Mancuso’s Restaurant at Collier Center, 201 E. Washington St., in Phoenix, was designed by Beth Katz of KatzDesignGroup, a member of the AZCREW retail panel.

     PHOENIX, ARIZONA (April 5, 2022) – AZCREW, the commercial real estate organization that exists to transform the industry by advancing women globally, will serve up a delectable panel at its April lunch to discuss retail/restaurant trends.

“The Valley’s commercial real estate retail market has witnessed a resurgence post-COVID-19,” said moderator Carol Schillne, Senior Vice President, Orion Investment Real Estate. “Consumer spending was up 18.6 percent at the end of 2021, compared to January 2020 and retail vacancy rates are down 7.2 percent.

“We’ll explore the fast-paced changing landscape of retail and restaurants – with a look at where the opportunities lie and what lessons we are learning. We have assembled a dynamic panel of retail experts. They each bring industry expertise to the table,” Schillne said.

The program is scheduled for April 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the E-Center Esplanade, 2401 E. Camelback Road in Phoenix. Networking and lunch are from 11:30 a.m. to noon. The program is from noon to 1 p.m.

Joining Schillne on the panel are Josh Simon, Developer/Landlord, SimonCRE; Beth Katz, Owner/Corporate Designer, KatzDesignGroup; and Judith Van Houten, Corporate Real Estate, Chase Bank.

Registration fee is $25 for members; $45 for non-members. This is an in-person event. Please review the COVID waiver and agree to it when registering.

Register here.


AZCREW is the local affiliate of CREW Network. CREW Network is at the forefront of achieving gender equity and greater diversity in commercial real estate. We will achieve this by transforming the industry by advancing women globally. Our membership offers unparalleled business development, leadership opportunities and networking both locally in your market and globally across our 12,000-member base. For more information visit