Thursday, July 11, 2013 Networking Program
‘What’s Happening at CREW Network’
Piedmont 14 Auditorium
3535 Piedmont Rd, Conference Level, Atlanta GA 30305
Detailed directions and parking instructions will be sent to attendees
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception & Program
$25 CREW Network Foundation Donation for Members
(Optional donation for Prospective Member Guests)
‘What’s Happening at CREW Network ‘
Come meet Susan Hill, CREW Network’s 2013 President! Susan is a Senior Managing Director in the Houston office of HFF (Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P.) with over 26 years of experience in commercial real estate. She is primarily responsible for originating debt and structured finance transactions throughout the southern United States across all property types. During the course of her career, Susan has completed in excess of $6 billion in commercial real estate transactions. Susan rejoined HFF in June 2004 after spending two years as a Senior Vice President, Senior Director at NorthMarq Capital. Prior to that, she spent 15 years with HFF.
Susan will be providing our chapter with a current overview of what is new for 2013, what they expect to accomplish this year at CREW Network, and new endeavors they are pursuing. She will also give an overview of the CREW Network Convention in Dallas, Texas, October 9-11, 2013. We hope that you can attend this very informative meeting!
If you are curious about our connection to the ‘CREW Network’ then this meeting will help you to understand how powerful we can be when we work together. This event is open to CREW Members and any prospective members that you feel would benefit from attending! In lieu of a fee, we are asking each member attending to make a $25 minimum contribution to the CREW Network Foundation. If you are inviting a prospective member to this event, a donation is optional for their attendance. Ann Cone, with Prudential Mortgage Capital, will be giving an update on our campaign to raise funds for the CREW Network Foundation. Space is limited to 100 for this event, so register early!
This is a program you don’t want to miss!
CREW Members, in case you were unable to attend, we had our 2013 CREW Atlanta Impact Awards as part of our June program at The Coca-Cola Company. We would like to congratulate the list of winners! All nominees in the first 5 categories will have another opportunity to win at the national convention in Dallas, October 9-11.
Economic and Community Development Award
Lisa Gordon with Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and Cheryl Strickland with Stifel Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, for the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail
Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
Sara Silvio with Constructive Ingenuity, LLC
Member to Member Business Award
Stephanie Friese with Pursley Friese Torgrimson LLP
Career Advancement for Women Award
Meredith Leapley with Leapley Construction Group of Atlanta LLC
Circle of Excellence Award
Susana Chavez with Parking Company of America
Social Media Award
Cathleen Clayton with Parkway Properties
New Member of the Year Award
Diana Robinson with Graebel Atlanta Movers
Shining Light Award
Chris Smith with Holder Properties
Congratulations again to all of the winners!
Last Thursday members of CREW Atlanta and CoreNet were treated to an economic forecast by Dr. Marci Rossell for the fourth year in a row. Dr. Rossell has advised members of the two groups on the economic outlook throughout the downturn on trends and expectations.
This year she provided a handout to emphasize key points. Dr. Rossell summed up 2012 in the U.S. by saying that early optimism gave way to a weak second half of the year marked by political uncertainty, but now that the election is over, she expects U.S. markets to continue to recover. She predicted that trade and production will continue to grow.
Globablly, Dr. Rossell expects Japan to reverse a decade of deflation allowing its economy to grow. She indicated the strongest growth throughout the world may occur in emerging markets, particularly China and Brazil. She expects that Europe will move out of the recent crises into a state of “permanent malaise” as the Eurozone works out a strategy to avoid further crises.
Dr. Rossell’s predictions for the Atlanta area were that it would still lag the US in recovery and the city’s future will depend on economic diversity moving forward. She suggested that Atlanta’s producers shift the focus on exports away from Europe towards the growing markets in South America to take advantage of the global trends. She predicted that housing has hit a half-way mark in the road to recovery – she has previously discussed that the housing bubble would have a 10-year recovery and noted that Atlanta’s housing prices continue to be depressed compared to those in other cities across the U.S.
