Join us in congratulating our 2021 award recipients!
Rising Star – Quan Che
After graduating from San Jose State with a science degree, Quan Che worked at the San Jose Library as a clerk before landing a job as a mortgage specialist with Bank of America. Since 2017, she has worked at Heritage Bank of Commerce where today she is an Assistant Vice President/Construction Loan Officer. Over the past year, Quan was instrumental in helping her clients navigate the uncertainties of COVID and helped them receive the support they needed.
Within CREW, Quan joined the UCREW team two years ago and has made an incredible impact with the team with her ideas. Her upbeat, can do attitude resonates with the students we are working with and makes her a role model for them.
Quan has also been a great addition to the overall Rising Leader membership and a positive impact on young people in the industry.
Woman of Impact – Ginger Sotelo
Ginger Sotelo checks every box in this award category. She is a past president of CREWSV and is our tireless CREW Foundation Champion, working to make sure that through CREW Network Foundation, other women pursuing careers in CRE can have access to the same opportunities that she has enjoyed.
At work, Ginger is a partner at Pahl & McCay. Whether she is litigating, negotiating, or counseling, Ginger often partners with her network of industry professionals to assist her in advancing the goals of her real estate clients. A partner at Pahl & McCay, she is the “go to” person for almost any type of referral – if she doesn’t know someone who can help, she always knows someone who will and never hesitates to connect people and businesses. She spends countless hours mentoring associates—helping them develop not only their legal skills, but also the interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in the firm or any business and does the same for those new to the commercial real estate industry. She has a talent for identifying people’s strengths and encouraging them to use them and always makes time for her colleagues and peers – to offer advice or just lend an empathetic ear. Her efforts have impacted numerous women professionals in the commercial real estate industry and beyond and she is certainly well-deserving of this recognition.
Community Impact – Sensiba San Filippo
The last two years have shown us the important role companies can play in making the world a better place. Our Community Impact award winner, Sensiba San Filippo, takes this responsibility to heart and leads by example.
In 2018, they became a Certified B Corp, which is a new type of company that meets high standards in social and environmental categories, governance, and worker treatment. You can even review how well they “score” on these issues on a public database. Since then, they have developed a practice of helping other Bay Area companies balance profit and purpose, and are recognized leaders in this space.
Supporting the community is part of their DNA – at home and around the world. This company has Sustainable Development Goals in 17 categories – everything from addressing hunger to supporting gender equality and climate action. And they put real money where their mouth is. To offset their impact on the environment, they funded wind, re-forestation, and clean-water project across California in 2020.
When it comes to supporting diversity, they launched an ambitious Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative in 2019. In addition to workplace culture initiatives, key activities include reviewing job listings to make them more inclusive; hosting DEI book and roundtable discussions within their industry; and funding scholarships to support students of color. You can learn about their DEI journey on their podcast, “Rebooting Capitalism,” available on Apple Podcasts.
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