William J. Wolfe is the co-founder, President and CEO of First Washington Realty, Inc., a privately held real estate investment advisory and management firm which specializes in the acquisition, ownership and management of neighborhood and community shopping centers located in densely populated areas throughout the United States. He has responsibility for overseeing all aspects of the Company’s activities, including its acquisition, investment and disposition program, asset management, development and renovation, and leasing and marketing efforts. Mr. Wolfe was the co-founder and former President and CEO of First Washington Realty Trust, Inc., a public REIT that traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Over 30 years the companies have owned, operated, provided investment advisory services and managed retail properties with a value in excess of $6.5 billion.
Prior to entering the real estate business, Mr. Wolfe served in the Executive Office of the President of the United States. He is on the Board of Trustees of Lupus Research Alliance, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Alternatives For Youth Foundation and he is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the World Presidents’ Organization. He has served as a Board member of Washington Heart, the University of Maryland School of Public Affairs, the National Bank of Commerce and the Corporate Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. He has chaired major capital campaigns for Fight for Children, Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, Super Leaders and Lupus Therapeutics. In 1971, Mr. Wolfe founded The Key Program, Inc., a New England based youth service agency that provides a variety of residential and non-residential programming to at-risk youth and their families. Mr. Wolfe served as Key’s Chairman for 25 years. Since inception, Key has provided services to over 100,000 young people and their families. Since 1998, William J. Wolfe Scholarships have been awarded by the Alternatives for Youth Foundation to 125 students for college or vocational training.
Mr. Wolfe received his Bachelor’s Degree from Clark University and his Master’s Degree from Harvard University.
Mr. Brown is Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of First Washington Realty, Inc. and joined the company in 2012. He is responsible for all firm investments and expanding First Washington’s national retail portfolio. Previously, Mr. Brown was a Senior Managing Director for Eastdil Secured and a member of the Management Committee. He was responsible for raising private equity for public and private real estate operating companies and complex structured finance transactions. Starting his career as a practicing attorney, Mr. Brown has over 25 years of private equity fund formation, pension fund advisory and investment banking experience. While at Eastdil, Mr. Brown was involved in over $15 billion of sales/recapitalization for various private equity fund clients and as lead or co-investment bankers, have raised over $5 billion in discretionary or blind-pool equity for Douglas Emmett, Prologis, Regency Centers, Avalon Bay, Weingarten, LNR, Cargill, Secured Capital Japan and Lion Industrial Trust. Prior to joining Eastdil Secured, Joshua held senior management positions with Fayez Sarofim & Co. and Security Capital Group. Representative investors include Government of Singapore, Canada Pension Plan, OP Trust, State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio, State of Virginia, and Allianz Insurance Company. Joshua has been a guest lecturer at the graduate business schools of Columbia University, University of Texas at Austin, Southern Methodist University, and Georgetown University. His professional affiliations include active memberships in the Urban Land Institute, Pension Real Estate Association, International Council of Shopping Centers and the State Bar of Texas. He is on the board of directors of the Baylor Medical Foundation. Mr. Brown graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and received his Law Degree from St. Mary’s University. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and a licensed Securities Principal (Series 24).
Mr. Distenfeld is an Executive Vice President and General Counsel of First Washington Realty, Inc. He joined First Washington in 1989 and is responsible for all legal matters. On a daily basis, he works with First Washington’s acquisition, leasing, management, construction, and accounting professionals to address all aspects of transactions, landlord/tenant issues, operational matters and the oversight of outside legal counsel. Prior to joining First Washington, Mr. Distenfeld was a partner with the law firm of Lane and Edson, P.C., where he specialized in real estate and financing transactions. During the past 20 years, Mr. Distenfeld has focused on all aspects of real estate and corporate and business matters. Mr. Distenfeld is a member of the bars of Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Mr. Distenfeld is on the Board of Governors of the Charles E. Smith Life Communities, and he is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. Mr. Distenfeld received his Bachelor’s Degree from The George Washington University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Daniel J. Radek is a Managing Director of First Washington Realty, Inc. a privately held real estate investment advisory and management firm, which specializes in the acquisition, ownership and management of neighborhood and community shopping centers, located in densely populated areas throughout the United States. Mr. Radek is responsible for the building, managing and performance of the portfolio. As part of his responsibilities, he leads the annual investment planning process, the annual audit and tax preparation, budgeting, financings and financial reporting, including quarterly valuation process. Mr. Radek is also a member of the firm’s investment committee.
