Save the Date: CREW 2023 Awards Event – Wednesday, April 26

CREW-St. Louis honors members at its Annual Networking Awards, which began in 2006. The annual awards revolve around CREW Network’s mission to influence the success of the commercial real estate industry by advancing the achievements of women, showcase the power of networking and demonstrate the organization’s support to the community.

In 2015, CREW-St. Louis elevated the significance and profile of the awards by recognizing a female leader who has impacted the commercial real estate industry through her leadership, accomplishments and service to the St. Louis region. The annual event now includes a networking reception, formal dinner and awards presentation by a master of ceremonies.

Members have been honored for their service to CREW-St. Louis in several ways, including their contributions both locally and nationally.


About the Awards Committee:

The CREW Awards Committee plans and executes the annual awards dinner and celebration. In addition, our committee of diverse industry members receive, review, and make a recommendation to the CREW Executive Board for the annual recipients of each award. Our committee is a fun, creative, and dedicated group that enjoy celebrating the success of women in our industry both in and out of CREW Network.

Please join us for our meetings. During early planning, we meet via zoom bi-monthly and as the event draws closer, meetings are both in-person and virtual and the frequency increases as need be. 

Past honorees and their respective awards are listed below:

2022 - Winners of the CREW Awards Event 

Career Advancement for Women - Erin Valentine Vice President of Business Development at McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.  

CREW Impact Award - Nancy Petersen Senior Vice President- Director of Commercial Real Estate- St. Louis Regions Enterprise Bank & Trust  

Economic Impact - Delmar DivINe  

  • Jen Nevil - Principal Lamar Johnson Collaborative  
  • Jenna Knatt - Business Development Manager CI Select  
  • Maxine K. Clark - CEO, Clark-Fox Family Foundation, INspirator, The Delmar DivINe  
  • Addie Bunting - Weis Drywall  
  • Monica Conners - Ameren UE-Solar Consultant 
  • Becky Vehmeyer with MillerKnoll

Leadership in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion with the Industry - Cindy Bambini Vice President, Business Development Leader CannonDesign  

New Member of the Year - Fallon Chambers Office Broker/Associate Vice President Gershman Commercial Real Estate  

Woman of Influence - Anna Leavey Owner Anna Leavey LLV/Program Manager- Brickline Greenway Great Rivers Greenway  

Spirit of CREW Award - Nanci Napoli (retired) St. Louis Title LLC 

2021 - 16th Annual CREW-St. Louis Networking Awards

Woman of Influence: Carolyn Kindle Betz – St. Louis CITY SC

New Member of the Year: Addie Bunting – Wies Drywall

Leadership in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Adrienne Bain – Citizens Bank & B Squared Group

Economic Impact: St. Louis Union Station 

  • Tracy Howren – UMB Bank
  • Lisa Morrison – Lawrence Group 
  • Erin Valentine – McCarthy Building Companies
  • Valerie Gaadt – Midwest Elevator Company 
  • Abigail Kepple – Enterprise Bank 
  • Crissy Maurer - Enterprise Bank

CREW Impact: Nancy Rodney – Rosemann & Associates, P.C.

Career Advancement for Women: Molly Studer – Gershman Commercial Real Estate

2020 – 15th Annual CREW-St. Louis Networking Awards

5th Annual Woman of Influence: Maxine Clark, Founder and Former Chief Executive Officer, Build-A-Bear Workshop; CEO and President at Clark-Fox Foundation

New Member of the Year: Connie Kroenung, Working Spaces

CREW Impact Award: Molly Studer, JEMA

Economic Impact: Pfizer Research and Development Facility, Chesterfield, MO, members include:

  • Angie Earlywine, Lamar Johnson Collaborative
  • Jen Nevil, Lamar Johnson Collaborative
  • Kelly Pimmel, Lamar Johnson Collaborative
  • Susan Woodland, formerly with Interior Investments LLC

Career Advancement for Women: Lynn Goessling, Armstrong Teasdale

2019 – 14th Annual CREW-St. Louis Networking Awards

4rd Annual Woman of Influence: Mary B. Campbell, Associate Vice Chancellor for Real Estate, Washington University in St. Louis

