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June 10, 2008
 
       
 
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OH, NO,
NOT GOLF AGAIN!

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It’s that time of the year, and there’s not much we can do about it; for the next few months, just think of it as Brokers Gone Wild. But at least it’s for great causes. Yesterday’s was the 27th Annual March of Dimes golf classic at the Mt. Vernon Country Club, where a sellout of 144 golfers helped raise $161,287 for premature babies, well exceeding the $150k goal. And got a free sauna in the 98 degree heat while they were at it. 

 

Above, event chair Dave Millard of Cushman & Wakefield and honorary chair James DeGraffenreidt, CEO of event sponsor Washington Gas and WGL Holdings, Inc. Other top sponsors were Clark, Accenture, and WTOP. By the way, congrats to Dave for his success repping ING’s splendid new Metropark V in Springfield; he just recently signed leases for them totalling 40k SF with defense contractors Tauri Group and Mantech. Even more congrats that he recently celebrated daughter #3’s graduation from Lehigh. Three down, one to go, then he can afford to golf full time!

Grubb & Ellis’ Jake McInerney, Brookfield’s Daniel Purrington, and Jones Lang’s Bob VeShancey could be a singing group with their matching shades and hats.

 

Amalgamated Bank’s Brad Harvey, NorthMarq’s Matt Clinebell, Clark Building Group’s Andy Mest, Amalgamated Bank’s Bob Bergin, and PNC Bank’s Ben Adams on the putting green.  Andy tells us his group works on multi-family developments, like the Village at Leesburg for Cypress Equities, Kettler, and Carlyle. The $180M, 1.4M SF mixed-use project just began construction last week and Clark expects to deliver in 24 months.

 

Back in the clubhouse, Potomac Mills’ Gregg Goodman, David Gott, and Paul Fickinger, ECS Mid-Atlantic’s Mike Sawyers, and Prince William County Board of Supervisors’ Mike May take a break for lunch. Gregg says Potomac Mills is gearing up for an 80k SF retail expansion to be complete by 2010 and include a Last Call Nieman Marcus and several new restaurants. Mike S. has a pretty good moonlighting gig; he owns a small winery, Vino Curioso, which will be featured in this weekend’s Manassas Wine and Jazz Fest. Wow, an extracurricular activity that’s not golf!


GOOGLE GROUPIES!

 

We joined 600 members of the Economic Club who poured into the downtown Ritz for lunch yesterday with Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and ran into a healthy complement of real estate folks. They’re also pretty healthy-looking, don’t you think? Perhaps that’s because they’re having some fun these days travelling: Beers + Cutler's Barbara Schaefer McDuffie is off to the US Open Thursday, Rand’s Linda Rabbitt is just back from Argentina (lots of steak and Malbeck wine), Studley’s Lois Zambo is just back from Italy, and as for Rand’s Jon Couch, he’s got that big boat on the Chesapeake, so who knows where he is at any given moment.

 

Also on hand: Leo Daly DC head Dick Swett, Orr Partners’ David Orr, and Brown Advisory’s Buck Chapoton. David tells us his firm just purchased 20 acres from the city of Hampton Roads adjacent to the Convention Center there. It’s currently a parking lot and they’ve engaged Doug Carter of DCS to design a 1.5M SF mixed use project consisting of hotels, apartments, office, retail, and a theatre. Dick (a former Congressman and ambassador with an international bent) tells us they’ve just been engaged to design something for 1600 hectares outside Moscow.

 

And here are our friends Kate Carr and Michele Hagans. First of all, Happy 10th Birthday to Cardinal Bank, of which Kate is DC president; they’re celebrating by serving cake and ice cream in all branches today! One more great reason to do all your banking there! And our hat is always off to Michele of Fort Lincoln New Town, whom loyal readers will recall we named a Visionary this year for her tremendous success developing condos, homes, and most recently a new shopping center in NE DC.

 

By the way, turns out Google CEO Eric Schmidt, right, is a local yokel: He tells us he was born at GW Hospital, grew up in Falls Church, went to Yorktown High in Arlington, and worked a summer at a long gone local place called Dialcom. Here he is either advising Washington Post CEO Bo Jones how to go digital quicker, or rubbing it in that even St. Albans' grads don't make $6 billion in six years on a job.


RESTON’S COOLEST NEW PLACE!

 

With 191 rooms, the Westin Reston Heights had its grand opening last week, and now offers the town’s one and only wine bar and bistro (270 wines of which 31 can be bought by the glass). From left: Rockwood Capital’s Otto Rincòn, Crestline Hotels and Resorts CEO Dave Durbin, JBG Managing Partner Ken Finkelstein, Rockwood’s Larry Mango, and hotel GM Sami Zeitoun.


CHANGING OF GUARD AT PARK HYATT

 

Bon voyage to our old pal Michel Morauw, right, GM of DC’s Park Hyatt who heads off this week to open the Andaz on West Sunset in L.A., and a big hello to new GM Walter Brindell, who arrives from Chicago where he was a VP in corporate.


COMCAST'S NEW CALL CENTER
 

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley; Comcast Regional SVP Curt Pendleton; Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson; and Prince George’s County Council Chairman Samuel Dean mark the official opening of 92k SF, 500-seat regional call center in Largo, Md. With the new jobs, Comcast will have 4,700 employees in Maryland.  


CHEERING THEM ON!

 

Last week CBRE kicked off the leasing of Comstock Companies’ 11465 Sunset Hills Road in Reston with a soiree for 70 and a raffle including an autographed Redskins’ football and tickets to a game in the Comstock owners’ suite.  Comstock Companies, not to be confused with sister company Comstock Homes, is the privately-owned developer investor in the 89K SF property that currently has 42K SF of newly available office space. Above, Redskins cheerleaders flank building owner reps and host Jessica Suter and Beau Schweikert of Comstock, and CB leasing team Jeff Roman and Carter Byrnes.


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