CREW Atlanta Member Denise Meng Embodies the Mantra to “Think CREW First”

November 21, 2017
Written by: Cecilia Hyun, CREW Cleveland

In 2015, CREW Atlanta member Denise Meng, owner of Sign*A*Rama, was the hub for approximately $260,000 worth of business with 15 CREW Atlanta members. 

When the economy crashed in 2008, Meng’s connections with CREW Atlanta members saved her commercial sign company, allowing it to thrive in an otherwise difficult time for the industry. CREW committee involvement, including roles as co-chair of the CREW Atlanta leadership program, the chapter’s UCREW program, and as member of the CREW Network Scholarship Selection Committee, led to organic business development for her company.

Over the course of her career, Meng has conducted business with more than 50 CREW Atlanta members at multiple properties across the Southeast U.S. A few highlights include:

  • As the owner of multiple parking facilities in Atlanta, Susana Chavez with Parking Company of America has chosen Sign*A*Rama as its vendor of choice for several years. The two have worked together on at least 10 PCA parking facilities generating close to $200,000 in overall revenue—a significant impact on the growth of Sign*A*Rama.

  • Property managers such as Lauren Whitlock with RPO Property Management, LLC; Cathleen Clayton Young with CBRE, Inc.; Heather O’Toole with Accesso Services LLC; and Katherine Brooks with Hines have all used Sign*A*Rama as their vendor for ongoing building-related signage needs and refer Sign*A*Rama to tenants in need of signage. As CREW members have changed companies, Sign*A*Rama has followed them while retaining the ongoing business at their former companies. 

Meng says that the personal and professional support network she has developed through active involvement in CREW Atlanta and CREW Network has “changed my life in so many positive aspects!”
 

CREW Atlanta members involved in these deals:

 

Katherine Brooks
 

Katherine Brooks
General Manager
Hines
 

Susana Chavez
 

Susana Chavez
Executive Vice President
Parking Company of America
 

Cathleen Clayton Young
 

Cathleen Clayton Young
Project Manager
CBRE, Inc.
 

Denise Meng
 

Denise Meng
Owner
Sign*A*Rama
 

Heather O'Toole
 

Heather O'Toole
Director of Property Management
Accesso Services LLC
 

Lauren Whitlock
 

Lauren Whitlock
Senior General Manager
RPO Property Management, LLC
 


Cecilia HyunCecilia Hyun is a senior attorney at Siegel Jennings Co., L.P.A. Her experience is in state and local real estate taxation and general civil litigation. In addition to representing taxpayers before various county boards of revision, the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals, and the Ohio Supreme Court, she has written professional articles on state and local taxation issues. She is President of CREW Cleveland and serves on the CREW Network Communications and Editorial Committee.


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