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May 7, 2008

Some great upcoming events: May 13 Breakfast & Schmooze with one of the most colorful characters on the real estate scene, Anthony Lanier. Special thanks to Archstone. And May 20: Retrofitting to Green Panel & Schmooze. Special thanks to Transwestern, Perkins+Will, & Balfour Beatty. Sign up here. And send us your nominees for the Bisnow Under 35. Deadline Friday!


Just like Superman, our 15 Visionaries named last night see things that others don't, and are really building a better, greater Washington. We were pleased to join Group Goetz Architects in honoring such remarkable people. And how about that cool House of Sweden (the country's new embassy next to Washington Harbour), dramatically overlooking the Potomac on a beautiful night? Thanks to the 250 of you who crowded into the program and stood all that time, and to the 300 others who came earlier or later and networked in the halls, or partied on the rooftop 'til 11 PM (so we hear). 


Hey, the Bushes are leaving. May we introduce to you the region's unofficial First Family? Patriarch Ted Lerner is flanked by son Mark, daughter-in-law Judy, daughter Debra, and son-in-law Ed Cohen. After bringing back baseball and the perception of Washington again as a "major league city," it was a no-brainer that the Lerner family would be named "Visionaries of the Year."


A few of the 2008 Visionaries: "Godfather of Go-Go" Chuck Brown, Douglas Development's Douglas Jemal, Hispanic College Fund CEO Fern Barrueta, J Street Development founder Bruce Baschuk, McGuire Woods' (and UDC Board Chairman) Jim Dyke, Arnold & Porter's Steve Porter, and Arent Fox's Joe Fries. Not pictured:  JBG's Brian Coulter, and a couple great restauranteurs: Carolina Kitchen's Lance London and Busboys & Poet's Andy Shallal. Lance said his eatery is the best in Washington, as if the Cheesecake Factory mated with the Prime Rib. Shallal countered that his is the best, like a "three-way" between Starbucks, Borders, and Carolina Kitchen!


Visionary Debby Ratner Salzberg (The Yards, Waterfront) has such vision she is closing her eyes to imagine the rooftop she hopes to get up to after all the yakitityak. With her, fellow Visionary Douglas Jemal, Davis Construction's Jim Davis, and Randall Hagner president Petch Gibbons. 


Pillsbury managing partner Maureen Dwyer, Reznick Group founder David Reznick, Pitcairn's Danielle Oristian, former "Secretary of Defense" for the 'Skins Dexter Manley, now of Zalco, Lacy Ltd's Ben Lacy, National Building Museum President Chase Rynd, and Pitcairn managing director Coe Magruder. Post-Visions, Ben said he was headed to dinner at Citronelle to celebrate client Wealth Capital's closing of 2099 Penn Ave to Vico Capital. Dexter told us Zalco, which manages over 140 properties, just opened up Lionsgate in Bethesda and is looking forward to the debut of Anthony Lanier's posh 22 West next month. Dave Reznick had an interesting weekend: He donned a chicken costume and was the entertainment for his 2-year-old grandson's birthday party


Mod Squad. After celebrating the Visionaries, Cambridge Properties' Ben Eldridge, Cassidy & Pinkard's Drew Flood, Eastdil's Jarrett Morrell, Perseus' Lindsay Stroud, and Cassidy's James Cassidy celebrate the perfect weather on the rooftop terrace.


Cardinal Bank DC president Kate Carr and colleague Kathy Speakman frame LandAm's Bill Gessner. Bill's probably on a plane to Fort Lauderdale as you read this-heading south for a little R&R. Kate and Kathy call themselves "banker chicks," and as long as it's their term, we'll use it.


Our co-host Lewis Goetz, with Carlyle Group's Adam Buchwald and Katten Muchin Rosenman's Bruce Kosub.  Lewis, who founded GGA in '78, celebrates the firm's 30th anniversary this year.   


Arnold & Porter's Steve Porter and wife Susan, with Studley's newest addition, Alex Hunihan and Studley vet Rick Rome. Yesterday was Alex's second day on the job in DC; she just moved  from Chicago where she was on the leasing team for Sears Tower with US Equities. Steve modestly accepted his award saying, "These Visionaries are so famous, I'm the only one I haven't heard of."


Also last night, Futból met football at the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship Dare2Dream gala at the Marriott Wardman Park: DC United owner (and uber-real estate developer) Victor MacFarlane and Redskins president Dennis Green flank NFTE executive director Julie Kantor. Victor was honored by for his support of NFTE, which helps inner-city kids start their own businesses. Yesterday was a good day for MacFarlane, since DC United closed a big jersey sponsorship deal with Volkswagen. Next he'll attend his daughter's UVA graduation on Sunday, which includes a post-ceremony bash in Charlottesville. Note to dinner chairman Jeff Neal: We actually stopped in after our own party (hey, Mike Darby was at ours!), but we didn't want to schlep all the way across the room to find you-we're still on crutches. Congrats on your fundraising, and please don't cancel your subscription.


May 13 Breakfast Schmooze with Anthony Lanier   Sign Up
May 20 Retrofitting to Green Panel and Schmooze  Sign Up
June 12 Breakfast Schmooze with Debby Ratner Salzberg  Sign Up
June 24 Bisnow State of the Market Conference  Sign Up

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