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May 23, 2008


Our friends at ProLogis, the world's second largest REIT, continue to implement the company's sustainability initiative. According to Regional Head Mark Levy, they're the first RE company in the world to join the Chicago Climate Exchange, a voluntary greenhouse gas emissions reduction and carbon credit trading program. Congrats!


MARNIE ABRAMSON, Tower Companies

The 35-year-old company principal currently oversees a $70M renovation of The Blairs in Silver Spring, a 27-acre multi-use apartment, office and retail complex which will be the largest LEED renovation in the country. She's also company spokesperson on green; Tower is now the largest green developer in DC. The USC MBA and candidate for a masters in real estate from Johns Hopkins is also the owner rep for 2000 Tower Oaks Blvd in Rockville, the largest application of Vedic design in the world and soon-to-be company HQ. On the side, she spends time with her family on the Eastern Shore, does Pilates, and spoils her 20-month old niece. 



The 34-year old Colombian-born Blake (he's also lived in Hong Kong, Venezuela, and the Philippines) is the youngest development officer and owner at JBG. Since joining the company in '03, the UNC Chapel Hill grad and Harvard MBA has had primary responsibility for over 2.2M SF of office, residential, and mixed-use projects in the metro area. He oversees all development for JBG Fund VI, a $600M investment vehicle. Prior to joining JBG, the devoted rescue diver and ardent sailor worked in finance on Wall Street.


EVAN BEHR, Tishman Speyer

Evan, 27, a tenant rep at CB four years, switched gears and came to Tishman Speyer in early '07 to handle portfolio management, working on strategy to maximize value of Tishman Speyer's DC properties, as well as on financial projections and underwriting. He's focused on the former Carr properties, such as TS' renovations of Pennsylvania Ave. buildings and Nextel's renewal at Reston Crossing. A Georgetown '03 grad in finance and management, he was a varsity mid-distance freestyle swimmer who also played water polo. But his main passion is beautiful fianc?e Caitlin: they're getting married in September. And because Caitlin used to work at Bisnow and we miss her, we're putting in her picture, too!  



The 30-year-old Cornell grad and MIT MBA has been involved in well-known local company investments like Waterview, Lionsgate, and Rockville Town Center. After working for JBG from '00-04, he's now CIM's #2 guy (read: he does all the work) for the company's whole loan purchasing group, which just closed on a joint venture with Duball that committed $150M of equity to acquire distressed land throughout the metro region. He also helped acquire and finance 492 vacant residential units at Rockville Town Square last year. Matt and his wife are closing next month on a house in Bethesda so he can be even closer to the office. But he still finds time to play tennis about every four months and remains an avid baseball fan. Yes, Matt will bum Yankees tickets off any New York attorney or title specialist.



Close friends affectionately refer to the 25-year-old market analyst as "turbo."  Under the direction of Brian Connolly, Jamie is a one-woman research shop providing top-quality market scoop on acquisitions, leasing, development and property management. Recent accomplishments include a custom-built development pipeline tracker that practically updates itself; CREW DC's first "Rising Star Award" last October, just two weeks after her wedding day; and her LEED AP designation in December. She's now raising funds for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society's Hike for Discovery program, and conditioning herself for a 12-mile trek in Rocky Mountain National Park this June. Jamie even added a triathlon to the training mix.


JAKE STROMAN, Boston Properties

The 29-year-old project manager in BP's development group was responsible for managing the recent trophy, 505 9th St., and lead-managed tenant projects for DLA Piper, Duane Morris, and American College of Radiology. He's overseeing Square 54, the 828k SF mixed-use development on GW's old hospital site. An avid runner, he's led the project through an arduous DC approval process and has it teed up to start construction in a few weeks. Jake was captain of the Johns Hopkins basketball team, got an MBA at UNC, and was previously at Clark, where he helped build the new DC Convention Center. 



Over the past 12 months, the 30-year old SVP has completed over 50 lease transactions in more than 20 states, including 23k SF for NTT America in Tysons Corner and 26k SF for Opsware, Inc. in Cary, NC, and dozens of transactions for Bethesda-based Hanger Orthopedic Group. Plus, the Loudoun County native has an additional 250k SF of projects underway. After graduating from Dickinson in '99, Dan worked at CoStar for two years. He's married, with no kids yet, but notes that he and wife Blair have a one-year-old Golden Retriever, Murphy, who thinks it's the family baby.   


