The Post“™s WashBiz Blog published a piece on Friday that looked like the “bold“ setting had gotten stuck on the writer“™s keyboard. The usage was appropriate, though, as the article highlighted the names of top executives who had attended Walker & Dunlop“™s Wednesday reception at the Metropolitan Club. Located in Bethesda, Walker & Dunlop is an investment bank and real estate company, and their reception brought together high-ranking business and real estate professionals from the Washington DC region.
The name dropping started with Daniel Mudd, CEO of Fannie Mae, who attended the event with Ken Bacon, executive vice president for housing and community development. More CEOs dotted the scene, including Tom Bozzuto of The Bozzuto Group, who won Executive of the Year in 2005 in the multifamily housing industry. Mark Ein, founder and CEO of Venturehouse Group“”and entrepreneur extraordinaire“”joined the impressive guest list.
More big names were mentioned as attendees, like Frank Saul III, a leading executive at Chevy Chase Bank, as well as successful developer John Mason. Bernstein Management, a real estate management and investment company, was represented by its president, Josh Bernstein. And the JBG Companies, a powerhouse in the real estate industry, was present via managing partner Rob Stewart.
This was definitely an important networking event, especially for the real estate and investment community, and I“™m sure at least 1,000 handshakes were exchanged. To find out about additional top executives who attended the Walker & Dunlop reception, stay tuned for my second post on the topic, which will be published tomorrow.