2021 President’s Message

January 29, 2021
Written by: Nathan Donato-Weinstein

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your 2021 CREW Silicon Valley Chapter President. As we look forward to 2021, I am so excited to serve alongside our amazing board and dedicated committees to make CREW SV even more useful to your business and your network. 

Your CREW SV board of directors make our chapter run effectively, and I’d like to introduce the 2021 panel. Please reach out to them with any questions about their roles and how to get involved. They put hours into their service, usually behind the scenes and without much fanfare – so please thank them the next time you have the opportunity.

Sarah Mancuso – President Elect
Kristi Pearce-Percy – Immediate Past President & Past President Director
Ryan Rusler – CFO
Lauren Mader – Secretary
Mary Carter – Director of Communications
Leigh Knight – Director of Membership
Michelle Goudeaux – Director of Programs
Dee Armstrong – Director of Sponsorship
Alyssa Chaulklin – Director of Rising Leaders
Sabine Zimmerhansl – Director of UCREW

A special thanks goes to Kristi Pearce-Percy for leading us through the trials and tribulations of 2021. Kristi was the right leader at the right time, and she kept us grounded, connected, and motivated, as we had to rip up the standard playbook. Kristi’s strength, confidence, caring, and business acumen was an inspiration to me and others during 2020.

As the second man to serve as CREW SV’s chapter president, I’m fully committed to CREW Network’s mission of advancing women in CRE, even as it welcomes men into the fold as well. CREW SV was critical to my building a strong network when I came to Silicon Valley. CREW welcomed me into the fold, taught me who’s who in Silicon Valley, and educated me on countless CRE topics. In many ways, I’m only here because of the incredible women who welcomed, mentored and educated me in an industry where I didn’t always fit in easily, and I’m grateful to be able to give back to the organization.

Looking Ahead to 2021
Despite all the uncertainty we still face in 2021, I’m really excited about what’s planned for the year ahead, under our theme of “Recovery and Resilience.” While we’re starting off virtually, we’ve learned a lot about running events and initiatives that are truly engaging under current conditions. Take our UCREW holiday party in December. Despite “Zoom fatigue,” we still had a blast with contests, games, awards, and of course, cocktails.

So, what can you expect this year? We’ll strive to meet the moment with the right industry and networking content for our quickly changing needs. And we’ll offer more options, such as monthly virtual happy hours; just-for-fun networking events (like our upcoming comedy night); and of course commercial real estate education to keep us all current on what’s happening out there. Our special initiatives are strong: The UCREW committee continues to conduct outreach to the next generation of women in CRE at local colleges and universities. And Rising Leaders is kicking off its mentorship program this year just like always – just starting virtually. And our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force is working on programs to educate us on these important concepts.

A quick note about the importance of a CREW membership right now: It’s times like these when the value of a network really shines. Even in our socially distanced era, your fellow CREW members are still just a phone call (or Zoom link) away – and I’ve leaned on them heavily over the last 11 months for reasons both business and personal. CREWBiz remains among the best tools on the Internet for finding work, vendors, advice, or expertise. Remember to #thinkcrewfirst when it comes to deals and hiring for services, whether you’re looking for a furniture dealer, roofer, painter, architect, contractor, attorney, etc. Let’s keep our community strong during this year of recovery and resilience. So if you haven’t already, please head over to www.crewsv.org and renewing your membership today. You have only until Feb. 14.

A Simple Ask
Speaking of #thinkcrewfirst, don’t forget to send us your deal announcements, awards, or job changes. Do a deal with another CREW member? Tell us! We want to feature all of these tidbits (and more) in our program announcements and newsletters. But we only will only know if you give us the 411. Please let either Mary Carter or me know about relevant news.

Finally, thank you to our incredible sponsors, many of which have been with us for a long time. Even during a primarily virtual year, our operations literally couldn’t continue without our sponsors. If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to Dee Armstrong.

Please connect with me anytime if you’d like to get involved or simply discuss an idea for our chapter. I can be reached at crewsvpresident@gmail.com.

Nathan Donato-Weinstein
2021 CREW SV President