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CREW-St. Louis Honors Members, Mary Campbell At 14th Annual Networking Awards Ceremony

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Washington University Chancellor of Real Estate receives Woman of Influence honors 

The St. Louis chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) honored members at its 14th Annual Networking Awards held on March 5 at The Saint Louis Woman’s Club. In addition to members, CREW-St. Louis presented its fourth annual Woman of Influence Award. The award recognizes a female leader who has impacted the commercial real estate industry through her leadership, accomplishments and service to the St. Louis region.

Monica Adams, Fox 2 News morning traffic anchor and community affairs reporter, served as the evening’s master of ceremonies.

The awards revolve around CREW-St. Louis’ mission to advance, educate and support women to influence the commercial real estate industry. Those honored in 2019 were: 

Woman of Influence: Mary B. Campbell, Associate Chancellor for Real Estate, Washington University

Campbell had more than two decades of experience in real estate development, finance and management when Washington University enlisted her to run its massive off-campus real estate venture. She accepted the position of assistant vice chancellor of real estate in April 2009.

Since then, she has been responsible for overseeing more than 1,300 units for student housing, one million square feet of administrative and academic space for more than 1,100 employees, and community-based retail.

Her involvement in marquee projects include the Lofts of Washington University in the Delmar Loop. The complex offers both apartments and townhomes, as well as amenity and community space, for university students.

The Lofts project also was designed to serve the community and the vibrant Loop business district. A comprehensive community planning process identified gaps in service, such as a grocery store, so the retail space could address the needs of the adjoining neighborhoods.

She also spearheaded the historic renovation of the former Shriner’s Hospital and Central Institute for the Deaf buildings on the Washington University Medical Center campus to create 177 apartments and hotel units. These projects include an array of amenities, such as a fitness center, music and game rooms, and a commercial kitchen, to serve students on the university’s Medical Campus.

Other off-campus projects include the renovation of the historic Crescent Building in the Cortex Innovation District. This provides affordable lab and office space for biotech start-up companies.

Under her guidance, more than 1,100 apartment units have been renovated over a six-year period, with a total investment exceeding $250 million. These residential projects bring new life to four neighborhoods in the City and University City. All were designed to ensure that they blend in with the area and provide opportunity to spur growth.

Before joining the university, she had already built a remarkable career and legacy in the commercial real estate industry. She spent more than 25 years as a leader in housing and community development in the region. Projects in the region included the acquisition and redevelopment of the University Lofts, a warehouse conversion on Washington Avenue; the acquisition of Cupples Station, a 12-acre site in Downtown St. Louis containing vacant, turn‐of‐the‐century brick warehouses; and the development of new, single family homes in Wellston and the city’s West End neighborhood.

New Member of the Year: Jenna Knatt, Account Manager, CI Select

Knatt began playing a leading role on the communications committee after joining CREW-St. Louis last August. She oversees all of the organization’s social media outreach. She continually creates content to generate interest in the organization, with weekly posts on upcoming programs and key accomplishments by its members. She also informs her audience of trends and major news impacting the commercial real estate industry and the region.

CREW Impact Award: Ms. Ann Schmelzle, Balke Brown Transwestern

Schmelzle was honored for her ability to move the organization’s goals and mission forward. She always lends a hand to her fellow members. She also excels in her ability to provide solutions for her clients, oftentimes by bringing CREW-St. Louis members onboard.

She has served in many roles as a board member, CREW Network delegate and committee chair.

As the chapter’s president in 2011, she consistently reinforced the value of mentoring. She believes that mentorship is a large part of success and emulates leadership. As part of this, she created the chapter’s Legacy Advisory Board to capture the experience and expertise of longstanding CREW-St. Louis members.

Economic Impact: Kimberly McKinney, Habitat for Humanity St. Louis; Lauren A. Talley, Cushman Wakefield; Linda Loewenstein, Lawrence Group; and Margaret MacDonald, HOK

(Habitat for Humanity’s New Headquarters and ReStore)

The award honors a development project that impacts a community and the CREW-St. Louis members who played a pivotal role in the completion of the new headquarters for Habitat for Humanity.

