Upcoming Events

June Off-Site
Thursday, Jun. 11th @ 11:45 am
July Lunch & Program
Thursday, Jul. 9th @ 11:45 am
Thursday, Jul. 16th @ 4:30 pm
CREW / CCIM Annual Golf Tournament
Thursday, Aug. 13th @ 11:15 am - 7:30 pm
September Lunch & Program
Thursday, Sep. 10th @ 11:45 am
October Lunch & Program
Thursday, Oct. 8th @ 11:45 am
November Lunch & Program
Thursday, Nov. 12th @ 11:45 am
December Awards Luncheon
Thursday, Dec. 10th @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
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June Off-Site Tour

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Greg Lutje, Commercial Real Estate Attorney, Samuels Yoelin Kantor

Greg has been a Commercial RE Attorney for more than 25 years.  He began with Schwabe Williamson and Wyatt, has worked for himself as well as a small firm prior to going “in-house” with KinderCare Learning Centers in 2000, helping its expansion nationwide.  He and his wife left Portland in 2003, first living in South Carolina for a year, and then relocating to Chicago in 2004, when he began working for General Growth Properties.  In 2007 they returned to Portland with their 9 month old daughter, Tati, and he continued to work for GGP for six more years- working out of their Pioneer Tower offices.   Among the highlights of his tenure at GGP was the opportunity to represent the Landlord in negotiating the Lease with Apple for its beautiful new store that replaced Saks 5th Avenue.  

He returned to private practice at Samuels Yoelin Kantor (SYK) about two years ago.  They are an 85 year old firm with 18 lawyers.  He came here with no “book of business”, but with great expectations.  Since most of his transactional work for the preceding 13 years had been on a national scope, he realized he needed to re-establish his local and regional networking contacts.  Lisa Fisher suggested he consider learning more about CREW, and he attended a prospective new member gathering, where he won a bottle of wine, and helped another candidate win one as well.  He had a great time, and was very appreciative of the help and friendship afforded to him by CREW.  Greg noted joining CREW has proved to be one of the best decisions he's made of late.
His work at SYK is a mix between what he know best:  Leasing, particularly Retail Leases, and more traditional transactional work such as buying, selling, developing and financing all forms of real estate.  While there, he's been fortunate to have been able to assist companies like Rouse Properties and Nike with leasing needs.  And 2015 began wonderfully as he was retained by Forever 21 to assist with its major expansion plans—it wants to double its store count from 600 to 1200 in 3 years, and roll out a new concept F21-Red.  Those stores will be mini-anchors (10-20k sf) in Power Centers and larger neighborhood commercial locations.  As a “deal junkie”, he's excited to be able to be part of this team effort, and loves having a “nearly-full plate” of work again.  And with the resurgence of Commercial Real Estate locally, regionally and nationally, it is truly a grand time to be in this industry!

Aside from being a proud (and fortunate) member of CREW Portland, he is also a member of ICSC.  In 2013, he was a co-presenter at the ICSC Law Conference in San Diego. A little over a year ago, he joined the Board of Trustees of The International School, where their daughter is now in the third grade.

He would like to make a “shout-out” to Girls on the Run of Portland Metro.  It is a program for 3-5th grade girls.  Its mission is to “inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident, using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.”  The program lasts about 12 weeks, from March through May, and his daughter Tati looks forward to Monday and Wednesday afternoons, when she meets at Duniway Park with her new “friends”.  The program is currently seeking “Running Buddies” who will :  “Share a girl’s exhilaration and excitement as she crosses the finish line of her first 5k. For many girls, this is the biggest challenge and greatest accomplishment of their Girls on the Run experience. One of their favorite parts is having their very own Running Buddy by their side!”.  Buddies need only participate in a Practice 5k on May 7 (4:30-6pm) at Duniway, and then the Grand Finale event on May 30 (9-noon) at Greenway Park in Beaverton.  To learn more, please check out this link:  http://www.girlsontherunpdx.org/become-a-running-buddy.html.

He and his wife live in Beaverton with their two Golden Retrievers, Ruby and Scout. He is a proud graduate of some of Oregon’s best schools:  David Douglas School District, Willamette University and Lewis & Clark Law School. He occasionally likes to hit the little ball into the woods, sand or water- and occasionally onto the green, and he's very much looking forward to this year’s CREW Golf Outing and opportunities to get to know, work with and hopefully assist other CREW members.

Training in Sunny San Diego

Written by Elissa Looney, Perlo Construction
The CREW Network Council of Delegates is a group of representatives from the 72 chapters that comprise the CREW Network, of which CREW Portland is a member.   Each year, the chapter delegates attend three leadership conferences and a convention around North America.  The topics vary at each conference, but always focus on leadership training and skill building, as well as networking and business/chapter development. The 2015 Winter Leadership Summit with CREW Network was held on February 12th and 13th in San Diego, California at the Hotel del Coronado.  I was grateful to have another opportunity to attend one of these great conferences.   

The focus of this particular conference was efficiency with social media and technology.  Our keynote speaker was Crystal Washington, a marketing strategist, author and keynote speaker, who is well-known for assisting large companies with online strategy.  She returned to the Winter Conference after overwhelming reviews from her presentation during the CREW National Convention in Miami.  Ms. Washington’s presentation was all about the use of the web to increase chapter membership and business profitability.  CREW Portland has made great strides over the last year to increase our presence on social media channels such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.  This conference provided additional tools to maximize our use of social media and ensure we employ the most efficient means to increasing chapter awareness and membership in the Portland area.


In addition to the interpersonal networking, leadership training, and social networking seminars, some exciting announcements were made over the course of the two-day conference.  Several of the speakers for the upcoming Fall Convention in Bellevue, Washington were announced, including former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright.  The 2016 Convention location was also announced as New York City!          


To say that it was difficult to board the return flight would be an understatement, as the setting on the beach, and the 80 degree weather with clear blue skies was heaven for a Portlander.  I returned, however, with additional knowledge of our industry, leadership training, and the CREW Network. The CREW conventions and summits are excellent opportunities to improve your leadership skills, network with other highly successful CREW members throughout the country & Canada, and are available to all of our members. I highly encourage all of our local chapter members to attend the annual National Convention September 30th – October 3rd in Bellevue, Washington.  Watch for announcements in the coming months regarding scholarships for the National Convention, and consider joining the board for your chance to represent our local chapter at these National events. You can find out more about these events by visiting the CREW Network website at www.crewnetwork.org.