Who We Are

Experience, Integrity, Values
Akridge's leadership possesses a wide range of commercial real estate expertise and is dedicated to providing service, innovation, and results. Our senior management team represents decades of experience transforming the landscape of the Washington, DC metropolitan region.

Akridge Leadership

John E. Akridge III

Chip Akridge, Founder and Chairman of the commercial real estate firm bearing his name, is an innovator in the industry, a committed advocate of community initiatives in the Washington, DC, region, and a dedicated supporter of philanthropic and charitable organizations.

Chip founded the firm in 1974 to specialize in commercial real estate in downtown and suburban Washington, DC. Since then, Akridge has acquired, developed, or entitled more than 14 million square feet of office, industrial flex, residential, retail, and entertainment space in the metro area.

As chairman of the company, he is responsible for corporate oversight and strategic planning. He continually focuses on developing the highest-quality products and delivering superior Client service.

Chip leads the commercial real estate sector in regulatory, legislative, and financial changes in Washington, DC. He was the first to use the “Woodies Act,” which enables developers to lease the air-rights above and below a public area in order to join properties.

Chip was also the first to use the DC Tax Increment Financing Program to build a mixed-use complex that revitalized the city’s downtown core.

He worked closely with the city government to develop innovative legislation that created the housing linkage program, Business Improvement Districts, and regulatory guidelines to improve the water quality of the Anacostia River.

Chip has served as a member of the Economic Development and Executive Committees of the Federal City Council, and as chairman of the Greater Washington Board of Trade’s Emergency Preparedness Task Force.  He has received numerous industry awards.

A strong advocate for the environment, he has served on the Board of Trustees of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Nature Conservancy of Maryland/DC, and various agencies of the city government. Chip testifies frequently in support of environmentally friendly legislation before the DC Council, and the Maryland State House and Senate. He is committed both personally and professionally to sustainable building design – earning numerous Smart Growth awards, more than any other developer, and the LEED Accredited Professional designation. He is also an EPA Energy STAR partner and has been recognized by the Garden Club of America for his environmental work.

Chip is a leader in philanthropic and civic organizations throughout the Washington, DC, area. He is the founder and  chairman of the Trust for the National Mall, a non-profit created to assist the National Park Service to restore and improve The National Mall.

Previous philanthropic leadership initiatives include: chairman of The John Akridge Homeless Foundation, member of the Board of Directors of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, member of the Board of Trustees of The Georgia Tech Foundation, and member of the President’s Advisory Board of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Chip is a Distinguished Eagle Scout and a Vietnam veteran. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Real Estate Development from Harvard University.

Matthew J. Klein

Matt Klein is President and CEO of Akridge. Matt has 30 years of hands-on real estate experience and has been President of Akridge since 2001. Headquartered in Washington, DC since 1974, Akridge has developed, acquired, and/or entitled more than 14 million square feet of project in the Washington metropolitan area and currently has over $2 billion in real estate assets under management (including third party management) and 120 employees. The company has an inventory of development projects in the pipeline totaling more than 10 million square feet.

Matt is responsible for the strategic and operational direction for all aspects of the company’s business, including property operations, strategic planning, corporate governance, acquisitions, development, finance, and partner relations. Matt initiated and directed the strategy and successful institutional fund raising associated with the Akridge Office Fund, a comingled, closed end, discretionary investment fund. He also led the successful joint venture with Jefferson Apartment Group, the Akridge multi-family affiliate.

Under Matt’s leadership, Akridge has been recognized locally and nationally for its customer service, innovation, investment results, and community involvement. The company has received a long inventory of awards and recognition including the National Capital Area Business Ethics Award; numerous Firm of the Year Awards and has been featured in Washingtonian magazine and Washington Business Journal’s Best Places to Work. Akridge has been recognized eleven times nationally by CEL & Associates as the “Best in Industry” for customer service, competing against high-performing, national management companies. The company is also frequently honored with awards for its efforts in community involvement, innovative development projects and operating practices as well as for sustainability and smart growth initiatives.  

