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OUR PASSION FOR CREATING GREAT PLACES WILL SOON HAVE A NEW HOME

 

We are buzzing with excitement about the upcoming move to our new corporate headquarters. While the move is just a mile and a half down the road, there are some big changes in store for Bozzuto employees. An updated, modern feel will be blended with Bozzuto's taste for classic design details, to give employees an aesthetic similar to living in a Bozzuto home.

Meeting floors will be available on every level and will allow for increased collaboration. The “Town Square”, a large kitchen and lounge area, will create a space that will wholly integrate all employees, allowing them to share and cross reference ideas with one another. Those employees who are only in the office occasionally will have the advantage of “touchdown stations” with Wi-Fi connectivity where they can plug-in to work for as long as they'd like. Our new office will provide an environment that promotes productivity, as well as physical and emotional well being, especially with the addition of the fitness center.

We have a lot of exciting news to share in preparation for the move to the new office building. We will update the Intranet periodically with great tips on packing and organization, as well as the latest on construction progress. Be sure to check back frequently for pictures and news to see exactly what's happening! We hope everyone is looking forward to our new home at 6406 Ivy Lane! We hope everyone is looking forward to our new home at 6406 Ivy Lane!

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Tom Talk

Tom Bozzuto

The other evening, over a drink, as I was talking to one of our long term colleagues who spends a great deal of her time generating new business, she asked a very important question, a question I don't think I answered adequately at the time so I want to try to answer it again. And I want to do it here because I think a lot of you, especially people who've been with us since we were much smaller, ask this question.

The question, or more appropriately, questions were: “why do we pursue new business? How big do we want to get? And how do you (TSB) reconcile this growth with your frequent statement that ‘growth is not our priority; being best at what we do is.’”

First as to the why. I have long felt that one should use one's life to make the world a better place. And I believe that by providing exceptional homes and apartments, whether owned or rented, and by providing these with a quality of design and construction, and operating them with a level of service that is the best in the business and is as close to perfect as possible, we are making the world a better place. Working with people I respect and like, I wanted to create homes for people that could be their place of peace, their sanctuary, and their comfort zone. You know what I mean by that. We all have a place where we feel secure, untouchable, and completely comfortable. That's what I wanted to create for people who would live in the spaces we develop, build and manage.

Secondly, I've always believed that if we did an exceptional job, not only taking care of our customers--those who live in our homes and apartments--but also taking care of our clients and partners--those who invest in our properties or hire us to build and manage for them-- growth would come on its own. If we did what we say, if we delivered on our promises, if we lived up to our word, growth would come. If we focused on living up to our values, growth would come.

Now that doesn't mean that we sit back and wait for prospects and clients to call us. It means that when we call on them, they take our calls; when we compete for opportunities, we get a second look; and perhaps as importantly, we don't have to compete on price. I've also always believed you cannot out Wal-Mart Wal-Mart. You can't win by offering the lowest priced product or service; someone will always be cheaper.

And so finally, how big do we want to get? If our goal or vision is to make the world a better place there is no such thing as too big. “Too big” happens when you are no longer focused on why you got in business in the first place. “Too big” happens when your culture changes and people in the company no longer remember your values. “Too big” happens when your colleagues no longer feel important, challenged or fulfilled by what they do. “Too big” is something we will not allow to happen to this company.

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EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT

Ellareese

ELLAREESE BURKE, BHI

What is your most important responsibility in your current position?
Providing the best customer service possible.

How did you become interested in the industry?
I am passionate about helping others. Every time I come into work, I am making someone's day that little bit better.

What do you like most about working at Bozzuto?
The friendships with my co-workers and the social events.

What do you like to do in your off hours? Any hobbies?
Watching reality TV

What's one thing your colleagues would be surprised to learn about you?
I have a bachelor's degree from the Boy Scouts of America in Serving Scouts with Special Needs.

What music are you currently listening to?
Sam Smith - I really love his cover of Whitney Houston's “How Will I Know”

What do you enjoy reading: favorite magazine/book?
Better Homes & Gardens

What professional achievement are you most proud of?
My 2013 & 2014 Pros Awards for Best Customer Service Representative/Office

What personal achievement are you most proud of?
Being a mommy to the best boys in the world. I have a 13 year old and a 6 year old.

If you could go anywhere on your next vacation, where would you go?
I would go to Thailand to experience the food and culture.

What advice do you have for new Bozzuto employees regarding being successful?
My favorite quote by Henry Longfellow, “The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight but, they while their companions slept, they were toiling upwards in the night.”

 

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DAVE JOYNER, BMC BOSTON REGIONAL MANAGER

What is your most important responsibility in your current position?
My most important responsibility is to ensure the successful execution of the financial and operational objectives of the communities I oversee.

How did you become interested in the industry?
I got into the field of property management many moons ago through a program designed by the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency to introduce minority candidates to the field of property management. It was a yearlong program in which I worked for three different companies while attending weekly training.

What do you like most about working at Bozzuto?It sounds trite, but it's absolutely true - I enjoy the people I work with the most. We have some of the nicest, most competent folks in our industry. It would be quite a bit more difficult to work effectively if you did not enjoy whom you worked with!

