CREWNY News | April 2019
At A Glance: CREWNY Planned Programs & Key Dates
  • April 30th: Reaching New Heights in Brooklyn | Club 101, 101 Park Ave. (40th and Park Avenue), New York, NY 10017

  • May 8th: CREW Network Members Only Webinar Viewing and Bag Lunch | Anchin Accountants & Advisors, 1375 Broadway (b/t 37th and 38th streets), New York, NY 10018

  • May 14th: CREWNY Spring Cocktails | Time/Location TBA

  • May 16th: CREWNY Members Only Coffee Hosted by Rita Pierre, CPA, Partner at Berndon LLP - Accountants & Advisors | Berndon LLP - Accountants & Advisors, 360 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10017

  • May 21st: CREWNY Connections Dine-A-Round | Host/Location TBA - Space is limited to enhance networking.

Important Reminder for Members:
To maintain membership in good standing, CREWNY members are required to attend a minimum of two events per year.
CREWNY Program Spotlight
Reaching New Heights
in Brooklyn

Join us for this special lunch event, rescheduled from April 2, 2019. Panelists from a women-led, public-private partnership will discuss the development of One Clinton Street, a residential tower that will rest upon the new Brooklyn Heights Library. 

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 (New Date)
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Club 101
101 Park Ave (40th and Park Avenue)
New York, New York 10178

If you registered for the April 2nd breakfast, your registration was automatically transferred to the new date. You do not need to register again.

This program counts as one of the 6 luncheons included with premier dues.
CREWNY Members with pre-paid luncheons: N/C
Members without pre-paid luncheons: $100
Non-members: $120
Forward this email to your commercial real estate colleagues and do them the favor of introducing them to CREW New York. They are welcome to attend.

Chapter News
Event Highlights

Past Presidents' Breakfast

The Past Presidents' Breakfast, organized by Immediate Past President Jaimee Nardiello, was held on March 27th at The Union Club.
Top row l-r: Betty Castro, Cushman & Wakefield; Michele O’Connor, Langan; Theresa Garelli, Stewart Title Insurance Company; Michele Boddewyn, AIA, Boddewyn Gaynor Architects; CREWNY President-Elect Allison Robin, Levien & Company; CREWNY President Marianne Mathieu, Fidelity National Title Insurance; CREWNY Immediate Past President Jaimee Nardiello, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP; Barbara E. Champoux, Esq., Champoux Law Group PLLC
Bottom row l-r : Gina Mavica, Baker & Hostetler LLP; Catherine Agnew, Natixis North America LLC; Jennifer Carey, JLC Environmental; Karen Dome, Compass; Erin Bond, New York Law School
Legacy Leaders Hold Event at One World Trade Center

Legacy Leaders Chair, Betty Castro of Cushman & Wakefield, and Vice Chair, Maria Elefante of Arbor Realty Trust, hosted a sunset champagne toast and an exclusive tour of the private observatory on the 64th floor of One World Trade Center. Before the tour, wine and hors d’oeuvres were enjoyed at Cushman & Wakefield’s offices on the 45th floor.
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Inaugural Year of the Past Presidents Scholarships Awarded by the Career Advancement Committee (formerly known as the Foundation Committee) 
Claire Gondon
NYU Masters of Real Estate Development
Kelly Smolenski
NYU Masters of Real Estate Development
This March marked the inaugural Past Presidents Scholarship awards, an annual scholarship of $10,000 for graduate students who show exceptional promise in a Commercial Real Estate-related field and show financial need related to continuing their education. This year, we had a total of 12 applications, five of which became finalists. Two of those finalists were awarded monetary awards, along with Graduate Student Memberships to CREWNY. The Career Advancement Committee is proud to introduce the first ever Past Presidents Scholars and welcome them to CREWNY.

Claire Gondon
First time scholarship winner; Awarded the 2019 Past Presidents Scholarship

Claire holds a Master in Architecture and is currently pursuing a Master in Real Estate Development at New York University. Her background in architecture has led her to practice in Belgium, China and the US. She is now Project Manager at NAVA, a development and architecture company in New York City, where she is responsible for their new development projects.

Kelly Smolenski
Awarded the 2019 Past Presidents Scholarship; the 2019 Merle Gross Ginsberg Scholarship and the 2018 AREW/CREW Scholarship.

Kelly’s professional and academic endeavors have always revolved around the built environment. She aspires to manage a vertically integrated firm, managing real estate development and architecture. Although she describes herself as ambitious and hard-working in her academic endeavors, she says it is soccer and track that have molded how she performs as a professional. The importance of communication and teamwork are embedded in all of her pursuits. On the field is where she learned what it means to be a leader, as well as the importance of communication and teamwork. She consistently seeks to be challenged professionally, academically and as an athlete, because pushing your limits leads to progress.