Matt is the immediate past Chairman of the ULI Washington District Council; a past Chair of the Washington DC Chamber of Commerce; past Chairman of the Board for the Downtown Business Improvement District; on the Executive Committee of the District of Columbia Building Industry Association; a member of The Greater Washington Board of Trade, the World Presidents’ Organization, and the Federal City Council; and, has also served on the Mayor’s Green Ribbon Committee and Streetcar Advisory Task Force.

Matt earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University.

 

Thomas W. Wilbur

Tom Wilbur manages real estate development projects and the acqisition
of properties for development or redevelopment. Since joining Akridge in 1982,Tom’s expertise in project financing and development has contributed enormously to the company’s growth and success.

Among his many development projects, Tom has overseen the development of The Homer Building (450,000-square-foot office building); 1200 New York Avenue NW (200,000-square-foot headquarters building for the American Association for the Advancement of Science that pioneered green technologies); Gallery Place (1-million-square-foot mixed-use retail, entertainment, office and residential project); the Victor Building (400,000-square-foot office building with historic preservation); and Rock Springs II (200,000-square-foot headquarters for Lockheed Martin in North Bethesda).

Tom has more than 30 years of experience in real estate development, engineering, and construction management. Previously, he was a project engineer at Harza Engineering, an international engineering firm, where he worked in Iran for two years managing the construction of a concrete arch dam and an adjoining hydroelectric power plant.

A leader of professional and civic organizations in the Washington community, Tom has served as the president of the District of Columbia Building Industry Association and Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association as the chairman of the Downtown Business Improvement District.

He is an honorary member of The Real Estate Group and Lambda Alpha International. Tom has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities of Washington.

Tom has a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

 

 

Brian A. Cass

Brian Cass is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Akridge. He is responsible for the fiscal management of Akridge. He also oversees the firm’s finance, accounting, and asset management. Brian also manages the Akridge Office Fund, and provides strategic direction for the operating portfolio and all lender relationships.

Since joining Akridge in 2001, Brian has managed several assets disposition, tax deferred recapitalizations, loan originations, and refinancing. He was heavily involved in funding the Akridge Office Fund in 2005 – both raising capital and the investor subscription processes. The $120 million fund is a discretionary pool of capital used to acquire high-quality and profitable commercial assets in the Washington metropolitan area. The fund has enabled Akridge to have instant access to capital and keep pace with rapid deal flow in the Washington real estate market. Brian provides seasoned management of the fund, thereby helping to bring profitable returns to investors.

Brian has over 20 years of financial and consulting experience, including management positions in corporate finance, management consulting, public accounting, and small business development. Previously, he was the Director of Corporate Finance for Charles E. Smith. He has also been the System Administrator/Accountant for Centennial. Prior to those positions, he co-founded a business which provided computer programming, network installations, equipment and financial consulting to large corporations and non-profits, including Hyatt Hotels and the National Association of Home Builders.

Brian is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst. He has a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and received a Bachelor of Science, Accounting and Management Information Systems from George Mason University.

 

Sarah A. Knutson

Sarah Knutson is the Chief Operating Officer for Akridge. She is responsible for the leadership and direction of all internal company functions, as well as a critical member of the Akridge senior management team. Her responsibilities include overseeing daily operations and providing strategic oversight of property management, marketing and communications, general counsel, information and technology, human resources, and office administration.

Since joining Akridge in 2005, Sarah has developed a comprehensive understanding of the company by dedicating herself to various capacities within the organization. Sarah began her career at Akridge in interior client construction management, where she managed interior projects across the portfolio. Her projects included Gallery Place, 900 Seventh Street, and the Homer Building, to name a few. In 2008, Sarah joined Akridge’s base building construction team, where she worked on several noteworthy projects, including Metro Park VIII, Loudoun Parkway Center, and 7550 Wisconsin Avenue. In 2011, Sarah became a development manager, focusing on multiple development projects including Union Square, Burnham Place, and Westfields. In 2013, Sarah further increased her responsibilities by joining the Management Committee, which focuses on internal corporate operations.

