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October 30, 2008

Special Bisnow Event!  Tomorrow, Friday, October 31: “Guessing about the Future: Opportunities and Risks in ’09,” with Mike Glosserman, legendary managing partner of one of Washington’s great real estate institutions, JBG. Breakfast & Schmooze at BLT.  Sign up here.


Something about the cold weather but warm scene at the Homer Building last night made CREW’s fourth annual awards seem like a festive holiday party—and none too soon for 350 folks appreciative of human camaraderie in these nerve-wracking times. All those cheerful women, the disco décor, bountiful passed hors d’oeuvres, and even the ringer men they conscripted as bartenders created a ton of fun.  We could get into this.  Maybe instead of changing the clocks one hour this weekend, we should change them about two years.


Is it our imagination or does the Homer atrium look like the Rockefeller Plaza ice skating rink? It’s a grand place to hold an event, but thank goodness for those big screens, because the speaking platform is kind of elevated. But look who we see up there: Brandywine’s Janet Davis, who won the “Impact” award; she’s the first and only woman to head leasing for a large developer and has been a fixture here since coming from Trammell Crow in Texas 25 years ago. Lowe’s Eileen Circo, heading the huge “Magic Johnson” Hilton redevelopment, took honors for annual achievement; Eagle Bank’s Jenny Shtipelman won “esprit de corps” for her work expanding chapter membership; and Mandi Wedin of ASB Real Estate investments was named rising star, after chairing the new “CREW CEO” professional development program. 


LandAmerica’s Lucy Boyd, Joanne Leong, Chris Naughten and Sally Webb; Cassidy & Pinkard’s Jenna Polivka; Pillsbury’s Maureen Dwyer; and JBG’s Lauren Petitti. Lauren, a development analyst, has just started working on JBG’s 800 North Glebe in Ballston, scheduled to break ground in early ’09. As for Maureen, who represents GW on Square 54, where construction seems to be moving along quickly, she’s got an active higher education practice in zoning law and also represents Georgetown. There she’s working on a 10-year campus plan with architects, traffic consultants, land planners, and the community to replace the current one that expires in 2010.  


Kling Stubbins’ Joanne Barrera and WDG Architecture’s Robert Sockwell. We quintupled our knowledge of pottery, learning that (when she’s not doing interior work for law firms and large government projects related to BRAC), Joanne is a serious potter. Last week she was at a “saltfiring” workshop in West Virginia (for us untutored, we believe that means using an outdoor kiln fired with gas propane), although she also does “rakufiring.” She’s been throwing on the wheel for 15 to 20 years, making bowls, vases, and other functional wares rather than art, though she also does masks (which we think is a more technical term and doesn’t refer to things you might be wearing trick or treating tomorrow). 


Orr Partners’ Kathleen McGuinness, Woodmark’s Jennifer Kurz, Rippeteau Architects’ Darrel Rippeteau, Woodmark’s Ashley Blum, J Street’s Colleen Scott and Peggy Crowley, and Apex Cos. Audrey Kunkler. Apex does environmental consulting and remediation, and Audrey says it’s wrapping its best year ever, just recently getting new contracts with the likes of Mirant, Regency Centers, and Zurich insurance. Seeing Darrel reminds us, of course, of the great Builders Ball that he’s chairing for the “6th or seventh time,” coming up next Saturday, Nov. 8.  He says that despite the economy, it’s already set a record for sponsorship funds (that go to great local charities). Over 1,000 will descend on the Building Museum for spectacular food and even an oxygen bar. He says the food stations will reflect this year’s theme of “energy, tranquility, buoyancy, and euphoria,” saying he knows those sound like adjectives used in the past by Alan Greenspan.  More info: www.buildersball.org.


Jones Lang’s David Bevirt, Tishman Speyer’s Amy Kaufman, Studley’s Lois Zambo, Akridge’s Brian Connolly, CBRE’s Sherry Cushman and Cathy Delcoco, and FOX Architects’ Sabret Flocos.


Forest City head Debbie Ratner Salzberg and LandAm biz dev queen Candace Chazen. Land Am is working on titling and escrow for Forest City’s massive “The Yards” development  in Capital Riverfront. But when we happened upon the gals, they were also comparing notes on the fact they both have kids ages 19 and 22. (Which, for the record, we believe is chronologically impossible.)  


This picture was taken last night a little before 11 PM, as we helped to close out BLT after some darn good hanger steak and swordfish. Developer Merrick Malone and wife Marsha, lower right, with Gilbert Randolph law firm founder Scott Gilbert and wife Lauren above (she’s heading national sales for an Albany based e-discovery software firm that’s about to launch). Standing on left, Scott’s colleague Ellen Katkin and husband Rafe of Mitre Corp; and sitting, our own Aram Taghavi and friend Lily. Merrick and Marsha were not as chilly as the rest of us last night: They still had a large supply of warm memories from  a recent cruise through the Mediterranean from the Croatian coast to the Greek Isles.     


Hickok Cole’s Mike Hickok and famed local real estate investor Kingdon Gould III (known in the biz as K-3) at HC’s great Art Night a couple weeks ago which packed their 31st Street offices like you wouldn’t believe. (A far cry, Mike tells us, from the first one 10 years ago that they held at their much smaller townhouse on New Hampshire.)  But speaking of big deals (and also to reward those of you who read to the end of captions):  Although Mike’s tight-lipped about it, we hear a rumor his architecture firm is getting the big new NPR headquarters project on North Capitol. Although we think they were smiling here about the $90k raised for charity at Art Night. 

Cassidy Pinkard
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