FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Laura Lewis, CREW Network
Lawrence, Kansas, USA (Sept. 23, 2020) – CREW Network recognized excellence and achievement in commercial real estate by honoring seven industry leaders with the organization’s Catalyst, Circle of Excellence and Impact awards on Sept. 18 at the virtual 2020 CREW Network Convention.
CREW Network’s awards programs recognize and celebrate extraordinary leadership and success in commercial real estate. Through these recognition programs, CREW Network provides a platform to recognize outstanding professionals and achievements in the industry. The awards categories and 2020 honorees follow.
CREW Catalyst Award
The inaugural CREW Catalyst Award honors industry leaders—both male and female—who are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in commercial real estate. This industry-wide award recognizes a senior-level executive who has consistently demonstrated a commitment to advancing women, serving as a catalyst for change in their company and throughout the industry. The 2020 CREW Catalyst honorees are:
Senior Vice President, Global Head of Talent Management and Diversity, Cushman & Wakefield
By driving Cushman & Wakefield’s Diversity & Inclusion agenda and Employee Engagement efforts, O’Neill shapes and influences all people processes within the company. She has been a leading supporter of CREW Network by positioning Cushman & Wakefield as a Program Partner and Premier Lead Sponsor of the Global Agenda Program for the past three years, and supporting women in the company to participate in the CREW Network Leadership Certificate program.
President and Chief Operating Officer, Camden Property Trust
Stewart has played a key role throughout his 37-year tenure in shaping Camden Property Trust into the diverse, inclusive company it is today. He leads 1,400 team members and manages an executive team that is 66 percent women. In 2019, he championed creating a formal diversity, equity and inclusion strategy for Camden. Stewart has twice been a CREW Visionary and encourages women in Camden to not only join CREW but to actively serve on committees and assume leadership roles.
Circle of Excellence
The CREW Network Circle of Excellence award recognizes individuals and companies who consistently deliver excellence, and whose efforts advance the commercial real estate industry and show support for our mission. Inductees demonstrate excellence, integrity and innovation, and serve as thought leaders, change agents and champions of diversity.
The 2020 Circle of Excellence honoree is Collete English Dixon, Executive Director of the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate at the Heller College of Business at Roosevelt University. English Dixon is an educator, influencer and a vocal advocate for women in commercial real estate. She mentors, speaks, teaches and exemplifies “if you can see it you can be it” for many Black women in the industry. English Dixon is a past CREW Network President and current member of CREW Chicago.
The CREW Network Impact Awards recognize member achievements considered exceptional. The industry-wide awards were presented in four categories, listed below with the 2020 honorees:
2020 Economic and Community Improvement Impact Award Honoree
Dusty Elias Kirk
Partner, Reed Smith LLP
Kirk is a catalyst in the $500 million USD redevelopment of the 28-acre Pittsburgh Penguins/Civic Arena site, a project filled with a long memory of the people, businesses and homes displaced during initial construction in the late 1950s. She led a team of real estate attorneys representing the Penguins organization in negotiations with the community groups, governmental agencies and sponsors over a span of years to reach a Community Benefits Agreement to move the project forward.
2020 Entrepreneurial Spirit Impact Award
Founder and CEO, B+E
CREW New York
Renshaw leads an investment brokerage firm specializing in net lease real estate and 1031 exchange. In 2018, B+E launched 1031 Trade, the first trading platform for completing 1031 exchanges. In 2019, B+E brokered the largest commercial real estate transaction by a digital platform with the $324 million USD Cabela’s sale-leaseback and launched Seller Dashboards to manage the disposition process in an online environment, tailored especially for single-tenant net lease sellers.
2020 Member-to-Member Impact Award
Senior Manager of Client Services, Maxis Advisors, LLC
In 2018 and 2019, Jones, a Site Selector who works all over the United States, was able to locate two major projects to the Charlotte region and introduce a total of 13 CREW Network members for opportunities to bid, with eight being engaged. These projects together brought over 150 new jobs and $25 million USD in investment to the Charlotte region.
2020 Career Advancement for Women Impact Award
Senior Vice President, Capital One
CREW Washington DC
Subramanian has mentored women in the industry throughout her career, and rolled up her sleeves to create programs and partnerships within her chapter and company to support CREW Network’s mission. In the past two years, she has served on Capital One’s Commercial Bank Diversity & Inclusion panel, and founded the Commercial Real Estate Mentorship Program, which matches women in CRE with mentors outside their line of business.
View the full list of 2020 Impact Award nominees
About CREW Network
CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Network is the premier business network dedicated to transforming the commercial real estate industry by advancing women globally. CREW Network members comprise nearly 12,000 professionals in 76+ markets worldwide and represent all disciplines of commercial real estate. Learn more at www.crewnetwork.org.