Paddison Takes Home CREW Network Circle of Excellence Award

The CREW Network announced its top awards last night during the 2013 Convention & Marketplace in Dallas. The four Impact Awards and topmost Circle of Excellence went to eight achievers exemplifying ideals critical to the organization’s mission.

Diane Paddison accepts awardThe CREW Network announced its top awards last night during the 2013 Convention & Marketplace in Dallas. The four Impact Awards and topmost Circle of Excellence went to eight achievers exemplifying ideals critical to the organization’s mission.

This year’s president, Susan Hill, senior managing director at HFF, surprised Diane Paddison with the Circle of Excellence award. The chief strategy officer at Cassidy Turley has worked extensively to encourage advancement of women in the commercial real estate industry, among her efforts championing the growth of the Cassidy Turley-sponsored Bridging the C-Suite Gap program, a CREW Network mentoring program founded in 2010 to match “high-potential women” with female executives and now welcoming its third class to the nine-month intensive process.

Paddison, a 20-year veteran of the commercial real estate industry, joined Cassidy Turley from ProLogis, where she was COO. Previously, she served in that role at Trammell Crow Co., joining CBRE Group Inc. with the two companies’ merger and becoming president of client accounts. A big believer in mentoring, she sits on the boards of corporations Behringer Harvard Opportunity Fund II and the Stan Johnson Co. as well as on the Salvation Army national advisory board and the Harvard Business School Christain Fellowship alumni association, and is a trustee of the Oregon Sate University Foundation. A believer in achieving balance, she is the author of Work, Love, Pray and the founder of 4Word.

CREW 2013 award winners IIIThe seven Impact Award winners were Leslie Pintor, Coni Rathbone, Vicki Berman, Andrea Daskalakis, Kathryn Cochrane Murphy, Mary Thompson and Miriam Vock Sheehan.

Pintor won the award for Career Advancement for Women for her efforts to share her knowledge and experience in southern Arizona. The senior vice president at the National Bank of Arizona has actively worked as a role model for women in real estate finance, among her efforts co-founding the bank’s Women’s Financial Group and its True Partner Path mentoring program. The winner of the 2011 Women of Influence award by Inside Tucson Business and finalist for Athena International is a member of P.E.O., an organization providing financial support to women seeking to further their education, an instructor for her bank’s Leadership Challenge training initiative and member of the Southern Arizona Girl Scout Committee of 100 who has helped train area Girl Scouts in budgeting skills and worked to develop women’s financial skills in other ways, as well.

Rathbone, winner of the Entrepreneurial Spirit award, is a shareholder in the law firm of Zupancic Rathbone.  With 25 years in the legal profession, Rathbone achieved her dream when she left a longtime position in a large law firm to found her own practice with a colleague and simultaneously launch a real estate development company. Her law firm now boasts seven lawyers, and the real estate firm last November opened the Stafford Hills Club, a private recreational facility that earned a LEED Silver certification and employs 80 workers.

Berman, a shareholder & vice president with the law firm Dean Mead, won the Member-to-Member Business award for her involvement of qualified CREW members in efforts to restructure financing encumbering a sugar cane farm a client subsequently sold to U.S. Sugar for $150 million. Eight other CREW members from a number of southern and southwestern CREW chapters joined Berman on the project, closing 13 deals accounting for some $62 million.

Daskalakis, Murphy, Thompson and Sheehan together won the Economic Impact award for their involvement in the development of the Dudley Municipal Center in the Dudley Square section of Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood. Due to open in spring 2015, the $119 million mixed-use project has been lauded by city Mayor Tom Menino for its promise to revitalize the long downtrodden Roxbury and Dorchester neighborhoods.

The awards dinner featured keynote speakers Charlotte Jones Anderson, owner & Dallas Cowboys chief brand officer, who has worked since 1989 to take the NFL franchise to its current formidable financial and brand prominence and launched its significant sponsorship of the Salvation Army. Also featured was Ryan & Co. founder, chairman & CEO Brint Ryan, who spoke on the company’s groundbreaking reorganization of its work policies to achieve work-life success for its employees.

Look for more on these achievers in the upcoming November 2013 issue of CPE.