CREW Holiday Luncheon

20 Dec 2019 8:38 AM | Tara Harvey (Administrator)

CREW Holiday Luncheon – Flowers, Hugs and Thanks to Mindy

Posted December 20, 2019 CREW LV Blog

Mindy kicked off this very special holiday luncheon with our customary Pledge of Allegiance and the rest of the meeting was filled with flowers, hugs and thanks as this was Mindy’s last meeting as our amazing 2019 President!

Mindy recounted her year as President by describing the hard work, learning and honor she had in this special role in our commercial real estate community.

We also welcomed a few special guests. The first was Mason Workman, Mindy’s support and partner who has been by her side throughout the year and attended this meeting to honor Mindy’s successful year! Another special guest was Gabriella Marques from the New Mexico CREW Chapter.

Thanks to all of our incredible sponsors for all they do to make our chapter a success. Mindy asked all sponsors to stand for a round of applause and thank you!

Mindy acknowledged all of the committees and their hard working leaders! A very special shout out was given to Bob Stewart who co-chaired the 2019 Golf Committee with Brendan Graves!  Bob has been attending our luncheons for many, many years and we are so very proud that he became an official member of CREW Las Vegas this year! 

Mindy praised the support she has received from the Past President, Natalie Wainwright and the President Elect Carol Cline-Ong. Both of these women provided unending support and guidance to Mindy throughout the year. A big thanks to Tara and her team as well. Tara does an amazing job and Mindy was thrilled to have such great support.


Committee Updates

CREW Cares is led by Wendi Schwiegart. Wendi reported that our Trunk or Treat event was a huge success for the children and the school has acknowledged their immense gratitude for our support. Wendi reminded us all that we adopted a school this year and for the holiday season we will be packing bags for each child. The bags will include hats, socks, scarves, gloves a toy and some food. Thank you to all for the generous contributions that help us make CREW Cares a success.

New Members Welcome to all of our new members! We are so very proud of our chapter growth. We love to honor our new members and pin them with our chapter lapel pin. These are all of our newest members.
Heidi Meidenbauer, Colliers International
Jeremy St. Arnault, American National Insurance
Shauna Brennan, Outside General Council
Dawn Cica, Mushkin Cica Coppedge
Monte Smith, Brown & Brown Insurance
Nikki Dadlani, Nevada State Bank
Jakke Farley, Mountain West Commercial
Meaghan Levy, Newmark Knight Frank
Chris McGarey, Berkshire Hathaway Nevada Properties
Joshlyn Steele, Kite Realty Group
Christina Stevens, Hammel Green Abrahamson

Lunch Sponsor Highlight

Mindy Kermes and Berenice Church did a fantastic job of giving us the history of Wells Fargo, how much Wells Fargo gives back to the community and the focus her team has on commercial real estate deposits and loans. What makes Mindy’s team unique is their focus on local lending and the fact that all decisions are made locally. It is a distinction that Mindy is super proud of being able to offer to our industry and the Las Vegas market. On each table Wells Fargo provided a 20th edition pony. The person with the birthday closest to today receives the pony as a gift. Please enjoy!

The highlight of our annual holiday luncheon was the White Elephant! Everybody exchanged gifts and had a blast moving around the room while they shared gifts and met some new friends. The wrapping paper was flying and all ended up with a great gift or at least we think so!

Please meet your 2020 CREW Las Vegas Board:

President – Carol Cline-Ong
President –  Elect –  Samantha Flaherty
Immediate Past President – Mindy Kermes
Director of Membership – Jim Slack
Treasurer/Secretary, Director of CREW Cares – Kari Golden
Director of Special Events – Maria Herman
Director of Sponsorship – Melissa Campanella
Director of Marketing/Media – Danielle Black
Affiliate Representative – Kelly Connery
Director of Programs – Chris Hunter
Director of CREW Careers – Cassie Catania-Hsu
Director – Julie Quisenberry

Carol Cline-Ong was introduced as our new President and she had many words of thanks to Mindy and to past presidents of CREW Las Vegas. During Carol’s inspirational and emotional speech she left us with these words and promising more quotes in the future!

“Dreaming after all is a form of planning.”

Did You Know?
At each luncheon one of our board members purchases a beautiful purse to be raffled off to all luncheon attendees. This month it was a beautiful red holiday bag, perfect for the festivities of the season. The proceeds of the raffle are used to help support so many of our charitable efforts. Thanks to all who participated and congratulations to our winner Wendi Damian and thanks to Natalie Wainwright for selecting such an appropriate purse!

Upcoming Luncheon Dates

Reminder new luncheon location and day for 2020! The Las Vegas Country Club has been the home of our luncheons for many years and we thank them for the amazing service given to us over the years.

It is now time for a new start. With 2020 brings our  new luncheon location and day of the week! Please mark your calendars for our upcoming luncheons, which will be held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

Lawry’s The Prime Rib 4043 Howard Hughes Pkwy, Las Vegas NV 89169

Register for all events here.

Tuesday January 14 2020
Tuesday February 11 2020
Tuesday March 10 2020





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


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