Title: Leasing EVP, Vornado/Charles E. Smith
Job: Runs leasing department – team averages 200 deals and 2M SF of leases annually.
Years on the job: 27
Company: Owns and manages over 20 M SF in DC region, heavily concentrated in downtown and Arlington. Company has 500 local employees and development pipeline of office, residential, and retail.
Memorable project: Patent & Trademark Office – vacated over 2M SF in Crystal City in 2005. Worked with development team to transform market by adding restaurants, changing traffic patterns, and renovating buildings. Brought in tenants like PBS, National Cooperative Bank, Conservation International, and Smithsonian.
Current projects: Finishing releasing BRAC space DOD left last couple of years. Continuing to attract associations, nonprofits, and tech. Also finding tenants for upcoming developments in DC at 17th and M Sts., and in Rosslyn.
CRE career: Started with (what is now) CBRE in 1984 and previously worked in sales with Harris Corp.
Current home: Great Falls.
First job: Busboy at Evans Farm Inn.
Job in another life: To be any Clint Eastwood character.
Favorite movie: Life is Beautiful.
Favorite music: Classic rock and up and coming country rocker Rachele Lynae (musician son plays with her).
Favorite vacation spot: Jackson Hole, WY.
Guilty pleasure: Boats (wife says there’s too many).
Family: Married 37 years; three children, four grandkids, and two Labrador Retrievers.
Hobbies: Anything on water, skiing, and tennis.
Startling fact: Was a wild child in HS. Upset father one day and received a lecture warning if things didn’t turn around, future would be as a cop or in real estate. “Turns out he was right!”