Before he joined First Washington, Mr. Radek served as the Chief of Staff to the Founder, Chairman and CEO of J.E. Robert Companies, a global real estate investment company that owned and managed more than 15,000 assets totaling $28 billion across 17 countries. Previously, he was a Partner at Scottswood Consulting, Inc. and was responsible for sourcing, planning and executing strategic and management consulting engagements for a variety of clients. Mr. Radek was also a founder and Chief Information Officer of www.freshdirect.com, an online fresh food manufacturing and distribution company in New York City. Today, they deliver over 4 million orders annually to the greater NYC and Philadelphia MSA’s. Earlier in his career, Mr. Radek spent several years with the M & A team at Salomon Brothers, completing over $10 billion in transactions.
Mr. Radek received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois, and passed the CPA exam. His professional affiliations include active memberships in Pension Real Estate Association, International Council of Shopping Centers and National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. Mr. Radek is active in the community, participating in the operations of several non-profit organizations and is the proud father of four sons.
Alex Nyhan is a Managing Director for First Washington Realty, Inc., a privately held real estate investment, advisory and management company. First Washington specializes in the acquisition, ownership and management of neighborhood and community shopping centers in densely populated areas throughout the United States. The Company owns 92 shopping centers valued at over $4 billion located in 22 states and the District of Columbia.
Mr. Nyhan is responsible for the firm’s operations, including leasing, redevelopment, construction, and portfolio and asset management. Mr. Nyhan is also involved in the investment process and sits on the firm’s Investment Committee.
Prior to joining First Washington in 2014, Mr. Nyhan spent over eight years at Forest City Enterprises. He led a team of diverse real estate professionals charged with conceiving, entitling and executing a $1 billion pipeline of mixed-use projects. Mr. Nyhan was involved with acquisitions, leasing, development and other real estate matters.
Prior to Forest City Enterprises, Mr. Nyhan worked in the administration of Mayor Anthony Williams in Washington, DC, where he was involved with over $2 billion of complex real estate projects.
Mr. Nyhan has advised organizations on complex real estate matters, including the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Washington International School, and the Coalition for Smarter Growth. Mr. Nyhan has actively participated in various ULI events and juries and is a member of ICSC. He serves on the board of the Carderock Springs Elementary School Educational Foundation and is a past board member of CASA DC.
Mr. Nyhan holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Macalester College.
Mr. Kahler is Senior Vice President of First Washington Realty, Inc. His primary responsibility is asset management, including propertymanagement, leasing and market research. Prior to joining First Washington, Mr. Kahler was Vice President and Treasurer of Capital Automotive REIT where he was a member of the company’s Investment Committee and participated in the completion of $5.5 billion in long and short-term debt and equity transactions. Significant transaction experience includes participating in Capital Automotive’s 1998 initial public offering and its 2005 privatization. Prior to his role as Treasurer of Capital Automotive, Mr. Kahler was its Vice President and Portfolio Manager, having responsibility for the company’s credit, underwriting and portfolio management and reporting systems. Mr. Kahler began his professional career as a practicing CPA with Arthur Andersen LLP where his clients included several national and regional retailers. Mr. Kahler is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Marketing and Statistics and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute.
Mr. Austria is the Vice President of Finance responsible for valuation, budgeting and financial reporting. Prior to joining First Washington in 2015, JB spent seven years at The Union Labor Life Insurance Company (ULLICO) in their Real Estate Investment Group. He was responsible for debt underwriting, due diligence and management of a portfolio worth over $1 billion that was comprised of retail, office, mixed use, multifamily residential and industrial properties in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. JB started his career in commercial banking. He has a Master's of Business Administration degree with a major in finance from the Johns Hopkins University.
Ms. Geraci is Vice President of Human Resources of First Washington Realty, Inc. She joined First Washington in 1993 and is responsible for overseeing employee relations, learning and development, compensation and benefits, human resources management information systems, and corporate recruiting. Prior to joining First Washington, Ms. Geraci held various positions with C.R.I., Inc., a commercial real estate company, where she assisted in the management and administration of their Legal Department. She has over 25 years of experience in the administrative management field. Ms. Geraci holds the Professional of Human Resources designation from the Society for Human Resource Management.
