At our Annual New Year’s Celebration, our Chapter recognizes our Award Winners who made strides in adding value to our Chapter!


  • Rising Star – The Rising Star award recognizes a professional female in the real estate industry, for her valued contributions and commitment to the industry and to the CREW Maryland Suburban chapter. This woman has shown exemplary achievements and demonstrated outstanding professional accomplishments within her organization and actively works to guide and inspire those around her. This woman, from whom we anticipate big things, has distinguished herself as a go-getter with a unique outlook on the industry; a woman we see blazing into the future with character, grit and a dedication to growth. (Open to CREW Members  only, female, professional +/- 10 years of experience) 
  • Champion – The Champion Award recognizes a senior level, professional male in the industry who has demonstrated a commitment to fostering the careers and promoting the advancement of women in the commercial real estate industry. (Open to CREW Members and Non-Members, male, senior level) 
  • Beyond the Stars – Awarded to a company, team or individual who has exemplified a strong commitment to social, economic and political equity. The company/team/individual has supported the equality movement through active engagement, education and policy reform to encourage diversity and reduce racial disparities. They have become a voice for inclusivity on the pathway to more fair and just systems in our communities. This leader has demonstrated the exceptional ability to motivate change, making valuable contributions to the movement, to promote the right for equal opportunities for all.  
  • CREW2CREW Award – The CREW2CREW Award recognizes a project/project team that demonstrated excellence in placemaking, deal making, interiors, or marketing. The team successfully worked together on a CRE development/redevelopment, major renovation, commercial transaction, interiors project, or marketing campaign that exemplifies excellence in functionality, aesthetics, resourcefulness, collaboration, and/or industry best practices. Projects in this category include mixed-use, office, retail, multifamily, apartment, condominium or any combination thereof planned through networking within CREW Maryland Suburban. The team may include architects/designers/construction managers/general contractors/finishes sources, landlord broker/agent, tenant broker/agent, seller broker/agent, buyer broker/agent, bank officer, mortgage banker, manufacturer reps, in-house professionals or other professionals, including attorneys, accountants, valuation and title experts, etc. Project or transaction must have been completed between June 2020 and September 2022. (Open to all with at least two CREW Members actively involved on the project team)

We send award criteria and request nominations for award recipients from among CREW Maryland Suburban members only toward the end of each year. We encourage our Chapter’s members to send in nominations recognizing your peers!

We will also recognize CREW Maryland Suburban’s “CREW2CREW” at that same time. If you were a part of a networking deal in the past year that originated from a CREW event or a connection you met through CREW, please let us know about it!

Congratulations to our previous winners:

2022 Award Winners:

Rising Stars - Paula Williams Jackson, Wells Fargo  & Samantha Klein, GTM Architects
Champion - C. Bartlett Stewart, WB Engineers+Consultants
Beyond the Stars - Kelly Jones, HBW Construction
CREW2CREW - Kelly Jones, HBW Construction & Robin Menge, GTM Architects 

2021 Award Winners:

Rising Star - Julie Miller, Guardian Realty Management
Chapter Champion - Phil Scott, HBW Construction
Beyond the Stars - Debbie Heaver, Chapel Valley Landscape Company
CREW2CREW - Cathy Greenbaun-Borten, U.S. Postal Service & Shay Vogg, KLNB

2019 Award Winners:

Cynthia Bell, Principal, Finishes Sales Group
Danielle Disney, Business Development, Ruppert Landscaping

2018 Award Winners:

Beyond the StarsHeather Dlhopolsky, Partner -Linowes and Blocher LLP
Rising StarKari Lynn Glinski, Director, Asset Management – Federal Realty Investment Trust