Members of CREWBaltimore and guests gathered Thursday, May 3rd for the biennial Beacon Awards Gala. Taking place at The Belvedere, members of the Baltimore commercial real estate community came together to celebrate the accomplishments and hard work of fellow colleagues in the industry. This year’s Black-Eyed Susan theme was chosen to pay homage to the Fillies race held the day before Preakness, which is just around the corner. Not only is it a Maryland tradition but also one that honors the spirit and strength of women. After receiving dozens of nominations, finalists were chosen for each category: Chapter Champion, Community Impact, Member-to-Member Business, Rookie-of-the-Year and Circle of Excellence. The Chapter was privileged to secure CREW Network CEO, Wendy Mann, as their emcee, announcing one winner from each category the night of the event. Photos from the event can be viewed here.
JLL took home the Chapter Champion award, an award given to the company that has made and sustained significant commitment to CREWBaltimore through the dedication of monetary resources, employee time, and other support. With 13 local employees who are members of CREWBaltimore, they are active on committees and in leadership roles within the organization. Vice President of Property Management at JLL and Immediate Past President of CREWBaltimore, Amy Lacock, has ensured JLL provided Gold Level sponsorship for CREWBaltimore the past two years, including the top Premium sponsorship for the Beacons event.
The development team from Cross Street Partners brought home the Community Impact Award for their redevelopment of Lion Brothers Building. The Community Impact Award honors a commercial real estate professional or team that has played a key role in a real estate project. The newly redeveloped Lion Brothers Building was an effort that was directed by CREWBaltimore board member, Theresa Stegman, who is the Director of Development at Cross Street Partners. The once vacant factory building is now a social and employment hub. With a 100% occupancy rate, the building is filled with a variety of non-profit, education, and business tenants, in addition to several startup companies. There is also one retail tenant that will be joining the building, increasing the value of the Lion Brothers Building overall.
The Member-to-Member Business Award was awarded to Amy Lacock of JLL. A member since 2014, Amy demonstrates the important values of CREW. She believes that CREW members represent the best in Baltimore, which motivates her to reach out to the network to help problem solve and enhance JLL’s services. She has used networking throughout CREW to find vendors to work with and has recommended many of those vendors to other members of CREWBaltimore.
The Rookie-of-the-Year Award went to Lindsey Kiefer, Project Architect for Manns Woodward Studios. Lindsey has been a member of CREWBaltimore since 2016 and quickly took the reins of the PR Committee which helped earn her spot as Chair of the committee in 2017 and a place on the Board for 2018. Lindsey assists with many CREW events, is a part of the Programs committee, and was also the backbone for the re-invention and upgrade of CREWBaltimore’s website.
Finally, the Circle of Excellence Award was awarded to Kristen Schrader. The Circle of Excellence is awarded to a CREW member that truly embodies the core values and mission of CREWBaltimore. Kristen, a member since 2010, is a Business Development Manager for KBE Building Corporation. Kristen has been involved on the Membership, Social Media, and Programs Committees, and has worked her way to being part of the Board of Directors in 2018. One of her most notable accomplishments is the annual CREWBaltimore Golf Tournament that has raised nearly $30,000 throughout the years for the Outreach committee.
Congratulations to all of our winners and a special thank you to our sponsors, the planning committee and everyone else who helped make the night so memorable!