New Member of the Year: Jenna Knatt, CI Select

CREW Impact Award: Ann Schmelzle, Balke Brown Transwestern

Economic Impact: Habitat for Humanity Headquarters, members include:

  • Kimberly McKinney, Habitat for Humanity 
  • Linda Loewenstein, Lawrence Group
  • Margaret McDonald, HOK
  • Lauren A. Talley, Cushman & Wakefield

Career Advancement for Women: Karen Karwoski, Simmons Bank

2018 – 13th Annual CREW-St. Louis Networking Awards

3rd Annual Woman of Influence: Lesley Hoffarth, President and Executive Director, Forest Park Forever

New Member of the Year: Lauren Berry, Gershman Commercial Real Estate

CREW Impact Award: Stacey Hudson, CORE Facility Services, a Division of POE

Economic Impact: Sarah Davis and Brittany Burke, CRG; Julie Panagos, Koman Group; Farris Hughes, Fifth Third Bank; Jenny Marler, Dentons US LLP; Eryn Bassett, Environmental Operations Inc. (Everly on the Loop)

Career Advancement for Women: Erin Torney, Colliers St. Louis

2017 – 12th Annual CREW-St. Louis Networking Awards

2nd Annual Woman of Influence: Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Director of Airports, St. Louis Lambert International Airport

New Member of the Year: Erin Valentine, McCarthy Building Companies Inc.

CREW Impact Award: Karen Karwoski, Simmons Bank

Economic Impact: Sue Pruchnicki, Bond Architects Inc.; Rebekah Bahn Kingston, Gwen Knight, Wendy Timm and Pam Boelhauf, Colliers St. Louis; Melissa Vighi, Lashly & Baer P.C.; and Julie Drummond, Color-Art Integrated Interiors (Renovation and new branches for St. Louis County Library)

Career Advancement for Women: Angie Earlywine, Forum Studio

2016 – 11th Annual CREW-St. Louis Networking Awards

Inaugural Woman of Influence: Amy Gill, CEO, Restoration St. Louis

New Member of the Year: Cara McKedy, Remiger Design

CREW Impact Award: Vicki Dolan, Gershman Commercial Real Estate

Economic Impact: Monica Conners and Katy Jamboretz, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership; Nanci Napoli, St. Louis County Port Authority; and Kelly Cochran, St. Louis Title  (Joint redevelopment of Westport Plaza by World Wide Technology and Lodging Hospitality Management)

Career Advancement for Women: Linda Loewenstein, Lawrence Group

2015 – 10th Annual CREW-St. Louis Networking Awards

Economic Impact: (Two projects were honored)

  • Monica Conners, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership; Pam Boelhauf and Spencer Toder, Colliers International; and Lynn Schenck, JLL – SKF industrial plant relocation
  • Dawn M. Humphreys, Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C. – Peak Resorts public stock offering

Career Advancement for Women: Tracy Howren, Enterprise Bank & Trust

CREW Impact Award: Lori Drury, DTZ

New Member of the Year: Natasha Das, Stinson Leonard Street

2014 – 9th Annual CREW-St. Louis Networking Awards

2014 Legacy Award: Nanci Napoli, St. Louis Title LLC

New Member of the Year: Millie Cain, First State Bank

Spirit of CREW: Lynn Thompson Goessling, Herzog Crebs LLP

Mentor of the Year: Nancy Petersen, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Member to Member Business: Christy Boland Merdinian, Professional Office Environments (POE) – Appointment to St. Louis Economic Development Partnership’s Business Retention and Expansion Committee

2013 – 8th Annual CREW-St. Louis Networking Awards

2013 Legacy Award: Lynn Schenck, Jones Lang LaSalle

New Members of the Year: Nicole Doeschot, Anders, and Katie Medlin, Development Strategies

