CCIM Institute Appoints Walter S. Clements, CCIM, to Serve as EVP/CEO

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Clements brings extensive industry and education experience to the organization.

CHICAGO, IL – The CCIM Institute, Commercial Real Estate’s Global Standard for Professional Achievement, has named Walter S. Clements, CCIM, CRE, FRICS, as Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer of the global organization. Clements’ appointment ends a year-long search for a new EVP/CEO to lead the 13,000 member association.

waltclements.headshotAppointed by CCIM Institute’s Executive Committee, Clements has more than 40 years of commercial real estate industry experience, most recently as president of Clements Realty Advisors, which provides consulting services to government and corporate clients. Throughout his extensive commercial real estate career, he has owned and managed several companies involved in brokerage, development, and property management activities in Michigan and Kansas. Clements was a senior vice president and principal of the Midwest’s largest full service real estate firm for 14 years, specializing in investment properties.

Clements has served as a senior instructor and course author in the CCIM Institute education program and has taught commercial real estate courses in nine countries. In addition, Clements was an assistant professor and director for the Lewis White Real Estate Center at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, where he founded undergraduate and graduate degree programs in real estate.

Along with holding the CCIM designation since 1975, Clements is also a member of Counselors of Real Estate and a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. He has served on numerous boards and committees for all three organizations.

About the CCIM Institute
Since 1969, the Chicago-based CCIM Institute has conferred the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation on commercial real estate and allied professionals through an extensive curriculum of 160 classroom hours and professional experiential requirements.  The core curriculum addresses financial analysis, market analysis, user decision analysis, investment analysis, and negotiation—the cornerstones of commercial investment real estate.

An affiliate of the National Association of Realtors®, the CCIM Institute also offers other education resources such as the Site To Do Business, an online site analysis and demographics tool, and the Ward Center for Real Estate Studies, which provide timely education and training to keep commercial real estate practitioners current in an ever-changing market environment.

Currently, there are nearly 10,000 CCIMs in 1,000 markets in the U.S. and 31 additional countries, with another 3,000 practitioners pursuing the designation, making the institute the governing body of one of the largest commercial real estate networks in the world.  Visit and for more information.

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