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December Programs and Annual Awards Presentation

CREW Network's National Presence in the Commercial Real Estate Industry
Plus...Annual Awards Presentation


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For over twenty-four years, CREW Network has been helping its members climb to the top of their professions within the commercial real estate industry.  Please join us as Cheryl Hardt, our Northwest Chapter Liason from the CREW Network Board of Directors, brings us up to speed on our Crew Network and shares with us valuable information regarding the benefits and programs that CREW members can utilize. Whether you are a member of CREW or you have been thinking about joining CREW, this is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the national presence of our organization.  


Cheryl Hardt, First Vice President at CBRE, Inc. in Saddle Brook New Jersey, has more than 25 years of experience and has completed over nine million square feet of leasing and sales transactions. Cheryl is also the 2014 Committee Co-Liaison for Industry Research, and she was the 2013 Board Liaison for NE chapters and the 2013 Committee Liaison for CREW Network Foundation Scholarship Selection.  


At this luncheon, we will also present three annual awards: Member of the Year, Deal of the Year, and our Networking award. Come support your fellow members!




CREW Network Impact Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit

Tara Kramer
Tara Kramer

Written by Jodi Prentice, Jones Lang LaSalle

We would like to congratulate Tara Kramer with RiKy Roofing for being bestowed with the very prestigious CREW Network Impact Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit!  She certainly embodies everything that is required for taking risks and doing so very successfully…all the while being a busy single mom of two boys!  

CREW (Commercial Real Estate Woman) Network was founded in 1989 and is the real estate industry's premier business networking organization dedicated to advancing the achievements of women in commercial real estate. 9,000 CREW Network members represent nearly every discipline within the industry and are located in over 70 major markets across North America.  CREW seeks to influence the success of the commercial real estate industry by focusing on fulfilling four key initiatives: business development, leadership development, industry research and career outreach.   Each year, CREW Network honors up to two individuals, groups, chapters, or companies within each recognition category (Member-to-Member Business, Economic and Community Improvement, Career Advancement for Women, Entrepreneurial Spirit) whose achievements are considered exceptional.

The award that Tara received called The Entrepreneurial Spirit Award honors a CREW member who has achieved a unique career success or milestone in the past 24 months as the result of an exceptional entrepreneurial spirit. This person is often a risk taker and is willing to step outside the box to create something new or different. They provide services, develop products, or improve practices by innovatively organizing, developing, or deploying available resources, either within their own company or a larger organization.


Tara started Ri Ky Roofing – named after her two sons, Riley and Kyle – in 2007 during a struggling economy.  Last year, when many companies were either still downsizing or holding the line on hiring, she purchased a commercial sheet metal shop that was closing its doors. The move allowed her to provide a single source warranty for commercial roofing, sheet metal and solar installations to her private clients who own or manage buildings, as well as her new construction clients.


Through her persistence and hard work, Ri Ki Roofing now has six offices nationwide with additional offices planned in the future. In addition, she holds multistate and federal certifications as a women’s business enterprise and as a woman-owned small business – and Ri Ky is the only WBE to offer these services in the United States.


Tara serves on the board for the Pacific Northwest chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, educating female high school graduates on apprenticeship programs and jobs in the trades that are available to them. She also serves on the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce National Council for the 8(m) Woman Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program, which sets aside projects in federal government for woman-owned companies.


Earlier this year, Tara was also honored by the Portland Business Journal with an Orchid Award as “Oregon’s Top Woman Entrepreneur."

