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September 24, 2008
FOR 71!

Don't forget today's Boys and Girls Clubs Awards luncheon at the Grand Hyatt (1000 H St., NW) starting at 11:30, honoring Neil Albert, Bob Carr, and Victor MacFarlane. You can still get tickets at the door. We'll be there!


No, the headline above is not a reference to their golfing ambition, although last night's party was held in perfect weather at Chevy Chase's Columbia Country Club, with 300 guests spilling out onto the terrace. The 71 refers to the amazing number of years the Washington Building Congress has been humming, and the group seems stronger than ever to judge by the wall-to-wall crowd for the annual officer installation dinner. (Though it might also have had to do with the lure of all that great food that causes the occasion to be known as the "Bull and Oyster.")


See all those ribbons on those two guys in the center? That means they're the top generals: Capital Lighting CEO John Hardy, who's WBC chairman until October 1 when Watt Tieder's Paul Varella takes over. Flanking them are, left, J Street Development president Jay Bothwell, and, right, WBC president Steve Kenton. But leave it to us to tell you stuff you can't learn from a press release: John just attended his first Ryder Cup, which clearly brought luck to the US team. And Paul took his eight and five year olds on the Crescent bike trail this weekend, as he limbers up to go toe-to-toe next week in Reno arguing a court motion for the Nevada Department of Transportation. As for Steve, he's been president 10 years, and somehow still finds the time for his duties even though his primary job is driving his three kids (8 to 12) around, especially to non-stop soccer games.


GPI's Dennis Goldrick and Winona Leaman, GGA's ubiquitous Thomas Hart, Chiaramonte Construction president Quynh-Tram Chiaramonte and VP Frank Chiaramonte. Dennis went to the 25th anniversary winery at the Farm Museum in Carroll County last weekend and "sampled everything." By day, he and Winona are working for GPI on mechanical, electrical, engineering, plumbing, and fire protection for University of Maryland's View II, which is mixed-use dormitory and retail.  But stop the presses: Winona went to her first NASCAR this weekend in Dover! 


Heart-warming: That's what it was to see father and daughter at the same event, because they're both in the industry: Dynalectric's construction manager Allen Slaughter, standing right, with Capital Lighting's switchgear project manager Sarah Slaughter. Seated: Dynalectric colleagues George Minor and Greg LaRosa. The firm is working for the Corps of Engineers on build and design for a missile defense office building at Ft. Belvoir. In the background, not realizing he's caught on camera but looking photogenic anyway: George Domurot, who was WBC president way back in 2001, and who tells us his hardest work this week was perfecting his golf grip and stance at Easton Country Club.


Ackerman Senterfitt attorney James Coleman, HSMM's Jennifer Bakos, JBG's James Klein, and Foulger-Pratt contracting president John Barron. John's chairman of the WBC program committee, which on October 14 is putting on an evening program at the Tysons Ritz on Dulles Metrorail and Tysons Corner Development. James (Klein) just played the Ocean course at Kiawah, which he says was tough—not just the wind, but evidently you don't retrieve a ball, given "a lot of reptiles" in the surrounding swampland.  


Just in time!  With financing a bit on the challenging side these days for commercial real estate, the Reznick Group (1,600 employees now in 10 offices, by far the largest locally-based accounting firm) has stepped into the breach. It's launched Reznick Capital Markets, a wholly owned sub arranging debt and equity for all variety of real estate transactions. Although this picture was taken in its Bethesda office yesterday, president Rob Sternthal, second from left, will be based in NYC. Rob has joined Reznick from seven years at Credit Suisse and before that time at Milbank Tweed and the SEC. With him, others involved in the launch: Reznick's National Tax and Real Estate consulting chair Mark Einstein, and co-office managing principals here David Kessler and Jim Martinko. [For more info, poke John Peterson.]


At the Blue Point Grill at 13th and Penn the other day, ageless Chip Akridge looks even younger surrounded by the beautiful women of Suburban Maryland CREW: Akridge's Jamie Bratt, WDG Architecture's Beth Ring, PNC Bank's Sara DuChon, APEX Companies' Audrey Kunkler, Commercial Property Management's Cheryl Hoffman, Meyers, Eisler & Leatham's Erica Leatham, MTR Companies' Julie Fishbein, WDG's Bonnie Flippin, Forrester Construction's Hallie Sherard, and Shulman, Rogers' Nancy Regelin. Erica, chapter president, aims to have "Legend Lunches" every couple months. Chip of course discussed his active role in supporting the National Mall Foundation as well as his development work of the 30 years and next 30.



Some of you know Amanda as the former correspondent on the national office scene for Commercial Property News. We say former, because we're delighted to announce that as of this week she's joined us full-time as our first NY-based correspondent, and has already plunged in helping us move to daily publication there. But we'd love your help: If you have story suggestions for NYC, please email


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