CREWNY News | May 2020
At-A-Glance: Planned Programs & Key Dates

  • June 5: CREWNY Virtual Open Forum – Members and Non-Members Welcome

  • June 9: CREWNY Connections Virtual Happy Hour – Members Only

  • June 12: CREWNY Virtual Open Forum – Members Only

  • June 16: CREWNY Leading Ladies Series with Linda Foggie, Senior Vice President and Leader of Turner & Townsend New York

  • June 23: Connections Virtual Happy Hour – Members Only

  • June 26: CREWNY Virtual Open Forum – Members and Their Guests

  • October 17: DIG This: A CREW Careers Event – By Invitation Only

Important Reminder to Members:
To maintain membership in good standing, CREWNY members are required to attend a minimum of two events per year.
Chapter News
The Chapter Welcomes the Following Members Who Joined CREWNY in May 2020 :
  • Julie Christiano, Assistant Vice President, Empire State Realty Trust
  • Pamela Holzapfel, Project Executive, Levien & Company, Inc.
  • Lea Cosenza, Director of NY Office, The Harman Group
The 2021 Nomination Committee invites you to nominate yourself and your fellow CREW New York Members for the 2021 Board of Directors open positions. The nomination period is open from May 28th – June 24th. Contact for a nomination form.

The following positions are open for nomination:
  • 2021 President Elect (3-year commitment)
  • Secretary (2-year position)
  • Member at Large (1-year position)
  • Five Committee Chairs / Directors (2-year position)
  • Sponsorship
  • Membership
  • Career Advancement
  • Legacy Leaders
  • Member Services

Congratulations to Deborah Farahmand of Akerman and Valeria Kozhich of Holm & O'Hara who will join Betty Castro, Allison Robin and Marianne Mathieu as members of the 2021 Nomination Committee.
CREW New York's IMPACT Awards
CREWNY’s 2020  IMPACT Awards  nominations are still open! Please consider nominating yourself or a CREWNY colleague who has made an impact in any of the following four areas:

  • Career Advancement for Women
  • Economic and Community Improvement
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit
  • Member-to-Member Business

Nominations are due May 31, 2020

To nominate, you only need to provide the name, award category and a brief (1-2 sentences) description of why you/they deserve the Award. One winner will be chosen, and the Award presented at the Members Only Luncheon to be scheduled at a later date.
CREW Connections: Join the Conversation and Build Better Business Relationships
Please join the conversation to build better business relationships with other CREWNY members during 2020 and become part of our Connections community by participating in our 2020 CREWNY Connections program events. 

We continue the series on June 9 . REGISTRATION IS OPEN.

Member News
Valley National Bank - Women in Business, Spotlights CREWNY Member
CREWNY Member, Michelle Boddewyn shared a story about her experience as an NYC architect with Valley National Bank - Women in Business, a program that supports women in various industries.

"As a teenager, I was drawn to the architecture profession by its history, its creativity and its impact on the urban community. New York City was my drawing board with a wide range of buildings to discover and study.

The profession demands an understanding of the client’s needs, a solutions-oriented focus and teamwork. During my 40-year career, I’ve worked with schools, medical practitioners, apartment dwellers, nonprofits, retailers and property owners. Each project requires solutions tailored to its unique needs and creativity is vital. Properly done, benefits accrue to both the building occupants and the surrounding community. This is tremendously satisfying.

One of my favorite NYC buildings is the iconic Starrett Lehigh building in the West Chelsea Historic district. My firm, Boddewyn Gaynor Architects, has completed many projects there over the years. Among the more complex was a 7-year Historic Window Replacement Project, consisting of 5,000 windows. This project improved the comfort of the building tenants, while significantly reducing the building’s energy consumption. Imagine my satisfaction when this project received the 2019 Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award! As a New York City Architect, I am proud to be a member of this collaborative profession, where I contribute to the well-being of the clients and the community that I serve."
RE Journals Honors CREWNY Member as a Top National Woman in Commercial Real Estate
Carrie Pianin , SVP, Arcturus Group, was one of five women selected by RE Journals as a Top National Woman in Commercial Real Estate and was a panelist on May 13th in its Forum featuring these women, along with Deborah Quok, former CREW Network President; Goldie Miller, CRE icon; and others.
CREWNY Member Featured in CREW Network's "Work-place Re-entry Series"
Christine Chipurnoi, SVP, Real Estate, Construction, Hospitality & Non-profits, USI Insurance Services, will be featured on June 2 in CREW Network's "Work-place Re-entry Series" on a panel focused on "Banking, Lending, Risk & Due Diligence," along with CREW Network Directors Adrienne Bain (Citizens Bank) and Holly Neber (AEI Consultants).
Barbara E. Champoux of CREWNY and Sophie Stein of CREW Boston recently closed the $90 Million investment by a high-profile Japanese investor and CRE operator in a portfolio of Class-A office buildings in Boston, MA. The deal represented the entry by Barbara’s client into the U.S. real estate market, so it was critical that all aspects be handled superbly and consistent with Japanese cultural standards. Using CREWBiz, Barbara contacted Sophie, VP/Senior Commercial Transactions Counsel, Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company, to handle the title aspects of the matter. Although the fee title was not being transferred, Barbara advised the client to obtain new title insurance policies with non-imputation coverage. Working together to close the deal as the COVID-19 crisis was peaking in NYC and Boston, they were nimble and creative in adapting to the transactional constraints imposed by the pandemic and achieved a terrific result for Barbara's client.

  • June 2: Workplace Re-Entry Series: Banking, Lending, Risk & Due Diligence via Zoom

  • June 3: Chapter Succession Planning via Zoom

  • June 9: Mindfulness Tools to Boost Resilience via Zoom

View the CREW Network Event Page Here

CREW Network Leadership Summit - Register Today!
  CREW Network Spring Leadership Summit  is going to be held virtually this year on June 18 and 19 and will be   complimentary to all CREW Network members !  

This unique learning opportunity is for those who want to learn about what’s happening in our industry, grow their leadership skills, and grow their abilities as chapter leaders. This virtual meeting will help you lead your business and chapter through the challenges we are facing and connect you with members across our network in Canada, the U.K. and U.S. 

We encourage you all to sign up as soon as you can!
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Want To Be Seen?
Let CREWNY know if you are interested in being considered for CRE industry award and recognition opportunities. Send info to (Subject: award/recognition opportunities).  

A complete CREWBiz profile in the member directory is required to be seen.

Have a CRE award to give or speaking spot to fill? Email Rachel Merva at with the details and we will help you find the perfect match.
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.

A complete CREWBiz profile in the member and speaker directory is required to be heard.

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  • Won an award?
  • Nominated for one?
  • Shortlisted in a competition?
  • Served as a speaker or appearing on a panel?
  • Been interviewed by the media?
  • Have an event you're involved in that you'd like us to list? 

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