First Quarter 2018
CREW News!
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Message from the President
WELCOME CREW Richmond and thank you for the exciting opportunity to serve such a passionate group of like-minded women and men, dedicated to unlocking your individual potential and connecting with others. I would first like to thank the committed and talented Board Members who I have the pleasure serving alongside. These women invest their time and leadership skills to bring the best value to our members, and I am inspired by their influence.

Community Service Spotlight
A hallmark of the CREW Richmond chapter is community service and philanthropy. In recent months we have supported organizations such as Dress for Success through an annual clothing and fund drive and Susan G. Komen at the Race for the Cure. For photos and additional information regarding past events, see our website at: 

Our next event will be a Women Build with Habitat for Humanity on May 18 th . Contact Lacey Martin at for more information or to reserve your spot on the CREW Build Team (limited availability).
The Summer Social also supports our philanthropic mission and is set for June 6 th ,more details coming soon.....
Deal Divas
Liz Steele of Stewart Title and Lisa Frydenborg of John B. Levy and Company recently collaborated on a $6.2MM development located in Fulton Hill at the intersection of Union Street and Carlisle Avenue known as Fulton Hill Studios. The developer on the project is Margaret Freund of Fulton Hill Properties, LLC. It is a 33 unit multifamily development located at the former Fulton Hill Elementary School. Liz provided title and settlement services while Lisa coordinated with VHDA for the financing on this project. 
CREW Richmond Lunch Meetings
CREW Richmond 2018 January Lunch Meeting
by Rebecca Napier and Allison Throckmorton
Thank you to everyone who came out to our Speed Networking luncheon in January! Attendees were able to network with other industry professionals and make new connections, and also practice their “elevator pitch” for future networking opportunities. Because of this event’s success, we hope to do another Speed Networking luncheon in the future!

For those who could not attend but would like to boost their networking skills, here are a few tips:

CREW Richmond 2018 February Lunch Meeting
by Allison Throckmorton
A big thank you to Brett Burkhart, Visionary Leader and Founder of Flatwater Ventures on his presentation of “Experiencing Retail: The New Predominant Economic Offering” at our February Lunch Meeting. Not only did we learn about his cultivation of Waterford Park in Chesterfield, but we also heard his approach to modern mixed-use developments with recreational facilities that represent emerging real estate and design trends.

CREW Richmond 2018 March Lunch Meeting
by Linda Edling
For the CREW March Lunch Meeting, members and non-members enjoyed a site tour at the recently renovated Dumbarton Library, which now houses the Henrico County Recreations & Parks headquarters. Commonwealth Architects and representatives from Henrico County shared a brief history of the building, including its role as a school and later as a library, and their process for recreating the space to meet the needs of the Recreation & Parks Department.

New CREW Richmond Members
Welcome to the newest members of CREW Richmond!
Sponsor Spotlight:
Timmons Group From small-town infrastructure to federal design-build projects, and from large mixed-use communities to urban in-fill projects, Timmons Group has proudly built a reputation of excellence since we first opened our doors in 1953. Recognized for nearly 25 years as one of  Engineering News Record’s Top 500 Design Firms , Timmons Group provides civil engineering, GIS/geospatial technology, landscape architecture, land surveying, infrastructure design, economic development, and environmental services to a diverse client base. Our market-focused organization is structured to help fulfill our mission “to achieve unparalleled understanding of our clients, their businesses and their visions, resulting in unrivaled customer service and shared success. 

For more information, contact Amelia Wehunt at (804) 200-6544 or .

Sponsor Spotlight:
Dunlap & Partners is a full-service engineering firm providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering design and commissioning services. Value is what we seek to provide through our engineering services. We utilize a unique team-based approach to provide a full-service solution to our clients. 

Our firm has been on the cutting edge of the green design movement since 1998. Today, we continue to be strong leaders in providing sustainable design solutions for our clients including Net Zero Building. Innovation and forward thinking are words which co-exist in our cultural. Our approach is based on 20+ years of providing high quality engineering services built on a solid foundation of functionality and energy conservation. 

We are a corporate member of the USGBC and Virginia Sustainable Building Network. Key personnel are LEED Accredited Professionals, ASHRAE Certified High Performance Building Design Professionals, ASHRAE Certified Building Energy Modeling Professionals, ASHRAE Certified Healthcare Facility Design Professionals, ASHRAE Certified Commissioning Process Management Professionals and ASPE members.

With LEED Accredited professionals on our team, we strive to have a positive impact on our world by providing environmentally friendly solutions to all aspects of architectural and engineering design. 
What sets Dunlap and Partners apart is our ability to conform to our client’s needs. We listen, we ask, we propose/recommend options and then proceed collaboratively to provide the best solutions and designs for our client’s and their projects. Engineers are not generally considered “creative thinkers”, however, Dunlap &Partners’ engineers fit the mold in this category perfectly. We can see the vision and with the vision, we produce a successful outcome.

