President's Message

February 7, 2020

Hello everyone, my name is Kristi Pearce-Percy I am Principal @ Cuschieri Horton Architects and I am incredibly honored to serve as your 2020 CREW Silicon Valley Chapter President this year.  

I wanted to thank JENNIFER ANDERSON for an incredible year – Jennifer, over the last year, your stewardship of CREW SV has been characterized by innovative ideas, strategic thinking and, most valuable, your tireless efforts to increase the credibility and visibility of our organization. Your energy and devotion to the role will be difficult to match, but you leave CREWSV a better organization and on a strong footing for those who follow you. What can I say? Everyone should be lucky enough to have a Jennifer Anderson in their lives and in their organization. Quite simply ~ Thank you… We’re all SO lucky.

I would like to introduce our amazing 2020 Board of Directors, without the support and dedication they bring, our Chapter wouldn’t be one of the BEST there is. Please feel free to approach any of these friendly faces with questions regarding membership, sponsorship, or how to get involved.
•    Nathan Donato-Weinstein – President-Elect
•    Jennifer Anderson – Immediate Past President - Past President Director
•    Sarah Mancuso – CFO
•    Sarah Edwards – Secretary
•    Lauren Mader – Director of Communications
•    Leigh Knight – Director of Membership
•    Michelle Goudeaux – Director of Programs
•    Jennifer Pete– Director of Sponsorship
•    Alyssa Chaulklin – Director of Rising Leaders
•    Sabine Zimmerhansl – Director of UCREW

I wanted to share with all of you a little bit about my journey to CREW SV President - My dad started his Architecture firm 21 years ago, and I never thought I would work for my family business - but here I am, 16 years later and so fortunate to have made that decision. When I first started at the firm it was a 100% healthcare design firm. When I took the role as Director of BD I wanted to expand our portfolio into Commercial Real Estate. After researching and asking around what groups I should join CREW was brought up every time. A little nervous - actually extremely nervous, I went to my first CREW program to find out what the buzz was about. I was stepping into a room full of confident women in CRE and I honestly wasn’t one of them. So I made a point that when I walked into the room I would find the first friendly face and walk straight up to them- LUCKY for me that friendly face was Dale Green. She made me laugh, she made me feel welcome, she introduced me to people, and she had me sit with her. 

6 years later, here I am – your President of CREW SV, and a woman who is now incredibly confident to walk into a room full of CRE professionals. So, I challenge you all, if you see someone looking a bit nervous, approach them - say hi - you never know what impact you might have. And for the person hesitant in joining, trust me when I say this - Joining and getting involved was the BEST choice I made for my career. 

So now a little bit about what I hope to bring for 2020 to our Chapter!  The theme for my Presidency is “RECHARGE” …to regain energy… to inspire… to renew.

1.) Networking - Let’s Do Business - #THINKCREWFIRST – Bringing things back to the basics and focusing on referring business and supporting one another. I will be presenting Networking tips at each Program. At the end of the year our members will receive a book with all 12 networking tips. 

2.) Health & Wellness - Prioritize you… a positive work/life balance - You can’t do your job if you haven’t taken care of yourself first. 

3.) Utilize CREWbiz - If you don’t know what that is - if you’re a member you have access! It’s an App you can download on your phone - or you can access online - You can search for anyone in CREW NETWORK. So, if you’re looking for someone in furniture, roofing, painting, architecture, construction, insurance, etc - It’s here!

4.) Mentorship - Be a leader - Inspire others to dream more, learn more, become more

5.) OUR SPONSORS! - Maximize your exposure with a lot of new benefits!

Thank YOU to our 2020 sponsors:

Platinum - BBSI, OneWorkplace, Impec group, Washington Holdings
Gold Sponsors - American Asphalt, Arborwell, Iron construction, Pahl McCay, Perfection Sweeping, Columbia Property Trust, Haworth & HGA. 

Thank you for trusting in me to be your 2020 CREW SV President – I’m excited to make this year informative, unique, supportive, & impactful. 

Kristi Pearce-Percy