Insider's View The Future of CRE

Date September 12, 2018
Location Sherwood Community Center
Time 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Keeping up with the ever-changing commercial real estate industry isn’t easy. But our CREW NoVA members are ready to Speak Out and share their inside view on what new developments and trends are on the horizon in design, construction, and property management.

Our panel will discuss the re-development of Northern Virginia neighborhoods into new trendy state- of-the-art town centers and communities. Lessons learned and growing pains will be discussed. Find out:

  • Is Northern Virginia is attracting more millennials?
  • How is the CRE community keeping up with demand?
  • What role is the Silver Line playing in development?


Elizabeth (Betsy) Karmin
is a Partner at Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP(bio) where she concentrates on a broad range of commercial real estate transactions, including financing, development, restructuring, acquisitions, sales, and leasing. Betsy represents landlords and tenants in office and retail leasing, including ground leases and multi-floor office leases, as well as lenders and borrowers for complex construction and permanent financing. She also represents a national franchiser in structuring complex air rights and redevelopment projects and has extensive experience in equity investing for institutional investors in senior living, hospitality, office and retail assets.


Taylor Lawch, Vice President - Development at JBG Smith
, (bio) spent more than 5 years in commercial real estate lending before joining JBG Smith in 2013 to focus on the acquisition, design, entitlement, financing, and delivery of mixed-use urban infill projects. Taylor recently delivered Central Place, a two-phase high-rise project comprised of a 377-unit apartment building, 530,000-square-foot office tower, 40,000 square feet of retail, public observation deck, and 16,000-square-foot public plaza. In conjunction with the JBG Smith spin-merger, Taylor has focused on the re-planning of the Crystal City legacy portfolio. Taylor is currently managing Central District Retail, JBG Smith’s first phase of Crystal City redevelopment that includes a 365-unit residential conversion, 9-screen Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, specialty grocer, 50,000 square feet of new street-fronting retail, new Metro station entrance, and public park.

Gina Volpicelli, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, is an Architect at Shalom Baranes Associates (bio). Her experience includes a variety of project types such as mixed-use residential, commercial, retail, and workplace. Gina focuses on coordination and development of the design to meet the client’s aesthetic and programmatic needs. Notable projects she has been involved with include The Signature and 17Fifty in Reston Town Center; EMC Corporation offices in McLean and Reston; and 2100 K Street NW in DC.

Sara Collins, Senior Vice President at HITT, (bio) has led teams in the areas of operations, preconstruction, and business development. Sara joined HITT in 2015 as a vice president in the Healthcare sector and in 2017 was promoted to senior vice president and leader of the sector. While healthcare is Sara’s passion, she also worked on corporate office, correctional, hospitality, performing arts, higher education, federal, and other project types in commercial real estate.

Eleanor M. Sakhri, is a Senior Vice President/Market Sector Leader at JLL (bio). Eleanor works with regional leadership to drive new business development. This includes RFP responses, proposals, and assigning personnel. As a Group Manager Eleanor oversees a portfolio in Northern Virginia comprising 1.2 million square feet of commercial space. Eleanor also serves as General Manager for Westpark Corporate Center, a 488,000-square-foot Class A complex in Tysons, VA. Eleanor has worked on 9 LEED building certification projects, most recently earning LEED Platinum for two buildings at Westpark Corporate Center in Tysons. Eleanor serves as JLL’s national Green Lights lead to help drive, educate, and share sustainability initiatives with regions across JLL’s Americas division.

Sherwood Community Center
3740 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030  (Map)

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Parking: Surface parking is available

$65 CREW Members
$85 Non Members

Register Online by noon September 10. Enjoy a catered lunch with selections from Top Local Chefs around Northern Virginia.

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