Sarah has over fourteen years of experience in real estate related fields. Before joining Akridge, she worked as a property manager for Carr America in Dallas, Texas. As such, she was responsible for managing all tenant and capital improvements in her portfolio. Prior to that, she worked as a project coordinator in Portland, Oregon, for a third party plan review and inspection company.

Sarah is a member of both the Maryland/DC and the Virginia chapters of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP). She is also a member of the Maryland/DC chapter’s Sustainable Development Committee. Sarah serves on the Board of Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia. Sarah earned a Bachelor of Science from Duke University, where she majored in both Mechanical Engineering and Economics.

Kathryn L. Barnes

Kathy Barnes oversees the Akridge regional portfolio and is responsible for all property management and field engineering services. Her focus is on developing innovative Client services and delivering superior building operations management for all Akridge Clients.

Kathy is an expert in many areas of property management, including sustainability, Client-investor relations, financial reporting, operating plans, risk management, and physical structure maintenance.

Under her leadership, the company has been recognized nationally as the “Best in the Industry” for customer service for 11 years by national benchmarking firm CEL & Associates.

Akridge has also won seven TOBY (The Office Building of the Year) Awards, which recognize quality and excellence in office building management as judged by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International.

Kathy joined Akridge in 1981 in an administrative role. Over the following 34 years at the company, she gained extensive experience in commercial real estate management services. Gaining more responsibilities as the company grew, Kathy was a property manager and vice president of property management before getting promoted to her current position.

For many years, Kathy has been active in the Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA) as a member of the Board of Directors, past president (1999) and treasurer (2000-2002).

In 2006, AOBA awarded her the Sydney Glassman Award, which honors outstanding leaders for their career contributions to the real estate industry on a senior-management level. Kathy is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District.

Kathy received a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, has earned the Real Property Administrator designation, and is a Certified Property Manager.

Stephanie F. Brown

Stephanie Brown, Senior Vice President at Akridge, is responsible for all aspects of administration and human resources at Akridge, overseeing talent acquisition, benefits strategy and implementation, leadership development and performance management, and employee relations.

Under her leadership, Akridge has been named by the Washington Business Journal and Washingtonian magazine as a Best Place to Work, and most recently was named by the Washington Business Journal as the second Healthiest Employer among area companies with 100-499 employees.

In addition, her administration of corporate ethical policy and behavior earned Akridge the National Capital Area Business Ethics Award. She is a tenured executive with over 30 years of experience with Akridge, including service in the roles of Chief Accountant and Controller.

Stephanie is actively involved in the Washington Real Estate Personnel Forum and the Senior Human Resources Roundtable of Washington. She is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Her community engagement includes positions at her church, where she served on the personnel committee, taught various classes and previously with the Girl Scouts of America, where she was recognized as the “Outstanding Leader of the Year.” She also has been an active fundraiser for The Leukemia and Lymphoma  Society.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia Tech University.

Michael G. Gill

Mike Gill is a Senior Vice President and the Director of Acquisitions for Akridge.  He oversees acquisitions of real estate projects throughout the metropolitan DC area as well as engaging in project financing, entitlements, design, construction and leasing.

Since joining Akridge in 2003, Mike has contributed to a broad range of Akridge investments that include Gallery Place, Falls Church Gateway, Loudoun Parkway Center, Urbana Corporate Center, the DC Evidence Control Facility, 7550 Wisconsin Avenue, 1200 Seventeenth Street, and 2800 Eisenhower Avenue. Prior to joining Akridge, Mike was an Associate in Merrill Lynch’s Real Estate Investment Banking program and was an engineer with Schnabel Engineering Associates.