After selling its former headquarters on Forest Park Avenue in April 2017, Habitat was on a tight timeframe to relocate. With the clock ticking to find a new home, a 41-year-old building in the city’s Dutchtown area became available in November 2017. Habitat was able to purchase the 51,000 square- foot facility from Schnuck Markets, including a charitable contribution from the hometown food retailer.

Construction and remodeling were put on a fast track. And by April 2018, Habitat for Humanity had a new home to carry on its mission.

While the overall dollar amount of the project may seem small, its completion brings enormous impact in many ways. The $2.5 million project provides a community anchor in what was a vacant and underutilized building in south St. Louis. There’s an outparcel that will eventually serve the community’s needs. And the project will spur redevelopment in this area of the city.

Its 10,300 square-foot office space houses seven private offices, a multipurpose room, three conference rooms, a break room and 2,500 square feet of open office space. The new space also holds a 14,600 square foot warehouse and fabrication shop including truck access and a loading dock.

Inside the new headquarters, there’s a nearly 21,000 square foot ReStore, chockful of donated goods. The store features new and gently used home improvement products and building materials for purchase. The ReStore provides revenue to fulfill Habitat for Humanity’s mission. The bigger store expanded its customer base and generated more than $500,000 during its first 10 months of operation.

Several CREW-St. Louis members played a key role in helping the organization find and build its impressive headquarters.

Loewenstein from the Lawrence Group was Board President during the relocation and worked with McKinney throughout the project. Loewenstein’s design expertise assisted in working closely with the design and construction team to help procure donations of products such as flooring, paint and office furnishings. And she worked closely with Lawrence Group on their donation of graphic/branding design.

Talley from Cushman and Wakefield helped with due diligence in making sure the site met Habitat’s needs. She then served as project manager, overseeing architectural design and construction. She worked with subcontractors who generously donated time and materials to assist Habitat.

MacDonald with HOK worked on all aspects of the project design, including developing a program of needs and square footage requirements to better explore options. HOK collaborated with Habitat on the design, provided construction documents and developed the environmental graphics.

Career Advancement for Women: Karen Karwoski, Simmons Bank 

CREW-St. Louis members recognized Karwoski for her constant efforts to support and advance the careers of women in commercial real estate. Since joining CREW-St. Louis 15 years ago, she has immersed herself in elevating the status of women in commercial real estate.

She has done so by chairing or serving on numerous committees – Awards, CREW Careers, Membership and Finance. She has served and continues to serve as a key member on the Executive Board. This included an expanded stint as President from July 2014 to the end of 2015.

A consummate mentor to many fellow members, she was chosen last year to launch the chapter’s formal Mentorship Program. She rallied the task force and worked tirelessly to devise and promote the inaugural program. This included making sure mentors were carefully matched with mentees to ensure both parties received benefits and met their objectives. The program’s success led to this year’s Mentorship Program, and she serves as a liaison to the committee charged with its implementation. 

CREW-St. Louis is one of the largest of CREW Network’s global chapters. Its more than 200 members come from all disciplines in commercial real estate. The mission of CREW-St. Louis is to advance, educate and support women to influence the region’s commercial real estate industry. For more information, visit www.crewstl.org. Follow CREW-St. Louis on Twitter @CREWSTL.

CREW-St. Louis to Recognize Leaders at Annual Awards Program

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The St. Louis chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) will hold its 14th Annual Networking Awards on Tuesday, March 5. In addition to honoring members, CREW-St. Louis will present its Fourth Annual Woman of Influence Award.

CREW-St. Louis 14th Annual Networking Awards

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Place: The Saint Louis Woman’s Club, 4600 Lindell Boulevard | St. Louis, MO 63108

Cost: $75 for Members/$90 for Non-members/$600 for table of eight

(Includes cocktail reception, hors d’oeuvres and dinner)

Registration: www.crewstl.org

Program outline:

Monica Adams, morning traffic reporter for Fox 2 News, will serve as master of ceremonies. The awards revolve around CREW-St. Louis’ mission to advance, educate and support women to influence the region’s commercial real estate industry. Members will be honored in four categories: New Member of the Year, CREW Impact, Career Advancement for Women and Economic Impact. The Woman of Influence Award will celebrate the achievements of a female leader who has made a significant contribution to the commercial real estate industry and community. Lesley Hoffarth, president and executive director of Forest Park Forever and the 2018 recipient of the Woman of Influence Award, will present the award to this year’s honoree.

