2/13/18 Washington, DC Mastermind Meeting

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At this month’s Mastermind meeting, Real Professionals CEO Rick Lackey joined the DC group to share his insight on real estate trends nationwide and in some of the nation’s most interesting markets. Between hurricanes, wildfires and more stringent immigration policies, construction costs are poised to rise 10 to 20 percent in the short-term. Meanwhile, markets in Raleigh and Miami are … Read More

1/9/18 Washington, DC Mastermind Meeting

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The DC Mastermind group started the new year off looking toward the future with a discussion that touched on how driverless cars are impacting the garage parking equation and what Prince George’s County needs to do in order to reach its full development potential. Trends in office were also discussed, from how the shrinking need for space is impacting law … Read More

12/20/17 Washington, DC Mastermind Meeting

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In anticipation of passage of the massive federal tax reform bill, members of DC’s mastermind group discussed the state of the local workforce, noting that their troubles with finding and retaining talented (and high-grossing) employees wouldn’t be alleviated by the potential tax breaks. Guest speaker Victor Hoskins, director of Arlington’s Economic Development department, agreed that the mismatched workforce is an … Read More

11/14/17 Washington, DC Mastermind Meeting

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This month, the DC Mastermind group welcomed David Nemecek, principal at Bohler Engineering, to their membership ranks. The discussion ranged from the potential impact of the proposed tax bills floating around Congress to the potential sites for Amazon’s second headquarters. Boutique land brokerage firm Enterprise Realty Services was also the highlighted business of the month, with principal Steve Varga discussing … Read More

10/10/17 Washington, DC Mastermind Meeting

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This month, the DC Mastermind Group enjoyed hearing the perspectives of three guest speakers. Michael Stevens, president of the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District, presented the progress and future of development of the millions of square feet along and near north edge of the Anacostia River. Juline Kaleyias of EB5 Capital explained what the EB5 program is and how her … Read More

9/12/17 Washington, DC Mastermind Meeting

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Days after Amazon announced a search for a second headquarters location, members of the DC Mastermind Group had a lot to discuss, especially how large companies choose where to settle; how big deals with companies are put together, from incentives to claw-backs; and the different approaches DC, Maryland and Virginia take to court business to their jurisdictions. Olivia Byrne, Partner … Read More

8/8/17 Washington, DC Mastermind Meeting

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This month, the Washington DC REAL Professionals Mastermind group hosted Polly Donaldson and Chris Dickersin-Prokopp, the respective Director and Interim Development Finance Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Donaldson led a robust discussion about DHCD’s programs, highlighting how inclusionary zoning, affordable housing and market-rate development go hand-in-hand; the Property Acquisition and Disposition Division’s plans to release … Read More

7/11/17 Washington, DC Mastermind Meeting

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On the heels of the federal government’s announcement that they are putting the search for a new FBI campus on an indefinite hold, the members of the DC mastermind group had a lot on their minds for this month’s meeting regarding the status of the office market in DC proper and in the suburbs. While DC’s office market remains strong … Read More

6/13/17 Washington, DC Mastermind Meeting

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The Washington DC REAL Professionals Mastermind Group had one of their largest meetings to date, as 1031 exchange expert and entrepreneur Margo McDonnell (1031 Corp) and lobbyist David Franasiak (Williams & Jensen) presented their current observations of this tax provision to a packed house. Attendees learned about how 1031 exchanges operate, the benefits of using this tool, and why it … Read More

5/9/17 Washington, DC Mastermind Meeting

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It’s not just factories that are eligible for tax incentives, RPN members learned at the May meeting. New RPN Champion Olivia Byrne of K&L Gates spearheads the firm’s economic incentive practice nationwide. She recently negotiated $100 million in incentives for one client. Representing The Advisory Board, Olivia negotiated $60 million in incentives in a recent deal, and also represented Radio … Read More