Board of Directors

President - Jennie Church
President Elect -Liz Dunlap
Immediate Past
President -
Mary Gerding
Director of Finance - Judy Mondry
Director of Programs - Amy Whitacre
Director of Membership - Yulu Li
Director of Communications -
Molly Woeste





CREW Cleveland - 1Q19 Newsletter

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Incoming President Message 2019

Jennie Church - 2019 CREW Cleveland President

I am honored to be the 2019 President of CREW Cleveland. Thanks to the efforts of 2018 President Mary Gerding and many, many others, our chapter had a fabulous 30th anniversary year in 2018, highlighted by celebrating our 30th Anniversary Gala in September and hosting over 300 people from all over the country and Canada at the CREW Network Spring Summit in June at the Hilton Downtown. Now begins the task of building on those successes and working to make the next 30 years of CREW Cleveland as successful as the first 30 years by focusing on our core mission: the advancement of women in the commercial real estate industry.

I would urge everyone to take advantage of all that the CREW Cleveland chapter and CREW Network have to offer. Put those membership dollars to work! Attend our chapter's events to learn what is going on locally in the real estate industry and expand your network. Join a committee to help our chapter continue to do such great work. Fill out your CREWBiz profile to make sure everyone in the broader CREW Network can look you up when they need someone in Cleveland to help them out. CREW Network now has nearly 12,000 members in over 75 markets, including Canada and London. Use this vast network to help you in your profession. Need a broker in Seattle? An appraiser in Miami? Search the CREWBiz directory and you are likely to find someone to help. In my own practice, the CREWbiz directory has helped me connect with the right person even at the last minute. Being part of the CREW Network really does open doors.

Member News

Teresa Metcalf Beasley, Attorney, has joined the Cleveland office of McDonald Hopkins LLC as a member and will serve as chair of the firms Public Law Practice Group.

Patty Gaul, Playhouse Square, was promoted to Executive Vice President & General Counsel, overseeing the organization's finance, human resources, legal and real estate functions.

Aanchal Sharma, Attorney, was appointed as Partner at Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP. read more

Aanchal Sharma, Partner, Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP, as a representative of the Asian American Bar Association, signed a memorandum of understanding, formalizing a working partnership between the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and several local minority bars, to aid in the continued growth of diverse representation in the business of law. read more

Tammy Greber, Senior Tax Manager, RSM US LLP, co-authored an article titled "Opportunity Zones - Who Profits & How?" in the February issue of Properties Magazine. read more

Cecilia Hyun, Property Tax Counsel, Siegel Jennings Co., L.P.A authored an article titled "Intangible Assets and Your Property Tax Assessment" in the February issue of Properties Magazine. read more

Ashley Gault, Real Estate Attorney, Tucker Ellis LLP, authored an article titled "Personal View: Opportunity exists in city's Campus District" on February 24th in Crain's Cleveland Business. read more

CREW Members do you have news to share about yourself or another member? Forward updates to the CREW Cleveland Communications Committee:

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Upcoming 2019 Events

  • May 1 - Spring has Sprung: Metroparks Real Estate - Lunch Event at Merwin's Wharf
  • June 6-7 - CREW Network Spring Leadership Summit - Kansas City, MO
  • June 19 - Past-President's Leadership Luncheon - Lunch Event
  • July 12 - Tour of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron - Lunch Event
  • August - Lunch Dine-Arounds Coming to You: Beachwood, West Side, Independence and Downtown - locations TBA
  • September - The Path to Success: One Woman's Journey - Lunch Event
  • September 25-27 - CREW Network Convention & Marketplace - Orlando, FL
  • October - Haunted Cleveland: A Tour of Cleveland Landmarks and Their History - Evening Event
  • November - Creating Opportunities to Work Together: Member Panel Discussion - Morning Event
  • December - Year-End Deals are Nearly Done - Let's Party! - Lunch Event

A Challenge to all CREW Cleveland Members
By Diane Strojin, CREW Cleveland Foundation Champion

CREW Cleveland, you rock! We made history this year with our success in completing the CREW Foundation Challenge - a first for our chapter. We could't have done it without you and your donation. Not only did you play a huge part in CREW Cleveland's success in completing the three challenges, but you are also helping future female leaders in the CRE industry through education, scholarships and research.

As a reminder, the three challenges were:

  • $1,000 Chapter Gift
  • 100% CREW Cleveland Board member donations
  • 50% CREW Cleveland Member donations

Thank you to our friends and members for donating to CREW Foundation! Haven't had time to donate yet? No worries, you still have time--follow this link to donate.

