Six commercial real estate leaders were elected to the 2019 CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Network Board of Directors, which will be led by Holly Neber, CEO of AEI Consultants. The announcement was made at the 2018 CREW Network Convention and Marketplace, an event where the business networking organization dedicated to transforming the commercial real estate industry by advancing women globally met in San Diego, CA. CREW Network members comprise more than 11,000 professionals in 75+ markets worldwide and represent nearly all disciplines of commercial real estate.
“I look forward to serving CREW Network as president in 2019, a pivotal time in our industry and our 30th year as an organization,” Neber said. “CREW Network advances our members by providing skills, knowledge and business connections. This benefits not only the individual members—more than 11,000 of them—but also all of the companies represented. In this way, we transform the industry at a time when innovative thinking and diversity of thought are critical.
“The war for talent in commercial real estate is raising the bar on what’s needed to attract and retain the best and brightest. CREW Network is developing the pipeline of future leaders, providing existing leaders with the highest level of professional development and inspiration, and connecting our members to business opportunities.”
As CEO, Neber guides AEI’s growth and expansion strategy, builds AEI’s employee owner culture, and represents AEI in the industry by connecting directly with clients and participating in industry organizations. She was named among RealShare’s California Women of Influence in 2015, Bisnow’s Bay Area Power Women in 2016 and 2017, and Real Estate Forum’s Women of Influence in 2018. Neber has been a member of CREW East Bay since 2009 and has held various positions within the chapter including serving as President in 2014.
The six leaders elected to serve on the 2019 CREW Network board of directors are:
Christine Gorham, President-Elect, Director of Development, CADDIS Healthcare Real Estate, CREW Atlanta
Gorham oversees business development and executive project strategy in the Southeast. Her focus is on growing the development, acquisition and property management portfolios of CADDIS. She previously spent 29 years in medical operations, with more than 18 of those years focused in the healthcare real estate sector, and was formerly CEO and Partner of Eastwood Real Estate Services LLC. Gorham is current Chair of CREW Network Foundation.
Christine Chipurnoi, Director, Senior Vice President, USI Insurance Service, CREW New York
Chipurnoi specializes in commercial risk management and insurance for real estate, construction and hospitality. She is Adjunct Faculty for the Practicing Law Institute and a frequent guest lecturer at NYU Graduate School of Hospitality, the Zicklin School of Business, and the New York City Bar Association. Chipurnoi was honored with Real Estate Forum’s Women of Influence Award in 2014, 2015 and 2016. She served as the 2015 President of CREW New York and the first female President of the Insurance Brokers Association of New York (IBANY) from 2012-2014.
Angie Earlywine, Director, Senior Principal, BatesForum, CREW-St. Louis
Earlywine brings nearly 20 years of leadership and expertise in workplace strategy and design implementation across all market sectors and building types. She is a national speaker and accomplished writer on the topic of best practices in workplace strategy and design. Earlywine holds certifications in Change Engagement and is a LEED accredited professional. She has been a member of CREW St.-Louis since 2005, holding various leadership positions including President, and is an active mentor in the chapter’s inaugural mentorship program.
Mollie Fadule, Director, Founder and Partner, Cephas Partners, CREW Seattle
Fadule has extensive experience in the acquisition, disposition and management of complex real estate transactions domestically and internationally, including underwriting and closing transactions involving direct equity, bridge equity, senior and mezzanine debt and joint ventures across multiple property types.
She is the founder of Fadule Properties, a board member of BN Corp, SA and advisory board member of Abstract Tokenization. She is a graduate of Harvard University where she was a member of the rowing and soccer teams. She is a former CREW Seattle President and CREW Network Finance Committee Chair and Investment Committee member.
Jackie Orcutt, Director, First Vice President, CBRE Industrial & Logistics, AZCREW
Orcutt specializes in institutional landlord and buyer representation, industrial and back office leasing and sales. She has completed more than 12.2 million square feet of transactions valued at over $580 million in the last six years alone. Previously with Cushman & Wakefield, she was recognized as a Rising Star at the firm’s national industrial conference in 2013. A member of AZCREW since 2012, Orcutt is a Past President and Chair of the Legacy Committee, and served as a member of the CREW Network Nominating Committee in 2017.
Karen Whitt, Director, President of Investor Services, Project Management, and Real Estate Management Services, Colliers International, CREW Atlanta
Based in Washington DC, Whitt specializes in the delivery of holistic real estate solutions that leverage the strengths of working with one company to add value to client assets. She is responsible for ensuring professional, competent management in all of Colliers’ markets. In 2018, she received the Tom Richardson award, the most prestigious honor the firm can bestow. Whitt has been a member of CREW Atlanta since 2008 and was selected as a CREW Network Distinguished Leader in 2017. She was also recognized in 2016 as a Woman of Influence by Real Estate Forum. She currently sits on Virginia Tech’s property management board and is on the executive committee for the university’s undergraduate real estate program, which brings six colleges together for this new degree.
Members and officers continuing their service on the CREW Network Board of Directors in 2019 are:
- Tara Piurko, Immediate Past President, Partner, Miller Thomson LLP, Toronto CREW
- Tiffany English, Director, Principal, Ware Malcomb, CREW San Diego
- Barbara McDuffie. Director, Managing Director of Business Development, Baker Tilly, CREW Washington DC
- Wendy Mann, CAE, CEO, CREW Network
“CREW Network is well positioned to support the success of our membership and industry partners for continued transformation of our industry in 2019,” Neber said. “I look forward to serving our members in partnership with our board and staff to advance our mission.”