Debbie Kitchin Honored

CREW Past President, Debbie Kitchin, honored with William S. Naito Outstanding Service Award.


3 CREW Members Recognized, Women of Vision Awards

Three of our members, Jennifer Levy (Cascade Environmental Solutions LLC), MaryKay West (Colliers) and Maureen White (PBS Engineering & Environmental Inc.) were all recognized for their involvement in the building industry in Oregon and SW Washington.

DJC's Women of Vision Award Winners

Two of our members, Trish Nixon (LRS Architects) and Dana Krawczuk (Perkins Coie) were both winners of the DJC’s Women of Vision Award!


Member, Trish Nixon, Featured in Portland Architecture

Click here to read the article on Trish. Trish is CREW Portland's President Elect for 2016.

DJC Article, The crazy-cool of building technology, featuring Susanne Orton

“Social media is really relevant,” said Susanne Orton, vice president of marketing and corporate communications at Harsch Investment Properties and the chair of the social media committee for Portland chapter of Construction Real Estate Women (CREW). “We use it a lot in supporting our tenants. We use it a lot in supporting our events. It’s a way to make connections. For example, LinkedIn is a great resource to provide thought leadership and connect industry leaders.”


Click here to read the complete DJC article.

Rebecca Liddell Transitions to Brokerage

Rebecca Liddell, who started and has managed the firm's valuation advisory services in Portland, is transferring her industry and analysis skills to focus on investment sales in the firm's brokerage group.

Liddell, who has earned the prestigious MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute, has been in the commercial real estate industry for more than 12 years. She is considered a specialist in market research and authors the firm's quarterly Portland market reports.

She serves on the board of directors for Commercial Real Estate Women, is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, and the Oregon Association of Brokers. She has earned the firm's appraiser of the year award twice.

Elaine Aye Honored by Portland Business Journal

Crew Portland Member, Elaine Aye is being honored by the Portland Business Journal's Women of Influence Awards as a Woman Executive of the Year! Congrats Elaine!

Kristin Hammond Featured in Portland Business Journal

"Former CREW President, Kristin Hammond featured in the Portland Business Journal discussing her status as the "Go-To"  broker for tech firms relocating in Portland."

CREW Network Impact Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit

Gayle Ayers, Ph.D., CEO, CREW Network and Tara Kramer
Gayle Ayers, Ph.D., CEO, CREW Network and Tara Kramer

Written by Jodi Prentice, Jones Lang LaSalle

We would like to congratulate Tara Kramer with RiKy Roofing for being bestowed with the very prestigious CREW Network Impact Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit!  She certainly embodies everything that is required for taking risks and doing so very successfully…all the while being a busy single mom of two boys!  

CREW (Commercial Real Estate Woman) Network was founded in 1989 and is the real estate industry's premier business networking organization dedicated to advancing the achievements of women in commercial real estate. 9,000 CREW Network members represent nearly every discipline within the industry and are located in over 70 major markets across North America.  CREW seeks to influence the success of the commercial real estate industry by focusing on fulfilling four key initiatives: business development, leadership development, industry research and career outreach.   Each year, CREW Network honors up to two individuals, groups, chapters, or companies within each recognition category (Member-to-Member Business, Economic and Community Improvement, Career Advancement for Women, Entrepreneurial Spirit) whose achievements are considered exceptional.

The award that Tara received called The Entrepreneurial Spirit Award honors a CREW member who has achieved a unique career success or milestone in the past 24 months as the result of an exceptional entrepreneurial spirit. This person is often a risk taker and is willing to step outside the box to create something new or different. They provide services, develop products, or improve practices by innovatively organizing, developing, or deploying available resources, either within their own company or a larger organization.


Tara started Ri Ky Roofing – named after her two sons, Riley and Kyle – in 2007 during a struggling economy.  Last year, when many companies were either still downsizing or holding the line on hiring, she purchased a commercial sheet metal shop that was closing its doors. The move allowed her to provide a single source warranty for commercial roofing, sheet metal and solar installations to her private clients who own or manage buildings, as well as her new construction clients.


Through her persistence and hard work, Ri Ki Roofing now has six offices nationwide with additional offices planned in the future. In addition, she holds multistate and federal certifications as a women’s business enterprise and as a woman-owned small business – and Ri Ky is the only WBE to offer these services in the United States.


Tara serves on the board for the Pacific Northwest chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, educating female high school graduates on apprenticeship programs and jobs in the trades that are available to them. She also serves on the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce National Council for the 8(m) Woman Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program, which sets aside projects in federal government for woman-owned companies.


Earlier this year, Tara was also honored by the Portland Business Journal with an Orchid Award as “Oregon’s Top Woman Entrepreneur."