March, 2016


We are reaching out today to share with you a scholarship program we are sponsoring for our friend and fellow real estate professional.  Chuck Wiercinski was actively involved in the Chicago real estate community as a respected broker.  Chuck also had an enormous passion for teaching and networking and was excellent at both of them.  Chuck passed away two years ago and we would like to remember him into perpetuity with a scholarship to be awarded annually in his name. 
We need to raise $ 12,500 to endow this scholarship with the CCIM Foundation and receive their matching contribution.  We are excited to announce we have already raised $4,000 toward this goal.  Please join us in recognizing Chucks' contribution to the real estate community, in Chicago and across the world.
Lloyd Berry, Colliers International
Polly Parchem Berry, Winner's Edge, Inc.
James Conrad, McLennan Companies
Garry Weiss, GSW Ventures

Chuck was born in the Chicagoland area  a nd grew up in Niles, Illinois. He attended Main East High  School a nd was a lifelong Chicago Cubs and Bulls fan. He was happily married to his wife Kathy for approximately 40 years. Kathy and Chuck both enjoyed golfing with their mutual friends and freque nt ed many local restaurants. Chuck was quick with a joke - and beloved by his family and friends because of his selfless nature and devotion to sharing his experiences and knowledge.
Chuck began his career in the real estate brokerage business in 1975 by selling residential real estate in Schaumburg, IL. After working in residential brokerage and training for 10 years, Chuck worked at various local commercial real estate firms. In 1995, Chuck joined McLennan Companies where he served as Senior Broker and Managing Broker and devoted his full efforts to the sale and marketing of commercial/industrial buildings and land in Northern Illinois and Wisconsin. He successfully negotiated hundreds of sales and leasing transactions representing both buyers, sellers, tenants and landlords. He also was involved in site acquisition, land assemblages and zoning and re-zoning matters.
Chuck had a passion for teaching and mentorship in the real estate community. He was a Certified Commercial Investment Member of the National Association of Realtors, served on many of its committees, and was a Senior Instructor for the CCIM Institute. He was highly regarded as a Senior Instructor where he taught hundreds of real estate professionals on the marketing, selling, leasing and valuing of commercial/industrial real estate throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. He regularly taught real estate pre-license and post-license courses, and authored several of those courses.     
Chuck was heavily involved with many organizations where he devoted his time to industry education and professionalism. He is past president of both the Northern Illinois Commercial Association of Realtors (NICAR) as well as the Northwest Suburban Association of Realtors (NSAR). He served on the Illinois Association of Realtors (IAR) Board of Directors, and was a past Chairman of the Streamwood Economic Development Commission.
During his career, Chuck had the distinction of being recognized by many organizations. In 1986, he was recognized as the Realtor of the Year by the Northwest Suburban Association of Realtors. In 2007, he received the Realtor the Year award from the Realtor Association of Northwest Chicagoland, and in 2008 was the recipient of the Realtor of the Year award from the Northern Illinois Commercial Association of Realtors. In 2009, the Illinois Association of Realtors awarded him the Political Involvement Member of the Year award, and in 2010 the Illinois CCIM recognized him with an award for professionalism.
"Chuck not only wore many hats in his professional career but also in his personal life. Chuck was many things to many people - best friend and husband, brother, uncle, great uncle, good friend and neighbor, godfather, avid golfer, skier, scuba diver, great traveler - Australia to Turkey, Canada, Mexico and points in between. Most of all Chuck will be remembered for his great wit, humor and love of his wife, family and friends".
Chuck passed away on December 7, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Kathy; his three sisters and one brother and proud uncle to seven nephews and four nieces.
We all remember Chuck as a fighter and miss him greatly. His impact on the Industry will not be forgotten. We now celebrate Chuck's life and dedication to CCIM by honoring a scholarship to a CCIM course in Chuck's remembrance. This scholarship will support qualified real estate professionals in their efforts to achieve the CCIM designation.

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