First Quarter 2019
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CREW Richmond has some great meetings and events planned for 2019! Make sure you don't miss out and get these dates on your calendar now! The Annual Summer Social at ICA on June 24th will be, as always, a fun and productive time, raising funds for Dress for Success Central Virginia . Then on November 7th it's back to business with the 2019 CREW Richmond Leadership Summit with keynote speaker, Sara Safari! Sara Safari is an author, speaker, mountain climber, college professor, Electrical Engineer and advocate for women empowerment. She has received the award for The Global Citizen from United Nations Association in 2015. She is a board member and director of development in Empower Nepali Girls foundation. She also has received the award for Outstanding Practice with Broad Impact in the area of women and leadership from International Leadership Association in 2017. For more info please visit her website at
Deals, Awards and in the News
Success to Celebrate
Debbie Reading
Dunlap & Partners Engineers is honored to have been recognized as a part of two teams that were awarded the Virginia By Design 2019 Design Achievement Winner for their work on two separate projects, The Valentine and The Monroe Park Project. Click  here  for the Virginia By Design Winners and their respective projects.
Kristie Inge
Kristi Inge , has been promoted to director of leasing for Highwoods Properties Inc .
Ali McCrickard
Ali McCrickard has been promoted to assistant vice president with Divaris Real Estate Inc.
Statia Gibson
Statia Gibson , has accepted a position as Business Development Manager with Greater Richmond Partnership .
Jane DuFrane
Jane DuFrane with Highwoods Properties received a GRACRE Real Estate Award for Best Medical Project. 
Have a Celebrate Success or Needs & Leads item? Feel free to email them anytime to .
CREW Richmond Lunch Meetings and Events
CREW Richmond 2019 January Lunch Meeting
by Kate Wagner
Attendees of the January luncheon meeting made their way to a new meeting venue at the Marriott Downtown. We learned later that the Program Committee is testing a number of new meeting locations, and is looking for input from the participants with their satisfaction with the alternative sites. 

The meeting then proceeded into its Speed Networking program. This annual activity has become one of the favorite gatherings among our members as it provides an opportunity for our members and guests to introduce themselves to other members they may have not met or have not had an opportunity to get to know well. It is also an occasion for our new members and guests to obtain a better insight into CREW and make some valuable connections.

CREW Richmond 2019 March Lunch Meeting
by Kate Wagner

Attendees of the March luncheon meeting, attended yet another new venue for the Chapter’s monthly luncheon. Appropriately named “The Broad”, this Art’s District location sits on the upper two floors of a historic building owned by the architectural and interior design firm of Price Simpson Harvey, which is located on the lower levels. Vastly different from prior meeting locations, the attendees milled around the open area and admired the gallery located in the space as they greeted and networked with each other.

CREW Richmond UCREW Events
by Meg O'Brien
UCREW – Virginia Tech February 5, 2019
CREW Richmond has been working overtime to help educate young women (and men) as to the vast career opportunities available within the commercial real estate world. CREW Richmond attended their first Virginia Tech event on February 5 th . Brenda Karp and Debbie Wake showcased CREW Richmond membership and scholarships to students in the Program in Real Estate at their Spring 2019 REAL Career Event. Brenda and Debbie were joined by 2018 CREW Richmond Kathy Ivins scholarship recipient, Ginny Richards. Ginny again expressed her gratitude to CREW Richmond for the scholarship and spoke to other young women about the benefits of CREW. Plans are in the works to attend another career event in early September.

UCREW – VSU February 21, 2019
Quickly following the CREW Network Leadership Summit, your CREW Network Liaison committee visited VSU to speak with business students about CREW and the larger commercial real estate world. Fun! Rewarding! Refreshing! These are the first words that came to mind immediately following the event. Instead of sticking to our prepared script and activity, we had an improvisational Q&A session, which kept things relevant and engaging. Skip Stevens started the morning off with donuts – giving the students the sugar rush they needed to engage quickly. After the edible bribery, Jennifer Parham , Brenda Karp , and Meg O’Brien joined Skip in giving a brief synopsis of their roles in commercial real estate. We then had a 45 min. Q&A session focusing on all the parts & pieces of a commercial real estate deal. Several of the students have their sights set on owning their own businesses and were amazed by the amount of time, expertise and funds required to follow their dreams.
Following class, the CREW group met with students at the CREW booth to talk further about scholarship opportunities, CREW Network & CREW Richmond. It was a great introduction to the next generation of CREW members! 
New CREW Richmond Members
Welcome to the newest members of CREW Richmond!
Member Spotlight
Liz Steele
by Kate Wagner
My interactions with Liz often leave me exhausted….. This competitive marathoner exudes energy, LOTS OF ENERGY! And she pulls people with her as she ventures out with family and friends.