Spirit of CREW: Karen Karwoski, UMB Bank

Mentor of the Year: Amy Mistler, Spencer, Fane, Britt & Browne

Member to Member Business: Liz Yoest and Julie Panagos, Koman Group; Nancy Petersen, Wells Fargo; Jennifer Marler and Danette Davis, SNR Denton; Nancy Rodney, Rosemann & Associates; Holly Bishop, CBRE; Kelly Cochran, St. Louis Title Co.; and Christy Boland Merdinian and Stacey Hudson, Professional Office Environments – Clayton on the Park

2012 – 7th Annual CREW-St. Louis Networking Awards

New Member of the Year: Valerie Schuete, Midwest Elevator

Member to Member Business: Ann Schmelzle, Cresa Partners and Monica Conners, St. Louis County Economic Council – Corporate relocation tenant rep assignment

Spirit of CREW: Merri Cross, JES Holdings

2012 Legacy Award: Vicki Dolan, Solon Gershman

2011 – 6th Annual CREW-St. Louis Networking Awards

New Member of the Year: Christy Boland-Merdinian, POE Inc.

Member to Member Business: Sara Stock, Lewis Rice & Fingersh L.C., and Melissa Vighi, Lashly & Baer P.C. – Sale of Meridian parking garage

Entrepreneurial Spirit of the Year: Meg Mannion, CBL Properties

Mentor of the Year: Julie Drummond-Alderman, Color Art Integrated Interiors

2011 Legacy Award – Ann McReynolds, McReynolds Realty Advisors LLC

2010 – 5th Annual CREW-St. Louis Networking Awards

Mentor Award: Amy E. Garrison, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP

New Member of the Year: Colleen West, N.B. West Contracting Co. Inc.

Survivor of the Year: Lisa Hosey, DTRT Environmental

Successful Together: Networking Story of the Year: Lynn Goessling, Herzog Crebs LLP; Sabina A. Frank-Holtzman, Stephen Frank Associates Inc.; Tracy W. Howren, Enterprise Bank & Trust and Susan Sauer, Duffe-Nuernberger Realty – Leasing, financing and legal documents for St. Louis Language Immersion School

2009 – 4th Annual CREW-St. Louis Networking Awards

Networking Story of the Year: Ann Schmelzle, Gateway Commercial; Sara Stock, Lewis, Rice & Fingersh, L.C.; and Donita Rachell, Bianco Properties – Lease assignment for EverSpring LLC

Networking Story of the Year: Jennifer Marler, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, and Julie Drummond-Alderman, Color Art Integrated Interiors – Move management for Sonnenschein and Northstar Management

Mentor of the Year: Jennifer Marler, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP

Lifetime Achievement Award: Jean Corrigan, Royal Banks of Missouri

2008 – 3rd Annual CREW-St. Louis Networking Awards

Networking Story of the Year: Ellen Mannion, Hycel Properties; Meg Mannion and Rebekah Bahn, Grubb & Ellis/Gundaker Commercial; Anne Klene, Gundaker Commercial Group – Lease assignment for Gateway Underwriters Agency

Deal of the Year ($2 million plus): Merri Cross, Gundaker Commercial Group; Nancy Petersen, Wells Fargo Bank; Jennifer Marler, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP; and Stephanie Saur and Robin Steiner, U.S. Title – Construction loan and tax credits for a 256-unit multifamily property

Deal of the Year ($2 million or less): Sarann Leonard, Sachs Properties, and Julie Drummond, Color Art Integrated Graphics – Tenant build-out for Laird Technologies,

New Member of the Year: Kristy Seibert, Commerce Bank

Spirit of CREW: Merri Cross, Gundaker Commercial Group

2007 – 2nd Annual CREW-St. Louis Networking Awards

Networking Story of the Year: Nancy Cripe and Nancy Rodney of Rosemann & Associates

Deal of the Year: Marcia Smith-Niedringhaus, developer; Jennifer Marler, Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal LLP; and Amy Rubin and Kelly Cochran of St. Louis – Private Residences at Chase Park Plaza

New Member of the Year: Tracy Howren, Enterprise Bank

Spirit of CREW: Lisa Hosey, DTRT Environmental