Welcome to the 36th Annual CREBA Awards!
It is an honor to write this letter as President of CREBA, and reflect on the highlights of 2017. Our members have been successful in their business endeavors, and have had equally impressive impacts in areas of philanthropy and mentorship; we are proud to recognize them. In addition to our transaction, production and best in industry awards, we will once again recognize individuals with the Brendan McCarthy Memorial Award, the James L. Eichberg Broker of the Year award, the Rising Star Award and the Young Brokerage Network Community Service Award.
It is with a heavy heart that I announce our newest award, The Joseph Stettinius Jr. Leadership Award. Joe Stettinius was a legendary leader, committed partner and a true friend to many. We will honor Joe tonight by bestowing the first award given in his name to Linda Rabbit, the Founder and CEO of Rand Construction Company. Linda was a friend and mentor to Joe and continues to be the same for many others in our real estate community. She is a very worthy recipient.
CREBA continues to grow through membership and sponsorship, but we are also focused on giving back to our community. This year our Community Involvement Committee began publishing a newsletter #CREBAgiveback. The newsletter allows us to highlight the good work being done by our members and spotlights the many opportunities where we can provide services, mentor young people in need, provide educational opportunities, and raise funds for very worthy non-profit organizations. A goal of 2018 is to increase CREBA’s financial commitment to our members’ worthy causes. We made a donation to the Boys and Girls Club in memory of Joe Stettinius and we will be making a donation to the charity of her choice in the name of Wendy Feldman Block, tonight’s Brendan McCarthy Award winner.
We also continue to provide relevant opportunities for our members through our programs. Educational opportunities include: “CREBA Classroom” a series of in-depth lectures, presentations and/or panel discussions on timely topics; our “First Look Series” which offers “sneak peeks” at new and exciting development projects; and the “Breakfast of Champions” open to CREBA members age 35 and under who participate with senior industry leaders in a mentor/mentee discussion. On the networking front, we have some favorite events like our annual “CREBA Golf Tournament” and a “Night at the Shore” rooftop party coming this June plus periodic membership appreciation happy hours. Most of our events are free to members, so if you have not joined CREBA for 2018, join today to take advantage of these educational and networking events.
Finally, please join me in congratulating tonight’s nominees, many of whom are profiled on the following pages. On behalf of CREBA, thank you for joining us! We are honored to serve you as we continue to elevate the commercial real estate industry of Greater Washington, DC.
Elizabeth Kluger Cooper
Elizabeth Kluger Cooper
International Director, JLL
CREBA President 2018