Ms. Gonzales is the Associate General Counsel for First Washington Realty, Inc. As such, she is tasked with providing legal support and representation to all aspects of company business, including acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, financing, and general transactional matters, as well as general support and counsel to the company’s business teams.
Prior to joining First Washington in 2016, Ms. Gonzales was Senior Counsel in the Real Estate Group at Holland & Knight, LLP’s Washington, D.C. office. There, she represented companies in all aspects of their real estate needs, from retail leasing, to nationwide acquisitions and dispositions, to corporate headquarters relocations, to easement and utility work along the DC waterfront. She has further experience as an in-house attorney for a local real estate company where she handled acquisitions, sales, and financings, and over 11 years as an attorney in the real estate practice group of Arent Fox LLP. She brings a practical business approach to legal transactional work, having begun her professional career in sales for Fortune-ranked technology and service companies and in the promotions group of a local commercial retail developer.
Ms. Gonzales earned her B.A. in English from the College of William & Mary in 1986, and her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School in 1999, where she graduated with High Honors. She is a member of the Order of the Coif, and is admitted to the bars of both Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Mr. Judy is the Vice President of Financial Reporting. He shares the responsibility associated with all accounting and financial reporting requirements pertaining the GRI, LLC portfolio. Mr. Judy has also worked in the acquisitions group and assisted with the underwriting of real estate acquisitions. In addition, he managed First Washington’s third party real estate accounting team. Prior to this position, he worked as a portfolio accountant on the ESCH, LLC and the USRP, LLP portfolios. Before he joined First Washington Realty in 2003, he held the positions of Lease Administration Manager at Douglas Development Corporation and Senior Lease Administrator at CarrAmerica Realty. Mr. Judy received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from George Mason University.
Mr. Olive is responsible for portfolio asset management and analyzing new investments, which includes direct acquisitions, joint ventures, and structured finance transactions.
Prior to joining First Washington in 1995, Mr. Olive was a project accountant with Faison Associates. From 1993 to 1994, Mr. Olive was with the accounting firm of Beers & Cutler where he was assigned to the tax division and focused on clients in the real estate industry. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland.
Mr. Rassuli joined First Washington Realty in 2008. He is the Vice President of Acquisitions and is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and structuring acquisition and joint venture opportunities throughout the United States. In addition to his role within acquisitions, Mr. Rassuli has been involved in dispositions and asset management. Mr. Rassuli received his Bachelor’s Degree from George Mason University and his Master's Degree from Georgetown University.
Mr. Sigmund is the Vice President of Leasing for First Washington Realty, Inc. He is responsible for the overall management and execution of the Company’s leasing strategy. He has experience in real estate markets, investment analysis and deal making having serviced millions of square feet of space and successfully completed transactions with an aggregate value of over $500 million.
Prior to joining First Washington Realty, Inc., Mr. Sigmund spent five years as the Director of Retail Leasing for Vornado/Charles E. Smith where he led the leasing, management and vision of the retail portfolio. Prior to Vornado/Charles E. Smith, he focused on commercial real estate brokerage specializing in agency representation with top producing teams at Next Realty and CB Richard Ellis.
Mr. Sigmund obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Washington and Lee University and a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from the University of Maryland. Sigmund serves on the Board of Directors for the Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Association, the Georgetown Business Improvement District, and Georgetown Heritage. He is active in active member of ICSC, and he previously served on the Young Leaders board of ULI and the Retail Task Force of the Rosslyn Business Improvement District.
Mr. Sigmund is an active member of the community having leadership positions in a number of organizations including the Trust for the National Mall, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief.
Mr. Zike is the Director of Construction and Development for First Washington Realty, Inc. He is responsible for all construction, development, and redevelopment projects within the company’s portfolio. Prior to joining First Washington in 2014, Mr. Zike was a senior manager at JBGR Retail where he oversaw property and construction management at a collection of mixed-use properties in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Mr. Zike began his real estate career with Clark Construction as a project manager constructing educational buildings in both Maryland and Virginia. Before Clark Construction, he was a Lieutenant in the US Coast Guard and served in both operational and financial analysis capacities along the East Coast and in the Caribbean. Mr. Zike graduated from the US Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Management and has received a Master’s in Business Administration from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and active in the community.
