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Leadership and networking are set to take center stage at the 19th Annual CREW Forum.

How do you stay at the top of your game?

“It’s pretty clear,” says Lynda Kohler, president of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) – the leader in supporting the achievements of women in this competitive industry. “You have to know what the current marketplace opportunities are and how to capitalize on them at the right moment.”

Nobody said it was easy.

But CREW seeks to take some of the mystery out of it each year at its annual CREW Forum. Now in its 19th year, the forum has as its key focus to help its members develop business and leadership skills, and to stay on top of industry research, opportunities for educational outreach and, of course, networking. 

Real estate professionals are experts at networking. With some 400 attendees at the CREW Forum each year, connections are made and deals get done.

The year’s event will be held April 3, 2012, at the JW Marriot Resort in San Antonio from 10:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. 

“People do business with people they know and trust,” says Cheryl Pyle, chairman of the 2012 CREW Forum. “That’s one of the benefits of attending the forum. But I’ve also found that I benefit greatly from hearing our experts’ insight firsthand, gaining a deeper understanding of the message behind the statistics and numbers.”

Got questions?

Key questions and topics drive the panel discussion for this year’s forum.

Where are the new growth areas in San Antonio? How will Eagle Ford Shale impact our development and economy?  What determines a good real estate investment in today’s market? Is this a good time for new brokers to enter the market?  And how is energy sustainability changing the San Antonio real estate market with regards to development and transportation?

We’ve got answers

It doesn’t really matter what kinds of questions you have if the answers aren’t any good. With this in mind, the CREW Forum lineup this year is truly stellar, featuring a diverse group of speakers focusing on corporate perspectives, the local economy and the national outlook and brokerage trends. 

Misty Mayo as panel moderator: Mayo is vice president of San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, and she is passionate about building high-level and forward-moving organizations to the next stage of their development. 

Marsha McCombs Shields on corporate perspectives: As the CEO of Koontz McCombs Construction, Ltd, Shields oversees the operations of the company’s respective projects. Serving in managerial positions for more than 20 years, she’s received numerous national recognition awards. Active in the day-to-day operations of McCombs Energy, she manages various long- and short-term investments and real estate development properties. 

Trey Jacobson on the local economy: As the managing director of government affairs for Golden Steves Cohen & Gordon LLP, Jacobson actively represents a variety of companies and development interests in San Antonio. Across Texas, he assists clients with municipal issues, including zoning, property matters, code modifications and economic development incentive agreements for all levels of government. 

Sally French Tyler on the national outlook: As president of the National Commercial Services Division of First American Title Insurance Company, Tyler is responsible for planning and overseeing the operational management of First American’s commercial real estate activities. Serving as part of First American’s executive management team, she also coordinates all sales activities and strategies for First American’s commercial real estate regions throughout the United States.

Chuck R. King on broker trends: A co-founding partner at Travis Commercial Real Estate Services, King has more than 25 years of experience in project leasing, investment sales, corporate real estate, property management and development within the San Antonio market. Along with his partners, King provides solutions to a wide variety of clients, including Valero, H-E-B, Whataburger, NuStar Energy and Buchanan Street Partners, along with a variety of investor groups and their advisors. 

Ready to learn

With knowledge to equip attendees for the coming year in an economy that has defied the odds, CREW Forum 2012, sponsored by CPS Energy, is positioned to rock the house. Ready to go? You can register at

The 19th Annual CREW Real Estate Forum, presented by CPS Energy, will take place on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at the JW Marriott Resort & Spa from 10:30 a.m. until 1:15 p.m. For sponsorships and reservations, please contact Richard Karowski (210-647-9770 or or Tracy Ballard (210-415-1300 or

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