CREW-St. Louis is one of the largest of CREW Network’s global chapters. Its more than 200 members come from all disciplines in commercial real estate. The mission of CREW-St. Louis is to advance, educate and support women to influence the region’s commercial real estate industry. CREW Network exists to transform the commercial real estate industry by advancing women globally. Follow CREW-St. Louis on Twitter @CREWSTL.

CREW-St. Louis Signature Event – Become the CEO of YOU

This CREW-St. Louis Signature Event includes cocktails, dinner, an inspirational message from Marsha Petrie Sue and presentation of the CREW-St. Louis Lifetime Achievement Award to Wendy Timm.

CREW-St. Louis is proud to host Marsha Petrie Sue, a nationally-renowned motivational speaker and best-selling author. Save time and improve the bottom line with this powerful presentation on becoming the Chief Energizing Officer of Your Own Uniqueness. Achieve success by learning how to:

  • Connect with the people who will advance your career
  • Talk about the benefits of diversity
  • Decontaminate toxic people
  • Apply ideas to help you (and your team) move up to the next level of your careers!

Participants will each receive a free PDF copy of Petrie Sue’s book The CEO of YOU.

Leader. Mentor. Mover. Shaker. These words only partially describe Wendy Timm, recipient of CREW-St. Louis’ Lifetime Achievement Award. A special guest, Anne Brummet (a member of CREW Denver), will be in attendance to present the award to her Mom.

Please join us to honor Timm’s incredible achievements as a Past President and staunch supporter of CREW-St. Louis since 1983, and an inspiring leader in the St. Louis business community.

 

CREW-St. Louis Networking Event at Topgolf

CREW-St. Louis (Commercial Real Estate Women) will offer an in-depth look at the region’s first Topgolf development in Chesterfield. The networking program also will give attendees an opportunity to play golf in the facility’s hitting bays.

The state’s first Topgolf development opened in Chesterfield, MO, at the end of July. Attendees will tour the new 65,000 square-foot, three-story golf complex. The facility features more than 100 climate-controlled hitting bays, full-service restaurant and bars, private event spaces and meeting rooms, and more than 200 high-definition television sets. The St. Louis area’s Topgolf is the 44th location opened by the entertainment company.

About CREW-St. Louis

CREW-St. Louis is one of the largest of CREW Network’s global chapters. Its more than 200 members come from all disciplines in commercial real estate. The mission of CREW-St. Louis is to advance, educate and support women to influence the region’s commercial real estate industry. This mirrors CREW Network’s mission to influence the success of the commercial real estate industry by advancing the achievements of women. It does this by looking outward to bring more women into the industry, showcasing member successes and serving as a key resource to its members and the industry. CREW Network members represent nearly all disciplines of commercial real estate – every type of expert required to “do the deal.” Members comprise more than 10,000 commercial real estate professionals. For more information, visit www.crewstl.org. Follow CREW-St. Louis on Twitter @CREWSTL.

Diversity & Inclusion: Cultivating Awareness in the Workplace

A panel of experts will discuss ideas to build diversity within workplaces and become more inclusive through encouraging minority students to explore careers in commercial real estate. The program is sponsored by CREW-St. Louis (Commercial Real Estate Women).

