FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LAKELAND, FL, December 10, 2013 – Gary Ralston, CCIM, managing partner of Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty (CBCSRD) in Lakeland, recently received the ICSC Certified Development, Design, and Construction Professional (CDP) designation.
The ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers, Inc.) certification programs focus on raising the industry’s professional standards globally. There are 6,000 ICSC designees in 55 countries — representing fewer than 10% of the commercial real estate professionals in the shopping center industry. Of this elite group, only 500 designees have achieved CDP status.
Michael P. Kercheval, President and CEO of ICSC said of Ralston, “A mark of excellence, ICSC certifications give special recognition to shopping center professionals like you who demonstrate the highest levels of competency in their specialty as proven through solid professional education, experience, ethics and passing a rigorous examination. You have a proven record of accomplishment, experience, and success and are now counted among the most professional of your peers.”
Biography – Gary M. Ralston, CCIM, SIOR, CPM, CRE, CLS, CDP, CRX
Gary M. Ralston, CCIM, SIOR, SRS, CPM, CRE, CLS, CDP, CRX is a managing partner of SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty, LLC – the premier commercial services provider in Central Florida (Polk County). He is a recognized subject matter expert on retail and commercial properties. His consulting assignments include handling Florida REO properties for one of the nation’s largest special servicers of small commercial loans. He also serves as a principal of a retail build-to-suit development and investment company.
From the early 1990s through 2004, Gary was the president and a member of the board of directors of Commercial Net Lease Realty, Inc. (NYSE:NNN) the industry leader in single-tenant corporate net-leased real estate. During that time, he guided the company’s growth from less than $15 million in real estate assets to over $1.5 billion.
Gary holds the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM); Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR); Specialist in Real Estate Securities (SRS); Certified Property Manager (CPM); Counselor of Real Estate (CRE); Certified Leasing Specialist (CLS); Certified Development, Design, and Construction Professional (CDP); and Certified Retail Property Executive (CRX) designations. In addition, he is a Florida licensed real estate broker and certified building contractor.
Gary is a senior instructor for the CCIM Institute and a member of the board of directors of the CCIM Institute and CCIM Technologies, Inc. He is a past president of the Florida CCIM Chapter. Gary is a full member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and a former vice chairman of the Small Scale Development Council. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and an instructor for the ICSC University of Shopping Centers at Wharton, the ICSC Executive Learning series and RECon Academy. Gary holds a Masters in Real Estate and Construction Management from the Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at the University of Denver.
In 2007, he was named an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver, in 2011, he was named an adjunct faculty member at Florida Southern College and in 2013, Gary was named an adjunct faculty member at the University of Florida. He is the co-chair of the Florida Southern College real estate conference.
Gary was inducted as a Hoyt Fellow (www.hoyt.org) in 2001. He is a member of the Regional Economic Information Network of the Jacksonville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
Gary is recognized as the second most accredited commercial real estate professional in the nation.
About Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty
Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty (CBCSRD) is located in Lakeland, Florida and is Florida’s I-4 corridor’s premier commercial real estate firm. We offer unique positioning of properties utilizing our intimate knowledge of local markets, a recognized national brand, and a global reach through our Coldwell Banker Commercial offices worldwide. Founded by three highly-recognized CCIM-designated Florida brokers, the company brings together experts on all aspects of real estate. We provide services to land and commercial clients through both CBCSRD and our land brokerage, Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate.