Member Newsletter 2019 Issue No. 3
In This Issue

President's Letter
Carla Higgins Memorial Scholarship
Foundation Chapter Challenge Update
YWLA Update
Awards & Promotions
CREW Member News
CREW Network News
Upcoming Events
2019 Diamond Partner
What's New in CREW?

Do you have exciting news or deals to share? Submit to the Communications committee !

Have you attended an event recently?
Dear CREW Fort Worth Members,

I can't believe 2019 is half way over! The last quarter was jam packed with events:

  • EmpowerMENT member only event held at the home of CREW Member Marlene Beckman. Led by Kirsten Cessna, we discussed CREW Network's last industry paper Achieving Pay Parity in CRE.
  • Economy on the Rise? An update on the local economy and its affect on CRE by Laila Assanie, Senior Business Economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
  • CREW de Mayo Golf Tournament Our annual golf tournament held at Texas Star in Euless, TX. Thanks again to our Title Partner, Juniper Title, and to Fort Construction for the bottles of Tequila. Proceeds from the golf tournament benefit the Carla Higgins Memorial Scholarship and other CREW Fort Worth initiatives.
  • 3rd Annual Past President's Luncheon at Rivercrest Country Club where the 2019 board updated past presidents on chapter happenings and discussed getting women more involved in the local CRE community.
  • Member Only Dine Around hosted by CREW Member Sarah Rega at Rise in Clearfork.
  • A City Wide Partnership How CRE is Transforming Homelessness, featuring 3 panelists discussing how the CRE industry can team up and implement deals while bringing positive change to our community.
  • New to CREW Breakfast held in Arlington brought out 14 new, existing and prospective members to learn more about our chapter and CREW Network.

On the administrative side, this last quarter the board completed revisions to our chapter bylaws which can be found on the CREW Fort Worth website here. Changes of note include restructuring the Legacy of Leadership Committee to the Mentorship Committee. Our board is also also working hard on updating our policies and procedures for the chapter which should be completed in the next couple of months.

If you haven't had the chance to update your profile on the CREW Network website, please take the time to do so. Through chapter management, we are able to identify the composition of our chapter membership which helps our overall strategic plan and programming. After you update your profile, don't forget to explore the CREWBiz community. There are tons of resources and free advice you can gain by using the platform.

If you ever want to learn more about CREW Network or if there is anything CREW Fort Worth can do for you, please do not hesitate to reach out to me personally at

With appreciation, 
Monica Luera, Trademark Property Company
2019 CREW Fort Worth President
PS. Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn to stay updated on all the fun and educational things we are doing!
The Carla Higgins Memorial Scholarship Committee awarded several scholarships to qualified members interested in attending the 2019 CREW Network Convention , a 2020 CREW Network Leadership Summit or participating in the CREW Network Leadership Certificate Program .

Congratulations to all of our scholarship winners!
CREW Fort Worth has completed the CREW Network Foundation Chapter Challenge and was recognized at the CREW Network Spring Leadership Summit.

We current sit at 54% (thank you to all of you have donated) and are looking to top last year by having more than 62% of our membership donate.

The Foundation supports industry research, career outreach programs and college scholarships for women pursuing careers in CRE.
In April we wrapped up our Spring YWLA program with a tour of Frost Tower. The young women of YWLA were treated to lunch, a presentation from the Emily Gilmore with BBP, Laura Bird from Anthracite Realty Partners, Chef Mel and Amy Shackelford with the Event Center. 
In May, CREW Fort Worth purchased a table for the YWLA Foundation Luncheon immediately following the YWLA Signing Day. Thank you to VLK Architects, Fort Construction, MMA, inc and CODA Consulting for being our YWLA Partners.
Interested in getting involved? Please contact or the YWLA liaison, Noelle Garsek .

Thank you to our 2019 YWLA Partners!
CREW Secretary, Shonnah Driver, and Director of Marketing and Business Development for Baird, Hampton & Brown , was named SMPS Fort Worth's "Diamond of the Decade" in honor of her ten years of service and hard work with the chapter.
CREW Member, Sarah Rega with North Texas Certified Development Corporation was recently promoted to Vice President Business Development. She is now a loan officer and is actively closing SBA 504 Loans for owner occupied commercial real estate.

Sarah has also accepted a nomination to be the Vice President of North Texas Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders!
CREW President, Monica Luera with Trademark Property Company was recently promoted to Development Project Manager. Monica has been at Trademark for the last nine years.
On June 16th, CREW Member Blaine Sibby with Zenith Roofing and wife welcomed their first child Stratton Blaine Sibby. Stratton was born at 1:32 am, just in time for Father's Day! Baby Sibby weighed 8lb 10oz, and measured 20.5”. 
After many great years at Winstead PC, CREW Past President, Noelle Garsek, joined Crescent Real Estate as Vice President, Senior Counsel.
Five of our CREW Fort Worth members attended the CREW Network Spring Leadership Summit in Kansas City! At the leadership summit, we learned new sponsorship tactics, tips for leveraging LinkedIn for business and ideas and resources to implement in our chapter.
Picture above L to R:  Caroline Claure  (Membership Chair),  Anita Beard  (President-Elect), Monica Luera  (President),  Coni Hennersdorf  (CN Foundation Gulf Coast Chapter Champion),  Robin Francis-Baker   (Treasurer)
BOMA Fort Worth Education Committee
& CREW Fort Worth Breakfast

The BOMA Fort Worth Education Committee along with CREW Fort Worth is excited to present a new event this summer, a women’s breakfast sponsored by AMST-Elevator Interiors, Blackmon Mooring/BMS CAT and Interstate Restoration.

Join us for an opportunity to network, bond and obtain real world advice from female executives (Real Estate and Allied) about how to break through the glass ceiling in male dominated industries.

This event is open to the public. Our goal is to have a diverse audience of experienced and emerging women from various industries. We encourage you to invite anyone you feel would benefit from this opportunity.
Join us for delicious BBQ, cold beer, live music and tons of fun at our annual CREW Brews & BBQ event!
Date: Thursday, September 12 th  
Time : 5:30 – 8:00 pm
2925 Race St, Fort Worth, Texas 76111
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Interested in becoming a CREW Fort Worth Annual Partner?
Visit the CREW Fort Worth website for more information or email .