NAI Global President & CEO Jay Olshonsky Named Honorary CCIM Designee
New York, NY – April 29, 2020: NAI Global Senior Vice President Operations Lindsay Fierro announced today that NAI Global President and CEO Jay Olshonsky, FRICS, SIOR, has been bestowed the Honorary CCIM Designation from the CCIM Institute, one of the most prestigious associations in the commercial real estate industry.
“The nominations for honorary CCIM status are for those who demonstrate a high level of knowledge, service, and success in the commercial real estate industry. Your petitioner, Karl Landreneau, CCIM, SIOR, and CCIM Institute are honored to recognize your accomplishments and leadership, and I hope that you will accept this honor and proudly join the ranks of CCIM,” wrote Gregory J. Fine, FASAE, CAE and CEO of CCIM Institute, in a letter to Olshonsky informing him of the decision.
CCIM is a commercial affiliate of the National Association of Realtors® and draws from over 1.4 million members and are the largest international commercial brokerage network in the world. There are 13,000 CCIM members based in more than 1,000 markets in 30 countries around the globe. Fewer than 10 percent of commercial real estate investors and advisors earn the CCIM designation by completing highly complex courses that teach real estate professionals the science of buying and selling investment-grade property. CCIM Institute is based in Chicago, IL.
“Jay is an ardent supporter of the CCIM Institute and regularly promotes CCIM within the NAI Global organization, so this honorary designation is well deserved. He recognizes the value CCIM brings to the brokerage services industry in terms of education, technology and networking. To become an honorary CCIM designee puts Jay in rare company, and the Institute does not bestow many of these to commercial real estate professionals and leaders,” said Karl Landreneau, CCIM, SIOR and Director, Commercial Sales & Leasing with NAI Latter & Blum in Louisiana (the firm has five offices in the state). Landreneau nominated Olshonsky for the honorary designation, which started a multi-step process that took almost a year to be approved.
Only six other commercial real estate leaders have received the honorary CCIM designation prior to Olshonsky. They include Sam Zell, CCIM, the billionaire American businessman, philanthropist and founder of Equity Group Investments, Richard A. Mendenhall, CCIM, Jeffrey Lenn, CCIM, Dr. Donald R. Epley, CCIM, Susan Groeneveld, CCIM, and Gary P. Taylor, CCIM.
With education being a core value of NAI Global, each year the company buys educational vouchers in bulk from CCIM and then offers those discounted, educational vouchers for CCIM coursework to NAI offices worldwide. Landreneau said in recent years NAI Latter & Blum has purchased vouchers for 30 of his agents to take CCIM classes and work toward the CCIM designation.
About NAI Global
NAI Global is a leading global commercial real estate brokerage firm. NAI Global offices are leaders in their local markets and work in unison to provide clients with exceptional solutions to their commercial real estate needs. NAI Global has more than 375 offices strategically located throughout North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific, with 6,000 local market professionals, managing in excess of 1.15 billion square feet of property and facilities. Annually, NAI Global completes in excess of $20 billion in commercial real estate transactions throughout the world.
NAI Global provides a complete range of corporate and institutional real estate services, including brokerage and leasing, property and facilities management, real estate investment and capital market services, due diligence, global supply chain and logistics consulting and related advisory services. To learn more, visit www.naiglobal.com or www.naiglobalnewslink.com.