President's Message


Dear Chicago Chapter Colleagues,
Please join me in congratulating our newest designated members in 2016:
Hans Fritz Eugene, MAI
Elizabeth Gulis, MAI
Travis M. Campbell, MAI
The 2016 installation dinner was held on January 8 with 138 attendees.  It provided an opportunity for us to reconnect with colleagues and to honor the hard work of our fellow members.  Ken Mrozek, MAI, SRA was the winner of a free night stay drawing. 
Congratulations to the following members receiving service awards at the Installation Dinner:
Alex Meade, MAI, AI-GRS – Herman O’Walther Award
Rich deVerdier, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS – Distinguished Service Award
Victoria Pierce, MAI, AI-GRS – Scipio “Skip” Del Campo Award
Tim Rooney, MAI, SRA – Heritage Award
Dave Binz, SRA – President’s Award
Karen Emerle, SRA – President’s Award
Mark Krause, MAI – President’s Award
Smedmore Bernard – President’s Award
Kerry Jorgensen, MAI – Instructor Hall of Fame 
Our 2015 President, George Collins, MAI provided strong leadership and attention to the financial details needed in today’s fiscally tough environment.  Other chapters have increased member benefits and chapter revenues through their chapter developed seminars.  Due to George’s hard work and willingness to personally created some of these seminars our chapter developed course offerings increased.  George worked hard to establish and improve the sponsorship revenues for the chapter.  This new revenue stream is critical to the chapter and has grown over the past 12 months. Thank you, George for your hard work.
CCAI continues to face economic pressures due to reduced revenues.  We need to examine what changes are needed to put us in a position of strength.  Plasticity and a willingness to change what has worked in the past to try something new which may work better will be the key to our future success. Your membership and participation in chapter events, education, and committees has been and will continue to be essential. The chapter is offering 2016-2017 USPAP at several locations to it make geographically easier to attend. Please check the website for all of our educational offerings -   
Our next meeting is Thursday, February 25th at Wildfire Chicago.  Jim McKenzie, Vice President of Acquisitions for Centrum Partners, will be our guest speaker discussing “Recent Transit Oriented Development in Chicago-Doing the Deals.”  Click here to register - 
See you at our next Chapter event!
Thank you,
John G McMahon, SRA
55 W 22nd St, #150
Lombard, IL 60148