Welcome to NYCREW Network (New York Commercial Real Estate Women, Inc). We are the original New York chapter of CREW Network, a North American organization dedicated to advancing the success of women in commercial real estate through apprenticing, influence, and power. Please browse our website to discover exciting opportunities to: meet industry titans, learn from thought leaders, stay a breast of new developments and develope a quality business network.
NYCREW is a chapter of CREW Network which comprises of more than 70 independent local organizations totaling nearly 9,000 members. While the overall purpose and goals of the chapters reflect those of CREW Network, each chapter has its own unique structure and framework, allowing it to meet the needs of its individual members and marketplace. Whether you're looking for the right team to close your next commercial real estate transaction or you're looking for the right organization to advance your career and business, look to NYCREW & CREW Network.
Join us Tuesday, March 18th at Wells Fargo Insurance Services for a networking breakfast and meet NYCREW Members and hear why they choose CREW.
Click here or go to www.nycrew.org to sign up at no cost.
Saving our environment, one building at a time: NYCREW’s latest Industry Spotlight will focus on sustainability and green initiatives. Women Greening NYC: Sustainability in Commercial Real Estate will feature three exceptional women who oversee both the public and private aspects of “green development,” discussing the role sustainability plays not just within their own companies, but also the greater New York commercial real estate landscape. Learn how the latest cutting-edge technology and practices are being employed to reduce costs and damage to the environment, and how both the public and private sector are focusing their efforts on green initiatives. As always, the event will include the opportunity to meet and greet the speakers, as well as fellow attendees.
Charlotte Matthews, Vice President of Sustainability, Related Companies
Charlotte Matthews is responsible for Related's corporate sustainability and green development activity. Related has developed over $20 billion in real estate and owns over $15 billion of best-in-class mixed-use, residential, retail, office, trade show and affordable properties. Since 2008, the company has built green exclusively, completing 11 LEED Silver and Gold properties and with another 25 underway, including 2 LEED ND neighborhood developments. Ms. Matthews’ primary project these days is the Hudson Yards microgrid.
Ms. Matthews is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University – Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Real Estate Development and a member of various boards and advisory committees, including Institute for Market Transformation, DOE Energy Efficiency Buildings Hub, Real Estate Board of New York Sustainability Committee and Real Estate Roundtable – Sustainability Policy Advisory Committee. Her deep involvement with local legislation includes co-chairing the Residential track of the Building Resiliency Task Force and co-chairing the Construction Practices committee of the Green Codes Task Force.
Ms. Matthews’ career in green building began as the Sustainability Specialist for an architecture firm, during which time she became co-chair of the Boston AIA Committee on the Environment and member of the DOE/EPALab21 Environmental Performance Criteria and LEED for Labs development committees. She moved on to green building consulting and then into construction management to build green buildings before joining Related. During this time, Ms. Matthews served on the LEED for New Construction core committee and helped with the consolidation of LEED from multiple specialized rating systems into one.
Ms. Matthews holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Brown University.
Sukanya Paciorek, Senior Vice President of Corporate Sustainability
Vornado Realty Trust
Sukanya (Suki) Paciorek is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Sustainability at Vornado Realty Trust, one of the largest real estate investment trusts in the U.S. In this role, she develops and oversees Vornado’s corporate strategy, goals, programs and policies, and reporting and disclosure related to energy efficiency/management and sustainability for Vornado’s portfolio. Ms. Paciorek also manages the utilities group for Vornado’s New York Division, which includes contract management, energy procurement and accounting for an annual budget of over $100 million. Since joining Vornado in 2008, Ms. Paciorek has led Vornado’s efforts to LEED certify over 30 million square feet of its existing building portfolio (more than any other single owner in the U.S.), and to establish a standalone energy efficiency capital fund through which projects are implemented and tracked.
Ms. Paciorek serves on several boards and advisory groups, including most recently as Co-Chair of REBNY’s sustainability committee, board member of Greenlight New York and Co-Chair of the commercial buildings subcommittee of NYC’s Building Resiliency Task Force. Before Vornado, she worked in the energy industry and for the U.S. Department of State. Ms. Paciorek has a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs where she studied international energy management and policy, and an undergraduate degree in international studies and political science from the Ohio State University.
