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June 19, 2008
Where Have All
The CarrAmericans Gone?

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Almost two years after the Blackstone buyout, we were invited to crash one of the Carr alum happy hours to see where they are today. What we found is pretty impressive.


Though Rumors on M may not be exactly the legendary "rooftop coolers" at Carr's former 1700 Penn Ave HQ (where neighbors are still talking about the wafting sounds of karaoke), the party packed in 40 Carr vets including, above, Monday Properties' Jim Berkon, FBR's Paul Adkins, HFF's Andrew Weir and Nancy Carr, Requity Real Estate's Bill Krokowski, and Archon's Bob Milkovich. Bill gets to work with wife Sherry at their new firm consulting with Carlyle and Monument. Bill Salmon, a former DC associate, has opened up Maine-based Baker Street Proprerties while Karl Riedel, a former project manager, founded Karl Riedel Architecture.

Exotic Stones

Carlyle's Jamie Williams, J Street's Karen Widmayer, Cassidy & Pinkard's Maureen Wheeler, and GSA's Alexandra Kosmides. One reason many cited for still getting together is the sheer amount of time they worked for the company. Case in point: Jamie, head of Carr's development group, and Maureen, who did PR and marketing, started there together in '82. Karen tells us she signed on in '83 as assistant to Bob Carr's assistant and eventually worked her way up the ladder (she was there 23 years) to VP of communications. The alums say they went from being co-workers to being close friends.


Guest of honor was Tishman Speyer's Dick Dunavan, left, who was lead project manager on the Newseum and is now moving back to hometown Austin with wife Stacey. Here they join Carlyle's Stephanie Duncan, and Tishman Speyer's Joe Steller (who also worked on the Newseum). Based on a rigorous 20 minutes research, we have produced a chart of other entanglements:  

Oliver Carr III and Bob Carr are now with Carr Properties along with Rich Greninger, Wyatt Shoaf, Dave McGee, and Paul Davis. Tom Carr's at Federal Capital Partners. Jeff Salinetti headed to MRP while Boston Properties snapped up Ken Simmons, JBG grabbed John Schlichting, Phillip Thomas landed at Cassidy, Dave Bevirt at Jones Lang, and Asheel Shah works for Kettler. Carlyle has a bunch: Rob Stuckey, Chip Lippman, Thomas Ray, Tom Levy, and Marilyn Lucas.  Monument co-founders Jeff Neal and Michael Darby have Carr roots along with Doug Olsen, Bob Brumm, and Debbie Volpicelli. Confused yet?


We took this yesterday at lunch outside BLT. Jeff told us he'd give us an exclusive, so we held our breath, because we know things are cooking since his recent purchase of GVA Advantis.and, sure enough, you heard it here first: GVA will be a major sponsor of the great new Kastles tennis team and the top sponsor of their Opening Night July 8  with Serena Williams.  (What, you were expecting some other announcement?) With Jeff, PR maven Julie Chase and GVA marketing VP Jim Roberts.


Also at BLT yesterday was Gary Stein, 16 years at Studley, who came over to open Cresa's first office downtown (in East End) just two months ago. Here he shows his knowledge that all power in DC emanates from hostess Jackie's lectern.


Appian Realty Advisors hosted a broker lunch the other day to debut the first phase of Catons Crossing, a 420k SF Class A development in Eastern Prince William County near Potomac Mills Mall. The finished project (Building #2 breaks ground March '09) will have 400K SF, targeting government contractor that want to be between Fort Belvoir and Quantico.

What would a broker event be without a raffle (and that bar in the background)?  Building developer Johnny Groupe, president of Catons Ridge Office Park shuffles business cards with Appian leasing team members Dan Gonzalez and Todd McManus. The Morgan Gick McBeath-designed space, breaking ground next month, also includes ground level retail and over 200 apartments.


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