This week, the CCIM Institute published an article discussing how the CCIM designation helps SVN Advisors bring their commercial real estate brokerage game to the next level. The credibility and prestige that the CCIM designation signifies helps launch Advisors into successful careers in commercial real estate. Further, the process of earning the designation means Advisors have increased their commercial real estate knowledge while working towards achieving CCIM status.
For those of you who may not know, a CCIM, or Certified Commercial Investment Member, is someone who has completed the CCIM Institute’s rigorous coursework in financial and market analysis while also gaining commercial real estate experience. According to the CCIM Institute website, key skills covered in the expert-taught courses include negotiation as well as investment analysis. These skills allow designees to more effectively help their clients minimize risk, enhance credibility, make informed decisions, and close more deals, the CCIM website explains. Practically any commercial real estate professional can benefit from the CCIM designation, and all are welcome to enroll in the courses. Once the courses are completed, a potential designee must apply in order to earn the distinction.
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Recognizing the SVN Difference with Specialty Awards
If you read my recent blog post about the SVN Annual Conference highlights, you know that the SVN Specialty Awards recognize members of the SVN community who have distinguished themselves in 2015 by making significant impacts on the commercial real estate industry and beyond. The awards – which included Team Player of the Year, Ambassador of the Year, Collaborator of the Year, Trainer of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year, Prospector of the Year, Innovator of the Year, and Firm of the Year – looked beyond production results and instead focused on culture. The winners of this year’s SVN Specialty Awards each embody traits that the SVN culture values immensely: practicing collaboration, cooperation and conscious capitalism while excelling in commercial real estate.
SVN Ambassador of the Year 2015 – Alex Ruggieri
What can we say about Alex Ruggieri? Not only does he dress the part of an impeccable Ambassador – he is out there online and in person representing SVN on his radio show, at CCIM conferences and with clients around the country. Recently he’s been working with David Wilk on some leading-edge corporate service projects as well. He’s been a Partners Circle winner for four years in a row – from 2012 through this year. This is his second time winning the prestigious Ambassador of the Year award, as he also received this honor in 2013.
Alex Ruggieri serves as a Senior Advisor for SVN | Ramshaw Real Estate, Inc., specializing in the sale of investment properties and corporate relocations in Champaign- Urbana and Central Illinois. With more than 30 years of commercial real estate industry experience, he has built an array of valuable business, real estate, and banking community contacts that benefit his clients. He has secured a transaction career sales volume in excess of $500 million.
The SVN blog will be featuring one SVN Specialty Award winner every week for the next few weeks. Subscribe to the SVN blog on the right-hand column of the blog homepage to stay up to date with SVN and CRE industry news.
Bo, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps before pursuing his real estate career, discusses how tenacity and the other skills he learned in the service, such as systematization and accountability, have helped him to succeed. He says: “I am convinced that tenacity is the most important trait required to succeed in commercial real estate.”
Prospect on a daily basis
Bo, who works with SVNIC’s advisers to raise their productivity and profitability, also shares what sets top producers apart: “My experience has also taught me that top producers must systematically prospect on a daily basis,” because “those who consistently prospected throughout the downturn [in 2008] have continued to succeed.”
Embrace new technologies
“Social media platforms such as Twitter and LinkedIn as well as blogs have made it possible for CCIMs to become known as market experts and thought leaders faster than ever,” said Bo, who blogs at www.bobarron.com, and who joined SVNIC because of its emphasis on technological innovation, among other things.