Mark Bisnow, Loving Husband & Father

Mr. Mark Bisnow is the Founder of Bisnow Media.  Mr. Bisnow worked on the Hill for D’s and R’s and in at least three presidential campaigns he can remember. He was a lawyer at Latham & Watkins and general counsel at two public companies. He served as chief of staff at MicroStrategy and head of marketing for webMethods. In 2004, he started the Bisnow emails, his attempt to look young without having to buy a sports car, though he ended up buying one anyway. He was a consulting producer for the very strange “McLaughlin Group” and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where his role was to reduce the average age by 60 years. He’s a product of Stanford, Princeton, and Harvard Law, all schools that have since become accredited.

Rushern L. Baker III, County Executive, Prince George's County, MD

County Executive, Prince George's County, since December 6, 2010. Board of Visitors, R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical System, 2010-.

Member, Local Government Subcommittee, Base Realignment and Closure Subcabinet, 2010-11; Leadership Council, Anacostia Watershed Restoration Partnership, 2010-; Fort George G. Meade Regional Growth Management Committee, 2010-. Board of Directors, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, 2011-. Chair, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Corporation, 2016-. Member, Task Force on Solar Hot Water Systems in Prince George's County, 2011; Task Force to Study Energy Generation in Prince George's County, 2013-14; Task Force to Study Locating Businesses in Libraries in Prince George's County, 2013-14.

Member of House of Delegates (Democrat), representing District 22B, Prince George's County, August 11, 1994 to January 8, 2003. Member, Environmental Matters Committee, 1994; Judiciary Committee, 1995-98 (family & juvenile law subcommittee, 1995-98); Special Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 1995-99; Appropriations Committee, 1999-2003 (transportation & the environment subcommittee, 2002-03; public safety & administration subcommittee, 2001-02; health & human resources subcommittee, 1999-2000; oversight committee on personnel, 1999-2003; oversight committee on program open space & agricultural land preservation, 1999-2003; vice-chair, capital budget subcommittee, 2001-03); Spending Affordability Committee, 2001-03. Chair, Prince George's County Delegation, 1999-2003 (law enforcement & state-appointed boards committee; vice-chair, bi-county committee, 1994-96). Member, Maryland Legislative Black Caucus, 1994-2003 (member, law & justice committee, 2000-03).

Member, Commission on the Future of Maryland Courts, 1995-97; Implementation Task Force for Child Support Enforcement Procedures, Department of Human Resources, 1997-98; Task Force on the Privatization of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, 1998-99; Virginia-Maryland-District of Columbia Joint Legislative Commission on Interstate Transportation, 2000-03.

Member, Task Force on the Education of African-American Males, 2003-06.

Myron Adoteye, Chairman & CEO at Eye Street Investments

Myron hails from Springfield, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. Born to two Ghanaian immigrants, Myron valued education and the opportunities it provided from an early age. During his high school years Myron worked with VECTOR Marketing Corporation. A business development natural, he quickly rose through VECTOR’s ranks and earned the title of Field Sales Manager. In short order VECTOR tapped Myron to lead teams and train fellow employees.  During his time with VECTOR Myron eventually trained over 150 field representatives and would rank as one of the Top 10 Field Trainers in the 40 plus year history of the company. 

Upon Myron’s graduation from D.C.’s Gonzaga College High School, he secured a scholarship to attend Fordham University in Bronx, NY. At Fordham Myron nurtured his love of business through business development courses. During his college years Myron would also travel to London to represent his school in business competitions as well as earn a spot on the National Dean's List.

Myron returned to Fordham, this time at the University's Graduate School of Business to complete his Global Professional MBA in Management and Entrepreneurship.  In his role as President of the Black and Hispanic MBA Association he increased membership by 15%, secured annual sponsorships and forged new partnerships with other on-campus organizations. Myron also led community workshops with business luminaries such as Loida Lewis, widow of Wall Street Pioneer Richard Lewis.

