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Bobbie Mastracci, CCIM, Builds Credibility and Connections 

When Bobbie Mastracci, CCIM, entered commercial real estate as her second career, she needed to gain credibility in the male-dominated industry. “I was trying to get into commercial real estate, and no one would call me back,” says Mastracci, designated broker and principal at Phoenix West Commercial LLC in Phoenix. “Today it has improved for women in commercial real estate, but credibility is still at the top of the list.”

Earning her CCIM designation in 2008 gave her instant credibility and an entry into getting to know other CCIMs locally, regionally, and nationally. “I work with a boutique brokerage, so CCIM Institute helped me to build a network,” Mastracci says. “Meeting CCIMs first in the chapter and later nationally gave me the same opportunities as if I worked at a big firm.”

Mark Hinkins: CCIM Connections Change His Career and Life 

Being involved with CCIM Institute nationally, regionally, and locally has transformed Mark Hinkins, CCIM, FRICS. “Earning the CCIM and becoming involved with CCIM Institute gave me the confidence and tools to expand my company within a major metro market [San Francisco],” says Hinkins, president and managing broker of Sperry Commercial Global Affiliates in Walnut Creek, Calif. “If not for CCIM, I would not own the keys to my own real estate business.”

Scholarships Boost Number of CCIM Designees 

The North Texas CCIM Chapter holds event fundraisers for scholarships, awarding 11 scholarships in 2017. “Scholarships help more students take the CCIM core courses to become designated,” says John McClure, CCIM, 2017 North Texas Chapter president. Now in its 23rd year, North Texas hosts an all-day sporting clays tournament, as well as lunch and dinner. The Chapter finds sponsors for 13 sporting clay stations, separate event sponsors, and holds a raffle and live auction. During the past few years, North Texas has raised $14,000 per year to fund the scholarships. In 2017, the Chapter raised a record amount of $18,110.

Evelyn Ward Transitions from a Mentee to Mentor 

Entering the commercial real estate industry while still in college, Evelyn Ward, CCIM, has plenty of professional and leadership experience at age 33. Earning her CCIM pin in 2011 and graduating from the CCIM Institute Jay W. Levine Leadership Academy in 2012, Ward became involved with her local CCIM chapter and has moved onto the national leadership stage for the Institute.