Commercial real estate is a very competitive industry, so what can you do to set yourself apart, especially when it comes to developing your career? A successful real estate professional works every day at establishing solid relationships, is knowledgeable in real estate trends, hunts prospect opportunities and uses competitor intel to stay ahead of the game.
Below is information on commercial real estate associations that will boost your career and allow you to connect with like-minded industry professionals. All professionals can benefit from learning experiences, and surrounding yourself with professionals who share your passion for commercial real estate is the key to boosting your career in this competitive industry.
Building Owners and Management Association International (BOMA)
Best Association for Property Management Professionals
International Facility Management Association (IFMA)
Best Association for Facility Management Professionals
Become a member here
National Association for Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP)
Best Association for Industrial, Office and Retail Professionals
NAIOP is an organization for developers, owners and investors of office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate. Their mission is to provide advocacy, education and business opportunities by connecting members in a powerful North American network in the commercial real estate development and investment industry.
Become a member here
Commercial Real Estate Women-National (CREW)
Best Association for Female Commercial Real Estate Professionals
CREW brings together women involved in the many aspects of commercial real estate to exchange information, develop business contacts and help each other succeed professionally through business networking, leadership development, industry research and career outreach.
Become a member here
Here are a few other associations worth considering:
- CCIM Institute
- Best for Brokers, Developers, Property and Asset Managers
- International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
- Best for retail real estate industry professionals
- Institute of Real Estate Management
- Best for Asset Managers, Property Managers and Property Management Professionals
- CoreNet Global
- Best for Executives in real estate corporations
- Urban Land Institute
- Best for Real Estate Developers
How to add value and get the biggest ROI once you’ve joined an association:
Joining associations boosts your career and connects you with other successful commercial real estate professionals. But joining an association would not provide much benefit if you don’t strategically use the resources and opportunities offered. Taking full advantage of joining associations involves adding value to the connections you make and expanding your industry knowledge.
Always keep your eyes open for opportunities to connect with members and to be introduced to more people within the association; good people always know other good people. Join the association board, sign up for volunteer opportunities (Who doesn’t want to be connected to someone who in their free time helps the world become a better place?) and attend association events.
Make the most of your connections with fellow association members and make an impact by providing helpful insights or resources. Doing so will allow others the opportunity to view you as an industry expert and share their own knowledge as well.
Lastly and most importantly, stand out by following those post-meeting LinkedIn invites with a specific message about the networking event you attended and a topic that was discussed. After all, we shouldn’t always expect the people we connect with to remember us.
Boosting your commercial real estate career and making yourself an industry expert involves more than just swapping business cards and networking at an event. I hope the above suggestions and tips help bring you the success you’re looking for in your commercial real estate career. If you have other suggestions for impactful commercial real estate associations, I would love to hear them.
For more information, feel free to reach out to the author, Our Talent Acquisition Advisor, Ally Pyun