Overall the message was positive in that Dr. Rossell expects we have weathered the worst of the recession and should expect growth through 2013 and 2014. Good news at last!
Looking forward to 2013 – it’s time to register for the joint luncheon (CREW Atlanta and Corenet) on January 10 with Dr. Marci Rossell for her economic forecast. This is an annual tradition you won’t want to miss!
Other events already planned for 2013 will include the Mentor/Protegee pairing event to be held on January 17th, the UCREW program on February 15, and a tour of the Capitol on March 5 (for members only)!
Yesterday afternoon CREW Members and a few special guests went on a very special tour of the Historic Sweet Auburn District. The group met at the MLK Center and took a bus through the area of Atlanta steeped in civil rights and entrepreneurial history. Jennifer Ball from Central Atlanta Progress was the speaker and provided information on the Atlanta Streetcar Project currently under construction as well as on existing, current, and future redevelopment plans for the area.
The group stopped at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, a unique Atlanta one-stop-food-center that has been operating in the same location since 1924. Today the market offers organic and locally-grown produce; meat, fish, and poultry; freshly cooked meals; and other products. Many of the attendees left the market with scoops of High Road Craft Ice Cream and/or flavored popcorn from Miss D’s New Orleans Pralines!
During the tour Jennifer Ball discussed the important role of the local churches in the community and on development. This district is where you will find the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site – the final resting place of Dr. and Mrs. King, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Ebeneezer Baptist Church, Wheat Street Baptist Church, Butler Street YMCA, Atlanta Life Insurance Company and many more historical buildings. In addition to the King family, this district was home to historic figures John Wesley Dobbs and Alonzo Herndon.
In 1992 the area was named one of the top eleven most endangered historical districts in the United States. Crime, neglect, and the construction of the I-75/I-85 connector had taken a toll on a once vibrant neighborhood. Since that time the Historic District Development District has been working to encourage renewal and redevelopment of both residential and commercial properties in the area. The Atlanta Streetcar Project is expected to connect the two halves of the neighborhood that were separated when the I-75/I-85 connector was built, while providing public transportation between many of the downtown hotels and this fascinating area. The growth of Georgia State University into a full-time residential institution has also brought many benefits to the area.
Tour attendees were also treated to a stop at Noni’s Deli – an Italian restaurant and dance club honoring the owner’s grandmother. Pictures of the staff members’ grandmothers are lined up on the wall of the restaurant. One corner of the bar area is devoted to a “homey” collage of furniture and memorabilia complete with a black and white TV.
The third stop on the tour was at Church a winner of a 2011 Downtown Design Excellence Award, owned and operated by Grant Henry. Mr. Henry spoke to the group about the challenges and successes he has had in the neighborhood.
The last stop of the tour was at The Soundtable where Jesse Clark, Executive Director of the Historic District Development Corporation (HDDC) spoke to the group about the accomplishments in maintaining the historic integrity of the district while promoting redevelopment opportunities. HDDC focuses on supporting small, local businesses to preserve the entrepreneurial history of the area.
The Soundtable is a restaurant/bar/performance venue/gallery/dance hall at the corner of Edgewood Avenue and Boulevard offering another unique experience within a very special Atlanta neighborhood.
Commercial development opportunities continue to multiply in this area as Georgia State University and other nearby institutional and commercial centers grow. Anyone interested in the area should contact Jennifer Ball with Central Atlanta Progress or Jesse Clark with HDDC.
Register and pre-pay by credit card on-line at:
Or go to our website at: www.crewatlanta.org
October 4, 2012 Program:
‘An Apple a Day… Healthcare Reform and its Impact on Real Estate’
The Pavilion at Lake Hearn
1150 Lake Hearn Drive, 5th floor Vacant Area
Atlanta, Georgia 30342
Comped Parking Available in Parking Deck courtesy of our Host
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Registration/Networking/Buffet Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Program
$45 for CREW members and $65 for Guests
An Apple a Day… Healthcare Reform and its Impact on Real Estate
Please join us as we discuss the key changes in the healthcare industry and how they will affect us, as real estate professionals AND consumers. It’s not “business as usual” as we all feel the impact of healthcare reform. Our experienced panel will share their
insights regarding the differences in healthcare real estate vs. other commercial sectors, and the types of decisions that providers are making that will directly affect each of us in some manner. Topics will include: Current trends, transaction structures,
regulatory issues, facilities development, physician and hospital directional changes and where we are headed as an industry, both locally and nationally. Take two aspirin, drink lots of water and COME TO THIS PROGRAM. You will not want to miss this timely
and relevant topic!
