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the strategic management of corporate real estate, workplace resources
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  Upcoming chapter events:



Network with colleagues and friends at our 
Fairfield/Westchester Spring Meetup 
We're gathering at Cask Republic in downtown Stamford.  
The Meetup is open to CoreNet members and prospective members.
It's an informal networking event featuring a cash bar.

Hors d'oeuvres will be served, courtesy of
CoreNet Connecticut/Westchester.
We hope to see you at Cask Republic.
Thursday, March 30   
5 - 7 p.m.
Cask Republic
191 Summer Street  
Stamford, Conn.
Please click here to register.

Members: If you don't remember your userid and password,
please visit the CoreNet Global login screen
and click "Forgot password?"

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Click on "Guest Registration"
on the Registration page.




In 2012, PepsiCo embarked on "Project Renew," a renovation of the company's world-class
global headquarters and surrounding campus. The company timed the project's
completion to coincide with the 50th anniversary of PepsiCo's formation. The facility, now
LEED-Gold-certified, isknown around the world for its mid-20th century modern design
by Edward Durrell Stone and for theDonald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens,
designed byE.D. Stone, Jr., and later expanded by
famed garden designer Russell Page.
We'll learn about the transformation of PepsiCo's workplace into an open-plan, collaborative
space that incorporates natural light, new mechanical and technological systems, new
branding elements, and services - such as transportation and day care - designed
to promote the well-being of its diverse 1,700-person headquarters workforce.
This is a joint event with 
Wednesday, April 19
4:30 - 5 p.m. - Arrival, registration, networking
5 - 5:30 p.m. - Presentation
5:30 -6:30 p.m. - Tour
700 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, N.Y. 10577

Please click here to register.

Members: If you don't remember your userid and password,
please visit the CoreNet Global login screen
and click "Forgot password?"

Not yet a CoreNet Global member?  
Click on "Guest Registration"
on the Registration page.

Chapter sponsors and Real Advantage partners,
please RSVP to Dan Elman.


Location TBD
The Meetup is open to
CoreNet members and prospective members.It's an informal networking
event featuring a cash bar.

Hors d'oeuvres will be served, courtesy of
CoreNet Connecticut/Westchester.
Thursday, April 27    
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Please click here to register.

Members: If you don't remember your userid and password,
please visit the CoreNet Global login screen
and click "Forgot password?"

Not yet a CoreNet Global member?  
Click on "Guest Registration"
on the Registration page.


Recap of recent chapter events:


From vacant to vibrant: 777 Main Street, Hartford


Chapter members and guests visited 777 Main Street, a 387,000-sq.-ft LEED Platinum

apartment building redeveloped from a vacant office tower in the heart of downtown

Hartford. Bruce Becker of architects Becker + Becker addressed the group. Inset, from left,

Chapter President Mark Nisbett, (Cigna); Katie Roden Symonds, Centerbrook Architects; Becker.

The March 8 gathering was a joint event with the Connecticut Green Buildings Council.



First-ever Women's Networking Evening 

draws 150 -- biggest event in chapter history

More than 150 people attended the chapter’s first-ever Women’s Network Event,

a joint event with CREW CT - The Real Estate Exchange. The Feb. 28 event was

the largest event in the chapter’s history. CoreNet Global CEO Angela Cain and

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin were special guests for the evening, which

The Hartford hosted at the top of its Tower building in Hartford.


Top photo, from left, Dan Elman, CoreNet Connecticut/Westchester Executive

Director; Angela Cain; Stephanie Fulbright, The Hartford; Maureen Funke,

Gilbane; Mayor Bronin; Chapter President Mark Nisbett (Cigna); Jahn Marie Surette,

The Hartford’s Senior Vice President, Chief Procurement Officer; Becky Nolan,

MetroHartford Alliance; Courtney Hendricson, CERC (CREW CT President).

Center photo, the event’s core organizing team, from left, Debbie Laviero, OFI;

Becky Nolan; Stephanie Fulbright; Maureen Funke; Courtney Hendricson.

