Committees

Boost your leadership skills and expand your network by being part of a CREW Miami Committee—all while making a difference in our mission to advance the success of women in commercial real estate. Committee members learn about the operations of CREW Miami, connect with other dedicated members, and gain the valuable experience needed for future leadership positions within CREW Miami.

All current CREW Miami members are welcome to explore the opportunity of committee service.

Interested in joining? Contact a CREW Miami Committee Chair today.

PR/Marketing/Communications Committee

Communications is charged with keeping the membership informed of CREW activities and events, member news, and benefits primarily on the local level, and on the national level as appropriate. This is accomplished through weekly eblasts to members and sponsors, and through bimonthly updating of the website. Chair drafts monthly reports to the board, copy-edits materials generated by other committees, supplies “cut-and-paste” information from Programs and other sources to the director and the administrator for weekly eblasts, collects and transmits changes to the website administrator, and serves as liaison between PR firm and CREW for media coverage and social media. Committee members draft new-member profiles, and take photographs at events and meetings. The committee consists of the director, a chair and 3 to 5 active members.

Timeline: Following January organizational meetings, members’ activities are ongoing for 12 months.
Time commitment: One hour a week; more at year-end when website requires substantial updates.

Director

Thania Margarita Potosme
tpotosme@exancapital.com
Exan Capital
(305) 372-5263 (111)
 

Co-Chair

Vanessa Bermudez
vanessa.bermudez@tlc-eng.com
TLC Engineering Solutions
(305) 263-3871
 

Co-Chair

Susan Cumins
scumins@bellsouth.net
(305) 447-1400
 

Sponsorship Committee

The Sponsorship committee’s goal is to generate exposure for members and others through fundraising. The committee chair and all board members are responsible for promoting events. The chair makes monthly committee reports to the board, in coordination with the chapter’s administrator, who documents income and expenses related to monthly luncheons and signature events, invoices sponsors, and collects funds. Chair provides sponsors’ logos and contact information to the administrator and the Communications committee, tracks vendor sponsorship payments, and ensures appropriate visibility on the CREW Miami website and at meetings and signature events. Chair also interfaces with Programs to identify sponsors who best fit specific programs and events.

Time commitment: Approximately 1 hour/month to prepare reports and updates.

Director

Dalayna M. Tillman, Esq.
dtillman@bilzin.com
Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod, LLP
(305) 350-2394
 

Co-Chair

Elise Holtzman
eholtzman@bilzin.com
Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod, LLP
(305) 350-2402

Co-Chair

Jackie Cruz Bustillo
jacqueline.cruz@citynational.com
City National Bank
(305) 476-6459
 

Membership and Hospitality Committee

The Membership Committee is responsible for retention and recruitment of CREW Miami members. Activities include identifying liaisons to develop new member relationships, designating Hospitality committee members to host tables at luncheons, and organizing a fall membership drive/renewal campaign. The Membership chair sets goals for recruitment and retention, oversees the application review committee which makes recommendations to the board, the recruitment committee, and the membership/renewal campaign subcommittee. The Hospitality chair organizes committee members to host tables at luncheons and to serve liaisons for new members, to ensure a high-touch experience for each new member. The Recruitment Committee strategically reaches out to prospective CREW Miami members in order to increase membership in underrepresented professional categories, including, but not limited to, C-Suite industry professionals, brokers, and developers. The committee, along with its chair, are responsible for researching underrepresented categories and inviting prospective members to attend CREW Miami events. The chair organizes and tracks the progress of each prospect. The chair provides this list to the Membership & Hospitality Committee Director for presentation to the board. The board reviews the list and may offer suggestions for additional prospects to be contacted.

Time commitment:
Membership: Application Review Committee – Two hours a month to review and prepare report.
Fall Membership Drive – Three to four hours a month from Sept. through Dec.
Hospitality: Host Committee – Once a month, arrive early at luncheon to welcome attendees and serve as table host.
Liaison – Schedule one lunch or coffee per month with a new member.
Recruitment – Approximately 2 hours/month to research and contact new prospects.
Renewal Committee – Contact members to secure renewals from January to the end of February.

Director 

Ileana Pradere
ileana@pradereoffice.com
Pradere Office Products
(305) 823-0190
 

Co-Chair, Membership

Ginnie Pakel
ginnie@rmb-co.com
RMB General Contractors
(330) 697-0539
 

Co-Chair, Membership

Barbara Carballo
barbara.p.carballo@wellsfargo.com
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
(305) 329-6753
 

Chair, Hospitality

Monique Selman
mts@albanyhomes.us
Albany Homes Construction, Inc.
(786) 271-7192
 

Chair, Retention

Sara M. Hernandez
shernandez@biscaynebank.com
Biscayne Bank
(305) 447-5050
 

Programs Committee

The Programs committee is charged with creating strong educational and informative programs for the monthly luncheon meetings. Speakers and panels cover a wide range of topics relevant to commercial real estate that raise CREW Miami’s profile and benefit members and the community at large. Duties include developing program ideas, inviting and securing speakers, obtaining their bios and photos, and insuring that speakers understand program topics and parameters, and coordinating AV and set-up with Administrator. Committee members collaborate with other committees to ensure overall meeting success, and issue thank you notes to speakers. Chair oversees all programs but assigns a committee member to coordinate a specific month’s program.

