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CREW Upstate Annual Awards

We are now accepting nominations for our 2023 Awards!

Have you or someone you know closed a big deal or achieved an exciting milestone this past year? Has your
company been involved in a transformational project? We encourage you to submit nominations to
recognize star individuals and projects here in the Upstate.

Recipients will be recognized in an event celebrating all of our 2023 Award Winners at Urban Wren on November 2nd.


2023 CREW Upstate Award Categories

New Member of the Year (INDIVIDUAL)

The New Member of the Year Award recognizes a a member who is a rising leader in CREW Upstate and in the commercial real estate industry.


The CREW Catalyst Award recognizes a commercial real estate professional who consistently exemplifies CREW Network’s commitment to advancing women, serving as a catalyst for change in their company and throughout the industry. This award is presented to a professional whose actions had a significant impact on one or more women in the industry to help pursue and succeed in new opportunities.

(formerly Career Advancement for Women)

Distinguished Leader (INDIVIDUAL)

The Distinguished Leader Award recognizes a commercial real estate professional who is a proven producer, connector, manager, or trailblazer. This individual demonstrates star quality in their field via transaction volume, groundbreaking deal size, or other industry achievement. The award honors the professional who exhibits excellence, resourcefulness, collaboration, and industry best practices. Special consideration will be given to individuals whose achievements have contributed to the advancement of women in the commercial real estate industry.


The Spirit of CREW Award recognizes a member who has made a significant impact on our organization and membership. This member who exemplifies the power and spirit of CREW Network and demonstrates a commitment through volunteering, engagement, and participation.

Woman to Watch (INDIVIDUAL)

The Woman to Watch Award honors a commercial real estate professional who has achieved a unique career success or milestone as the result of taking a risk. This person is often ambitious and is willing to step outside the box to create something new or different. They provide services, develop products, or improve practices by organizing, developing, or deploying available resources in an innovative way, either within their own company or a larger organization. Special consideration will be given to individuals whose achievements have contributed to the advancement of women in the commercial real estate industry. This person is someone to watch!

(formerly Rising Star)

Development Impact (PROJECT)

Real estate projects can transform the built environment and have the power to transform and revitalize a community, often beyond the boundaries of the project. The Development Impact Awards honor recent projects that have had a significant and measurable positive impact on the Upstate community.

CREW Collaboration (GROUP/TEAM)

The CREW Collaboration Award recognizes a team where a project/deal of significance engaged and involved multiple CREW Upstate members. This deal is worthy of note for the degree of networking, collaboration and engagement of fellow members as well as its industry impact.

Congratulations to our past award winners!

2022 Winners

Woman to Watch

Brantley Anderson, Colliers

Spirit of CREW

Michelle Dodge, Truist

CREW Catalyst

Ramona Farrell, Farrell Insights

New Member of the Year

Adam Thoma, HMK Architects + Planners

Distinguished Leader

Chesley White, SHLTR Architects

CREW Collaboration

Canal Insurance Relocation

Colliers, Bonitz, Rescom Construction, PMC Commercial Interiors

Development Impact

Judson Mill

Triangle Construction, McMillan Pazdan Smith, Belmont Sayre, Taft Family Ventures, Avison Young

2020-21 Winners

Rising Star

Chesley White, SHLTR Architects

Career Advancement for Women

Mark Cooter, Cherry Bekaert

Distinguished Leader

Jennifer Mustar, HDR

Lifetime Achievement

Debbie McDonough, (retired) Cherry Bekaert

Development Impact

GSP International Airport Air Cargo Facility
Arthrex, Inc.

2019 Winners

Rising Star

Mareena Register, Cherry Bekaert

Career Advancement for Women

Lisa Dwight, DP3 Architects

Distinguished Leader

Brantley Anderson, Colliers International

Development Impact

Plush Mills, Serendipity Labs

2018 Winners


Kimberly Bailey, Brasfield & Gorrie

Rising Star

Alison Hollstegge, CBI

Career Advancement for Women

Jayne McCall, Hughes Development Corporation

Development Impact

Mike Murphy, Steve Foushee and Douglas Rackley, City of Greenville Public Works

Development Impact

Neil Wilson, Bogue Wallin, Patty Bock, Lisa Lanni and Ed Good, Aug W. Smith Building

2015 Winners

Rising Star Award

Lindsey Myers, McCallum Sweeny Consulting

Significant Achievement

Michelle Gaillard, SunTrust Bank

Best Interiors Project

McMillan Pazdan Smith and CBI Millennium Cancer Treatment Center for Bon Secours St. Francis Health System

Leadership / Career Advancement for Women – Individual

Debbie McDonough, Cherry Bekeart

Leadership / Career Advancement for Women – Company

McCallum Sweeney Consulting

2014 Winners

Rising Star Award

Courtney Warren and Kay Hill

Outstanding Leadership Individual Award

Meg Scoopmire

Outstanding Leadership Organization Award

Sage Valuation

Most Significant Transaction

Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer

Best Interiors

GHS HQ- Cely Construction, McMillan Pazdan Smith, Young Office

2013 Winners

Rising Star Award

Kacie Jackson, ECS Carolinas, LLP

Outstanding Leadership Individual Award

Maggie Kleger, Britt, Peters & Associates, Inc.

Outstanding Leadership Organization Award

Wyche, PA

2012 Winners

Rising Star Award

Tara Brenton Hile, Newfound Studio, Architecture + Design

Outstanding Leadership Award

Hope Tz Schmalzl, Prudential C. Dan Joyner Commercial

Outstanding Leadership Organization Award

Clemson University’s Richard H. Pennell Center for
Real Estate Development

Significant Achievement Award

Sally Sarratt, Mcmillan Pazdan Smith

Lifetime Achievement Award

Nancy Whitworth, City of Greenville, Economic Development

2011 Winners

Rising Star Award

Mary Douglas Hirsch, Downtown Development Manager and Tracy Ramseur, Development Coordinator, City of Greenville Economic Development

Outstanding Sponsor Award

Elliot Davis, LLC

2010 Founding Board Members

Maurie Lawrence, Wyche Burgess Freeman & Parham, P.A.
Debbie McDonough, Elliott Davis, LLC
Tara Hile, Newfound Studios, LLC
Anna O’Brien, Cogdell Spencer
Karla Kelley, Complete Commercial Solutions
Hope Tz Schmalzl, Prudential C. Dan Joyner
Megan O’Neill, Wyche Burgess Freeman & Parham, P.A.
Hillary Andren-Wise, McMillan Pazdan Smith
Renee Dunlap, NAI Earle Furman
Patty Wilhoit, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC
Donna Millard, Elliott Davis, LLC; and
Kathryn “Kitty” Allen, Coldwell Banker Caine.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Anne S. Ellefson, Managing Director, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

CREW Impact Award

Lisa Lanni, Principal, McMillan Pazdan Smith