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 our cities.

Akridge Leadership

John E. Akridge III

Chip Akridge, founder and chairman emeritus 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 20 million square feet of office, industrial flex, residential, retail, and entertainment space in the metro area.

As Chairman Emeritus of the company, he advises the management team on corporate and strategic planning matters. He continually focuses on developing the highest-quality products and delivering superior Client service.

Chip led 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, a commercial real estate investor, developer, and operator. Matt has over 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 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 over 100 employees. The company has an inventory of development projects in the pipeline totaling more than 9 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 immediate past chairman of the ULI Washington District Council and chair of ULI Washington’s Governance Committee; a past chair of the Washington DC Chamber of Commerce; past chairman of the board for the Downtown Business Improvement District; on the board of directors of the DC Policy Institute; a member of The Greater Washington Board of Trade, the World Presidents’ Organization and, the Federal City Council; and, has 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, executive vice president of Akridge, manages real estate development projects and the acquisition 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 the Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association, and 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 in 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 internal company functions, as well as a member of the Akridge senior management team. Her responsibilities include overseeing daily operations and providing strategic oversight of property operations, 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 concentrations within the organization. Sarah began her career at Akridge as a member of the development team, initially focusing on interior Client construction management, then moving to base building construction, and ultimately to development management. Sarah has worked on several noteworthy projects including, 7550 Wisconsin Avenue, The Preserve at Westfields, Gallery Place, and the Homer Building. Sarah has managed all aspects of the development cycle including entitlements, design, marketing, construction, tenant fit-out, and disposition. In 2013, Sarah further increased her responsibilities by joining the Management Committee, which focuses on internal corporate operations.

Sarah has over 20 years of experience in real estate related fields. Before joining Akridge, she worked for Carr America in Dallas, Texas and the Clair Company in Portland, OR.

Sarah is a member of both the DC/Maryland and the Virginia chapters of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP). She is also a member of the DC/Maryland chapter’s board of directors. Sarah earned a Bachelor of Science from Duke University, where she majored in both Mechanical Engineering and Economics.

Lavon P. Butler

Lavon is a Portfolio Manager for Akridge. Lavon provides leadership and guidance to property teams and implements strategic business plans and budgets to drive maximum value while simultaneously providing an outstanding employee and Client experience.In addition, Lavon prepares and manages annual operating budgets, monthly status reports, and maintenance contracts.

Lavon directly manages 1200 Seventeenth Street NW, a trophy class building; 2100 L Street NW, a trophy class building; 1016 Sixteenth Street NW, a Class A building; and the National Automobile Dealers Association, a Class A building located at 412 First Street SE. 

Lavon has more than 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry.  Prior to joining Akridge Lavon held progressive property management roles at Tishman Speyer, CarrAmerica, and Washington Real Estate Investment Trust managing properties in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. 

Lavon is a member of the Golden Triangle BID, Downtown DC BID, Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA), Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), United States Green Buildings Council - National Capital Region, AAREP DC, and the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) where Lavon serves as the Vice President of Admissions for the local DC Chapter. In her free time Lavon serves on the board of directors for The Pinkhouse Group, a local nonprofit dedicated to advocacy and outreach for at-risk and unhoused youth in the DC metropolitan area.

Lavon earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Morgan State University, where she graduated with a dual major of Psychology and Pre-Physical Therapy. She later graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) degree with a concentration in management.

Kristin E. Connall

Kristin Connall is a vice president of development for Akridge and is responsible for coordinating all aspects of commercial real estate development activities from acquisition to completion, including financing, entitlements, design, construction, marketing, and leasing.

Kristin has more than ten years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. Since joining Akridge, she has overseen The Stacks, a proposed 2.1 million-square-foot mixed-use development located in the Capitol Riverfront’s Buzzard Point neighborhood on the Anacostia River. The project is adjacent to DC United’s new Major League Soccer stadium, Audi Field and will contain approximately 2,500 residential units as well as retail, hotel, and office space. Phase 1 of The Stacks broke ground in 2022.

