CREWNY News | February 2019
At-a-Glance: CREWNY Planned Programs & Key Dates

  • March 5th: Powerful Women in Real Estate, Luncheon & Program | Club 101, 101 Park Ave (40th and Park Avenue), New York, NY 10178

  • March 5th: Handbags & Accessories Collection for Bottomless Closet | Club 101, 101 Park Ave (40th and Park Avenue), New York, NY 10178

  • March 21st:  CREWNY Coffee, Hosted by Allison Robin, CREWNY’s President-elect, Principal, Levien & Company, Inc. | Levien & Company, Inc., 570 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022

  • April 2nd: Building Up Brooklyn: A Women-Led, Public-Private-Partnership in the Heart of Brooklyn | Club 101, 101 Park Ave (40th and Park Avenue), New York, NY 10178

  • April 18th: CREWNY Connections Coffee, Hosted by Michele O'Connor, Principal/VP Langan | 21 Penn Plaza, 60 West 31st St, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10001

  • May 14th: CREWNY Spring Cocktails

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
Join CREW New York
for a Panel Discussion & Lunch

Join this elite panel as they discuss their backgrounds and careers in New York commercial real estate.

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019
Club 101
101 Park Ave (40th and Park Avenue)
New York, NY 10178

11:30 am – 1:30 pm
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.

CREWNY Connection Coffee

Hosted by: Allison Robin,  Principal , Levien & Company, Inc. & CREWNY President-Elect

Thursday, March 21st

Levien & Company, Inc.
570 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY

8:30 am – 10:00 am
Open to Members Only

CREWNY Breakfast

Building Up Brooklyn: A Women-Led, Public-Private-Partnership in the Heart of Brooklyn. Panelists will discuss the development of One Clinton Street, a residential tower that will rest upon the new Brooklyn Heights Library. 

Kristie Maduro, Vice President, Capital Finance & Real Estate Initiatives Brooklyn Public Library
Karen Hu, Director, Hudson, Inc.
Sally Gilliland, Principal, Hudson, Inc.
Lissa So, AIA, Partner, Marvel Architects
Tina Isselbacher, Senior Counsel, New York City Law Department 

Tuesday, April 2nd

Club 101
101 Park Ave
New York, NY 10178

8:00 am – 10:30 am

Chapter News
Executive of the Month: Boddewyn leads BGA, assuring all clients receive the best results through innovation and teamwork
The New York Real Estate Journal recently sat down with Michele Boddewyn, AIA, president of Boddewyn Gaynor Architects for a question-and-answer session.

Can you share a little about your firm and how it has evolved?
In 1974, Alan Gaynor, AIA, a Pratt Institute graduate, founded the architectural firm, Alan Gaynor + Co. His vision for the firm was to create innovative designs, tailored to each client’s project needs. Following my graduation from Pratt Institute, I joined the firm in 1980 as a junior architect. Since then Alan and I have collaborated on many projects and our complementary skill set has led to steady growth. 

In 1993, I became a partner, and in 2010, I assumed the role of president, acquiring a majority interest in the firm. We are certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) by NYS Empire State Development, the NYC Small Business Services, DASNY Opportunity Program, NYC School Construction Authority and as a DBE with the MTA. In 2014, the firm’s name was changed to Boddewyn Gaynor Architects, d.p.c. (BGA).

Over the years, BGA has been privileged to serve a number of well-known commercial, institutional, developer, non-profit, retail and public agency clients, including: The Weather Channel, Weill Cornell Medical College, American Realty Advisors, The Henry Luce Foundation, American Eagle Outfitters and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

What are the key influences in your work today? 
Technology continues to redefine the home/work/life environment. The lines between work and home have blurred leading to higher tenant expectations, both in the residential and commercial real estate sectors. The demand for more amenities that encourage a sense of community among occupants, has increased the need for wi-fi hotspots, lounge/exercise areas, charging stations, food & beverage dispensaries and outdoor space, where people live and work. 

The trend toward densely occupied, open-plan office spaces has correspondingly increased the demand for privacy via conference facilities, meeting rooms and phone booths. The more densely occupied work environments, combined with exposed slab ceilings, have created acoustical challenges and issues of productivity due to distraction, which must be addressed in effective ways.

Looking ahead the use of augmented reality technology, in fields such as healthcare and retail, is a fascinating application of this evolving technology.

To read the full story visit Nyrej HERE

CREWNY Opportunities


SPEAKING : Please let the following members of CREWNY’s CREW Network and Member Recognition Committee know if you are interested in speaking opportunities:

Please also complete your CREWBiz profile and your profile in CREW Network’s Speakers Directory.

AWARDS : Please also let Ilkay, Elizabeth and/or Barbara know if you are interested in being considered for industry award opportunities that may arise. Here you should also complete your CREWBiz profile AND let them know of any CRE awards or recognitions.
CREW Network and Member Recognition Opportunities
Attention NEW MEMBERS!  

For the first time, CREW Network is offering a special webinar focused on welcoming you to CREW Network and describing all of the benefits & opportunities CREW Network offers you. It is on Friday, March 7th, from noon - 1:00pm (EST). Register by going to CREW Network's website, click on "Events" tab and scroll down to "Webinars." 

It will be one hour VERY well spent!


Please consider applying for a CREW Network Impact Award for excellence and achievement in CRE, recognizing achievements of its members who are considered exceptional in the following categories: Member-to-Member Business, Entrepreneurial Spirit, Economic & Community Improvement, and Career Advancement for Women. 

Nominations OPEN NOW through 4/15/19.

[NOTE: Stay tuned for details on CREWNY’s Impact Awards Program.]

CREW NY Members Named to Network Committees
CHRISTINE CHIPURNOI, MS, CPCU, RPLU, Senior Vice President, Real Estate, Construction & Hospitality USI Insurance Services, was named CREW Network Board Liaison to CREW Network’s Communications and Editorial Committee.
BARBARA E. CHAMPOUX, Principal, Champoux Law Group, was named to CREW Network’s Industry Research Committee.
MICHELE O’CONNOR, Principal/V.P., LANGAN, was named as CREWNY’s Chapter Champion to CREW Network.
CREW Network 2019 Leadership Certificate Program Kicks Off

The following CREWNY Members attended CREW Network’s 2019 Winter Leadership Summit in New Orleans on 2/13-2/15: 
  • Jennifer L. Carey
  • Barbara E. Champoux
  • Christine Chipurnoi
  • Katie P. Kurtz
  • Marianne Mathieu
  • Jaimee Nardiello
  • Michele O’Connor
  • Ines Olesen
  • Allison Robin
  • Kenne Shepherd
  • Beth Zafonte
  • Lily Zivkovic
Enrollment is currently open now through March 30th for CREW Network’s Global Study Mission to London from 4/29/19 to 5/3/19 and is limited to 35. Four CREWNY members are now registered.

Speakers’ Directory : If you are interested in being recruited for speaking opportunities by CREW Network OR CREWNY, complete your profile in the Speakers’ Directory. 

Please see , Events tab, for more details.
Member News

  • Cara Faske, CEO, Pace Advertising
  • Ozge Ertoptamis, Director, EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture
  • Kendra White, Graduate Student, New York University

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  • Served as a speaker or appearing on a panel?
  • Been interviewed by the media?
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