People: Ben Nelson, Amanda Lavi, Gerrit Hillebrand earn CCIM designation

Ben Nelson

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The Northern Nevada CCIM Chapter on Oct. 19 recognized three chapter members who recently earned the Certified Commercial Investment Member designation, the global standard for professional achievement, from the CCIM Institute: Ben Nelson, First Vice President and Shareholder at Kidder Mathews, Reno; Gerrit Hillebrand, Vice President at Colliers International, Reno; and Amanda Lavi, Senior Associate at Colliers International, Reno.

Amanda Lavi


“These latest designees join an exclusive global commercial real estate community, one that represents the highest level of expertise, experience, and ethics in the industry,” says Timothy S. Blair, CCIM, 2021 global president of CCIM Institute, said in a statement. “That's why people look to this CCIM pin — each of us brings sophisticated analysis and evaluation skills to the table to make the most of every deal while never losing sight of the human factor – our clients and those we work with on a deal.”

Gerrit Hillebrand


Headquartered in Chicago, CCIM Institute is one of the largest global commercial real estate networks, composed of roughly 13,000 members across more than 50 chapters in 30 countries.

The three Northern Nevada members earned the CCIM designation during the organization’s 2021 Annual Governance Meetings on Oct. 7-11 in  Pittsburgh.

“On behalf of the entire Northern Nevada CCIM Chapter, I’d like to express my most sincere congratulations to Ben, Gerrit and Amanda,” Casey Scott, CCIM, President of Northern Nevada Chapter, said in a statement. “Earning a CCIM is no easy feat. The program requires many hours of dedication, challenging studying and a proven portfolio of commercial real estate transactions. It’s an honor to have these three professionals in our chapter and our community as a whole.”

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.


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