Inside this Issue – Summer 2016

Welcome to the Summer 2016 issue of the S.E.C. Observer. In this issue, Paul M. Winger, S.E.C.,the 2016 president of the Society, asks you to consider if you are “factoring in risk” in today’s market.

Ron Moser writes a special story to illustrate what the Society means to him. Ed Berlinski, S.E.C., suggests that a “Twitter hashtag might be the answer,” and Steve England, S.E.C., asks “what is the vision?”

Charles E. Sutherland, S.E.C., shares how to “borrow a CD to obtain a loan” and Bob Steele, S.E.C., presents his strategy for “idea tracking.”

The S.E.C. Education Foundation’s 2016 president, John P. Brennan,S.E.C.,reports on recent and upcoming courses. The Society News Briefs section includes information about our upcoming meetings in Burlington, Vermont, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida; it also includes information about the “Comprehensive Due Diligence is Key in Real Estate”course that Tim Conley, CCIM, SIOR,will present on September 18 and the “Advanced Commercial Real Estate Negotiations”course to be presented by Joseph Larkin, ASC, CCIM, scheduled for November 13.

In this issue our“In the Spotlight” section features Gary Vandenberg, and you will learn the path he took to becoming a member of the Society.  Richard Reno recommends that you “ask these questions first” and, in the History Files, Chuck Chatham asks, “Counseling—what is it?”

Enjoy this issue. As always, we welcome your comments, suggestions, and submissions of articles to be considered for publication. Please contact the S.E.C. office via e-mail at

Jackie Hellingson
Editor, S.E.C. Observer

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