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Commercial Realtors Association San Diego County, a leading real estate association, offers professional development opportunities to commercial real estate brokers who strive to be the best in their industry.

The mission of the Commercial Realtors Association of San Diego (CRASD) is to mirror on a local level the purpose of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), which is to enhance the ability and opportunity of its members to conduct their business successfully and ethically and to promote the preservation of the right to own, use and transfer real property.

Originally formed as the San Diego County Commercial Association of Realtors (SDCCAR), the CRASD is the local industry advocate and information source in commercial real estate.

The organization provides information and services to its members to aid in their day-to-day business lives. It also provides great networking opportunities through special programs such as Lunch & Learns, Bus Tours, Deal Maker Awards and the Property Marketing Expos.

Considered the premier awards event of the commercial real estate community CRASD's annual Deal Maker Awards of the Year Award Program is presenting its 10th Annual Deal Maker's Award ceremony on Friday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Aventine La Jolla, 3777 La Jolla Village Drive.

Each year, CRASD selects five brokers to be recognized at its annual Deal Maker Awards of the Year. The awards program recognizes top commercial producers and transactions in the area of retail, office, industrial and investment, one for each product type, who have completed a transaction or transactions that represent outstanding brokerage of commercial real estate.

The selection committee will judge the nominations based on total dollar consideration, transaction complexity and brokerage creativity.

This year's selection committee is made up of 11 industry veterans: Joe Balla, Retail Properties Group; Linda Dunfee, Voit Commercial; Jay Diskin, GVA IPC Commercial; John Frager, Grubb & Ellis/BRE Commercial; Stath Karras, Burnham Real Estate Services; Eric Northbrook, Cushman Wakefield; Craig Shute, CB Richard Ellis; Tom Worth, Coldwell Banker Commercial; Jim Taylor, Sperry Van Ness; Kent Williams, Marcus & Millichap; and Jim Zimsky, Colliers International.

The Deal Maker Awards committee expects to exceed the number of applications from last year, given the growing popularity of the event and the strong real estate market.

In addition to the professional recognition through the Deal Maker Awards, CRASD offers commercial real estate professionals access to numerous educational and professional opportunities, including the quarterly Commercial & Investment Property Marketing Expo. The expo, hosted by CRA and CCIM, facilitates deal making between members and the commercial real estate community at large.

CRASD also hosts a regularly scheduled educational series targeted toward commercial real estate's hottest issues.

Membership in CRASD is reserved for commercial real estate practitioners who conduct their business successfully and ethically. CRASD provides education and information about current commercial real estate issues and trends, assisting its members to effectively compete in the marketplace while offering the highest level of service to their clients.

Serving as an umbrella organization locally, CRASD promotes programs and educational offerings of other real estate associations such as, CAR, NAR, CCIM, SIOR, CPM, ARM and CRE.

With more than 300 members, CRASD is committed to seven primary objectives:

* To inform and educate its members concerning commercial real estate issues/trends, NAR, C.A.R. and Region 20 activities.

* To identify the tools and resources available to assist members to effectively compete and offer the highest quality of service to their clients.

* To serve as an umbrella organization locally and to promote the programs and educational offerings of other commercial real estate organizations.

* To facilitate deal making between members and the commercial real estate community at large.

* To promote the commercial REALTOR and NAR's designation programs, such as CCIM, SIOR, CPM, ARM, ALC, CIPS and GAA.

* To promote San Diego as a place for business and real estate investment.

* To serve as San Diego's commercial real estate industry advocate.

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