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March 10, 2008


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Saturday night was our second year as a guest, though Chip was right to ask us when we walked in, "Hmm, what deal did you bring us last year?" See, the 23rd Annual Akridge Broker Appreciation Dinner is really meant as a thank you to agents who in 2007 sold buildings for them or brought tenants to lease space. And that's why it was 11 on a 10 scale of elegance. They rented out the Folger Shakespeare Library next to the Supreme Court (and, as you can see below, actually dined among the books), seemed to have found every fresh flower within 100 miles, and obviously asked Occasions Caterers for their finest menu and wines.


Founder Chip Akridge, Chris Moyer (wife of Goulston & Storrs real estate attorney Dennis Moyer), and Joe Benkowski of Seaton Benkowski & Partners (Akridge's investment partner at Carroll Square and Techworld). Chip was especially proud this was their eighth year out of nine getting the BOMA award for tops in client services out of 600 competitors across the country. Tables were named after Shakespeare plays and costumed actors performed a scene from Taming of the Shrew.  


Seated: Cunningham and Quill Architects' Lee Quill (working with Akridge on Falls Church Gateway), Elizabeth Gill and husband Mike (of the developer side of Akridge), Lori Quill, and Akridge marketer Liz Ruppert. Standing:  Nathan Krill of Millennium Real Estate Advisors (their broker for 2.4M SF Loudoun Parkway Center), and  Alex and Caulley Deringer of Transwestern (broker for their new project, Beaumeade II). Nathan is not standing on a stool:  at 6'7" he is a former tight end and outside linebacker for McLean High School, Duke, and the Cincinnati Bengals; he's taking a few days off this month to see a couple old buddies in LA now in the movie business.


Also on Saturday night, we dropped by the Ritz in DC for the 2nd annual Monte Carlo night to benefit the Children's National Medical Center. With co-chair Rob Stewart of JBG, left, Walker & Dunlop's Tyler Blue, Goldman Sachs/Archon's Bob Milkovich, Grubb & Ellis' Bruce McNair, and JBG's Quinn Rounsaville.  Proceeds benefited the Joe Robert Center for Surgical Care.


Also emptying their pockets for a good cause, CIM Group's Matt Wexler, JBG's Brian Coulter, Tammy Schulman, Becky Wexler, and Brookfield's Paul Schulman. Although we hate to run another picture of Paul, we can't resist showing how he must have left his tux at the cleaners. 


We invited some friends (listen, folks, the women turned us down) to try out the new Café Trope at 21st and P and discuss the state of civilization:  Clockwise from left: Douglas Development's Norman Jemal, ProLogis regional head Mark Levy, Rappaport's Henry Fonvielle, Reznick's Jim Martinko, Walsh Colucci's Art Walsh, MarcParc's Bobby Williams, Seyfarth Shaw's Ron Gart (partially hidden), Louis Dreyfus regional head Bob Braunohler, Leo A. Daly regional managing partner Richard Swett, MarcParc's Marc Slavin, USGC's Randy Babst.  By the way, congrats to Marc:  ProLogis was ranked No. 1 in the real estate industry on Fortune magazine's annual list of "America's Most Admired Companies."  (Trope is French/Caribbean fusion, whose name is a Caribbean spelling of the French playground St. Tropez.  Great food and very colorful place-look at that flower painted on the back wall.)


Since Ron Gart was partially hidden in the previous picture, this is our make up:  the other night at Smith and Wollensky:  Seyfarth Shaw's annual client and contact event.  From left, Bob Bodansky, Concord Eastridge's John Coe, Vornado's Dan Karchem, and Ron.   The firm now has over 110 lawyers in its real estate practice.  Dan told us Vornado's pouring concrete for 1999 K Street this week and also laying the foundation for Waterside Mall over in SW. John said Concord is building a hotel conference center on George Mason's campus.

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