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CREW Pittsburgh History

The foundation for CREW Pittsburgh began In October of 1994, when five (5) women in Pittsburgh, Michelle Keane Domeisen, Claudia A. Steeb, Janet McCarthy, Mary Maddamma and Lynne Lehrer, with the help of Zee Fry and Suzanne Ewing—worked diligently to form a women’s organization in the field of commercial real estate.

In 1995, Pittsburgh Women in Commercial Real Estate (PWCRE)  was formed.

Using everyone’s Rolodex information, the first meeting was held in February 1995 at the Duquesne Club with an overwhelming 80 present.  Since then, PWCRE has attracted on average 100 members per year.

In 2002 the Board of Directors led by Kim Ford, which included Heather Knuth, Kris Volpatti, Kathy Graham, Terri Sokoloff, Eileen Iorio, Marcia Grimes, Patti Dittman, Eve Bursic, Mary Guinee and Claudia Steeb evaluated the possibility of expanding the group to the national level.  Based on positive membership feedback a formal vote was conducted in June 2002.

An overwhelming majority voted to become the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the national network of commercial real estate women (CREW Network).  In October of 2002 Pittsburgh Women in Commercial Real Estate was officially voted into the national network and officially changed its name to Commercial Real Estate Women - Pittsburgh (CREW Pittsburgh).

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