Awards & Recognition

16 CREW Network Members Named 2017 Women of Influence by Real Estate Forum

Sixteen CREW Network members, including 2017 president Alison Beddard and director Jeanette Flory-Sagan, have been named “Women of Influence 2017″ by Real Estate Forum. The women were among 50 selected from hundreds of nominees based on their achievements in, contributions to, and reputation in the business.

In addition, CREW Network members Tere Blanca, Blanca Commercial Real Estate (CREW-Miami) and Sherry A. Cushman, Cushman & Wakefield (CREW Washington DC) were listed among the seven Women of Influence 2017 Hall of Fame inductees.

CREW Network members named Women of Influence 2017, listed with their companies and chapters:

Yvonne Baker, Franklin Street – CREW Orlando  

The magazine’s July/August issue, featuring individual profiles of the women, marks the 24th anniversary of the industry recognition program. In addition, Beddard is the Building Balance guest columnist, and statistics from CREW Network’s 2016 white paper, Closing the Gap: Addressing Gender Bias and Other Barriers for Women in Commercial Real Estate, is featured in the Data Points section.

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Women of Influence: Whitney Kantor of Franklin Street

Whitney Kantor was destined to end up working in development, at least in some manner. As a youngster, the director of retail leasing for Franklin Street spent many a Saturday accompanying her father downtown as he worked on The Wells Fargo Center – then known as the Independent Life building.

“It didn’t just give me an appreciation for hard work,” Kantor says of spending time with her dad, a general contractor. “Seeing the impact an individual could have on a city or environment where people spend every day of their lives definitely stirred something up insiåde of me.”

Kantor’s work today is certainly having an impact as she is responsible for the exclusive retail leasing and landlord representation for more than 3.4 million square feet of shopping center space in North Florida.

“That’s one of the things I love about retail development,” she said. “We have the opportunity to enhance neighborhoods and places where people spend time and use services.”

Kantor spearheads Franklin Street’s involvement with Daniel Kids. She’s also a member of The Urban Land Institute where she participates in Urban Plan – one of ULI’s largest outreach programs. Urban Plan brings together professionals, students and teachers through a project-based curriculum that helps students understand how communities change over time.

Kantor says one of the greatest things about the work she does is being able to “help individuals realize their dreams” by pairing potential entrepreneurs with the right commercial space.

“You’re educating people on the market, helping them understand where they fit into a shopping center and why, and helping them make informed decisions,” she said. “To see people have success and live the American dream is what it’s all about.”

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Jacksonville Business Journal’s 2016 Women of Influence winners

Meet the first round of the Jacksonville Business Journal’s 2016 Women of Influence winners.

This award recognizes the women who have helped shape Jacksonville’s business community and the region overall by their involvement in businesses, nonprofits and the public sector. Out of a record number of nominees, we’ve selected 25 who through their work, words and accomplishments serve as inspirational leaders for the First Coast.

Whitney Kantor is a Director with Franklin Street‘s Jacksonville office. She specializes in retail landlord representation across Jacksonville and throughout North Florida. With more than 15 years in commercial real estate, Kantor has in-depth knowledge of retail trends across the Southeast assisting with a portfolio of more than 3.1 million square feet representing national REITs, regional, and local clients.

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