DEARBORN – Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Detroit Past-President Jumana Judeh has been appointed to the 2016 CREW Network Audit Committee. This will be her second term serving the organization on the national level.
The Audit Committee is one of five committees that help steer CREW Network, which is the umbrella organization for 81 regional chapters. Made up of a handful of CREW members from across the country, the Audit Committee assists the CREW Network Board of Directors in overseeing and assuring the integrity of its financial information and the adequacy of its internal control systems, which are also applied to CREW Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CREW. The Audit Committee reviews the official audit report prepared by the organization’s contracted auditors and acts as an independent team to communicate all audit information directly to the CREW Network Board of Directors.
Judeh, who served as 2013 CREW Detroit President, is a business management and entrepreneurship adjunct at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Mich., and President of Judeh & Associates, a real estate appraisal and valuation firm specializing in tax appeals for commercial, industrial, residential and a variety of other property types.
She nominated herself for a second term on CREW Network’s Audit Committee following a successful and fulfilling term that began in early 2015. The 2016 term runs from January through December.
Judeh said serving on the Audit Committee gave her a better understanding of CREW Network as a whole and opened her eyes to the challenges that come with running an international, multi-million-dollar organization.
CREW Network is a premier real estate industry business networking organization, dedicated to advancing the achievements of women in the commercial sector. With more than 9,000 members across 70 major North American markets, CREW represents nearly every discipline in the industry. Through CREW’s focus on business and leadership development, industry research and career outreach, members have multiple resources to create new and different ways of structuring deals. Serving on the organization’s national committees creates an alternative avenue for exposure and professional development, said Judeh.
Each year, CREW members are encouraged to nominate fellow members to serve on the committees or apply themselves. Without being a certified public accountant, Judeh thought her chances of being appointed to the Audit Committee would be slim. But she nominated herself anyway, leaning on her strong financial background as a respected real estate appraiser in the Greater Detroit area.
Serving on a national committee for CREW Network is voluntary. Judeh said the biggest challenge last year was carving out time in her own schedule to make sure she met the expectations of the committee, time she spent educating herself on the material that needed to be discussed and studying the budget.
“Serving on this committee is an extension of how much I support CREW and how much CREW has done for me professionally,” she said following her appointment in early 2015. “CREW is a way of life for me, so this was an amazing experience.”
Judeh is an advocate of self-promotion. She hopes more members interested in taking advantage of what CREW has to offer will follow suit. “I encourage everyone to go after a national committee,” she said. “I have always advocated to all members: if you want something, go after it – don’t wait for someone to ask you. If you’re waiting to be asked, you’ll miss opportunities to reach your goals.”
Members interested in joining a national CREW Network committee can learn more here.