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CREWBaltimore State of Our State Luncheon

Following a warm welcome by CREWBaltimore President Nikkia Fitch, our annual sponsors were thanked, including the event sponsor Miles & Stockbridge.  Michele Cohen, Principal at Miles & Stockbridge spoke on behalf of her firm.

To kick off the discussion Adrienne Jones, Speaker Pro Tem/Delegate of the Maryland House of Delegates – 10th District, provided highlights of the 2019 session.  She noted that the House and Senate have 61 new members this year and several standing committees.  The 2019 focus has been on education through the Kirwan Commission, and on balancing the budget.  Speaker Pro Tem Jones encouraged CREWBaltimore members to visit the House Floor and participate in dialog with the policy committees.  She stated that “women play a critical role in this assembly this year” and noted that several current committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs are women.

Spencer Levy, Chairman of Americas Research and Senior Economic Advisor at CBRE then led a lively discussion about the economic state of Maryland, and specifically the Baltimore region.  After stating that he believes the three pillars of a region’s success are money, talent, and infrastructure, the discussion focused on these areas.

Economically, Speaker Pro Tem Jones noted a vast divergence in the Baltimore region with drastic highs and lows.  The region boasts strengths in urbanization, revitalization based on historical manufacturing origins, and added suburban revitalization in areas such as Columbia, Annapolis and Towson.  A discussion that began with the struggles surrounding employment and hiring quickly turned the topic from economics to education.

Mary Ann Scully, CEO of Howard Bank, Speaker Pro Tem Jones, and Levy all leaned toward support and services for families as having the greatest impact on education reform.  While college is not for everyone, the Kirwan Commission aims for every student to be college or career ready by 10th grade, and not lacking in fundamental skills such as literacy and math.  Scully noted that Howard Bank is currently putting funds into work-force development, and skills that are not on a resume, such as curiosity, are also important.  Levy suggested that economic integration within our public-school systems is the answer, stating that “we should do everything possible to give every kid a shot”.  This sentiment was backed by both the panelists and the audience.

While infrastructure was a lesser discussed topic, transportation seemed to be the key.  Neither Scully or Speaker Pro Tem Jones backed the idea of a hyperloop between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.  Scully stated that there are too many other mass transit issues that need to be addressed first.  Ultimately, the region needs to prepare for behavioral changes in how and where people want to live and work.

Levy, a consummate moderator, added light-hearted banter to the discussion by encouraging Speaker Pro Tem Jones and Scully to share their music and television preferences (Speaker Pro Tem Jones prefers R&B music and T.V. mysteries, while Scully likes Aretha Franklin and the band Chicago and watches Game of Thrones and Midsomer Murders with her family).  With predictions from both panelists for a recession and a woman in Presidential power in the near future, the discussion came to a close and was opened for a series of questions and answers.

2018 Beacon Award Winners!

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!

Beacon Awards Finalists Announced!

Congratulations to the following individuals and companies who have been selected as finalists for the 2018 CREWBaltimore Beacon Awards!! They were selected from multiple outstanding nominees for their contributions to the Baltimore commercial real estate market and CREWBaltimore. 

 Member-to-Member Business Award: This award will honor a CREWBaltimore member who consistently demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to marshal CREW talent, resulting in measurable business for other CREW members. This individual exemplifies the power and spirit of CREW, and the award recognizes the collective CREW business completed over the last 24 months as a result of this member’s efforts.

2018 Finalists:

Tammy Baczynskyj, VSC Fire & Security Inc

Polly Houck, Absolute Service Industries, LLC

Amy Lacock, JLL


Chapter Champion Award: This award is given to the company that has, over the last 24 months, made a significant and sustained commitment to CREWBaltimore through the devotion of monetary resources, employee time commitment, and other support.

2018 Finalists:

Cohn Reznick, LLP



Circle of Excellence Award: This award is given to a CREW member or any other person in the Baltimore-area commercial real estate community who consistently embodies CREWBaltimore’s mission and core values of leadership, excellence, influence, advancement, and community.

2018 Finalists:

Joan Renner, The Brick Companies 

Kristen Schrader, KBE Building Corporation

Rookie Member Award – The Dive Right in Award: This award will honor a member who, in the first 2.5 years of membership, has most embraced the CREWBaltimore mission and core values through chapter involvement, member-to-member business, mentoring, and/or career/professional development.

2018 Finalists:

Lindsey Kiefer, Manns Woodward Studios

Toni Prince, The Brick Companies


Community Impact Award: Real estate projects can transform the built environment and have the power to transform and revitalize a community, often beyond the boundaries of the project. The Community Impact Award honors a commercial real estate professional or team that played a pivotal role in a real estate project that was completed or achieved a significant measurable milestone in the last 24 months, and which had a significant and measurable positive impact on the community.

2018 Finalists:

Howard County Nonprofit Center Development Team: including CREW members Abby Glassberg, NAI KLNB; Amy Lacock, JLL; and Cynthia Newman-Lynch, Howard County Housing Commission

Lion Brothers Building Development Team: including CREW member Theresa Stegman, Development Director, Cross Street Partners

R. House Development Team: Seawall Development


Join us at our Preakness-themed Beacon Awards gala being held May 3, 2018 from 6-9pm at The Belvedere Hotel to celebrate with our finalists and find out who will be named as winners! Check out the Beacons page for the latest details surrounding the event.

A huge thanks to the event sponsors whose support makes it all possible!

   JLL: Triple Crown Premier Sponsor Mechanical Systems, Inc.: Black Eyed Susan Cocktail SponsorArris Design Studio: Paddock Networking Sponsor
  Howard Bank: Grandstand Venue Sponsor Altus Group: Actress Award Sponsor CK Commercial: Trifecta Sponsor

         O'Leary Asphalt "Fast Track" Sponsor Ruppert Landscape: Race Day Line Up Program Sponsor  floral sponsor Choice Plantings

All Star Commercial Contracting Services
PCM Services
The Brick Companies
The Stone Store