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May 1, 2008

If you're at the Gold Cup this Saturday afternoon, swing by the Bisnow Tent: #30 on Members Hill! We'd love to see you. Also, if you like tennis, sign up for the Cardinal Classic May 19 at the Country Club of Fairfax, to benefit Inova Health; Bisnow will be fielding a 4-man team! See www.CardinalBank.com.


Okay, maybe they weren't the Oscars, but the "Gwcars"—handed out last night by the Greater Washington Commercial Association of Realtors at their 13th annual awards dinner at the Four Seasons. But we cannot believe the big names that now come to this event, just like the White House Correspondents dinner. For example:


Movie stars David Hasselhoff and Tom Hanks flank actress Salma Hayek. Tom, whose last movie was Charlie Wilson's War...   

Oh, wait, that's Randall Hagner's Ana Carolina Rubio, and those two are just some hanger-on construction guys from Davis.

But, believe us, there were real stars of the evening, whose names shall now be revealed for the first time in print:

McCarthy Memorial Award:   Studley's Paul Schweitzer
Top Regional Finance Agents:   HFF's Bill Asbill and Bob Donhauser
Rising Star:   CBRE's Mike Fox
Top Developer Agents:   Vornado's Jordan Brainard, Matt Gannon, and Sandy Michaels
Top Sales Performers:   Grubb & Ellis' Eric Berkman, HFF's Stephen Conley and John Duffy
Top Sales Agents:   Conley/Duffy
Top Leasing Agent:   CB's Pat Marr
Finance Transactions of the Year:   Waterview, Watergate 600
Sales Transactions of the Year:   Waterview, Democracy Center, Union Square
Leasing Transactions of the Year:   4550 Montgomery Lane, Equinox Fitness, Mayer Brown
Contractor of the Year:   Davis
Best Service Provider:   Office Movers
Law Firm:   Holland + Knight
Architecture Firm:   OTJ Architects
Developer:   Boston Properties
Sales Firm:   Holliday Fenoglio
Leasing Firm:   CBRE
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Although generally we keep our advisory board chairman John Donovan, left, much too busy to party, we permitted him a night out because he was invited to speak to the assembled 400. His topic:  What makes a Super Broker?  His answer: You need to be a broker to the core, and do whatever it takes. With him, Rand president Jon Couch, FOX Architects' Mark Strandquist, Boston Properties DC head Peter Johnston, and Studley DC co-head (and this year's GWCAR prez) Tom Fulcher. We told Tom not to rest on his SmithBucklin laurels (Studley renewed that firm's 50k SF at 2025 M the other day and got them more expansion space). Tom winked and said, "Don't worry" (we know what he's talking about, but are pledged not to reveal). Meanwhile, Mark S. tells us he's headed to back to his old childhood stomping ground in San Diego this weekend for the CoreNet Global Summit, and then looking forward to some waves back here at Dewey this summer, which he usually catches with surfing pals Bobby Schwartz and John Doub of Jones Lang.


Holliday Fenoglio's Steve Conley, Holland + Knight's Chad Tiedemann, Cushman's Jean Wirsching and Todd Shaffer, and LandAmerica's Chris Naughten.  Chris tells us April was a great month for LandAm closings, including Ralph Dweck's purchase of 51 Louisana Avenue, which involved two 1031 exchanges; and Archstone Smith's loan on Wisconsin Place in Chevy Chase.


Well, not exactly. But yesterday sports legend Billie Jean King, right (obviously), came to the old Convention Center site to help announce that our newest sports team, the Washington Kastles, will be playing their schedule (July 8-23) there, in a temporary tennis stadium to be built. With her, Mayor Fenty and team owner (and owner of the Kastle Systems security company) Mark Ein, who are hoping this will become Washington's go-to place during the evenings in July! Check them out www.washingtonkastles.com.


Also last night, we (okay, let's be honest: Elliott) swung by the Corcoran for "Artini Night," hosted by the 1869 society (business professionals ages 25-42). From left Monument's Andrea McGee, Clark's Anna Samaha, Vornado's Allison Asplin, Christiania Vodka's Camilla Loveid, and Capital One's Dina Davalle. Featured martinis: Hook's "Byzantine," Teatro Goldoni's "Goldini" and Mie 'n Yu's "Kama Sutra."  We need to attend more often.


Never shy to promote ourselves, we thrust our newest Bisnow team member (we have 12 people now!) into the center of this photo, not that he didn't want to be there. From left, Perseus Realty's Gabrielle Kornely, Bisnow's Chris "The Flava" Fava, and National Trust for Historic Preservation's Fiona Lawless. (Lawless? We're pretty sure her attire was lawful.)


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