Board of Directors

President - Mary Gerding
President Elect - Jennie Church
Immediate Past
President -
Cecilia Hyun
Director of Finance - Judy Mondry
Director of Programs - Liz Dunlap
Director of Membership - Yulu Li
Director of Communications -
Diane Strojin





CREW Cleveland - 4Q18 Newsletter

Member News

Teresa Beasley,Attorney; Senior Counsel, Calfee, Halter, Griswold, LLP, was a panelist at the 2018 Cleveland State Real Estate Conference, for the discussion: "What are Northeast Ohio's Aspirations?"

Linda Green, Northeast Ohio Commercial Manager and National Commercial Center Underwriter, Chicago Title Company, was the recipient of the 2018 Bob Rosewater Memorial Award for Meritorious Service to the Real Estate Section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Linda is the 2nd female recipient of this prestigious award. read more

Laura Hengle, Director of Marketing, Bock & Clark Corporation, was honored in the Midwest Real Estate News Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame issued by RE Journals annually.
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Laura Hengle, Director of Marketing, Bock & Clark Corporation, was recognized as one of the Champion Directors at the Foundation Soiree at CREW Network Convention in San Diego. She has also been named Vice Chair for the Foundation for 2019.

Madeline McGrane, Attorney, SITE Centers Corp., along with her family, welcomed their newest addition, Poppie Josephine born December 14, 2018.

Radhika Reddy, Partner at Ariel Ventures, was featured by WKYC for her historic restoration work in and around the city of Cleveland in her unique capacity as a 100% women owned firm. read more

Amy Whitacre, Vice President, First American Title Insurance Company, authored an article in the October 2018 edition of Properties Magazine, "Cyber Fraud in Real Estate Transactions". read more

The following CREW members were involved in the 40th Annual Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Real Estate Institute for 2018:

  • Kristin W. Boose, Counsel, Ulmer & Berne LLP - Institute First Vice Chair / Speaker
  • Lori Pittman Haas, Partner, Ulmer & Berne LLP - Planning Committee / Speaker
  • Cecilia Hyun, Property Tax Counsel, Siegel Jennings Co., L.P.A - Speaker
  • Irene M. MacDougall, Partner, Walter Haverfield - Planning Committee / Speaker
  • Keith H. Raker, Partner, Tucker Ellis - Planning Committee / Speaker
  • Joanie Zimmer, V.P. National Commercial Counsel, Amrock - Planning Committee / Speaker

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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Outgoing President Message 2018

Mary Gerding - 2018 CREW Cleveland President

It’s been an honor....

Thank you CREW Cleveland for your support in 2018. The year brought heaps of activity and technology change. While Network's June Leadership Summit in Cleveland and our 30th Anniversary Jubilee were the headliners, the Board was organizing and planning for the future. Historic hard copy documents were organized, scanned and populated into an electronic file system. We retired Cleveland's direct telephone number and instead will publish Network's general number for referral to our Administrator as needed. This fall CREW Cleveland's eblast announcements moved to a new delivery platform. The Communications Committee introduced Instagram and Twitter postings while shoring up Facebook and Linked-in, keeping us current in social media circles. Local website design is under review for added improvements coming 2019. Be sure to check daily on the CREW Network blog to find member-to-member business opportunities and chapter leadership ideas. read more

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Upcoming 2019 Events

  • January 28 - Kickin' it Karaoke - Evening Event at Becky's Bar & Grill
  • February 12-15 - CREW Network Winter Leadership Summit - New Orleans, LA
  • March - Iconic Cleveland: The Redevelopment of Terminal Tower - Lunch Event
  • June 6-7 - CREW Network Spring Leadership Summit - Kansas City, MO
  • June - Past-President's Leadership Luncheon - 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, as your 2019 Foundation Champion, I have a challenge for you. Do you want to help bring more women into the commercial real estate industry as well as support scholarships, industry research and career outreach? I'm sure your answer is "YES, how can I help?". Well, that leads to my challenge. You can help by supporting CREW Foundation. I along with your 2019 CREW Cleveland Board, are asking for each CREW Cleveland member to make a donation to CREW Foundation. Any donation is appreciated, but a donation of $10 or more is suggested. Yes, for only $10 or the cost of two Grande Lattes at Starbucks, you will play a part in educating women and girls about career opportunities available to them and mentoring relationships for those new to the industry. Who wouldn't want to support that?