Mr. Chase joined First Washington Realty in 2013. He is an Acquisitions manager and a member of the Company’s Acquisitions team which is responsible for purchasing retail focused assets throughout the United States. Mr. Chase is intimately involved in underwriting direct acquisitions, joint venture opportunities and structured finance transactions. Prior to joining First Washington, Mr. Chase served as the Controller/Director of Finance of a publicly traded IT company for 4 years and was involved in all aspects of corporate finance/accounting, fundraising and investor relations. Mr. Chase received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Virginia Polytechnic and State University (Virginia Tech) and his Master's Degree in Real Estate Finance from Georgetown University.
Ms. Condakes is a property accountant for First Washington Realty, Inc. Prior to joining First Washington Realty, she served as corporate accountant for the J. E. Robert Companies, a private equity and real investment company. Her experience includes, corporate accounting, cash management, payroll, accounts receivable and accounts payable. Ms. Condakes volunteers for several non-profits, providing bookkeeping services including filing of Form 990 returns, payroll and financial reporting. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from American University.
Ms. Davies joined First Washington Realty in 2016 as an Investment Associate. She is involved in redevelopment of existing properties, asset management, leasing and portfolio analysis. Prior to joining First Washington Realty, she held positions for another local mixed-use developer and in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Ms. Davies received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arizona and her Master's Degree in Real Estate Finance from Georgetown University. Ms. Davies is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute.
Sarah Ellis has served as Director of Acquisitions at First Washington since 2017 and is responsible for sourcing of retail investment opportunities in the Western Region of the United States.
Sarah has 10 years of direct real estate acquisition experience. Prior to joining First Washington, Sarah worked for Gerrity Group and was responsible for the acquisition of 7 assets totaling over $350M dollars. Before that she worked at Terramar Retail Centers and was responsible for the acquisition, disposition and debt sourcing for 32 grocery anchored retail shopping centers valued at $1.4B dollars on the West Coast. Prior to working at Terramar Retail Centers, she worked for BioMed Realty (NYSE: BMR) in their corporate finance department focusing on quarterly earnings, acquisitions, and lease analysis.
Sarah received a BSBA in Finance Real Estate with a Minor in Economics from the University of Denver, Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate & Construction Management. Sarah is an active participant of ICSC and also serves on the Committee for the local San Diego Chapter.
Ms. Evans joined First Washington in 2016 as the Corporate Controller. She is responsible for all corporate accounting, cash management and financial reporting functions for the management company. Prior to joining First Washington, Ms. Evans was a Senior Manager on the Corporate Accounting team at Fannie Mae. She began her career as an Audit Associate at Reznick Group (currently CohnReznick). She is a licensed CPA in the State of Maryland and holds a B.S. in Accounting and B.S. in Business Management from North Carolina State University.
Prior to joining First Washington Realty, Inc. in 2016, Ms. Ferguson received her Master of Science in Nutrition from George Mason University. She previously worked as the Nutrition Intern for Arlington County’s Department of Parks and Recreation’s Office of Community Health and as the Program Coordinator for Edu-Futuro, a non-profit serving immigrant children, youth, and families through education and leadership programs in the Greater DC area. Ms. Ferguson received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Communication with a Minor in Spanish Language from American University.
Ms. Howard is the Lease Administrator for First Washington Realty, Inc. Her primary responsibilities are to work closely with Leasing Executives, Legal, Accounting Managers and Property Managers to ensure all lease transactions are in compliance with the company’s policies and procedures. She is also responsible or lease abstracts, tracking tenant’s critical dates and dollars, maintaining lease files, construction files and site plan updates. Ms. Howard has over 25 years of progressive Lease Administration, Property Management and Accounting experience in the fields of multi-unit Restaurant and Retail Tenants, Commercial and Residential Property Management and Facilities Management. Prior to joining First Washington in 2015, she was the Senior Lease Administrator and Training and Development Manager for Property Works where she managed the Lease Administration functions for several national commercial, retail and restaurant clients. Before Property Works, Ms. Howard worked for The Habitat Company, where she served as a crisis Property Manager with the Atlanta Housing Authority. She is a graduate of Kennesaw State University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
Mrs. Kleidman is the Construction Manager for First Washington Realty, Inc. She is responsible for performing the day-to-day activities related to oversight and management of construction projects within the company’s portfolio. Prior to joining First Washington in 2016, Mrs. Kleidman was a Project Manager at DAVIS Construction where she supervised and managed the renovation of mixed-use office buildings. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and is a LEED Green Associate and Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma.