Prior to joining Akridge, Kristin was in commercial real estate lending with CapitalSource, then transitioned to commercial real estate acquisitions and development at StonebridgeCarras, where she worked on the entitlement of a 1.2 million-square-foot mixed-use project in Alexandria, VA. She has held subsequent development roles at Forest City and EastBanc, overseeing urban mixed use projects in Southeast and Northwest Washington, DC. Prior to her real estate career, Kristin worked for two of the largest private equity firms in the Washington region, American Capital and Allied Capital, where she evaluated both existing and prospective middle market investments.

Kristin is an active member of Urban Land Institute (ULI), and participated in the ULI Young Leaders Mentorship Group from 2013 to 2015, and ULI’s NEXT program from 2018 to 2020.

Kristin graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Marketing. She earned her MBA in Finance and Economics from The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

Kevin C. Dunmire

Kevin Dunmire, a vice president of development for Akridge, is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the commercial real estate development process including financing, entitlements, budgeting, design, marketing, leasing, and construction of residential, retail, and office projects in the Washington metropolitan region.

Since joining Akridge, Kevin has been involved in managing a number of projects, including; Halley Rise Block – C, a 480-unit residential project in Reston, VA; The Boro – Blocks K & I, a 543-unit residential project in Fairfax, VA; The Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream, a multi-phasedredevelopment of historic buildings for the Milken Institute; Burnham Place, a proposed 3-million square foot, mixed-use, air rights development adjacent to Union Station; 901 North Capitol Street, a 350,000 square foot trophy office building located within close proximity to the U.S. Capitol; and The Preserve at Westfields, a 50 acre development that includes elements of office, residential and retail space.

With nearly 18 years of real estate and construction related experience, Kevin previously worked for Clark Construction.  His noteworthy projects include the Shakespeare Theatre, Association of American Medical Colleges Headquarters, and the Cato Institute Headquarters.

Kevin is affiliated with several professional organizations in the real estate industry, including the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP).

Kevin has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business. He received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a focus on Project Management from the University of Maryland.

Robert L. Fauteux

Robert Fauteux is a vice president of construction management for Akridge. Robert has over 40 years of experience in the commercial and residential construction and real estate industries.Robert is responsible for the management of design, construction, permitting, inspection, and completion of construction for select projects in Akridge’s DC metro development pipeline. 

Robert currently oversees the renovation of 1501, 1503, and 1505 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. The mixed-use development will offer a combination of traditional office space as well as a theater, conference event center, and the future Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream Exhibit experience. Noting the historic nature of the buildings, all renovation design and construction is performed in compliance with the Historic Preservation Office and Center for Fine Arts.

Prior to joining Akridge, Robert worked as a senior construction manager for Hines. During that time, Robert worked on multiple large scale mixed-use projects including The Parks at Walter Reed (TPWR), CityCenterDC, and the Gannett/USA Today World Headquarters.   

Prior to Hines, Robert worked with HITT Contracting in the Major Projects Division as a senior project manager. During that time, Robert managed the interior construction of a $205 million fast-track special project for the US government. The scope included select major demolition and complete reconstruction of 500,000 square feet.
 
Robert is a certified LEED Green Associate. Robert has earned a Masters Certificate in project management from Villanova University and a Business Certificate from Georgetown University.

Jim W. Fowler

Jim Fowler is a vice president of construction management for Akridge. Jim has over 42 years of experience in the commercial and residential construction and real estate industries.

Jim is responsible for the management of design, construction, permitting, inspection, and completion of multifamily construction projects throughout Akridge’s DC Metro region development pipeline. Jim currently oversees the ongoing construction at The Arbor at Halley in Reston, VA which is a 480 unit rental apartment project consisting of Type IIIA structure on podium built around a precast parking structure with street level retail and related streetscape and hardscaped courtyards. In addition, he manages the preconstruction effort for Mora and Prose at The Boro in Tyson’s Corner, VA. Mora and Prose at The Boro is a 543 unit rental apartment project consisting of Type IIIA structure on podium over below grade parking with street level retail and related streetscape and hardscaped courtyards.

Before joining Akridge, he worked as a vice president for L.F. Jennings. In that role, Jim established and managed the multifamily residential division, securing and executing nine large multifamily projects consisting of 1,900 dwelling units totaling $400 million over seven years.

