago when no one else in the industry would hire her. Early on, she understood the value of engaging with international clients to es

International Force 

In 12 years, Yong Nam Kim, CCIM, has developed a vibrant, thriving commercial real estate business in South Korea, providing full commercial real estate services to clients nationally and internationally. Currently, Kim is the president of the South Korea CCIM Chapter, as well as a real estate columnist for

Medical Enabler 

Having a reputation for stabilizing value-add  medical office properties and finding dynamic  new developments for her clients, Trisha Talbot,  CCIM, is a respected leader in the Arizona healthcare brokerage community and sees many changes ahead for the medical office sector.

Talbot foresees much activity for the medical sector in the near future. She talked to Commercial Investment Real Estate about her experiences.

Land Magnet 

 Beginning his career in politics, Dean Saunders, CCIM, learned diplomacy and negotiation skills that have served him well in commercial real estate. His commitment to agriculture and land have become his professional specialty. He discusses his legislative career, the commercial real estate profession, and the insights he has learned along the way with Commercial Investment Real Estate Magazine.

 

Globe Trotter 

Ensuring the safety and security of U.S. embassies and ambassador residences globally are of prime concern to David Lauster, CCIM, CIPS, CRS, senior realty specialist for property acquisitions at the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations. “The laws in the U.S. generally do not ch

The Innovator 

Foreign Capital Buys Offices In 2014, foreign capital was particularly focused on office assets, purchasing $17 billion of U.S. office properties, according to CBRE. That amount represents 45 percent of last year’s foreign investment in U.S. commercial real estate. More

Career Changer 

Peter Stergos, CCIM, made the leap from working with the client at Cushman & Wakefield to becoming the client at United Technologies Corp. Four years after he made the career switch, Stergos is heading up Real Estate Transactions and Strategy for the $57.9 billion company. “Not many commercial real es

Investor Insights 

When it comes to investing in today&rsquo s commercial real estate market, industry pro and author Kenneth D. Rosen, CCIM, founder and president of Kendar Realty in Coral Gables, Fla., has some simple advice &ldquo Stick with what you know.&rdquo

Experience Pays Off 

Commercial real estate is often a family business, and some CCIMs travel many paths before returning to their roots. “I grew up in a large commercial real estate family and some of my earliest memories are going with my dad

Investment Track 

While many novice investors jumped on the fast and furious multifamily train in recent years, the stalwart industry pros were focused on finding the best tracks — not necessarily the ones most traveled. Multifamily investment and asset management expert Michael

Adept Adviser 

In March of 2015, commercial real estate broker and  developer, Dolly Elizondo, CCIM, was running to become the first Latina from Texas to serve in the U.S.  Congress. Placing third in a six-way Democratic primary, she  narrowly missed the runoff by a mere 1,026 votes out of more than 50,000 cast.

As she continues her commercial real estate career and contemplates her political future, Elizondo appreciates the long path that brought her to where she is now.

Tuned Into the Market 

In a world where business professionals have instant access to information, some might think radio communication is a thing of the past. Not true, say listeners who tune into the “Commercial Real Estate Show,” a weekly online and on air

Leadership Driven 

Investment is a concept that transcends the commercial real estate arena for Jordan Weidner, CCIM, LEED AP, vice president and principal of Cassidy Turley in Cincinnati. Not only does Weidner invest his skill and expertise in negotiating office deals for

Diversity Proponent 

For Jean Kane, CCIM, the possibilities for careers in commercial real estate are limitless. “Everyone is needed in real estate, whether you're creative, a numbers person, or a people person,” she says. “We need lots of different kinds of talent.” Kane speaks from experience. In a career o

CCIM Q&A: Blazing a New Trail 

Kenisha Robnett, CCIM, speaks of her unique path to CRE and advocates for tangible, measurable initiatives to increase diversity in the industry.

Breaking Down Barriers 

Q&A with Helen Chong, CCIM In real estate, the distinction between commercial and residential can be a wall that's not easily traversed - many feel you're either on one side or the other. But those who operate in the “commercia-dential” space strive to excel in both arenas. Commercia-dential re

Influencing Education 

Experience is one of the most valuable assets in a commercial real estate professional’s portfolio. For Barbara Crane, CCIM, who was hooked on real estate at just 12 years old, learning the fundamentals was also a family affair. “Back when

Global Guru 

 

Leading the Charge 

Despite the turbulent commercial real estate market and volatile economy, more than 900 industry and allied professionals earned the CCIM designation last year — a 59 percent increase over 2009. Though no one is predicting a rapid recovery, commercial real

Today’s Office Tenets 

Though commercial real estate is rapidly becoming a globalized industry, many factors affecting it remain rooted in local economies. Now more than ever, market specific drivers such as companies’ expansion plans, shadow space availability, job creation, and even traffic congestion