CREW Charlotte is made up of ten committees and a board of directors. Each year, The Strategic Committee selects CREW members through a nomination process to lead the committees and serve on the board. Of our ten committees, we have three outreach committees that focus on youth, university and adult outreach. We also have opportunities to shape communications, programming, sponsorship, membership, and CREW Network. If you are a CREW member, we welcome you to contact our committee chairs to get involved and make the most of your membership. If you are interested in serving in a leadership position, please contact our current president for information on the nomination process.


Dana McSwain
Unified Technology Systems
Mellissa Oliver
Land Design
Meets the second Wednesday of the month from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at LandDesign.

The Communications Committee provides timely and relevant information to our membership and informs non-member commercial real estate professionals as well as the Charlotte community about the value of our organization. This committee manages CREW Charlotte’s public relations and media efforts by promoting social media platforms and tracking stories and mentions of CREW Charlotte members in the news and ensuring our member base is informed of their peer’s media mentions. This committee manages the organization’s social media program by interacting with other CREW committees to ensure all facets of CREW Charlotte’s events, activities and members recognitions are reported to the media and our member base.  If you have good writing, social media or editing skills or if you just love the inside scoop first, this committee is for you!

Community Outreach

Community Outreach
Ellen Palmer
Pinnacle Financial Partners
Community Outreach
Mary Sullivan
Meets the third Thursday of the month from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. at Pinnacle Financial Partners (SouthPark)

The Community Outreach Committee is CREW Charlotte’s committee that concentrates on community engagement programs.  The signature event of our Community Outreach Committee is the “Queen City in Pink” campaign held each October to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness month.  “Queen City in Pink” is an opportunity for businesses to decorate or light their buildings in pink or display pink signs and ribbons to show support for those impacted by breast cancer.  This committee also supports the “Habitat for Humanity” Women Build by providing volunteer labor and “Dress for Success” by collecting professional clothing from CREW members. If you want to support community outreach projects and you have an interest in raising breast cancer awareness and other issues impacting women in commercial real estate, this committee is for you!

CREW Network

CREW Network
Robin Turner
O'Leary Group Waste
Meets the third Tuesday of the month from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. via teleconference.

The Network Committee is focused on connecting CREW Charlotte members with CREW Network by promoting national networking, business, philanthropic and educational opportunities with CREW Network and other CREW Chapters.  The goals of this committee are to educate members of CREW Network benefits, increase our member participation on CREW Network committees and in the annual CREW Foundation ask, increase our member attendance at the annual CREW Convention and facilitate the promotion of CREW Foundation scholarships to public and private universities throughout the Carolinas.

If you would like to contribute to the CREW Network Foundation, please click here to make a donation. Thank you for your support!

Leadership Program

Leadership Program
Molly Carroll
Trinity Partners
Leadership Program
Sara Whitten
Shiel Sexton Company
Meets the first Friday of the month from 11:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m. at Shiel Sexton Company.

The Leadership Committee guides the development and execution of our Leadership Program, and therefore requires a two-year commitment. In 2018, our focus will be to develop and refine the 2017 inaugural program, including the search for a facilitator, marketing program enhancement, and professional and community outreach to recruit a diverse group of female professionals for our second class.

Member Recognition

Member Recognition
Anna O'Neal
Wells Fargo Bank
Member Recognition
Mary Wilken
Insite Properties
Meets the first Tuesday of the month from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at Insite Properties.

The Member Recognition Committee was formed to recognize CREW Charlotte members for their expertise, influence, and contributions to the commercial real estate industry. We accomplish this through award nominations in areas of member longevity, professional achievement, community involvement, industry success and innovation. Not only does this committee nominate CREW members for over 20 awards per year, we are also responsible for the year-end CREW Charlotte Excellence Awards that are celebrated at the December luncheon. We also recognize our members that serve as speakers, analysts, and moderators at industry events and panels, as well as those that serve as judges for local and national awards. This committee is especially effective for members who are promotion minded and enjoy helping other CREW members obtain much deserved recognition.