Eleni Reed, Chief Greening Officer, U.S. General Services Administration
Public Buildings Service
Eleni Reed serves as Chief Greening Officer at the U.S. General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service (PBS), one of the largest and most diversified public real estate organizations in the world. Ms. Reed works with PBS business lines and regions to integrate sustainability practices in all aspects of real estate operations to increase the environmental performance of GSA’s portfolio in support of the agency’s Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan. Her team also leads the Green Proving Ground (GPG), a program that uses the GSA’s real estate portfolio as a test bed to evaluate the viability of emerging and innovative technologies to accelerate sustainable real estate.
Prior to joining GSA, Ms. Reed was Director of Sustainability Strategies with Cushman and Wakefield. In this role she spearheaded programs designed to reduce the environmental footprint of the firm’s managed portfolio and C&W’s corporate offices. Her prior public service includes working with the City of New York’s Mayor’s Office of Operations where she led the implementation of the City’s Green Building Standards Law.
Ms. Reed currently serves as co-chair of the ULI New York Sustainable Building Council. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning from the Université de Montréal and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from McGill University.
Amelia Janisz, CEO and President, Easy Building Environmental Health & Safety
Ms. Janisz is CEO and President of Easy Building Environmental Health and Safety (EZBuildingEHS), a service of Green Reviews. She has designed and managed development of a unique web-based proactive environmental, health and safety (EHS) expert system for building managers. EZBuildingEHS provides building managers who possess no or little environmental background a simple way to identify EHS requirements applicable to their facilities. She was one of two technical experts on revisions to the BOMI International Environmental, Health and Safety Issues training course. Amelia has managed over a thousand multi-media EHS compliance audits at commercial office buildings, laboratories, data centers, and vehicle maintenance facilities ranging in size from 5,000 to 2,000,000 square feet in 40 of the 50 states and two US territories and possessions.
Ms. Janisz is a member of NYCREW, the Pratt Institute Professional Advisory Council for the Facilities Management Master’s Degree Program and the Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater New York Energy and Sustainability Committee. She is actively involved Urban Green, the New York City chapter of the US Green Building Council. She has a master’s degree from the City College of the City University of New York in Ecology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Detroit Mercy.
Registration: $50 NYCREW Members │ $85 CREW-Chapter Members │ $110 Non-Members │ $30 Students
In honor of Women’s History Month, NYCREW is happy to offer its members and other CREW chapter members discounted pricing.
New Membership Breakfast
NYCREW is a chapter of CREW Network which comprises 74 independent local organizations totaling 8,000 members. While the overall purpose and goals of the chapters reflect those of CREW Network, each chapter has its own unique structure and framework, allowing it to meet the needs of its individual members and marketplace. Whether you're looking for the right team to close your next commercial real estate transaction or you're looking for the right organization to advance your career and business, look to NYCREW & CREW Network.
Join us Thursday, August 8th at Wells Fargo Insurance Services for a networking breakfast and meet NYCREW Members and hear why they choose CREW.
Click here to sign up at no cost.
The summer of 2012 may have been a hot one, but it was not a lazy one for NYCREW members.
Laura Walker has landed a new clients in the commercial real estate, property management and private equity industries. After attending the CREW Leadership meeting in Montreal, she was inspired to take her family touring in Montreal and hiking in the Canadian Rockies with the help and advice of CREW Montreal Chapter President, Louise Bento.
Theresa Garelli spent time in Andermott, Switzerland working with her clients, Henley Estates and Orascom Developers, who are creating a new high-end, comprehensive and self-sustainable year around Alpine Resort. It will have world class skiing and golf. Henley is offering title insurance for all USA purchasers and investors through Horizon Land Services. US brokers are offered commissions on sales as well.
Our leading lady breakfast series was as popular as ever with such speakers as Louise Matthews and our own Kennetha Pettus, who made us realize that the old testament story of Zelophedad's daughters has relevance for us today.