After graduating from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with undergraduate degree in Psychology in 1990, Liz went on to Seton Hall University School of Law. While enjoying the heights of Seton Hall’s basketball team during those years, she graduated in 1993 with her JD. There was no overwhelming interest in commercial real estate, but an uncle owned a title company in Pennsylvania, so she felt somewhat comfortable with that field.

Although Liz is a self-proclaimed “Cranky Yankee”, she showed her Southern Belle attributes when she moved to Richmond for love. Turned out to be false love, but hey, she was here and started competing in marathons.  Augmenting her slim earnings as a young professional, she worked in a number of catering gigs. It was during this unplanned employment that she met her true love, Tom Steele. They starting dating in 2000 and married in 2002. The Steeles will be celebrating their 17 th anniversary in May of this year.  

Patricia Miller
by Kate Wagner
I met with Patricia for coffee after she had given me responses to questions with my request for a phone interview for her profile in the CREW Richmond Newsletter to get a little more background. 

Patricia decided on interior design as a career choice as she has always had an artistic bent and fond memories of her father’s civil engineering firm. She benefited as well from a savvy art teacher in high school who quickly pointed out that Patricia’s initial two choices, veterinarian and architect, would both require eight years of post-secondary education. Being anxious to get on with things, neither option appealed to Patricia. The same art teacher guided her to interior design, and VCU. 

Patricia feels blessed and lucky at times, and did not fully appreciate the choice of VCU, with its accredited program for interior design, until after she had graduated. Her degree from VCU enabled her to attain her CID (Certified Interior Designer) certification. I came away from my meeting with Patricia with a much greater appreciation for her work. It’s not just picking sofas and window treatments. It’s negotiating Life/Safety issues in workspaces. 

Sponsor Spotlight
Sponsor Spotlight:
CoStar Group, Inc. ( CSGP ) is the leading provider of commercial real estate information, analytics and online marketplaces. Founded in 1987, CoStar conducts expansive, ongoing research to produce and maintain the largest and most comprehensive database of commercial real estate information. Our suite of online services enables clients to analyze, interpret and gain unmatched insight on commercial property values, market conditions and current availabilities. LoopNet is the most heavily trafficked commercial real estate marketplace online with approximately 5 million monthly unique visitors per month. Realla is the UK’s most comprehensive commercial property digital marketplace. , , , , Westside Rentals, , , and form the premier online apartment resource for renters seeking great apartment homes and provide property managers and owners a proven platform for marketing their properties. CoStar Group’s websites attracted an average of approximately 45 million unique monthly visitors in aggregate in the third quarter of 2018. Headquartered in Washington, DC, CoStar maintains offices throughout the U.S. and in Europe and Canada with a staff of over 3,600 worldwide, including the industry’s largest professional research organization.

For more information, contact Lisa Ruggles at (804) 486-1624 or

Sponsor Spotlight:
Recognized for nearly 20 years as one of  Engineering News Record’s  Top 500 Design Firms, Timmons Group provides civil engineering, environmental, geotechnical, GIS/geospatial technology, landscape architecture and surveying 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. CREW Members Amelia Wehunt, Lee Ann Gudorp, and Eliza Machek bring more than 35 years of technical expertise in these fields.
Our clients receive more than just the best engineering and professional services available. Our specialized market sector expertise makes us trusted advisors and valuable consultants on our clients’ projects — from conception through completion.
We believe a firm is defined by its people. We continue to attract and retain professionals regarded among the top experts in their fields, as well as today’s best and brightest young talent. Our teams are challenged with exciting projects that shape careers — as well as the communities we serve.

At Timmons Group, our unrivaled client service and a passionate commitment to shared success are taking us places. We are excited to see where our clients will take us next.

For more information, contact Amelia Wehunt at (804) 200-6544 or .
Sponsor Spotlight:
Highwoods Properties is a publicly traded, fully integrated real estate investment trust specializing in owning, developing, leasing and managing office properties in nine market divisions, primarily the Southeast. It has a local division office and major presence in Innsbrook and Stony Point with 27 buildings totaling 2,034,263 square feet, the largest percentage of commercial property.
In November 2018, Highwoods delivered a three‐story, 90,000‐square‐foot headquarters and medical facility for Virginia Urology in the Stony Point community. The state-of-the-art facility has operating rooms, exam rooms, an imaging center with a CT and mobile MRI, office spaces and a 102,000‐square‐foot parking garage with 325 spaces for patients and staff.
Highwoods is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina with 441 employees. Past board member and past president of CREW Richmond, Jane DuFrane, serves as Vice President and Richmond Lead for the local division office. She was inducted into the VCU Real Estate Program’s Real Estate Circle of Excellence in 2018. Past board member and committee chair, Kristie Inge, serves as Senior Leasing Representative, overseeing the divisions local portfolio.
For more information, visit or contact Jane DuFrane at or Kristie Inge at .
Sponsor Spotlight:
Divaris Real Estate, Inc. (DRE) and Divaris Property Management Corp (DPMC) comprise one of the largest commercial property management, leasing and brokerage groups serving the Mid-Atlantic/Southeast from offices in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Newport News, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia; Charlotte, North Carolina, metropolitan Washington, DC and Beverly Hills, California. Divaris’ client list is focused on national retailers, financial institutions, major property owners and multi-state corporations. Divaris is also the contract broker for the Commonwealth of Virginia. DRE leases and/or manages approximately 37 million square feet of retail, office, mixed-use, surplus and investment sales properties. Gerald S. Divaris is the Chairman of the Board, and Michael B. Divaris is President of Divaris Real Estate, Inc.

