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July 3, 2008

Next Bisnow Lunch & Schmooze: with famed developers Jeffrey Abramson, Tower Companies; Tom Bozzuto, Bozzuto; Marc Dubick, Duball; Jeff Zell, JM Zell; and Chris Molivadas, Jones Lang. July 17th. Noon. Tower Club. Special thanks to great sponsors HITT and PillsburySign up here!


The real estate crowd is an athletic bunch (maybe they spent more time at recess than extra credit chemistry). We've got hockey (Art Santry, John Germano, Rob Faktorow), sailing (Rusty Meadows, David Houck, Yves Springuel), lacrosse (Bruce Baschuk, Marc Dubick, Andrew McGeorge, and basically everyone else), tennis (Tom Papadopoulos, Bob Braunohler, Rich Samit, and our own Elliott), and we even have a token wrestler (Petch Gibbons). But did you know this biz also surfs? In honor of the Fourth of July, what could be more American and summery than telling you about a few of our surfers? (Note to Bill Collins and Brian Coulter: We'll keep it our little secret that you're also part of this crew.)


Recognize this guy? Nope, it's not David Hasselhoff, but Davis Construction #2 guy Dennis Cotter, who's so serious he's built a house in Playa Negra, Costa Rica. Dennis has been surfing since he was a teenager on the Jersey Shore, and now also rides waves with sons Brian, Patrick and Timothy in Delaware on weekends.


Davis CEO Jim Davis makes surfing look easy. He's jetted down to Costa Rica to see what the fuss is about and also surfed with Dennis in Hawaii. Of his first foray, he says he spent a lot of time just floating around, but since then he's honed his "surfer dude reflexes" so he can actually catch a few waves and stay on top.


Because the Bisnow expense account would not cover research at the beach, we met up with Cresa's Russell Canard, JLL's John Doub, Grubb & Ellis' Ben Plaisted, and HFF's Martin McCarthy at the Daily Grill. But it wasn't so different—just drysuits instead of wetsuits. These weekend warriors of local beaches have also traveled to Nicaragua and El Salvador, with more trips in the works. This weekend Martin, John, and Russell head to DE beaches while Ben will be in the Outer Banks.


Is it Friday yet? Russell's not only a rising star in brokerage, but also runs the online store Atlantic Surf Shop as a hobby.


Martin catches a wave at Dewey. He works with Mark Remington in HFF's finance group, his niche being $5M-20M loans. His surfing claims to fame: road trips from San Diego to Panama and from Durban to Capetown in South Africa.


John shows off his skills in a "secret surf spot" between Dewey and Bethany Beaches; he learned after a summer working at Phillips Crab House in Ocean City. Now his landlubber gig is downtown tenant rep, and he's busy leasing up the remaining 115k SF of office space for Boston Properties' 20 F Street on Capitol Hill.

Last Night's Kastle Party

Bob Braunohler, where were you? You're a tennis aficionado and Louis Dreyfus owns the great building (1101 New York Ave.) where we went last night for a rooftop celebration of the new Washington Kastles. With any luck, Serena Williams, who plays at the old convention center site this Tuesday for opening night, will be returning from winning Wimbledon! Above, Councilman Jack Evans with sports marketing maven Katherine Kennedy.


Former XM Satellite CEO Hugh Panero, DC Chamber president Barbara Lang, Greater Washington Board of Trade president Jim Dinegar, former Congressman and Washington Bullet Tom McMillen, Kastle Systems founder Gene Sandberg, Studley tenant-rep-to-the-stars (including Kastle) Paul Schweitzer. Gene founded Kastle Systems in 1972 and sold it last year to Ein. Factoids: He bought his condo duplex in Rosslyn from Forrest Mars, and Rep. Charlie Wilson (aka Tom Hanks) shared a wall; he named his Bethany House Sand Kastle (get it—combining his personal and company names). Barbara has a house near Ocean City she goes to on weekends these days, but it doesn't have a name.


Washington Kastles (the new tennis team) and Kastle Systems (the key fob people) owner Mark Ein, right, co-hosted the party last night with Capitol File. Another guest: Michael Kosmides, ordinarily hosting his own soirees as new owner of Teatro Goldoni. More info on Kastles.

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