2021 CARNM President
Letter from the the President
Clay Azar, CCIM
The Commercial Association of REALTORS® New Mexico is at the leading edge of commercial real estate in New Mexico. The organization is comprised of over 400 real estate brokers throughout the state who focus their practice on commercial real estate transactions.
The CARNM board of directors considers it a priority to provide members with an innovative and advanced toolkit, as well as timely and relevant services, information exchange and educational opportunities.
CARNM serves as a model for the way a statewide commercial overlay association should be run. When I was recently at a NAR conference in Chicago with all of the other commercial associations around the country and their executive directors in attendance, I learned that thanks to Kendra Yevoli, associations around the country look to ours as a model on how to run theirs, and that is nothing short of incredible!
The groundwork for this organization was laid over 25 years ago and we owe a great amount of gratitude to those founders and the many leaders, board members and committee members that have followed.
In 2021, CARNM will continue to provide the same exceptional level of service to our members that we have all come to expect and will focus additional efforts towards specific areas:
- Education will continue to be a core focus and we will continue to advocate at the real estate commission for commercially driven courses which directly benefit our members.
- We will continue to strengthen our relationships with other REALTOR® organizations such as NMAR and NAR, as well as NAIOP, RPAC, RECPAC and other business associations around the state.
- We will continue CARNM’s involvement in advocacy statewide and locally, on pro-business and pro-employment growth issues. With our current political climate, this has recently become more important than ever and will require increased energy and effort by our members to protect our interests as REALTORS® . We need to make it our duty to not only stay informed ourselves, but to educate our clients, customers, vendors, family members, friends and other professional organizations with what is going on in our state and local governments. Albuquerque and New Mexico are doing well economically, and experts believe this trend will continue with our city and state excelling much further and at a high rate. We have so much potential for greatness, but we will not achieve it, or it will take much longer to achieve, on our current political path. I’m not just talking about bad bills that harm our business community and economy but the planning and development processes as well.
Because we are a small, tight-knit, cooperative group, we are forced to hold each other to a higher standard of conducting business, and we are good at what we do. But in addition to making a living, I’m asking that we all take it upon ourselves, to put a little more effort into getting more involved and work harder to stay informed. If something isn’t working the way it should or could, please educate those around you and encourage them not to hesitate to let our political leaders know our position, constructively of course. Another important avenue is donating. Unfortunately, money is what matters most in the political arena and RECPAC AND RPAC are absolutely vital. We have no choice but to get more involved if we truly care about our community and its future.
Words cannot accurately express how excited I am to be here. I truly feel I am the luckiest guy in the world to be colleagues with the people in this industry. I grew up in it, sincerely love the people involved and am deeply honored to serve as president of this incredible organization.
Thanks again to all of our members and I’m looking forward to excelling with you through an exciting and abundant 2020!
Clay Azar, CCIM
2021 CARNM President
2020 REALTOR® of the Year
Joe is the President of Duke City Commercial. Having worked for 20 years as an Asset Manager for national investor, Gemini Rosemont Commercial Real Estate, he was responsible for the asset management of almost 6 million square feet of commercial properties located in 46 cities and 14 states. His responsibilities included maximizing investor value and returns, lease analyses and negotiation, management of leasing brokers, accounting, property management and other personnel, disposition of assigned properties, loan compliance, legal compliance, budgeting and preparation of business plans. He has been involved in the closing of more than $400 million in commercial real estate transactions, and the creation of two commercial real estate companies in two different states.
Joe has been a licensed real estate broker in New Mexico since 1994 and is a licensed real estate instructor in New Mexico. He has earned the prestigious Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation for his demonstrated experience and knowledge of commercial real estate and was also formerly a licensed Investment Advisor, where he held various securities licenses including the Series 7, 63, 65, and 31.
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