Ms. Liao is a senior accountant who assists with all accounting and financial reporting requirements pertaining to the GRI, LLC portfolio. She assists with the property audits and performs special projects at the direction of the Vice President of Financial Reporting. Ms. Liao joined First Washington Realty in 2015 as a property accountant. Prior to working with First Washington Realty, she was a property accountant with Bozzuto Management Company where she prepared financial statements and monthly financial packages for owners of residential and mixed-use properties. Ms. Liao also worked on a commercial portfolio as a property and corporate accountant while with Rosemont Realty. Ms. Liao is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant and received her Master's Degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland.
Mr. McKay is the Director of Market Research of First Washington Realty, Inc. His duties include supporting due diligence, analyzing redevelopment options, evaluating leasing opportunities and drafting local and national economic reports.
Prior to joining First Washington Realty in 2015, he worked as a senior research analyst with First Capital Realty, an institutional multifamily brokerage firm in Bethesda, Maryland. Mr. McKay has experience in valuation, deal sourcing and market research, and was involved in the marketing and sale of over $650M in assets. He holds a Master of Science in Real Estate from American University, and a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Hawaii.
Mr. O’Rourke is an accounting clerk at First Washington Realty, Inc. He joined in the company in 2015 just after graduating from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications focusing on Journalism and New Media. Ryan spent time at First Washington as an intern during summer vacation from college and has worked for the company off and on since 2009. He is responsible for accounts payable, accounts receivable, and the filing and organizing of invoices.
Since she joined First Washington Realty, Inc. in 2004, Ms. Paredes has been responsible for accounting and financial statement preparation and reporting for a portfolio of properties. She manages lease administration and prepares annual budgets as well as quarterly and annual operating expense pass-through calculations. Prior to working with First Washington, Ms. Paredes worked as a staff accountant at Reitberger, Pollekoff & Kozak, PC, where she performed audits, reviews and compilations for government regulated real estate projects, real estate developers, real estate management companies, non-profit organizations and small business clients. She also provided bookkeeping services to small business including payroll and monthly, quarterly and year-end reports. Ms. Paredes received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from George Mason University.
Ms. Rainbolt joined First Washington in May of 2015 as an Assistant Property Manager. She is responsible for assisting with all facets of management within the Kansas City portfolio. Prior to joining First Washington, Ms. Rainbolt was an Assistant General Manager for Jones Lang LaSalle where she was responsible for roughly 800,000 square feet of office space throughout Kansas City. She began her real estate career with Insignia Real Estate Ventures where she assisted with marketing and office management. Ms. Rainbolt graduated with a Bachelors of Liberal Arts and Science degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Ms. Rainbolt is an active member of International Real Estate Management Young Professional’s Group. She spends some of her time volunteering for Girls on the Run, where she mentors young girls on healthy life decisions and practices.
Ms. Swarr joined First Washington Realty in 2000 and provides administrative support to the company executives. Before joining First Washington Realty, Ms. Swarr was an Executive Assistant for The Tower Companies for 14 years. While with Tower, she supported the property management department and handled all tenant service-related requests.
Ms. Toye joined First Washington Realty in 2015 as an Executive Assistant. She provides administrative support to the President and other company executives. Prior to joining First Washington Realty, she held several executive assistant positions in multinational and local companies in Belgium. In 2009, after her husband’s job relocation to the USA, Ms. Toye moved to the Washington D.C. area. While awaiting her work permit, she wrote and published a book about her expat experiences. Ms. Toye obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics at the Saint-Louis University in Brussels, Belgium.
Mr. Trivedi joined First Washington Realty, Inc. in 2016 as a property accountant. His primary responsibilities include maintaining general ledgers for a portfolio of properties, preparing journal entries, CAM reconciliations and financial statements, as well as managing lease administration and annual budget preparation. Prior to working with First Washington Realty, he was a senior property accountant for the Quadrangle Management Company where he prepared financial statements and monthly financial packages for residential and mixed-use properties. Mr. Trivedi also worked at the Lerner Corporation as an assistant A/R manager. He received his Master's Degree in Accounting from Gujarat University, India.
Mr. Wallerich joined First Washington Realty in 2016 as a Financial Analyst. He is involved in asset valuation and asset management. In addition, he assists the acquisitions team in managing the deal flow process. Mr. Wallerich received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Maryland.
