James Matanky, CSM, CMD, CLS, CDP, CRX

May 2, 2016

May 2, 2016 | Chicago, IL - 1 of 17 out of 5,430 designees out of 70,000+ ICSC members. That is how rare it is to have all 5 professional certifications from ICSC. We are proud to announce that President James Matanky has received each certification making him a leader in management (CSM), marketing (CMD), leasing (CLS), development (CDP), and executive leadership (CRX). To be in the top 1% of designee's is a great honor that makes James stand out in our field. Beyond proof of his success through the work of Matanky Realty Group, these certifications prove that he has the knowledge, the experience, and the credibility that set him apart from others.

We pursue and commend our employees for furthering their education as they grow in the industry and want to congratulate James on his amazing accomplishments.

About ICSC Certification: Since their inception nearly 50 years ago, ICSC Professional Certification has given special recognition to those who demonstrate the highest level of competency in their field, proven through experience, education, examination and professional ethics. Becoming ICSC Certified gives special recognition to those who demonstrate the highest level of competency in their specialty, marking designees as one of the very best at what they do...

Certification Descriptions:

CSM, Management: ICSC established the CSM (Certified Shopping Center Manager) credential in 1964 to advance high professional standards in shopping center management worldwide. Candidates for the CSM designation should demonstrate at least four years of qualified work experience in center maintenance, leasing negotiations or administration, retailing, merchandising, marketing or promotion, community relations, financing, purchasing insurance, security and law. CSM certification is achieved through mastery of a body of knowledge, completion of the eligibility requirements, passage of a rigorous 100-question examination, and commitment to a code of professional ethics. Through the ICSC, an elite group of shopping center managers enjoys unparalleled opportunities for industry involvement and industry-wide recognition.

CMD, Marketing: ICSC established the CMD (Certified Marketing Director) credential in 1971 to advance high professional standards in shopping center marketing worldwide. Candidates for the CMD designation demonstrate at least four years of qualified work experience in center marketing, research, marketing plan implementation, public and community relations, advertising, and media buying. CMD certification is achieved through mastery of a body of knowledge, completion of the eligibility requirements, passage of a rigorous half-day written examination, and commitment to a code of professional ethics. Through the ICSC, an elite group of shopping center marketing professionals enjoys unparalleled opportunities for industry involvement and industry-wide recognition.

CLS, Leasing: ICSC established the (Certified Leasing Specialist) credential in 1994 to advance professional standards in shopping center leasing worldwide. Candidates for the CLS designation demonstrate at least four years of qualified work experience in center long-term or short-term leasing and must be or have been active in a position with substantial responsibly for leasing shopping centers as an employee representative or agent of an owner and/or tenant. CLS certification is achieved through mastery of a body of knowledge, completion of the eligibility requirements, passage of a rigorous half-day written examination, and commitment to a code of professional ethics. Through the ICSC, an elite group of shopping center leasing professionals enjoys unparalleled opportunities for industry involvement and industry-wide recognition.

CDP, Development: ICSC established the CDP (Certified Development, Design and Construction Professional) credential in 2007 to advance high professional standards in shopping center development, design and construction worldwide. Candidates for the CDP designation demonstrate at least five years of qualified work experience in development, design and/or construction of shopping centers as an owner representative, development manager, project manager, tenant coordinator, architect, engineer, general contractor, construction manager, facilities manager, retail store planner, or retail construction manager. CDP certification is achieved through mastery of a body of knowledge, completion of the eligibility requirements, passage of a rigorous half-day written examination, and commitment to a code of professional ethics. Through the ICSC, an elite group of shopping center development, design and construction professionals enjoys unparalleled opportunities for industry involvement and industry-wide recognition.

CRX, Executive Leadership: The evolving nature of the industry including game-changers like plateauing of new development, capital flows, globalization of retail, socio-economic shifts and more have fundamentally changed what it means to be a successful industry executive. ICSC, introduced the Certified Retail Property Executive (CRX) credential in response to this critical paradigm shift. ICSC awards the CRX credential to certify that industry professionals have mastered a comprehensive body of retailing and retail property knowledge related to the performance, profitability and executive leadership of industry organizations. The CRX defines the responsibility, role and abilities of a professional engaging in retail property executive leadership positions including expertise in asset management, development, redevelopment, finance, accounting, leasing, revenue generation, retailing, marketing, communications, legal, compliance, property and facilities. In addition, it lays the groundwork to meet the growing business demands related to the retail real estate industry and emphasizes the importance of leadership skills and best practices.