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Upcoming Events

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    A Conversation with Institutional Portfolio Managers

    Lincoln Property Company Conference Center
    53 State Street - Exchange Place, 12th Floor

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    Join CREW Boston and Counselors of Real Estate as we hear from a panel on institutional investors’ views of the local market and discussion on investment strategies and how they differ, and what this may mean in potential opportunities for attendees.

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    22nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament to benefit the CREW Boston Educational Foundation

    Wellesley Country Club
    300 Wellesley Ave, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481

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    Join CREW Boston members and guests for the 22nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament for a round of 18-holes at Wellesley Country Club to benefit The CREW Boston Educational Foundation, Inc.

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    Members Only 6-Hole Par 3 Golf & Clinic

    Wellesley Country Club
    300 Wellesley Ave, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481

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    Join CREW Boston in the afternoon for a clinic, given by the Pros at Wellesley Country Club, and then the opportunity to play the new Carriage Course, which is their new Par 3, 6-hole course at Wellesley Country Club.

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    Climate Ready Cities – Transforming Real Estate

    Boston Harbor Hotel, Wharf Room
    70 Rowes Wharf, Boston MA

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    Becoming a resilient city requires significant construction activity and design innovation to prepare cities to endure and prosper when faced with long-term changes in the climate. Join us as we hear about what to do to not just survive, but thrive?

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Prior Events

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    Golf Clinic at Granite Links

    Golfers at all levels joined CREW Boston for a clinic on a cool and windy night at Granite Links with views of the city to get back in the swing for the season. Granite Link Golf Pros helped goflers improve their swing and short game. After the clinic, networking continued at the Crossing Nines Patio & Bar located between the putting green and driving range. 

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    Crafting for a Cause!

    Members and guests joined CREW Boston for a night of Crafting for a Cause!  Pots of Paradise, a popular vendor from our Holiday Shop for a Cause, taught how to arrange your own succulents, all while raising money for the Elizabeth Stone House, which helps homeless and at-risk individuals and families rebuild their lives after experiencing domestic violence, mental illness, substance abuse and other forms of trauma.  Everyone enjoyed a great night of networking and walked away with two of their own small arrangements to take home with them. 

     

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    HRI Tackles Food Insecurity in Cambridge

    As Director of Development at the affordable housing provider Homeowner’s Rehab (HRI), Jane Carbone coordinates all aspects of housing development from the predevelopment phase through construction. HRI owns and operates over 1250 units, housing hundreds of low income families.  Too often, low-income neighborhoods lack access to farmers’ markets or stores selling a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. When such foods are available, they can be priced too high for families that need to stretch their grocery budgets. Oftentimes, they will fill the gap with less nutritious, bulk, packaged foods with a longer shelf life.

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    Women in Government Reception

    On Wednesday May 16th, CREW Boston’s Public Strategies Committee hosted its annual Women in Government reception. Over 75 CREW members and invited guests gathered at the Union Club for the popular event. Energy ran high in the room as attendees networked before and after listening to the evening’s guest speaker Chrystal Kornegay, Executive Director of MassHousing. Chrystal was appointed in January 2018 to lead MassHousing, having previously served as the Baker-Polito Administration’s Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development. 

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    Thinking Beyond – How Winthrop Square is Disrupting Urban Development

    CREW Boston’s May luncheon included a panel discussion on the proposed redevelopment of Winthrop Square, a City of Boston-owned parcel of land (previously a parking garage) that will shape the future of the Financial District. The enlightening panel, moderated by Halle Auerbach, project manager at MP Boston (the developer behind Winthrop Square), was comprised of Kathleen MacNail, principal at MP Boston, Andy Hoar, president and co-managing partner at CBRE/New England, and Julia Rogers, director of sustainability at WSP.

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    2018 Achievement Awards Celebration

    The 20th annual Achievement Awards took place on April 25 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza with over 300 guests gathered to honor 19 members for their outstanding and impressive accomplishments in commercial real estate. In addition to our Achievement Award honorees, we also recognized two very special groups this year, our Mentor/Mentee program, as well as the cohort of members from our inaugural Leadership Academy.  Through these three groups that we recognized – our earnest Mentees; our future Leaders; and our esteemed Achievers – attendees saw how the CREW organization supports its members as they grow both personally and professionally.
     

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    Conversations and Connections

    What does it take to start your own company? A group of CREW Boston’s Rising Leaders found out when we convened at Blue Moon Capital Partners’ office to hear from Kathy Sweeney and Susan Barlow, Blue Moon’s Co-Founders. Attendees learned about Kathy’s and Susan’s career paths, including an early stint on a cattle ranch, and what led them to form Blue Moon in 2013. The discussion hit on important topics like knowing when to take risks and how to persevere through tough times. Given Blue Moon’s focus on senior housing, we discussed the opportunities in that space and what inspired Kathy and Susan to start a fund focused solely on that asset type.

