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OUR CREW



Executive Board


Ann Wehener

President
Ann Wehener
W: 330-572-4717
C: 330-620-3631
awehener@okslaw.com

During her twenty-plus years of law practice, Ann has served the commercial litigation and transactional needs of not only large institutions, but small businesses and individuals as well. She enjoys working with her clients to solve their problems to position them for optimum success. She is also committed to making her community a better place to live, as shown through her past position as President of the Junior League of Akron and her present position as President of the Board of Family Promise of Summit County, an organization devoted to assisting homeless families.




Donna Weaver

Immediate Past President
Donna Weaver
W: 330-255-4327
C: 216-401-8015
dweaver@cohencpa.com

As a small business owner herself, Donna understands the issues many of her clients deal with. She knows the angst and decision processes they go through. That's one of the reasons she is such a great resource. The instant rapport she builds, owner-to-owner, allows her to help her clients through their challenges.

Donna's technical expertise lies in tax compliance and planning for partnerships and limited liability corporations (LLCs). She conducts year-end reviews of her clients' tax situations to identify opportunities to reduce tax liabilities, taking into account both business and personal tax planning goals. She also focuses on transaction planning, 1031 exchanges and state and local tax planning. Many of her clients are in the real estate, manufacturing and service industries.




Julie Brandle

First Vice President
Julie Brandle
W: 330-677-7333 x401
C: 330-858-6672
jbrandle@metiscontruction.com

Julie Brandle is the President and a Founder of Metis Construction Services, a female-owned commercial general contractor located in Kent, Ohio focusing on interior renovations, ground-up construction and facilities maintenance throughout Northeast Ohio. With over 20 years experience in sales, marketing, and public relations, Julie oversees these areas of expertise for Metis along with being an integral part of the ownership team that designs and manages the overall business strategy for Metis.

Julie volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio, where she is a recipient of the 2015 Women of Distinction Award. She serves on the leadership boards of CREW-Commercial Real Estate Women, Rebuilding Together - Portage County, Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce and Greater Akron Chamber Small Business Council, Streetsboro Chamber, Kent State University Construction Management Department Advisory Board, Portage Development Board, and Rotary Club of Akron where she is currently serving as President. She is a 2014 graduate of both Leadership Portage and the Goldman Sachs 10k small business program. Julie and her husband Steven reside in Brimfield Twp. Their daughter Kimberly is a freshman at Bowling Green State University.




Zada Lines

Professional Profile


Second Vice President
Zada Lines
330-670-4418
330-701-2288
zada.lines@cbre.com

Zada Lines joined CBRE's Akron office in September 2014 as an Associate in CBRE's Office Specialty Brokerage Group. Her competitive spirit and commitment to a strong work ethic makes her a valuable addition to CBRE. She works collaboratively with Susan Lines and Gary Rickel and focuses primarily on office and investment properties. Zada was recently recognized as a recipient for Crain's Cleveland Business - Twenty in their 20s, class of 2017 and the Greater Akron Chamber's - 30 for the Future for 2017. In 2015, Zada was recognized as CBRE's Rookie of the Year in the Cleveland/Akron market. In addition to CREW, Zada participates in Torchbearers as a 2018 Membership Committee Co-Chair.




Lori Sallaz

Secretary
Lori Sallaz
330-762-4776 ext 201
Lori.Sallaz@
developmentfinanceauthority.org

Lori is responsible for performing a variety of administrative, accounting, marketing, clerical and management support duties necessary for the organization to run efficiently and be promoted in an effective and professional manner. She is also responsible for accounts payable, accounts receivable and assists with and directs marketing outreach activities for Development Finance Authority of Summit County and the Development Fund of the Western Reserve through oversight of the website, electronic newsletters, press releases and marketing materials.

Furthering her education, Lori attended ITT Technical institute and Youngstown State University. Her extensive background includes experience in human resources, office management and technology, records management, compliance and customer service.

Lori resides in Portage County and is a Board member of the Northeast Ohio Trail Riders Association. She enjoys reading, horseback riding, camping and hiking.




Patty McLean

Treasurer
Patty McLean
W: 330-865-4337
patricia.mclean@usbank.com



Assistant Treasurer
Corianne Voltz

Patty is Vice President, Business Banking Client Manager with U.S. Bank. She partners with business clients throughout Northeast Ohio. With 20 years of experience, she assists clients in managing, growing and maintaining their businesses with customized solutions. Patty is active with the Stark County CASA/GAL Program and committee member for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival.




Committees


Carrie Leising

Committee Chair
Carrie Leising
330-607-3210
carrieleising@cfbankmail.com



Maureen Aebi

Committee Vice-Chair
Maureen Aebi
330-572-8034
Maureen.Aebi@sikich.com

Membership Committee


The membership committee works to identify and recruit new members. The chairperson coordinates the application process and verifies qualifications and submits qualified members for vote by the Executive Committee for membership.