Myron worked at GDS International following graduation from business school. At GDS Myron paired senior executives in the healthcare provider space with information technology executives at hospitals across the country.  He was nominated for Trainee of the Year and was a part of the top producing Team of the Year. 

Seeking a role that encompassed his love of finance and alternative investments, Myron joined REIS, the nation's premier property and market intelligence provider. At REIS Myron honed his understanding of alternative investments and institutional finance.  He transacted business with senior executives at REITs, banks, developers and institutional investment houses across the country. Myron gained the distinction of completing one of the “Top 10 New Business Deals of 2014” with the REIT Brixmor. 

After leaving REIS Myron sought further experience in financial investment products. He joined Prudential Financial’s career development program. Upon completion he acquired his Life, Accident and Health, Series 7 and 66 licenses.

Turning his love for business and management into a love for finance and investing, he achieved annual returns of 30% for the past 3 years in the equities market within Eye Street Investments (ESI).  He was unanimously voted into the role of Chairman & CEO in 2015, where he has registered ESI’s subsidiary, Eye Street Development(ESD), as an advisory company.  He is completing the first round of fundraising for ESD. He studied Benjamin Graham, Warren Buffett, and Robert Kiyosaki in the finer points of value investing, IRR/cash flow focus on real estate, and financial analysis. He underwent training by the Money Management Institute in the Financial Services Sector and is certified in REIS 2.0 Subscriber Edition Data Analysis. 

Cameron Webb, Senior Investment Associate at Marcus & Millichap

Cameron Webb specializes in multifamily and development site investment sales in the Greater Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. He joined the firm in July 2013 as an Investment Analyst, and quickly climbed the ranks to Associate, and is now a Senior Investment Associate. These two promotions were marked by the distinction of the Pace Setter Award in July 2014, and the Top New Associate Award in December 2014. In 2016, Cameron grew The Webb Group to the most active team in the D.C. Metropolitan area. He also earned one of the firm’s highest honors, the National Achievement Award, along with a Sales Recognition Award to go with it.

 

Cameron graduated from the University of Virginia in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology, after attending St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C. 

Jesse Mates, Investment Associate at Marcus & Millichap

Jesse Mates specializes in multifamily and development site investment sales in the Greater Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. He joined the firm in May 2015, and was promoted to Associate in April 2016. He earned the firm’s Pace Setter Award in May 2016, which is bestowed upon new associates who meet a high standard of performance following their first four months of training. For 2016, Jesse also earned the Senior Choice Award and Top New Associate.

 

Jesse graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Kinesiology along with minoring in Human Development. After graduation, Jesse earned his Master's Degree from Georgetown University. A former college athlete, Jesse is a native Washingtonian and enjoys coaching youth baseball in his free time.

Councilmember Jack Evans

Jack Evans is the Ward 2 member of the D.C. City Council, a position in which he has served since 1991. He also currently represents Washington, DC on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Board of Directors and has served as Chairman of the WMATA Board since January 2016.

At the Council, Jack serves as Chair of the Council's Committee on Finance and Revenue, which oversees the District's finances and tax policy. He also serves on three standing Council committees - Transportation & the Environment, Business & Economic Development, and Government Operations.

Jack is a native of Pennsylvania. He received an economics degree with honors (cum laude) from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1975 and a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1978. He began practicing law at the Securities and Exchange Commission in the Division of Enforcement. He currently lives in Georgetown and is the father of college-aged triplets – Katherine, Christine, and John.

Richard McBride, CEO and Co-Founder of SwingSpace

Richard is a native Washingtonian and Georgetown University graduate with 30+ years of commercial real estate experience. In 2002 Richard borrowed a desk in a friend’s office and founded McBride Real Estate Services, Inc., now one of DC’s top commercial real estate companies. Throughout his career, Richard has striven to apply new technologies in commercial real estate including creating the first computerized office lease analysis in 1983, founding a VAR (Systems Engineering Solutions) to support his client’s IT needs in the 1990’s, building a client services intranet in the 2000’s and developing a full suite of proprietary analytical tools exclusively for McBride’s brokers and clients.