As an added bonus, Meeting this challenge also raises the profile of our chapter with CREW Network and includes recognition at Network events.

Do you accept my challenge? I can hear all of the "Yes" responses now. To donate, click here - - DONATE.

Thank you for your support of future female leaders in the Commercial Real Estate industry.

For more info about CREW Foundation, click here - - CREW FOUNDATION.

NEW to CREW CLE for 2019 - UCREW/CREW Careers

An exciting new committee has been formed for 2019 as CREW-Cleveland continues to grow and reach further out into our community. We will be teaming up with a local high school and university to promote women in real estate! We have some great leads with both levels of education and will be working diligently to create informative programs, meet-n-greets and potential future networking or intern opportunities for local women - all while increasing their awareness of the many directions they can succeed in the real estate industry in Cleveland!

If interested in assisting with this year's U-CREW/CREW Career events, please contact Lori Crow, CREW Cleveland Chapter Champion, at Thank you!

CREW Cleveland 2018 Winners

CREW members enjoyed the view from the Crown Plaza ballroom at the holiday lunch December 5th. 2018 Sponsors, Committees, Chairs, Champions, and Board Directors were recognized and thanked for their role in an eventful year. There were plenty of cheer and chocolate prize winners courtesy of Sneider, Smeltz, Speith & Bell. read more and view photos

Thank you to our 2018 Summit Committee

As we close out 2018, the CREW Cleveland Board wants to give special recognition to the committee who ensured the CREW Spring Leadership Summit held right here in our hometown was a success. A HUGE thank you to co-leaders Laura Hengle & Madeline McGrane along with committee members Callie Cripps, Mary Gerding, Cecilia Hyun and Amy Whitacre. Their hard work resulted in a successful Summit with feedback from members throughout the U.S. and Canada that praised our city and chapter. Cleveland was the highest attended Summit in CREW's history and thanks to these CREW Cleveland Members and their coordination and tenacity that resulted in an exceptionally successful event. read more

The Style Foundry & Foundry Tour
October 11, 2018:

On October 11, we held a luncheon at the Foundry, Cleveland's community rowing and sailing center. The speaker was Megan Moran of The Style Foundry. Megan educated us on how to dress professionally, on trend and for the seasons. A self-proclaimed minimalist, she feels that women only need a handful of basic clothing items to mix and match! She provided great tips including the differences between business casual, business professional and smart casual. Some attendees even got the chance to shop her closet truck for items she considers must-haves.
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New Member Mixer
November 15, 2018

On a wintery day in November, the 15th to be exact, CREW Cleveland gathered at American Interiors next to their cozy fireplace for appetizers, wine and an opportunity to meet our newest members at the annual New Member Mixer! To add to the evening, Carrie Sechel, Entrepreneurial Business Consultant, Speaker and Best-selling Author enlightened our group with her knowledge and experience on breaking free of traditional definitions of a successful career and helping to define your own. She spoke further on how to cultivate your entrepreneurial spirit, either in your current career, or by setting out on your own, starting a business that aligns with your passions. Carrie also led the conversation on work/life balance and learning to live the life we love.

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Help us welcome our newest member:

Renee Hardman, Director of Operations / Licensed Agent, Passov Real Estate Group,

Ann-Marie La Porta, Account Executive, Millman National Land Services,

Camille Norton, Associate, Newmark Knight Frank,

Tara Rose, Attorney, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC,

Sara Smith ,Vice President - Senior Relationship Manager, KeyBank, sara_jo_smith@keybank,com

Chelsea Turco, Sales Associate, Hanna Commercial Real Estate,

Stacy Vatty, Senior Project Manager, Terracon Consultants, Inc,

Tracy Sciano Vajskop, Associate Principal, Senior Interior Designer, Workplace Specialist, Bialosky Cleveland,

Candace VanDyke, Sales, Patcraft Commercial Flooring,

Diane Zavell, Business Banker, Huntington National Bank


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 Liz Dunlap ( or 440-525-4490) for more information.

Sponsor Spotlight - First American Title

5 Reasons to Partner with First American Title National Commercial Services on Your Next Transaction

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Sponsor Spotlight - Amrock | Commercial

Amrock Commercial is a leading provider of title insurance, closing and escrow services nationwide. Our relationships with leading underwriters and multi-site, multi-state capabilities are just of few of the reasons to choose us to manage all your commercial real estate deals.

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