Why I Joined CREW-St. Louis

I joined in November 2017 after attending several events with my co-worker’s prompting (thank you Angie Earlywine)! I found the events to be superb to other organizations in regards to my professional growth. CREW-St. Louis is an amazing network of women and it has been great to meet so many more professionals as I’ve become more involved.

Jen Nevil
Lamar Johnson Collaborative

I joined CREW-St. Louis in early 2018 at the recommendation of one of my co-workers.  I was looking for a new and different group to expand my network and provide different perspectives. I became a member because I felt like this was a group that I could really connect well with. CREW-St. Louis has genuine members that are looking to help in anyway without expecting anything in return and an organization I feel is worth putting forth extra effort.

Rowena Amelung
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.,
Business Development Manager

I am proud to say I joined CREW as a charter member at its infancy. Being one of a handful of ladies who were brokers in 1982, we understood there was strength in numbers and good communications if we wanted to be successful. So we became the most friendly and sharing of competitors and it simply blossomed from there. My first CREW event was a networking lunch, in a back room at a Restaurant called Busch's Grove that no longer exists. My impression was, "Wow, what a bunch of cool gals!” Thank God I have professional buddies now!

Vicki Dolan
Gershman Commercial
Senior Vice President

I became a CREW member in May 2019. I joined to network and meet other professionals in the industry. I am blown away by the support that I have received, friendships that I have made, the things I have learned, and the willingness of members to meet for lunch or coffee.

Laura Jones
RL Jones Properties
Leasing Manager

Crystal Kennedy of Thompson Coburn invited me to play in the CREW-St. Louis golf tournament in 1997 or 1998. After that, I was hooked. I had found that often a women’s business organization was geared more toward the start-up type businesses and that was not my typical client. I was impressed with the number of business leaders in the industry that I saw in attendance. I believe I joined right after that.     

Marva Halbert
Cass Commercial Bank
Vice President

I joined CREW-St. Louis in December 2016. Shortly after pivoting my focus to brokerage, I was encouraged by a colleague to join CREW. I am so appreciative he gave me the suggestion and made me aware of this organization. I ultimately joined CREW to build a network of women professionals in the CRE Industry with whom I can not only share business but can collaborate, share experiences and navigate through the industry throughout my career.

Michelle Miller
NAI DESCO Commercial
Vice President 

I joined in late 2014 at the encouragement of one of my colleagues, Robin Steiner. As a non-native St. Louisan, I didn’t know many people in the industry and Robin had nothing but glowing things to say about CREW’s programming and its members.

Sarah Luem
Capes Sokol

While in law school at Washington University, I heard the then CREW-St. Louis President, Marcia Niedringhaus, speak, and I immediately wanted to join CREW. Unfortunately, when I graduated from law school in 2005, I thought I had to be in the real estate industry for 5 years before being able to join CREW. Therefore, I waited until 2010 to join CREW. I didn’t realize I could have received an early membership!

After I joined CREW, the first event I attended was one of the monthly luncheons. I remember thinking – wow, it seems like everyone knows everyone else here, and I barely know anyone! Afterwards, I was determined to meet more members, so I joined the Ambassador’s Committee. I figured that I was bound to meet people and learn lots of names if I handed out name tags at the events!

Angela Drumm
Carmody MacDonald, P.C.

“I became a member in 2002. I was pretty deep in real estate development at the time and I was working on more construction. There were not many women in the mix, but all of the women that I was coming across seemed to be members of CREW-St. Louis. I went to a couple of events and was hooked by the camaraderie of the group. I loved the chance to get to know more women in my field and have a professional “think tank” at my fingertips. The programs were also really good and a fun way to stay up on the latest and greatest projects in the area. 

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Armstrong Teasdale LLP