Prior to L.F. Jennings, Jim spent 25 years with Clark companies in operations and preconstruction including Clark Construction Group, Clark Realty Capital, and CBG Builders. He managed a wide range of projects including residential, office buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and large scale renovations. He held positions ranging from project engineer to senior vice president over his 25 year career.

Jim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in building construction from Virginia Tech.

Michael G. Gill

Mike Gill is a senior vice president and the director of investments 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, 2800 Eisenhower Avenue, 1701 Rhode Island, and 1101 Sixteenth Street. 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 responsible for many of the firm’s projects, including One Tysons East, Half Street, 100 V Street, Carroll Square, the Cato Institute, and the International Monetary Fund Headquarters renovation.

Among many others, he has spearheaded the company’s efforts to locate a $300 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 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 board member and vice president of the District of Columbia Building Industry Association, a member of Urban Land Institute, and a board member of the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement
District

Adam has over 18 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. Adam also worked for an
international general contractor in Los Angeles, and worked as a civil and
geotechnical engineer for an ENR top-100 engineering firm.

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

Conor W. Jeffers

Conor Jeffers is the assistant vice president, general manager of asset services for Akridge. He is responsible for the fiscal performance, operations and overall management of a portfolio of commercial office assets in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Conor oversees a team of property management professionals and works directly with investors and owners to achieve their investment objectives. In addition, he coordinates with the leasing and development teams to execute asset strategy and enhance overall value.   

Conor has over 10 years of multi-dimensonal experience with a background in property management, asset management, and leasing. Conor serves on the AOBA Alliance Board of Directors and is a liscenced real estate salesperson in both DC and Maryland. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management from Gettysburg College and earned a Master’s Degree in Real Estate from Georgetown University.

Duncan Q. Jones

Duncan Jones is a senior vice president of investments for Akridge. As such, he oversees acquisitions and capitalization of residential and mixed-use real estate projects throughout the metropolitan DC area and North Carolina.

Since joining Akridge in 2019, Duncan has been leading efforts to secure rental and for-sale mixed-use development opportunities of various construction typologies in metropolitan DC.   

Prior to joining Akridge, Duncan was the director of land for NVR, Inc. where he oversaw the acquisition and design of townhome and condominium mixed-use opportunities in the region. Prior to that, he served as vice president and development partner for the Jefferson Apartment Group. Duncan has sourced, capitalized, and executed creation of over 5,000 residential units with over 190,000 square feet of integrated commercial space, with a total capitalization in excess of $1.6B. Duncan also previously worked as associate relationship manager at US Bank, and investment sales associate at Marcus & Millichap.

He is a member of many professional organizations such as the DC Real Estate Group, the District of Columbia Building Industry Association Housing Council, and the National Multifamily Housing Council, and is a mentor for the Urban Land Institute. Duncan has a Master of Science Degree in Real Estate from the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business and Bachelor Degree in Economics from Yale University.

C. McKay Elliott

McKay Elliott is an assistant vice president for Akridge. As such, she helps lease approximately two million square feet for her landlord Clients in Washington, DC. 

McKay has over fourteen years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. Prior to joining Akridge in 2014, McKay was a leasing agent for Transwestern. In this role, she specialized in landlord representation. Prior to Transwestern, McKay worked for an executive suites provider in Washington, DC. 

As a native Washingtonian, McKay possesses an in-depth knowledge of the area and is deeply involved in the real estate community. McKay is an active member of CREW. McKay earned a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.

Benjamin A. Meisel

Ben Meisel has been vice president and managing director of leasing at Akridge since 2008. 

Ben has over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry. Previously, he was senior vice president of West, Lane & Schlager Realty Advisors, specializing in tenant and landlord representation, 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 in which he developed strategies to enhance the value of each asset through strategic positioning of the asset in the marketplace, identifying and target marketing to suitable prospects, and aggressively executing the marketing plan. 

The Washington, D.C. Association of Realtors recognized Ben with the Multi-Million Dollar Commercial Leasing Club Award and honored him as a life member in 1998. Involved in professional and philanthropic organizations, he is a Member of the Washington, D.C. Commercial Association of Realtors and the Capitol Hill Business Association. Since 1999, he has worked as a volunteer for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and currently serves on the charity’s Executive Committee. In addition, he sponsors the Takoma Park Boy’s Club in Takoma Park, Maryland. Ben received a Bachelor of Arts from Elon University.