In a rapidly changing paradigm of energy conservation and sustainable energy alternatives, it’s important that the MEP design professionals stay abreast of industry developments. At Dunlap & Partners, we ask, “What If?” and explore all the possibilities.

For more information, contact Debbie Reading at 804-377-7663 o r
Sponsor Spotlight:
Established in 1893 and headquartered in Houston, Texas, Stewart Title is one of the largest title companies in the world. Comprised of a family of companies, Stewart provides title insurance and related services required for settlement by the real estate and mortgage industries throughout the United States and international markets through a network of owned operations and agencies. Stewart delivers unequalled global title insurance policies and escrow services in more than 80 countries –spanning Asia, the Americas, Europe and Africa –through our network of regional offices in Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe and the U.S. 

Stewart is prepared for the future. Our deliberate and steady growth has provided a financial position that allows us to continue innovating and spending on key initiatives, which will propel us forward in the market. We have the capacity to leverage the downturn and assure our continued longstanding, value-added position in the real estate space.

From residential and commercial title insurance to closing and escrow services to specialized offerings for the mortgage industry, we offer the comprehensive service, deep expertise and solutions our customers need for any real estate transaction. 

For more information, contact Liz Steele at (804) 588-3734 or 
Sponsor Spotlight:
Lingerfelt CommonWealth Partners is a vertically integrated, full-service real estate investment management firm based in Richmond, VA. During its 61-year history, spanning three generations, Lingerfelt and its affiliates have built, acquired, and managed nearly 20 million square feet of commercial real estate valued at over $2 billion including medical and professional offices, industrial, hotel, retail and multi-family properties. A fully integrated Owner-Operator, Lingerfelt Commonwealth Partners pursues value in every activity, from acquisition through property and asset management to final disposition.

For more information, contact Catherine Haywood a t (804) 270-0015 or 
Sponsor Spotlight:
Highwoods Properties, Inc . is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust specializing in the development, acquisition, leasing and management of quality office properties primarily in the BBDs (best business districts) of cities throughout the Southeast. Highwoods is headquartered in Raleigh with a local division office at 4501 Highwoods Parkway, Suite 400, Glen Allen, VA 23060.

For more information, contact Kristie Inge at (804) 290-2171 or 
The Tale of CREW Network's
2018 Winter Leadership Summit
by Chris R. Hairston-White
As we pulled up to the Loews’ Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, AZ on February 1, Brenda E. Karp, President-Elect 2019 and I were both naïve about what was about to take place during our two days at the 2018 Winter Leadership Summit . On several occasions, we both listened with child-like wonder about the amazing experiences others had that came before us. Our anxiousness subsided quickly when we arrived and stepped out of our Uber driver’s car. We were immediately greeted by sunshine, warm temperatures, and picturesque views. In that instant, we knew we would leave the summit feeling empowered, informed, and ready to share all that CREW Network and its affiliated chapters were doing to advance women in the commercial real estate (CRE) industry globally.

We dove into “Day One” learning the breadth and reach of CREW Network. With 74 chapters and 11,000+ members globally, we have strength in numbers. All the attendees felt they had the support needed to move the needle on closing the aspiration gap in the CRE industry at their local markets with this much muscle. The staggering disparities still facing women in the CRE industry and in the workforce was addressed in CREW Network’s 2016 white paper called “ Closing the Gap: Addressing Gender Bias and Other Barriers from Women in Commercial Real Estate ”. One of the many overwhelming statistics from the study reveals the #1 factor for the aspiration gap in CRE was women feeling they lack support in the workplace and/or at home to be successful once they are in the C-Suite. Brenda and I, along with the other attendees, were engaged during our breakout sessions coming up with solutions on how to advocate for change in our local markets. 

CREW Communications
In case you missed the February CREW lunch meeting, we will now be providing Communications Cards at each table – these will make it easy and quick for you to submit your  Celebrate Success , where you can send in your (or another CREW member’s) success -- think hires, promotions, deals, closings and so on. We are also using these Cards to introduce our  Needs and Leads  effort, which was shared at the CREW National Conference. Use this space to list your needs and leads so that our membership can help each other make connections, build networks, and reach our professional goals!

Have a Celebrate Success or Needs & Leads item? Feel free to email them anytime to .
Keep your calendars up to date with our upcoming events....

CREW Richmond April Lunch Meeting
Richmond 300
Maritza Pechin
11:30am - 1pm

CREW Richmond Spring Membership Social
Casa Del Barco - Short Pump
5:30pm - 7:30pm

CREW Richmond May Lunch Meeting - Open
11:30am - 1pm

Habitat for Humanity Build
CREW Richmond Team

CREW Richmond Summer Social
Historic Hofheimer Building - Scott's Addition

CREW Richmond July Dine Around
Scott's Addition

......visit our calendar of events for more dates and information!
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