Commercial Real Estate Women was borne to increase opportunities and parity for women in the industry. Much work remains but there’s a growing awareness that the industry needs to grow through a more diverse workforce, too. Experts will address issues concerning the industry and provide ideas to cultivate awareness of and build a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

Speakers:

Yemi S. Akande-Bartsch, Ph.D., President & CEO, FOCUS St. Louis

David K. Rodgers, V.P. Corporate Asset & Facilities Management, CALERES

Betsy Cohen, Executive Director, St. Louis Mosaic Project, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

Dr. Deborah Henry, St. Louis Community College

Moderator, Representative from The Diversity Awareness Partnership (TBA)

About CREW-St. Louis

CREW-St. Louis is one of the largest of CREW Network’s global chapters. Its more than 200 members come from all disciplines in commercial real estate. The mission of CREW-St. Louis is to advance, educate and support women to influence the region’s commercial real estate industry. This mirrors CREW Network’s mission to influence the success of the commercial real estate industry by advancing the achievements of women. It does this by looking outward to bring more women into the industry, showcasing member successes and serving as a key resource to its members and the industry. CREW Network members represent nearly all disciplines of commercial real estate – every type of expert required to “do the deal.” Members comprise more than 10,000 commercial real estate professionals. For more information, visit www.crewstl.org. Follow CREW-St. Louis on Twitter @CREWSTL.

CREW St. Louis Honors Members, Lesley Hoffarth at 13th Annual Networking Awards Ceremony

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Leader of Forest Park Forever receives Woman of Influence honors 

The St. Louis chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) honored members at its 13th Annual Networking Awards held on March 8 at The Saint Louis Woman’s Club. In addition to members, CREW-St. Louis presented its third annual Woman of Influence Award. The award recognizes a female leader who has impacted the commercial real estate industry through her leadership, accomplishments and service to the St. Louis region.

Cindy Preszler, broadcast and web meteorologist, served as the evening’s master of ceremonies.

The awards revolve around CREW-St. Louis’ mission to advance, educate and support women to influence the commercial real estate industry. Those honored in 2018 were: 

Woman of Influence: Lesley Hoffarth, President and Executive Director, Forest Park Forever

Hoffarth was recruited by the board to lead Forest Park Forever while still overseeing the $535 million I-64 project. A 20-year veteran of the Missouri Department of Transportation, Hoffarth joined Forest Park Forever after she completed the massive transportation project one month ahead of schedule and $11 million under budget.

In January 2010, she assumed the helm of Forest Park Forever, the private nonprofit conservancy charged with restoring, maintaining and sustaining one of America’s greatest urban public parks.

Hoffarth is leading the organization through a transition of its mission. Initially focused on rebuilding the 1,300-acre park, the organization has expanded its mission to partner with the City to restore, sustain and maintain it forever. To do so, Hoffarth and her team successfully negotiated a first-in-the-nation innovative agreement with the City that forms a partnership, secures funding for ongoing maintenance and builds the next phase of capital projects. This public-private partnership is considered a leading national model, with requests from around the country for advice on what it takes to make it work.

As part of this mission, she launched Forever: The Campaign for Forest Park’s Future. The $130 million campaign was designed to raise $30 million dollars to complete urgent capital projects and $100 million to expand the endowment for long-term park maintenance.

The most ambitious fundraising initiative in Forest Park’s history, the Forever campaign exceeded its goal.

Those gifts already have been made an impact in improving the park:

  • Rebuilding the roads around the Zoo and Art Museum, adding safe crossings, LED lighting and more than two miles of new sidewalks;
  • Rebuilding the bridge between the Boathouse and the Muny and adding safe sidewalks and a connection to the path system;
  • Installing a comprehensive new way-finding system for drivers, cyclists and walkers;
  • And overhauling the Festival & Parking Plaza above the Muny.

New Member of the Year: Lauren Berry, Gershman Commercial Real Estate

Berry jumped right in after joining CREW-St. Louis in late 2016. She serves as a key member of the communications committee. As a major contributor to its social media outreach, she recently agreed to chair the social media subcommittee.

She started an informal networking event for younger members and also serves as co-chair of the organization’s ambassador committee.

CREW Impact Award: Stacey Hudson, CORE Facility Services

Hudson was honored for advancing the chapter’s success. In particular, she has devoted numerous hours to capturing the spirit of CREW-St. Louis in her photographs. Additionally, she compiled a history of the chapter’s past presidents. She currently serves on the executive board as secretary.

Her impact on CREW-St. Louis started almost the day she joined in 1991. She became a board member filling the slot of someone moving away. Since then, she has co-chaired the programs committee and continues as a member on this important committee. She also has shared the opportunities available in commercial real estate with female high school and college students.

