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Power of the Pin 

Though he is based in the small market of Champaign, Ill., Alex Ruggieri, CCIM, vice president of Sperry Van Ness Ramshaw Smith Co., knows the value of thinking big. Ruggieri, who consistently ranks in Sperry Van Ness&rsquo top 10 percent

Mapping Out the Market 

Distressed is the word almost anyone would use to sum up the current commercial real estate market. But CCIMs like Ron Opfer, director of commercial assets for Coldwell Banker Premier Realty in Henderson, Nev., choose not to view the down

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

TIC Talk 

The explosion of tenancy in common transactions has been a hot topic among commercial real estate professionals for several years now. TIC investors will purchase between $5 billion and $10 billion of real estate in 2006 alone, industry

Tax Squeeze 

The feeble transaction market is pushing commercial real estate professionals to expand their scope to include non transaction services that clients need in today&rsquo s shaky economy. Tax consultation, particularly property valuation protests, is a recession resistant service that is

Retail Returns 

Despite the retail market’s slow trek toward recovery, Carmen R. Austin, CCIM, associate broker at Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate in Baton Rouge, La., sees a lot of opportunity in this struggling sector. Infused with energy from this year’s International

Written Results 

The seller’s paradise of yesterday has evaporated, leaving a bid ask gap that turns many of today’s deals to dust. To help bring sellers’ expectations in line with the current market, industry pros such as George C. Larsen, CCIM, principal

Dynamic Duo 

With the company motto, “Performance Not Promises,” Commercial Executives Real Estate Services in Las Vegas has made a commitment to deliver. And that’s exactly what Soozi Jones Walker, CCIM, SIOR, and Bobbi Miracle, CCIM, do for their clients. The mother

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

International Expansion 

As commercial real estate continues to evolve into a global industry, CCIM members such as Michael T. Tseng, CCIM, CRE, CRS, chief executive officer of REPro International in Taipei, Taiwan, are helping to expand the designation’s presence worldwide. The first

Building the Foundation 

As a pillar of education in the commercial real estate industry, CCIM Institute has helped thousands of members advance their careers and expand their business opportunities. In the early 1990s, the Institute formalized the Education Foundation of the CCIM Institute,

Good as Gold 

In 1997, J. Wesley Daniels Jr., CCIM, founded a boutique firm in Atlanta that specialized in urban public private partnerships and transit oriented developments. With a knack for securing grants and rezoning approvals, Daniels’ project list ranged from runway expansion

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

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

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

Wrangling Opportunity 

Just as the golden leaves of the Aspen trees blanketed Colorado’s Rocky Mountains last fall, the U.S. financial markets began a historically rapid descent into dormancy. Why then would John Meltzer, CCIM, CRE, president of Meltzer Properties in Ouray, Colo.,

Broker Wisdom 

Success can be defined in many different ways, but according to Rod Santomassimo, CCIM, founder and president of Massimo Group, there’s no “secret” to being successful. “Great brokers learned from the advice they received from other great brokers,” Santomassimo says

CCIM Education Evolves 

Though the term hybrid model usually evokes visions of compact cars with alternative fuel systems, the CCIM Institute has created its own unique prototype that is poised to revolutionize commercial real estate education. On Feb. 21, CCIM’s new hybrid education

Financing’s Revival 

As much of the commercial real estate market waits in the wings for a cue, multifamily deals continue to capture the spotlight. But as the drama of the economic recession begins to lift, financing sources are auditioning new players for

Networking Value 

With 25 years of retail property management experience, Yvonne Jones, CCIM, CPM, managing director of asset and property management for McCaffery Interests in Chicago, has seen many retail trends come and go. She has helped her clients make the most

System for Success 

The path to the designation is unique for every CCIM. For some, it’s a direct dash to the pin. For others, such as Bo Barron, CCIM, vice president of organizational development for Sperry Van Ness International Corp. (www.svn.com), there are

Las Vegas Leader 

Although residential overstock and dependence on the broader U.S. economy keep Las Vegas’ commercial real estate recovery at bay, some major office and industrial tenants are placing their bets in the still challenged market. What’s the upside? “Las Vegas is

Sharing a Passion 

From disc jockey to deal maker, 2012 CCIM Institute President Leil Koch, CCIM, was hooked on CCIM from day one. “I loved the numbers, the analysis, and the concepts,” he says of the first course he took back in 1991.

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

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