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July 15, 2008

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Hey, we know we've been promoting the upcoming Doo-Wop concert a lot, but we ask your indulgence: It's a 100% charity event honoring the late Ed Geisinger, a 25-year Studley veteran who lost his battle to pancreatic cancer in 2001. Ed loved nothing more than groups like the Duprees, Teenagers, Skyliners, and Flamingos, so all of them and others will perform at the Warner Theatre on Sept. 6, proceeds to go to Georgetown University's Lombardi Cancer Center.


This morning, on the rooftop of 1229 Penn, we found the guys spearheading this great event rocking out. Newmark's Paul Chandler, Smith Barney's Marvin McIntyre, Lombardi Cancer Center Director Lou Weiner, Vornado/Charles E. Smith chief Mitchell Schear, and Studley's Jack Schneider show their dance skills as they hold original 45 RPM discs from Paul's prized personal collection. Mitchell was too young to remember 45s and thought they were Frisbees, so we had to hold him back from spinning them off the roof. Naw, he's actually donating the 2,000 seat Warner Theater, for which half the seats are already sold; Marvin has personally donated $100k; and Paul reports the event's more than half way to its goal of raising $800,000.  More info.

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On the way down, showing that he also has tour guide skills if the market gets too rough, Mitchell points out a picture of the original Warner from the early 1900s. The theater is part of Vornado's 1299 Pennsylvania Ave., a 15 year-old trophy undergoing lobby renovations and cosmetic facelift. Howrey has 60% of the space and other tenants include Sutherland, the American Gaming Association, etc. But its main claim to fame is that Julia Roberts did a scene in the lobby for the Pelican Brief when it first opened.



Onward with our Summer of Love: Brokerage Tour, we visited Studley's NoVa office and four of its senior people (for the record, that's a term of honor, not an age reference, we think): Adam Singer, Paul Schweitzer, Steve Hubberman, and Jack Schneider. Everyone talks so much about the DC Studley office, it's time to remind ourselves they've got a powerful parallel universe out there. In fact, all these guys have worked out in Tysons for more than 20 years; fortunately they now have GPS and can find their way into DC. Jack and Charlie Henyon (who was off on vacation) founded the branch back in '81 in a small savings bank sublet space at 8200 Greensboro Dr. (Paul was their first hire). Now, with 23 advisors and posh digs at 1600 Tysons Blvd, the office does deals all over the metro area. They worked on the Beers & Cutler HQ at 8219 Leesburg Pike, United Communications' 75k SF lease in Gaithersburg, Cambridge Associates' 50k SF expansion in Arlington, and Shulman Rogers' 65k SF move to Park Potomac.  Other clients include the likes of SRA International, Kastle Systems, Omniplex World Services and CALIBRE Systems.


We rounded up 21 of the office's 30 people for our picture. Later this month the group's looking forward to the firm's annual "Summer Outing" (very imaginative name, we note) during which 500 descend upon the Loews South Beach hotel for mojitos, networking, mojitos, training, mojitos, strategic planning, and mojitos.


Key factoids: Steve just got back from a 12-day trip to Israel with his family and a gaggle of friends; Adam (who incidentally founded the JDRF Real Estate Games in 1989) and wife Suzanne just had a room named after them at Childhelp's new Fairfax facility for which they serve on the Board; and Paul just won the Brendan McCarthy award for his work with numerous charities.



Well, we snapped this in the Tower Companies' lobby in Rockville yesterday, so now it's only now 9 days and 15 hours before Tower moves to its great new 2000 Tower Oaks as its own first tenant; Lerner Enterprises joins them in the fall. Tower is so environmental, they first used this clock to celebrate the millennium, but re-purposed it with new graphics.


Between the 24th and 27th of this month, Office Movers is packing up and moving Tower, and at Tower's request not using any cardboard. Instead, everyone (like Jeffrey Abramson's administrative assistant Gina Beckmann) get colorful pink and blue crates. They're also not using "volatile organic compounds" for cabinetry, caulking, or wall coverings, so the move won't even have that "new office" smell.

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