August, 2020 | Issue 8
Message from your Chapter President, Scott Tibbo
Hello again members, friends and colleagues of the CT Westchester CoreNet Global Chapter. Despite what is going on within our world, industry and community right now I hope this newsletter finds you safe, healthy and doing the very best you can given the circumstances.  Like most of you I SO much miss the ability for us to gather in person for events and to socialize and network as a group but our health and safety has to come first always. Thank you all for your understanding as we push through this year together. 
I hope many of you were able to listen in on the impressive panel discussion our Chapter along with five other East Region chapters of CoreNet hosted on July 29th as the first of two sessions called “The Great Debate of 2020” as it relates to CRE impacts and strategies related to COVID-19 and re-entering the workplace (or not!). Special thanks to our own Sanjiv Awasthi from CIGNA who was part of that esteemed panel of CRE Executives to share his thoughts and insight.
We are working now on “Part 2” of that program collaboration which will be scheduled for sometime in late September so please watch for details. We had over 400 CoreNet members and guests listen in on the July 29th program and the feedback has been great. Don’t miss Part 2, even if you couldn’t attend Part 1.
Dave Jackson and his awesome program committee are working on a few other exciting (virtual) programs for this Fall. I am also pleased to share that we plan to host an informal social event for our chapter coming up on Thu August 27th where we will meet virtually on ZOOM with no guest speaker and no specific agenda other than to CONNECT, CATCH UP and LAUGH. Please see the reference below for more details and JOIN US!!!
On a more somber note, we did want to share some heartfelt sentiments about the recent tragic loss of a Hartford-legend and friend of our CoreNet Chapter Richard Nelson “Oz” Griebel. Please refer to the two testimonials below shared by Becky Nolan and Dave Jackson.

Be well. Stay Safe. Stay Connected. 

Upcoming Programs
August 27th - Virtual Social Hour
Join the CoreNet Connecticut Westchester Chapter for a Virtual Social Hour. No guest speakers, and no agenda - just friends and colleagues catching up as the summer comes to a close.
“Keep the Faith” – A Life Well Lived
Richard Nelson “Oz” Griebel (1949-2020)
Jun 21, 1949 · Jul 29, 2020
Richard Nelson “Oz” Griebel provided extraordinary leadership at the MetroHartford Alliance from its start in 2001 through 2017. He had the unique ability to bringing together multiple stakeholders to drive a vision for a better place to work, live and play. Oz measured his team through the eyes of an ethical champion, a staunch advocate with vision and with compassion and care for people.

Upon hearing about Oz’s accident and then his untimely passing many words and phrases he used rang in my head. His undeniably strong voice clearly resonated with one phrase I heard most often “Keep the Faith”. 

As a member of the CT/Westchester CoreNet Chapter, Oz gave us the flexibility to provide unique opportunities to help shape our communities. Through his constant work with local, global corporate leaders, Oz’s work helped shaped multi-cultural, diverse location for business.

Oz was always a high achiever, with conviction about business yet he was also a deeply religious man of faith. He cared about helping others and believed in doing the right thing. He was a man with boundless energy and a positive outlook on life. Oz initially was my boss however over time became my friend.

Over the past few weeks so many people have described him as a leader with integrity, principals, passion, and enthusiasm. He could also be described as a tireless, strong, positive, witty, sportsman, who was dedicated and genuine.

It is so hard stop listing all the character traits he demonstrated however most of the lives and people he touched could add more to make a list as long as all the days he spent on this earth.

It was said during a memorial Oz had the deepest love for his family and cared about helping others. He was described as a “man who ran up mountains” and “lived to be in the arena”. Oz will be a person I will never forget; he shaped my life and left me with a better focus to do more. I think Governor Lamont said it best when he stated, “there will never be another Oz”. 
It is because of his work, his dedication and caring I will always remember Oz fondly and will miss his contagious laugh!

Rebecca A Nolan, VP Global Business Development, MetroHartford Alliance
Membership Chair CoreNet Connecticut/Westchester Chapter
One person can make a difference!
At the family’s request please consider donating to the Oz Griebel Fund. This was created to support various Connecticut charities and organizations, or donate blood to the Red Cross, which Oz did on a monthly basis. Oz Griebel Fund

As a local, regional and state resident, as a former President of our Chapter, and long time Strategic Partner to the MetroHartford Alliance, I can say that Oz Griebel touched us all in many ways, and us at CoreNet in particular. His tireless commitment to our region benefited us all. But to stop there would only tell part of the story about Oz, who was as tireless in bringing his kindness and caring to the local community as he was to his corporate, regional, statewide, and policy pursuits.
For over 25 years, Oz was my families great friend. He continuously touched Patti, myself and our sons in many personal ways, from CCD Teaching, Coaching Baseball and Basketball, and Chairing The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts, and everything between. Oz touched us all in so many kind ways, and while he will be sadly missed, he will never be forgotten.

Dave Jackson, Red Thread
Programs Chair CoreNet Connecticut/Westchester Chapter
Member Spotlight: Maureen Funke, Greenbox-is Interior Solutions
Get to know your chapter through monthly member interviews.

What has surprised you most being a member and in your various roles?
Most surprising to me has been the consistently excellent programming, events and quality of members. The folks that show up to events are high quality, engaged and always willing to help!!
What do you wish other people knew about CoreNet?
I wish people, especially young people, knew that they don’t have to be a c-suite exec to join and be an effective member of this group. All folks of all backgrounds and levels of experience are welcome and will find a meaningful place here!
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
My degree is in Civil Engineering… which other than some killer problem-solving skills has almost nothing to do with my interior construction sales career!

Read the full interview here.

CoreNet Global Virtual Summit
Attendees will enter the CoreNet Global Virtual Summit interactive environment and maneuver between virtual rooms featuring Learning Experiences, discussion forums, demos, exhibits and lifestyle activities including a yoga class. Chat in real-time in a virtual event space designed for connecting with attendees, presenters, and exhibitors. Learn More.
CoreNet Global Members in Transition Program
New members as well as current members can now apply for a discounted membership rate. The process is as follows:

  • Participants can download, fill out and return the affidavit agreeing to the program terms.
  • Once CoreNet Global receives the signed affidavit, we will validate the request and employment status.
  • Upon completion, the participant will receive an email from the Member Experience Team with a link to join or renew their current membership at a discounted rate.

In addition to 50% off membership dues (one term only), MITs will also receive a 50% discount on two MCR seminars and any in person Summit. 

Please note that this program excludes Students, Academic, Retired and Journalist member types. Learn More