CREWNY Member News
Carrie Villani , Director of Marketing, LERA Consulting, and School of Visual Arts (SVA) alumna, was a guest lecturer for a senior class in SVA's Interior Design department, where she discussed business development, marketing and communications. Carrie shared insights on her unique career path in the AEC and real estate industry, as well advice for designers interested in starting their own firms or finding work in the design industry.
Christine Chipurnoi , Senior Vice President, Real Estate, Construction & Hospitality, USI Insurance Services, authored an article titled The Building Blocks of Success, published on March 12, 2019, in Insurance Business America , Issue 7.02.
Beth Zafonte , Director of Economic Development Services at Akerman LLP, participated on a panel titled, “Why Amazon Should Stay: The Future of Borough Incentives,” on March 21, 2019, at The Harvard Club, where she discussed the history and development of economic development incentives in New York City.
Laurie A. Stanziale, Partner, Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP, was recently named to Law360’s 2019 Construction Editorial Advisory Board. She also moderated a panel titled, “Changing the Face of Real Estate: Development Construction Trends,” at Greenpearl’s 8th Annual Real Estate Women’s Forum on Feb. 28, 2019. On May 16, from 9 a.m. to noon, Laurie will present a National Law Institute CLE Program titled, “Welcome to the Neighborhood: The Importance of Getting to Know Your Neighbors When Doing Construction,” at Tarter Krinsky’s offices at 1350 Broadway in New York City. 
Allison Robin , LEED AP, Principal, Levien & Company, participated on a panel at the Construction Chiefs and Owner's Representatives Forum  presented by PWC on March 28, 2019, and spoke on managing relationships and roles in NYC projects in the private sector.
Cate Agnew , Head of Valuation, Natixis CIB Americas, was featured in an article titled, “Natixis boss is a real estate rock star," in the April 4, 2019, issue of Real Estate Weekly .
Camille Renshaw , Principal and Co-Founder, B+E, was recognized on April 4, 2019, by Real Estate Forum as one of "the professionals and organizations who has made an indelible impact on the [net lease] business."
Kenne Shepherd , Principal, KENNE SHEPHERD | Interior Design Architecture PLLC, will be honored by The Mann Charitable Foundation, as one of its "Leading Ladies" at its Annual Gala on May 13, 2019, honoring the foremost women executives in real estate and other fields.
CREWNY members Beth Zafonte and Christine Chipurnoi are speaking on a panel titled "Financing Your Next Construction Project Panel Discussion- Using Tax Exempt Bond Financing and Other Economic Development Incentives," on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

For tickets, click here.


Wendy Rossi , Senior Project Manager, Akerman LLP, and Sheri Best , Director, Contractor Compliance LLC, discovered that their firms offered complementary services that strengthened each company’s offerings to the mutual benefit of their clients. There were several areas of potential, mutual business generation they could explore. Sheri introduced Wendy to Andis Woodlief, founder and principal of Contractor Compliance LLC. After that initial meeting, Wendy introduced Andis and Contractor Compliance’s Diversity Outreach, Administration and Compliance services to two of her firm’s clients that needed such services on four projects. Contractor Compliance now has new business thanks to the CREWNY connection between Wendy and Sheri. 

CRE Industry Opportunities

Want to be seen?
Commercial Observer is now accepting nominations for its Inaugural Safety Construction Awards honoring leaders in safety construction through several different categories, to be presented at the awards event on May 8, 2019 at the CUNY Graduate Center. 

Nominations DEADLINE: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2019

Contact Bonnie O’Callaghan at for a nominations form or more information.

Please contact Barbara E. Champoux for the Nominations Ballot at

Want to be heard?
Email CREWNY (Subject: Speaker Profile) at with your contact information and area(s) of expertise to be considered for local speaking opportunities.

You must have a complete CREWBiz in both the member and speaker directories.

Have a CRE award to give or speaking spot to fill? Email with the details and we will help you find the perfect match.
CREW Network News and Opportunities

May 8: 11 a.m. to noon (Central): “Maximizing Productivity: Prioritize and Plan Like a Pro.” Featured Speaker, Eric Papp, Author/Founder, Agape Leadership, LLC.
PLEASE NOTE : CREWNY is hosting a viewing of this webinar for members, at a brown bag event hosted by Anchin. Registration Open Now

May 19 22 : CREW Network at ICSC RECon , Las Vegas. Network will host, sponsor and provide a number of opportunities for its members at RECon. Details are online. Click Events tab, and scroll down to CREW@RECon

June 6 7 : CREW Network’s Spring Leadership Summit in Kansas City, Missouri, provides great leadership and professional development training, as well as meaningful networking opportunities.  Registration is Open Now.
Speakers’ Directory : If you are interested in being recruited for speaking opportunities by CREW Network or CREWNY, complete your profile in the Speakers’ Directory. 
Thank you to all members who have donated to CREW Network Foundation. We are well on our way to achieving our goal of 50% CREW New York individual member donations. Your donation to CREW Foundation helps support scholarships, industry research and career outreach. Please help us reach our goal by donating at .


Our name has changed but not our mission! 
The Foundation Committee, in an effort to make our mission and our goals clearer to the members of CREWNY and CREW Network, has changed its name to the Career Advancement Committee!
Our committee’s focus has always been on helping young women with career advancement in the commercial real estate industry, and its new name will now reflect that mission. Whether through our UCrew and CREW Careers programs, or by administering our Past Presidents Scholarship and other programming, we will continue to make students and the public aware of the career opportunities available in the Qualified Fields of Commercial Real Estate. We hope you’ll stay tuned as the Career Advancement Committee refines its existing initiatives and looks for additional ways to help advance the careers of women in commercial real estate!
Member News
New Members:

  • Emily Sobel, Senior Director, Macro Consultants

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