What an amazing year it has been so far! I am truly excited about the opportunity to serve as your new Leader in 2018 and to be a part of our expanding and ever-changing Denver Real Estate Community of women! I have been involved with CREW for the past 6 years serving throughout the organization in many different capacities. I love and take extensive pride in how our organization has evolved into the Premier local Commercial Real Estate Organization!
CREW Denver has many proud achievements to highlight from 2017. We hosted sold out property tours, implemented a Mentor/Mentee Program, held market leading education luncheons, re-vamped our Sponsorship menu to provide more clarity and benefits to our Sponsors, engaged for the first time a 3rd party Administrator and had record-breaking attendance and Nominees at our Annual Women of Influence event! I am also proud to say that our organization is running on all cylinders with a high-level of Member involvement throughout all nine of our Committees and an average growth rate of eight new members a Month.
During my Presidency, I have many initiatives and goals set for our ambitious organization. The main initiative for me is the execution of business between our Members. We will increase our Member 2 Member business among not only our local Members, but also with Members throughout the entire CREW Network with new events such as speed networking. We will encourage additional business between our members at committee and board meetings with a new approach called Leads, Needs and Wants. We will also encourage the exchange of business cards at our quarterly luncheons so that you will leave each of those events with, at a minimum, 1 follow up contact. My goal is to share more testimonials of success stories at our events, and prior to the end of the year I will be giving out an award for two people who have cultivated business from a CREW-Denver lead. We have had many success stories shared, and I look forward to many more to come!
I am very proud of the event calendar that we have in store for the year including the following events: CREW Connect adventures, quarterly luncheons, Dinner with an Icon, two property tours, exclusive Member only events, Board Retreats, joint happy hour events with other organizations in the industry, Women of Influence and our Golf Tournament. Our Career Outreach Committee is engaging with local Universities to host four roundtable events this year, which will be an opportunity for students to ask our volunteer CREW Members questions and listen to tokens of wisdom.
2018 is going to be another amazing year! Our leadership team is strong with macro visionaries that hold an overall pride for CREW Denver and what we represent! This year our industry and city may encounter a few challenges surrounding our continued busting at the seams growth, transportation and labor shortages. So come and let our organization be your go-to in the industry for making connections and building a network of professional support.
If you have never been to a CREW event, or haven't attended in some time, I would encourage you to come and check us out. I promise that you will be impressed with our high caliber of Speakers, Panelists and subject matter. Also, we offer many benefits for our Members and Sponsors, so I encourage you to check out the opportunities by clicking on our website: https://crewdenver.org/home.
I am honored to be your President this year and to continue to build on the foundation that has been built by all of our talented past CREW Denver Leaders. I am thankful for all of my CREW Mentors and everyone who has given me support and confidence in my professional life that led me to where I stand today. This organization has opened many doors of opportunity and broken barriers for me, as I hope is also true for you. I look forward to encouraging other women and men in our industry to get involved with our organization and elevating us all to the next level. Let's make 2018 our strongest year yet!
CREW Denver President