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PRESIDENT’ S DESK Policy Advocate a As a member of the CCIM Institute, you are fortunate to have a strong legislative advocate working on your behalf. CCIM, in conjunction with the National Association of Realtors and the Institute of Real Estate Management, is one of the most active voices on all aspects of real estate-related public policy at the local, state, and national levels. A look at CCIM’s legislative accomplishments over the past year illustrates the value of this important member benef t. T e Institute participated in several coalitions related to proposed federal rules on credit risk retention and commercial mortgage-backed securities. It also championed legislation to provide favorable direction on the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s proposed rules and extension of the Small Business Administra- tion’s 504 loan ref nancing program and the National Flood Insurance Program. In the fall, CCIM shared a U.S. Presidential Voting Guide to help members under- stand the candidates’ initiatives that had an impact on the commercial real estate industry. Perhaps the most large-scale legislative ef ort CCIM puts forth each year is the Capitol Hill Visit in the spring. CCIM invites you to join us for this critical day on April 10 in Washington, D.C., where you will have an opportunity to share insights on the legislative issues af ecting commercial real estate with inf uential members of Congress. In addi- tion, CCIM chapters that send an of cial representative to the Hill Visit will receive a $500 reimbursement for travel expenses. I invite you to make your voice heard at the 11th annual Capitol Hill Visit and in your local and state legislative arenas by working with your CCIM Chapter. Take advantage of the benef ts available to you through the CCIM Institute and display your CCIM designation. Remember that CCIM is your opportunity to excel. Sincerely, Wayne D’Amico, CCIM 2013 CCIM Institute President The Top 10 CCIM Member Benefi ts CCIM membership gives industry professionals the resources they need to succeed. Here are the 10 benefi ts CCIM members value most.* 1. CCIM Designation Promotion. National advertising, marketing, and public relations campaigns promote the value of the CCIM brand and the benefi ts of working with a CCIM. 2. STDBonline.com. STDB is a one-stop shop for valuable site-specifi c demographic analysis tools. 3. CCIM.com. Find CCIM news, events, and education, membership, and networking information in one place. 4. Find a Professional Directory. Industry professionals looking to do business with CCIMs can fi nd designees in every market and specialty at CCIM.com/fi nd-a-pro. 5. Commercial Investment Real Estate (CIRE). CCIM’s award-winning magazine is a bimonthly source for analysis and insight into all facets of commercial investment real estate. 6. CCIM Chapters. CCIM’s 57 local affi liates help members expand networks and build relationships in their home markets. 7. CCIM Market Trends Report. This online report provides national and regional real estate transaction analyses, an economic outlook, and a survey of CCIM member activity for every quarter. 8. Member Discounts. CCIM members enjoy access to the National Association of Realtors Discount and Affi nity Program, which includes the Realtors Federal Credit Union and special offers on insurance, travel, and more. 9. Life After the Pin Program. CCIM designees can refresh their skills by taking one CCIM designation course per year at a reduced tuition rate. 10. Lobbying and Legislation. CCIM is part of a public policy team that monitors local, state, and federal legislative and regulatory developments. Members have access to a database of state legislation. But the value of CCIM membership doesn’t stop at 10. Go to CCIM.com to fi nd all the resources that put CCIM members ahead of the game in every market. wdamico@ccim.net *Based on responses to the 2011 CCIM Membership Survey Only CCIM.com @ Find out how the Realtors Political Action Committee benefi ts CCIM members at http://bit.ly/13xmmJW. 2 March | April | 2013 Commercial Investment Real Estate