The committee works to retain members and works to follow up on membership renewals each year with CREW National. The committee works with the Program Committee to organize New Member Events and other events for recruiting new members.

Carrie Leising joined CFBank in 2016 after 14 very successful years at Citizens Bank where she started as Branch Manager, but found her passion partnering with and supporting businesses and worked her way up to a Relationship Manager in the Commercial space. Carrie is now VP, Commercial Banking at CF where she specializes in building relationships and assisting business owners in their business and personal financial solutions and decisions, with a niche in the Real Estate space, including owner occupied and investment real estate. In addition the CREW Carrie serves on the Finance Board of Open M and is a long time Rotarian with the Stow Munroe Falls Rotary Club.


Maureen Aebi, CPA, MT is a supervisor in the firm's tax department. She has more than five years of experience serving a variety of industries, such as commerial and residential real estate and professional services. Maureen assists businesses with tax planning, tax compliance and tax research.




Rebecca Ball

Committee Chair
Rebecca Ball

June Ring

Committee Vice-Chair
June Ring
330-571-1750
jring@hudsontechpartners.com

Sponsorship Committee


The Sponsorship Committee shall work to secure Annual and Event Sponsors for each year. The chair person works with the Treasurer to invoice sponsors and confirm receipt. The committee works with the Programs Committee to make sure valued sponsors receive the recognition of sponsorship and the free tickets to events.

The committee shall work to identify new sponsors and expand the opportunities for sponsorship. These efforts support the activities of the organization not covered by dues and event charges.




Ms Ring provides best-in-class technology and telecom solutions for owners and developers of commercial real estate assets. We also advise clients in healthcare, multi-family, senior living and hospitality - both new construction and renovation projects. The right technology can future-proof buildings, generate revenue streams, and maintain/increase occupancy. Our solutions include Internet, phones, WiFi, DAS, smart building/smart room technologies, GPON / fiber to the unit, security/surveillance, and more.




Sarah Gregg

Committee Chair
Sarah Gregg
330-784-6005
sgregg@partnersenv.com



Katie Hauser

Committee Vice-Chair
Katie Hauser
330-603-0608
katie.hauser@interface.com

Programs and Professional Development Committee


The Programs Committee shall work to provide various professional development events and networking events; both members only and open events for recruiting purposes. Subcommittees may be formed to coordinate some of the signature events; Bus Tour, Book Club, Insiders Tours and Annual Forum.

The Committee shall work to provide relevant and frequent opportunities for members to network and expand their skills and knowledge through professional development on current topics affecting the industry. Some events will be open to non-members, but other events will be members only events to benefit the overall membership (Insiders Tours) on relevant local commercial opportunities.

  • Bus Tour - highlights recent, significant real estate projects in the local area. The tour provides insight into the development of projects and facilities not generally available for public visits. Members get priority on reservations and reduced rates.
  • Book Club - a members only event which allows the discussion and conversation around relevant reading topics.
  • Insiders Tours - a quarterly event open to members only typically an hour in the early morning or late afternoon providing a special opportunity to get an insider's view of special projects in the area often hosted by the developer.
  • Annual Forum - a signature event held each fall. A half date event offering CE (continuing education) for brokers, accountants and attorneys providing information and professional development on current industry relevant topics.


Sarah B. Gregg, PE, is a Senior Project Manager with Partners with over 13 years of experience in environmental consulting. As the lead Engineer at Partners, Ms. Gregg focuses on due diligence and environmental, health and safety compliance projects, including but not limited to Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), Tier II reporting, storm water permitting and SWPPPs, SPCC Plans, Emergency action plans, job hazard analyses, and EH&S auditing.

She holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and is professionally licensed in the States of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

Katie Hauser, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP joined the Interface sales team in May 2015 as an Account Executive, and along with her sales partner services her Northern Ohio customer base with tremendous enthusiasm and a tireless sense of top notch customer service. Katie's education and previous work experience as an NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer allows her to bring a pragmatic yet creative approach to her client's needs as they collaboratively work through the flooring selection and design process. In addition to CREW, Katie participates on the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Cleveland Akron Committee, currently serving as Student Relations Chair, where she is charged with cultivating relationships with and programming for five area college Interior Design programs. She was also recognized nationally as IIDA's Member of the Year for 2016 as a testament to her commitment to the field of interior design and volunteerism.



Tara Stephen

Committee Chair
Tara Stephen
330-664-2909
tara.stephen@stbank.net



Brittany Michael

Committee Vice-Chair
Brittany Michael

Communications Committee


The Communications Committee of CREW Greater Akron is designed to promote and communicate the value of CREW membership to current and prospective members, as well as the value of the organization and its members to the community through our website and media initiatives.