Richard is also a life-long athlete and avid surfer, whose passion for surfing far exceeds his skill at riding waves.

Zak Kidd, COO and Co-Founder of SwingSpace

From Los Angeles California, Zak first moved to Washington DC after graduatiing from Harvard University and Morehouse College. Zak started dupontstudios in 2013 to help leading organizations create films and develop software.

Prior to dupontstudios, Zak worked in private equity investments in the technology and energy sectors for Invemed and Vantis Capital.

Haze McCrary, Executive Vice President at Broad Street Realty

Haze McCrary has worked in the commercial real estate industry for fifteen years. He specializes in investment sale and leasing assignments in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. With his broad range of experience in commercial real estate, Mr. McCrary provides services to international, national, and local companies and associations. He is well versed in Washington, D.C. area market activity and has a wealth of experience conducting comparative market studies, generating pro forma statements, and analyzing leases in-depth with Argus and ProCalc.

Marc Fechter, Vice President at Broad Street Realty

Marc Fechter has worked in the commercial real estate industry for seven years.  He specializes in investment sale and leasing assignments in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area.  With his broad range of experience in commercial real estate, Mr. Fechter provides services to international, national, and local companies as well as associations.  He is well versed in the Washington, D.C. area market activity and has a wealth of experience conducting comparative market studies, generating pro forma statements, and analyzing leases.

Ryan C. Smith, Investment Associate with Marcus & Millichap

Ryan specializes in the sale of retail, office and mixed-use properties in the northeast quadrant of Washington, D.C. as well as in the southeast quadrant, specifically east of the Anacostia River.  With the explosion of interest in many neighborhoods east of the river in recent years -- such as Anacostia, Congress Heights and Deanwood -- Ryan spends a significant amount of his time assisting local owners in realizing the valuable potential of their commercial assets.  His interest in commercial real estate began in 2008 prior to attending law school while working at a prestigious New York law firm on complex wills, trusts and estate planning matters.  Ryan continued to develop his skill set while working on highly confidential commercial real estate transactions in one of the nation’s most demanding markets, New York City.  From his experience in the legal field, he works diligently to maintain his clients’ confidentiality while providing zealous representation and a sharp focus on his client’s goals.  With a wealth of knowledge and practical experience in real estate related matters, he is dedicated to helping clients make sound real estate investment decisions.  Ryan received his Bachelor of Arts from Hofstra University and attended The Howard University School of Law.

Frank Chambers, Principal at The Jocelyn Group

Frank a local Washingtonian received a Bachelors of Science in psychology in 1997 from Virginia Union University. In 1999, he decided to get into real estate as a novice developer buying condos and townhomes around the city.  In 2005, he met his business partner and officially formed The Jocelyn Group. Their goal is to help change dc one neighborhood at a time looking for communities that they can grow with. The Jocelyn Group develops and manages their properties with a portfolio that will expand to 74 residences this year. 

Joseph Seriki, TTR Sotheby's International Realty

Joseph Olatunde Seriki brings a wealth of end-to-end real estate knowledge to TTR Sotheby's International Realty. His development background spans nearly a decade of working with area developers to acquire land, finance projects, manage construction, and sell the final product. Joseph's development background, coupled with a keen eye for potential, allows him to identify properties that provide his clients with opportunities to enjoy life and maximize value. He is a masterful negotiator, which makes him an asset to homebuyers and investment professionals alike. Joseph is well versed in new home/condo constructions and leverages his extensive network of skilled contractors and industry professionals to help his client's dreams of owning a slice of the Washington metro area come true. Joseph, a native Washingtonian, enjoys live music, being a tourist in his hometown, and traveling with his family.

