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ai Design Group Finalizes Merger with Progressive AE; Officially Adopts Name

ai Design Group Finalizes Merger with Progressive AE;

Officially Adopts Name

 Addition of Full-Service Engineering to Charlotte Office

Delivers Immediate Impact 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (November 1, 2017) — Architecture and interiors firm ai Design Group has finalized its merger with Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Progressive AE and will officially adopt their name, effective today. Their office on the top floor of the Chamber Building and local leadership team of Principals Wes Jones, Kim Marks and Ryan Doherty will remain the same. Jones now serves as managing principal of the Charlotte office and Marks is the firm-wide workplace practice leader.

“This merger comes at a time when both firms are in a position of strength, allowing us to accelerate our momentum together,” said Brad Thomas, president and CEO of Progressive AE. “By joining forces with a firm that shares our vision, both culturally and strategically, we‘re able to accelerate our 10-year growth plan by adding services, market sectors and staff.”

The combined organization has active work in all 48 contiguous states, a team of more than 200 professionals (50 in Charlotte) and over 65 years combined history as leaders in architecture and design. The firm now offers expertise in 10 market sectors: community, healthcare, housing, industrial, learning, retail, senior living, sports, workplace and worship. One of the most significant outcomes of the merger, with immediate impact to the Charlotte office, is the addition of full-service engineering capabilities that includes civil, landscape architecture, mechanical, electrical, transportation and structural competencies. 

Locally, ai Design Group is best known for its work on the headquarters for MetLife’s U.S. retail division, Sonic Automotive and Barings; landmark mixed-use retail developments Ballantyne Village and RedStone; and motorsports facilities across the country including Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Z-Max Dragway.

High-profile Progressive AE clients include: Steelcase, Advance Publications, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Michigan State University, Kawasaki Motors, Arby’s and Smithfield Foods. 

“While the ai Design Group brand is now part of our company history, we are a stronger, more diverse, full-service-firm and we look forward to working with clients under our new name, Progressive AE,” said Wes Jones, managing principal of the Progressive AE Charlotte office.  

About Progressive AE
Progressive AE has provided innovative and sustainable architectural and engineering services for more than 55 years. Our work is guided by a fundamental and forward-thinking philosophy that spaces and environments should serve as strategic contributors that drive organizational change. The firm’s success has been achieved through a workforce that is a unique blend of creative people who think strategically, and strategic people who work creatively. Progressive AE has offices in Grand Rapids, MI, and Charlotte, NC. For more information, visit       


CREW Network Recognizes Industry Leaders with Impact and Circle of Excellence Awards

Houston, Texas, USA (Oct. 27, 2017) – CREW Network honored excellence and outstanding
achievement in commercial real estate with the 2017 Impact and Circle of Excellence awards, presented
October 26 and 27 at the annual CREW Network Convention and Marketplace.

2017 Career Advancement for Women Impact Award -­ Marie McLucas
The Career Advancement for Women Impact Award honors a CREW Network member who consistently
exemplifies the organization’s commitment to elevating the status of women in commercial real estate by
working to advance the careers of other women. This award is presented to a member whose actions had
a significant impact on one or more women, giving them the skills or confidence to pursue and succeed in
new opportunities.

Marie McLucas has made it her mission to transform careers by mentoring and investing in women of
CREW Network and beyond. McLucas’ involvement with UCREW and support of the CREW Network
Foundation embodies her dedication to seeing the next generation succeed. She was instrumental in
CREW Charlotte meeting the CREW Network Foundation Chapter Challenge for the first time. During her
tenure as CREW Charlotte Chapter President, she spearheaded the chapter’s Leadership Program,
partnering with area companies to support the program and ensure its continued success, and initiated
the Emerging Leader program for young professionals as well.

To read the full press release, please click here.

CREW Charlotte's Call for Nominations

CREW Charlotte is pleased to introduce a nomination process for leadership service. Nominations will be accepted for the 2018 CREW Charlotte Board of Directors and Committee Leadership. CREW Charlotte leadership service offers a unique opportunity to participate with other innovative women and men who are accomplished professionals and experts in their field within commercial real estate. It is an honor to be identified as a leader among your peers and no other opportunity offers a more rewarding experience than service to a local organization that is part of a global network dedicated to promoting our talented members. CREW Charlotte is seeking nominations for the following positions:

2019 President-Elect
Director (5)
Committee Co-Chair (TBD)

Please submit your nominations using our online form. Because the Strategic Planning Committee must balance a variety of characteristics when selecting the slate, you are encouraged to self-nominate and nominate more than one member.

Submit your nominations online by June 23rd.Please note: Only current CREW Charlotte members may submit nominations.

Please read the Official Call For Nominations memo for details on the nominating process. More information about the roles and responsibilities of the positions will be available soon.

NewDominion Bank Appoints Treasury Sales Officer & Commercial Real Estate Expert

NewDominion Bank Appoints Treasury Sales Officer & Commercial Real Estate Expert — The New Teammates are Experts in Their Field and are Equipped to Make NewDominion’s Commercial Portfolio Thrive —

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (January 27, 2017) – NewDominion Bank appoints two industry experts to the NewDominion team, effective immediately. Rebecca “Becky” Berolatti will serve as NewDominion’s Treasury Sales Officer and Sallie Jarosz will serve as a Senior Commercial Relationship Manager specializing in Commercial Real Estate.

To read the full press release, please click here.

CREW Charlotte's Adrienne Bain with Citizens Bank Named to CREW Network Foundation's Board!

LAWRENCE, KS – Six women were appointed to the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network Foundation Board of Directors, which will be led by Chair Jennifer Carey in 2017. The appointment was approved at the CREW Network Board of Directors meeting, held October 17 at the New York Hilton Midtown. Carey and the other members of the 2017 board will officially take office in January.

To read the full press release, please click here.


Charlotte, NC (October, 2016) – MPV Properties (MPV) is pleased to announce broker
Rebecca Herron as the newest addition to MPV’s office and industrial leasing team.

Prior to joining MPV, Rebecca lead business development at a geotechnical and environmental
engineering firm, where she gained experience in the processes of due diligence, rezoning,
property surveys, feasibility studies, property condition assessments, and environmental Phase 1
ESA assessments. This is in addition to the in-depth knowledge she acquired within general
construction, including permitting, tenant improvements, economic development, and build-tosuit
projects. Outside of real estate, Rebecca also has five years of experience as an advertising
consultant for print and digital projects, with expertise in both account management and sales

To read the full press release, please click here.

Fortune ranked Holder Construction #66 on its 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials list

Fortune ranked Holder Construction #66 on its 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials list.

A Holder millennial told Fortune: “I feel that the culture at Holder is what makes the difference. We have leaders who make it their priority to develop the people, not the money. I am trusted by the leaders and given responsibility for my work. I trust that the organization will continue to be successful because of the culture and that I do not have to stress about keeping my job.”

Rankings are based entirely upon employees’ own feedback and winners were selected from a database of some 620 Great Place to Work®-Certified organizations.  

Holder Construction has more than 600 associates nationwide. Holder is currently building the 615 South College Street project in uptown and will start construction on Dimensional Place in South End of at the of this year.

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