He is a Licensed Professional Engineer and is a member of many professional organizations such as the Real Estate Group, the District of Columbia Building Industry Association and the Northern Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.  Mike has a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University and holds both a Master and a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois.

 

 

Adam M. Gooch

Adam Gooch, the Director of Development and a Senior Vice President for Akridge, supervises the day-to-day efforts of the Development department and provides strategic guidance for the firm’s development and acquisition projects.

Since joining Akridge in 2005, Adam has completed over $550 million of acquisitions and development of mixed-use projects in the Washington metropolitan area. He has been primarily responsible for many of the firm’s downtown projects, including Half Street, 100 V Street, Carroll Square, the Cato Institute, and the International Monetary Fund Headquarters renovation.

Among many efforts, he has spearheaded the company’s efforts to locate a $150 million major league soccer stadium on Buzzard Point, created the Half Street Fairgrounds outside of Nationals Ballpark, and managed the acquisition of Burnham Place, a 3-million-square-foot air-rights parcel north of Union Station in Washington, DC.

Adam has over 16 years of experience in commercial real estate construction and development. Prior to joining Akridge in 2005, he worked for a large public REIT in New York City, where he assisted in feasibility analyses of new development projects in midtown Manhattan.

Adam also managed the construction of large hotel and multi-family projects for an international general contractor in Los Angeles, and worked as a civil and geotechnical engineer for an ENR top-100 engineering firm based in New Jersey.

Adam is affiliated with several professional organizations and has been a featured speaker for numerous industry groups focusing on urban mixed-use development. He is currently a member of the District of Columbia Building Industry Association and the Urban Land Institute.

Adam has a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University and Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil Engineering and Geology from Bucknell University.

 

Robert J. Kohn

Rob Kohn leads Akridge’s capital markets efforts. Rob is responsible for managing and cultivating relationships with institutional investors for programmatic joint ventures, separate accounts, and commingled funds.

Rob has more than 14 years of experience raising capital for operating and investment platforms in the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. Prior to joining Akridge in 2013, Rob was a partner at Park Madison Partners, a New York-based real estate placement and advisory firm focused on raising discretionary funds for global clients.

Previous to Park Madison, Rob was a partner at Quince Hill Partners, where he raised institutional capital for real estate investment firms, and also spent two years as the marketing director raising discretionary capital for Commonwealth Realty Advisors in Chicago.

Rob began his career as an investment banking analyst for JP Morgan in Singapore. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University.

 

Benjamin A. Meisel

Ben Meisel joined Akridge as the leasing team's director in 2008, bringing to the company more than 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry.

He previously served as Senior Vice President of West, Lane & Schlager, specializing in tenant and landlord representation and strategic real estate consulting, and representing many of the Washington, DC area’s leading landlords.

In that position, he was responsible for more than two million square feet of leased properties. Ben is an expert in developing strategies to enhance the value of each asset, using strategic positioning in the marketplace, identifying and target marketing to suitable prospects, and aggressively executing the marketing plan.

The Washington, D.C. Association of Realtors recognized him with the Multi-Million Dollar Commercial Leasing Club Award and honored him as a life member in 1998. Involved in professional and philanthropic organizations, Ben is a member of GWCAR and has worked as a volunteer for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society since 1999. He currently serves on the charity’s executive committee. He also sponsors the Takoma Park Boy’s Club in Maryland. Ben received a Bachelor of Arts from Elon University.

Andy Pace

Andy Pace is responsible for overseeing the provision, supervision, and coordination of all legal advice to Akridge and its affiliated entities, whether through the direct provision of services or the coordination of services from outside providers.

He supports all aspects of the company’s operations and serves as the central point of contact for the assessment of legal issues for the firm.

Andy has more than 25 years of legal experience in both private companies and law firms, and he was formerly a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, DC.

He possesses a broad range of legal experience in the real estate arena, including real estate finance (on both the debt and equity sides), tax matters affecting real estate and joint ventures, and construction contracting.

