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Cindy Wolfe Of Bank Of The Ozarks Awarded Crew Network Member To Member Business Award

Cindy Wolfe, 2009 CREW Charlotte Past President and Executive Vice President at Bank of the Ozarks was awarded the CREW Network Member to Member Business Award. Thank you Cindy for your commitment and loyalty to CREW, our members, and helping to influence the success of the commercial real estate industry by advancing the achievements of women. Please join us in congratulating Cindy on this accomplishment and see her accept this award at Convention in DC this September!
This award bestows accolades to the CREW Network member who consistentlydemonstrates an extraordinary commitment to either referring or directly doing business with other CREW Network members. Such an individual exemplifies the power and spirit of CREW Network.  The CREW Network Member-to-Member Business Award honors a CREW Network member who consummated a significant number of business dealings with other CREW Network members in 2010, or who facilitated such business dealing through the referral of CREW Network members.

Congrats To Marie Mclucas Of Primax Properties Finalist In The Cbj Cfo Of The Year Award!

On August 18, 2011, the third Annual CFO of the Year Awards will recognize financial professionals in the Charlotte region for outstanding performance in their roles as corporate financial stewards.
Nominees are judged based on financial management skills, strategic thinking, and a demonstrated commitment to fiscal integrity and accountability. Awards will be presented in eight categories at the awards luncheon held on August 18. Winners will also be featured in special section of the August 19 Charlotte Business Journal.

2011 Finalists by Award Category:

Small Private Company

Eric Dana, CoaLogix
Patrick FitzGerald, WMF Americas Group Inc.
Marie McLucas, Primax Properties, LLC

Midsized Private Company

Jeff Carr, Pulcra Chemicals
Kelly Choate, Cash Cycle Solutions
Brian Noonan, Peak 10

Large Private Company

Tracey Chaffin, Pamlico Capital
Brian Marley, Belk, Inc.

Public Company
David Dzuricky, Piedmont Natural Gas
Lynn Good, Duke Energy
Gary Langford, Nexxus Lighting, Inc.

Non-Profit Organization
Steve Adams, Hickory Grove Baptist Church
Lee Cochran, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership
David Rainey, The Pines at Davidson, Inc.

Leigh Anne Mulligan, Town of Oakboro
Janet Stoner, Town of Huntersville
Melissa Wike, Iredell-Statesville Schools

Turnaround Achievement Award
Mike Giang, Holy Angels, Inc.
Brigitte Hartenstein, STEAG Energy Services LLC

Crew Lunch Ladders – South Park, Uptown/southend And Lake Norman Areas

CREW Lunch Ladders are back!!!! Beginning in July, lunch ladders will be held on the 4th Thursday of each month in the South Park area, Uptown/SouthEnd area and the Lake Norman area. Lunches will rotate each month starting with the South Park and Lake Norman area lunches in the first month and continuing with the Uptown/SouthEnd lunch in the following month. Lunch Ladders are an opportunity for CREW members to get together on a smaller scale to network and share business leads while enjoying an a la carte lunch.
If you are interested in attending future lunch ladders, please email Patty Drummond for more information.

This is a members only event.

Kathleen Rose Of Davidson, Nc Awarded The Cre Credential From The Counselors Of Real Estate

Kathleen Rose, CRE, CCIM, President & CEO of Rose & Associates Southeast, Inc. of Davidson has been awarded the CRE (Counselor of Real Estate) credential by The Counselors of Real Estate, an international group of high profile real estate practitioners who provide expert advisory services to clients on complex real property and land-related matters.  The credential was awarded on May 4th at the Counselors’ 2011 Midyear Meetings in San Diego.

Click here to read the full article.

Crew Charlotte Congratulates Bobbie Merrill, Kathleen Rose And Connie Young For Winning The Cbj Women In Business Award!

The Charlotte Business Journal's Annual Women in Business Award judges the top 25 area businesswomen by their business accomplishments primarily over the past 12 months.  The 2011 Celebration Ceremony will be held on June 16, 2011 from 10:00am – 1:30pm at the Charlotte Convention Center. 


CREW Charlotte would also like to congratulate and honor past CREW member winners as well (excluding 2011):


  • Margaret Martin 2003
  • Deborah Millhouse 2006
  • Anne Vulcano 2000
  • Heidi Wilson 2006
  • Cheryl Steele 2007
  • Nancy Olah
  • Teresa Hawkins 2007
  • Kim Marks 2009
  • Mary Wilken 2008
  • Wanda Townsend 2009
  • Kim Marks 2009
  • Cindy Wolfe 2010
  • Madie Burch 2010

Crew Charlotte Congratulates Jessica S. Rossi With Warren & Associates On Her Recent Promotion To Senior Associate!

Jessica S. Rossi, a CREW Charlotte Member, was recently made Senior Associate with Warren & Associates, Real Estate Advisory.  Jessica, who joined Warrent & Associates in 2007, has more than seven years of planning, economic development, and land use analysis experience.  Jessica holds a Masters in Community Planning from the University of Rhode Island and has worked throughout New England and the Southeast.  CREW Charlotte is extremely proud of Jessica and congratulates her accomplishments!