Another stellar occasion (and I mean that literally) was our champagne and chocolate social held on Barbara E. Champoux's rooftop on Roosevelt Island. The conversation was as sparkling as the champagne.
NYCREW hit the ground running - even after such an active summer - with our September "Industry Spotlight" Series featuring Patricia Lancaster, former Commissioner of the Dept. of Buildings, currently advising NYC's top developers, while also teaching at NYU's Schack Institute. Lancaster discussed a hot topic, emerging as a key consideration in new development - Infrastructure: what is it, why is it important, how it can make or break your new project.
We welcomed new member, Karen Fiorentino of Carnegie Hill Enterprises. Her firm provides advisory, due diligence, marketing materials and business plans for various asset classes, most notably real estate. She is eager to collaborate with fellow members.
Isabelle Pullis reports that her title business on commercial properties has picked up smartly in the 3rd quarter, but that residential remains in the doldrums. After training all summer, she was happy to complete the John Daly Ocean Mile Swim in August.
According to Ann Marie Lynch, CREW Atlanta facilitated Studley's hire of a summer intern who will soon be a permanent employee. Ann Marie will be working at the Studley booth at the CREW convention. Stop by and get a Studley cap for your guy. Dottie Cunningham will be promoting Globedotting tours at her booth. Barbara E. Champoux, Christine Chipurnoi, Faith Hope Consolo, Shari Linnick, Isabelle Pullis and I have signed up to attend the convention, which is to be held in Chicago October 24th through the 27th.
Do not miss the upcoming NYCREW panel futurecast at the NYC Real Estate Expo on October 18th at Columbia, featuring Faith Hope Consolo, Annemarie DiColo, Barbara E. Champoux and Beth Zafonte, along with Raizy Haas, Senior VP of Extell Development. Try your hand at speed networking on Wednesday, October 17th at 6:00pm at Merrill Lynch at a program which will be held in collaboration with AREW.
Remember to keep your CREWBIZ profile up to date. Go to the crewnetwork.org website to edit or enter your profile. It is the best way to get referrals from other chapter members. Save the date for NYCREW's Annual Gala to be held on 12/12 from 6:30-8:30pm, at The Townhouse of the Columbus Club, 8 East 69th Street.
Karen Dome, President
Did You Know . . .
Karen Dome & Christine Chipurnoi, are being awarded the Clarisa Awards at the Women of Valor Awards Tea on August 2, 2012, presented by St. Francis Food Pantry and Shelters, and Faith Hope Consolo will be featured, receiving a special award.
Erin Beitz has a new position at Carmel Partners, where she is covering acquisitions and dispositions for Washington, DC.
Laura Walker has been promoted to Senior Vice President within Citi's Commercial Bank. As a member of the Financial Intermediaries Group, Laura specializes in working with real estate management firms and providing 1031 exchanges.
Lorraine Mazza reports that ICSC is holding a Retail Real Estate World Summit in Shanghai in September focusing on the seismic shifts taking place in retail real estate.
Dotti Cunningham has launched her new company and a website, globeDOTTIngTravel.com. Check it out.
Pauline Anderson Brown is headed to Gonaives, Haiti on a Mission to an orphanage.
Meanwhile, Elif Bali has gone Hollywood. Loews has just acquired Hollywood Hotel which is part of a complex that houses the Dolby Theatre, home to the Academy Awards.
Faith Hope Consolo was not only recently honored by Mercy College for her philanthropic endeavors on its behalf, but had launched a new charitalble foundation, Real Estate Has a Heart.
Thanks to a referral from Beth Zafonte, Christine Chipurnoi has landed a new property and casualty client who will generate almost $1 million in premiums. Christine will be going to China later this summer to help her cousin in adopting a little boy to be named Jake. Jake is deaf, but the hope is that U.S. medical facilities can help.
Karen Dome, Shari Linnick, Laura Walker & Linda Isaacson were recently honored by Sokol Publications, receiving Top Women In Real Estate Awards at a festive dinner.