At CREW Greater Cincinnati, we’re proud to celebrate the standout achievements and leadership exhibited by our members, presenting four awards every year to stand-out members.

Member of the Year Award

2019 Winner: 
Joy Lytle | Clermont County Chamber of Commerce

Joy has volunteered with the CREW programs, special events, and gala committees in 2019. If you've ever met her, you can attest to how enthusiastic and welcoming she is. Joy took a strong leadership position in planning the 25th Anniversary Gala, while also maintaining her commitment to the Special Events committee, working through a career change to a new and exciting role with the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce, her involvement with other industry organizations, and her involvement with her children's activities. She aggressively tackles any task at hand with a positive attitude and we couldn't have celebrated 25 years of CREW without her guidance and leadership.

2017 Winner: Jan Barnhorst

Leadership Award

2019 Winner: Cara Henegar | Hull & Associates

Cara leads the program committee ensuring we have interesting and relevant programs. She also handles all the behind the scenes duties: making sure the a/v is working properly, putting together the meeting agenda and script and working with the casino. In addition, Cara worked with the outreach professional development committee to create CREW Leans In. She did extensive research on the Lean In website and reached out to CREW Houston, who runs a similar program, for best practices. The program kicked off this month and will be up and running in 2020. Cara is also willing to jump in and help when needed and looks for ways to elevate CREW and bring our members new ways to interact. She has gone above and beyond the call of duty and from the bottom of her heart, cares deeply for the success of CREW and all of its members. Her dedication and level of commitment are not often found and are highly valued.

2017 Winner: Christine Russell

Deal Of The Year


Karen Duesing | The Everest Group
Mary Shaw Nurre | Frost Brown Todd
Martin Eisele | Citizens Deposit Bank
Karen Duesing, Mary Shaw Nurre, Martin Eisele and their team were awarded CREW's Deal of the Year! Karen represented the Purchaser, an Investor, in the purchase of 457 Wards Corner Rd. Loveland, Ohio the former Bryan Equipment Building, in January 2019 for a selling price of $5.6 million. In October 2019, Karen represented her client, the Seller, in the sale of same property to SATCO Inc. for a selling price of $6.8 million. Jeff Bender with Colliers represented the Purchaser in the sale. Brian Dunham, Lynn Hughes and Mary Shaw Nurre with Frost Brown & Todd handled the successful closing of the property. Citizens Bank provided financing. Their networking through CREW and established relationships connected Everest Group with Frost Brown Todd in closing this deal.

Rising Star Award

Janet Heil | Bayer Becker
Janet is co-chair of the communications committee. When the committee meets monthly, she has a thorough agenda with what the committee will accomplish the following month. Janet has created a strategic social media calendar with posts for CREW member events, announcements, member spotlights and industry news. She conducted a strategic analysis of our social media to right-size our channels. Janet has put together a social media survey, the board slate nomination form as well as this award nomination form. In addition, she creates all the table tents for the monthly programs with advertisements for upcoming CREW events. She is recognized as an emerging leader in the commercial real estate industry who reflects growth, professionalism, and takes responsibility in her contribution to our industry and our chapter.