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15 Things You Need to Know This Morning

What You Don’t Know About Tom Papadopoulos

Title: President, Papadopoulos Properties.
Photo: Trip to Istanbul last July. 
Company: 7-person brokerage firm launched in 1984 and focused on restaurants from Richmond to Baltimore. Complete 40-50 transactions (sales and leases) a year. 
Memorable project: Completed 5 of 6 restaurant deals at CityCenterDC, bringing famous chefs like Daniel Boulud (DBGB) and David Chang (Momofuku).
Why CRE career: Never liked 9-5 – either going to be stock broker or real estate broker.
Grew up: Bethesda.
Childhood memory: Riding bike to downtown Bethesda when it felt like Mayberry. Buildings were two stories and kids could hang out and play pin ball. 
Current home: Potomac.
Why DC: Father came from Greece to study medicine. 
School: Maryland (BS, economics). 
First job: Toy department clerk at Woodward & Lothrop in Chevy Chase.
Job in another life: Retired top 10 tennis player – could play golf daily.
Daily habit: 2-3 cans of Diet Coke. 
Favorite app: Flashlight. 
Favorite movie: I and II. “People will know.”
Favorite music group: Rolling Stones.
Favorite vacation spot: Greece.
Guilty pleasures: Cigars and Pappy Van Winkle.
Bucket list: Get down to 10 handicap – in low 20s now. 
Family: Married to Koula; two sons – one works at firm, other for Apple Corporate; two dogs. 
Hobbies: Tennis, golf, travel.
Startling fact: Owns unstruck matchbook collection of several thousand, dating back to 1930s. One came from Air Force Two and has Hubert Humphrey’s initials.


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