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April 21, 2008
The Bisnow

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Bisnow Power Lister Anthony Lanier will be our guest at the next Bisnow Breakfast & Schmooze, May 13, BLT Steak. He's changing the face of Georgetown and West End. Sign up here.


31.  Gary Rappaport, Rappaport Companies.  A former national chair of ICSC, Gary's the king of retail brokerage here, leasing, owning, managing, or developing 13M SF. His 40 strip malls range from Worldgate to 2.4M SF Central Park in Fredericksburg to Germantown's Muddy Branch Square; and first floor retail in 100 buildings from 1000 Connecticut and Union Row to the Metropolitan in Pentagon City. Sure, restaurant leases and mom and pops have slowed, but it frees him up for the other thing he's world-class at:  mentoring young people. 



32. Paul Schulman, Brookfield Properties. With the purchase of Trizec in November '06, the man many refer to as the "Brad Pitt of Bisnow" (based on our paparazzi's obsession with his photo) oversees a portfolio that's grown from five to 21 properties and 6M SF, from Potomac Tower in Rosslyn and One Bethesda Center to DC's Victor Building and the re-skinned 1225 Connecticut, Not to mention 1625 Eye Street, where he has an excuse to look in on tenant BLT Steak regularly at lunch. And they're developing Two Reston Crescent and 77 K in NoMa. Sure, it's a tough market for tenants, but these are long-term Washington jewels.


33. Jim Evans, Brian Berry, Dan Dooley, Tishman Speyer.  The Business Journal's recent story about huge vacancies, overpaying for the Carr Portfolio, and asking too much in rents knocked them down several notches among many we surveyed. Others comment their office leadership is not visible enough on the scene. But we say there's no denying the size and importance of their portfolio; they are a far more important player here than 18 months ago, and now even have a whole new Archstone platform. And as we've been starting up in NYC and met dynamic Jerry and Rob Speyer, we are awed by the scope of the firm's vision.


34.  Bruce Baschuk, J Street Development.  The former Coldwell Bankerian, who took some time off to coach lacrosse and learn to scuba, has jumped into NoMa with both feet (he's even the BID Chairman) and not only made money there already (buying a big parking lot near Union Station, part sold to Tishman in '06, the rest recently to NPR), but is now determined to haul in the rest of the world. His purchase of 103-year old Randall Hagner a year ago gives him property management and leasing reach in the search for NoMa's Holy Grail: an amenity base. 


35. Mike Balaban, Lowe Enterprises.  With superstar partners Magic Johnson and Canyon Johnson Urban Fund, Lowe is set to remake the Washington Hilton into a flagship not just for the hotel chain but for DC again. It’s also just upped its holdings in Crystal City to 1.2M SF, has 400k in Tysons, and an assemblage in Fort Totten ready for big multifamily and retail. Most of all, it’s about to unveil (with Bundy and NDC) the final phases of mammoth City Vista (including a 55k SF Safeway this summer) that will herald the arrival of Mt. Vernon Triangle as a growing new area of DC life. 


36.  Steve Conley, John Duffy, Holliday Fenoglio Fowler.  It's not just that they did $5 billion in sales and debt financings in '07, but that they're still closing in '08. Sure, it's slowed down, but in some cases that puts these guys' financial sophistication in greater demand. Let's hear it for figuring out new ways every day to make deals happen.  


37.  Kingdon Gould, investor. K3 has stepped out of his family's shadow and into Penn Quarter leadership, assembling great areas downtown, and finally swapping the city his Mt. Vernon site for a prized old convention center corner, and finding wide-ranging partnerships with Boston Properties in Fort Meade, Forest Cities in Konterra, and Vornado in Rosslyn.


38.  David Cheek and Bruce Lane, Meridian Group.  They could be doing well just watching their 750k SF Bethesda Metro Center and Hyatt Regency appreciate, but are now adding another 500K there and at Shady Grove; this fall also broke ground on a 450k SF National Gateway spec office at Potomac Yard, next to which they hope to create a whole new work/play village; and are already building roads and infrastructure on their giant 7M SF J.V. with Miller & Smith in Loudoun.


39.  Tom Nordlinger, Greg Leisch, Chris Spitz, Transwestern. Much more of a powerhouse than many realize. Greg’s subsidiary Delta Associates keeps filling the Reagan ballroom at Trendlines; Keith Foery and Phil McCarthy are dominating I-270 leasing; Al Cissell and Scott Melnick pioneered converting condos to rentals; Gerry Trainor has managed for the second straight year to be his firm’s top nationwide producer (even selling 11 properties in NYC);

development sub DRI did the Mortgage Bankers building and is starting 800k feet at the ballpark, Andy Stape is going great guns in B and industrial and Caulley Derringer in flex, and everyone’s pal Ken Marks shows no signs of slowing. 

40.  Anthony Lanier.  A sort of Euro-Jemal, the colorful impresario of Georgetown is not only one of everyone's favorite characters (who's brought us Cady's Alley, the G-Town Ritz and Cineplex with smokestack, and swanky club L2), but is now taking his energy a few blocks beyond. Having developed the DC Ritz, he's also just done 22 West, changing the face of the West End from sterile office buildings and parking lots.

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