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A Message From The President

Dear CCIM Colleagues,

We are so proud of our newest, CCIM Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter Designees!  All of the gentlemen in the picture below received their CCIM pins after completing their coursework, portfolio of qualifying experience and “THE EXAM!”  Ladies pictured below are Board of Director members with the CCIM Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter or CCIM Institute.  Shown left to right:  Emily Zarcaro, CCIM, Sandy Benak, CCIM, Ken Belden, CCIM, Di Wang, CCIM, Ryan Hutson, CCIM, Peter Liu, CCIM, Peyton Easley, CCIM, Evelyn Ward, CCIM, John Parker, CCIM and D'Etta Casto-DeLeon, CCIM CCMS.  Welcome, gentlemen, to the top 10% realm of commercial real estate professionals.

If you want to take the first step towards your CCIM designation, we are offering the CI-101 class, Financial Analysis, November 30 - December 3, 2021.  Click on the link to register.  If you have any questions about our CCIM classes, please contact Dawn Brewer, CCIM, (Chair of the Education Committee).

We are also very proud of D'Etta Casto-DeLeon, CCIM for being elected by the CCIM Institute’s Board of Directors to be the 2022 First Vice President!  This means that she will take the position of President of the CCIM Institute in 2024!  She is currently serving in the local, CCIM Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter’s Board of Directors in the Member at Large position.  Fun fact:  D’Etta was the 4th woman President of our local chapter in 2012 and will be the 4th woman President of the CCIM Institute in 2024.  That’s a “double cuatro!”  (I am serving as the 8th woman President of our local chapter.)

Thank you to the CCIM members who attended the forecast committee brainstorming discussions Jim Sinclair, CCIM CPM, (Chair of the Forecast Competition Committee) and Jonathan Sanders (Future Chair of the Forecast Competition Committee) have done a wonderful job of coordinating these sessions to get meaningful feedback from past panelists and moderators in order to examine the format and determine the best path forward so the event remains the signature, annual event for Houston’s Commercial Real Estate Community.


Blake Willefred, CCIM and Trey Miller, CCIM (Co-Chairs of the Signature Event Committee) must have researched the Farmer’s Almanac to pick the perfect day for our Golf Tournament this year!  The weather was beautiful, and we had 20 teams sign up for the annual event.  Jane Nodskov, CCIM (CCIM Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter President, 2019) was there with her ICO Commercial (Hole Sponsor) team members (seen in the picture).  CCIM truly appreciated ICO Commercial and all of the Sponsors who stepped up to helped us to make this event a great success this year.


The Ion District Tour was amazing!  After Ann Taylor’s presentation at our July 2021 luncheon, she made “connections” at the Rice Management Company to set up this insightful opportunity for CCIM members to see the development in person.  Thank you to Ross Perez (Chair of University Alliance Committee) for submitting this great pic!