President's Message

January 28, 2019
Written by: Michelle Yates - 2019 President

Greetings fellow CREW-St. Louis members,

Welcome to the start of a new year!

It is an honor to be your 2019 CREW-St. Louis President. On behalf of our 2019 Executive and Advisory Boards, we look forward to serving you and furthering our mission to advance, educate and support women to influence the commercial real estate industry.

I want to thank all of my fellow members who have helped support me in this journey including Linda Loewenstein, who first encouraged me to join CREW in 2008. Special thanks also to Past Presidents Merri Cross, Karen Karwoski and Angie Earlywine, who have and continue to provide advice and encouragement. And, to Lynn Goessling, immediate past president, thank you for your guidance and leadership. The chapter achieved many accomplishments in 2018, and I look forward to building on those successes in 2019.

We have selected ASPIRE as this year’s theme. It has many fitting characteristics whether you aspire to advance in your career or to transform the commercial real estate industry. Of course, whatever you ASPIRE to can be better achieved with a strong CREW network.

At our January program, we heard from hospitality leaders Mark Aipperspach, Amy Gill, Brian Hall and David Roberts. They shared industry insights and information about impressive hospitality projects currently making news. Inspiring leaders to say the least, and I am excited for the future of our region with these and other transformative projects on the horizon.

This year, we will also continue to enhance our Mentorship Program with applications due March 1. Mark your calendars for our 14th Annual Networking Awards on March 5 and our 23rd Annual CREW-St. Louis Golf Classic on July 23. As our committees work on their goals for the year, I welcome you to reach out to our chairs and co-chairs to get involved. Each committee – Ambassadors, Awards, Communications, Golf, Member Services, Membership, Programs and Sponsorship – has volunteer tasks that can meet just about any schedule.

Wherever you are in your CREW journey, be sure to tap into your CREW network to help you achieve your aspirations. Thank you for choosing CREW-St. Louis, and feel free to reach out to me or your 2019 board with any questions. I look forward to seeing you at our program on Feb. 12.

Michelle Yates, APR, FSMPS, EDAC
2019 CREW-St. Louis President
Director of Marketing
Lawrence Group
To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what
 he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.
- Khalil Gibran