CREW DC Holds 2018 Awards Gala

October 5, 2018
Written by: KW Communications
Left to right: Incoming CREW DC President, Lynn Stith Bennett of Coakley & Williams Construction; 2018 CREW DC President, Barb Mackin of Citizens Bank; Emcee Leslie Ludwig of L&L Advisors; Outstanding Impact Award Winner, Sadhvi Subramanian of Capital One.
CREW DC held its annual awards event on Thursday, September 27th at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium to celebrate real estate achievements in the commercial real estate industry. More than 400 guests participated in CREW’s recognition of industry leaders as well as of industry-leading transactions, developments, interiors work and marketing campaigns that demonstrated excellence, impact and vision within the Washington, DC real estate industry.

The award winners include:

Placemaking Award – JBG SMITH, CBRE, Rosslyn BID and Beyer Blinder Bell Architects for Central Place. CREW DC Members involved in the project included Mary-Claire Burick, Jill Goubeaux, Kara Alter, Samantha Ralli and Jessica Anderson.  The Placemaking award recognizes a team who worked together on a development, major renovation or redevelopment project that demonstrated excellence in functionality, aesthetics and relationship to surroundings.

Dealmaking Award – Capital One and The Meridian Group for The Boro Project. CREW DC members involved in the transaction included Sadhvi Subramanian, Katherine Baack, Leslie Furst and Kristen Moye. The Dealmaking award honors the team of professionals who worked together on a transaction that demonstrated excellence, resourcefulness, collaboration and industry best practices.

Best Interiors Award – KGO for International Food Policy Research Institute. CREW DC member Jennifer Olson was involved in the project. The Best Interiors Award honors the team who has completed an interiors project in a commercial, retail or multifamily space and has improved the overall aesthetics and functionality of that space, which in turn has improved its marketability and/or the workplace/livability environment. 

Most Creative Marketing Award – JBG SMITH, Gensler and Of Place for the Phase Zero campaign. CREW DC members involved included Kara Alter, Leanne Berthiaume and Kristen Scharer. The Most Creative Marketing Award recognizes a company or individual who has developed the most creative and effective advertising or marketing program that promotes or features commercial real estate, including projects, transactions and/or initiatives.

CREW also honored the previously announced individual recognition award winners:

Outstanding Impact Award
Sadhvi Subramanian of Capital One

Annual Achievement Award
Greta Perry of MGAC

Corporate Leadership Award
Kim Roy of HITT

Rising Star Award
Kaleena Francis Lee of Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners

Esprit de Corps Award
Karen Widmayer of KW Communications LLC

Founded in 1979, CREW DC promotes professional opportunities and business relationships for women in the commercial real estate industry. CREW DC, with approximately 540 members, is one of the largest chapters in North America. CREW Network is the national association for women in commercial real estate and represents over 11,000 women in commercial real estate in chapters across more than 70 major markets in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. For more information, visit the CREW DC website at, and follow CREW DC on Twitter and Instagram @crewwashdc and on Facebook at