In addition, Andy has extensive experience in addressing corporate compliance matters. He has worked in the past with private, public and non-profit entities, and has a deep understanding of the unique issues that affect them all.

Andy received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pennsylvania State University and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University. He is a member of the Bars of the District of Columbia, the State of New York, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 

Wilbur E. Pace

Wil Pace is a Vice President of Leasing at Akridge. As such, he oversees more than two million square feet in Akridge’s downtown Washington, DC leasing portfolio.
 
Wil's primary responsibilities include office and retail space marketing, lease negotiation, financial analysis, Client retention, and investor reporting.

 Since joining Akridge in 1993, Wil has completed more than 550 lease transactions totaling over four million square feet and representing more than $1.3 billion in aggregate lease value. In addition to private sector lease transactions, Wil has significant experience leasing space to the Federal Government, having completed leases with the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Labor, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Agency for International Development, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

 Wil has earned CREBA's Multi-Million Dollar Club Award every year since 1999, and he has ranked in the top 10 producing agents in Washington, DC multiple times. Wil holds a Masters of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing from High Point University. He is a member of the Johns Hopkins University MBA Association and a licensed DC Real Estate Broker.?

Thomas A. Russo

Tommy Russo is the Chief Technology Officer for Akridge. As such, he is responsible for Akridge’s IT department, including all procurement negotiations for electronic equipment, telecommunications equipment, and computer hardware and software.

He implemented and manages Akridge’s website. Tommy manages and regularly upgrades the company’s systems and servers, and provides for 100 percent redundancy of all corporate files at an off-site location.

He develops training programs and continuing education for computer literacy, file management, and electronic communication for Akridge’s office staff and building personnel.

Since joining Akridge in 1997, Tommy has provided innovative services to internal and external Clients. Most notably, he installed the first complete neutral-host, in-building wireless system in a multi-Client building nationwide (The Homer Building in Washington, DC).

Tommy is responsible for creative technology services, including the design of a wireless web-based camera that can be linked to project websites for construction monitoring, allowing investors and project managers to observe their asset while under construction. This innovation has proven integral to preventing unnecessary construction expenses, as it provides verification of on-site progress and circumstances. Tommy also assists with Akridge’s green efforts, promoting energy-efficiency across the firm’s portfolio.

Tommy has broad professional experience in residential and commercial development and construction. His professional designations include Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA).

Tommy is a trustee and board member of several industry organizations, including the In-Building Wireless Alliance, Youth Leaders International, and the Covenant House Washington, DC.

 

Robert E. Schofield Jr.

Bob Schofield, Senior Vice President of Development and Director of Design and Construction, oversees the design and construction of all development projects. His responsibilities also include project feasibility evaluation, acquisition, entitlement, and finance.

With over 25 years of experience in real estate, Bob has managed $1.95 billion of construction and development work, including over 3.5 million square feet of office space and over 1.5 million square feet of mixed-use space.

Bob has a passion for architectural design as well as construction. Since joining Akridge in 2000, he has been responsible for the execution of all of Akridge’s large commercial real estate projects such as Gallery Place, 1201 Eye Street, 900 Seventh Street, Carroll Square, 700 Sixth Street, 7550 Wisconsin Avenue, and 1200 Seventeenth Street. He has also been responsible for the acquisition and planning of Burnham Place, a 3 million-square-foot development to be built over the tracks at Washington’s Union Station. Bob manages the execution of over 9 million square feet in Akridge’s development pipeline.

Prior to joining Akridge, Bob founded the Washington office of Construction San Jose, S.A., and developed the company into a $35 million-a-year contractor. He was also Vice President of Operations for Pavel Enterprises, Inc., and spent the first eight years of his career as a general contractor working for Clark Construction.

Bob is a member of many professional organizations such as the Washington Building Congress, the Urban Land Institute, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He participates in the Leadership Committee of the District of Columbia Building Industry Association, is the Past Chapter President of NAIOP, and currently serves on their Board of Directors.