Martha Witte Suss, President of the Mid-Shore Board of REALTORS

Martha lives in the Historic District of Easton, MD with her husband Fred. Martha has two young adults that she adores named Quint and Olivia.  She has been actively selling Real Estate for 27 years now and has a passion for the industry, the Chesapeake Bay area and the people she serves.  She knows that excellent customer service is the key to any successful professional and nowhere is that more important than the Real Estate industry.  An expert new home and senior living consultant mixed with a keen interest in historical preservation gives diversity to her real estate resume. Added to Martha’s real estate resume is that for the last four years she has been the Branch Manager of all of the Long and Foster offices in Cambridge, Easton and St. Michaels, Maryland.  Martha has lived in Maryland all her life and loves all things that relate to Maryland. 

An active volunteer and a adolescent mentor both locally and overseas. All things environmental interests Martha since she considers herself an advocate for the Chesapeake Bay. She is a member of Christ Church in Easton and Talbot Country Club. She is alsoco-chaired for the Habitat Restore Event just last year.  Martha was inducted as the President of the Mid-Shore Board of Realtors in October after serving on the Executive Board and before that on the Board of Directors for the Mid-Shore Board of Directors.

A lifelong learner (who was it that said "My Tombstone Will Be My Diploma?"), Her formal education includes Holton Arms, St. Maria Goretti H.S., North Hagerstown High School, Hagerstown Community College, Washington Business School, Anne Arundel Community College, Long and Foster Real Estate Academy and continuous continuing education.

Martha is a big animal lover and you can often see her running outdoors with her dogs Lola and Brody (the terror).  She loves the great outdoors, sailing, kayaking, and any opportunity to get out on the water or go for a hike, jog or to hop on her bicycle.  Energy and movement are what keeps her vital along with her passion for travel.

Marnie Abramson, Principal and Founding Partner of NextGen LED

Ms. Abramson is a Principal and Founding Partner of NextGen LED, LLC (NextGenROI.com) a company dedicated to advancing market adaptation of ROI driven energy-savings solutions for real estate and other energy intensive industries through the sourcing and financing of LED products and other high return on investment energy conservation measures.

She is also a founding partner and former instructor at The Institute of Real Estate Executive Education (RE3 Institute), which is now a part of George Mason University’s School of Management Executive Education program. The RE3 Institute provides continuing education to real estate professionals by providing the same technical and analytical skills as those taught in leading graduate real estate programs but in a more focused and cost effective manner.

Prior to this, Ms. Abramson spent 10 years as a Principal and Director of Corporate Communications for The Tower Companies, a family-owned real estate development company committed to socially responsible, environmentally conscious buildings and communities. Her success in that role helped The Tower Companies become recognized as an international authority in the building industry.

In 2008 she was honored with the Washington Business Journal’s prestigious ‘Women Who Mean Business’ Award.

Ms. Abramson earned a Master’s of Science degree in Real Estate Development from Johns Hopkins University. In 2011, her Master’s thesis entitled Sustainability and Graduate Business Education: Best Efforts to Date and Curriculum Recommendations was selected for publication in the third edition of the Journal of Sustainable Real Estate published by the University of San Diego Press.

Ms. Abramson also holds a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Southern California, where she double-majored in Strategy and Management and Organization, and a BA in Communications from The American University in Washington, DC. She is a LEED Accredited Professional.

David Borchardt, Vice President-Development at Lerner Enterprises

David Borchardt P.E., LEED AP, BD+C, is the Vice President of Development for Lerner Enterprises, a leading developer in the DC metro area, with over 20 million square feet of commercial and retail space, and over 7,000 apartment units.  I oversee all aspects of our real estate development practice. I am responsible for all development efforts from land acquisition through rezoning, master planning, entitlements, design, and construction processes. David has over 30 years of building design, construction, and operations experience. He gained recognition as a sustainability and high performance building expert and consultant who oversaw the transformation of a corporate sustainability program from initial concept to reality while ensuring that these initiatives increased profitability.  He has experience with portfolios that include office buildings, malls, residential communities, schools, industrial facilities, and hotels in the Washington DC metro area and around the nation. He is a mechanical engineer by training and has been an invited speaker and author at Harvard Business School, Georgetown University, BOMA, NRDC, NAIOP, AIA, and Net Impact. He also has developed and now teaches a course at the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies on Sustainable Development and Construction.

