The CREW Atlanta 2015 Impact Awards and Hall of Fame Celebration was held Thursday, June 11th at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta. Summey
Orr with Hartman Simons & Wood, LLP served as master of ceremonies. Stephen Wells with Hendrick, Inc. and Tina Renee McCall with Rosemont Realty were co-chairs of the prestigious event.
The CREW Impact Awards and Hall of Fame Celebration honorees were recognized by their peers for outstanding professional achievements in the endorsement of diversity and the advancement of women in commercial real estate. Several of the categories will be eligible to win at the national level. The CREW
Network Impact Awards will be held at the national convention in Seattle, WA at the end of September.
The first award of the evening, The Economic and Community Improvement Award, was presented by 2014 recipient, Lynne O’Brien with The Coca-Cola Company, to Kay Younglove with JLL, for the Hammond Exchange, Hammond Half Diamond Interchange at GA 400 and the Diverging Diamond Interchange at Ashford Dunwoody Road and I-285. This award honors a CREW member who has played a pivotal role in
a real estate project that completed or achieved a significant, measurable milestone in the last 24 months by transforming or revitalizing a community beyond the boundaries of the project.
The nominees for the second award of the evening, The Member to Member Business Award, were Wendy Gill with Wendy Gill & Associates, Inc.; Heather O’Toole with Accesso Services, LLC; and Denise Meng with Signarama Duluth. Heather O’Toole received this award because of the many members within CREW she either retained for services or referred for business.
The Deal of the Year Award recognizes a real estate transaction that demonstrates ingenuity, creativity,
positive community impact and exceptional broker acumen. Monetha Cobb with Franklin Street presented this award to Greer Gallagher with Holder Construction for her work on Westside Works, a long-term neighborhood project focused on creating job training and employment opportunities for the residents of the Westside community: Vine City, English Avenue, Castle Hill and adjoining neighborhoods. As the managing partner of the stadium joint venture team, Holder Construction took the lead on the workforce development initiative led by Arthur Blank and the Atlanta Falcons. Greer worked for over a year with the Blank Foundation to ensure the project would have a positive community impact. Greer investigated unoccupied buildings, estimated costs for renovations, met with the Blank Foundation to learn how educational organizations operate, explored dual enrollment (high school and technical college), and met with local high school educators regarding a potential program in their school. Greer’s tireless efforts took her to a homeless shelter for
women and children where she spent the night to learn more about the neighborhood. Greer has stayed involved by helping recruit companies to job fairs and ensuring that jobs await residents upon graduation.
The Circle of Excellence award nominees were Dana McClure with Warner Summers and Lori Kilberg with Hartman Simons & Wood, LLP. This award honors an individual who has inspired others through their leadership and vision. Cheryl Strickland with Stifel, the 2014 Circle of Excellence award winner, took
the stage to present Lori Kilberg with the 2015 award. Lori, an example of everything CREW represents, continuouslyseeks opportunities to bring women and minorities to the playing field — fostering their success and strengthening the future of the industry.
CREW Atlanta’s future also depends on vibrant new members! The nominees for the New Member of the Year award joined CREW Atlanta between Jan. 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2014. They are: Ashley Sanders with Constructive Ingenuity, LLC; Lindsay Thompson with JLL; and Jill Heineck with Heineck & Company. Jill Heineck was invited to the stage to receive her New Member of the Year award from Tina Renee McCall with Rosemont Realty. Since joining CREW Atlanta in 2013, Jill has been involved with CREW Network Committee, CREW Atlanta Leads Group, and the Programs and Communications committees.
Susana Chavez, Parking Company of America and CREW Atlanta’s 2015 President, presented the Entrepreneurial Spirit award to Christian Torgrimson and Stephanie Friese Aron with Pursley Friese & Torgrimson, LLP. Both winners possess an exceptional entrepreneurial spirit. Other nominees in this category who have achieved notable career successes in the past 24 months are: Sarah Ellis with American Sun Control; Joanna Douglas of Parketing, LLC; and Rayan Hart-Culberson of Republic Commercial Title.
Sarah Ellis with American Sun Control and Dana McClure with Warner Summers were both nominated for The Social Media Award. This award recognizes the use or improvement of CREW Atlanta’s Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, blog, or website. Thanks to her dedication of countless hours communicating with CREW members and the commercial real estate industry, using one or all aspects of social media, Sarah Ellis won The Social Media Award. She has improved CREW Atlanta’s presence in the social media community by managing CREW’s LinkedIn account and contributing blog articles, along with creating liaisons with the CREW Network Committee. Sarah also plans to teach a session at the Social Media Academy in August. She is a great example of an involved member of the CREW Atlanta organization.
The next award was presented by Sara Silvio with Constructive Ingenuity, the 2014 winner of The Career Advancement for Women Award. The nominees were: Linda Bolan with Columbia Property Trust, formerly with JLL; Sue Martin with Executive Office Services; and Christine Veenendaal with VeenendaalCave. The award was presented to Linda Bolan, who has shown a consistent commitment to elevating the status of women in commercial real estate. She helps women develop the skills and confidence to pursue new opportunities, while promoting and protecting the legacy of CREW Atlanta.
Because of the many up and comers in the CREW organization, the organization added a Young Professional Award to last Thursday’s program. Cathleen Clayton with Colliers International was presented with this honor. Cathleen currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Sponsorship committee and is active on the Communications committee.
The Committee Member of the Year Award is given to an outstanding CREW committee member that exemplifies leadership capabilities by starting new initiatives or programs within their respective CREW committee. The nominees were: Monetha Cobb with Franklin Street; Dana McClure with Warner Summers; Ashley Sanders with Constructive Ingenuity, LLC; Lindsay Thompson with JLL; Cathleen Clayton with Colliers International; and Eve Slaughter with Dinerman Group, LLC. Tina Renee McCall with Rosemont Realty presented the award to winners Dana McClure with Warner Summers and Lindsay Thompson with JLL.
Karrie Westphal, CREW Atlanta’s Executive Director, took the stage to present the Shining Light Award to a CREW member who brings energy to all of her endeavors and sets an example for those around her. Karrie then presented Christine Gorham, Eastwood Real Estate Services, LLC, with The Shining Light Award. Christine is currently serving as a Director on the CREW Network Board of Directors.
The final award of the evening was The Making a Difference Community Service Award. People nominated for this award have consistently demonstrated qualities of compassion and service to either one organization or a variety of volunteer activities in one year. The winner, Donna Foland with DGF Properties, Inc., has served on many non-profit boards. Today she is an active board member of Bettie Brand Mothers Endowment Fund; Tallulah Falls School Board of Trustees; and she is the Atlanta Women’s Club Board of Trustees Committee Chair for Education.
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