NASHVILLE (May 14, 2014) –Zac Cypress and Sohaila Willis were awarded the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Designation by the CCIM Institute.

A CCIM is a recognized expert in the commercial and investment real estate industry. The CCIM lapel pin is earned after successfully completing a designation process that ensures CCIMs are proficient not only in theory, but also in practice. This elite corps of CCIMs includes brokers, leasing professionals, investment counselors, asset managers, appraisers, corporate real estate executives, property managers, developers, institutional investors, commercial lenders, attorneys, bankers, and other allied professionals.

Colliers International Nashville currently has thirteen employees with the CCIM designation including this year's Nashville CCIM Chapter President, Joe Massa, and Richard Fulton, who was recently honored with an endowed scholarship through CCIM Foundation.

A CCIM is part of a global commercial real estate network with members across North America and more than 30 countries. More than 13,000 commercial real estate professionals have earned the designation. Currently, 3,000 professionals are pursuing their CCIM designation. For more information about CCIM, please visit