Member Profile

Kathleen Buono, Project Manager, Perlo Construction

Kathleen Buono is an Oregon native and was born and raised in Portland. In fact, she lived in the same house in the Eastmoreland neighborhood between the time she was six months old to when she moved to Eugene to attend the University of Oregon. Kathleen spent five fantastic years in Austin, Texas, but, she missed the beautiful change of seasons in Oregon and returned to her roots. It was when she returned to Portland that she began her career in the commercial real estate sector as a commercial appraiser with Curtis Slocom (now Integra Realty Resources). Kathleen earned the prestigious MAI designation (Member of Appraisal Institute) in October, 2012. By then, she had been an appraiser for more than 15 years specializing in urban mixed-use, multi-family, retail and office properties. Some highlights to her appraisal career include the valuation of 200 Market, Riva on the Park, Machine Works Building, Grand Central Bowl, Montgomery Park, PacWest, the Commonwealth Building, and the Twelve West Building  (the one with the wind turbines).

In 2013, Kathleen decided to make a career change. She loved the real estate business and being an appraiser, but wanted to find a new challenge. After several months of soul searching and informational interviews, Kathleen found the perfect job as a Project Manager with Perlo Construction’s Special Projects Group. In this position she spends her days managing smaller projects ranging from the $500 repair to the $300,000 tenant improvement. Wide-ranging can sometimes be an understatement with the Special Projects Group. In her first month on the job, she helped a property owner with a damaged concrete panel after a train backed into it, helped a client upgrade restroom shelving, provided a local manufacturer with an estimate for a new clean room installation, and helped estimate the renovation of a former florist shop into a bakery. It is the variety of projects, the teamwork, and the focus on customer service that she enjoys most in her new role.

Kathleen has been a member of CREW for more than 10 years. She is currently finishing out her fourth year on the Board and is in her second year serving as our Treasurer. She has been on many CREW committees over the years, including golf and sponsorship, and is a current member of the programs committee.

October Tour Recap

Washington High School Revival
By: Jackie Safko

Craig Kelly, Broker for Venerable Properties, LLC, led a limited number of CREW members through the ongoing remodel of Washington High School.  The school is a designated as a Portland historic landmark and was designed in the classical revival style by Portland’s architectural firms Houghtaling & Dougan.

Plans for the revitalization focused on preserving the building’s historical importance, restoring the exterior facade and giving new life to the interior core.  SERA was selected as the project’s architect and Bremik Construction is the general contractor.

The tour started on the 23,000 square foot ground floor where seven new entries have been added, allowing direct access for retailers along SE Stark and SE 14th Avenue. The second, third and fourth levels feature over 50,000 square feet of creative/flex office space.  New Seasons is moving their headquarters from North Portland to this location and has leased the entire fourth floor and half of the third.

At completion there will over 200 people working in the building, with the majority moving from offices in downtown Portland.  Employers noted that many of their staff lived on the Eastside and felt it was important for them to work in the same area.   

At the heart of the building, the existing auditorium will be used for music performances and corporate events with all of the 320 original seats remaining.  The new addition is a 2,680 square foot roof deck. With views of downtown and Portland’s Eastside, the deck will be available to rent as an event space in addition to being a tenant amenity for lounging and barbeques.

Craig described what he wanted people to take away from the transformation of the building.  He said that Art DeMuro, preservationist and founder of Venerable Group, was instrumental in the property being sold by the Portland Public School District.  Art wanted to save the building and its history for the next 100 years.  Art emphasized the importance of structures like for the community and future generations.  Art had a vision of what this project could be and how much it meant to him for it to be completed the way he saw it.

Art passed away before his dream could be realized, but Craig Kelly and the team at Venerable persevered.  With the addition of investment partner Pacific Reality Associates, L.P. “PacTrust”, a feasible new use for the property was found and in October 2013,  and PPS sold Washington High School to the partnership.

Upcoming Events

December Awards Luncheon
Thursday, Dec. 11th @ 11:45 am
Forecast Breakfast
Friday, Jan. 9th @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
February Luncheon & Program
Thursday, Feb. 12th @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
March Lunch & Program
Thursday, Mar. 12th @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
April Lunch & Program
Thursday, Apr. 9th @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
May Program
Thursday, May. 14th @ 11:45 am
June Lunch & Program
Thursday, Jun. 11th @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
July Lunch & Program
Thursday, Jul. 9th @ 11:45 am - 1:15 am
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