2017 Women of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate Announced

Kerry Hawkins

BOSTON – Banker & Tradesman has announced the 1017 Women of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate, known as FIRE, that celebrates the best and the brightest women in their industries. Women of FIRE is an annual award recognizing key female players in the local FIRE sectors by Banker and Tradesman.

“As the underrepresented gender in these industries, women work particularly hard to rise to the top and achieve excellence on a day-to-day basis. I am pleased to announce that the nomination process has brought us an exemplary class of winners for this year’s Women of FIRE. Whether executive, innovator, philanthropist or all of the above, their powerful influence is being felt in some crucial sectors of our state’s economy. Please join us in giving them their well-earned praise,” said Timothy M. Warren Jr., CEO of The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman.

The 2017 winners include CBRE/New England’s Kerry L. Hawkins, First Vice President of Suburban Advisory & Transaction Services, and CBT’s Robin Adams.

Kerry Hawkins

The following 15 women were named this year’s Women of FIRE:

  • Robin Adams, Associate, CBT
  • Lori Chaput, Senior Vice President of Personal Lines, Partners Insurance Group LLC
  • Susan Elsbree, Vice President, InkHouse
  • Karen Fish-Will, CEO, Peabody Properties
  • Melissa Fish-Crane, COO, Peabody Properties
  • Wendy Gettleman, VP of Facilities Management and Real Estate, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Elizabeth Gruber, SVP of Community Development Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Kerry Olson Hawkins, First Vice President, CBRE/New England
  • Diana Kelly, Executive Director, FOCUS Inc.
  • Karen McShea, Vice President, Director of Real Estate Development, Lupoli Companies
  • Gwendolen Noyes, Senior VP, Oaktree/Greenstaxx
  • Sheryl Simon, Principal, Benoit Mizner Simon & Co.
  • Martine Taylor, Executive Director, South Shore Habitat for Humanity
  • Lyn Tran, Assistant Comptroller, City of Lawrence
  • Margaret Wood, Project Director, Pinck & Co. Inc.

Banker & Tradesman is shining a light on the female innovators who are making a significant impact on the finance, insurance and real estate (FIRE) industries. There is a growing number of women who are paving the way in what was once a male-dominated sector. As more and more women rise to the top of these industries, their achievements should be illuminated, acknowledging them and inspiring others.

Nominees must be women employed in Massachusetts by any business or institution facilitating transactions for finance, insurance or real estate at any level.

The awards luncheon will be held at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Boston on July 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg, will give the keynote speech.