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Sponsor Spotlight: My Cleaning Service


Why did you join CREWBaltimore? What makes CREWBaltimore different?

I joined CREW to learn about the Commercial Real Estate Industry, make new contacts and cultivate my professional development.

How long have you been a CREWBaltimore member / member company?

My mother, Lisa Bands, had been a member of CREWBaltimore for many years before I joined My Cleaning Service, and for a while we were both members. I personally have been a member since 2011, and I am looking forward to celebrating 10 years with the chapter next year!

What do you want CREWBaltimore members to know about your company?

My Cleaning Service provides contract janitorial, post-construction cleaning and now COVID-19 disinfection services. We are working hard to be the premier resource to our clients, and the community as a whole by regularly communicating relevant information and rapidly responding to anyone’s disinfection needs.

Which CREWBaltimore event have you most enjoyed in the past year and why?

I have to say that even though this Stay-At-Home situation was unexpected, I feel that the weekly programming of the Conversations Over Coffee and Happy Hours have been a fantastic way to stay connected to the Chapter. Not only do I learn something on every call, but it is a great way to maintain a presence without being physically around others in the CRE Industry.

Best weekend activity in Baltimore?

Everyone knows I love to travel, so it’s rare that I am home on the weekends. When I am in Charm City, it is so amazing to see the vibrancy of the city on the weekends with festivals and a beautiful promenade around the water to walk during the day.  

What are the benefits of women supporting women in the CRE industry?

I think we have come a long way from the days of women stepping on each other to get ahead, but there is still more work to do. As a united front, we earn respect and gain strength within the entire CRE Industry to close the wage gap and land senior positions. I personally have made some friendships through CREW that will last a lifetime. There is some common bond we all have, understanding similar social, career, and family pressures that enables us to empathize with one another.

Best book or article you’ve read that had you fired up to take on the day/week/year at work?

I am an Audible junkie! I love listening to business books while I travel, workout, or even drive. Most recently I really enjoyed the OZ Principle, which discusses accountability. When you start applying the practices suggested in the book, it is amazing how your productivity and work performance skyrocket! My team does a weekly exercise based on this book, which only takes about 10 minutes, and it is producing phenomenal results! I highly recommend it.

Which CREWBaltimore event are you most excited about this year?

Hopefully the Beacon Awards! I am on the committee, and we have worked very hard to plan an incredible event this year. I am obsessed with the 1920’s theme, and it is always a fun night! 

Tell us about a project, program or initiative that your company will be working on in 2020.

In any company the key to success is effective communication. This year we are focusing on training and continuing education for our team, as well as, streamlining technological advances for communicating. Whether it is through video or face-to face, it is important to continue meeting with each other through weekly meetings, attending courses, events, and expanding upon our client-communication software. What makes us unique is our family-style company that offers 50 years of personal relationships and expertise, now coupled with the leveraging of modern technology. With so many decades of experience, and different generations working together, learning and communication is of the utmost importance.

Sponsor Spotlight: Allsafe Elevator Inspections


How long have you been a CREWBaltimore member or member company?

Theresa Tsamoutalis and Allsafe Elevator Inspections joined in 2011.

In 2-3 sentences, what do you want CREWBaltimore members to know about your company?

I am very proud of Allsafe. In 2009 when I was 27, I started the company in the very small basement of a home in Canton that I rented with 3 other roommates. Now in 2020 along with a much larger management team, we have 5 offices and we perform inspections and consulting work across the country.  

What the benefits of women supporting women in the CRE industry?

The benefits are momentous. If we help each other along the way, the journey is easier for us together and then easier for those also along the path. Breaking through the “glass” ceiling alone does not have the long-term impact if you are not leading others behind you. Ultimately, it also makes work more fun and rewarding.

Best book or article you’ve read that had you fired up to take on the day/week/year at work?

A Daily Devotional by Father Barnabas Powell:

( and you do not need to be a Greek Orthodox Christian to enjoy it!