Crew Careers™: Building Opportunities® Goes Green!

On Saturday, May 14, 2011, CREW Charlotte presented its sixth annual CREW Careers™:  Building Opportunities® program.  Due to the overwhelming success of our chapter’s program over the past five years, it is no surprise that over 35 young women participated this year!


CREW CareersTM: Building Opportunities® is an exciting, interactive one-day educational program designed to introduce high school girls to career opportunities in commercial real estate.  Once again, CREW Charlotte partnered with Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council.   The roster of girls was extremely diverse; with girls from:


Hornet’s Nest

Hornet’s Nest Outreach

Troop 1420

Troop 2226

Troop 599

Troop 835

Athena’s Path
Carolina Peaks to Piedmont


Our 2011 program used a modified version of the “This Old Building” format that CREW Charlotte pioneered in 2006, and was held in the VUE Charlotte Building.  “This Old Building” challenges participants to work in teams to create a plan for an old building/property in the uptown Charlotte area that is in need of redevelopment.  The twist in this year’s event, Project Girls for Green, is that the girls were challenged to “think green” and figure out sustainable ways to redevelop one of two (2) challenged buildings/properties just south of uptown Charlotte.


Like in prior years, the girls heard presentations by six CREW Charlotte members, each of whom are LEED certified and relayed their professional concerns for each of the two sites.  The girls assimilated the information and, with the help of their CREW Charlotte team leaders, devised their own redevelopment plan.  This year, in addition to just using their minds and imagination, we  made available aerial and other photographs of the sites, models (provided by Gantt Huberman Architects), sustainable fabrics (provided by Mohawk Commercial), and more to help get the girls’ creative juices flowing.


In addition to coming up with (and advocating for) a redevelopment plan for one of two (2) challenged buildings/properties, the girls participated in a walking tour in the Gateway area of Uptown of Charlotte.  During this tour, CREW members  discussed and highlighted different types of development located in this district, and discuss the focus of the day – how to incorporate “green” or “sustainable” ideas in redevelopment.  


The presentations were judged by civic leaders and other prominent members of our local community.  The judges’ panel for 2011 included Cheryl D. Steele (Partner, Horack Talley Pharr & Lowndes P.A.);  W. Keith Powell (CPCC, Professor; Center for Sustainability); Melanie Allen Connellee (CPA, President, The MLC Group); Carol Lomax Fortenberry (MAI, Fortenberry Lambert, Inc.)  and Holly Alexander (Director of Business Development, Concorde Construction and the 2011 CREW Charlotte President).  Another fantastic part of this year’s event is that, in addition to having a distinguished panel to judge the competition, we are very excited to announce that Ronnie Bryant, President and CEO of the Charlotte Regional Partnership was the featured keynote speaker!  Each of the four teams won  a prize; however, the members of the winning team each received a grand prize ($50 Visa gift card). 


 In 2011, CREW Network chapters in approximately 23 major markets across the country will be presenting a CREW CareersTM program.  The majority of these chapters will be using the original (or modified) “This Old Building” format as the model for their CREW CareersTM program!  This format was created by Cindy Wolfe (Bank of the Ozarksand Nancy Olah (Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP) as co-chairs for Charlotte’s program in 2006. 


About CREW Foundation:  CREW Foundation was incorporated in 1998 as the 501(c)(3), philanthropic arm of CREW Network and continues to stand as the sole foundation dedicating its resources towards building opportunities for women and girls in commercial real estate.  In collaboration with CREW Network, CREW Foundation implements and supports a Career Outreach Agenda which cultivates our future Network leaders through participation in a continuum of educational outreach, scholarship and mentoring programs.  These programs were built to introduce the commercial real estate industry to female high school students while also  connecting female college students and entry-level career women to the resources, support and network they need to gain financial independence and economic self-sufficiency through a successful career in the commercial real estate industry.   CREW Foundation is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes. Furthermore, CREW Foundation is classified as a public charity under section 509(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Crew Charlotte, Inc. Is Delighted To Announce Patricia (patty) Trepp Drummond To Crew Charlotte As Executive Administrator.

April 15, 2011, Charlotte, NC – CREW Charlotte, Inc. is delighted to announce Patricia (Patty) Trepp Drummond to CREW Charlotte as Executive Administrator.  Patty brings over twenty years of experience in hospitality, business administration, project management, operations, and customer service.  Previously, Patty worked for Tribble Creative Group, Sodoma Law, and various hotels in Charlotte.


Patty is from New Hampshire where she graduated in 1993 from the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and received a B.S. in Hotel Administration.  Patty enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as reading and cooking.  She has lived in Charlotte for seventeen years with her husband Dave and two daughters Lena and Mary.


Patty’s colleagues describe her as extremely organized, personable, focused, confident, assertive, and the “glue” to any operation.  That said, please join me in welcoming Patty to the CREW Charlotte Team!  We anticipate her starting on April 25th.