Letter from the President of CREW Tampa Bay

January 27, 2021
Written by: LaShawn Bates
As January comes to a close, I continue to be humbled and excited to serve the nearly 200 members of CREW Tampa Bay. I am humbled because it is a distinct honor to lead as I stand on the shoulders of past presidents and continue the hard work they have poured into this amazing organization. I’m excited about what the new year brings in terms of opportunities in both CREW and within the Tampa Bay commercial real estate community. Just look around our Central Business, Channelside, Tampa Heights or Westshore districts as we prepare to host Super Bowl LV. I’m sure you will agree that there is an evolution going on in Tampa Bay.

This year, CREW Tampa Bay celebrates its 25th year as a chapter. What a tremendous accomplishment! We owe all the success to you…our members. Your support has been unwavering during the past 25 years with 2020 being one of most prominent displays of support in our chapter’s history. The engagement from our members and continued support from our sponsors has been uninterrupted during this elongated period of disruption.

Last month, the CREW Board of Directors met to discuss our strategic plan. Your leadership team remains committed to executing the CREW Tampa Bay mission…

CREW Tampa Bay exists to transform the commercial real estate industry by advancing women globally.

We will continue helping drive member value by executing programs that provide a forum for you to grow your business, strengthen relationships and improve client services. We will ensure alignment to CREW Network by committing to be a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization within our membership, committee leadership, Board of Directors and our community.

Speaking of CREW Network…did you know all members have full access to CREWbiz? CREWbiz is a 12,000-member network that provides the connections, resources and opportunities to do business with fellow commercial real estate professionals in our market and across the globe. Leverage this incredible network because this is the network that works!

Finally, don’t hesitate to get involved. Join a committee, chair a committee, attend a Members Only event or enjoy a CREW Network webinar. I can personally attest that my membership in CREW Tampa Bay has been invaluable to my personal and professional growth. If you have a desire to grow your business or enhance your leadership skills, CREW Tampa Bay will definitely do both! The CREW Tampa Bay Board of Directors looks forward to serving you in 2021.

Go Bucs!


Don’t forget to mark your calendars! The 2021 CREW Network Convention & Marketplace will be in Las Vegas, NV September 28-30, 2021 where there will be opportunities to develop business and exchange marketing information with one another as well as experience chapter and leadership development training. Register early because this one will definitely sell out quickly!