Angie Beard
Andrea Williamson
Paragon Bank
Meets the second Thursday of the month from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. at Paragon Bank.

The Membership Committee plays a crucial role in ensuring that CREW Charlotte maintains its status as the most influential commercial real estate networking organization in Charlotte, North Carolina. It does this by promoting members’ satisfaction and by recruiting high profile professionals in commercial real estate. This committee offers an Ambassador program for new members, hosts new member events, and greets attendees at all of our monthly luncheons and follows up with guests. If you like meeting new people and would like the opportunity to be the first to network with new and prospective members, this is the committee for you!


Mentor Program
Debra Eicher
Baker Audio Visual
Mentor Program
Monika Nessbach
Meets the third Wednesday of the month from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 

The purpose of the CREW Charlotte Professional Development committee is to provide a professional approach to a CREW Charlotte member’s career growth as well as an opportunity for seasoned professionals to give back and further their development. The mentor committee ensures the maximum success of its participants and the overall process. The program runs on an 12 month cycle. Committee members participate in the pairing of each relationship and the identification of established professionals to serve as mentors. Each committee member serves as a champion for a mentor/mentee pairing over the 12 month cycle to monitor each relationship’s progress.


Wendy Bell
Avison Young
Stacia Neugent
Meets the first Thursday of the month from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. at New South Properties.

The Programs Committee organizes monthly luncheon programs that focus on commercial real estate issues and trends. These innovative and relevant programs keep our members on the forefront of the commercial real estate industry while meeting movers and shakers from the Charlotte region. This committee also organizes the annual Keynote Speaker event as well as fun and educational CREW Before Hours networking events throughout the year. If you like planning and executing high quality events, this committee is for you!

Fundraising and Events

Special Events
Elizabeth Romano
Special Events
Megan Shaw
Meets the second Thursday of the month from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at Wood

The Fundraising & Events Committee is responsible for CREW Charlotte’s signature fundraising events, including one spring and one fall fundraising event, as well as CREW Charlotte’s Committee Fair Event and Golf Clinic.  CREW Charlotte signature fundraising events are tasked to raise money for CREW Endowment and Local Scholarship programs.  In 2018, our committee proposes hosting a newly-themed event in the spring called CREW & Brew, which will include an interactive gaming component and fundraising raffle (for two+ large ticket items). This event will take the place of CREW Charlotte’s Casino Night, but will still include a gaming component to continue to engage those attendees with a competitive spirit. The ABC Networking Event will be continued in 2018. This annual networking event brings together numerous real estate organizations (ULI, BOMA, etc.) along with CREW, for an evening of networking. In 2017, the ABC event served as the main fundraising platform and hosted CREW Charlotte’s annual silent auction which will remain the same for 2018.


Katie Schafer
Childress Klein
Lisa Shields-Cook
Fidelity National Title Group
Meets the third Tuesday of the month from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. at Collett

The Sponsorship Committee is responsible for obtaining sponsorship funding for the year from the local business community. We are proud of the companies who support our organization and we take seriously our commitment to support and promote them at every opportunity available throughout the year. In addition to obtaining chapter sponsors, this committee is responsible for insuring that our sponsors are receiving all the benefits associated with their sponsorship. The committee also hosts two annual sponsorship appreciation events. If you believe in the value of CREW Charlotte and would like the opportunity to meet key decision makers in the commercial real estate industry, this committee is for you!

Student Outreach

Olivia Leyland
PMC Commercial Interiors
Christianna Williams
Cushman & Wakefield
Meets the first Thursday of the month from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. at TB Harris.

The Student Outreach Committee focuses on building relationships and connecting students with industry leaders. If you have a passion for exposing students to the CRE industry through educational and networking events, internship opportunities and job shadowing, then this is the committee for you!

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