Trio of Arizona Commercial Real Estate Professionals Earns Prestigious CCIM Designation at Global Event in Chicago

PHOENIX, ARIZ. (October 31, 2018) – A trio of Arizona commercial real estate professionals recently earned the prestigious Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation by the CCIM Institute. The designation was awarded during the organization’s global conference in Chicago.

Kris Holm, CCIM, Vice President SBA Commercial Loan Officer, Stearns Bank, Scottsdale; Sharon Mortenson, CCIM, Arizona Commercial, Prescott; and George Howell, Associate Broker, DBSI, Chandler; each earned the honor.

“The chapter board was honored to attend the pinning ceremony with our new designees,” said Jenette Bennett, CCIM, First Vice President with Kidder Mathews and Vice President of the Central Arizona CCIM Chapter. “Earning the CCIM pin and designation is a distinguished accomplishment. We are looking forward to working alongside these three individuals as the chapter continues to provide this world class education in commercial real estate.”

The trio was among 210 commercial real estate professionals who earned the designation by passing the CCIM Institute’s comprehensive examination, the capstone element in the designation process.

This new group of CCIM designees represents 39 states and Canada.

To earn the CCIM designation, commercial real estate professionals must complete more than 160 hours of case-study driven education covering topics such as interest-based negotiation, financial analysis, market analysis, user decision analysis, investmentanalysis, and ethics in commercial investment real estate. Candidates mustalso compile a portfolio demonstrating the depth of their commercial real estate experience and pass a comprehensive examination.

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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 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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