Economic Impact: Sarah Davis and Brittany Burke, CRG; Julie Panagos, Koman Group; Farris Hughes, Fifth Third Bank; Jenny Marler, Dentons US LLP; Eryn Bassett, Environmental Operations Inc. (Everly on the Loop)

The award honors a development project that impacts a community and the CREW-St. Louis members who played a pivotal role in the completion of Everly on the Loop

It took vision to convert what had been a vacant lot into a 14-story, 209-unit residential complex. The site formerly housed the Yellow Cab Company but the building was demolished in 2006.

Working with the community, area business leaders and political entities, formal approval to rezone the property took place in February 2016. Construction began soon after in May 2016. It was completed in record time, opening its doors in August 2017.

The student housing high-rise development anchors the East Loop in St. Louis City. Its impact extended development beyond Skinker Boulevard and connects to the nearby MetroLink station. And it will encourage future development.

The $66 million development greatly added to the region’s economy, supplying nearly 1,000 jobs as it rose from the ground. Equally impressive, 29 minority and women-owned firms were awarded contracts, expanding their capability to tackle larger projects in the future. Apprentices received experience, including several from the Construction Career Development Initiative.

Developed by CRG and the Koman Group, Everly on the Loop features one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments that appeal to students at nearby universities such as Washington University, as well as to young professionals who cherish urban living. Leases have been signed for more than 80 percent of the residential units.

The vision to move this forward required the skills of several CREW-St. Louis members.

Sarah Davis with CRG provided legal counsel before, during and after construction, and Brittany Burke handled public relations and marketing support.

Other members include those in the Koman Group, which became a partner in the project. Julie Paganos oversaw finish selections for the common areas and residential units, as well as details for the amenities and security.

Farris Hughes represented Fifth Third Bank, the project’s key lender, and she enlisted Denton’s Jenny Marler to oversee the legal work and due diligence to complete the $52 million syndicated construction loan. Eryn Bassett with Environmental Operations performed the environmental due diligence.

Career Advancement for Women: Erin Torney, Colliers St. Louis

CREW-St. Louis members recognized Torney for her constant efforts to support and advance the careers of women in commercial real estate. In fact, one nominee credits her for helping when she contemplated a transition to a new company.

Part and parcel, she has served in key positions as a member of the golf and ambassador’s committees. She then became co-chair of the ambassador’s committee, which welcomes new members and provides networking opportunities to all members. She is ideally suited for her latest role as co-chair of the membership committee.

Torney holds leadership positions with other organizations outside of CREW-St. Louis, focusing her efforts on education and advocacy to help others advance their careers.

CREW-St. Louis is one of the largest of CREW Network’s global chapters. Its more than 200 members come from all disciplines in commercial real estate. For more information, visit www.crewstl.org. Follow CREW-St. Louis on Twitter @CREWSTL.

CREW-St. Louis Appoints 2018 Officers & Directors

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The St. Louis chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) announced its executive officers and board directors for 2018.

CREW-St. Louis officers for 2018, including their respective companies, are:

President, Lynn Goessling, Herzog Crebs LLP

President-Elect and National Delegate, Michelle Yates, Lawrence Group

Immediate Past President, Angie Earlywine, Forum Studio

Secretary, Stacey Hudson, Professional Office Environments

Treasurer, Carol Hanson, Great Southern Bank

National Delegate, Tracy Howren, UMB Bank

Board directors for 2018, and their respective companies, are:

Natasha Das, Stinson Leonard Street LLP

Sharon Henderson, Lawrence Group

Kristy Hess, Enterprise Bank & Trust

Karen Karwoski, Simmons Bank

Amy Mistler, Spencer Fane LLP

Ann Schmelzle, Balke Brown Transwestern

Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2017, CREW-St. Louis is one of the largest of CREW Network’s global chapters. Its more than 200 members come from all disciplines in commercial real estate. For more information, visit www.crewstl.org. Follow CREW-St. Louis on Twitter @CREWSTL.

