Nine Arizona commercial real estate veterans from state’s two chapters earn prestigious CCIM designation

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Arizona commercial real estate professionals who received their CCIM designation in November gather at the DC Steakhouse in downtown Chandler.

PHOENIX, ARIZ. – Nine Arizona commercial real estate professionals recently earned the prestigious Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation by the CCIM Institute.

In August, the Central Arizona CCIM Chapter welcomed two designees, Perry Gabuzzi, CCIM, The Plaza Companies; and Adam Lam, CCIM, Sperry Commercial Global Affiliates, Insignia CRE.

In November, Phoenix hosted the testing for 11 new CCIM designees, including seven from Arizona. Also in attendance were a tester each from Washington, Texas, New Mexico and Nebraska.

  • Central Arizona CCIM Chapter designees: Jim Gilligan, CCIM, Kinsale Property Group; Bettina Hunt, CCIM, Healthcare Trust of America; Scott Rubin, CCIM, The Plaza Companies; Randy Shuffler, CCIM, Realty One Group
  • Mountain Desert (Lake Havasu City); and Carter Wilson, CCIM, DAUM Commercial Real Estate.
  • Southern Arizona CCIM Chapter designees: Cody McGuire, CCIM, National Bank of Arizona; and Jullian Willetts, CCIM, ReMax Excalibur Commercial.

“Proctoring the fall exam for the CCIM Institute was the pinnacle of my year as chapter president. It was a long exam and the group remained strong and vigilant during the 6 hours allotted for testing,” said Central Arizona CCIM Chapter President Marina Hammersmith, CCIM, ORION Investment Real Estate.

“With the COVID protocols and this smaller intimate testing venue, I had the privilege of personally relaying the good news that each tester had succeeded and the CCIM designation was theirs. We couldn’t be prouder of this group of new designees,” Hammersmith said.

To earn the CCIM designation, commercial real estate professionals must complete more than 160 hours of case-study driven education covering topics such as interest-based negotiation, financial analysis, market analysis, user decision analysis, investment analysis, and ethics in commercial investment real estate. Candidates must also compile a portfolio demonstrating the depth of their commercial real estate experience and pass a comprehensive examination.

“The CCIM Institute has gone to great lengths to adapt to a difficult year due to COVID-19. By providing 10 different remote exam locations, including the one that just took place in Chandler, was a great example of how CCIM was able to make last-minute accommodations to give these candidates who have worked so hard to get here the opportunity to earn their designation this year,” said Region 2 Vice President Craig Finfrock, CCIM, Commercial Retail Advisors in Tucson.

“The Central Arizona CCIM Chapter really made this easy with all of their assistance making this happen. Being a part of this process is the best part about participating as a member of the Designation Committee at the CCIM Institute. For those individuals who earned their designation, this will easily be one of the most memorable and joyous days of their professional lives.”

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