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November 28, 2007


Hats off to our friend Joe Stettinius, who now has a greater claim to fame than the fact his grandfather was FDR’s last Secretary of State.  On January 1, he’ll become CEO of Cassidy & Pinkard, as Bob Pinkard (who co-founded the firm with the late Pat Cassidy in 1981 and has been CEO since 1984) moves to Chairman.  When we reported on Joe’s coming over from Trammell in February, we quoted the smart money saying the sky was the limit for the prized new recruit.  Below, you’ll see a snap of Joe last night, in his last appearance as a mere civilian. 

Move over, Canton and Cooperstown.  The Washington Business Hall of Fame is where it’s at in this town.  Last night, 1300 flooded into the Marriott Wardman Park to honor the latest five Laureates, including two of our real estate world’s own:  Accounting giant Dave Reznick (pioneer of affordable housing and founder of 1400 employee 10-city Reznick Group) and engineering legend Sid Dewberry (founder of 2,000-employee 38-city Dewberry). 

80-year old Sid, left, with long time “farmer friend” Til Hazel, who presented him for induction.  Til, whom many credit as the creator of Tysons Corner, is enjoying retirement in The Plains.  But that pistol Sid is not only still actively coming in to work, but tells us he took up the piano at age 75 with absolutely no previous practice (it was #23 of 25 resolutions he made to himself of things he wanted to do), has given three recitals to friends, and plays a mean Fur Elise and Anniversary Waltz.

Reznick Group CEO Ken Baggett, left, came to honor his boss Dave Reznick.  (Or is Ken now Dave’s boss?)  Anyway, we were so busy gabbing with Dave and wife Sandy that we plum forgot to get his picture, and Ken will have to substitute for present purposes.  (But just try to imagine two beautiful young people and you won’t be far off.)  Also on hand above, powerhouse presidential pal Vernon Jordan (yes, the tall guy) and LandAmerica regional head Dennis VendettiHorning Brothers’ Joe Horning presented Dave for induction, vouching for the integrity of a guy he said had been his personal accountant for 37 years.  Dave said he got his values from his close-knit family, especially his parents who operated a grocery store at 15th and Fuller NW.

Ted Lerner, himself a 2004 Laureate, tells us they’ve got a list of 4,000 things to do before Opening Day, but no one doubts this man of action will do them.  With him, wife Annette, daughter Debra, and son-in-law Ed Cohen.  Ed, who raised a record amount for beneficiary Junior Achievement when he chaired last year’s dinner, was delighted to be at an event in which he was not in charge.

Like we mentioned above, last night’s attendees included Cassidy’s Not-So-Ordinary Joe, here with CB’s Brad Flickinger, and Peris Companies president Jeff Pellegrino. Joe tells us he's back from Thanksgiving with in-laws at Hobe Sound near Palm Beach, and is off to Jamaica’s Round Hill to celebrate the holidays and get tanned and rested for his next phase.

Kane Company's Jim Durfee, Kane Construction president Dennis Kane, Ridgewells owner Susan Lacz, and Kane Company founder John Kane.  John’s actually got a bunch of companies:  Office Movers, Office Shredders, Office Installers, Office Staffing, and Third Party Logistics.  And he’s added Office Shredding. As former Chairman of the Maryland State GOP, who used to be in the thick of politics, he says it’s sort of “going from one trashy business to another but it pays a lot better.”  (Permission granted to use that quote!)     

Developer Jair Lynch and CB’s Ernie Jarvis.

WFT Engineering’s Toni Ayres, Marty Silver, Jerry Endler, and Melissa Allen with Staubach’s Frank Mobilio.

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