TCREW Champion Awards reflect thriving real estate and development market


More than 100 entries competed for 13 construction, development and real estate industry awards

North Carolina Construction News staff writer

There’s something spectacular happening in the Research Triangle’s real estate and development community, based on the competition intensity and results at the 2015 Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women (TCREW) Champion Awards.

TCREW received more than 100 nominations for the 13 award categories – in some cases, more than a dozen nominations for a single category – reflecting a reviving marketplace in the Raleigh-Durham area, says TCREW’s public relations board chair and assistant executive director for Wake County Economic Development Jennifer Bosser.

The awards, established 15 years ago, “profile the talent and excellence in the Triangle real estate and construction industry.” she said. “Obviously, we’re rebounding in this market and seeing a lot more projects coming forth. There’s a correlation between the number of nominations we see and the strength of the market.”

Approximately 450 people attended the awards gala in the spring. No project received more than one award, but the independent judges had their hands full because of the quality of the nominations and the level of competition.

There is no requirement to be a TCREW member to nominate or win an award – in fact, most of the awards were won by clients and organizations where TCREW member companies have contributed and collaborated.

“The awards are a great opportunity for the real estate community to celebrate their clients and generate awareness of the partners that made it happen,” Bosser said.

The successful award winners include:

Impact Award

Recognizing the leader who has made a significant contribution to, or who has had a significant positive influence on the Triangle’s commercial real estate industry

Harvey Schmitt, president & CEO,

Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce


CREW Excellence Award

Members who best exemplify TCREW’s purpose through networking and promoting women in real estate

Paris Salon project: Represented by Minnie Sudan, Amy Watkins, Denise Bennett, Jenny Baker Myers and Angie Davenport


Powerhouse Award

Awarded to an individual in the commercial real estate industry who, in 2014, demonstrated extraordinary leadership or has achieved extraordinary work volume

Dee Creech Osborne, SIOR


Professional Commercial

Real Estate Service Award

Sharon Crawford, IIDA, LEED ID+C


Green or Sustainability Award

West Campus Steam Plant,

Duke University


LEED Certified Building Award

Fidelity Investments


Community Enhancement Award

Vernon Malone College and Career Academy


Economic Development Award

Argos Therapeutics


Best Interior Project



Best Redevelopment Project



Best Development Project

Crescent Cameron Village


Most Creative Local Marketing Campaign

Innovate Raleigh


Best Land Use Solution

Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center, Duke University


TCREW was formed in 1996 to provide a forum for meeting and building relationships in the Triangle market through effective member networking, committee work and mentoring. The organization also provides up-to-date information on commercial real estate through a high quality program of guest speakers, panels and forums.

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