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Last night, Pittsburgh Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) hosted their annual Wine Tasting Dinner celebrating past presidents. This sold out event at Hotel Monaco welcomed professionals from all facets of the commercial real estate industry.
Of the past CREW presidents being recognized, Colliers International | Pittsburgh’s own Michelle Keane Domeisen, Vice President of Investment Services and founder of CREW, gave the keynote speech that ended with a standing ovation.
(Above: Past Pittsburgh CREW Presidents)
“I am elated to see that the passion we had for starting this chapter has multiplied many-fold,” Domeisen said, “Pittsburgh CREW is vibrant and forward-facing. I am honored to have been able to share the history of its beginning at the dinner with those who may not have known. The chapter is in excellent hands to do its important work going forward”
(Above: Michelle Domeisen)
Domeisen was one of five women that established CREW in 1994 with the goal of creating a group specifically for women in the commercial real estate field. Using a Rolodex to compile their contacts, Domeisen, along with Claudia A. Steeb, Janet McCarthy, Mary Maddamma and Lynne Lehrer held their first meeting in February of 1995 at the Duquesne Club.
“The CREW Pittsburgh Annual Wine Dinner Event is a signature event for our local CREW Network Chapter,” said CREW President Elect Virginia Weida, “In 2019, we honored all of our past presidents with a special pre-reception celebration and individual recognition at the event with over 160 attendees.”
(Above from Left to Right: Michelle Domeisen, Lisa Mikolay, Amber Phillips, Molly Sheerin)
Last night’s dinner was not only a great opportunity to honor presidents of CREW’s past, but also an exciting glimpse into CREW’s future in 2020 and beyond.
Amber Phillips, Marketing Specialist at Colliers International | Pittsburgh will be one of the many new faces of CREW in 2020. “I love the mission and meaning behind CREW,” she stated, “Having the chance to be a part of a group solely focused on advancing women in all fields of commercial real estate is such an exciting opportunity.”
(Above from Left to Right: Molly Sheerin, Amber Phillips, Michelle Domeisen, Lisa Mikolay, Jonathan Levinson)
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Everyone in the Colliers International | Pittsburgh office knows Ralph Egerman is an absolute joy to work with. 365 days a year, he works hard for his clients while putting a smile on the face of everyone he encounters. So, in honor of his birthday, we decided to shine the spotlight on him with a Q&A to find out how Ralph became the broker he is today.
Question: How did you get your start in Commercial Real Estate?
Ralph: I began my career in February 1981 at Cushman & Wakefield’s Pittsburgh office. These were exciting times in our industry and C&W was involved with projects such as; One Oxford Centre, One Mellon Bank Centre, PPG Place and I was the lead broker for the Warner Centre and the Fulton Building.
Q: How long have you been in the business?
R: I started as a small investor in 1976 purchasing apartments and one small commercial building. I obtained my real estate license in 1980 and decided to make real estate my career.
Q: What is your favorite part of working in the industry?
R: My favorite part of the industry is working with my clients to help them to realize their goals. Additionally, I love to participate in the growth of my beloved city.
Q: Did you have a mentor that helped you when you were new to brokerage?
R: I was very fortunate to have wonderful mentors. Hank Stewart and Jim Morgan of C&W along with Leon Thorpe who later became my investment partner, were instrumental in my success. I still meet with Hank once a month to have lunch and discuss real estate. I believe that mentors are an essential component for the development of a young professional. One of my great joys, is mentoring the new associates here at Colliers Pittsburgh.
Q: What advice would you give to a someone that is new to the industry?
R: I think the best advice I can offer a new broker is to keep personal integrity at the forefront of your practice, commit to a lifetime of continuing education and be disciplined in your work.
Q: When you aren’t working, what is your favorite hobby?
R: When I am not working, I have spent 30 years serving of the Board of Directors of wonderful organizations such as Familylinks, Animal Friends, Parent & Child Guidance and The Nine Mile Run Watershed board. I also love exercise, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Whether it’s making a daily trip to Crazy Mocha to pick up coffee for the entire office, bringing in obscure articles from the Wall Street Journal for the younger brokers to read, or humming oldies tunes, Ralph always manages to light up the office, even on the gloomiest of days.
Happy birthday Ralph, from your family at Colliers International | Pittsburgh.
Colliers International is proud to announce its partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh to offer downtown property
Colliers International’s investment team of Gregg Broujos and Michelle Domeisen CCIM will be presenting Trinity House, a 4-story, 20,000 +/- square foot property located at 325 Oliver Avenue either for lease or for redevelopment.
“Trinity House is one of the only architecturally unique opportunities in the Central Business District that offers countless possibilities to many business types,” said Domeisen. “We look forward to our partnership with Trinity Cathedral and the diocese in exploring every avenue to find the right occupant, or project for the building.”
In exploring the possibilities, the Colliers investment team will be conducting a Request For Proposal process in the coming weeks to seek a developer or end user who is looking for a unique niche project in the Central Business District of Downtown Pittsburgh.
For additional information, please contact Gregg Broujos at 412 515 8527 or Michelle Domeisen at 412 515 8544.