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September 22, 2008

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Is that all people said to each other every night last week? We practically felt like chimney sweeps, we were at so many rooftop parties. Lehman may be affecting the situation on the ground, but we prefer being up high and feeling above it all.


Don Peebles is back in business—well, at least the book business.  Friday night on the rooftop of BLT, his banker friends threw him and 150 others a book party for his second opus, The Peebles Path to Real Estate Wealth.  With Don in the center above, Golden Life Getaway’s Leslie Green, Southeastern Univ. president Charlene Drew Jarvis, Amtrak VP for Human Resources Lorraine Green, and Mosaic Urban Partners’ Calvin Gladney and friend. Don told the crowd his 15 year old is learning quickly and the other day after reading the stock pages said, “Dad, I think you should be more cautious:  Don’t buy any more $400,000 cars until further notice.”

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Book party hosts: Eagle Bank DC-Virginia regional president Barry Watkins, Eagle bank founder Ron Paul, and Fidelity Bank founder Bob Pincus, with Fraser Forbes CEO Rich Samit. Eagle and Fidelity just completed their merger August 31; the combined bank has assets of $1.4 billion and 15 offices in Metro Washington.  They also got naming rights to the EagleBank Bowl, pitting Navy against an ACC team at RFK on December 20. Anyway, back to the book party; why did the bank host?  Bob gave Don his first loan—and many since. It seems to have worked out well for both.


Deputy Mayor’s Office development manager Genevieve Hanson, Ward 5 Councilman Harry Thomas, and Korn Ferry’s Anne Selee.


Last week, about 150 principals and other professionals from two dozen independently owned GVA offices gathered in DC for their annual global conference on issues ranging from politics (Trent Lott was a luncheon speaker) to seaport logistical support. On top of the US Chamber of Commerce Building for an evening reception, they gathered for our cameraman.  Did you know real estate people could look so organized?


GVA Advantis chairman Jeff Neal could be a presidential candidate, except for one thing. You don’t bring your Scotch up to the podium, Jeff!!  Actually, he’s a perfect populist for the current campaign: normally an Ardberg man who was willing to drink Maker's Mark in order to afford the open bar for everyone. 


Don’t these guys look happy? The Committee on the Environment (largely architects but open to everyone) and the Emerging Green Builders (under 35) decided to join social forces Wednesday night at the Kimball Office HQ on Connecticut Ave. From left, Hickok Cole’s Dana Mathews, Envision Designs’  Michael Walton, Kimball’s Christian Gillette, IStudio’s Rich Schneider; Sustainable Design Consulting’s Elizabeth Floyd; and Furbish’s Jim Dick.  


This Cushman & Wakefield crew really is cool, because they went swimming in the Potomac Saturday morning. Technically they were supposed to be in their kayak for a teambuilding exercise, but it tipped over a bit in the white water rapids. Even though they saw a snake in the water, they’re planning to be out there again next weekend.  From left, William Tidwell, Dan McGivney, Geoffrey Kreiss, Ali Bakke, Meghan Czechowski, Andrew McAllister, Dave Dochter, Wendy Goetz, Jim Underhill. [Poke Jim Underhill to tell him how cool he looks in those blue shades.]


At the Women in Retail Real Estate (WIRRE) dinner at Maggianos in Chevy Chase: Forest City’s Ramsey Meiser, Roadside Development’s Kevin Bednoski, Trinity Construction’s Stephanie Williamson (president-elect of WIRRE), Roadside’s Jeff Edelstein, and Holland & Knight’s Lauren Rabbitt (and current President of WIRRE) and Finmarc Management’s Tiffany Pugh. Ramsey spoke about The Yards, Jeff and Kevin introduced their new project (with Black Rock), Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center in Prince William County featuring 550,000 square feet of retail anchored by a 138,000 square foot Wegmans, and their new mixed-use project located in Loudoun County called Purcellville Gateway.


At the 30th anniversary gala for David M. Schwarz Architects at the National Building Museum:  from left, founder David M. Schwarz, Fort Worth philanthropist Edward P. Bass and Yale School of Architecture dean Robert A.M. Stern, are on their knees in tribute to the next generation of architects, now studying at Yale.   


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