Bottom photo, from left, Jahn Marie Surette; Jody Brown, winner of the

chapter’s raffle prize for the evening; Angela Cain.


Special thanks to Maureen Funke for her outstanding leadership,

creativity and hard work.



CBRE's Levy discusses influences

on today's corporate real estate


Top photos, Spencer Levy gave a presentation to the chapter

on “Geopolitical and Economic Influences on Corporate Real Estate.”

Levy, Americas Head of Research for CBRE, and a senior member

of the company's global research team, spoke on a range of topics,

from the new Trump administration, to automation in the workplace,

to characteristics of millennials. Red Thread hosted the Jan. 30

event. Bottom photo, from left, Chapter President Mark Nisbett (Cigna),

Levy, Stephanie Fulbright (The Hartford) and Pete Olson (Cigna/CBRE)

enjoyed the networking reception after the presentation.




Members and guests greet 2017

at Fairfield/Westchester party


Chapter members and guests toasted the new year at our annual Fairfield/Westchester

New Year’s party. The Jan. 17 event took place at the Stamford Marriott. Top row, from left,

Dave Jackson, Red Thread; Stephanie Fulbright, The Hartford; Jody Brown;

Jackie Kiley, Herman Miller; Greg Durkin, Stamford Office Furniture; Joey Morgan and

Lisa Baum, AFD Contract Furniture. Middle row, from left, Terri Frink, The S/L/A/M Collaborative;

Karen Haas, CertaPro; Patricia Cheung, Colliers International; Annemarie Fleming, MovePlan;

Chapter President Mark Nisbett , Cigna; Anne Bavier, Bavier Design. Bottom row, from left,

Eric Cushman, Gilbane; Mary Anne Moore, IBM; Ken Lowell, MasterCard;

Mary Leggio, Furniture Consultants; Martha Mahoney,FUJIFILM; Beth Shaw, Carlton Architects.




Chapter toasts 2016 and welcomes 

new President Mark Nisbett


Chapter members and guests celebrated another successful year – membership,

sponsorship revenue and event activity all rose in 2016 – at the third annual Year

in Review and Holiday party on Dec. 8. Mark Nisbett of Cigna, second from right

in top photo (with his wife, Deidre), was installed as 2017 Chapter President.

Outgoing President Scott Kosswig of Stanley Black & Decker, second from left,

passed the mantle. Red Thread hosted the event and the Holiday party that

followed. (Scroll down for more on the event.)



 Wade Godin earns Chapter's first

Volunteer of the Year award


Wade Godin of Aetna received the Chapter’s

first “Volunteer of the Year” award for his

tremendous contributions to the Program

committee.  Both the quantity and quality of the Chapter’s

learning and networking events  – along with record numbers

of participants – set new standards for future activity.



 Chapter toy drive benefits The Village


The Chapter’s toy drive brought in more than 60 toys for children at The Village.

Robyn Abbate of Reid and Reige, P.C., who coordinated the drive, delivered the toys.

The Village’s mission is to provide behavioral health treatment for

children and youth, foster care and adoption, and community support services

for children and their families in the Greater Hartford region.



Panel examines CRE career paths

from multiple points of view



 A panel representing both corporate real estate executives and HR professionals examined

the myriad directions a career in corporate real estate can take you. Top photo, from left, Dave Jackson,

Director of Market Development, Red Thread (moderator); Laura Sheehan, HR Director,

Cushman & Wakefield; Dana Lemelin, Senior Vice President, Learning

and Development, JLL; Stephanie Fulbright, Vice President, Real Estate and Security,

The Hartford; and Jon Putnam, Executive Director, Office Leasing/Sales Advisor,

Cushman & Wakefield. MasterCard hosted the Nov. 17 event at its Purchase, N.Y., campus.

Special thanks to Jackie Kiley of Herman Miller and Ken Lowell of MasterCard for coordinating the event.




