In pursuit of the CCIM designation

Bryan Oliver is an Associate – Investment/Industrial Specialist with Cushman & Wakefield | Commerce bryan.oliver@comre.com

Originally published in the Boise CCIM 2014 Directory

I started my career in commercial real estate about two years ago, right as the market began to turn around. Hey, what can I say, I have a knack for timing. Even before accepting a position with Cushman & Wakefield | Commerce, I was already doing research on the Certified Commercial Investment Member designation and preparing to become a candidate. I knew from the start I wanted to be a CCIM and wanted to get on the path towards my designation as soon as possible.

There are many reasons why I chose to pursue my CCIM designation and why I feel it’s the right path for my career. Based on my perspective of being nearly two years into my career in commercial real estate and about the same in pursuing my designation (I hope to finish by the middle of this year), here is why I think the CCIM is right for me, and maybe for you, too.

1)      Background. Coming from a background in financial planning, advising, and analysis, I wanted to bring to commercial real estate my love of finance, numbers, and making deals. I knew before I started I wanted to focus on the investment side of the business and felt the CCIM designation would be the best and most useful area of study in order to make sure I was current and fluent in the language of real estate investment.

2)      Credentials. Not to put too fine a point on it, or come across as superficial, but I want those four letters after my name. “CCIM.” I want to raise the bar on my own career. Having the CCIM designation puts you in elite company and shows not only that you have put the time and effort into learning and studying the material, but also that your commitment to your craft is real. It’s neither cheap nor easy to get this designation, and nobody is forcing me to stay up late doing online coursework. Getting the CCIM means you are serious about the business and committed to being the best you can. That means something, not only to me, but I like to think it means something to current and future clients and prospects as well.

3)      Networking. There is a lot of networking in our business, all of it useful in some way. But networking with other CCIMs is different. Just being around CCIM designees like LeAnn Hume and Dave Winder every day in the office has made me a better broker, but being part of the CCIM Idaho Chapter has let me to several deals I wouldn’t have been a part of otherwise. It’s a unique and uniquely qualified group of people, and it’s an honor to be involved. In my short time as a part of the CCIM Idaho Chapter, I’ve been fortunate to take part in a leadership training session in Chicago hosted by the National CCIM Institute. There I saw firsthand several large deals getting started, one right here in our market, and this was just during one evening’s networking event and dinner. I can only imagine how many large deals and fruitful business relationships were formed during the other 36 hours of the conference.

The CCIM designation is the right choice for me, and my career. Hopefully I’ve given you a few good reasons as to why it might be right for you, too.

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