AZCREW, the leading organization for senior-level executive women in the Metro Phoenix commercial real estate field, has named Jennifer Cranston, Shareholder, Gallagher & Kennedy, its president for 2019.
Other officers for 2019: Cindy Winters, Eagle Commercial Realty Services, past president; Dana McDonald, North American Title Company, membership; Lorna Banister, Ballard Spahr, sponsorship; Lindsey Carlson, Colliers International, programs; Lisa Tinnion, CIS, and Amber Coleman, CBRE, public relations; Francine Moore, Macerich, special events; Winters, legacy; Heather Fox, Wells Fargo, foundation; Terry Martin-Denning, NAI Horizon, treasurer and president-elect; and Mara Atwell, VEREIT, secretary.
“It’s a tremendous honor to serve as president of AZCREW in 2019,” Cranston said. “I look forward to building on the successes we achieved in 2018 under Cindy’s fantastic leadership and the hard work of our board of directors.”
Highlights for 2018:
• AZCREW was selected as the YWCA’s 2019 Tribute to Leadership Women’s Empowerment Corporate honoree. The award recognizes individuals and corporations that have generously given their time and talents to the community. Being chosen is a highly prestigious honor as the organizations chosen as corporate honorees exemplify the very best qualities in an organization: honesty, collaboration, ambition, empowerment, a commitment to diversity and inclusion and volunteerism.
• AZCREW partnered with the YWCA in 2017 and has provided more than $22,000 in donations to support the YWCA and its programs. AZCREW and the YWCA put on several events featuring panels with women in prominent leadership roles in hopes to inspire women in commercial real estate to assume and aspire to positions of leadership.
• AZCREW presented $10,000 in scholarships to a pair of Arizona State University Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) students. The scholarship winners – Marjorie Wakefield and Santiago Fajardo – were announced at AZCREW’s annual Black & White Affair, held Oct. 24 at Pubblico Italian Eatery. The event benefits AZCREW’s “MRED Dollars for Scholars” program.
Over the past 8 years, AZCREW has supported MRED students by awarding more than 14 scholarships totaling nearly $40,000. It was the best attended Black & White ffair since its inception in 2010 with more than 125 people enjoying a beautiful fall evening.