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July 1, 2008

One of the great new condominiums of the region has opened its doors: Lionsgate, in the heart of Bethesda. We believe it will become a well-known landmark of luxury and convenience. See their ad to right, and tell 'em we sent you!


Happy July 1st, everyone! Last week we gathered some sponsors and friends at G-Town's hot new club, "L2," for a bit of summer networking. The club is so elite we found a few guests wandering  Cady's Alley trying to find the unmarked entrance even though there's a tuxedoed bouncer standing outside. We mixed our tech, legal, and real estate crowds, as you'll see. (If you're a sponsor and you missed this one, we'll be having others; if you're not a sponsor, please forgive us: They're the ones who allow us to send you this publication for free.)


Douglas Development's Norman Jemal and Eastbanc's Philippe Lanier can't help themselves: They got a sense of humor from their famous real estate dads (Douglas; Anthony). Studley PR head Diana Sechrist takes it in stride.


Gratis Internet founder Rob Jewell ($20M in annual revenue), Jones Lang's Jay Farmer, PR maveness Katherine Kennedy, and Footage Firm founder Joel Holland. We named Rob one of our "35 Under 35" top entrepreneurs. The SBA named Joel, age 23, Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007. And Katherine, to test our scene against the OC's, is jetting off this week to her little bro's engagement party in Laguna


Diamond King Ronnie Mervis surrounded by women who clearly appreciate his wares. Note to fellow in back:  Not everyone can be Ronnie Mervis.


Condo Authority's Jamie Test, McWilliams Ballard's Ross McWilliams, Bonaventure Realty Group prez Dwight Dunton, Bozzuto's Toby Bozzuto, and Burka Studio's Eric Burka.  In addition to Toby being one of the only guys we know under 35 able to pull off a pocket square, he tells us he and his wife are expecting Baby #3 in just four weeks.


Penzance COO Greg Meyer, MRP founder Bob Murphy, and Gensler's Gigi Webb are facing the wrong direction at the bar.


Two more of our 35 under 35 entrepreneurs: Appian founder Matt Calkins ($100M in revenue in nine years—and margins are high in software), Fierce Markets founder Jeff Giesea (who just sold his company for mucho digits), former Cushman broker Craig Bernstein who's now head of real estate for White Star Investments, and IMC founder (and former NVTC chairman) Sudhakar Shenoy.


Orr Partners developer David Orr with daughter Shannon, left, and Clark Enterprises general counsel and acquisition head Becky Owen. David and Shannon tell us they're working on the 1.5M SF Hampton Sound in Virginia, a music theme park anchored by three hotels and set to break ground in 18 months. David also just got back from fly fishing in Utah with his son where he caught 39 fish, all catch and release, of course. 


Wait, Norman, you're not allowed to be in two pics! Oh, well. Here's PN Hoffman's Monty Hoffman and wife Traci, Douglas' Norman Jemal, Eastbanc's Robin Bettarel, Sperry Van Ness' Ralph Duarte, and Douglas Development's Douglas Jemal. Traci and Monty tell us they're looking forward to a trip to Maui later this summer to celebrate Traci's 40th birthday.


LandAmerica's Chris Naughten, Brookfield's Paul Schulman and Simon Carney, designer Pam Bothwell, and Workspaces' Tom McGuire. For the 4th of July, Chris heads to the Outer Banks, Pam is celebrating her 15th wedding anniversary on Fripp Island (hubby is Jay Bothwell of J Street Development), and Tom's making his annual pilgrimage to his family home in Ocean City.


Carlyle Group real estate young gun Ryan Begelman, Eastbanc's Kevin Albert (factoid: nephew of Neil), and Holland & Knight regional managing Partner Lafonte Nesbitt (230 lawyers here).


Fraser Forbes' Rich Samit, Opus 8's Tien Wong (his company got its name because it's the eighth he's founded), and Cardinal Bank president Kevin Reynolds. They look friendly now, but they're all tennis addicts and you should see them trying to crush each other on the court. 

Young Gun Summit!

Some of you may have heard about the Under 30 national CEO Summit our own Elliott organized several months ago in Park City. These kids are running companies that average $25M in annual revenue. No less than Fortune Magazine carries a full page on it in the current issue (p. 139).  Here’s a pdf of the page if you’re interested (takes a few seconds to load).

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