October 2016  |  Newsletter

President’s Letter

Happy Fall to all. We have been pleased with the turnouts at our programs in recent months and hope you will enjoy the informative recap of our September 7 program featuring State of Connecticut DECD Commissioner Catherine Smith and City of Hartford Planning and Zoning chair, Sara Bronin.

Jennifer Marks PhotoJennifer Marks, President

Over 20 of your fellow CREW CT members will be attending the national conference this month. We also took advantage of our proximity to New York to schedule a cocktail reception between the New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut chapters. We look forward to sharing great information and contacts with you upon our return.

And, finally, a recent discussion among a group of members got us thinking about the value of CREW CT to your professional and personal life. Please see the informative article below with tips from current members. As always, your board members are available to assist in guiding you on how to get as involved as your schedule allows.

October 4
Lunch and Learn “Anatomy of a Deal”

Our October lunch and learn attracted over 30 members and guests to hear a great discussion. Pictured left to right are: Lisa Lugauskas, JoAnn Fenty, Patricia Flowers, Edward Shelton, Melissa Ferrucci, and Jennifer Marks. Photo courtesy of New England Real Estate Journal.

Group Photo

Making the Most of Your CREW CT Membership

A few thoughts from members include:

  • “Little did I know when I joined CREW CT that I would make such great business connections. I have appreciated the leads I have gotten, the business intelligence I have picked up, and the friendships I have made in the real estate community.”
  • “Involvement in CREW exceeded my expectations. I have gotten to know people I would not otherwise have met in my day-to-day work. My company has appreciated and encouraged my involvement.”
  • “I have really enjoyed supporting the mission of crew to promote women in real estate.”
  • “One of my favorite programs is Crew Careers where we mentor high school age girls about the real estate profession.”
  • One long-time member said that the organization has meant different things to her at different times in her career. “I joined so that I could be as up-to-date as possible about the marketplace by regular interactions with industry leaders. Now, it is my turn to give back to the organization and mentor our younger members. I am always happy to have coffee or lunch with anyone who asks. I have also had the opportunity to identify talent for my company from contacts I have made at CREW.”
Tips About Membership:
  • Attend the unique and high quality programs including the social events
  • Get to know members through committee work
  • Raise your own and your company’s profile by active participation
  • Develop your leadership development skills through committee participation
  • Develop personal relationships with consultants and potential deal team members
  • Follow-up with people you have gotten to know through CREW
  • Sit in on webinars, take advantage of research available on, and attend regional and national programs
  • Don’t hesitate to contact board members for questions and advice on ways you can become more involved in the group

Membership News
Maura M. Cochran, CRE®, principal, Bartram & Cochran, Inc., has been awarded the 2016 Committee Service Award by The Counselors of Real Estate® (CRE) invitation-only professional association. The honor, established in 1996, provides official recognition of exemplary committee service to the CRE organization. In addition to active participation in CRE Connecticut, Maura has been active in the national organization in many capacities since joining in 1990 including three board of director terms, editorial board member of CRE’s professional journal including editor-in-chief, and other major committee work.

Pat Carter has moved to ESE Consultants, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Toll Brothers, Inc.

Mark Cousineau and David Raccio announce the opening of Community Investment Corporation’s new office in Providence. Mark was featured in an article in the August 22, 2016 edition of Hartford Business Journal entitled “Small Business Lending on the Rise in Connecticut.”
Click here for article

Welcome New Members
We are pleased to welcome our newest members:
Christine Donnelly, Associate Attorney at Shipman & Goodwin
Melissa Roy, Director of Business Development at Tecton Architects
Maria Loitz, FSMPS, CPSM, Director of Marketing at BVH Integrated Services, P.C.

September Program Highlights Positive State of Connecticut and City of Hartford Developments
CREW CT members and guests were treated to another excellent program on September 7 when Catherine Smith, State of Connecticut Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and Sara Bronin, Hartford’s City Planning and Zoning Chair, shared their thoughts on “Constructing a Future for Connecticut.” Our president, Jennifer Marks, principal of the BL Companies, acted as moderator. Together, Bronin and Smith underscored the strengths of Hartford and Connecticut in the competition for economic growth and development and both presenters acknowledged the important role that CREW CT members play in economic development.
Click here to read more

November Lunch and Learn Program: Tales from the Trenches: Estate Planning Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Tuesday, November 15th, 11:30 a.m.
The Town and County Club, Hartford
Speaker: Trusts and estates attorney Barbara Taylor of Reid & Riege
Click here to register

Future Member News:
Please send news items and CREW CT network success stories to newsletter editor

Jennifer Marks
Principal, BL Companies


November 15, 2016
November 17, 2016
November 29, 2016

Tales from the Trenches: Estate Planning Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
The Town and County Club
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
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Networking, all welcome.
Location TBD
5:30-8:00 pm


Evening Program:
The World of Retail
The Hartford Club
5:30-8:00 pm
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Thanks to Our Current 2016 Sponsors!


BL Companies


CohnReznick LLP

Community Investment Corporation (CIC)

First Niagara Foundation

Hutensky Capital Partners

Phase Zero Design, Inc.

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

The Simon Konover Company

Whittlesey and Hadley, P.C.


Fuss & O'Neill, Inc.

Loureiro Engineering Associates, Inc.

McCarter & English, LLP


Peabody Office

Unity Construction Group



Bligh Graphics, LLC
Burke Reprographics LLC /
CBRE New England
Clohessy, Harris & Kaiser Architects, LLC
Cohn Birnbaum & Shea P.C.
Colliers International
Halloran & Sage LLP
Hinckley Allen
Interscape Commercial Environments
KBE Building Corporation
MetroHartford Alliance
Murtha Cullina LLP
Performance Environmental Services
Red Thread
Robinson + Cole, LLP
Shipman & Goodwin LLP
The S/L/A/M Collaborative, Inc.
Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C.


More Sponsorship Opportunities Available. Contact: Janet Wheeler

Become a CREW Member TODAY! Conact: Kelsey Rath

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