DAVID RITCHEY, Clark Realty Capital

It's been a busy year for the 31-year-old development exec. He not only helped Clark win the solicitation to serve as master developer for 110 acres at Poplar Point which was hailed by the Mayor as "the largest economic development project on which the District has ever embarked," but is also marketing the 800k SF Campus at Dulles Corner and seeking approvals for Market Square at Potomac Station, a mixed-use project in Leesburg. The married father of a 2-year-old boy also just co-chaired a golf tournament fundraiser for McLean Little League to support his hometown playing fields (though he's now a proud resident of the District). David holds a grad degree from MIT's Center for Real Estate and went to college at Washington and Lee, where he was a four year letterman and captain of the football team.


JOSH MASI and JOE FRIEDMAN, Transwestern

Josh, 30, began his real estate career at the old age of 16 as an intern at Carey Winston. In the last three years, the recently promoted NoVa branch SVP has become one of the office's Top five  producers with deals totaling over 1.3M SF. In February, along with partner Matt Bundy, Josh represented Monument and Transwestern Investment Company in a 168k SF office lease to the USPTO at Randolph Square in Shirlington. Other recent landlord clients have included AEW, Dweck Properties, Equity Office, Velsor Properties, and Federal Capital Partners. When he's not chasing business, the former NCAA swimmer is remodeling his Bethesda bachelor pad and competing in triathlons.


Joe, 30, is as VP and part of Transwestern's Bethesda Asset Investment Sales Group specializing in the disposition of office and industrial assets in the Mid-Atlantic region. From January '07 to March '08, the native of DC and Rockville, along with his team and long-time mentor Andy Stape, completed 16 transactions totaling 2.3M SF for a total value of $287M with average deal size of $18M. Clients include NNN Properties, The Lightstone Group, Kodiak Properties, and the Brick Companies. In his spare time, Joe plays lots of golf and represents his alma mater U of Michigan in DC alumni softball and flag football leagues. Though he lives in hot spot Columbia Heights (loves the new Target), he's looking forward to his September wedding in Annapolis.



The 32-year old former Stanford distance swimmer and Harvard MBA is SVP and development manager for 980k SF mixed-use Washington Gateway at the NY Ave red-line station. Jonathan was integral in securing its entitlements, approved last fall, and getting it recapitalized and financed, a daunting charge in today's capital markets. He also helped close the sale of a 25-acre suburban office project in Ashburn and, this week obtained entitlements for Lakeview, a 50-acre, 600,000 SF office and retail project in Loudoun. The Ironman triathlete just ran the Chicago marathon with his wife (her first, his tenth), and when he finished ran back several miles to find her and finish the race again at her side.


KEVIN FUNG, Group Goetz Architects

With only five years in the biz, the 29-year-old project architect was the firm's go-to guy as the "sole person responsible" for opening GGA's Hong Kong office. He made all the advance arrangements and started designing projects on day one when Lewis Goetz and Kevin returned from China last year. As a result, GGA Asia will officially open on June 1 with three clients and several exciting projects in southern China. The 3-D computer artist and motorcycle buff has provided award winning design services for restaurants like Ben's Chili Bowl, Rosa Mexicano, and the Striphouse Steakhouse in Las Vegas, and is also an adjunct professor of Interior Design at GW


STEVE BURMAN, Jones Lang LaSalle

The Kensington native, 30, played lacrosse at Bucknell and graduated with a year of eligibility, so he signed up for a masters of education program at UVA to play lacrosse there—leading him to teach at the McLean School and coach at Landon. After four years, he decided he was getting too intellectual, so went into real estate. In just three years he's become a leasing star, although he protests it's just senior colleagues Harry Klaff and Bob Shue making him look good as he's worked with tenants like Mitre and SI International. This year he's even negotiated a build-to-suit for Coventry Health in Omaha. Outside the office, Steve coaches a Bethesda youth lacrosse team and spends time with the two loves of his life: fianc?e Samantha, and basset hound Lily.


JOSH DIX, PN Hoffman

Josh, 35, who joined PNH in 2002 from Clark Construction, manages all retail leasing and is a key part of development management: He helps find the deals, put 'em together, hire consultants, and wait for the money to roll in. Likes others in DC, he's just back from ICSC in Vegas, but he did something extra there: found out the Country Music Awards were being held at the MGM, and got seats through a ticket broker. Favorite group: Sugarland. And others: He and wife Jennifer (at Trammell) have 10,000 songs on an external hard drive.



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