Tara received her Finance & Economic degree from Bethany College. Tara has been in the Banking industry for 19 years. Working in all aspects of commercial lending within Summit, Stark, Medina, and Cuyahoga counties, previously with two large regional Banks and moved to S&T Bank in May 2015. She specializes in commercial & industrial and real estate lending.




Kim Beckett

Committee Chair
Kim Beckett
330-374-7676
kbeckett@downtownakron.com



Denise Armstrong

Committee Vice-Chair
Denise Armstrong
330-384-9306
dearmstrong@mckinley.com

Bus Tour Committee


CREW Greater Akron hosts an annual bus tour that highlights recent, significant real estate projects in the local community. The tour provides insight into the development of the projects and affords participants an opportunity to tour facilities not generally available for public visits. The bus tour is open to members and non-members and has had a significant increase in participation over the past several years.

Kimberly Beckett works closely with downtown stakeholders through business and property owner retention surveys and one-on-one interviews. Also, she is developing and implementing a retail recruitment program. She assists businesses in troubleshooting problems with local government as well as supporting economic development activities. Additionally, she contributes to all marketing and promotion events throughout the year. Kimberly received her bachelor's degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed her masters in public administration at the University of Akron.




Denise Armstrong is the Regional Director - Property Manager for the McKinley Commercial Owned portfolio. Denise manages 708,819 square feet of first class office space in downtown Akron, Ohio including the FirstEnergy/Akron Centre and 222 S. Main buildings. Denise has also managed over 2,000,000 square feet of shopping center space. Denise currently is the Treasurer of the Special Improvement District for the City of Akron and is a member of Downtown Akron Partnership, BOMA and CREW. Denise has taken management, leasing and marketing classes through the International Council of Shopping Center and is a Notary Public.

Denise also volunteers for various non-profit agencies including the United Way.




Amy Brooks

Committee Chair
Amy Brooks
234-334-5737
apalmer@sjlmgt.com



Karen Pateos

Committee Vice-Chair
Karen Pateos

Holiday Luncheon Committee


CREW Greater Akron hosts an annual holiday luncheon each year, with net proceeds going to benefit a local non-profit agency. The event provides an opportunity for all to enjoy professional networking and fulfill philanthropic interests during the holiday season. Committee members work to select the organization receiving the proceeds as well as plan the event.

Amy Brooks joined SJL Management Group in Nov. 2014 as Facilities Manager. SJL thrives in Commercial real estate investing and property management. Amy's 20 years of human resource management experience involving performance management, recruiting, compliance reporting, training and dedicated client/employee relations and satisfaction has been a great asset.







Karen has been a City Planner in the Zoning Division of the City of Akron Department of Planning and Urban Development for over 17 years. One of her many roles is to work with developers, real estate agents, bankers, etc. regarding land use issues. She is also a nationally certified Zoning Inspector and issues all the city's zoning code violations. Karen is an avid golfer who wishes one day to shoot her age. In addition to CREW, Karen volunteers as a CASA and is a Volunteer Coach for The First Tee of Greater Akron.




Julie Brandle

Committee Chair
Julie Brandle
W: 330-677-7333 x401
C: 330-858-6672
jbrandle@metiscontruction.com

Real Estate Forum

Julie Brandle is the President and a Founder of Metis Construction Services, a female-owned commercial general contractor located in Kent, Ohio focusing on interior renovations, ground-up construction and facilities maintenance throughout Northeast Ohio. With over 20 years experience in sales, marketing, and public relations, Julie oversees these areas of expertise for Metis along with being an integral part of the ownership team that designs and manages the overall business strategy for Metis.

Julie volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio, where she is a recipient of the 2015 Women of Distinction Award. She serves on the leadership boards of CREW-Commercial Real Estate Women, Rebuilding Together - Portage County, Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce and Greater Akron Chamber Small Business Council, Streetsboro Chamber, Kent State University Construction Management Department Advisory Board, Portage Development Board, and Rotary Club of Akron where she is currently serving as President. She is a 2014 graduate of both Leadership Portage and the Goldman Sachs 10k small business program. Julie and her husband Steven reside in Brimfield Twp. Their daughter Kimberly is a freshman at Bowling Green State University.




Donna Weaver

Committee Chair
Donna Weaver
W: 330-255-4327
C: 216-401-8015
dweaver@cohencpa.com

Nominating Committee

As a small business owner herself, Donna understands the issues many of her clients deal with. She knows the angst and decision processes they go through. That's one of the reasons she is such a great resource. The instant rapport she builds, owner-to-owner, allows her to help her clients through their challenges.

Donna's technical expertise lies in tax compliance and planning for partnerships and limited liability corporations (LLCs). She conducts year-end reviews of her clients' tax situations to identify opportunities to reduce tax liabilities, taking into account both business and personal tax planning goals. She also focuses on transaction planning, 1031 exchanges and state and local tax planning. Many of her clients are in the real estate, manufacturing and service industries.