President's Message

April 12, 2020
Written by: Tracy Howren - 2020 President


Greetings, 

The last several weeks have been painful. These are indeed difficult and troubling times. So many of us are separated physically but we know we must do so in the interest of our health, as well as the safety of our families, our colleagues, our friends, our neighbors. Yes, we stay apart at the very time when we need to be together more than ever.

As you know, we’ve had to cancel many programs and events. This was the right thing to do even before it was mandated. Your safety and health remain paramount as the board reviews any upcoming programs and events. We will do what’s best to protect your safety and that of so many others as we fight to control this insidious disease.

We do know that technology allows many of us to stay connected. Our board uses conference calls to maintain our chapter and monitor this ever-changing situation. Our committees continue to find ways to work together through conference calls or video conferences. We commend all our committees for continuing to work diligently as they plan to ensure CREW-St. Louis emerges from this ready and able to move forward.
 
And many of you are fortunate to work from home. Yes, it’s different for so many of us, especially trying to juggle job responsibilities while perhaps helping children with schoolwork and keeping our children active.

But we also know that the economic turmoil has altered our economy and our industry. Look no further than the hospitality, retail and restaurant businesses that are facing enormous pain. The devastating impact on our economy certainly increases the anxiety felt as this pandemic may affect your job in one way or another.

Please know that CREW-St. Louis stands with you to support you in every way possible should you find yourself out of work or furloughed for the foreseeable future.

Your colleagues are an invaluable resource to help you through to the other side. Reach out to them by phone or email to discuss your options, as well as for words of encouragement. Many a CREW-St. Louis member can recount the support they have received over the years during difficult economic times and career transitions.

We also assure you that your membership remains intact. Your annual membership stays with you, not your company, in the event of a job change. It belongs to you with all the benefits we offer.

If your employment situation changes, please contact Molly Studer, Membership Chair. Molly can provide help in updating your contact information so you continue to receive information and benefits from CREW-St. Louis and CREW Network. She can be reached by email or on her cell phone: (314) 749-5102.

You also should remember to update your contact information on CREWBiz.

CREW-St. Louis also provides an invaluable networking service. Twice a month, we send out Member Opportunities with job openings and the ability to post your resume. These arrive in your email Inbox.

Furthermore, CREW Network offers a listing of opportunities throughout the country. You will find this on CREWBiz under the Resource Center tab. Go to the All Resources submenu and you’ll find Job Opportunities listed as a resource.

We may stand apart for now but we always stand together. We are here for you today and tomorrow. 

If your employment situation changes, please contact Molly Studer, Membership Chair. Molly can provide help in updating your contact information so you continue to receive information and benefits from CREW-St. Louis and CREW Network. She can be reached by email or on her cell phone: (314) 749-5102. 


Sincerely,

Tracy Howren
2020 CREW-St. Louis President
SVP, Commercial Real Estate
UMB Bank

When I was a young boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, look for the helpers. You will always find people helping.
Mr. Rogers