Message from the President


Friends and colleagues,

Thank you to those who attended our November Annual Holiday Party at Penn Society. It was a wonderful time to connect and celebrate the holiday season with you, as we look forward to the year ahead. I am pleased to offer this month’s President’s Message as a review of the successes behind us and the exciting changes to come. 2017 offered excellent, content-rich programming and featured our NEW signature Pink Pong Tournament. Through your participation and generosity, we were able to raise over $1100 for A Glimmer of Hope Foundation, benefitting breast cancer research. We look forward to our partnership with A Glimmer of Hope in the new year and continuing to grow this unique event. As we anticipate all that is ahead for CoreNet Pittsburgh, I am pleased to announce that, upon completion of my term as 2017-2018 Chapter President, Robin Alexander (Bank of America), will become the new Chapter President, CoreNet Pittsburgh. Robin has previously served as Programming Director in 2017 and will transition in the year 2018 as President Elect. I am confident that Robin will continue to lead this organization in a positive direction that advances the practice of corporate real estate.

Additional Leadership Updates:

David Thor (JLL) returns as Education and University Relations Director, Tom Schneider (CliftonLarsonAllen LLP) will continue his role as Treasurer, Michael Sharp (Contintental Office) returns as Sponsorship Director, John Beggy (PNC) will continue as Membership Director, and Jennifer Ewing (Civil & Environmental Consultants) continues as Board Secretary. Exciting additions to the Board include: Eric Bitar (Pittsburgh Regional Alliance) Programming Director and Ryan Broze (Schneider Downs) Communications Director. Continuing as sub-committee members and/or Members At Large are: Amy Chapman (Thermo Fisher Scientific), Anne Murgel (General Dynamics Mission Systems) and Lauren Smith (Tandus Centiva). Thank you to Pat Rodella of Tucker Arensberg and Chris Wild of Evoqua Water Technologies for their length of service to CoreNet Pittsburgh on the Board of Directors. Pat has served in various leadership roles over the last several years, most recently on the Education & University Relations Committee, while Chris served on the Membership Committee.

CoreNet Global Pittsburgh Chapter is pleased to continue its work in 2018 with an engaged and growing Leadership Board.  We encourage all members to consider a leadership role within CoreNet and to identify where your interests might lend to your increased engagement. 

2017 program highlights – special thanks to those who organized, attended and supported our 2017 body of work:
  • Robotics in Pittsburgh
  • Evolution of Workplace
  • Focus on FASB Changes
  • Summer Solstice Members Only Mixer
  • Produce to People Service Project
  • WELL Building Panel Discussion
  • 1st Annual CoreNet Pittsburgh Pink Pong Tournament
  • CSX Intermodal Rail Terminal: Impacts to the Pittsburgh Region
  • Annual Holiday Party at Penn Society

Thank you for your support of CoreNet Pittsburgh. Should you have any questions about how to enhance your membership involvement, participate on a committee or support our programming efforts through corporate sponsorship – please contact Bethany and Holly in our administrative office (724) 687-0707. We look forward to connecting with you through CoreNet Global with a mission to advance the practice of corporate real estate through professional development opportunities, publications, research, conferences, and chapters and networking groups. More information about CoreNet Global Pittsburgh Chapter can be found at


Jim Winter

Pittsburgh Chapter, President - Pittsburgh Chapter