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December 14, 2007


Don’t miss CREW of Northern Virginia’s "State of the Real Estate Market."  Tues, Jan 15th, 6-8:30pm.  More info to right!

Since Kiefer Sutherland isn’t able to get about these days (he's serving 48 days), we thought we should see what excitement we could find around town over the last 24 hours:


That is not because they don’t change their clothes; we know them to be neat and tidy.  Rather, it is because (nimble reporters that we are) we took this picture this morning inside Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street.  Know the common denominator of these guys?  They all worked together in 1979 on Boston Properties’ first area building, 400k SF Capital Gallery on Maryland Av. SW. At the time, Joe Moravec, right, worked for Leggat McCall as BP's leasing agent (now he’s a consultant), and BP's Ray Ritchey, center, was a tenant rep for Coldwell BankerDLA’s Jay Epstien worked for Shaw Pittman.


Oh, we forgot to tell you the occasion:  Fred Klein’s 7th annual holiday breakfast, which the DLA lawyer holds at Ben’s because (replete with tins and paper plates) he says it has more character than the Hay Adams—and we suspect (wild guess here) is a little cheaper.


This one is also from this morning, maybe about 12:01 AM.  It was the top floor of "Garrett’s Railroad Tavern" in Georgetown. A reunion of Trammell Crowians, although by the time we took this picture let’s just say some of the older ones had gone home and were probably sound asleep.  (Thank goodness we have Elliott and Stacey on the scene who are able to stay up late and party with the best.)  For the record, those are ice teas in the glasses and Dad’s Root Beer in the bottles, but just to play it safe we are not providing names in this caption.


Working our way back to a whole 16 hours ago, here was the somewhat more sedate but equally festive scene at the Bethesda Hyatt Regency for the annual Reznick Group holiday bash.  Harvest Bank president Jack Hollerbach, right, just back from a weeklong trip to India helping to attract companies to Montgomery County, had reason to celebrate over the great Peking duck:  60% growth in assets and about to open a fourth brach along Rockville Pike.  TraumaCure Chairman Jack McDonnell (who we last knew as GC for Jeong Kim’s fabulously successful Yurie Systems in the 90s) has created a company that provides a granular mineral for battlefield wounds when tourniquets are not available.  And in the center of things, as usual, our friend and Reznick biz dev queen Stacie Benes.

By now you all know Dave Reznick, right, with wife Sandy.  But how about Batman on the left?  Honestly, that’s his nickname, since his real one is Bahman Batmanghelidj. He’s the builder of a number of well known places along the Dulles Toll Road like the Nissan and Airbus buildings that we pass three times a day.  Can Dave spell the name of his good client?  “I have trouble with ‘Schwartz,’” Dave says.


Also last night, we dropped in to Barton Seaver’s seafood place on M Street for Ellis Denning’s great holiday party.  Host Marc Weller (in gray) with Roadside Development’s Todd Weiss, Lowe’s Harmar Thompson and East Coast president Mike Balaban.  Marc tells us their Fennessy Lofts (complete with President McKinley’s horse stable in the back) are coming online soon and they’re also breaking ground on the Fort Totten Metro project on S. Dakota Ave


Last night 200 people found their way to the downtown offices of Group Goetz Architects, browsing crafts for sale that benefited the charity District Alliance for Safe Housing, providing shelter to victims of domestic abuse.  Above, Equis’ Cathy Jones, McKissack & McKissack’s Dan Cushing, LandAm’s Jeanne LaBelle, and GGA founder Lewis Goetz.  Lewis tells us his family is really like the Brady Bunch with 6 kids – and dad’s even an architect (although there’s no housekeeper named Alice).


African American Real Estate Professionals livened up the holiday party circuit last night with a live jazz band at the Penn Ave offices of Holland + KnightGGA’s Tony Brannon, H+K’s Sharon Nelson Craig, Pillsbury’s Garland Stillwell, JLL’s Arlene Dedier, AAREP prez Caryn Bailey of OPX, and H+K managing partner LaFonte Nesbitt and colleague Vernon Lynch. Arlene’s newly engaged and in the throes of planning a 2008 wedding in Costa Rica.  (Maybe we need to cover that?)  Tony tells us GGA is finishing up the 200k SF renovation of Foley & Lardner and beginning the expansion of DC’s Ben’s Chili Bowl (see top story and kindly appreciate how we weave our stories together like a fine novel). 


Last night in what we call the “Clark Building” in Bethesda, Mei-Mei Venners shows why she’s Mayhood’s head of sales for the tony Lionsgate Condos, being developed by Duball across the street—she’s the only one who remembered to dress for the holiday!  With her, Duball development head Mitch Yentis, CB retail guru Bill Kent, Mayhood SVP Ron Smith, Duball development manager John Segreti, and Duball founder Marc Dubick.  Marc tells us 100 units out of 158 have been sold and first occupancy is in April.  

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