Patrick J. Murray

Patrick Murray is vice president of construction management for Akridge. Patrick is responsible for on-time and on-budget execution of the Client improvements and capital projects throughout the Akridge portfolio. He manages multiple concurrent projects through all project phases including lease negotiation, design development, contractor procurement, construction, and close-out. 

Patrick manages architects, general contractors, and consultants’ performance in accordance with project requirements. He negotiates Owner-Contractor Agreements; interprets construction drawings; prepares project budgets; and provides experienced leadership to his project teams. 

Patrick’s projects involve Client build-outs in award-winning Class A Office and Mixed-Use Buildings in the Metropolitan Washington Region, including complex installations in occupied facilities. Two notable projects include the 150,000 SF DC DOH build out; and the 2 year multi-phase, multimillion Garage project for the Techworld Owners Association. 

Patrick has 22 years of progressive experience in construction management, public works management, construction and facilities support contracting, and facilities management and project administration. Prior to joining Akridge Patrick served as a Civil Engineer Corps Officer with the U.S. Navy, where his responsibilities included full construction management services for multiple projects, as well as acquisition planning, quality assurance, cost estimating, scheduling, negotiations, and contract development. 

Patrick holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The George Washington University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Virginia.

Dan S. Outen

Dan Outen is a vice president, Carolinas for Akridge. As such, he oversees acquisitions and development activity in North and South Carolina.

Dan joined Akridge in 2019, and brings with him over 10 years of commercial real estate experience.   

Prior to joining Akridge, Dan worked at Outlier Realty Capital in Washington, DC as the managing director.  There he led a four-person development team, oversaw all development acquisitions, and was a member of the executive and investment committees. His notable projects while with Outlier Realty Capital include three mixed-use co-living projects in a partnership with Common Coliving.

Previously, Dan worked with the Irvine Company in Newport Beach, CA as a director of development. He managed large-scale office and retail development and redevelopment projects and strategic initiatives. Among other projects, Dan repositioned the 700,000-square-foot, $120 million University of California Irvine (UCI) Research Park; and entitled 1.2 million square feet of creative office space.

Dan also worked at The JBG Companies in Washington, DC as a senior development analyst where he managed mixed-use residential developments including Fort Totten Square and The Galvan. 

He is a graduate of the Urban Land Institute Leadership program. Dan has a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School and Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

John Otto

John Otto is vice president of construction management for Akridge. John has over 30 years of experience in real estate construction project management, responsible for the oversight of all Client and Capital Improvements within the Akridge portfolio.

As a construction project manager, John oversees and leads project teams consisting of stakeholders from within the Akridge organization, investors, consultants, contractors, and Clients. He is also a key contributor in applying his experience and technical expertise toward the review of leases, negotiation of contracts, identification and selection of vendors, and the development of project budgets and timelines.

Since joining Akridge in 2002, John has managed and successfully delivered a wide array of project types including: base building new construction, full building repositioning, commercial office interiors, GSA office and SCIF space, building amenities, capital improvements, major repair and maintenance, residential renovations, and retail.

John is an accredited professional for both LEED (Leadership in Energy and Enviromental Design) and WELL (International WELL Building Institute).

Prior to joining Akridge, John was a Project Manager at Himes Associates where he managed the 515,000 square-foot, $63 million construction of the American Red Cross Headquarters building in Washington, DC, and 220,000 square-foot, $29 million Fannie Mae project at 4250 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Additionally, he was the Project Manager for the DynCorp Postal Operations and Manugistics Inc. projects. 

Before his career in commercial real estate,  John was a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps, where he served in Puerto Rico and Japan, managing government construction, maintenance, and repair projects. 

John received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The George Washington University.

Andy Pace

Andy Pace, senior vice president and general counsel of Akridge, 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 30 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 Doctor degree 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.

Wil E. Pace

Wil Pace, vice president of leasing, oversees more than two million square feet of Akridge’s downtown Washington, DC portfolio. His 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 1,000 lease transactions totaling over five million square feet and representing more than $2 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 Real Estate Broker in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Brad A. Pearson

Brad Pearson, CPA, portflio controller at Akridge, is responsible for the review and overall accounting responsibilities for a portfolio of residential and commercial properties. The portfolio includes properties under development and fully operational.