CREW Scholarship Deadline

Don't miss the April 30 deadline to submit applications for the CREW Scholarship. Full-time juniors, seniors and graduate students (2019-2020 academic year) and in a qualified CRE field are eligible to apply. Promote the scholarship to your family and friends and don't pass up this opportunity to promote future leaders in the CRE industry with this great opportunity. Recipients will receive:

  • $5,000 USD for tuition or books
  • Paid internship opportunity (summer of 2020)
  • Complimentary CREW Network student-at-large membership (18 months)
  • Complimentary registration to the 2019 CREW Network Convention and Marketplace

Click on this link for more information and to submit an application. Winners will be announced in June.

Watch this video to hear from previous recipients.

2019 CREW Network Winter leadership Summit -
New Orleans, LA

A group of CREW Cleveland members attended the Annual Network Winter Leadership Summit this year in New Orleans, LA. Here are some event highlights and takeaways that CREW member Callie Cripps brought back for us: read more

Kickin' it Karaoke - January 28th, 2019

It's not always "all business" for CREW Cleveland and we sure proved that at this year's kickoff event! CREW Cleveland member, Ann-Marie La Porta, recalls the fun:
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Iconic Cleveland: The Redevelopment of Terminal Tower Lunch Event
March 6, 2019

A sold out CREW event took place on March 6th, at the historic Terminal Tower in downtown Cleveland. The event began with a tour of the Tudor-style Greenbrier Suite located on the 12th floor of the building. This floor was called home by brothers Oris and Mantis Van Sweringen, railroad kings who developed Terminal Tower in the 1920s. Following the tour of the space, attendees gathered in the beautiful library of the suite to listen to Mr. Tom Yablonsky with Downtown Cleveland Alliance give an informative and fascinating presentation on the history of Cleveland's most iconic property and how the redevelopment of Terminal Tower plays a key part in the continued transformation of the City, especially around Public Square.

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CREW Cleveland & Akron Chapters Meet-up - Networking Event - March 27, 2019

CREW Cleveland ventured south on Wednesday, March 27th for a night of fun and festivities with our neighboring chapter, CREW Akron. Members of both chapters had the opportunity to mix and mingle, exchanging contacts over drinks and hors d'oeuvres at the Creekside Restaurant in Brecksville. Our chapter Presidents, Jennie Church of CREW Cleveland, and Julie Brandle of CREW Akron, kicked off the evening welcoming all those in attendance and encouraging members to not only utilize the power of CREW Network, but also that of CREW a little closer to home. Being less than an hour apart, our chapters often cross mutual business territory, which provides ample opportunity to expand our network.

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Help us welcome our newest member:

Rita Amonett,, Interior Designer, Nelson,

Jamie Champan, Counsel, Thompson Hine LLP,

Lauren Doremus, Marketing Analyst, KeyBank Real Estate Capital,

Katie Gillespie, Director of Acquisitions, Herman & Kittle Properties, Inc,

Barbara Knecht , CEO, HZW Environmental Consultants LLC,

Kristina Primozic, SVP/CRE Client Service Manager, Huntington National Bank,

Brooke Tyus, Associate, Ulmer & Berne, LLP,


Partner with CREW Cleveland as a Sponsor

CREW Cleveland wants to partner with you and your organization with a menu of sponsorship opportunities. Your firm's name, logo and employees will be in front of the decision-makers in the CRE industry for an entire year... that means on every mailing, at every event and featured prominently on our website. Your organization will be kept at the forefront of our member's minds. In today's marketplace, that constant exposure matters.

To learn more about CREW Cleveland Sponsorship opportunities, or other opportunities to become more involved, contact Mary Gerding ( or 216-856-1617) or Erin Chelune ( or 216-593-7011) for more information.

Sponsor Spotlight - Hylant

Hylant takes pride in our business relationships including sponsorship of CREW Cleveland. Seek us out for commercial real estate insurance solutions. Our local and global capabilities go beyond traditional property and general liability coverage or employee benefits. Let's talk about custom wrap programs for new development, the total cost of risk including how to align risk mitigation with strategic goals, risk optimization, or the gamut of products supporting transactions such as environmental liability insurance and representation and warranty insurance.

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Sponsor Spotlight - Bock & Clark: Becoming NV5

In January of 2019 Bock & Clark officially transitioned its brand to NV5. The rebranding brought a new look and logo but the team at Bock & Clark remains the same. Our commitment to quality commercial real estate due diligence is unchanged and we will continue to be the industry's number one choice for ALTA Surveys, Zoning Reports, Phase I and Phase II Reports and Property Condition Assessments - NATIONWIDE. Our team's 45-year history provides us with experience and expertise that is unmatched.

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Sponsor Spotlight - Walter Haverfield

What do the following projects have in common: Pinecrest in Orange Village, the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village in Canton, the Bowery and Goodyear East End Projects in Akron, the Link59 Project in MidTown, the IBM Building in the Opportunity Corridor, the Columbus Avenue Project in Sandusky, the Scranton Peninsula Project in the Flats, the Church + State and Music Settlement Projects in Hingetown? Walter | Haverfield attorneys played significant roles in each one of these highly visible and complex projects.

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