A visit by the president of Chicago-based Commercial Certified Investment Member Institute is among the events planned for Commercial Real Estate Week in Wichita.
The Kansas chapter of CCIM has designated March 31 through April 4 as Commercial Real Estate Week.
“I think its a recognition of all the many ways our industry impacts the community,” said Carl Hebert of InSite Real Estate and past president of Kansas CCIM.
The first official event of the week is a CCIM quarterly luncheon April 1. It will feature a speech by Karl Landreneau, CCIM Institute president and a broker at NAI Latter & Blum in Baton Rouge, La. Landreneau will be speaking on the state of the CCIM Institute at the luncheon. Adams Jones law firm will also lead an educational session during the luncheon on letters of intent.
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Other events slated for the week include a marketing session on April 2, a Women in Commercial Real Estate luncheon on April 3 and a cocktail party to close the week on April 4.
The marketing session, which will be held at Scotch & Sirloin, will be similar to Society of Exchange Counselor marketing sessions, in which buyers, sellers and investors in commercial real estate market properties try to sell or exchange their properties during the day-long session. Unlike a traditional invitation-only SEC marketing session, next week’s session will be open to any licensed real estate broker, said Rod Stewart, a director in Kansas CCIM and managing director of KW Commercial.
“As far as the marketing session, we’ve got people traveling in from all over the country,” Hebert said.
April Reed, secretary of Kansas CCIM and treasurer of WICRE, said the week is an important one for her industry because it’s the one time of year that commercial real estate professionals come together with affiliated professionals, such as lawyers, architects and bankers, to network.
“It’s kind of like a mini-convention, and hopefully at the end of the week we all can say we learned something … that we all have a takeaway,” said Reed, a commercial real estate broker at Slawson Cos.