Previously, Brad was a senior associate at Reznick Group, P.C. in Bethesda, MD. In that position, he managed all aspects of audit, review, and compilation engagements with a focus in multifamily residential real estate partnerships and limited liability companies. Formerly, he was a Staff Accountant at Friduss, Lukee, Schiff & Co., P.C. in Chicago.

Brad received a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.

Sharon R. Perera

Sharon Perera is a vice president and portfolio manager for Akridge. She is responsible for ensuring both Clients and investors receive outstanding service from all Akridge staff members, contractors, and vendors serving the properties in her portfolio.

Sharon manages contracts, coordinates property inspections, and works closely with the appropriate departments in preparing monthly investor reports and annual budgets. She currently oversees the management and operation of The United States Institute of Peace, 1700 Pennsylvania Avenue, 30 West Watkins Mill Road, and Gateway 270 Business Park.

Sharon has more than 25 years of property management experience and is dedicated to providing Clients with award-winning service. Prior to joining Akridge in 2003, she managed properties for JBG Properties and Trizec Properties.

Sharon has earned her Real Property Administrator (RPA) designation and is active in professional organizations including the Apartment and Office Building Association. In 2001, she was appointed by the Maryland governor to the state’s Indoor Air Quality Task Force, which made recommendations to the legislature and the governor regarding both state-owned and private office buildings.

Joseph M. Reilly

Joe Reilly is the vice president, director of property management and asset services for Akridge. He is responsible for the overall management, performance, and operation of the commercial office buildings in the Akridge portfolio. His primary obligation is to provide outstanding customer service to investors and owners through innovative, responsible, and responsive building management, and financial management techniques. 

Joe brings a multi-faceted approach to property management with experience in leasing, asset management, acquisitions, and development. He has a special passion for energy conservation and has led company sustainability efforts including artificial intelligence for building controls. He is also dedicated to further expanding Akridge’s Client base by providing Akridge’s expertise to third-party property owners.

Joe has almost 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. Prior to joining Akridge in 2018, Joe was the general manager for Liberty Property Trust. In this role, he was responsible for four commercial office buildings in downtown Washington, DC, including oversight of property management with leasing, construction, development, and acquisitions responsibilities at those properties.

Highlights of his tenure with Liberty Trust Property include the acquisitions of 1100 Seventeenth and 2100 M Streets, NW, and earning the Golden Triangle BID’s Golden Best Award in 2016.

Joe is involved in many organizations in the commercial real estate industry. He serves on the board of the Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA) of Metropolitan Washington and was appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser to the Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) Task Force. Joe is a Licensed Property Manager and a LEED® Green Associate. Joe received a Bachelor of Science degree in Life Science from The Pennsylvania State University.  

R. Mark Robertson

Mark Robertson, vice president and chief accounting officer, is responsible for the financial management of our portfolio. His department’s responsibilities include financial recordkeeping and reporting, cash management, maintenance of effective accounting systems and internal controls, transaction processing, preparation of annual and long-term business plans, lease administration, and coordination of annual audits and tax returns.

Mark joined Akridge in 1989 and has over 35 years of experience in commercial and residential real estate accounting in both the public and private sectors. Additionally, his prior public accounting experience with KPMG exposed him to a myriad of industries including construction, research and development, manufacturing, and government contracting.

Mark received a Bachelor of Accountancy from George Washington University and has practiced as a certified public accountant.

Thomas A. Russo

Tommy Russo, senior vice president and chief technology officer, is a nationally recognized leader in technology advancement, innovation, cyber security and the Internet of Things (IoT). Under Tommy’s supervision, the Akridge technology team works closely with development, property management, and building engineering to provide state-of-the-art knowledge and expertise to ensure the most efficient and cost effective support and enhancement of all building systems. Every building system in the Akridge portfolio receives the trained, experienced, and creative attention of the Akridge technology team. Tommy uses the latest technology solutions to confirm that Akridge maximizes property revenue and optimizes performance and reliability.

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). Additional creative technology services include the design of a wireless Web-based camera that can be linked to project Web sites 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.

