Haley Thurston Named CREW's Carla Higgins Future Leader of the Year

Fort Worth, Texas­- On Wednesday, March 6th, at CREW’s (Commercial Real Estate Women) Annual Awards Luncheon, Haley Thurston, VLK Architects’ Associate, was named as the recipient for the Carla Higgins CREW Future Leader of the Year award. Since becoming a member of CREW Fort Worth in May 2018, Haley has jumped in on any opportunity offered through the organization such as joining the YWLA committee as part of CREW Fort Worth’s partnership with Fort Worth ISD, and accepting the 2018 Co-Chair and the 2019 Chair position on the CREW FW Partnership Committee. 

“Joining a committee or small group in any organizations aids in deeper relationship building, a sense of belonging, and creates accountability,” said Haley Thurston, VLK Architects’ Associate. “I am incredibly grateful to have encountered some of the most visionary mentors through committee participation and other CREW events. Their guidance has not only inspired me to make a bigger impact of my own, but has taught me the skills to do so.”

On top of full time careers in their fields of expertise, CREW Fort Worth’s members volunteer their time towards establishing supportive relationships, pursuing excellence within our real estate communities, and providing mentorship opportunities to sustain future generations all in the effort to advancing Women in Commercial Real Estate. 

“I wanted to embrace the same dedication that I see at CREW FW and at VLK to make a positive impact on my community and within my firm in any way possible,” said Thurston. “Knowing how much CREW and VLK has impacted my professional growth; taking full advantage of any opportunity to serve others is and always will be a major priority throughout my professional career.”   

CREW Fort Worth celebrates its members and the Tarrant County commercial real estate industry each year through its annual awards program. The Carla Higgins CREW Future Leader of the Year Award recognizes a CREW Member with less than 10 years of real estate experience who has given extraordinary service to CREW Fort Worth for the applicable year. The recipient has shown their commitment to CREW Fort Worth, is a person of honor and integrity who is a leader within the commercial real estate industry and for CREW. This person actively serves and is always a good representative of CREW Fort Worth within the community. This award is provided in honor of Carla Higgins, a past president of this organization and a long time member.

Thurston joined VLK in 2015 and has made a significant impact with the interior design of many of VLK Architects’ flagship and award winning projects including the Allen STEAM Center, the renovations of Allen High School, the Baillargeon Penthouse Roof-Top Terrace, the American Paint Horse Association Office, and Steelhead Capital Management Office. She holds a B.S. in Interior Design from the University of Cincinnati and is a registered interior designer through the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) and TBAE (Texas Board of Architectural Examiners). In addition to her membership at CREW Fort Worth, she is also a member of the International Interior Design Association and the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth. Additionally, Haley has been instrumental in building VLK’s Interior Architecture practice.

 “Receiving this award is an incredible honor. I am continuously inspired by the excellent leaders within the CREW Fort Worth organization. To be recognized for exhibiting similar qualities as these men and women proves how affective community engagement can be. Being a part of CREW Fort Worth has truly encouraged me to make a bigger impact outside my own gain. This award validates the tremendous support and professional development I’ve received from CREW Fort Worth and from VLK Architects. VLK and CREW, together, have empowered me to grow as a leader and to serve with a sense that I can make an impact on any level,” said Haley Thurston, VLK Architects Associate.

 “VLK Architects believes in unwavering support of the communities we serve and also in mentoring and supporting future leaders within the industry. Haley is an example of those values put to motion,” said Sloan Harris, VLK Architects Partner. “We are so very proud of Haley as she continuously raises the bar for leadership inside the firm and within the community, supporting and mentoring future leadership as part of this outstanding organization.”