Chapter donates to The Village


Robyn Abbate, Attorney at Reid and Riege, P.C. (and chapter board

member), left, presented a $1,000 check to Donna Jolly, Vice President,

Advancement, The Village in Hartford. The check was part of the proceeds

from this year's chapter golf outing in New Haven. The Village provides

behavioral health treatment for children and youth, foster care and

adoption, and community support services for children and

their families in the Greater Hartford region




Chapter members tour Legrand's West Hartford facility


Chapter members and guests toured Legrand's West Hartford, Conn., facility. Visitors on the Nov. 10

tour get an an-depth view of the company's wiremold production, which emphasizes lean production,

waste reduction and recycling. The group also saw Legrand's fuel-cell power generation capabilities.


 Panel outlines strategies

for energy management

A panel of creative professionals outlined energy-management

strategies from several perspectives at an Oct. 26 learning event at Aetna.

Panelists discussed updated energy codes and standards, integrating

building systems to achieve maximum energy savings, and energy-

buying strategies to help manage peak demand. From left, Wade Godin,

Head of Leasing & Strategy, Aetna; Craig Razza, Partner, Kohler Ronan,

LLC; Mark Melnick, Energy Conservation Manager, Newmark Grubb

Knight Frank; and Troy Hawkins, Associate Program Manager, JLL.


 Nearly 100 people attend

Alexion presentation and tour

Alexion Pharmaceuticals’ real estate team led a discussion and tour of the company’s new

New Haven headquarters building and its trail-blazing workplace designs. The workplace

features a multi-space"innovation café," an "Advanced Workplace Solution" concept to

foster innovation, and a green-roof "science park" garden. Top, from left,

Paul Begin, Vice President, Global Real Estate and Facilities Management;

Curtis McLean,Senior Director, Global Real Estate,Americas; and Gordon Hurrell, Director,

Global Real Estate and Facilities Management. Bottom, from left, Carter Winstanley,

Principal of Winstanley Enterprises, LLC, the building’s owner; and Siobhan Fink,

Alexion’s Senior Director, Portfolio and Workplace Strategy. Nearly 100 people

 attended the Sept. 27 event --  the largest ever for a chapter learning event.



Golf outing draws record crowd to Hamden


This year's chapter golf outing drew the largest crowd on record. Some 120

golfers participated. It was the chapter's first visit to the New Haven Country Club in Hamden, Conn.

Robyn Abbate of Reid and Riege was the lead organizer of the Aug. 29 event, with assistance from

volunteers Marcia Fowler and Jackie Kiley of Herman Miller, Rita Joy of Interscape Commercial

Environments, and Cristina Ainslie and Liz Graham of Staples Workplace Studio.


GM outlines Travelers Championship renovation 

David Corrado, General Manager of TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., summarized the

recent renovation that the course underwent in preparation for this year's Travelers Championship

tournament. MetroHartford Alliance hosted the chapter's annual breakfast on August 5 at

First Tee of Connecticut's facility near the course's practice range.


Aligning IT and corporate real estate strategy


Panelists shared their perspectives on challenges -- and solutions -- to aligning IT and

real estate strategies. The objective was to present ways to get the two teams on the same

page before, during and after the planning and build-out processes. From left, John Page,

Account Manager, Steelcase; Geoff Carofino, Engineering Advisor, Aetna; and Dan Heckman,

Senior Vice President, Solutions, SiteREADY. Red Thread hosted the July 27 event.


 Spring meetup attracts a crowd


 Chapter members and friends gathered for a spring “meetup” event

at NIXS in Hartford. The May 19 evening of networking attracted

some 40 people. Please watch for an upcoming meetup event

in Fairfield County.


 Panelists examine project management
from end user's point of view


Panelists took another look at project management, this time from the end user’s

point of view. The discussion focused on keeping disparate members of the

project-management team aligned, and on making the “ownership” transition

from transaction team to project team. Dave Hawkins, Senior Managing Director,

Cushman & Wakefield, far left, moderated the panel, which featured, from left,

Bill Clegg, Vice President of Operations, STV|DPM; Becca Nell,

Head of Facilities, North America, Diageo; and Mark Nisbett,

Director, Program Management, Cigna. Diageo hosted the April 21 event at its

Norwalk headquarters.


