We should have known yesterday would be a great day for parties: The Palm re-opened downtown; what did Earl Segal and Fred Klein do during those months of renovations? Did we see Mike Glosserman dining with Chip Akridge? Speaking of Chip, last night we joined hundreds on the rooftop of that splendid Akridge building, 975 F Street, for DCBIA’s back-to-business shindig, and somehow also made it to WIRRE and Cardinal Bank events miles away.
DCBIA’s Gail Edwards is chivalrously surrounded by Holland & Knight’s Chris Collins, Brennan Beer Gorman’s Nick Giordana, and Terra Nova’s Chris Clarke. The two Chris C’s have more than their names in common–both are DCBIA board members and both have a taste for fine 10 day vacations. Chris Clarke just came back from Barbados, and on Sunday Chris Collins goes to Rome and Florence with his wife to celebrate their 30th anniversary.
Blake Dickson’s Wayne and Carol Dickson, DCRealEstate.com’s Ken Johnson and Sheila Simkin, and Pillsbury’s Robert Weinstock (who of course has been busy doing big law firm leases this week). Wayne and Carol have a great story. Six years ago they were just marketeers running a campaign to get Whole Foods to locate at 14th and P (instead of 13th and V); their message was “Please: In Our Backyard!” They won–but then observed the brokers getting the commissions. Guess what? They went out and got brokers licenses, and now that’s what they do for a living!
Rand’s Linda Rabbitt with Mancini Duffy’s Yves Springuel, Sigal’s Kerric Baird and Richard Goldberg, and Grunley Construction’s Ken Grunley. With his 91-year old father, who started the company in 1955, Ken went to dinner Wednesday at Ruth’s Chris in Bethesda. Grunley does 85% federal work and is prime contractor for the major renovations going on at both the Old EOB and Supreme Court.
Brennan Beer’s Sarah Szczygiel, Amy O’Neal, Bruno Grinwis and Hilary Judge; RTKL’s Marisa Leshinsky; IA’s Mary Catherine Williams and Katrina Reid; and Turner Interior’s Drew Langsam. Mary Catherine saw our reference to restaurant Il Mulino this week and went to try it out. She said she liked it.
Also last night, braving Wisconsin Avenue gridlock, we popped into Embassy Suites’ Tenley Ballroom where 90 guests gathered for Women in Retail Real Estate. They sipped pinot grigio, nibbled marble cheesecake, and heard from area developers about new retail opportunities. Above, Ratner Companies’ Kelly Ratner, Petrie Ross Ventures’ Marilyn Coolidge, Victor Stanley’s Claire Coolidge, past WIRRE president Suzette Timme of Simon, and WIRRE president-elect Lauren Rabbitt of Holland & Knight.
Also at WIRRE, Ramco Gershenson’s Ed Wizner, Chevy Chase Bank’s Lori Hill, and Brown Craig Turner’s Bryce Turner. Bryce is the architect and Ed is the developer for Aquia Town Center in Stafford. They’re replacing a 35-acre strip center with 730k SF of mixed-use. Northrop’s already rented 70% of the first building. In more important news, Bryce just got back from the Farm Aid concert in Randall’s Island, NY, where he got close enough to take snaps of Gregg Allman, Dave Matthews, and Matisyahu.
Last night, Cardinal Bank president Kevin Reynolds and branch manager Clarence Boykin; Paley Rothman’s Roy Niedermayer; Strathmore’s Bill Carey; and Cardinal’s Paulette Cross and Brian Kennedy helped Cardinal celebrate the grand opening of its Bethesda branch. Congrats to Kevin for getting the 2007 Leadership Award from the NoVa Community Foundation for his reknowned charity fundraising.