Alison Beddard, Director of Office and Investments of Cushman & Wakefield | Commerce has been appointed to represent CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Network as the national organization's 2016 President-Elect. She receives her formal recognition today, as part of the 2015 CREW Network Convention and Marketplace, being held in Bellevue, WA from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4, 2015.
"We celebrate Alison's new national appointment," said Trigger Reital, Utah's Market Leader at Cushman & Wakefield | Commerce, "We are proud to have her influence and talent in our brokerage."
Ronda Landa, President of CREW Utah said, "Alison represents the best of our community in terms of professionalism, competence and experience. Now she will leverage her leadership skills on a national level to help advance the role of women in commercial real estate."
Beddard has been committed to CREW Network and its local chapter, CREW Utah since she first joined in 2008, advocating its mission and value to the commercial real estate industry. She is utterly dedicated to the success of the organization and its more than 9,500 female and male professionals within CREW's 70+ local, North American chapters.
She served as CREW Utah's 2012 President, as well as its Sponsorship Committee Chair, Membership Committee Chair, and as a Director of CREW Utah's Board for three years, liaising between CREW Network's national organization and local chapters in Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, Denver, Northern Colorado, Minnesota, Omaha, St. Louis, and of course Utah. Under her leadership, the chapter's annual sponsorship and membership increased by 80 percent.
As President-Elect, she will serve on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of CREW Network. She will travel across North America, meeting with key leaders within the commercial real estate industry and C-Suite level decision makers to discuss their vision of advancing women in commercial real estate and how CREW Network can help them achieve that goal. She and the board of directors will also visit the 74 local chapters, meeting with chapter leaders to offer member support and advancement opportunities.
"My personal mission aligns with the mission of CREW Network: to influence the success of commercial real estate by advancing the role of women in all aspects of leadership within the industry," Ms. Beddard said.
"Our mutual goal is to provide CREW members with world-class leadership training, business networking opportunities, career growth, and cutting edge industry research. CREW Network is known as the industry's 'thought leader' on issues of compensation, work-life balance, gender pay-gap, and other important issues affecting women's advancement in the industry. We offer our members the opportunity for national industry leadership and exposure, further extending our members influence and reach,” she continued
Beddard began her career with Cushman & Wakefield | Commerce in 2005, having since built a profitable brokerage practice, representing regional and national companies and non-profit organizations and institutions in all aspects of commercial brokerage, including acquisitions, dispositions, build-to-suits, land acquisition and leasing and sales, closing over $73 million in transactions between 2010 and 2015.
Beddard also serves on the Advisory Board of Zions Bank Women's Financial Group and Salt Lake City Downtown Master Plan Advisory Group as its commercial real estate liaison. She is a 2013 Honoree of Utah Business Magazine's Forty Under 40.
The successful merger of Cushman & Wakefield and DTZ closed September 1, 2015. The firm now operates under the iconic Cushman & Wakefield brand and has a new visual identity and logo that position the firm for the future and reflect its trusted global legacy and wider history. The new Cushman & Wakefield is led by Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Brett White and Global President Tod Lickerman. The company is majority owned by an investor group led by TPG, PAG, and OTPP.