166 Commercial Real Estate Pros Earn the Prestigious CCIM Designation
Posted on Oct. 24, 2017
CCIM's newest 166 designees were honored by CCIM Institute and their local chapter members during a pinning ceremony and cocktail reception on Oct. 17 during CCIM Institute's Annual Governance Meetings at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto. The new CCIMs hail from 39 states, the U.S. commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and Canada, with the highest concentration in Texas, Florida, and California, and have varying years of experience and work in all aspects of the commercial real estate profession.
“Earning the CCIM designation occurs only after a long and arduous journey which does not end with the pinning,” says 2017 CCIM Institute President Robin L. Webb, CCIM. “It is the beginning of a new and expanded career journey for our new designees which will change their professional lives forever.”
The CCIM designation is considered the most rigorous commercial real estate professional designation to obtain due to extensive coursework, a peer-reviewed commercial portfolio, and a final comprehensive exam lasting six hours. Five years is average time to complete the CCIM designation requirements.
“The CCIM designation adds a level of knowledge and degree of professionalism, and you are immediately received with a higher regard due to the positive reputation and history of CCIM Institute,” says Brittany Davis, CCIM, director of operations at PHD Properties in Las Vegas. “Clients know they are working with a representative that was willing to take that next step in furthering their career, education, and in developing a deeper understanding of the commercial real estate industry.”
“After years of working where you learned as you go, I want to get a knowledge-enriched practical training to bring myself to the next level,” says Sophie Tsai, CCIM, assistant vice president at CapStar Commercial Realty in Gaithersburg, Md. “Meeting with many veteran CCIMs during the CCIM Global Conference in Toronto, I was inspired by their successes and leadership and look to them as a possible blueprint for my own future.”
“Every CCIM designee I have met has very high standards of professionalism and that is the way I want to do business,” says Nicolas von Bredow, CCIM, broker at Royal LePage Macro Realty in Ontario, Canada. “The network of professionals I have met is staggering and I feel I will be able to work with CCIMs throughout North America and beyond to grow my business.”