There will be a surgery suite tour available on-site for those interested in touring as a non-patient after the program!
Moderator: Christine Gorham, CEO, Eastwood Real Estate Services, LLC
Panelists: Van M. Fletcher, Vice President & Principal, Meadows & Ohly, LLC
Nancy G. McConnell, CHC, CPC, Principal, PTA GatesMoore- Healthcare Consultants and Accountants
Philip A. Ouellette CPM, Director, Facilities Services, Kaiser Permanente
This is a program you don’t want to miss!
Special Thanks For Hosting:
The Pavilion at Lake Hearn
Commercial Property Professionals
CREW Atlanta recently participated in Habitat’s Atlanta Women’s Build. The new homeowner is Keyandra McMichael, who will be living in the house when complete with her 3 month old daughter and two sisters. While at the build, we learned from the volunteer coordinator that Keyandra and her family have very little to furnish her new home. If you have extra household items cluttering your basement or attic, and you would like to donate, please send a description to Mary Jim Evans before October 6. We will review the list with Keyandra to see what she needs (need to make sure she doesn’t end up with 4 sofas). The volunteer coordinator, Nancy Henson, has volunteered to store the items at her house in Dunwoody until Keyandra’s house is finished. Please contact Karrie Westphal at email@example.com if you have any questions.
The CREW Atlanta eMentoring Program will be kicking off the first of January 2013. We are currently accepting applications for proteges (and mentors too).
We request your help in recruiting and nominating women to participate in the program as a Protégé. You can get an application from me (Pamela Little – firstname.lastname@example.org), please forward to anyone you feel might benefit or be interested in the program, or fill it out yourself if you are interested in the program. You can also email a name to me and I can contact them directly.
In summary, we are looking for women in Commercial Real Estate who might fit into one of these categories:
- Entry level professionals in industries tied to Commercial Real Estate
- Students – must be interested in Commercial Real Estate and enrolled in graduate program
- Women making career changes into Commercial Real Estate
- Women with specific challenges looking for guidance within the industry
Nominees and applicants can be from any aspect of commercial real estate including: sales, leasing, property management, services (vendors), legal services, construction, engineering, architecture, etc.
Protégés are strategically paired with a seasoned real estate professional in order to help the Protégé develop and achieve her goals.
The eMentoring curriculum consists of 12 lessons that encourage protégés to discover their greatest assets, capture what they want to do and be, prepare a plan to make it happen and expand their opportunities for ongoing growth and development. Protégés will be assigned a Mentor based on their interests and backgrounds. The time commitment is to meet with their mentor approximately once every two to three weeks either by phone, email or in person to discuss the curriculum.
Applications are due October 17th. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Please join us at the September luncheon. This luncheon will be a follow-up to the economic forecast provided by Marci Rossell in January. The topic will focus on the current state of the economy and the outlook for real estate in Atlanta.
The luncheon is on Thursday, September 6. You can register through the CREW Atlanta website through noon on Tuesday, September 4.
The speakers will be Hans Gant with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and Raymond Hill of Emory University.
CREW Atlanta has 30 spots reserved for members to volunteer for the 2012 Women’s Build event for Habitat for Humanity.
The event starts at 8 am and runs until 4 pm and this year’s activities will include shingling the roof, insulating walls and the ceiling, siding, and caulking.
If you are interested in participating this year please contact Jennifer Jenkins at email@example.com. Jennifer will be coordinating the CREW Atlanta volunteer roster.