2015 President’s Message


2015 CREWBaltimore commercial real estate network president Karen Pecoraro

Karen Pecoraro, Director, Client Services, Cardno ATC and 2015 CREWBaltimore President

Karen Pecoraro

2015 CREWBaltimore President
Cardno ATC, Columbia, Maryland

2015 CREW First!

Welcome CREWBaltimore members, and join me in celebrating our 30th year anniversary! 2015 will be an exciting year filled with opportunities for YOU to get the most value out of your CREW membership.

CREWBaltimore Events

Kicking off the year with our annual State of the State Luncheon on January 22nd at the Center Club, come ready to network with the experts and learn about commercial real estate development trends in our region.

You don’t have to miss a CREWBaltimore event in 2015, simply visit the listing of events on our website and Save to Outlook. Throughout 2015, CREWBaltimore will deliver content-rich programs that are informative and promote member-to-member business. For Baltimore networking events in 2015, think CREW First!

In addition to the calendar of events you have come to expect, plan now to attend the 2015 Spring Leadership Summit at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore on June 18-19! This will be a great way for you to experience a national event and the professional development and networking opportunities available through CREW Network.

CREW Network Foundation

CREW Network Foundation, the philanthropic arm of our organization, is the only organization that dedicates its resources solely towards advancing women in the commercial real estate industry through research, career outreach, and scholarship. Through the Foundation, the CREWBaltimore Community Action Committee has facilitated the award of $30,000 locally in scholarship funding to young women in university level education programs. When you register online for a CREW event, simply add any amount to the Greatest Needs Fund CREWBaltimore Campaign. No amount is too small. It all adds up to make a big difference – thank you!

CREWBaltimore Committees

Participating on one of our committees is the best way to get to know other CREW members and to fully benefit from your membership, professionally and personally. If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact me at karen.pecoraro@cardno.com, or Howard Sobkov, President-Elect, at howard@capexmanagement.com. You can also contact the Chairs and explore opportunities with their respective committees.


Laurie Marino

Senior Vice President
Colliers International


Kristen Schrader

Business Development Manager
KBE Building Corporation

Community Action

Polly Houck

Managing Partner
Absolute Service Industries, Inc.


Dawn Rogers

Property Manager
Obrecht Commercial Real Estate

Public Relations

Candace Zang

Commercial Portfolio Manager
Susquehanna Bank


Joan Renner

Chief Financial Officer
The Brick Companies

CREW First!

In closing, I would like to leave you with one last thought, and that is CREW First! When you have a need for professional services, or you are asked for a recommendation, consider CREW First! Become an advocate for member-to-member business by seeking CREW members, locally and nationally, to provide their expertise to your organization.

Remember that you have full access to CREWbiz™, a proprietary business networking tool that makes it easy for you to find the business contacts you need and to promote your own expertise to nearly 9,000 CREW Network members across North America. Take a moment, fill out your profile, and make sure that CREW members can find YOU when your expertise is needed!

This year I hope to meet each one of you and learn more about your organization, expertise and interests. Please introduce yourself at the next CREWBaltimore event!


Karen Pecoraro