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November 15, 2007


Sponsor update: Former US Ambassador to Denmark Richard Swett has joined the DC office of Leo A. Daly as Managing Principal. Recent contracts include Starwood 1 Hotel at 22nd & M, and multiple projects for the American Red Cross.

Last night a crowd of 200 finally sent LandAmerica’s Stuart Levin off to greener pastures (read: golf) at his retirement bash at the Capital Hilton.  After 35 years as Washington’s king of title guys (or what Stuart reminded the audience is “a career listed in the yellow pages between tires and toilets”), a panel of colleagues, and even wife Lori, paid him tribute in typical Levin-eque fashion:  with dumb jokes.  And lots of love

LandAmerica regional head Dennis Vendetti, left, who hosted and emceed the evening, with Perseus Realty prez Bob Cohen and wife (and JP Morgan’s) Rose Cohen, new fixed income retiree Stuart Levin, and Boston Properties DC head Peter Johnston.  Not since Johnny Carson has a guy taken so long to leave.  Or with as much humor and nostalgic emotion.  Not to say he belongs in an elephant house, but that’s where you can visit him now:  He’s upping his volunteer time with the pachyderms as docent at the National Zoo.  (When he’s not with Lori at their house at the 18th fairway in Fenwick, DE.)


LandAmerica’s Chris Naughten, Newmark Knight’s Earl Segal, LandAm’s David Nelson, and Pillsbury’s Christian Buerger.  Earl (whose funny bone has been surgically reattached now that has gone from lawyer to broker) roasted his friend mercilessly.  As for Thanksgiving plans, such an international crowd:  David’s planning on eating la dinde in Dijon, France next week while Christian’s having his pavo in Mexico.

Boston Properties’ former regional general counsel, Steve Clineburg and his successor, Yuchong Yi bookend DLA Piper’s Betsy Karmin, BP’s Keli Colby, and DLA’s Jay Epstien.  Betsy must really like the folks at Boston Properties:  Even though she’s working on six different leases for the company, she still hangs out with them at night. 

We caught DRI Development Services prez Christian Spitz, Studley’s John Kyle, developer Greg Fazakerley (the guy who built and sold DRI), and Blake Real Estate’s Steve Lustgarten chatting about their golf game by the bar.  Hello?  It’s going down to 40 degrees tonight. 

LandAm’s Jeanne LaBelle (one of the vast team that will try to succeed Stuart) is flanked by Venable’s Stephanie DeLong and Sarah Smith.

And the man who gave Stuart his start back in ‘84: Jerry Perras, right, founder of Commercial Settlements with wife, Debby, and O’Connell Glock’s Earl Glock.       

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