December 2017  |  Newsletter

President’s Letter


I feel SO lucky to have led our chapter this past year and want to share a few of our highlights from 2017. Thank you everyone for contributing to our success and for allowing me to lead the chapter. It’s been my genuine honor.

President PhotoCourtney Hendricson, President

We have had a great year, packed with value for our members. It takes a large group of dedicated members and committee participants, along with the financial support of our sponsors, to provide such a broad range of program opportunities, which this year totaled 12 well-attended, educational, and interesting programs and events, in addition to a number of casual get-togethers.

Highlights have included:

  • Celebration of our 30th anniversary year
  • A Blue Ribbon Award Program which honored 11 spectacular commercial real estate projects
  • Three professional development programs featuring interesting and topical subjects
  • Three major programs and co-sponsorship of a networking event with CoreNet
  • Co-sponsorship of The Commercial Real Estate’s annual Women of FIRE award program
  • 23 new members
  • Our fifth annual CREW Careers program involved 20 members and insights to 30 Hartford area high school students



CREW Network Leadership Summit in Houston honors CREW CT 30th Anniversary

Anniversary Proclamation
CREW Network President Alison Beddard, left, and CREW Network CEO Wendy Mann, right, present CREW CT National Delegate, Monika Avery, center, with an Anniversary Proclamation.
View more 2017 Convention highlights >>

Legacy Program Caps 30th Anniversary Year

We were pleased to welcome several past presidents and founding members to a well-attended program at The Pond House on November 29th. Networking and mentorship were highlighted as the major benefits of organizational involvement by panelists Maura Cochran of Bartram & Cochran, Pam Torsiello of Chestnut Realty Management, and Beth Judd of Konover Commercial Corporation, and moderator Beth Ann Harney, Hutensky Capital Partners. Each described variant paths to their commercial real estate careers.

Legacy Panel
Legacy Program Speakers and Committee Chairs (left to right) - Jamar Arbelo, Pam Torsiello, Beth Ann Harney, Maura Cochran, Beth Judd, Andrea Gomes.

Year-End CREW CT Programs and Activities

Fall Dinner   November 8 Program
Members Enjoyed the Fall Dinner October 2017 at Riverpoint on the CT River   Pulse of Entrepreneurship Program November 2017 (left to right) - Andrea Gomes, Jamar Arbelo, Monika Avery with Panelists Fred Wergeles, Ojala Naeem & Michelle Cote
Convention   Convention
Houston CREW Network Convention & Marketplace attendees included Courtney Hendricson, Beth Judd, Marilyn Stoudt, Monika Avery, and Andrea Gomes   CT Members Courtney Hendricson, Monika Avery, and Andrea Gomes enjoying the CREW Network Convention & Marketplace in Houston
Convention   CREW CT makes the leader board for 2017 CREW Network Foundation Chapter Challenge

Fifth Annual Careers Day Motivates Students

“Sharing your journeys provided our students with perspectives and options that may light a spark that changes their life paths,” said the student coordinator at Pathways Academy of Technology and Design in her thank you to our group. Chaired this year by Kate Mylod and Stephanie Cabral, an informative and fun day was held for 30 students from three Hartford area high schools.

CREW Careers
CREW Careers 2017 Students Under the Colt Dome

New Board Elected at December Holiday Party

2018 Board
2018 Board Members include Lisa Lugauskas, Colleen Sheridan, Jen Marks, Courtney Hendricson, Monika Avery.
2018 Board
2018 President Colleen Sheridan receives the gavel from outgoing President Courtney Hendricson

Member News

  • Monika Avery was interviewed by The Commercial Record for their October 10th edition on the topic of “Designing a Workplace Revolution.” Click here for full article.
  • Reminder: Annual member dues renewal statements are now out. We look forward to seeing your active participation in 2018. Click here to renew now!

Welcome New Members

We are pleased to welcome our newest members:
Laura Bellotti Cardillo, Esq. - Member, Pullman & Comley, LLC
Kelly Buck - Director of Business Development, STV|DPM
Tanya Cutolo, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB
- Director Business Development, S/L/A/M Construction Services
Judy Denny - Manager of Facilities, University of Hartford
Sarah Dupont - Administrative Assistant, BSC Group
Kathryn Mullin, Esq. - Attorney, Robinson & Cole LLP
Hilary Stoudt - Assistant Property Manager, CBRE | New England

Share Your Company and Professional News with Us This Year

Fellow CREW members want to know about your successes and achievements and any major company news. If your company has a marketing director, please ask them to include us on the distribution list for your press releases. Info can be sent to our newsletter editor, Anne Elvgren, at



Thanks to Our 2017 Sponsors!


BL Companies


CohnReznick LLP

KeyBank Real Estate Capital

Phase Zero Design, Inc.

Robinson + Cole, LLP

The Fidelity Family of Title Insurers:
Chicago Title / Commonwealth Land Title / Fidelity National Title

The S/L/A/M Collaborative, Inc.

The Simon Konover Company

Whittlesey and Hadley, P.C.


Fuss & O'Neill, Inc.



ARS Restoration Specialists
CBRE New England
Clohessy, Harris & Kaiser Architects, LLC
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
Hinckley Allen
Interscape Commercial Environments
KBE Building Corporation
McCarter & English, LLP
MetroHartford Alliance
Murtha Cullina LLP
Performance Environmental Services
Red Thread
Shipman & Goodwin LLP
The S/L/A/M Collaborative, Inc.
Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C.
Valbridge Property Advisors


2018 Sponsorship Opportunities Available. Contact: Courtney Hendricson

Apply to become a CREW Member TODAY! Contact: Katie Pelczar

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