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John Wilkinson, among the “new guard” of Washington business

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• About the company: Based in Chevy Chase, the real estate investment management firm started nearly five years ago with seed funding from The JBG Cos. and counts 4 million square feet in its portfolio.

• Why he makes this list: Wilkinson has positioned Boundary Cos. as a developer that’s making a lot moves without making a lot of noise. The JBG and Meridian Group exec is betting on more emerging neighborhoods — redevelopment of a Children’s National Health System clinic in Shaw, a $16 million land purchase within walking distance of the Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood Metro station, a turnaround of the old Nabisco bakery at 327 S St. NE and a mixed-use project with JBG Smith in Eckington Place, where they plan to bring a Brooklyn Boulders climbing gym. Boundary is also taking the long view with an Eisenhower Avenue property it purchased in Alexandria last year.

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For years, around this time, we’ve offered you our annual Power 100, the list of 100 most influential business leaders whose numbers you wish you had on speed-dial.

This year, we thought, what if we didn’t do that? What if we took a few steps back and looked at our younger leaders, the ones paving their own paths to power?

Now before you say anything, yes, some of the people in this gallery could easily grace a Power 100 — and some already have in prior lists.

But in our minds, this is the next wave of leaders who have the grit and achievement to become tomorrow’s top Washington business establishment, alongside a Marillyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin or Arne Sorenson of Marriott International. These are the executives and entrepreneurs who are building and growing a new class of companies or reshaping older ones. They’re helping redefine our business community.

Think we missed the mark? Feel free to email me your reactions or replacements at vsinha@bizjournals.com.

Until then, welcome to the “new guard” of Washington business. I’d suggest you add a few new numbers to your contact lists.

 

Originally published: Washington Business Journal, October 23, 2018, by:Vandana Sinha

 

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