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December 5, 2014

Last week at the Industry Awards Dinner, several leading figures in the commercial real estate industry surprised Rex Hime by recognizing his 30th Anniversary at the helm of CBPA.

A visibly touched Hime welled-up as family appeared seemingly out of nowhere, and he was presented with a Joint Resolution from the State Senate Leaders Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) honoring his work, as well as a custom made Hawaiian shirt, which has become his trademark over the years.


Additionally, Hime was presented with the following letter from the current CBPA Board Chair:

Dear Rex:

It is my honor to congratulate you on behalf of the current CBPA Board of Directors, and all who have come before me, on a distinguished 30 years at the helm of this organization.

Before you were recruited to run CBPA, serving as part of the Assembly Desk and on the staffs of Governor Reagan and Lt. Governor Curb, and your run for Congress in 1978, gave you a perspective on the political process that has served our organization well.

In October 1984, we brought you on as President and CEO – as our first and only employee!

Since that time you have grown CBPA from our initial five founding companies to over 10,000 members, including the six largest commercial real estate associations in the nation. You have built CBPA into the largest consortium of commercial real estate professionals on the West Coast!

With you at the helm, CBPA has maintained over a 90% success rate on legislation. You led the coalition that has staved off numerous attempts to remove Proposition 13 protection from commercial real estate and create a “split roll” property tax. You were instrumental in passage of law that protect commercial real estate from statewide rent-control measures. You led a coalition of business and disability leaders to protect drive-through access for disabled customers. And you have helped pass numerous statewide school construction and water bonds.

In additional to all the proactive activity, Rex, you have been instrumental in amending, changing, or defeating hundreds of bills that would harm the ability of commercial real estate industry to operate in California.

CBPA is also proud that in addition to serving as our fearless leader, you have found the time to serve as an Alumni Regent of the University of California, and that you have served on the Board of Directors of the California State Fair (CAL-EXPO) – with appointments by every sitting Governor- of both parties – since 1995!

Over the past 30 years we have also seen you marry a great lady, Gwyn Bicker Hime, and become a father of two fine sons, Rex and Reagan.

Congratulations, and thank you for dedicating 30 years of service to this organization.



Chairman of the Board

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