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CREW National Convention - TRIP OF A LIFETIME!

By Tara Kramer, Ri Ky Roofing and Sheet Metal

When CREW National called me last year to let me know that I had won the “Top Woman Entrepreneurial Spirit Award for the USA- 2014” I was speechless! After winning the distinguished honor of the Portland Business Journal’s Orchid Award “Top Woman Entrepreneur for the State of Oregon” earlier in 2014, I was humbled when CREW Portland nominated me for their national award.  I didn’t hold out much hope in a national competition, especially since a CREW Portland member, Connie Rathbone, had won the year before. But it did happen and I was off to the CREW National Convention in Florida that year.

Highlights of the convention for me were meeting up with other CREW members from different chapters and as an added bonus, my two boys now 12 and 14, who inspired me to start my company 8 years ago, came with me to the event. We were privileged to sit with our CREW board members front row to listen to Steve Forbes, meet him and even have our photo taken with him. And listening to Hillary Clinton and meeting her was just as inspiring.


This year Seattle is hosting the CREW National Awards and I don’t plan to miss it! It’s in our backyard so there is no excuse not to travel up there for this great event. They have amazing speakers lined up for us. Networking at the CREW National Convention can yield ROI for you, your company and maybe a few new friends you can go visit when you need to get away.


Based on my experience the key to making a networking event successful is to take five of the best contacts you make and plan to try and do business with them. It will take discipline when you get back from convention because you will be pulled in all your normal 40 directions. But stay focused. Every CREW convention and local CREW Portland event and luncheon can do the same for your business. We live in a world of networking and doing business with people we like…CREW is that organization for me. Helping each other succeed and as my mother used to call it when she was alive - paying it forward, that is what life and business is about.  So, I am paying it forward to all of you…go to Convention, come to CREW Portland events…let’s help each other grow our businesses and support one another. As the Portland Business Journal headline once read…”Portland…Where Women Rule and There’s Work To Be Done!”

Susanne Orton, Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications, Harsch Investment Properties

Susanne Orton is the Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Harsch Investment Properties, a 65-year-old commercial real estate investment and management company with more than 22 million square feet of office, multi-tenant industrial, multifamily, and retail properties across six states. She developed a comprehensive strategy, set up the processes for, implemented and continues to run the vibrant digital marketing and communications department for the company’s seven regions. She also serves as the digital strategist and media and community relations point person for the nationally-acclaimed Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation art lending program.
Susanne came to the the task of creating a new strategic process and robust communications platform for Harsch from a diverse business leadership perspective. Formerly, she was active in such arenas as high-impact political consulting, capital funding for nonprofit museums, and fundraising for statewide initiative campaigns and political candidates. She was also the founder and publisher of Roll35, a digital content creation company whose clients included Whole Foods Market, Portland State University, South Valley Bank & Trust, and more. Susanne also has the benefit of prior experience in the commercial real estate industry, serving as president of the in-house brokerage arm of development firm Holt & Haugh, where she was instrumental in the successful development of the award-winning $140 million, 92-acre Fairview Village project.

Susanne’s achievements at Harsch include developing executable best-of-class online assets such as ten company-related websites, including the new corporate Harsch site, a strong presence across several social media platforms, dynamic email campaigns, search engine optimization, and digitally-led public relations and corporate responsibility efforts to the commercial real estate industry and communities Harsch serves.

As a board member and delegate of CREW Portland and chair of the Social Media Subcommittee, Susanne launched the organization’s social media presence within the past 18 months, working closely with the Marketing Liason and Marketing Committee Chair. In addition to CREW, Susanne has been involved with ICSC, NAIOP, various city clubs, planning committees, and women’s and children’s nonprofit organizations.

Susanne has used her experience to present on social media and digital strategy at a number of conferences, including the Portland State University Digital Marketing Breakfast and ICSC Pacific Northwest Idea Exchange, and to private organizations such as Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP. She also has volunteered consulting services to a variety of nonprofit organizations such as Project Lemonade, Young Audiences, and the Citizens Crime Commission.