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15 Things You Need to Know This Morning
What You Don’t Know About John Graham
Title: Managing director, Manekin Advisors.
Photo: Middle, recent Nats game with high school buds, Amgen’s Martin Van Trieste and MRP’s Bob Murphy. 
Company: Invests or develops 1-2 mid-Atlantic projects per year in $25M-$50M range. Principals have partial ownership in Manekin Construction, which does $70M-$100M of third-party construction, and Colliers Baltimore’s Property Management Company, which has 16M SF.    
Job: One of six people in Manekin’s Columbia office, working on acquiring properties and raising capital. Focused on growing central Virginia portfolio. 
Memorable project: Interport Business Center in Richmond – acquisition of 617k SF, three-building industrial park at beginning of year. Underwriting was ahead of market and firm is now two years ahead of underwritten leasing projections. (Leased 350k SF in 10 months.)
Grew up: Villanova (a Philly suburb).
Current home: Annapolis.
First job: Washing dishes at Rusty Scupper in Wayne, Pa. Dishwashers were last to leave at 1:30, but youngins had to be off the road by midnight. Was followed home regularly by police, who also notified Dad when speeding.
Schools: Mt. St. Mary’s and Johns Hopkins.
Why DC: After college, sold spices for McCormick. Responsible for getting food flavoring products in every Giant and Safeway in DC metro.
Job in another life: Writer.
Daily habit: Double espresso – came back from daughter’s wedding in Tuscany with the habit. “Italians call it coffee.”
Favorite app: Spotify.
Favorite movie: Lawrence of Arabia.
Favorite restaurant: Paul’s Homewood Cafe (Annapolis).
Favorite musicians: Junior Kimbrough, Joy Division, and Miles Davis.
Favorite vacation spot: Deck of a sailboat.
Guilty pleasure: Old Scout Rye.
Bucket list: Bali.
Family: Three adult children.
Hobbies: Rugby – started at 18 and now play for a D-1 men’s club. Recently traveled with Bob (from photo above) to see game in England. Also coached kids and briefly at Towson University. 
Startling fact: Called “Lumpyhead” by three grandchildren.


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