President's Remarks, February 2022

February 1, 2022

President's Remarks, February 2022

Elise Giles, Senior Vice President & Specialty CRE Director, SouthStar Bank

Did you know that CREW Austin has awarded over $100,000 in scholarships to college women that are pursuing a career in commercial real estate since 2002?  Our UCREW Committee is ready to extend scholarships again this month to three winning applicants. This program is one of the many ways CREW Austin supports the advancement of women in commercial real estate.  I champion their work and ask all our members to consider how they can support such a great committee – refer the scholarship application to an eligible college student, or someone going back to school to change a career, sign up to volunteer with this committee, and better yet sign up as a Partner Sponsor for CREW Austin, and select UCREW as one of your many sponsorship benefits.

As a 30-year veteran in commercial real estate finance, I know the work done in CREW Austin and at CREW Network has definitely moved the bar for women in all commercial real estate fields, opening doors, having meaningful conversations, and extending mentorship across the board. That’s why sponsoring CREW Austin is a natural for me and my company!  I ask that you consider sponsoring as a Partner Sponsor in 2022.  Our sponsors can choose what programs they wish to focus on, and select what dollars go where within our many benefits for annual activities (RE Summit, Golf, many others).  The Partner Sponsors also receive year-round recognition – at all our luncheons and networking events.   If you have any questions on our sponsorships or regarding UCREW- please contact me, and I will get you connected!  

Please plan to join us for the next Coffee with CREW on February 9th and our next monthly CREW Austin Luncheon at the Westwood Country Club on February 15th.  We will offer both in person and remote options to attend.  I am sending off our Chapter Delegates and other members attending  the Winter Leadership Summit on February 3rd-5th in Tampa Bay- we look forward to hearing all about your trip!  Lastly, don’t forget to attend our CREW Dine Around on February 24th at the Austin Marriott downtown.

We have so many opportunities to RECONNECT!  Please remember your Membership Renewals are due by Feb. 15th, and while you’re at it, don’t forget to sign up as a Sponsor!  I look forward to seeing you at many of our events this month.

Here’s to RECONNECTING with CREW Austin in 2022!