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September 25, 2008

The New AREW


A reinvigorated Association of Real Estate Women, intending to be more stylish and active, launched its 2008-09 season last night with a networking shindig—and what better symbol than to host it at the hip Hudson Terrace lounge on West 46th Street? Over 150 members and friends (including numerous brave men) attended, and not just for the raffle of the $1,900 Foray executive chair or $1,100 Zoskin Health Skincare Basket.


AREW president Jennifer McCool (center, with Milrose Consultants’ Jaclyn DiRenzo and Nortronic Corp.’s Maria Gonzalez) tells us much has changed since the association started over 30 years ago.Although education and networking remain core objectives, AREW wants to take it to the “next level.” It’s increased advertising, scheduled relevant new events like one next month on life after the financial meltdown, and has even rolled out a new logo. By day Jennifer’s a development VP for Moynihan Station Venture, the Related/Vornado jv, which she says is pumped about Gov. Patterson’s backing of transportation improvements to get the plan off the ground.


Geiger’s Rachel Weiner, Classic Realty’s (and past AREW prez) Anne Teshima, KTR Valuation & Consulting Services’ Theresa Nygard and MPL Systems’ Fritz Rey took refuge on an outdoor deck to soak in the still warm autumn weather (alert: weather pattern changing today). Fritz is a fan of the outdoors on weekends also: He plays for Hicksville, Long Island’s Old Stars soccer team, made a great save at their last game and helped win 2-0.


CB’s Barbara Repeta and former AREW president Ruth Agnese of Appraisers And Planners, joined by IA Interior Architect’s biz dev director Mindy Williams, hide their blueberry-pomegranate cocktails for the picture, but we okayed that because the photo was colorful enough.


Meet JoAnn and Joanna (Simpson and Kuther, respectively) of Rand Engineering & Architecture. Their firm has just started seminars for new building owners, board members and residents to educate them about the importance of maintenance systems. Many people form a corporation, buy a building, then have no clue what to do next, Simpson said. Okay, we’ll remember those two words. Maintenance systems. Kind of like “plastic” in the 70s.


Commerce Bank’s Shaelee Lopes moonlights as treasurer of AREW’s charitable fund board, which raises money to help battered women and their children. First American’s Thomas Tener did a little dance to show us he’s recovering from recent knee surgery. First American colleague Wayne Baird is an avid football fan, especially of his running-back son’s high school team. Last night’s event was merely pre-game for AREW board member Dana Endicott of Floorworks. Tonight, her firm’s hosting a tailgate party to kick off the busy networking season. She’s excited that she does not have to don high heels.

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