CCIM Leaders Focus on Global Expansion, Legislative Efforts and Branding at Midyear Meetings

Strategic global expansion, current legislative efforts, and marketing the CCIM brand to millennials dominated the agendas of the CCIM Institute Board of Directors and governing committees during the organization’s Midyear Meetings, held March 22–25 at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago.

“At the Midyear Meetings, we implemented new directives to move forward strategically into the international marketplace, promote important legislative endeavors, and to introduce new generations to CCIM for many years to come,” says 2015 CCIM President Mark Macek, CCIM. “We have to keep the CCIM Institute and designation relevant to commercial real estate professionals at all stages of their career.”

In addition, the CCIM Institute honored the newest 146 designees during a pinning ceremony and cocktail reception on March 24. These designees passed the comprehensive exam held during the meetings, the last step in earning the CCIM designation.

“I want to be known as an experienced young broker, not just a young broker,” says Britney Mroczkowski, CCIM, a new designee from the Florida West CCIM Chapter. “I believe the CCIM is the equivalent of a master’s degree. The knowledge I gained through CCIM expanded on my undergraduate training in real estate.”

Current Initiatives

CCIM Institute leaders discussed several initiatives at the Midyear Meetings. Having approved the funding for an international networking event at the Fall Business Meetings in October, the CCIM Board of Directors discussed holding annual international networking events going forward.

“It is important that we hold face-to-face meetings with our internationally based colleagues, allowing us to broaden the reach of the CCIM designation,” Macek says. CCIM President Macek; CEO and EVP Walter S. Clements, CCIM; and CCIM staff recently returned from promoting the CCIM education program at MIPIM, the international property marketplace, in Cannes, France.

CCIM Institute Regional Vice President Craig Fernsler, CCIM, GRI, SRES, reported on his March 17–18 fly-in on Capitol Hill meeting with several influential members of U.S. Congress to inform them about the importance of preserving the Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 exchanges. He discussed how these tax deferral provisions generate $8 billion annually and are vital to the U.S. economy. Fernsler expects to be one of many CCIM participants during the upcoming Capitol Hill visit with the National Association of Realtors during the Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, May 11–16.

A strategic marketing discussion resulted in five initiatives dedicated to strengthening CCIM’s place in the commercial real estate industry, including greater promotion of CCIM’s University Outreach Program, which pairs the CCIM Institute with university real estate programs to introduce graduate students to the benefits of the CCIM designation and education.

“Our leaders are committed to developing strong directives that are sustained through the annual changes in CCIM volunteer leaders,” says 2015 CCIM President-Elect Steven Moreira, CCIM. “CCIM will be a stronger organization when leaders create a continuum of strategic plans and prioritize the tactics to make them happen.”

Honoring CCIM Chapters

At the grassroots level, more than 50 CCIM chapters across the U.S. attract new members by promoting the benefits of being a CCIM. Nine CCIM chapters were recognized for their marketing excellence through presentation of the President’s Cup Awards: Alabama, Southern Nevada, North Carolina, Central Arizona, Northern California, Iowa, Memphis Metropolitan, Kansas, and Middle Tennessee.

“CCIM chapters make tremendous contributions to our organization’s success,” Macek says. “They develop new ideas and programs that advance our entire organization.”

National Election Results

Election results included Chuck Connely, CCIM, as the 2016 CCIM Treasurer; Craig Blorstad, CCIM, to the CCIM Executive Committee; and Barbara Crane, CCIM , to the CCIM Board of Directors. Six CCIM designees achieved Life member status: Barbara Lee Tarin, CCIM, of Temple, Texas; Gary T. Best, CCIM, of Tucson, Ariz.; John Khami, CCIM, of Troy, Mich.; Robert G. DeSantis, CCIM, of Stuart, Fla.; Robert Strzalka, CCIM, of Haddonfield, N.J.; and Phillip B. Foster, CCIM, of Denver.

The CCIM Institute’s Board of Directors and national committees will convene again during the organization’s Fall Business Meetings and Annual Conference held Oct. 26–30 in Austin, Texas. The annual meeting, CCIM Thrive, will be held Oct. 27–28 in Austin.

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