Two SJC Ventures team members appointed as co-chairs for CREW Atlanta’s 2023 Mentor and Protégé Program

ATLANTA, Ga. — Heather Hill and Melissa de Quesada of SJC Ventures, a premier Atlanta-based mixed-use, grocery-anchored retail and multi-family development firm, were recently appointed as co-chairs for CREW Atlanta’s 2023 Mentor and Protégé Program.

CREW is the industry’s premier business networking organization dedicated to supporting the achievements of women in commercial real estate. With roughly 12,000 members globally,  nearly every discipline within the industry is represented in more than 75 major markets.

In order to influence the success of the commercial real estate industry by advancing the achievements of its members, CREW Atlanta offers a 12-month mentor and protégé program. Over the course of their one-year term as co-chairs, de Quesada and Hill will be tasked with matching mentees with mentors, organizing quarterly events, fostering a supportive community to develop professionally and personally and securing sponsorships.

“Mentorship, both formal and informal, has been such a game changer in my career,” said Hill. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being in the CREW Atlanta mentorship program this year – it’s been a fantastic way to meet a great group of ladies in CRE, and I’m honored and excited to help lead next year’s group!”

“I’m excited to work with Heather and Anne Michael, another co-chair, to help foster relationships that will benefit all involved professionally and personally,” said de Quesada. “A mentoring program within the CREW framework is all the more special as it provides so many opportunities to meet so many great women.”

Other SJC Ventures team members involved with CREW Atlanta include Diane Lidz, Angie Penn and Emily Bakhaus. Lidz will serve on the convention committee for 2023 and as Atlanta’s representative to the CREW Network Foundation Scholarship selection committee.

To show support for the women involved and the organization, SJC Ventures will act as a 2023 platinum corporate sponsor for CREW Atlanta.

About SJC Ventures

Founded in 2007, SJC Ventures is a privately held, mixed-use commercial real estate and retail development firm. The company has acquired and developed more than 60 retail, mixed-use, multifamily and office projects throughout the continental U.S. The company is headquartered in Georgia. For more information, visit

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