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THE THIRD OF SIX STORIES ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF CCIM INSTITUTE Strength at the Grassroots by Sara S. Patterson Since 1971, CCIM has grown from its first national chapter in Northern California to 54 Chapters Globally An organization’s success relies on its grassroots. CCIM Institute’s chapters form its local touchstones in the U.S., Canada, and globally. Throughout its first 50 years, CCIM chapters have served as boosters for CCIM training, sites for multiple CCIM courses, providers for scholar- ships for CCIM classes, and incubators for its future leaders. As the Institute constantly evolves and sets a higher standard for the commercial real estate industry, so have the 54 chapters. “Being involved with the Central Texas Chapter has opened many doors to other CCIMs and busi- ness opportunities,” says Travis Waldrop, CCIM, 2016 Central Texas Chapter president and vice pres- ident at Carr Development in Austin, Texas. “For designees in this area of Texas, our designation sets us apart as respected professionals in our commu- nity. CCIM chapters deliver up-to-date, germane content, and education that is critical to staying in front of trends in the industry.” Lasting Impact Starting with the Institute’s formation by West Coast instructors, the first CCIM chapter chartered in 1971 appropriately was in Northern California. A long-time leader in the Northern California CCIM Chapter, John Shaw, CCIM, served as its Chapter President in 1994 and 2008. “CCIM training taught me what to do, and our Chapter members oriented me toward what not to 22 May | June 2017 do in investing,” says Shaw, a designee since the late 1970s and now serving as the co-chair of the Northern California Chapter’s Book Club. “Being involved with our Chapter and CCIM Institute has provided me with a lifetime connection of business and personal relationships.” CCIM Institute Regional Vice President Mark Hinkins, CCIM, got his start at the Northern Cali- fornia Chapter. “CCIM chapters provide an oppor- tunity for motivated commercial real estate profes- sionals to take on responsibility and to develop their personal leadership skills,” says Hinkins, owner of Trimark Commercial Real Estate in Walnut Creek, Calif. “These leadership skills are directly relevant to your business and your community. “CCIM has transformed my career. Earning the pin gave me the confidence to establish my own bou- tique firm. CCIM Institute and the Northern Cali- fornia Chapter give me and other independent, small business owners the tools and knowledge to compete with larger, established firms.” On the western reaches of the U.S., the Hawaii CCIM Chapter was chartered in 1975. A past Hawaii Chapter President, Albert “Al” S. Wong, CCIM, became the 13th CCIM designee in the state and No. 592 nationally. “The greatest thing I learned from CCIM training in the 1970s was about 1031 like-kind exchanges,” says Wong, owner of Palace Realty in Honolulu. “The concept of deferring taxes gave us a real head start with our clients. COMMERCIAL INVESTMENT REAL ESTATE CCIM chapters train leaders, promote knowledge, and enhance members’ referrals.