June 2017  |  Newsletter

President’s Letter

Finally, welcome to summer! Our CREW CT committees have been hard at work and we have a number of great events planned through the remainder of the year. You won’t want to miss our June 29 Summer Social, an afternoon/evening full of fellowship and fun at Essex Yacht Club. There will be a cocktail reception and dinner with optional afternoon events ranging from golf to sailing to shopping. Our popular Wall of Wine raffle from last year will return, proceeds of which will be used to support member attendance at the national convention. We have a few surprises up our sleeve too, so be sure to register today.

President PhotoCourtney Hendricson, President

We are also very pleased to be co-sponsor of The Commercial Record’s annual Women of FIRE award program honoring the accomplishments of women in the financial, insurance, and real estate industries. Please take special note of event details below and with the nomination deadline date of June 30. Our very own Colleen Sheridan, CREW CT President Elect, will be the keynote speaker!

I look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events. Enjoy the warm weather!


Membership Committee Hosts New Members

Co-chairs Janet Wheeler and Katie Pelczar and their committee recently held a breakfast hosted by Whittlesey & Hadley PC to welcome many of our new members from the past year. “We were pleased that eight of our 12 new members attended to learn more about the benefits of membership and to socialize with a number of our own members in attendance,” said Janet. Katie added, “We look forward to a great recruitment year and hope for a good turnout at our Prospective Member reception at Hartford Flavor Company on July 13. Summer is an ideal time to encourage business contacts to join so they can enjoy all of the many great programs starting this fall.”

New Member Reception
Janet Wheeler, Katie Pelczar, Jenna Bennetti, Courtney Hendricson, Edward Engberg
New Member Reception
Megan Cleary, Jennifer Rodriguez, Maria Loitz, Josephine Aberle, JoAnn Fenty, Elizabeth Pearce

Register Now for our July 13th Prospective Member Reception
Current members are encouraged to attend!

Summer Social in Essex—Our Best Networking Event of the Year on June 29

The scenic and beautiful patio overlooking the marina at Essex Yacht Club will again be our base for an evening of camaraderie with fellow members. Evening activities begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and buffet dinner. Optional afternoon activities include sailing, shopping in downtown Essex, and golf at Old Lyme Country Club.

In honor of our 30th anniversary, there will be an exciting surprise for all attendees. And, this year, we will once again feature our Wall of Wine raffle, with proceeds supporting conference attendance for some of our members. Guests are all asked to bring a bottle or two of wine to contribute. Members, Sponsors, and Past Presidents - Please click here to register.

CREW CT Partners with The Commercial Record for Women of FIRE Awards

We are pleased to have been asked to partner with The Commercial Record for their annual program honoring women in the financial, insurance, and real estate industries (FIRE). A number of our members are past recipients of recognition. This is an outstanding opportunity for our group and we encourage all members to consider nominating a colleague, friend in the business, or themselves. Nominations are due by June 30. Please also hold the date of August 23 at the Aqua Turf for the recognition luncheon featuring speaker Colleen Sheridan, CREW CT President-Elect and RM Bradley Senior Vice President.

FIRE Awards  

May Lunch and Learn Focused on “Personal Branding”

Professional Development co-chairs Lisa Lugauskas and Joann Fenty and their committee members welcomed Anne Elvgren as featured speaker during our last Lunch and Learn. Take-aways from the presentation were:

Thoughts on personal branding and what separates you from everyone else:

  • You are already a brand; what is it?
  • What are the benefits of having a brand?
    • You are known for a particular expertise
    • You are a go-to person
    • May lead to industry recognition
    • Leads to better business for your company
    • Opens up professional and volunteer opportunities
Considerations when building your personal brand—be strategic
  • Understand your marketplace
  • What is your competition doing?
  • How do you bring value to your clients?
  • What personal qualities can you leverage?
  • How do you humbly tout your accomplishments?
  • Cultivate and maintain a robust network-human contact
  • Be purposeful with what you share on social media
  • Be consistent, be reliable
  • Associate with others with strong/recognizable brands (3rd party endorsement)
  • Who is willing to share with you?

Welcome New Members

We are pleased to welcome our newest members:
Kelly Claffey, LEED CI, MCPPO - Project Manager, Pinck & Co.
Jennifer Rodriguez
- Vice President, Liberty Bank


  • The U.S. Small Business Administration presented Mark Cousineau, president of Community Investment Corporation (CIC), with the 2017 Rhode Island SBA District Director Award. CIC maintains offices in both Connecticut and Rhode Island. In addition, Richard Evans has recently joined CIC as Vice President
  • Barrie Deshaine reports that KBE Building Corporation president, Mike Kolakowski, was featured in a profile in the Hartford Business Journal.
  • Our Blue Ribbon award program was featured in the media following the event. Thanks to Steve Adams at The Commercial Record for this article and Annie McEvoy at New England Real Estate Journal for this article.

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

JUNE 29, 2017
JULY 13, 2017
AUGUST 23, 2017

Optional afternoon activities!
Essex Yacht Club
5:30 pm
More + Register >


Come find out what CREW CT is all about!
Current Members Welcome, too!
Hartford Flavor Company
5:30 pm
More + Register >


Aqua Turf Club
11:00 am
More + Nominate >


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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