It was practically the Golden Globes last night at the Homer Building. Over 300 gathered to celebrate CREW DC’s “Women of Impact” awards, made all the more remarkable in a profession that speakers pointed out has long been male-dominated.
The winners: SmithGroup’s Elaine Gray for “Annual Achievement,” Monument’s Tasha Stancill for “Esprit de Corps,” Studley’s iconic Lois Zambo was a shoe-in for “Outstanding Impact,” and Akridge’s Jamie Bratt was this year’s Rising Star.
Lois recalled reeling in her first mega-client, Gannett, back in '79. They refused to set foot in the Virginia building she wanted to show them, but she was so sure they’d love it that despite an annual salary of $8,000, she paid a photographer $500 dollars for pictures. Two days later they signed for 260k SF. As for Jamie, she started with Akridge when Matt Klein called her cell while she was motorcycle riding through New England. (She must have had it on Loud.)
Boston Properties’ Ray Ritchey looks quite at home cracking open a beer as a “celebrity bartender.” We think he’s smiling because BP has close to 0% vacancy rate. Of course, we put Ray’s mug in here just as crass “product placement,” to remind you that the guy who emcee Helen Haerle called the "most respected man in Washington real estate" will be our speaker at the next Bisnow Breakfast & Schmooze Nov. 7. More info.
Rand’s Linda Rabbitt, and one of our favorite father/daughter duos: Davis’ Jim Davis and JM Zell's Meghan Davis. Jim’s busy working on the old DoT Building turned Constitution Center, and Meghan tells us Carlyle Plaza One is taking most of her time. Linda, of course, should have had daughter Lauren present, but the latter not only works at Holland & Knight but works Day & Knight.
Fox Relocation’s Ginny Steinhauer, Lerner Enterprises’ Bonnie Pulse, Mancini Duffy’s Yves Springuel, Fox Relocation’s Marta Garcia Arnold, and Rand’s Jon Couch.
The two celebrity bartenders on the right, momentarily away from their stations, seem to enjoy drinking the cocktails more than pouring them. Cassidy’s Bill Collins and developer Douglas Jemal raise a glass to JBG’s Jill Gobeaux.
Abandoning their usual drink of choice (Arnold Palmers) for martinis, LandAmerica’s Jeanne LaBelle and CREW Prez Kathy Allgier of JLL give the ice luge a workout. Kathy might have needed a caffeinated beverage; she woke up at 3:30 AM to catch a flight from O’Hare back to DC so she could chair a CREW meeting.
Looking like extras on MTV’s “The Hills” are Studley’s Jon Glass, Akridge’s Katie Burton, Monument’s Bethany Allen, and Studley’s Demetri Koutrouvelis and Nicole Miller.
And the winners for Great Party are: Event chairs Greta Goldsby of Powell Goldstein and EagleBank’s Jenny Shtipelman.