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December 12, 2008

Permit us a big shoutout for the upcoming 9th annual AGC of DC holiday party this Monday, December 15, in Rockville. Please see ad to the right for more details. We'll see you there!


Are we showing our age, that we use a term in our headline from the early 2000's? But, given the current economic situation, what's wrong with transporting ourselves back to an earlier era? Thank goodness for all of you people holding great holiday parties; if more people had fun, and showed hopefulness and good cheer, is it na?ve to think we'd actually have a better economy?


We were on the scene last night at the Bethesda Hyatt for Reznick's annual party, as usual a wonderful affair (with, among many other treats, not one but three kinds of French fries—hickory smoke, garlic, and we forget the third, but they were all incredible). Best of all were the people, like broker superstars Fred Ezra and Phil Mudd, the two thorns astride the rose (Fred's wife Starr). Do you know that Fred and Philip first met in the mid-70s in Mel Lenkin's office to talk about 1709 New York Ave; Fred of course was repping tenants, and Phil (who before the last 15 years in capital markets at Cassidy & Pinkard was heading the Morgan Stanley office for 20 years) was handling financing. Phil's been in the biz nearly 50 years, and Fred, the rookie, only 40.

Exotic Stones

Reznick founder Dave Reznick, center, with head of the firm's tax department Mark Einstein, left, and developer Carl Williams of Metroview Investment. Mark was employee #7 back 32 years ago (they're now up to 1,600), and Carl's a longtime client who's developed affordable housing with Bozzuto in Prince George's County. As for Dave, he was in NYC yesterday and had a 3 PM flight back, but the plane was 90 minutes late from LaGuardia, and then he faced the usual rain-induced gridlock en route to the party from Dulles. However, he said he tried to apply the driving tricks he learned from his NY cab driver (short of racing the wrong direction down the Toll Road) and managed to make it mid-party. 



Only one entity in the world is certified green by our friends at the Sustainable Business Network of Washington, after their holiday party Wednesday doubled as an announcement that the Downtown DC BID is first to achieve their Green Steward level. The party at Haworth's East End LEED-Gold showroom was green itself, with recyclable bamboo silverware and food from Organic to Go. This announcement is a big deal for DC, so we'll elevate our discourse and dispense with the jokes. (Don't worry, before dispensing, we'll separate them into glass and plastic.) "SB NOW" is rolling their certification out in a pilot program. Phase II ends next April when they hope to certify nine more, including Cardinal Bank, Akridge, Washington Gas, and AARP. Above, organization chair John Friedman and director Pam Skarda honored DC BID's Scott Pomeroy, center. You can see the BID's green behavior on display this month at their Downtown Holiday Market (Dec. 5-23 on F Street near the Verizon Center). The 97 local vendors use energy from generators powered by locally sourced bio-diesel.


Raise your hand if you thought the typical attendee would be a hemp wearin' tree hugger. They sure clean up nicely: eco-broker Wendy Walter, Haworth's Jenn Bristow, Eco-Coach's Anca Novacovici, Fairfax Realty's Sharonda Ware, Calvert Jones' Gerry Rodino, Cadmus Group's Vicky Kiechel, and LEED AP architect Erik Hoffland. Jenn gave us a tour of Haworth's showroom, pointing out that everything is re-configurable. Modular walls, raised floors, and user-controlled HVAC cut down on landfill waste when a layout change is desired. Don't forget to join Gerry at Calvert Jones' free recycling day (computers, cell phones, etc.) on January 21.

AAREP'S Holiday Festivities

Last night, we risked a drenching to chow on potstickers with 75 others for the African American Real Estate Professionals holiday party at Patton Boggs' M Street law office. Revelers included Patton real estate attorneys Yost Conner and Catherine Buell, bookending AAREP prez-elect JW Williams and Patton's Richard Stolbach. Yost tells us Patton's handled $4 billion in transactions nationwide this year, including his own work on a mixed-use in Miami. That, like many, is in the restructuring phase, but he says dirt deals could resume by late next year. (We believe, in Miami, those would be sand deals.) Congrats to Catherine on her 29th birthday last week. Good thing she has AAREP events to arrange because she says starting next year there's no more birthday celebrations.


Forrester's Rob Catron, Akridge's David Toney, Reznick's Stacie Benes, Sovereignty Real Estate Services' Anthony Bolling, and Patton Boggs' Phil Blackmon. Can you spot the newlyweds in this photo? Rob and David both got married on October 4th to different, but equally beautiful, spouses. We're glad he told us because we thought Rob had simply absconded to celebrate Forrester's landing a $72M design build at Washington Navy Yard. They've also been hired to build five libraries in the District. David spent his honeymoon in St. Martin, while Rob ended up in Naples. We hope neither needed a book to be entertained because that Benning Neighborhood Library only broke ground Dec. 1.


Last night we also managed to make the pre-game show at the Czech Embassy for everyone's favorite holiday time extravaganza, the Choral Arts concert and gala at the Kennedy Center Monday. Here we snapped Czech Ambassador Petr Kolar, who hosted the event, with long-time beloved artistic director of Choral Arts, Norman Scribner, whose son, renowned chef David Scribner of Surfside and Jettie's is offering to prepare dinner for 8 in your home as one of the ball's Silent Auction items.

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