Divaris Real Estate is a member of Realty Resources, ( /) a national group of independent retail property brokers and managers, covering 91 major markets throughout the U.S. DRE is also the Virginia affiliate for The CORE Network, 
( /) a national group of office and industrial brokers with affiliates throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Asia and Europe. These organizations represent corporate and institutional clients, tenants and buyers in all aspects of leasing, development, management, sales and acquisitions. 

Debbie Wake , Sara Goodall , and Ali Newton McCrickard are long-time CREW members.

For more information about DRE, please contact Debbie , Ali or Sara at 804-643-4700.

CREW Network Winter Leadership Summit
by:Meg O'Brien
I had the pleasure of attending the CREW Network Winter Leadership Summit in February and I am pleased to report that CREW Richmond is a “mover & shaker” chapter within CREW. I took this opportunity to meet as many different CREW chapters and members as possible with the goal of learning more about best practices for our chapter. I came away with a strong conviction that CREW Network does indeed work and it is not just for those members with a national footprint. 

Yes, I was one of those members. WHY? Why do I have to be a national member? Why can’t my dues be less? I am no longer questioning the value of my membership. 
I’m not questioning any longer. 
I met women from Atlanta that are looking in the Richmond market. We met during a lunch break, chatted about families, found a connection & now we’re working together. It’s not all about where YOU are working. It’s also about where others want to do business. People are interested in Richmond (not just for the food). It’s a hot market that’s garnering attention in the “outside world”. CREW Richmond members are a valuable resource to people outside of Richmond. You just have to be CONNECTED

HOW? How do you turn your name into a resource? The easiest way is to put your info on the CREWBiz profile. As a CREW member, you have the opportunity to put all your achievements, connectedness, and contact info into the greater CREW world. It’s like LinkedIn, but just for CREW members (and not as much “upkeep”). CREW members do use CREWBiz as their first stop when seeking information, leads, and support. It takes 5 MINUTES . Sip the Starbucks, create a profile, and make sure you include a headshot! 
The next step is to be ACTIVE . Start by using your local chapter connections. Have coffee, have lunch, meet for drinks. The point is to connect with someone you don’t know very well. You never know where this connection will take you. Participate in your committee. Read the CREWBiz emails. Instead of only checking BizSense, add CREW to your morning routine. 
Winter Leadership Summit photos are located in CREW Network’s Flickr gallery  and  Event Documents are located in CREWbiz (CREW Network members only).
CREW Richmond only needs ONE more challenge to complete its trifecta goal of 50% of membership donating, 100% Chapter Board Members donating and a $1000+ chapter gift. We need YOU to help complete the goal of 50% of membership donating! No amount is too small; even $5 can help us meet our goal of 50% membership participation. Your contribution will be used to support 15 annual college scholarships, important industry research, and UCREW events nationwide. You can choose a particular area to support or let CREW Network decide with the ‘Greatest Needs’ tab.

For more information on CREW Foundation click here .

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Do you know a full-time junior, senior, or graduate student currently studying within commercial real estate fields? Encourage them to apply for the CREW Network Foundation scholarships! Scholarship recipients receive $5,000 for tuition and books, a  paid  internship opportunity, a CREW Network membership, and registration to the 2019 CREW Convention in Orlando, Florida. Direct your candidate to this website for criteria and an application:
Keep your calendars up to date with our upcoming events....

CREW Richmond May Meeting
Mezzo Lofts/The Penny Presentation
Hotel John Marshall, 101 North 5th Street, Richmond, VA

CREW Richmond May Supplemental Meeting - Members Only
The Penny Hard Hat Tour with poolside happy hour
The Penny at Jackson Ward, 2 West Marshall Street, Richmond, VA
Tour Starts at 4:30pm

CREW Richmond Summer Social
ICA, 601 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA

CREW Richmond Dine Around - Members Only
RVA Food Tour

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