CREW Las Vegas October 2019 Luncheon You Can Bank On

02 Oct 2019 8:55 AM | Tara Harvey (Administrator)

CREW Las Vegas October 2019 Luncheon You Can Bank On

Posted October 2, 2019 CREW LV Blog

Mindy Kermes started the meeting with asking everyone to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mindy asked all new members to stand so we can give you all a round of applause. Also, it is a great idea to introduce yourself to the guests and get to know some new potential CREW LV members!

All of our sponsors are the most amazing companies and we thank them so much for their incredible support. Mindy asked all sponsors to stand as they are called out by name. A warm round of applause was given by all.

The CREW Network Convention was just one week ago and there were many new CREW LV members who attended for the first time. Everyone came away with so much knowledge and networking. It is an event you do not want to miss. Please note, in 2021 Las Vegas is hosting this amazing convention!!

Run for the Roses is our annual charity and we are so super proud of associating this year’s event with Dress for Success. Maria Herman introduced Paula Lawrence Executive Director, of Dress for Success and presented her with our $9,000.00 donation check from the event. Also mark your calendar for next year’s Run for the Roses, which will be held on April 23, 2020.

Committee Updates

Social Events Committee – Brittany Brown –  We had a great time at our September social event, The Toastmasters Experience, sponsored by theBrokerlist. You do not want to miss our next event either! It is a limited registration for learning all about ettiquette. Please be sure to sign up.

Membership Drive – Jim  Slack –  Please join us on October 17th at the Parkway Tavern, located at Flamingo and the 215. The event will be from 5 -7 pm and we encourage you to bring a friend.

Community Service Co-chair – Wendi Schweigart –  Please mark your calendar for our 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat event on October 31, 2019 between 11:30 am – 2:00 pm. Sponsor the event with a $100 donation and decorate your trunk and fill it up with candy! It is for the children at the Paradise Elementary School.

Thanks to all who brought gently used costumes to our luncheon today. They will go to good use for those children without Halloween costumes this year! Please register here.

Lunch Sponsor Highlight

Huge thanks to Kelly Connery of Orbis Solutions for being our lunch sponsor this month. We truly appreciate all of our sponsors and feel so lucky that we can have all of these luncheons, events and activities and have great sponsors like Kelly step up to the plate to help us out.

Kelly shared a very appropriate and scary story with us all. Of course she is so spot on with the Halloween motif and her real life scary story. The bottom line is that Kelly’s story was a real life story of  how we are all in danger of being hacked or our data hijacked. It is happening more and more. Kelly’s company, Orbis Solutions is leading the way in providing security services to protect your data. Consider Orbis Solutions for your company data and protect your organization from cybercrime!

Orbis Solutions understands relocating your company today can be a complex process. Orbis Solutions offers a free IT Relocation Checklist to help guide your moving plans. You can download it here to help your clients navigate their next move.

(L to R) Kari Golden, Julie Brutch, Rachelle Crupi, Mindy Kermes, Vincent J. Ciminise


Kari Golden, Meadows Bank

Panel Members:
Vincent J. Ciminise,  Wells Fargo Bank
Rachelle Crupi, Bank of Nevada
Julie Brutch, Meadows Bank


  • The recession or correction coming is not going to be as bad as 2007.
  • Housing remains affordable.
  • Cautiously optimistic.
  • Housing is still strong.
  • Lending remains positive.
  • Liquidity is king.
  • Banking is a good industry for women.

“I was delighted to participate in the discussion of issues important to CREW members and the community as a whole,” said Rachelle Crupi, Chief Banking Operations Officer, Western Alliance Bank.  “Southern Nevada is well-served by its CREW chapter, and by its members who are engaged in learning about the important economic factors and trends that affect us all.”

“It was a great event that allowed each panelist to highlight their Bank, and their perceived competitive advantage.  I felt that the questions posed to the panelist by CREW were relevant to what’s taking place in the local market and national economy,” said Vincent J. Ciminise, Commercial Banking Leader Nevada Commercial Banking-Southwest Division, Wells Fargo Commercial Banking.

On Thursday, November 14 we are mixing it up a bit by partaking in the Appraisal Institute, Nevada Chapter’s 2019 Las Vegas Market Symposium. Please join CREW Las Vegas for lunch at the Suncoast Hotel & Casino. (More details to come) Nick Bennett and Brenda Cazares spoke for a few moments to give us information on this annual event, now in its 9th year. The luncheon topic is the State of our Southern Nevada. The Symposium theme is Market Trends and there will be a variety of panels to cover all property types. You do not want to miss it. Attend the entire event or join us for lunch. If attending for CE, 100% attendance is required, which includes the lunch panel. There is no CE credit for attending the lunch panel only. For more information visit the 2019 Las Vegas Market Symposium registration page here.

Chris Hunter did a great job presenting the generous and beautiful Vegas Knights gift basket, purchased by Melissa Campanella, including a cool backpack adorned with the Vegas Knights logo. It was a knock out purse raffle and the envy of everyone. The lucky winner was Bob Stewart. Way to go Bob! Thank you to all who purchase raffle tickets. The raffle really helps us so much for so many.

Upcoming Luncheon Dates (Register Early)
Thursday, November 14 (Suncoast venue)
Thursday, December 5

Register for all events here.


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

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