July 2017  |  Newsletter

President’s Letter

It has been great seeing so many members at our events over the summer. Thanks to Colleen Sheridan for her efforts to plan our well-attended Essex social in late June. Janet Wheeler and Katie Pelczar and their committee hosted many potential members at Hartford Flavor Company on July 13. And, new this year, we successfully promoted attendance by members at various charitable events around town, including the United Way’s Power of the Purse luncheon and Women’s Day at The Travelers Championship.

President PhotoCourtney Hendricson, President

Our committees are hard at work on fall and early winter programs. Watch for announcements soon about our Professional Development lunch series and full September programs. Mark your calendars now for our Nov. 1 CREW Careers Day at the Colt Building, with more details to follow. The Commercial Record’s annual Women of FIRE awards on August 23, which we co-sponsor, should be a good gathering place for CREW CT members. See below for a special discount ticket offer.

Enjoy the rest of summer and our beautiful weather and see you all soon.


CREW CT Members offered discounted tickets to Women of FIRE Award Luncheon August 23

A large crowd is expected at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville on August 23 for the annual awards luncheon honoring women professionals in finance, insurance, and real estate fields. The event starts at 11:00 a.m. As a partner for the event, CREW CT members receive a 10% discount on their ticket purchases. Our president-elect, Colleen Sheridan, Sr. Vice President of RM Bradley Office Leasing and Investment Properties Group, is the keynote speaker at the event and we are hoping for a good turnout and support by our members. When registering on the link below, use discount code CREWCT to apply your discount.

Click here to register online now

FIRE Awards

Honored this year are:

2017 Women of FIRE Recipients: We spot a few CREW CT members on this list!

  • Amy Arcano – Vice President, Commercial Services Manager and Underwriter, CATIC National Commercial Services
  • Diane Arnold – Vice President, Essex Savings Bank
  • Carolyn Augur – Sales Vice President, William Raveis Real Estate
  • Susan Calzone – Chief Executive Officer, Foundation Source
  • Sharon L. Castelli – Chief Executive Officer, Chrysalis Center, Inc.
  • Lisa Mulvey-Cozzi – Managing Director, Multifamily Investment Sales Broker, Regions Commercial, LLC
  • Virginia Giuffre – Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch
  • Kathleen Godwin – Manager, Anthem
  • Yolanda Lowe – Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
  • Renee Pallenberg – SVP, Retail Banking & Marketing Officer, Guilford Savings Bank
  • Jennifer Rodriguez – Vice President/Commercial Real Estate Portfolio Administrator, Liberty Bank
  • Crystal Sides – Director of Compliance & Internal Audit, SVP, Dime Bank
  • Alexis Trzcinski – Sales Executive, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services New England Properties
  • Patti White – President, Military Direct Mortgage

Summer Recruitment Event

Thanks to the support of current members, our annual member recruitment party attracted a large number of people, with over 50 registering for the event. Always held at a great “watering hole,” the selection of Hartford Flavor Company proved very popular. Our hosts described the process for making of the company’s famous “Wild Moon” flavored natural liqueurs and guests enjoyed samples of their products. “The networking and conversation overflowed,” said membership co-chairs Janet Wheeler and Katie Pelczar.” They continued “we were thrilled with the level of support from our members and are encouraged by the large number of potential members.”

Prospective Member Reception
Left to right: membership committee co-chairs Janet Wheeler & Katie Pelczar, Sage Awakening of Hartford Flavor and president Courtney Hendricson

Prospective Member Reception
Hartford Flavor staff member
expains how to make Wild Moon

Click here to view more photos from our recruitment event

Essex Social Tops Summer Activities

June 29th was a picture-perfect day in which members and guests enjoyed an afternoon of activities followed by an evening cocktail/dinner party at Essex Yacht Club. Attendees particularly enjoyed their opportunity to have a portrait done by caricaturists who were on site to capture the looks and personalities of members. Our wall of wine auction to raise funds for national conference scholarships returned as a popular feature of the evening, with members buying multiple tickets. Winners selected wine from an outstanding array of bottles donated by members.

Summer Social
Full Group

Summer Social
Colleen Sheridan with 30th anniversary cake

Summer Social
CREW CT Past Presidents

Summer Social
JoAnn Fenty with her caricature

Click here to view more photos from our summer social

Member News

Welcome New Members

We are pleased to welcome our newest members:
Lynn Brotman, IIDA, NCIDQ - Associate Principal, Interior Designer, Svigals + Partners, LLP
Dame Rose Catalan, JD - Associate, Shipman & Goodwin LLP
Patrick Hulton, J.D. - Director - Corporate & Legal Affairs, The Associated Construction Company
Jenna Montesano, Esq. - Associate, Shipman & Goodwin LLP
Susan Sclafani, NCIDQ - Senior Associate Interior Designer, Steffian Bradley Architects

CREW CT Job Postings — Free to Members

As a benefit of membership, members can post positions on our website. If interested, send information to:

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


AUGUST 17, 2017
AUGUST 23, 2017
SEPTEMBER 28, 2017

Networking, all welcome.
Location TBD
5:30-8:00 pm
Free, no registration required.


The Commercial Record Women of FIRE awards co-sponsored by CREW CT
Aqua Turf Club
11:00 am
More + Register >


at Upward Hartford
CREW CT will be one of the first organizations inside this innovative space. We’ll hear from the founder and some of the entrepreneurs working there.


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


More Sponsorship Opportunities Available. Contact: Jennifer Marks

Become a CREW Member TODAY! Conact: Katie Pelczar

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