Bob received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, with a focus on Structural Engineering, from Bucknell University.

 

Joseph G. Svatos

Joe Svatos is a Senior Vice President of Acquisitions. As such, he is responsible for the acquisition and development of new projects, including strategic planning, structuring, and implementing project development and team management.

He has been involved with the entitlement and development of award-winning office, industrial, and mixed-use projects in Northern Virginia, Suburban Maryland, and Washington, DC for over 30 years. Throughout his career, he has developed more than 30 buildings totaling 2 million square feet.

Some of Joe’s most recent projects include 1760 Reston Parkway, 1690 Old Meadow Road, and Westfields in Northern Virginia.

1760 Reston Parkway will be a 400, 000 square foot Trophy Office building developed in the nationally recognized Reston Town Center. Joe structured a joint venture with the existing land owner.

1690 Old Meadow Road in Tysons Corner will be developed into a 220,000 square foot trophy office building adjacent to a recently opened suburban transit station. The transaction was a complicated, tri-party agreement that involved relocating the existing property user to new space and acquiring their existing land.

Westfields involved the acquisition of 70 acres in a suburban office park that will subsequently be rezoned to mixed-used, increasing its value significantly.

Twice, Joe has been instrumental in the largest land sale in the state of Maryland. The first sale was 125 acres to Coca-Cola, and the second was the sale of 65 acres to the Social Security Administration for its $400 million National Data Center.

Joe formed The Svatos Company in 1988 (a joint venture with Akridge), which developed office and flex/industrial projects throughout Maryland.

Since joining Akridge in 1998, Joe’s suburban office and industrial projects have maximized investor returns. Virginia projects include: the 250,000-square-foot campus of Corporate Pointe II, III, and IV;  the 420,000-square-foot Dominion One and Two at Jefferson Park; the award-winning office/flex projects Cabot tech @ Dulles and Cabot tech @ Beaumeade; the 202,000 square-foot Presidents Park One; and the 167,000 square-foot Worldgate One; and, in Maryland, the award-winning 250,000-square-foot office/flex park, Gateway 270.

In 2010, Joe led the team securing the award for the development of the 115,000-square-foot headquarters for Legal and General America, and master planning for the 2-million-square-foot Villages of Urbana in Urbana, Maryland.

He has also successfully completed entitlement work for mixed-use projects including the $100 million Spectrum in Falls Church, Virginia, and the $250 million Fitzgerald in Rockville, Maryland.

Prior to operating his own company, Joe managed Lee Sammis Associates Inc., in which Copley Real Estate Advisors invested $200 million. He also worked for the Washington office of Prudential Real Estate.

Joe is affiliated with several professional organizations, including the Urban Land Institute and the Northern Virginia and Maryland/DC chapters of NAIOP.  Joe earned a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Virginia.

Meaghan E. Treanor

Meaghan Treanor is the Director of Marketing and Communications for Akridge. She develops and executes Akridge’s corporate and property marketing initiatives, as well as communications, branding, and public relations.

Meaghan has more than eight years of experience in commercial real estate. Since joining Akridge in 2012, she has been involved in every facet of Akridge’s marketing initiatives. Her expertise ranges from corporate branding, Client events, and proposals to developing marketing strategy and executing all marketing initiatives. She manages corporate communications, investor relations, project marketing, and brand management.

Meaghan has extensive marketing experience across the commercial real estate industry. Prior to joining Akridge, she worked at Clark Construction, where she led the proposal process for new business opportunities. She directed the submission of multimillion dollar proposals, from RFP issuance through final submission. Prior to that, she worked as a Senior Research Analyst at JLL, where she developed SWOT analysis on both a market by market and a global level to help develop corporate strategy.  

Meaghan is a current member of CREW DC and Commercial Real Estate Marketing (CREM). She also volunteers as a member of the JDRF Real Estate Games Committee. Meaghan graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.