Panelists outline approaches
to project management




Three specialists outlined their “perspectives on project management,”

including, for example, the cases for distributed vs. variable and principal

vs. agency models. The panel featured, from left, Frank Alvarado,

Senior Managing Director, Project Management, CBRE; Jeff Gallo,

PMO Lead North America, Corporate Occupier & Investor Services,

Cushman & Wakefield; and Matt Weko, Senior Vice President/Northeast

Regional Project Director, Project and Development Services for Global

Accounts, JLL. Wade Godin, Head of Leasing & Strategy, Aetna, hosted

the Feb. 25 event at Aetna.


Chapter members and guests
greet the New Year in Stamford

Connecticut/Westchester Chapter members and guests welcomed 2016 at our third annual

New Year's party at Cask Republic in Stamford. The Jan. 26 event was the first event in

what is expected to be a busy year for Fairfield/Westchester members and friends.


2015 events
Chapter makes donation 
to The Village


Robyn Abbate, Attorney at Reid and Riege, P.C., center, and a
Connecticut/Westchester chapter board member, visited
Liz Bryden,
Vice President, Programs, right, and Mark Brinkerhoff, Associate Vice President,
  Development, at The Village. The chapter donated $1,500 -- proceeds from

the 2015 chapter golf outing -- to the facility, which provides behavioral

health treatment and other support services to vulnerable children and families.


Chapter members and friends
celebrate another successful year


The chapter reviewed another successful year – record membership and recognition as a

Chapter of the Year finalist – and toasted the holiday season at the second annual Year in

Review event. Red Thread hosted the Dec. 10. proceedings. Top row, from left,

Scott Kosswig, Stanley Black & Decker (and Chapter President); Siobhan Fink,

Alexion Pharmaceuticals; Dawn Monde, Red Thread; Eric Cushman, Gilbane;

Maureen Funke, Gilbane; Scott Pinckney, STV; Maria Angelico,Point One Architects.

Middle row, from left, Rich Kaiser,Clohessy Harris & Kaiser; Serge Arel, Cushman &

Wakefield; Jeff Vose, The Granite Group; Joe Gaffney, Red Thread;Scott Tibbo, JLL;

Rita Joy, Interscape Commercial Environments. Bottom row, from left, Larry Levine,

Red Thread;John Curry, Steelcase; Jon Putnam, Cushman & Wakefield;

Tony Amenta, Amenta Emma Architects; Dave Mickool, Cushman & Wakefield;

Melissa Heijn, Steelcase; Dave Jackson, Red Thread.


Chapter explores real estate

risk in the 'new normal'



Chloe Demrovsky, Executive Director, Disaster Recovery Institute International,

center, spoke of climate change, the "internet of things" and other

21st-century risks in a presentation at the chapter's annual joint breakfast

with the Connecticut Valley chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society

(RIMS). Janice Favreau, President of the RIMS chapter and Assistant Risk Manager

at Lego, left, and Scott Kosswig, chapter President and Director of Real Estate at

Stanley Black & Decker, hosted the Nov. 18 event at Stanley Black & Decker's

New Britain, Conn., headquarters.


Commissioner Redeker
outlines Connecticut's
transportation future



Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker outlined

the state's five-year plan for roads and mass transit during a joint CoreNet Global/International

Council of Shopping Centers. The commissioner spoke at a Nov. 10 breakfast

event at the Town and County Club in Hartford.


Experts discuss technology tools

to eliminate distributed teams



Experts from various disciplines outlined technology tools and strategies designed

to minimize the impact of "presence disparity" -- the differences in remote team members'

access to one another and to shared information. From left, John Mitton, Vice President,

AV, and Chief TechnologyOfficer, Red Thread; Eric Stevens, Solutions Specialist, "Surface Hub,"

Microsoft; and Terry Sullivan, Director, Integrated Technologies, Steelcase. Red Thread hosted

the Oct. 15 event at its East Hartford, Conn., location.


