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CREW Careers Committee

CREW Careers is the committee responsible for planning and executing a year-round outreach program to local high schools, colleges, and universities. Through professional panels, the anatomy of the deal program and special events we engage with the new generation of commercial real estate professionals. 

Anatomy of the Deal

Anatomy of the Deal

The Anatomy of the Deal sub-committee of CREW Careers is a program aiming to showcase high-profile development projects in the Dallas commercial market, which are typically intertwined with the CREW Careers Development Competition. These videos showcase all players of the selected development, their roles on the project, and the collaborative interactions between parties that occur in the creation of these developments. Follow along to see how each career plays an important role within the anatomy of the deal.


UCREW - University Outreach
UCREW Panel SpeakersSMU Committee Picture

CREW Ambassadors
Purpose: To be the direct contact between the college/university or college preparatory school and CREW Careers.  To be a resource and aid their CRE learning or RE Club needs.  May coordinate career panels for class discussion, guide, review student resumes, etc.
The University of Texas at Arlington: Abha Biyani
Southern Methodist University: Cynthia Cowen
The University of Texas at Dallas: Shelly Maurer 
Paul Quinn: Open
Dallas College: Kirsten Evans
University of North Texas: Danielle Koontz
Texas A&M Commerce: Cathy Janke
Cristo Rey College Preparatory School: Jodie Flannery

Development Competition - High School Outreach
2023 Development Competition Winners from North Dallas High School
The CREW Careers Building Opportunities ® committee is responsible for planning and executing the annual outreach program with local high school girls, focusing on the fundamentals of commercial real estate and the career opportunities within the industry. This one-day event allows the participating girls to tour a commercial property through the eyes of a developer and then work as a team to present their redevelopment concept to a panel of judges.


Shelly S. Maurer

Hallett & Perrin, P.C.

Marissa Tang

VLK Architects

Committee Members

Heather J. Abel

Banner Oak Capital Partners

Olivia C Alexander

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

Paula L. Beasley

Farrow-Gillespie Heath Wilmoth LLP

Abha Biyani

JP Morgan Chase

Kristina Brown

JPMorgan Chase Bank

Sina Bueckle

International Capital, LLC

Kristin M. Burke


Tracey Bush

BKV Group

Jacqueline J. Byrd

LXP Industrial Trust

Danielle Carvalho

eCIFM Solutions Inc.

Vanessa L. Chambers

Nova Group, GBC

Jenn Cook

Crow Holdings

Cynthia A. Cowen

Cushman & Wakefield

Heather Culver

Berkadia Commercial Mortgage LLC

Pamela Donaldson

Gordon Highlander

Erica Diane Dotras

Mullin Law, PC

Kirsten Evans


Beth Fenton

Bradford Companies

Jodie Flannery

Keller Williams Commercial

Melissa French

RHA Commercial

Lisa Marie Gala

CEC Corporation

Jennifer Gosselin

Arch-Con Corporation

Cecilia Hampton

Hampton International Realty Group

Brandyn Harris

Prosperity Bank

Nicola L. Hudson

Capital One Bank

Vicki V Interrante

National Solutions

Cathy A. Janke

Fifth Third Bank

Jessica Johnson

COFE Properties, LLC

Kiesha Migura Kay

Mission Ridge Consultants

Danielle Koontz


Sandra Mattli

Peak Financing

Tonya Meier

Gray Reed

Kate Meyer

RSF Partners

Rena Padachy

HALL Group

Karen Pierre

Ryan, LLC

Najdi Rafaty

Linc Commercial Realty

Crystal Renyer

Structure Commercial

LaKia Ross


Johnna Strenchock

Starwood Capital Group

Yolanda A Szabo

Lane Gorman Trubitt, LLP

Brenna Wadleigh

N3 Real Estate

Joie Wilder

Benchmark Group

Board Liaison

Anna Landers

Entos Design