Every morning, I read this reflection and it helps set the tone for my day or helps me reset nervous energy or anxiousness.

Which CREWBaltimore event are you most excited about this year?

CREWMates!!!! I think this program will be a game changer. It is so many things, yet so simple. It’s a mastermind alliance, a small group network, a think tank, and professional & personal support group within CREWBaltimore. What will come of these small groups is professional development no matter where you are in your career. Per the White Paper, those later in their career need this support the most. We will do this while having fun too because ultimately life is too short not to have fun and have a few laughs.

2018 President’s Letter

FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK                                                                     January 2, 2018
Karyn Tasker
Audit Manager
CohnReznick, LLP

2018 CREWBaltimore – The Year Ahead

Welcome to 2018! I am excited to be your CREW Baltimore President for 2018.

CREWBaltimore is making some changes this year that we hope will provide a better experience for our members.
     • We realize schedules are hectic and last year many of our luncheons conflicted with other events. This year we are moving many of our luncheons and programs to Tuesday or Wednesday in an attempt to reduce conflicts. You can find our full calendar of events in 2018 here.
     • We’ve also changed up the order of some of our program topics. We know you are accustomed to seeing our State of the State luncheon in January. We have moved this topic to the April luncheon in order to invite speakers who are unavailable in January.
While change is good, there are some old habits we want to keep going in 2018.
     • CREWBaltimore has met the CREW Foundation Chapter Challenge for the last two years! This means the Chapter donated at least $1,000 to Foundation, 100% of our board members donated and at least 50% of our members donated. A giant Thank You to all of our members who donated and made this a reality. I ask you to consider helping CREWBaltimore make it a three-peat in 2018. CREW Foundation provides scholarships to real estate students each year. There are several ways to donate. You can add a donation to the Greatest Needs Fund when you register for one of our chapter events, you can use the envelopes provided at each event, or you can go to CREW Network’s Foundation webpage to donate. No amount is too small. It all adds up to make a big difference. Thank you.
     • CREW Baltimore retained 83% of our members last year. The Membership Committee hopes to increase our retention percentage for 2018 and meet CREW Network’s Gold Standard of 85%. We value the knowledge of the various fields of commercial real estate each of our members brings to the Chapter and want to provide great networking opportunities for all.

One way to get the most out of your CREW Baltimore membership is to become involved in a committee. Each month you will have the opportunity to meet with other committee members to build relationships and volunteer for tasks that will help you grow your leadership skills. If you are interested in joining a committee or want to find out more about what is involved, please feel free to contact me at or President-Elect Nikkia Fitch at You may also reach out to our 2018 committee chairs or co-chairs, you can find a list of them here.

Lastly, I want to encourage everyone to attend our Beacon Awards on May 3, 2018 where we will recognize and celebrate the amazing contributions and achievements our members and companies in the local market have made during the last two years.

Please feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions, comments, concerns.

Best Wishes,

Karyn Tasker
Audit Manager
CohnReznick, LLP

Christine Espenshade named Woman of Influence in Real Estate Forum Magazine


CREWBaltimore member and Attorney at Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL), Christine Espenshade has been honored among other trailblazers in the commercial real estate industry as a Woman of Influence in Real Estate Forum magazine.

Barb Nicklas, General Growth Properties, Inc

Christine Espenshade, Managing Director, Capital Markets, JLL, Miami

The only child of a single mother, Espenshade was reportedly the first person from her suburban Atlanta county to attend Princeton University. She’s come a long way since then, having managed the sale or recapitalization of more than $3.5 billion in multifamily investments during her 20-year tenure. Espenshade is also a member of JLL’s Emerging Leaders program to foster the careers of rising stars among the firm. She is on the board of The Walters Art Museum, raising more than $8 million annually, a feat that has led to the elimination of admission fees. On the board of The Pratt Library, Espenshade chairs the building and grounds committee, is the president of the Princeton Alumni Association of Maryland and is a member of Capital Campaign Committee for The Calvert School in Baltimore. She also founded a women’s networking initiative in Baltimore.