Submitted by Colleen Brannan, BRANSTORM PR
The sold out March CREW Luncheon addressed the evolution of economic development in the Charlotte Region. Charlotte Business Journal Real Estate Editor, Ashley Fahey moderated a discussion between Tracy Dodson, Assistant City Manager/Director of Economic Development for the City of Charlotte and Janet LaBar, CEO of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance.
The trio covered a lot of ground in 30 minutes including what has changed since the mergers of The Charlotte Chamber and Charlotte Regional Partnership, the City’s role in project management and how collaboration between the two organizations is delivering big results—proving ED is truly a team sport. They wrapped up by highlighting a recent trip to Paris that started with a Hornets game abroad and became a highly successful business recruitment opportunity. Evidently selling Charlotte is easier with Michael Jordan in the mix!
One of just 12 companies on the list that pay for 100% of employee health care costs, this engineering and design consultancy leverages a tradition of rewarding new hires as much as 20-year veterans with profit sharing and new opportunities. Some examples include generous year-end bonuses (in 2018, 89% of staff received a minimum bonus of one month’s pay), an in-house MBA-like training program and Red Envelope Day (surprise bonuses or gift cards all around), and Teamwork Awards (on-the-spot $50 rewards for hard work). “There is a strong emphasis on making this your workplace for the remainder of your career,” says one employee.
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Boston National Title
A huge thank you to Marie McLucas of Primax Properties for directing an opportunity for title insurance my way. The deal has been sailing smoothly thus far and we anticipate the same for the upcoming closing. Absolutely thrilled to be working with you and your team, and look forward to a strong, long lasting relationship!
Charlotte, North Carolina – January 28, 2020 – The deals have been counted and New South Properties of the Carolinas is proud to announce Holly Alexander as the company’s Top Producer of 2019! This is a ground-breaking and well-earned achievement as Holly is the first female to ever hold the title of Top Producer in the twenty-five-year history of the company.
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Submitted by Sara Whitten with Shiel Sexton
On January 14, 2020 Dr. Dawn E. Chanland, Professor of Management, Queens University of Charlotte, kicked off the 2020 CREW monthly luncheons with a presentation on “Personal Change Strategies to Maximize Your Impact in 2020.”
40-60% of people set resolutions at New Year, only 8% achieve them. Change is daunting and you need to diagnose your demons! How can we make change stick and gain maximum impact? You must care about the change you want to make. You must strongly value it and do it differently than you did before. Make small but meaningful behavioral changes:
Write down your goals and tell your people; they will hold you accountable. Pick someone who you can be vulnerable with; who is your “person”?! We change when we strongly care about the change and when we value ourselves. However, don’t have too many goals – achieve them one at a time and say “no” to more. Do Less, Then Obsess. Wield a Razor on Unnecessary Stuff. What will I look like if I’m at my very best?
How committed are you to this change in 2020?
Commercial Works, Inc.
Carrie Sharp with Indoff Commercial Interiors has been a HUGE support to me BOTH on a personal AND on a professional level. Since my returning to Commercial Works Moving & Storage (after a decade removed) Carrie has undeniably been the one that has the most positive impact on me via her consistently positive & infectious personality. Carrie’s belief in what Commercial Works Moving & Storage & I together bring to the plate in this wonderful town of opportunity has been incredible, actually priceless (as they say). Her multiple referrals & warm introductions to not only potential clients but, to other CREW members as learn whom everyone is in my first year with CREW has been MORE THAN I COULD ASK FOR, Thank you Carrie. I now KNOW why there is an annual Impact Award in your name, YOU ARE THE BOMB CARRIE
Wendy Bell with Avison Young continues to think of fellow CREW Charlotte members for referral to her clients and contacts. Thank you, Wendy, for your recent referral to Mike Hamlin and to Expressway Transportation. You rock!
Submitted by Diana Quarry, Womble Bond Dickinson
On December 10, 2019, CREW Charlotte members and guests gathered to celebrate the best and brightest of our chapter over the past year. In Sallie Jarosz’s final luncheon of her presidency, she thanked all members, especially the 2019 Board of Directors, Committee Co-Chairs, past chapter presidents and long-standing members, for their hard work and dedication to CREW Charlotte’s mission. Attendees also had the honor of hearing from the 2020 CREW Network President, Christine Gorham, about new initiatives and efforts in store for CREW Chapters during the upcoming year.
Keynote speaker Cindy Wolfe, Chief Banking Officer at Bank OZK and past CREW Charlotte president, spoke to members about the value of investing in oneself and not always asking one’s employer to carry the cost for any professional development programs. She believes that, while mentors and sponsors at work are valuable resources, there is a special benefit to paying your own way for a coach or program that will push you outside of your comfort zone. She noted that women are generous with donating their time, talent and money to CREW and other causes, but that it is important to allocate some of that towards one’s own growth and success.
Finally, Ms. Wolfe announced our 2019 Impact Award Winners. The award program had been refreshed for 2019, with some new awards being granted. The esteemed winners were as follows:
We are thrilled to announce that Progressive AE has been named “Firm of the Year” by the American Institute of Architects Charlotte Chapter. The award recognizes notable achievements in design, community service, education, and service to the profession and the AIA.
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