City Foundry Saint Louis Update: Impact of Central Corridor Development

Steve Smith, CEO of Lawrence Group, will discuss plans for City Foundry Saint Louis. The program and tour are sponsored by CREW-St. Louis (Commercial Real Estate Women).

Environmental remediation work has started at City Foundry Saint Louis at Cortex, the new name of the former Federal Mogul Foundry property in midtown St. Louis. The proposed mixed-use redevelopment project is being designed and developed by Lawrence Group with significant reuse of the historic structures. Steve Smith, CEO of Lawrence Group, will update attendees on plans for the development, as well as discuss how it continues the investment in and expansion of the city’s Central Corridor. 

The first phase of the overall $340 million project is expected to be completed next fall. It will include 48,000 square feet ofrestaurant and food hall space, 124,000 square feet of creative office space, 133,000 square feet of retail space and a 511-car parking garage plus surface spaces.

About CREW-St. Louis

Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2017, CREW-St. Louis is one of the largest of CREW Network’s global chapters. Its nearly 200 members come from all disciplines in commercial real estate. The mission of CREW-St. Louis is to advance, educate and support women to influence the region’s commercial real estate industry. This mirrors CREW Network’s mission to influence the success of the commercial real estate industry by advancing the achievements of women. It does this by looking outward to bring more women into the industry, showcasing member successes and serving as a key resource to its members and the industry. CREW Network members represent nearly all disciplines of commercial real estate – every type of expert required to “do the deal.” Members comprise more than 10,000 commercial real estate professionals. For more information, visit www.crewstl.org. Follow CREW-St. Louis on Twitter @CREWSTL.

CREW St. Louis Presents: Vision For City Development

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Join us at the beautiful ANEW Rooftop to hear about St. Louis’ new administration’s vision for city development.

Speaker: Linda Martinez, Deputy Mayor for Development

Appointed Deputy Mayor of Development under Mayor Lyda Krewson, Linda Martinez will present the new administration’s outlook for economic development in the city of St. Louis. Martinez joined the staff just weeks after Krewson won a historical election in April to become the first woman to serve as mayor of St. Louis.

Time

5:00 – 6:00 pm – Registration, networking, happy hour, hors d’oeuvres

6:00 – 7:00 pm – Presentation

7:00 – 8:00 pm – Networking, happy hour, hors d’oeuvres

Location

ANEW Rooftop @ Big Brothers Big Sisters
519 North Grand, St. Louis, MO 63103

Street parking available or adjacent Scottish Rite parking garage.

Register by June 6»
Member – $60 | Nonmember – $75

CREW-St. Louis to Recognize Leaders at Annual Awards Program

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The St. Louis chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) will hold its 12th Annual Networking Awards from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, at The Saint Louis Woman’s Club. In addition to honoring members, CREW-St. Louis will present its Second Annual Woman of Influence Award. The award recognizes a female leader who has impacted the commercial real estate industry through her leadership, accomplishments and service to the St. Louis region.

CREW-St. Louis 12th Annual Networking Awards

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Date:  Thursday, March 9, 2017

Place: The Saint Louis Woman’s Club
4600 Lindell Boulevard | St. Louis, MO 63108

Cost:  $75 for Members/$90 for Non-members/$560 for table of eight

(Includes cocktail reception, hors d’oeuvres and dinner)

Registration: www.crewstl.org

Program outline:

Debbie Monterrey, KMOX radio morning drive-time anchor, will serve as master of ceremonies for the banquet. The awards revolve around CREW’s mission to advance the success of women in commercial real estate, showcase the power of networking and demonstrate the organization’s support to the community. Members will be honored in four categories: New Member of the Year, CREW Impact, Career Advancement for Women and Economic Impact. The Woman of Influence Award will celebrate the achievements of a female leader who has made a significant contribution to the commercial real estate industry and community. Amy Gill, CEO of Restoration St. Louis and the first recipient of the Woman of Influence Award, will present the award to this year’s honoree.

The St. Louis chapter of CREW Network was started in 1982. Since then, it has grown to become one of the largest of CREW Network’s 76 chapters in North America, with nearly 200 members from all disciplines in commercial real estate.

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