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Over the River: Capitol File’s power play at Turnberry

June 9, 2011

Capitol File magazine had some of the influential and powerful scampering across the Potomac for its “2011 Power List” party at the luxury high-rise Turnberry Tower in Rosslyn Wednesday night.  The blue 26-story condo building is a place where residents can see Georgetown’s lighted freckles without a spy glass.  

Some notables have ever-so elaborate digs there.

For this “intimate celebration” of Cap File’s list of “gatekeepers, influencers and movers,” there was complimentary valet -- of course dahhlin’ -- for the 200 or so attendees at an event hosted by publisher Sarah Schaffer.  Entertainment powerhouse Robert Redford’s picture is the cover shot.

The editors explained their “Power List of Influencers to Watch” 30 picks this way:

“… those traditional lists, and the usual names that appear on them, somehow fail to adequately reflect whom the gatekeepers, influencers and movers really are. They fail to fully reflect the individuals who –- by their power and influence — make Washington, well, Washington…Capitol File presents a roster of those who meet this more elusive definition of power.”

Ezio Mattiace, president & CEO of Poltrona Frau/Arclinea Washington, Barbara Hawthorn who decorated a Turnberry Tower residence, and Channel 7 ABC anchor Leon Harris (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Ezio Mattiace, president & CEO of Poltrona Frau/Arclinea Washington, Barbara Hawthorn who decorated a Turnberry Tower residence, and Channel 7 ABC anchor Leon Harris

So who made the cut?

ABC News’ Jake Tapper;  student loan businesswoman and philanthropist Catherine Reynolds, House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Daily Beast founder Tina Brown,  D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier, General Electric CEO Jeffrey ImmeltMichelle Obama’s stylist Meredith Koop and chief of staff Tina Tchen, Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington, the LivingSocial guys (Val Aleksenko, Eddie Frederick, Tim O’Shaughnessy and Aaron Batalion), Komi restaurant owner Johnny Monis, New Media Strategies Founder & CEO Pete Snyder, New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich, White House Press Secretary and Palisades resident Jay Carney, Atlantic Media Company’s VP of corporate and strategic communications Linda Douglass, and Meet the Press’s Executive Producer Betsy Fischer, Washington Wizard John Wall, speechwriter Ben Rhodes, Bipartisan Policy Center President Jason Grumet, strategist and superhostess Juleanna Glover, Washington Ballet dancer Sona Kharatian, Council of Economic Advisers member Cecilia Rouse, Center for American Progress COO Neera Tanden, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, and Earthecho International CEO Philippe Cousteau.

A view into Georgetown from over the river at the Turnberry Tower. (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) A view into Georgetown from over the river at the Turnberry Tower.

Speaking of Power + High Finances, Turnberry Tower is where Barbara Allbritton, executive VP of Allbritton Communications Co., and wife of Joe Allbritton, just bought a three-bedroom unit for $2.4 million, with a 518-foot balcony, according to the Washington Business Journal.

Marvin Bush, the youngest son of George H.W. Bush and brother of George W. Bush, plunked down $2.5 million for a three-bedroom condo last year.

Not invited?  Try this:  a low-life culprit pinched the invitation from our postal box on the porch.  

 


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Executive salaries increase with deficit at Georgetown Univ.

June 2, 2011

Georgetown University faced a $21,493,687 deficit in its operating budget in fiscal year 2010, reported Vox Populi, but salaries of the University's top coach and executives increased across the board. The highest salary by far, earned by basketball coach John Thompson III, ballooned to almost $2 million, while President Jack DeGioia earned about half that, garnering one-tenth the annual increase scored by Thompson. 