 Fine weather and high spirits

equal another successful day of golf  


Mother nature cooperated, and golfers celebrated another outstanding day at the chapter's 17th annual golf

outing, held on Oct. 5 at the Wethersfield Country Club. Robyn Abbate of Reid and Reige, P.C.

applied her organizational savoir-faire. Dave Hawkins of Cushman & Wakefield served as

master of ceremonies at the post-golf networking reception.


End users, service providers
discuss evolving relationship

Panelists representing both "sides" discussed evolving the relationship between service providers and end
users. Travelers hosted the July 28 event at its Hartford headquarters. Pete Olson, Global Alliance Director,
, far left, moderated the session. Panelists included, from left, Ron Falkner, Vice President
of Corporate Real Estate, Voya Financial; Stephanie Fulbright, Vice President, Real Estate & Security,
The Hartford; Joe Sadak,
Managing Director, Operations and Account Management, New York Tri-State,
Cushman & Wakefield; and Scott Tibbo, Managing Director, Corporate Solutions, JLL.



Panelists describe their experience
with various CRE operating models

A panel of end users discussed their experience with various corporate real estate (CRE)
operating models and the role CRE plays in influencing corporate strategy.
Wade Godin, Executive Director, Leasing & Strategy, Aetna, far left, moderated the session.
The panel comprised, from left, John Pursell, Vice President, Global Real Estate, Diageo;
Scott Kosswig, Director of Real Estate, Stanley Black & Decker (and chapter President);
and Rick Frazier, senior CRE advisor and former Director of Real Estate at Praxair
and Kaman Industrial Technologies. Diageo hosted the July 22 session at its
Norwalk, Conn., headquarters. The discussion built on the success of a similar
event held in February at Voya Financial in Windsor, Conn.


First Tee of Connecticut is topic
at Travelers Championship breakfast

The MetroHartford Alliance hosted the chapter’s annual Travelers Championship breakfast
on June 26 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. David Polk, President and
Executive Director of The First Tee of Connecticut, far left, discussed the youth-development
organization’s work with young people across the state. From Left, Becky Nolan,
Vice President, Business Development, MetroHartford Alliance; Scott Kosswig, Director
of Real Estate, Stanley Black & Decker, and Chapter President;
and Pete Olson, Global Alliance Director, Travelers/CBRE.


Chapter visits Jackson Labs


Yu-Hui Rogers, Site Director, top, and Jim Buckley,
Senior Facilities Manager, hosted the chapter’s visit to
The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in
Farmington, Conn., on May 28. Rogers outlined
Jackson Labs’ work and the strategy behind the
organization’s new building in Farmington. Rogers
and Buckley then led a tour of the facility.


Young Leaders meet-and-greet reception
draws chapter members and guests of all ages

Young Leaders, chapter board members and other guests toasted the spring at a Young Leaders
meet-and-greet at The Hartford Club on May 14. Clockwise from top left, Scott Tibbo, JLL;
Scott Kosswig
, Stanley Black & Decker (chapter President); Phil Deschene, JLL; Erika Fairlie,
Clohessy Harris & Kaiser; Josh Hagstrom, Interscape; Rich Kaiser and Jim Harris,
Clohessy Harris & Kaiser; Chris Nardi, Silver/Petrucelli & Associates; Sandie Fitzpatrick,
Commonwealth Land Title Insurance; Derek Czenczelewski, The S/L/A/M Collaborative;
Christine Zimmerman
, JLL; Kyle Roberts, CBRE; Anna Pfau, CBRE; Robyn Abbate,
Reid and Riege, P.C.; Giulia Wakim, CBRE; Ben Norris, ASSA ABLOY;
Jan McKenzie
, ASSA ABLOY; Marcia Fowler, Herman Miller.


