No, Mitchell Schear is not an investor in this publication. We just have to run his picture another time, second from left below, because he was one of the big honorees last night at the 1000-strong annual DCBIA dinner at the Washington Hilton (other heroes recognized: REAP’s Mike Bush and DC councilguy Jack Evans).
The crowd frenzy at the pre-dinner reception was reminiscent of the tech scene in the 90s. Speaking of which, whadaya' know, there's tech investor Mark Ein, above left, who turns out to have some real estate interests as well (like buying Kastle Systems office security in January). To right, DLA's Jay Epstein and Bresler & Reiner CEO Sidney Bresler.
William C. Smith's Chris Smith, center, flanked by colleague Ed Wolynec and JPI's Aaron Liebert. Chris continues doing good, not just well. He just built Canal Park, the first new park in DC in 100 years, and this week brought out there Perseus’ Jim Johnson, who had given a bunch of money to THEARC cultural center in Anacostia, to see it for the first time. (That is of course the amazing "Town Hall Education Arts & Recreation Campus" on Mississippi Avenue that Smith spearheaded over the last several years.) As for Aaron, he’s got a groundbreaking coming up for 909 New Jersey near the ballpark.
Forrester's Scott Forrester, center, with Gilford Corp. CEO Henry Gilford and wife Ollie. Scott's heading to ICSC today with about a million other Washingtonians. We are not going, but hey: we'd love anyone's e-mailed pics or commentary of the fun and sun out there, and we’ll shower you with credit. Send right to us, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Even though Venable's Robert Gottlieb, left, and Holland & Knight's Whayne Quin are two of the most famous real estate lawyers in town, they are mere props in this picture for Venable's Jennifer Bruton. (JK. For those of you over 21, that means "just kidding.") All three have been working hard on the 750k plus mixed-use Skyland project in Anacostia.
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