CREW Boston

Prior Events

Prior Events

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  • 25th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

    25th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

    While the weather was not ideal, CREW Boston members and colleagues enjoyed nine-holes of golf at Wellesley Country Club to benefit the CREW Boston Educational Foundation. Thank you to all of our sponsors and suppporters – especially our tournament sponsors, AvalonBay Communities and Boston Building Maintenance/Purifly. And a special thanks to the CREW Boston Golf Committee and volunteers.

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  • Equity x Equity: Working Toward a Definition of Community Wealth Building in Roxbury

    Equity x Equity: Working Toward a Definition of Community Wealth Building in Roxbury

    On May 19th we hosted deeper dive into the conversations we’ve had in the past, focused on how stakeholders, real estate professionals, and community development partners understand wealth creation and economic development in the City of Boston. Our panelists consisted of city agents, developers, and neighborhood activists, and the conversation focused upon wealth and equity-building in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston as well as the current revitalization efforts in Nubian Square (formerly Dudley Square.) Roxbury has long been home to activists, civil rights leaders, artists and musicians; Nubian Square is the geographic heart of the city and is intrinsic to the health and well-being of Boston as a whole.

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  • Your Value in the Market: Strategies for Success in Negotiating Compensation

    Your Value in the Market: Strategies for Success in Negotiating Compensation

    On May 13th Hillary Shine spoke to CREW Boston about understanding your value in the marketplace and how to negotiate your worth in both a current and new positions. Hillary set the stage by indicating that people are on the move and there is a real war on talent in the marketplace right now. The pandemic has certainly provided people the time and headspace to think hard about their current work environments and how for many this last year has allowed them the opportunity to see the benefit of a hybrid work from home/office lifestyle. Shine stressed the importance of truly understanding your value by looking carefully at your entire compensation package not simply what shows on your W2 when evaluating and placing a value to your net worth.

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  • Technology in Real Estate and Construction – from Inception to Impact

    Technology in Real Estate and Construction – from Inception to Impact

    At the March luncheon we heard a panel of industry leaders share their perspectives on how technology development and adoption is accelerating in the built environment. The panel was moderated by Tracey Hartford, VP of Client Services, Windover Construction, and panelists included Jit Kee Chin, EVP, Chief Data and Innovation Officer, Suffolk Construction, Leslie Cohen, COO and Head of Asset Management at Samuels and Associates, and Clelia Peters, a venture partner at Bain Capital Ventures, and formerly co-founded MetaProp, a property tech and increasingly construction tech venture.

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  • Virtual Tour of Cambridge Discovery Park

    Virtual Tour of Cambridge Discovery Park

    On March 11th CREW Boston enjoyed a virtual tour of Bulfinch’s Cambridge Discovery Park, a 27-acre first-class lab and office campus in Alewife’s life science cluster in Cambridge, MA. We heard from project team panelists Mike Wilcox, Director of Leasing at Bulfinch; Molly Heath, Managing Director at JLL; and Eric Weyant, Principal at Stantec on the history of the Arthur D. Little site and its revitalization into a world-class campus, providing a desirable destination for office and lab tenants while including the restoration and preservation of neighboring wetlands and wooded areas. 

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  • Discovering USQ

    Discovering USQ

    At February’s luncheon, Greg Karczewski (President at Union Square Station Associates (US2), Sunayana Thomas (Senior Economic Development Planner at the City of Somerville, and Thanos Matthaie (Associate at DLA Piper LLP (US) presented on both the history and the future revitalization of Somerville’s Union Square. 
     
    Greg Karczewski in partnership with development partners, USAA Real Estate and Magellan Development Group were selected back in 2014 by the City of Sommerville to be the Master Developer to lead this 2.4 million SF transit-oriented development and transform Somerville into Boston’s next innovation ecosystem through a concentration of life science and technology companies. The mission was to get companies to start, grow, and stay in Sommerville. After the streetcar went away and no public connectivity existed in and out of Somerville the city found itself a bit lost.  The approval and addition of two new green line train stops strategically located on each side of the square was the real catalyst for fostering future development and desirability for companies to make Somerville their headquarters. After years of community outreach, thoughtful planning, and curating the right public/private partnerships , Union Square is prime to become Boston’s next major epi-center for biotech, lab, and life science office space.

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  • UCREW - Learn More About Commercial Real Estate

    UCREW - Learn More About Commercial Real Estate

    CREW Boston and the CREW Boston Educational Foundation hosted students from around New England to attend our free, virtual UCREW educational program for undergraduate and graduate students interested in a career in the commercial real estate industry.  
     

    The program was free and a wonderful opportunity to learn about careers in commercial real estate from the development of a project (design, acquisition/disposition, commercial lending, tax, law, marketing, title/escrow), network with industry professionals in breakout rooms and more.

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  • Member Panel Spotlight:  Getting Involved in Local Government

    Member Panel Spotlight: Getting Involved in Local Government

    On February 3, 2020, members attended the Public Strategies Committee’s virtual breakfast to hear from an esteemed panel of CREW Boston members that are active in their local government.  The panelists described how they first became involved in local government, which included stories of connections made through youth sports programs and neighborly conversations while shoveling snow.  Each of the panelists described the benefits of participation in local government, including valuable experience with public speaking, more active involvement in their community as a whole and have a voice in what/how things are accomplished, and a chance to give back to the communities they care about.  The panelists also provided some practical advice for CREW members who need to interact with local government, stressing the importance of understanding and respecting the role of local government staff, and being mindful that communications over all platforms are part of the public record.  The conversation included a great discussion with the audience, culminating with panel members articulating the powerful role that CREW Boston has played in their careers

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  • Discovering the Redeveloped Arsenal Yards

    Discovering the Redeveloped Arsenal Yards

    At January’s luncheon, Kerry Dowling (Senior Vice President of Leasing), Bridget Beckeman (Managing Director of Retail Strategies), and Maria Salvatore (Leasing Consultant) of Wilder Companies presented the most recent update of the Arsenal Yards development in Watertown. The “urban edge” location of this million square foot development at the corner of Cambridge and Boston is a significant reason for the success of leasing the project’s 250,000 SF of retail, 200,000 SF of life science office, 300 apartments, and 150-room hotel. A 10-minute drive catchment area with 250,000 residents earning an average household income of $130,000 and an average home value of $741,000 has easily captured the interest of retail and office tenants. Also key to the success of leasing has been the design of an urban-like density along the promise of free parking.

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  • GREENING AFFORDABLE HOUSING, a Book Talk with Kimberly Vermeer

    GREENING AFFORDABLE HOUSING, a Book Talk with Kimberly Vermeer

    ​The Sustainability Group was excited and pleased to present long-time CREW Boston member Kimberly Vermeer to speak about her new book, Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, Revised Edition. In the book, she and co-author Walker Wells present a comprehensive resource on how green building principles can be incorporated into affordable housing design, construction, and operation. This fully revised edition captures the rapid evolution of green building practices and makes a compelling case for integrating green building into affordable housing. They argue that cities must embrace green affordable housing in the face of climate change and the affordable housing crisis.

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Upcoming Events

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    Holiday Lights Netwalk

    Boston Commons, Corner of Charles and Beacon
    65-66 Beacon Street, Boston MA

    Members Only

    Ring in the holidays! Join CREW Boston members and celebrate the holiday season with us for a Holiday Lights Netwalk in Downtown Boston.

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    Potions and Policy

    Zoom
    Boston, MA

    Members Only

    Just us for an informal conversation on policies and politics. Some topics covered will be: What does a new Mayor in Boston and other cities mean for development and when is the Commonwealth’s Climate Policy Bill going to start affecting my projects?

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