Under Tommy’s vision the Akridge technology value proposition includes the optimum performance in building connectivity, rooftop management, riser management, infrastructure security, wifi, and cellular service for every Akridge managed property.

His professional designations include Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), and Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA).

Tommy is often sought after to speak on emerging technology trends in commercial real estate. Notable among his speaking engagements are; The MIT Sloan School of Management’s World Real Estate Summit, BOMA’s International Convention, BOMA’s National Advisory Council, and the Building Energy Summit.

Michele L. Slaney

Michele Slaney is a Portfolio Controller for Akridge. Her responsibilities include performing, reviewing, and overseeing the accounting for select third-party investors as well as accounting for Akridge managed interior construction projects.  

As a Portfolio Controller, Michele manages several project accountants, performs a monthly detailed review of all accounting reports and works papers for each property, and remains available to assist and mentor the project accountants. In addition to monthly review, Michele works directly with project teams that include accounting, property management, construction, leasing, asset management, and engineering personnel to develop and monitor budgets. She serves as a liaison between Akridge, property ownership, and Clients regarding accounting-related inquiries.

Since joining Akridge as a project accountant in 1995, Michele has performed complex project accounting duties on mixed-use projects, transitioned properties from development to operations, assisted in taking on property management accounting-related functions from other third party managers, and helped to establish policies, procedures, standards and training guidelines for the accounting department. 

 Prior to joining Akridge, Michele was an audit senior at Arthur Andersen.  Her clients included various real estate ventures and financial institutions.

Michele serves on the education and membership committees of Temple Solel  and is the treasurer of the Jewish Women International Tradition Chapter. Michele earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Accounting.

David F. Toney

David Toney, senior vice president of development for Akridge, is responsible for coordinating all aspects of development activities from acquisition to completion. His responsibilities include acquisition, financing, entitlements, design, construction, marketing, and leasing.

In addition to the pursuit of new development deals, David currently oversees approximately $530 million in development projects, including 2100 L Street in Washington, DC, One Reston Town Center in Reston, VA, 555 Mangum Street and 949 Washington Street, both in Durham, NC.

Since joining Akridge in 2005, David has completed or assisted in nearly $1.5 billion in office and mixed-use acquisitions and development, including West Half Street, 700 Sixth Street, 1016 Sixteenth Street, and Gallery Place, all in Washington, DC.

Previously, David worked for a national general contractor where he oversaw the construction of over 3 million square feet of large-scale projects in the Washington, DC area.  He began his career with an architectural design firm based in San Francisco, CA.

He is an active member of the District of Columbia Building Industry Association, the Urban Land Institute, and is a former vice president of the African American Real Estate Professionals.  He serves on the board of directors of the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District, Capitol Hill Little League, and Build DC, an organization that uses entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of students from under-resourced communities.

David has a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Science Degree in Real Estate from Georgetown University. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Architecture, with honors, from the University of California at Berkeley.

Meaghan E. Treanor

Meaghan Treanor is the vice president 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 over 16 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 overseeing 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, where she serves on the Special Events Committee, which she previously co-chaired. She is also a member of Commercial Real Estate Marketing (CREM). Meaghan is committed to children’s literacy and volunteers in a DC public school each week with Reading Partners, a nonprofit dedicated to helping children become lifelong readers. Meaghan graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

 

 

 

 

 

David Tuchmann

David Tuchmann, a senior vice president of development for Akridge, coordinates all aspects of the development cycle including acquisitions, entitlements, design, marketing, financing, leasing and construction of real estate projects in the Washington DC region.

Since 2007, David has managed Burnham Place, a proposed 3-million- square-foot, mixed-use, air rights development adjacent to Union Station. Burnham Place will complement the station’s expansion, which will more than double its passenger capacity. He also manages the expansion of 1700 Pennsylvania Avenue, an office building undergoing an occupied renovation with the addition of three floors that will overlook The White House.

Since joining Akridge in 2005, David has led the redevelopment and sale of 1701 Rhode Island, a former YMCA converted to a trophy class office building. 

An expert in site planning, community engagement and government plan reviews, David has secured approvals from the DC Zoning Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustment, Historic Preservation Review Board and U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. He also led initial master planning efforts to build a soccer stadium in Southwest Washington.

