February 2018  |  Newsletter

President’s Letter

Our year is off to a good start with a great turnout at our January 31st meeting. Thanks to program chairs Andrea Gomes and Rita Joy, with assist from Courtney Hendricson, for putting together such a knowledgeable panel on the ways in which development is already sprouting from the CTFastrak busway. As always, the board and program committee are developing fresh and timely topics of interest to our members, with many more to come during the year.

President Photo
Colleen Sheridan,

To serve the needs and interests of our members, we will continue to offer a wide selection of ways to interact with real estate industry colleagues. This year, we plan to partner with a number of other real estate organizations for joint programs. Watch for news of these soon.

We are all looking forward to our signature Blue Ribbon Award program, to be held the evening of April 25th. Please mark your calendars now.


News from CREW Network

CREW Network delegate, Monika Avery, Principal at The S/L/A/M Collaborative, reports that a new, concise Mission Statement has been developed: CREW Network exists to transform the commercial real estate industry by advancing women globally.

She also reports that we will be hearing about new member benefits to include member-only webinars and live events, the first taking place in March. And, mark your calendars now for the 2018 CREW Network Convention & Marketplace on October 17-19th in San Diego. Full event information is coming soon with registration opening June 1.
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23rd Annual Blue Ribbon Awards Showcase

Legacy Panel

Blue Ribbon chairs Lisa Chapman and Kelsey Rath and their committee are hard at work on program details.
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January Program Spotlights Development Impact of CTFastrak

CTFastrak Panelists, left to right, Andy Brecher, Newington, Jamie Bratt, Hartford, Courtney Hendricson, CERC, Bill Carroll, New Britain.

Proclaiming that "transit is the spark," speaker Jamie Bratt set the tone for comments from a panel of economic development leaders at the January 31 CREW CT program at Gershon Fox Ballroom in Hartford. Jamie, Director of Planning and Economic for the City of Hartford, was joined by panelists Bill Carroll, New Britain Economic Development Director and Andy Brecher, Newington's Economic Development Director. Courtney Hendricson of CERC helped organize the program and facilitated the discussion.

Ridership is exceeding its 15,000 fare-paying/day projection. 6,000 of the riders had previously been commuter bus riders, with peak time only schedules. Bratt indicated that the number one value of CTFastrak has been to address the divide between jobs and residential areas. She said that 40% of residents in Hartford's North end have no cars or access to cars and that reliable bus transportation to job centers was a major driving force for economic development. The availability of buses running every 7-15 minutes throughout the day has greatly expanded options for riders.

Panelists spoke of the positive role that the State of Connecticut's Brownfield cleanup money was having in getting sites ready for development. And, as far as challenges, parking near the stations is not meeting demand and needs to be addressed. It was presumed that riders would be either dropped off or walk to the stations, but the reality is that they are coming from a larger area. The State made a commitment to provide free parking adjacent to CTFastrak stations, a challenge to expanding parking options from private developers.

In addressing the frequent comment from people seeing "empty buses," panelists indicated that bus size was designed to handle ridership for peak hours and that it would have been impractical to order small and large buses. As for future bus route expansion, the inclination is that it will go eastward, to ameliorate what was described as a "choke point," the Bulkeley Bridge.

Member News

  • Shirley K. Harpool, CCIM, has been elected 2018 CCIM Connecticut chapter president
  • Maria Loitz reports that BVH Integrated Services, a multi-disciplined consulting engineering firm, has moved to a new headquarters in Bloomfield. The new office boasts a 24,000 square feet footprint to accommodate BVH’s 105 current Bloomfield employees
  • Colleen Sheridan has been elected to the Board of the Wethersfield Academy of the Arts

Welcome New Members

We are pleased to welcome our newest member:
Aya Swanson - VP, Community Lending, Community Investment Corporation (CIC)

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


FEBRUARY 22, 2018
FEBRUARY 22, 2018
MARCH 15, 2018

CREW CT is proud to be a Collaborating Sponsor
Goodwin College
7:45 am
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Bring business cards!
Whittlesey PC
12:00 pm
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Networking, all welcome.
Location TBD
5:30-8:00 pm
Free, no registration required.


Thanks to Our 2018 Sponsors!


BL Companies

BSC Group

CohnReznick LLP

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

Phase Zero Design, Inc.

Robinson + Cole, LLP

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

The Simon Konover Company

Whittlesey PC



Fuss & O'Neill, Inc.


Clohessy, Harris & Kaiser Architects, LLC
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
Hinckley Allen
Interscape Commercial Environments
KBE Building Corporation
MetroHartford Alliance
Murtha Cullina LLP
Performance Environmental Services
Red Thread
Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C.


2018 Sponsorship Opportunities Available. Contact: Courtney Hendricson

Apply to become a CREW Member TODAY! Contact: Jenna Bennetti

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