Cross-functional panel analyzes factors
behind choosing the right tech platform


What’s the right technology platform for your corporate real estate operations? A panel comprising
end users and IT professionals discussed factors that help determine the appropriate size and scope
of the data-management system to support your real estate structure. The session, attended by
nearly 80 people
, built on the Feb. 12 session on corporate real estate operating models.


Right photo, left to right, Peter Stergos, Head of Real Estate, Americas/EMEAR, United Technologies;
Elizabeth Sharp, Associate Vice President, Global Technologies Solutions, DTZ;
Wade Godin
, Executive Director, Real Estate Services and Head of Real Estate Strategy and
Leasing, Aetna; and Dave Tyrrell, Director of Real Estate Information Technology, Aetna.
Left photo, Dave Hawkins, Senior Managing Director, DTZ, moderated the session.
Aetna hosted the March 31 chapter event.


Leading end user members
outline their CRE operating models

Three of the chapter's leading end user members outlined their organizations' operating
 models during a Feb. 12 panel discussion hosted by Voya Financial in Windsor, Conn.
Left to right, Sanjiv Awasthi, Vice President, Global Real Estate, Cigna; Siobhan Fink, Senior
Director, Global Real Estate Portfolio & Workplace Strategy, Alexion Pharmaceuticals; and
Jim Scannell, Senior Vice President, Administrative Services, Travelers. Wade Godin,
Executive Director, Real Estate Services and Head of Real Estate Strategy and Leasing, Aetna,
moderated the session.


Members and friends welcome 2015
at New Year's party in Stamford

Chapter members and friends welcomed 2015 with a return visit to Cask Republic in 
Stamford on Jan. 20. Top row, left to right, Jim Ryan, Pitney Bowes; Marcia Fowler,
Herman Miller; Eric Brill, Gensler; Larry Levine, Red Thread; Assaf Ben-Atar,
Pullman & Comley. Second row, left to right, Scott Breig, The Whiting-Turner
Contracting Co.; Mark Nisbett, Cigna; Eric Cushman, Gilbane; Martha Mahoney,
FUJIFILM Holdings America; Third row, left to right, Ryan Eargle, Guardian Life;
Peter Allen, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.; Dave Jackson, Red Thread;
Greg Durkin, Stamford Office Furniture; Annemarie Fleming, MovePlan;
Joel Binstok, The York Group.


Chapter donates to Share Our Strength
to help end childhood hunger

Robyn Abbate, right, Attorney at Reid and Riege, P.C. and a
Connecticut/Westchester chapter board member, presents a $1,500 check
Lucy Nolan, Executive Director of Share our Strength. The organization’s
mission is to
end childhood hunger in America by connecting kids
in need with nutritious food and by teaching families how to cook healthy,
affordable meals.The donation derived from proceeds from the

chapter's 2014 golf outing.



Chapter looks back on triumphant year
and toasts the holiday season and 2015

Chapter members and guests looked back on our award-winning year,

in which membership hit an all-time high of 135 and the chapter was named
CoreNet Global’s Chapter of the Year. Red Thread hosted the first-ever
Year in Review event, which was followed by the chapter's 2014 Holiday party.

Security and counter-terrorism
expert speaks at CoreNet/RIMS breakfast

Sal Lifrieri, left, spoke at the fourth annual breakfast organized by CoreNet
Connecticut/Westchester and the Connecticut Valley chapter of the Risk
and Insurance Management Society (RIMS). Lifrieri, who talked about
“Managing Risks Amid Ever-changing Threats,” served as Director of
Security and Intelligence Operations for New York City Mayor
Rudolph Giuliani's Office of Emergency Management. He is an expert
in counter-terrorism, corporate security, executive protection and
crisis management. Bill Desrosiers, right, is President of the RIMS chapter
and Director of Risk Management for The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection
and Insurance Co. Stanley Black & Decker hosted the Nov. 12 event.

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