Timeline: Committee meets monthly throughout the year, in person and/or via conference call.
Time commitment: Approximately one hour a week.

Director

Melissa Rose
mrose@ackmanziff.com
Ackman-Ziff
(305) 503-1107 (5)
 

Co-Chair

Cristina Zampieri
czampieri@mercantilcb.com
Mercantil Bank
(786) 999-1482
 

Co-Chair

Chris J. Gathman
cgathman@ackmanziff.com
Ackman-Ziff
(305) 975-2168
 

Signature Events Committee

Consists of 2 subcommittees which organize these annual events:
 
Women’s Forum
The Forum subcommittee organizes a ½ day conference between March and May to offer members and guests a great day of education, conversation and motivation.  Tasks include securing participating sponsors, panelists, speakers, sponsors, ordering swag bags, selecting the venue and theme.  Event revenues support the chapter and provide scholarships for real estate majors in our community.
 

Cocktails, Community & Connections (Fall Fundraiser)
The goal of this event is to raise funds allowing CREW-Miami to make grants to The Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade, and support CREW-Miami’s scholarship programs. A chair or co-chairs work with a core support group to help organize the event. The chair identifies strategic committee members and together they plan, schedule, organize, and execute an evening networking/fundraising event usually held in October. The committee determines the date, location, and theme. Tasks include setting attendance and fundraising goals, obtaining silent auction items, and arranging for invitations, catering, music, decorations, and parking. The committee also produces an accounting of revenues and expenses.

Chair

Michelle De Armas
michelle.dearmas@fnf.com
Fidelity National Title Group
(954) 308-3003
 

Future Leaders Committee

Consists of 2 subcommittees which organize and lead the following events: 

UCREW
The UCREW subcommittee holds content-rich programs at Florida International University and University of Miami to foster interest in commercial real estate and related fields as career choices, particularly for women. Rotating chairs liaise with CREW Network prior to each event and report afterward, collaborate with university staff to determine venues, dates, schedules, and content. Tasks delegated to committee members include determining content and recruiting CREW-Miami members as presenters. Chairs coordinate all presenters and handle event content and logistics.

CREW Careers
The committee is most active in the beginning of each year. Members meet in person or via email. Each committee member can elect to present his or her specialty (commercial broker, interior designer, or construction lawyer, etc.) to a group of high school students.  The committee chooses a school to work with, then establishes the 6-to-8-week curriculum with a different topic each week. CREW members often create fun activities so the girls feel accountable and sessions are interactive. The final session is usually a field trip to a local venue where students can see first-hand what they were taught. The committee’s intent is to share CREW members’ knowledge of all facets of the commercial real estate industry with high school girls looking for career direction.

 

Director

Janis K. Cheezem, Esq.
janis.cheezem@akerman.com
Akerman LLP
(305) 982-5597
 

Chair, Scholarship & UCREW

Rebecca Letiecq
rletiecq@waremalcomb.com
Ware Malcomb
 

Chair, Mentorship

Elena Gonzalez
e.gonzalez43@umiami.edu
(305) 542-7262
 

Member Services Committee

The member services committee is responsible for working with the board, members and education committee to schedule and organize member only events which create value for being a Chapter member.  The committee focuses on offering “members only” events and benefits, such as hard hat tours of notable projects, exclusive networking opportunities with community leaders, dine arounds, intimate lunch or breakfast gatherings, and professional development forums.  The committee strives to select event topics that are relevant and timely to the Miami real estate market.  The committee also develops events to welcome new members, get them interacting with Chapter leadership and other Chapter committees and increase membership diversity. 

Director

Ligia Ines Labrada
llabrada@unum-consulting.com
UNUM Consulting
(305) 807-7074
 

Chair

Paula Buzzi
paula.buzzi@akerman.com
Akerman LLP
(305) 982-5653
 

CREW Network Liason Committee

The mission of CREW Miami's CREW Network Liaison Committee is to provide national networking, business and educational information and opportunities to CREW Miami Members through participation in CREW Network. By working through CREW Miami’s existing committees, the Network Liaison Committee seeks to enhance our members’ ability to leverage the resources available through CREW Network and increase the visibility of our members across the Network. Committee members must have attended prior summits or be attending summits the year they are on the committee.

Locally responsibilities include:
Award grants to Miami chapter members to offset the cost of attending the annual CREW Network Convention & Marketplace Liaise with other CREW Miami committees to leverage resources available from CREW Network, such as Network scholarships and educational programs Promote CREW Miami's participation in CREW Network Foundation including the Foundation Trifecta Assist CREW Miami members in applying for CREW Network awards  

Director

Alicia Morales-Fernandez, Esq.
amorales@rvmrlaw.com
Rennert Vogel Mandler & Rodriguez, P.A.
(786) 857-5724
 

Chair

Jackie Cruz-Bustillo
jacqueline.cruz@citynational.com
City National Bank
(305) 476-6459
 

Strategic Planning Committee

The Strategic Planning Committee is responsible for establishing and implementing the Strategic Plan for the Chapter. A Strategic Plan is used to set priorities, focus energy and resources, strengthen operations, ensure that we are working toward common goals, establish agreement around intended outcomes/results, and assess and adjust the organization's direction in response to a changing environment. 

Director

Sara M. Hernandez
shernandez@biscaynebank.com
Biscayne Bank
(305) 447-5050