CREWNY News | June 2018 Issue
At-a-Glance: CREWNY Planned Programs & Key Dates

  • July 10th: Leading Ladies of Real Estate, Summer Series, Leslie Wohlman Himmel, Founder & Co-Managing Partner, Himmel + Meringoff Properties, Hosted by Akerman LLP

  • July 17th: CREWNY Connections Cocktails, Members Only, Host: Kasey Pace

  • July 25th: Architectural Tour Boat Cruise, Classic Harbor Line, Chelsea Piers

  • July 26th: CREWNY Connections Coffee, Members Only, Host: Leslie Berkoff, Esq., Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP

  • August 7th: Leading Ladies of Real Estate, Summer Series, Collete English-Dixon, ExecutiveDirector, Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate, Roosevelt University, Hosted by Akerman LLP

  • August 14th: CREWNY Connections Cocktails, Members Only, Host: Jaimee Nardiello, Esq., Zetlin & De Chiara LLP

  • August 23rd: CREWNY Connections Coffee, Members Only, Host: AnneMarie DiCola, Trepp

  • September 13th: Breakfast & Program (in lieu of luncheon)

  • September 20th: CREWNY Connections Coffee, Members Only, Host: Deborah B. Koplovitz, Esq., Partner, Anderson Kill LLP

  • October 4th: CREWNY 40th Anniversary Gala, Edison Ballroom
Important Reminder for Members
In order to maintain your membership in good standing, CREWNY members are required to attend a minimum of two CREWNY events during a calendar year.
Program Spotlight
Wednesday, July 25th
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Classic Harbor Line | 62 Chelsea Piers

Curated by members of the AIA New York Tour Committee.

CREWNY members & non-members are invited to attend.

More information and Register Here
CREWNY Chapter News
CREWNY held a Spring Networking Cocktail Reception
on May 24th at The Skylark rooftop lounge attended by
more than 150 commercial real estate professionals.
CREWNY is proud to congratulate the recipients of our annual awards
given out at the June Members Only Luncheon.
These remarkable women exemplify inspiration, empowerment and leadership.
Members Only Luncheon Keynote Speaker, Purnima Kapur
The June 5th CREWNY Members Only Luncheon, held at the historic Harmonie Club on East 60 th Street, included a keynote address by Purnima Kapur, Executive Director of the New York City Department of City Planning, who shared her personal and career story as well as exciting future plans for development in the five boroughs. 
Two CREWNY Members Awarded Scholarships to Attend
2018 CREW Network Convention.

CREW New York is pleased to announce that Ashley Grebow and Kasey Pace have been awarded scholarships to attend the CREW Network Convention & Marketplace on October 17-19 in San Diego, CA.

The recipients were announced at the Members Only Luncheon by president-elect Marianne Mathieu, Fidelity National Title Group (left) who oversaw the nomination and selection process.
Also at the June 5th Members Only Luncheon
CREWNY past, present and future presidents. L to R: Jaimee Nardiello, Michele O'Connor, Merle Gross-Ginsburg, Marianne Mathieu, Erin Bond, Jane Lyons, Jennifer Carey, Debra Cole, Christine Chipurnoi, Theresa Garelli, Fran Delgorio, Barbara E. Champoux.
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2018 Summer Series "Leading Ladies of Real Estate"
Kicked Off on June 13th
CREWNY's annual summer talks by Leading Ladies of Real Estate began the 2018 series with guest speaker Suri Kasirer, president, Suri Kasirer LLC. With her lifelong commitment to championing people, progress and policy, Suri grew her business into the #1 lobbying firm in New York City. Shown with Suri (center) are Beth Zafonte of Akerman, which is wholly sponsoring and hosting the summer series, and CREWNY president Jaimee Nardiello, Zetlin & De Chiara.
CREWNY Member News
Christine Chipurnoi, MS, CPCU, RPLU, Senior Vice President, National Real Estate, Construction and Hospitality Practice, USI Insurance Services and a past president of CREWNY, is a new inductee in the CREW Visionary donor recognition program.

