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Office Environments Acquires Modular Designs

Charlotte, NC (August 13, 2014) – Office Environments, Inc. (OE), a Charlotte based commercial furniture dealer, today announced that they have expanded their organization with the acquisition of Modular Designs, a flooring provider also based in Charlotte.

“Both companies have experienced several years of growth and will benefit from the increased market share that will be achieved. The purchase of Modular Designs broadens the products and services we offer our clients and positions us for continued growth in the region,” says Barry Bale, Executive Vice President of Office Environments.  “This merger will improve our ability to be a single source interiors provider to our clients, and bring additional value to them.”

Modular Designs, which will be renamed to Modular Designs, an Office Environments Company, is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Office Environments and will begin the integration immediately.  In addition, they will relocate their office, showroom and warehouse to the OE campus on Granite Street.  The move will take place later this year.  “Throughout the transition, clients will continue to receive the same high quality products and services they have come to expect,” stated Bale.

Charles Hollar, Modular Designs Co-founder & President, will continue to manage this new division of Office Environments. His wealth of knowledge, experience and passion for a great customer experience will be a perfect match for the OE team.  “We are a full service commercial and residential flooring provider offering high quality products, services, commercial carpet maintenance and cleaning as well as carpet reclamation.  Since 2002 our clients have relied on us for a broad range of flooring needs and I look forward to the additional benefits they will receive as we become part of the Office Environments organization,” says Hollar. 

About Office Environments Incorporated

Office Environments specializes in workplace consultation, contract furniture sales and services.  They have served Charlotte based businesses for 30 years, and are the largest Steelcase dealer in the Southeast.  They create custom workplace solutions for both large and small clients in the Corporate, Healthcare, Education and Government markets.  For more information visit

Crew Charlotte Member Laura Renegar Of Primax Properties Selected By Lee® Jeans As A 2014 Lee National Denim Day Ambassador

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Three courageous breast cancer survivors are Lee Jeans' 2014 Lee National Denim Day ambassadors, leading a campaign to raise millions of dollars to fight breast cancer.  The three women will join Lee on Friday, October 3, to urge millions of people nationwide to put on their jeans and donate $5 or more for the American Cancer Society's life-saving breast cancer programs and research.  
To read the full release, please click here.  For more information on Lee National Denim Day, please click here.

Reframing Charlotte: A Challenge

The Mecklenburg Times wants residents of the Charlotte area to weigh in on 10 home designs that local architects created to represent our region.
The designs are the result of a challenge we threw out to architects in February: Design a “Charlotte-style” house.
“Reframing Charlotte: A Challenge” was inspired by comments made by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Director Debra Campbell, when she was presented with the “Real Estate Person of the Year” award by Commercial Real Estate Women Charlotte at the group’s December luncheon.

For the full press release, please click here.

Award Winning Crew Teamwork

CREW Charlotte member Ann Erickson with BB+M Architecture was recently awarded the IIDA Carolinas Chapter DesignWorks 2014 Hospitality Award for the Vue Sky Lounge in uptown Charlotte.  The project was designed by Ann and constructed by fellow CREW Charlotte member and sponsor Jennifer Yoxtheimer with J.D. Goodrum, General Contractors.  The high-end design, quality of the workmanship and attention to detail by all parties helped make the space the award winning venue that it is.  Collaborating on this project was a great experience and a true testament to the value of CREW relationships! 

Jones Lang Lasalle Is Now Calling Itself JLL.

Jones Lang LaSalle is now calling itself JLL.

Our name and logo reflect our evolution as a global company. We now serve and work alongside clients in an ever-wider range of markets and cultures.

We made the move to JLL because the name is easy to say, easy to understand, more visible and more memorable. It suits our vision for the future of our business and how we can better serve your needs. And the fact that so many people already refer to us as JLL makes it a natural choice.

Our name may be different, but what remains constant are our core business values-client service, teamwork and the highest ethical standards-and how we put them to work for you.

Wherever we work, you can count on JLL to deliver real value in all we do.

For more information, please click here.

Kimberly Kendall Achieves Sior Designation From Society Of Industrial And Office Realtors®

(January 14) – Kimberly Kendall, senior associate at Bissell, has achieved the SIOR office designation awarded by the Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS®. SIOR is a Washington, DC-based international professional organization of more than 3,000 commercial real estate professionals, 2,800 of whom have earned the coveted SIOR designation.
To achieve the SIOR designation, Kendall completed at least five years of creditable experience in the highly specialized field of office real estate; met stringent education requirements; and demonstrated professional ability, competency, ethical conduct, and personal integrity.
To read the full press release, please click here.

Lincoln Harris Announces Promotion Of Denise Dexter To Director Of Operations

Effective January 1, 2014, Denise Dexter will serve as Senior Vice President, Director of Operations for Lincoln Harris.  This newly-created position will focus on overseeing our various third party management services outside of the Bank of America, SunTrust and CHS accounts.   As a part of her new role, Denise joins the Lincoln Harris Operating Committee with other senior leaders of the firm.

To read the full announcement, please click here.

Beth Machen Named Women Of Influence By Real Estate Forum Magazine

Women may still be under-represented in the commercial real estate industry, but as a group, members of CREW Network are clearly making their mark. Twenty-eight members were recently showcased in Real Estate Forum magazine’s 2013 “Women of Influence” issue. The July/August special issue, with expanded coverage and individual profiles, marked the 20th anniversary of the annual report, which was started in 1993.

For more information, please click here

Harris Corners Partners With Crew Charlotte's Queen City In Pink

On October 2, 2013, Harris Corners Corporate Park partnered with CREW Charlotte’s Queen City in Pink initiative to raise breast cancer awareness. The Pink Lady Fire Truck joined us as we handed out pink glazed donuts, pink lapel pins, mints, and information. The event was very meaningful to our Tenants as we celebrated survivors and reflected on those in memory.


For more information, please click here.

Crew Charlotte Member Nancy L. Olah Presented Athena Leadership Award

(October 14, 2013) The third annual ATHENA Leadership Awards Program of Charlotte awarded CREW Charlotte member, Nancy Olah, of Parker Poe, with the 2013 Leadership Award on October 3, 2013 at the Charlotte County Club.

Olah was selected for having achieved the highest level of professional excellence, contributing her time and energy to improving the quality of life for others in the Charlotte community, and for her active assistance in help others realize their full leadership potential.

“Nancy tirelessly gives of herself to the mentees she helps, as well as the organizations she is affiliated with. She is so deserving of this award and we are grateful to have her as an invested member of CREW Charlotte,” said CREW Charlotte President, Barbara Briccotto, INTEC Group, Inc.

To read the full announcement, please click here