Originally published: Bisnow | December 18, 2015 | Ethan Rothstein
After our political detour, Bisnow’s final 2015 panel, the company founder’s circle, told the crowd the pitfalls of entrepreneurship in modern DC real estate. Snapped: Moderator Meridith Moldenhauer of Griffin, Murphy, Moldenhauer & Wiggins (bet you can’t say that one time fast), Javelin 19’s Jill Homan, JCR Cos’ Joe Reger and Boundary Cos’ John Wilkinson. The group discussed a wide range of topics, and handed out advice for those looking to follow in their footsteps. John’s: pay attention to emerging opportunities. “If you have a deliberate plan, it’s usually something else that pops up that you wind up going with.”
Crixis Construction Management founder John Leinberger—the one with the patriotic ankles—says “reputation is the most important thing you can have in business.” His construction company’s first project, conveniently enough, was renovating his lawyer’s house. Now he specializes in office and restaurant tenant build-out.
Martin Ditto, who used to work at Bozzuto, doesn’t have a long-term plan, he’s just focusing on iterating over the next two to three years, designing funky apartment projects like the Oslo.Read More