The CREW Visionaries program acknowledges an individual’s commitment to support CREW Network Foundation’s mission to advance women in the commercial real estate industry. Christine was recognized at the Spring Leadership Summit in Cleveland and will receive her pin at the Convention in San Diego.
Real Estate Weeky Names Four CREWNY Members
Leading Ladies of the Real Estate Industry 2018
Born into a family that has been in the contracting business for decades, the building industry has always been an important part of Jaimee Nardiello ’s life. CREWNY's 2018 president, a partner at Zetlin & De Chiara and an active litigator, Nardiello has carved a niche for herself in construction, protecting the rights of owners, developers, design professionals, contractors and other members of the industry. Her work has set precedents, with decisions changing the course for future clients and real estate industry members.
CREWNY past president Michele O’Connor is a principal and co-leader of Langan' s New York City office’s site/civil engineering practice. Her project experience spans several industries, including massive commercial developments to university expansions and infrastructure improvements. While O’Connor has played an integral role in large-scale developments, what truly sets her apart is her commitment to supporting, mentoring, and empowering women including co-founding Women@Langan.
Fran Delgorio , a past president of CREWNY and recipient of its Founders' Award, is a 35-plus year veteran in the commercial real estate sector. In June 2009 she joined Jack Resnick & Sons, Inc. , as Managing Director and is responsible for the leasing and marketing for their midtown Class A office properties as well as retail space. Her background includes expertise in institutional investment, development, corporate real estate, portfolio management and leasing.
As senior vice president of Metropolitan Valuation Services (MVS), Diane Viggiano co-manages the firm’s quality control and appraisal staff development programs, as well as serving as an appraiser. She joined MVS from New York Community Bancorp, Inc. where she served as vice president, senior commercial review appraiser, commercial loan division. She also served as a senior appraiser with Appraisal Consultant Corp. for 11 years.
Theresa Garelli Appointed President of Astor Title Services
Past CREWNY president Theresa Garelli, a veteran of 35 years in the title insurance industry, has been appointed president of NYC-based Astor Title Services, LLC. She will head a growing team of experienced title insurance executives who specialize in providing meticulous practice and customer service to lenders, builders, developers, attorneys and other real estate professionals.

Garelli previously served as Astor Title’s executive vice president and general counsel and has closed all aspects of major commercial and residential transactions in New York, throughout the United States and internationally. 
CREWNY member Kenne Shepherd moderated the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) panel.
The Internet and Social Media Transform Design

Architects and designers gathered at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) at Jacob Javits Convention Center on May 21 st to learn about “The Impact of the Internet on the Design Professions.” The panelists were four top women marketing and design professionals - Kenne Shepherd AIA, LEED AP, Principal of Kenne Shepherd Interior Design Architecture PLLC; Joy Habian, VP of Marketing at the Durst Organization; Christiane Lemieux, Founder and CEO of The Inside and DwellStudio; and Malene Barnett, Creative Director of Malene B Atelier.
The panel agreed that the Internet and social media have been a game changer in the way the design team, client and end-user interact and in the marketing of projects, design services, and products.

L to R: Malene Barnett of Malene B Atelier; Christiane Lemieux of The Inside, DwellStudio, and Cloth & Company; Joy Habian of The Durst Organization; and Kenne Shepherd of Kenne Shepherd Interior Design Architecture PLLC.
Welcome New Members

  • Erica Mulligan – Engineer, JB&B
  • Talia Fine – VP of Information Systems, Brookfield Properties 
  • Ruth Melnikoff - VP of Sales, Judicial Title 
  • Neda Levy – Chief Administrative Officer, Douglaston Development, LLC 
  • Killeen Hynes – Facilities Coordinator, Cushman & Wakefield 

Industry Events/News of Interest
2018 CREW Network Convention and Marketplace

October 17 - 19, 2018

Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel

San Diego, California

Registration is now Open!
As one of the premier events in the commercial real estate industry, the annual CREW Network Convention and Marketplace provides education, professional development, and inspiration and insight from thought-provoking speakers—all structured within a platform designed to maximize your business networking. If you're a CRE professional looking to expand your network while taking advantage of some of the best education and leadership development in the industry, join us at the 2018 Convention and Marketplace. According to a recent study , women who participate in conferences are twice as likely to receive a promotion and three times as likely to receive to receive a 10%+ pay increase within a year.
Do you know a young person in the real estate business who is likely to become influential in our industry – and likely to remain influential for a long time – because of their talent, drive and fresh ideas?

Please consider nominating that person for one of Connect Media’s annual Next Generation Awards. Candidates from all parts of the commercial real estate industry — from architecture to development to finance and property sales - will be accepted.

The winners will be announced in August 2018. Candidates must be 35 or younger on 12/31/2018.
Log onto and click on Awards for nomination form.
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