Herb Miller, CEO, Western Development Corporateion

Mr. Herbert S. Miller serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Western Development Corporation. Mr. Miller founded WDC in 1967 and serves as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Miller’s activities at WDC began with the development of six office buildings in Washington, DC from 1967 to 1985. During this time he guided WDC into retail development, taking the lead in developing twenty open-air neighborhood and community centers in eleven states from 1975 to 1987. Mr. Miller led WDC to create the Mills Concept – the value oriented super regional mall. Opened in 1985, Potomac Mills in Woodbridge, Va. was the prototype of this concept. To further expand The Mills concept, Mr. Miller founded The Mills Corporation in 1993. Mr. Miller retired from The Mills Corporation in 1995 in order to pursue other development opportunities in his hometown of Washington DC. From 1995 to 1996 Mr. Miller led the Mayor’s Interactive Downtown Task Force, a 100-member committee charged with re-vitalizing Washington’s central areas. His involvement with the Downtown Task Force led him to develop Gallery Place, which combined equal portions of retail/entertainment, residential and office space on a site bridging the Verizon Center and Washington’s Chinatown when it opened in the Spring of 2004. Mr. Miller is actively involved in civic affairs, including his memberships on the Boards of the Third Way and the Chesapeake Crescent, which he co-founded in 2007. In 2006, Mr. Miller was inducted into the Washington Business Hall of Fame. He is a graduate in Urban Planning from George Washington University.

Jennifer Epstein, Regional Director, Multifamily, Kastle Systems

Jennifer Epstein has been helping properties in the Multifamily sector for the last seven years in the Mid Atlantic including working for The Washington Post’s Apartment Showcase and Valet Waste.  Jennifer graduated from the University of South Carolina Cum Laude with a degree in Journalism and a focus in Advertising.  She grew up in Charleston, South Carolina.

Marc Silverman, Regional Director, Multifamily, Kastle Systems

A native Washingtonian, Marc Silverman is the founding director of Kastle Systems’ multifamily division.  Utilizing a client first philosophy, Marc epitomizes integrity, energy, responsiveness, and creative thinking in every project put in front of him.  Kastle Multifamily, under Marc’s leadership, has been instrumental to some of DC Metro’s most influential projects. 

David Orr, Founder and Principal-in-Charge, Orr Partners

David Orr, founder and Principal-in-Charge of Orr Partners, possesses 40 years of experience and has been involved in over 20 million square feet of construction projects. Mr. Orr began his career with one of the world’s largest construction companies, Morse Diesel, where he oversaw projects in New York City such as the Park Lane Hotel in Central Park South and 88 Pine Street. 

After relocating back to the Washington, DC area, Mr. Orr was hired by Marriott International to supervise construction of Marriott Headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. Subsequently, Mr. Orr gained additional experience with Richmarr Construction and as Partner for Lee Sammis Associates, where he directed their Washington, DC offices and managed the development of 14 master planned office parks.

In 1988, Mr. Orr founded David Orr Associates, the predecessor to Orr Partners, which has grown to be one of the Washington metropolitan area’s top development and project management firms. In 2006, Orr Partners was named to the Washington Business Journal’s Top 10 commercial real estate developers in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Orr Partners has established a reputation for providing all of its clients with the highest quality of independent, impartial, and professional advice and project management expertise. David maintains oversight of the company’s upcoming projects and serves as Principal-in-Charge on key projects. He has been involved in over 35,000,000 SF of construction projects.

Mr. Orr’s primary function as Principal is to provide the firm’s clients with the highest quality of construction and project management services. He brings an extraordinary depth of expertise, creativity, and technical skills and is particularly strong in his knowledge of construction and in contract negotiation. He is recognized for a number of innovations in construction and program management including procedures with cost estimating and analysis, scheduling, contract management, and communications.