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    rexBoston: Driving Resiliency, Leveraging Investment & Showcasing Innovation

    On April 5th, the CREW Boston Sustainability Group hosted a presentation led by CREWBoston member Ellen Watts, and her Architerra colleague, Anna Arscott, to introduce rexBoston, Driving Resiliency, Leveraging Investment & Showcasing Innovation.  rexBoston – resiliency exemplified – is a bold vision to catalyze 130 innovative current and potential projects throughout the City, accelerating climate adaptation and carbon neutrality and showcasing replicable solutions in an international resiliency exposition opening in 2020 and culminating in 2030.  Inspired by CREW Boston members’ visits to Hamburg and Copenhagen, rexBoston embraces climate action as an opportunity for growth in support of the City’s Imagine Boston 2030, Climate Ready Boston, Go Boston, and Resilient Boston goals. 

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    How Innovation in Transportation is Disrupting Real Estate Development, Planning and Design

    Transportation specialists on a panel discussion on “How Innovation in Transportation Is Disrupting Real Estate Development, Planning and Design” were generally in favor of more BRT, or bus rapid transit, and were not so enthused over the idea of a gondola to get people from South Station to the eastern edge of the Seaport District.​On the panel at a well-attended CREW Boston March lunch at the Hyatt Regency Boston Hotel, moderated by CREWBoston President Lisa Serafin, Principal at the real estate firm Redgate, the three panelists agreed that the economic health of the region depends on continue investment in transportation and that some commitments need to be made in the near future.

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    Power Purchase Agreements – An Aggregation Model

    Members heard from Pam Messenger with Friends of Post Office Square about the alliance formed in 2016 between Friends of Post Office Square, MIT and Boston Medical Center (BMC)  to buy electricity from a large new solar power installation, adding carbon-free energy to the grid and demonstrating a partnership model for other organizations in climate-change mitigation efforts.  Their 25-year Power Purchase Agreement enabled the construction of Summit Farms, a roughly 650-acre, 60-megawatt solar farm in North Carolina, the largest renewable-energy project ever built in the U.S. through an alliance of diverse buyers.  Summit Farms has been operating for a year. 

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    Discussion with MassDevelopment President & CEO Lauren Liss

    In February, the CREW Boston Public Strategies Committee met MassDevelopment President and CEO Lauren Liss during the first lunch edition of the committee’s speaker series. Lauren, who joined the Agency in September 2017, discussed her experience in the public and private sector, as she served as Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner and as a partner at Rubin and Rudman. Lauren also detailed MassDevelopment’s various finance and development initiatives.

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    Annual Housing & Community Development Evening Social

    Members connected in the new year with new and current members of the Housing & Community Development Committee at their annual evening social, hosted by Perkins + Will. Members had a great night of food which included a tour of their space.

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    2018 Mentor Program Kick-Off Luncheon

    The Mentor Program had a very successful kick off lunch at KeyBank Real Estate Capital.  This year’s Program is comprised of 50 members, including Peer to Peer and Mentee to Mentor pairs. Hayley Suminski and Joanna Murray, co-chairs of the Mentor Program, kicked off the lunch by welcoming the pairs and asking everyone to introduce themselves to the group. After introductions and learning about suggestions for a successful experience, the mentors and mentees broke out into pairs to formalize their match and discuss logistics, as well as, what the mentees are looking to accomplish to begin a productive and rewarding mentorship relationship.

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    Ring in the New Year with Friends AND Benefits! Join CREW Boston Entrepreneurs for a Comprehensive Refresher

    We had a packed room for our Entrepreneur Exchange meeting in January. Advisors from MSW Financial Partners, Penret Services, Inc., and OneDigital Health & Benefits joined us for a comprehensive benefits refresher covering pension benefits -- Profit Sharing, Cash Balance Plans -- company and personal insurances, and planning options available to our members' smaller, closely held businesses. What could have been an overwhelming 90 minutes of confusing acronyms and jargon was actually a very interactive discussion among our members and the speakers.

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    Holiday Gift & Crafting Party to benefit the Carolina Hill Shelter

    On December 12th, more than 35 CREW Boston members participated in the Holiday Gift and Craft Party to benefit Carolina Hill Shelter.  CREW members purchased gifts for 17 families residing at Carolina Hill, who without CREW’s assistance would not have received gifts this holiday season.  This year, CREW members also crafted hand-made ornaments for the families.  The outpouring of CREW’s generosity was overwhelming and truly appreciated by Carolina Hill.  The Holiday Gift and Craft Party, hosted by the Community Involvement Committee, also provided a great networking opportunity to socialize with other CREW members, as well as enjoy pizza and wine.

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    Climate Ready Cities – Transforming Real Estate

    Becoming a resilient city requires significant construction activity and design innovation to prepare cities to endure and prosper when faced with long-term changes in the climate. Join us as we hear about what to do to not just survive, but thrive?

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