Ms. Wilson joined First Washington Realty in 2015 as a Portfolio Accounting Manager. She is involved with the accounting and financial reporting requirements pertaining to the portfolio. Prior to joining First Washington, Ms. Wilson held the positions of Financial Reporting Manager for Fairfax County Public Schools and Audit and Tax Manager for Novogradac and Company LLP, a CPA firm specializing in rental real estate. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Michigan State University and is licensed as a CPA in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Stuart D. Halpert is a co-founder of First Washington Realty, Inc. Since the early 1980’s the company and its predecessors has operated, first as a private company, then beginning in the early 1990’s as a public real estate investment trust trading on the New York Stock Exchange, and once again beginning in 2001, as a privately held real estate investment advisory and management firm. The company specializes in the acquisition, ownership and management of neighborhood and community shopping centers located in densely populated areas throughout the United States. Following an extended career as an active principal in the First Washington companies, Mr. Halpert has withdrawn from day-to-day operations and from his position as company chairman; however, he continues to serve as a Senior Advisor to the company, and he remains an equity owner and participant in the Company and its real estate investment activities. In addition, he is actively engaged in a variety of private investment matters. Prior to the formation of First Washington, Mr. Halpert was a practicing attorney specializing in real estate transactions and banking matters, and before entering private practice, he served first as Law Clerk to Chief Judge Wilson Cowen of the United States Court of Claims and thereafter as an attorney in the House of Representatives, U.S. Congress— first in the Office of the Legislative Counsel to the House, and thereafter as Counsel to the House Banking Committee. Over the years, Mr. Halpert has served, and he continues to serve, on a variety of Boards in both private enterprise and community-based not-for-profit organizations. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Brown University and his Juris Doctorate from The George Washington University Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review and elected to membership in The Order of the Coif.
Mr. Pounds joined First Washington Realty, Inc. in 1988 and has over 30 years of experience in virtually every facet of the commercial real estate industry. He has been responsible for overseeing the disposition, leasing, asset management, redevelopment, and renovation activities of all of First Washington’s properties. Mr. Pounds currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Company. Prior to joining the original First Washington, from 1985 to 1988, he was a Vice President with T.F. Stone Companies, Inc., a regional real estate development firm located in Dallas, Texas. From 1981 to 1985, Mr. Pounds was a Project Manager with HKS, Inc., an international architectural design and engineering firm located in Dallas, Texas. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. Mr. Pounds received a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Kansas and Master’s of Business Administration and Master’s of Architecture Degrees from the University of Illinois.
James Gordon Blumenthal
Born September 11, 1956, in New Haven, Connecticut, died peacefully in his home on December 23, 2015.
He was preceded in death by his father, Myron Blumenthal; maternal grandparents, Samuel and Sophie Singer Casher; and paternal grandparents, Isadore and Anna Gordon Blumenthal.
Jim is survived by his wife of 27 years, Stacy Johnson Blumenthal; daughter, Emily Paige Blumenthal; sons, Matthew Samuel Blumenthal and Michael Rhoads Blumenthal. He is also survived by his mother, Gertrude Casher Blumenthal; sister, Susan Rosenholtz (Ira); sister-in-law, Chris Willson (George); brothers-in-law, David Johnson (Linda), Dr. James Johnson (Linda) and Mark Johnson (Jill); and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jim had a wonderful life filled with many personal and professional accomplishments. At the time of his death, he was an Executive Vice President and the Chief Financial Officer of First Washington Realty, Inc. Prior to joining First Washington in 1986, Jim was a certified public accountant with international accounting firm Grant Thornton. He was a graduate of George Washington University and received his Master's degree in Taxation from American University. He served on the advisory committee of American University's Master of Science in Real Estate program, the Board of Advisors of the George Washington University School of Business, and the George Washington University Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis. Jim was the treasurer of Lupus Therapeutics and formerly served on the Board of Trustees of Green Hedges School in Vienna, Virginia.
Jim was a gentleman. He had an astoundingly kind heart and generous nature. He found the good in everyone and touched so many lives. Jim truly treasured his multitude of friends from both personal and business relationships. He was a devoted and loyal employee and found great pleasure and satisfaction in his work. He was a dedicated San Francisco Giants and UConn fan and loved basketball, whether playing or just watching a game.
Above everything, the loves of his life were his wife and his children, whom he adored and cherished. He was a voice of reason, and his children truly regarded him as their hero. Jim will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched.