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Crew Charlotte: 2013 Leadership Team – Application Process Is Now Open! Submissions Due Monday June 18th

Fellow CREW Charlotte Members: It's the first of June, vacations are starting, and your CREW Charlotte Leadership Development Committee is already focused on the leadership team for 2013!!!


We are so fortunate to have an outstanding group of volunteers serving as board members and committee co-chairs this year, and we look forward to building upon that for next year's team.


As part of the process, we ask that any member interested in a leadership position for 2013 fill out and submit this form. Understanding your interests and your strengths will allow us to put together another winning team!


Please note that ALL of those interested must submit a form, including those who hold a leadership position this year and want to participate next year.


This form is NOT required for committee member participation, but if you have not been a committee member to date, I would certainly encourage you to do so. Being involved will take your networking and connections to the next level with CREW. Being active reaps rewards – both personally and professionally!


I want to also take this time to thank the numerous members who are active on committees. We could not do it without you and we truly appreciate your efforts.


Leadership applications should be returned to me via email no later than close of business on Monday June 18th. I will confirm receipt back to each of you. If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email me.


We hope that you will consider a leadership role with CREW Charlotte.


With Best Regards,



President Elect, CREW Charlotte

Crew Charlotte Featured In Nc Department Of Commerce Newsletter!

On April 19, N.C. Department of Commerce Director of Business and Industry Development Susan Fleetwood presented at the second annual Commercial Real Estate Women Carolinas Connection Conference in Charlotte. This year's Carolinas Connection Conferencehad over 100 attendees representing all seven CREW chapters in North and South Carolina. These CREW chapters consist of a diverse group of professional women and men engaged in commercial real estate and related service industries. There are a wide range of disciplines represented within CREW, including real estate brokers, attorneys, bankers and title industry professionals, to engineers, developers and architects. The core purpose of CREW is to influence the success of the commercial real estate industry by advancing the achievements of women.

Fleetwood and S.C. Departmentof Commerce Director of Global Business Jennifer Noel provided an overview ofthe various regional markets in the two states, including targeted industrysectors. In addition, they provided details on the importance of international companies to the two states, along with details about the types of projects, leading sources of projects, and other key trends in economic development.

To read the entire newsletter please click here.

Congratulations To Elizabeth Ross!

ECS is proud to announce the recent election of our Environmental Department Manager, Ms. Elizabeth P. Ross, RSO of Rock Hill, SC, to the Carolinas Environmental Information Association’s (CEIA) Board of Directors. This will be the first time that she has served on the Board. 

ECS Carolinas, LLP is a premiere provider of environmental, engineering, and construction services across North and South Carolina. The employees of ECS are proud to have been ranked among the Top 100 Pure Design Firms by ENR. 

For any questions, please contact Stephanie Newman at or 704-525-5152.


Cohnreznick Announces New Managing Partner Appointments In Firm’s South/central Region

