CREW Las Vegas September Luncheon Turns Dirt to Gold

02 Oct 2019 8:57 AM | Tara Harvey (Administrator)

CREW Las Vegas September Luncheon Turns Dirt to Gold

Posted October 2, 2019 CREW LV Blog

As always our meetings kick off with the Pledge of Allegiance! Mindy Kermes led the pledge and then gave special thanks to our incredible sponsors and partners in CREW Las Vegas. Each sponsor was announced and ask to stand. The attendees gave them all a round of applause.

Next up, Mindy introduced our talented line up of committee chairs to share their updates.

Committee Updates

Social Events Committee – Brittany Brown –  We have a fun time planned for us on September 19th with our very first Toastmasters Experience, sponsored by theBrokerList!
So far we have 16 registered and the limit is 20 so please sign up soon. We have an event planned for every month for the rest of the year so we hope you take time to mix and mingle at one of our social events.

Membership Drive Committee – Kelly Connolly –  It is that time of year when we do our push for new members. We look forward to everyone’s help and ask you to watch for our upcoming announcements to come on how you can help us grow our amazing chapter.

CREW Foundation Committee – Melissa Campanella–  Yes, it is true, we are two-thirds done with our CREW Foundation chapter responsibilities. We are so close and we need all of your help to finish our remaining third. You can use the CREW Biz app or log in and make a donation as little as $5. We need every member to contribute so we can have an amazing offering of scholarships to worthy candidates. Also note, if you have a family member or friend planning a career in commercial real estate be sure they apply for the scholarship as well!

CREW Community Outreach Committee – Samantha Flaherty –  Hard to believe Halloween is upon us and it is time again for our chapter to pull together for the children of Paradise School. Last year was great but this year is going to be incredible. We want to expand our event and really show the kids a wonderful day of fun and Halloween spookiness! Please mark your calendar and let us know by filling out the form on the table or sign up on the CREW LV Website. We need your help this year!

Trunk-or-Treat - Oct 31

Please click here if you would like to provide a $100 donation as a sponsor for Trunk-or-Treat. The money goes towards making sure the kids enjoy all that Halloween has to offer!


Linda Day Harrison, theBrokerList, Owen Calvin, LandCare and Suzette Wheeler, City of Las Vegas (Guest).

Mindy reminded us all of the importance of networking and asked the members and guests to spend 5 minutes sharing business cards and making introductions. Think about bringing a guest and let them experience all that CREW LV has to offer!

If each of us brings one new guest to a luncheon each year and that guest joins, we will double our reach as a chapter! Try it! Also consider bringing your favorite vendors or give a lunch as an employee perk!

Lunch Sponsor Spotlight

Ricky Navar of Nevada Business Magazine was introduced and he spoke about the importance of being top of mind in all facets of digital and print media today. As a proud sponsor of today’s event Nevada Business Magazine is eager to work with our membership in all aspects of their media needs.


Natalie Wainwright, Cushman & Wakefield

Panel Members:

Frank Marretti III,  G2 Capital Development
Tom Van Betten, Matter Real Estate 


  • Tenant needs are changing.
  • Client priorities are changing.
  • The CEO wants to work where the talent lives, not where the CEO lives!
  • You need to emit authentic “cool”, not fake “cool”.
  • Instagrammable lifestyle influences design today.
  • Mixed-use projects become a centerpiece for cities.
  • Ideal users:  youthful energy, communal space users, hip law firm, quality, non-medical. 
  • Development is different from redevelopment.
  • You need to have a stomach for development.
  • Teamwork helps the stomach.
  • Brokers work better with developers.
  • It is hard to relocate and start over in brokerage.
  • When negotiating, communicate more – understand what the developer needs too.
  • Users need to think 1.5-2 years ahead.
  • Know timelines. Get out way in front.

Brokers on these developments: Colliers is representing Narrative; CBRE is representing Uncommon; NKF is handling retail.

The September Purse Raffle was held and thanks to our generous board member who purchased such a coveted fall bag! The winner of the raffle was Christopher Crooks of Newmark Knight Frank and he sure was proud to model this bag which he will be regifting to a lucky lady! Thanks to all of our members and guests for purchasing these raffle tickets. The money raised helps us do so much for the chapter and our Las Vegas community.

Upcoming Luncheon Dates (Register Early)
Thursday, October 3
Thursday, November 14
Thursday, December 5

Register for all events here.


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

Frank Marretti IIIG2 Capital DevelopmentMatterNatalie WainwrightNevada Business MagazineTom Van Betten
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