ELEVATE Bay Area: Industry Celebrates Diversity & Women’s Leadership in Commercial Real Estate

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 11, 2021) – With a goal of celebrating the diversity and leadership of women in the commercial real estate industry throughout the Bay Area region, CREW East Bay, CREW SF, CREW SV and The Registry partnered to produce the 5th Annual ELEVATE, a virtual awards gala held on May 6, 2021 from 4:00-6:00 pm.  

The event was a celebration of women in the commercial real estate industry. It honored employers and associations that have implemented programs promoting greater diversity in the workplace, and it celebrated exemplary women and men who are making a positive impact in today’s industry through consistent leadership and exemplary contribution to programs that reinforce diversity in the workplace. The honorees came from over 425 nominations, and they were awarded the top recognition in six categories: Inspirator Award; Rising Rock Star Award; Elevation Award; Women in Tech Award; Industry Impact Award and Break the Ceiling: Corporate Leadership Award. Additionally, each of the CREW Chapters handed out their own awards: CREW MVP and CREW Connection Award.

“Forming a partnership with the three Bay Area CREW Chapters to produce ELEVATE is the epitome of what a joint partnership should be,” said Heather Bosanac, president and co-founder of The Registry. “Together, we see a clear vision for an inspiring event that the industry is excited to get behind. As a female business owner in this industry, I too have been inspired by other female leaders and mentors who have guided me through my professional growth, and the production of ELEVATE is a way to pay it forward.

The program began with a keynote conversation headlined by corporate relations executive, entrepreneur, advocate and author, Mary Stutts. The conversation was moderated by Dion Lim, Emmy Award-winning TV news anchor and reporter at ABC7/KGO-TV in San Francisco. The two discussed race, diversity & inclusion, mentorship and resilience.

Following the keynote conversation, Dion Lim stewarded the awards as the event emcee of the evening. 

The following finalists and winners were announced:


The Inspirator Award acknowledges the exceptional efforts of a woman or man in the real estate industry who supports, inspires, coaches and/or mentors people in their profession.

Winner: Joan Price, Gensler

Finalist: Lisa Cholmondeley, Gensler
Finalist: Samantha Low, Cushman & Wakefield


The Elevation Award recognizes a man that empowers, inspires, mentors and/or sponsors women in the commercial real estate industry.

Winner: André Campbell, Hanson Bridgett

Finalist: Daniel Mai, Novateck
Finalist: Joseph Williams, Package Unit Pros


The Rising Rock Star Award is given to an exceptional young woman, thirty-five years and younger, who is influential, dynamic and shows early promise as an industry leader.

Winner: Deana Vidal, John Burns Real Estate Consulting

Finalist: Arami Matevosyan, acelab
Finalist: Stacey Patten, Invesco Real Estate


The Women in Tech Award is given to a woman who stands for innovation and leadership. She has a role in real estate, design or facilities, or is involved in technology projects implemented in real estate. 

Winner: Tamar Mahru, Twilio
Winner: Melissa Pesci, HGA

Finalist: Ashleigh Wilson, AuditMate


The Industry Impact Award honors a dynamic woman who has made a positive impact within the commercial real estate industry through her entrepreneurial spirit, deal-making, commitment to diversity or other unique and remarkable achievements.

Winner: Charmaine Curtis, Curtis Development

Finalist: Misa Chlouba, Nova Partners
Finalist: Denise Pinkston, TMG Partners


The Break the Ceiling: Corporate Leadership Award will be given to a company that promotes equality in the workplace and has strong programs in place to advance women and/or culturally diverse employees within the commercial real estate industry.

Winner: Hanson Bridgett

Finalist: BPM
Finalist: TMC Financing

There were also awards given to each of the three Bay Area CREW Chapters.


The CREW Chapter MVP Award is awarded to one person from each Bay Area CREW Chapter who demonstrates passion, commitment and involvement in her/his chapter. 


The CREW Member Connection Award shines a spotlight on a completed deal and/or project that was executed as a result of CREW member-to-member business.

The winners were:

CREW East Bay MVP: Malinder Bhan, JPMorgan Chase 
CREW East Bay Member Connection Award: Pamela Pucci, Old Republic Title 
CREW SF MVP: Molly Jans, Paradigm General Contractors
CREW SF Member Connection Award: Courtney Davis, Sares Regis
CREW SF Member Connection Award: Jody Knight, Reuben, Junius & Rose
CREW SV MVP: Kristi Peace-Percy, Cuschieri Horton Architects
CREW SV Member Connection Award: Anna Mcquillan Rose, Transwestern

A number of corporate sponsors supported the event. They include:


Hanson Bridgett
Sares Regis


Dome Construction
Gidel & Kocal


Deacon Construction
Hathaway Dinwiddie
TRI Commercial
Ware Malcomb

We would also like to acknowledge the people behind the scenes who helped make this event what it was. 

The ELEVATE Steering Committee:

Heather Bosanac, The Registry
Lori Coleman, Madison Marquette
Kelly Leanos, Deacon Construction
Anna Mcquillan Rose, Transwestern
Shawna Peterson, Sares Regis
Koren Scanlan, PCBB
Ginger Sotelo, Pahl & McCay

The ELEVATE Judges:

Andrea Beard, Mark Cavagnero Associates
Alan Collenette, Collenette Strategic Property Advisors
Teresa Fluegal, Chicago Deferred Exchange Co.
Olena Ivanenko, Kimley-Horn
Samantha Low, Cushman & Wakefield
Anna Mcquillan Rose, Transwestern
Holly Neber, AEI Consultants
Lauren Nunnally, Swinerton
Melissa Pesci, HGA
Joan Price, Gensler
Andrea Reeder, Beacon Capital Partners

The event follows in the great tradition of CREW’s mission to promote and advance business, networking and leadership for the success of women in commercial real estate. We would like to thank all of our partners and nominees who got behind this event to make it what it was. 

The video of the program can be found HERE.

About CREW

CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Network was founded in 1989 to bring together women involved in the many aspects of commercial real estate to exchange information, develop business contacts and help each other succeed professionally. Today, CREW Network is the premier business network dedicated to transforming the commercial real estate industry by advancing women globally. We provide support to our 12,000 members worldwide through business networking, leadership development, industry research and career outreach. Visit crewnetwork.org to learn more.

About The Registry

The Registry, founded in 2007, is an integrated real estate media company that provides relevant and broad coverage focusing on analysis, information gathering and breaking news in the real estate industry. The Registry currently spans the entire West Coast with local real estate coverage in the Bay Area, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. It also partners with a number of industry associations like CREW in an effort to elevate the profile of those partner companies and help expand the coverage of the industry through its channels.

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