With nearly 20 years of real estate experience, David previously worked for several affordable housing nonprofit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area and also worked for a community foundation and educational institutions.

David is the chair of Akridge’s Investment Committee and is a board and executive Committee member for the NoMa Business Improvement District. He served for eight years as the vice chairman of the Environmental Committee for the DC Building Industry Association.

David lives with his wife and two children in Capitol Hill, five blocks from Union Station. He has a Master of Business  Administration Degree with a focus on Real Estate from the Yale School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wesleyan University.

Dodd Walker

Dodd Walker, senior vice president of development for Akridge, is responsible for all aspects of land acquisitions and development, including leading teams through design, financing, entitlements, leasing, marketing, and construction.

Since joining Akridge, he has been active in all aspects of acquisitions, development, finance, and due diligence. As development and acquisition manager, he had a leadership role in two of the largest downtown land transactions in Akridge history– Constitution Square and Buzzard Point at 100 V Street. Dodd has over 25 years of experience in commercial real estate.

In addition to being a member of the Urban Land Institute, and the African American Real Estate Professionals, Dodd serves on the board of various organizations.

Dodd received a Bachelor in Finance from the University of Baltimore.

Andrew S. Welsh

Andrew Welsh is an assistant vice president of investments for Akridge. Andrew has over 15 years of experience in office and residential investment and asset management. He analyzes acquisitions and the performance of Akridge's existing portfolio.

Since joining Akridge in 2006, Andrew has been involved in the purchase or sale of over 25 properties. Those properties represent over 6.3 million square feet at a valuation of more than $1.4 billion. Prior to joining the acquisitions team, he worked in asset management where his responsibilities comprised of providing financial analysis support and recommendations to investors and owners, including long- term projections, asset valuation, and lease analysis to assist in their reporting and decision- making process.

Andrew earned a degree in Finance from Miami University.

Michelle L. Willis

Michelle Willis, portfolio controller for Akridge, is responsible for the review and oversight of the accounting for several residential properties and select third-party investors. She also manages the firm’s project accountants and the accounts payable department.

Since joining Akridge as a project accountant in 2006, Michelle has performed complex project accounting duties on mixed-use projects, transitioned properties from development to operational, and has assisted in growing the accounting department.

Michelle has over 31 years of experience in accounting, 30 of which are in real estate accounting. Previously, she was the accounting manager at K. Hovnanian Homes. Prior to that, she was the senior accountant at Caruso Homes. She has also been the senior accountant at Cypress Management Company and the office accounting representative at ARCADIS.

Michelle received a Bachelor of Science in Financial Accounting from the University of Maryland.

Sonia A. Zamora

Sonia Zamora is a Portfolio Manager for Akridge. She is responsible for the overall operation, building management, and financial management of the buildings in her portfolio. Sonia coordinates with various departments to provide outstanding customer service to Clients and investors. In addition, she prepares and manages annual operating budgets, monthly status reports, and maintenance contracts.

Sonia directly manages the headquarters building for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) at 900 Seventh Street NW, including the neighboring TechWorld Owners Association which comprises of commonly shared areas spanning an entire block by two other owners including IBEW. She also oversees the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) Building at 1330 G Street NW, and two smaller buildings (62,000 square feet) in downtown Washington, DC. 

Sonia has more than 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry.  Prior to joining Akridge, Sonia was an Assistant Property Manager at Trizec Properties. 

Since joining Akridge in 2004, Sonia spearheaded the achievement of WELL Health-Safety Ratings for 13 properties in the Akridge portfolio. Sonia also achieved LEED Certification for 900 Seventh Street in 2014 and was awarded Project of the Year: Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance Award from the United States Green Buildings Council- National Capital Region for 900 Seventh Street. 

Sonia is active in many organizations in the commercial real estate industry. She is a member of Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA), Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), United States Green Buildings Council- National Capital Region (USGBC-NCR), and the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) where she serves as a Vice President of the DC Chapter. 

Sonia has been a LEED Green Associate since 2013. She also attained her WELL AP certification in 2022. She currently holds a Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation through IREM, a Real Property Administrator (RPA) designation through BOMI, and she is a licensed DC Real Estate professional.