CREW Las Vegas February 2020 Luncheon All Things Las Vegas

02 Mar 2020 8:32 AM | Tara Harvey (Administrator)

CREW Las Vegas February 2020 Luncheon All Things Las Vegas

Posted March 2, 2020 CREW LV Blog

New member pinning ceremony.

The second meeting of 2020 with our wonderful new CREW Las Vegas President, Carol Cline-Ong presiding at our new luncheon location, Lawrys The Prime Rib. Carol welcomed first time guests and first time members. The entire chapter thanks our amazing sponsors and appreciates all that our sponsors do to make our chapter possible.

Carol reminded us that we have amazing energy and activity in the room and we need to consider taking that to our online CREW Business forum as well! 

Also, Carol asked that we do not miss the CREW Network Benchmark Study survey which is an online study to help us to understand the diversity in our industry. It takes only 15 minutes and it is critical that we participate. Please watch for emails or other reminders and please take the survey.

Committee Reports

Membership Committee

Jim Slack and Kelly Connery are planning to host a CREW Resource meeting as part of the Membership Committee initiatives for 2020. This will be a great way for members to learn about the incredible and vast opportunities that are available to all of us as members of the CREW Network as well as our local chapter. Kelly reminded everyone to get their dues in so they can be sure to take advantage of all that CREW Las Vegas has to offer.

Golf Event Committee

Brendan Graves reported that 2019 enjoyed record breaking attendance at the golf event and over $10,000 was raised. Please mark your calendars for June 12, 2020 when the annual golf event will be held again at Siena Golf Course. Volunteers are absolutely needed to help Brendan repeat the success of last year. At this time there are 5 volunteer slots. Please reach out to Brendan to join his committee. 

Social Committee

Brittany Brown announced the first social event is scheduled at Sunset Station to bowl. Please sign up and register as an individual or register for a lane with your pals. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. This event is sponsored by NAI Vegas. Please join us!

Leadership & Legacy

Natalie Wainwright, a founding member of the Leadership and Legacy with Mindy Kermes and Tanya Twitchel, announced the 2020 program is planned. Natalie told the audience that she has gone through the program twice and she plans to do it again. The program teaches you how to get the best out of people. You will learn how to communicate with people and learn what your legacy to your life is. The first committee meeting is February 18th at 11 am so please join us this year.

Special Events

Maria Herman announced April 23, 2020 is the Annual Charity event, which is planned to be held at the Spanish Trail Country Club. Please mark your calendars! Our charity for this year is Project Marilyn and the Garden Foundation. If you wish to sponsor the event or provide a silent auction item, please reach out to Maria.

Community Outreach

Wendi Schweigart expressed her committee’s new goal for this year which is to offer more events for people that offer a variety of options, to get engagement. Just One Project has a senior pantry and a pop-up pantry. Please note that Just One Project has other locations and is kid-friendly, so if you wish to get involved you can bring your kids too. We also have Construction vs. Cancer on February 29th, MDL Group is a sponsor. Our book drive continues. We will collect all month long and we take books or donations. If you wish to sign up to read to the kids, please sign up! The kids love to interact with us! Another goal is to take the kids from our classroom on a field trip as well.

Marketing Committee message: Please share your news with us. We would love to hear from you and give your news some exposure!

Bring a Girl To CRE Day

Cassie Catania-Hsu and Renee Carroll announced April 23, during lunch, Bring a Girl to CRE is being sponsored by ProLogis. Girls 8 to 16 are invited. There will be a walkthrough of the facility and the goal is to get more girls interested in our industry. Watch for more information to come.

Jeff Manning (CREW Las Vegas member since 2007), of ABG Builders Commercial Construction & Development (CREW Las Vegas member since 2011), our sponsor said, give them a call if you want a building built or need anything at all. Jeff auctioned off a bottle of amazing wine to be donated to CREW Foundation. Jeff was an outstanding auctioneer and entertained the audience with his mad auctioneer skills. The bottle raised $110 for CREW Foundation. What a great gesture and so successful for our organization.


Luncheon Panel

Travis Noack, RealComm Advisors – Moderator

Perry Ursem, VP Business Retention & Expansion
Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance 

Ryan Smith, Business Development Manager City of Las Vegas


Las Vegas is in a business growth mode.
California is a key driver for Las Vegas expansion.
The medical industry is a diversification of industry for Las Vegas and efforts to recruit are aggressively underway from the east and midwest.
Addressing the perception vs reality on labor.
Las Vegas is a hot market.
Las Vegas is working to be sustainable.
UNLV School of medicine and various corporations along the 215 are examples of how Las Vegas is changing for the better.
Las Vegas does not have a lot of land and infrastructure so large parcels can be a challenge. The goal is to force development into our core.
Repurposing properties needs to be considered for future development options.
Most desirable incentive to Las Vegas: Being able to serve Southern California without being in California!
Las Vegas has lower cost of living and better housing than California.
There is an uptick in business inquiries.
Businesses most in demand: manufacturing, logistics, ecommerce, technology, 3D printing, fintech, gaming, esports.

Purse Raffle

The February 2020 purse raffle was held and the lucky winner of the beautiful bag was Leslie Becker. Thanks to our board member, Kari Golden for purchasing the bag. All proceeds of our monthly raffles go to help CREW LV defray costs and contribute to our charitable activities. We truly appreciate all of you who purchase raffle tickets.

Carol’s Quote February 11 2020

Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.
~ Ancient Indian Proverb

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Photo credit to Adrienne Angelo
of Dragonfly Portrait Design for
this month’s photos.

ABG BuildersCity of Las VegasJeff ManningLas Vegas Global Economic Alliance
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