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July 9, 2008

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Get it, that's a tennis expression (we think). But it also seems to apply to living legends Billie Jean King and entrepreneur Sidney Harman as they displayed their shared affection for the sport last night at the Washington Kastles on the site of the old convention center. Which, by the way, was just officially renamed "CityCenter DC." And spilling over with real estate types.


Billy Jean is founder of World Team Tennis, which the Kastles have joined as the 11th team; and Sidney (90 years young!) founded Harman/Kardon in 1952, supplying high-end audio equipment in many of the world's luxury cars and living rooms. It was worth $8 billion to KKR just a year ago until recent economic unpleasantness intervened; but Sidney still has enough pocket change to give $20 million for the 800-seat Harman Center at the Shakespeare Theatre.    

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Also on hand, new GVA Advantis CEO Rich Pogue, center, who came from Dallas to take the position here just last month. With him from left, Rappaport EVP Henry Fonvielle, JM Zell marketing head Sharon Dougherty, GVA's Jim Roberts, Rappaport's Fraser Schaufele, Raymond C. Brophy's Andrew Brophy, and Perseus Realty Capital's Lindsay Stroud. How'd Rich get recruited? A fellow named Joe Wallace, who went to UVa with new GVA chair Jeff Neal and worked with him years ago at Oliver Carr, followed Rich a year ago as head of the CB Dallas office when Rich left to start his own Cimarron development co. (named after a river in Oklahoma he grew up near; Rich, we use everything you give us, even if it makes for long sentences). Jeff brought Joe in to analyze GVA; Joe recommended Rich. GVA has 15 offices in the SE, and Rich plans to expand soon into Dallas, Houston, and Austin, as well as Miami. Further inaugural factoids: He likes to fly fish on Silver Creek near his pad in Sun Valley, and he lived here '94-97 as east coast mgr. for Coldwell Banker Commercial. 


We're letting Sharon into two consecutive pictures because the story line is just too good. The Zell marketing guru is sister of Perseus Real Estate Partners president Paul Dougherty, left. But of course she works for Jeff Zell, center, who tells us they're talking to two potential full building users for their 350k SF Carlyle Plaza One (a govt contractor and an association). The PTO and BRAC have driven a lot more interest in Alexandria, and Zell should know: he either sold the land or developed the buildings on 6M SF out of the 7M SF at Carlyle. As for Paul, he just did first closing on PRP II for $100M of equity, with $150M remaining to raise over the next six months, to leverage $1B in middle market investments ($20-75M) in all food groups, the majority along the eastern seaboard, with recent focus on senior housing, industrial, and market rate apartments.


More tennis fiends: Clark's Keith Barker, Lisa Lake, and Lisa Spikell and Armond Spikell (of Roadside). Keith is on "baby watch," expecting a first child in the next two weeks; he tells us he's "sure" Clark Construction is going to be building the nursery.


Hines asst. project manager Tamika Crittenden, left, busy in the planning phase for modernization of 2100 M St that Hines acquired last year, here with Ayana Woodson, a Hines accountant on CityCenter. Two big pieces of news: Ayana got engaged in April and has set the date for Memorial Day weekend next year. As for Tamika, we're going to say this quietly, because it's sort of a secret, but this was the first tennis game she'd ever seen, and we don't mean only in person. Ever. Period. So we graciously explained to her how the object is to get the yellow ball into the end zone.


Ex-mayor Tony Williams, with wife Diane, not having to give speeches, just enjoying some sunshine now that he's part of the FBR leisure class.


The other day we said that Greg O'Dell, left, was CEO of the Sports Commission. We are just so out of date! He changed and yesterday marked his fifth day on a big new job as head of the DC Convention Center Authority, where he says a focus at the moment is overseeing plans for the 1,100 room Marriott they hope to open near the new convention center site in 2012, perhaps with some RLJ investment back in the equation. Also on hand, Pam Frentzel-Beyme of Capitol Realty Partners, and Turner program manager Joel Causey, working away on federal projects


Kastle Systems and Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein introduces Serena Williams at a pre-game tent, and Serena looks touched by the outpouring of affection for the Wimbledon women's doubles winner and single's runner up.



This is a rare picture we didn't take, and if it looks blurry, must be your eyes. Last week CREW Suburban Maryland hosted their quarterly Legends Lunch with keynote "legend" Combined Properties' president Kathy Roberson.  From left, MOI's Terra Barnes, BB&T's Huong Van, PNC Bank's Sara DuChon, BB&T's Kate Fox, R.W. Murray's Patricia Reddy, Kathy, Shulman Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker's Alexis Peters, Commercial Property Management's Cheryl Hoffman, and Stark Meyers Eisler & Leatham's Erica Leatham (current Suburban CREW president).

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