December 18, 2012 – CohnReznick LLP, the 11th largest accounting, tax, and advisory firm in the United States, has announced that Melissa W. Boone, CPA, has been promoted to the position of Office Managing Partner for the Firm’s Charlotte, NC office. Josh Northcutt, CPA, who previously led the Charlotte office, is now Office Managing Partner of the Firm’s Atlanta, GA office.
With more than 15 years of public accounting experience, Melissa has provided services for a variety of clients, including in the real estate and nonprofit industries. She provides financial statement audits, tax return preparation, evaluation of internal controls, and compliance with OMB A-133 and also works to keep her clients updated on government required standards, and performs various agreed upon procedures engagements. Melissa’s responsibilities at CohnReznick have also included planning and audit program development of assigned audit engagements. She has worked closely with audit staff providing guidance, feedback, and assistance with all aspects of the engagements performed in Charlotte. In 2011, she was named among the Charlotte Business Journal’s 40 under 40.
A Georgia native, Josh is returning to the Atlanta office where he previously spent time as a partner with the Firm. His more than 16 years of public accounting experience is primarily focused in real estate, yet also includes work in military housing, healthcare, entertainment, and manufacturing. Josh has extensive experience with public and private real estate companies, working with commercial and residential property owners and operators, real estate developers, homebuilders, and land developers. Josh has specific experience with investment fund audits for several real estate and non-real estate clients.
“The decision to appoint Melissa and Josh to these roles reflects their exceptional contributions to the Firm,” explains Timothy Kempner, CPA, Regional Managing Partner – South/Central Region. “I’m confident that Melissa and Josh’s strong leadership will help to keep CohnReznick on the path of continued growth.”
Wesley Hudson, CPA, is moving from his role as Office Managing Partner – Atlanta to a national role in the Firm’s Commercial Real Estate Practice. Wes will undertake additional responsibilities with the Firm’s Go-To-Market Committee as new initiatives are being launched nationally.
About CohnReznick
With origins dating back to 1919, CohnReznick LLP is currently the 11th largest accounting, tax and advisory firm in the United States, combining the resources and technical expertise of a national firm with the hands-on, entrepreneurial approach that today's dynamic business environment demands. The firm was formed out of the combination of J.H. Cohn and Reznick Group in October 2012. CohnReznick serves a large number of diverse industries and offers specialized services for Fortune 1000 companies, owner-managed firms, international enterprises, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and other key market sectors.

Headquartered in New York, NY, CohnReznick serves its clients with more than 280 partners, 2,000 employees and 25 offices nationwide. The firm is a member of Nexia International, a global network of independent accountancy, tax, and business advisors. For more information, visit

Crew Careers Goody Bags – Items Needed

We are looking for 50 of a promotional item that you might have ie. lip balms, playing cards, notepads, mugs, hand lotion, pens or highlighters, calculators etc. OR a combination of items. 

If you can bring them to the next CREW Meeting on Feb. 14 that would be great, OR drop them off at the new CREW offices at 5960 Fairview Rd, 4th Floor, Charlotte, NC 28210,  OR I can arrange to pick them up from you.

Contact: Diane Genaro White, or 704-813-8795

Uncc Launches Masters Of Science In Real Estate Degree

UNC Charlotte has launched a Master of Science in Real Estate degree at its Belk College of Business. The program will begin in August.

The interdisciplinary degree was approved by the UNC System's board of governors on Friday, and recruiting for the first class has begun.

"In good times and bad, the commercial real estate industry is one of the key drivers of the economy," Steve Ott, dean of the Belk College of Business, says in a release. "There will always be a need for specially trained employees to manage the complexities of real estate finance, development and construction."

Ott is the founding director of the Center for Real Estate at UNC Charlotte. He became dean in January and has appointed Dustin Read as his successor. In addition to heading the Center for Real Estate, Read will serve as the faculty director for the new MSRE program.

The school hopes to recruit an inaugural class of 12 to 15 full-time and part-time students for the new degree and build to an enrollment of between 15 and 20 students each year. Students will take classes that include law and land-use policy, finance and investment, construction management and financial management.

Angie Dugick On Counselors Of Real Estateâ„¢ Team In Birmingham

CREW Charlotte member, Angie Dugick, was the sole female member of a 6-person consulting team from six cities across the nation in Birmingham the week of October 17th. The team, sponsored by the Counselors of Real Estate™,  evaluated the future possibilities for Trinity Medical Center's 120-acre Montclair Road campus.  For more information, follow the links below.

Brenda Murray To Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

CREW Charlotte is excited to announce that in January 2012 CREW Charlotte Past President, Brenda Murray and her husband John will climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa as a stand for the victims of domestic violence. On October 9th, they officially launched our

Please follow our trip as it progresses at our website. We will update the News/Update section at least once a week, more if we can.


There are 3 major ways to support them:

1. Share their web site with your friends and business associates:


2. List your own personal reason to end domestic violence – the “Share Your Reason” button on our website. You can share as many as you like and these can be given anonymously.


3. Donate as you are able, it is very easy. On their website there is a “Donate” button and you will receive a tax receipt automatically.


They will carry all 19,000 reasons to end domestic violence with them in their backpacks to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, as well as your well wishes.