John Thompson's increase in his and seven of the other 15 highest salaries during fiscal year 2010 outpaced the 2.5 percent increase DeGioia recommended for regular faculty members in January 2010. The top five earners, according to tax filings:

  1. John Thompson III, Coach: $1,894,988 (+3.57%)
  2. John J. DeGioia, President: $911,918 (+0.03%)
  3. Howard J. Federoff, Executive VP, Health Sciences: $781,730 (+1.62%)
  4. Lawrence E. Kochard, Chief Investment Officer (former): $736,592 (+4.90%)
  5. Louis M. Weiner, Director, Lombardi Center: $633,238 (+0.06%)

Meanwhile, the Unversity's endowment grew by 12.5 percent to $1,007,299,044, about 95 percent of its value July 1, 2008.


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May Mingling at Dean & Deluca Georgetown

May 19, 2011

Iconic purveyor of fine foods and wine, Dean & Deluca opened their sliding patio doors Wednesday to welcome Georgetown’s business leaders. A perfect spot on a warm spring evening where Georgetown Business Association (GBA) president Joe Giannino, along with Rokas Beresniovas (vice president), Riyad Said (treasurer), and Beth Webster (secretary) greeted members and friends at this month’s networking reception.

Bank of Georgetown's Bo Jonsson with W.C. & A.N. Miller's Trinity Jennings (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Bank of Georgetown's Bo Jonsson with W.C. & A.N. Miller's Trinity Jennings

Introduced to the GBA a few months ago by events chair, Sue Hamilton, Trinity Jennings, realtor for W.C. & A.N. Miller told The Georgetown Dish, “I live next door at Georgetown Park, and this couldn’t be nicer.”

With wine in hand, over a hundred guests mingled  as they enjoyed the lavish spread created by Dean & Deluca’s chef Sean McIntosh. Sushi, chicken skewers, lamb crostini, and beef wellington shared the spotlight with a dessert table with Cakes by Randolph. 

Dean & Deluca's chef Sean McIntosh and director of catering, Janie Mathieson (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Dean & Deluca's chef Sean McIntosh and director of catering, Janie Mathieson

As McIntosh said, “When I started eight months ago, I wanted to keep Georgetown’s signature specialties (chicken empanadas, lasagna Bolognese, and crab cakes) but I also wanted to add some seasonality with some new items like sweet Thai chili and duck, barbeque chicken and pasta salad.”

The Current publisher Davis Kennedy with GBA's Beth Webster (Photo by: Judith Beermann) The Current publisher Davis Kennedy with GBA's Beth Webster

Architect Nir Buras discussed Georgetown buildings, historic and new with City Tavern Club president Richard Meyer, GM Steven Andronico and Rokas Beresniovas. One of the oldest buildings and the last remaining Federal-period taverns in the city, City Tavern Club will host GBA's senior advisory luncheon in June.

Nir Buras, Rokas Beresniovas, and City Tavern Club's GM, Steven Andronico and president Richard Meyer (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Nir Buras, Rokas Beresniovas, and City Tavern Club's GM, Steven Andronico and president Richard Meyer

GBA president Joe Giannino with BID executive director Jim Bracco (Photo by: Judith Beermann) GBA president Joe Giannino with BID executive director Jim Bracco

D&D's manager Daniel Coor with assistant GM, Eric Forsythe (Photo by: Judith Beermann) D&D's manager Daniel Coor with assistant GM, Eric Forsythe

House of Sweden's GM Cecilia Browning with GBA's Rokas Beresniovas (Photo by: Judith Beermann) House of Sweden's GM Cecilia Browning with GBA's Rokas Beresniovas

Trinity Jennings with GBA's Joel Bennett and George Maynard (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Trinity Jennings with GBA's Joel Bennett and George Maynard

Chicken skewers with tasty dips & chips (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Chicken skewers with tasty dips & chips

The Current's Mary Kay Williams with American River Taxi's Shaun Guevarra (Photo by: Judith Beermann) The Current's Mary Kay Williams with American River Taxi's Shaun Guevarra

For more information about GBA and upcoming 2011 events, contact www.gtownbusiness.com

GBA's Sue Hamilton, Rokas Beresniovas and Amy Bridges greet guests (Photo by: Judith Beermann) GBA's Sue Hamilton, Rokas Beresniovas and Amy Bridges greet guests

 


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