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December 3, 2008

A big shout-out to great sponsor The Bozzuto Group. Founder Tom Bozzuto will be honored tonight for lifetime achievement by ULI Washington at the National Building Museum—we'll be on hand.  Congratulations from everyone to Tom and his team.


Yeah, yeah, we know we cover Linda Rabbitt a fair bit, but last night's Washington Business Hall of Fame at the Washington Hilton finally recognized what we have all known so long (kind of like the announcement we've been in a recession): that Linda's not just built a great company, but has been a model for women, and a key builder of the broader Washington business community.


So we purposely snapped this of Linda with someone we don't usually have in our real estate edition:  Capital One founder Rich Fairbank, also a Laureate last night, with his 26 year old son Carl. (Factoid alert: Carl's the eldest of Rich's eight children, and there's even a one year old.) Linda valiantly trooped on stage last night after an intro by her friend Steve Harlan, despite having torn a tendon in her knee a week ago, but it gave her empathy with fellow inductee Post chair Don Graham, also working with a knee injury. Linda's 83-year old mom came up from Sarasota—she doesn't quite know what Linda does, but we overheard someone summarizing it: "Your daughter doesn't just work in Washington; she is Washington." And now Linda's going on a bigger stage: She's just been named to the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, with jurisdiction from Maryland to West Virginia to South Carolina.


Also last night, we snapped two past honorees, Clark Construction's Jim Clark (2002) and Reznick Group's Dave Reznick (2007). Jim tells us this March marks his 58th year in the business and he well remembers his $60 a week first job as a "transit" operator. (We learned that's an instrument used by surveyors, which we previously knew as a "thingie.")


2008 Laureate Milt Peterson with 2005 Laureate Frank Saul II. National Harbor developer Milt was introduced by Senator John Warner (who got an emotional standing ovation since he's retiring), and BF Saul and Chevy Chase Bank magnate Frank introduced close friend and legendary automotive dealer Mandy Ourisman.


NVR's Dwight Schar, right, with NVTC prez Bobbie Kilberg and Deloitte senior adviser Tom Davis. Yep, GOP Tom's already resigned from Congress (he doesn't technically have to until January), a really nice thing to do for his Dem successor, Gerry Connolly, since it gives him an edge in seniority over other freshmen.


We are not allowed to rest here at Bisnow, so we zoomed over to the Four Seasons for Holiday Fenoglio Fowler's 8th annual market overview and holiday party. Among the 375 on hand: Potomac Capital Advisers' Paul McNamara, left, and Jim Powers, center; with Computech CEO (and real estate investor) JD Murphy, HFF local top gun Steve Conley, and MGP's Charlie Salsetti.   


The big guys: HFF CEO John Pelusi, left, came in from Pittsburgh, and name partner John Fowler from Boston. John was a presenter, outlining unprecedented difficult times until the end of '09 or middle of '10, but also said anyone in Washington is lucky to be here and not somewhere else.


Crimson Partners' Chris Chambers, Carr Properties Steve Evans, and Duball's Marc Dubick. Congrats to Crimson for signing Strayer's HQ (consolidating from several locations) for 105k SF out of 180k SF at its spiffy new Dulles Station East. Crimson got its name from the three founders who were Harvard MBAs and loyal to school colors; Chris, who came to them two years ago from Quadrangle, was accepting because his Cornell red was close enough.

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