What do you like to do in your off hours? Any hobbies?
I play amateur baseball, which I very much enjoy. I play in the MSBL and BABL. Although I don't do it as much as I'd like, I also enjoy golfing. Presently, I'm taking online lessons to learn guitar (acoustic, electric and bass). I do that for personal enjoyment - no one would enjoy hearing what I play now!

What's one thing your colleagues would be surprised to learn about you?
I recently discovered that I can hold a tune singing karaoke. That discovery came at my previous company's annual meeting where we did a “Beacon's Got Talent” show, and I decided to try it out. However, my daughter is the real singer in my family.

What music are you currently listening to?
I have an eclectic, and diversified music playlist. There is no rhyme or reason, just stuff I like to listen to, for example - Bruno Mars, Alicia Keys, Allman Brothers, Beatles, Cars, Eagles, Jay Z, and Beyoncé.

What do you enjoy reading: favorite magazine/book?
Most recently on vacation - I enjoyed the beach reads of James Patterson's Honeymoon, 2nd Honeymoon, NYPD Red.

What professional achievement are you most proud of?
Mostly, I'm most proud when I help others whom I work with achieve their potential. I enjoy my leadership role as a coach and a mentor.

What personal achievement are you most proud of?
I'm most proud of the fact that I completed my undergraduate and graduate degrees at night while working. A close second is hitting a home run at Fenway Park.

If you could go anywhere on your next vacation, where would you go?
One of my baseball teammates told me that I owe it to myself to go to the Dominican Republic. My other destination is to visit my uncle in Hawaii.

What advice do you have for new Bozzuto employees regarding being successful?
So, with just under four months in as a Bozzuto team member, I'm not sure if I can capably advise folks on how to be successful. What I can say is that to succeed in general, you need to have a passion for what you do and strive for excellence. That passion will drive you to take the necessary steps to flourish, no matter what your role is.

 

Dan joyce

DAN JOYCE, BCC (EXTON, PA)PROJECT ENGINEER

What is your most important responsibility in your current position?
Mange most of the day-to-day project management on the Newtown II project.

How did you become interested in the industry?
An internship I had in my sophomore summer of college

What do you like most about working at Bozzuto?
The people I work with at Bozzuto, and the reputation our company has in the industry of the way we treat our subcontractors.

What do you like to do in your off hours? Any hobbies?
I play a lot of golf and basketball in my free time, and snowboard in the winter months.

What's one thing your colleagues would be surprised to learn about you?
I have never lost my fascination with trains from when I was a little boy.

What music are you currently listening to?
All Alright - Zac Brown Band

What do you enjoy reading: favorite magazine/book?
I enjoy reading science and tech articles

What professional achievement are you most proud of?
LEED AP BD+C

What personal achievement are you most proud of?
Eagle Scout

If you could go anywhere on your next vacation, where would you go?
St. Thomas

What advice do you have for new Bozzuto employees regarding being successful?
Listen and ask lots of questions

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MARKETING MOVES

Keeping up with all the faces of Bozzuto is a tough job. Luckily, our new Director of Brand Marketing Tom Geyer is able to help with that. With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Goucher College, completion of graduate studies at ICHEC University in Brussels, Belgium, and a successful marketing career, Tom will help build a sustainable organization by investing in our brand with big, unique ideas that will help stimulate innovation. Welcome to the team, Tom! We look forward to working with you.

We would also like to congratulate Jamie Gorski on her promotion! Jamie was promoted from Senior Vice President, Corporate Marketing to Chief Marketing Officer. We look forward to Jamie continuing to bring her more than 30 years experience to her role in overseeing all of marketing and public relations efforts for Bozzuto. Congrats Jamie!

Congratulations to Blair Mader on being promoted from Digital Marketing Specialist to Assistant Director of Marketing Technology! Blair received a degree in Fine Art and minored in History at Mount Saint Mary's University. Her new roles and responsibilities will include working on new websites, supporting current ones, and support and adaption of new technologies.

Best of luck in your new roles!

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CORPORATE SPOTLIGHT

RE-BRANDING WITH BIG

RE-BRANDING WITH BIG

Bozzuto has engaged Brand Intersection Group (BIG), a Washington, DC-based branding and marketing innovation consultancy, to develop a refined brand strategy platform and consumer insights profiles for the company. The goal of this initiative is to better understand the Bozzuto brand, its consumers and key audiences in order to guide future marketing, branding, and business decisions.

In order to achieve this understanding, BIG is conducting an in-depth research initiative that includes interviews with key internal stakeholders and external partners, competitive analyses, property tours, resident and homeowner discussion groups, and quantitative consumer survey work.

The resulting products will include a consumer mindset model that will be used to establish a brand experience blueprint as well as elaborate on a consolidated brand strategy and recommendations for future marketing planning. The findings and resulting strategy recommendations from this initiative will have relevant implications for each of The Bozzuto Group's six companies and will strengthen all facets of the brand.

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ZILLOW HOUSING FORUM TALKS ON MILLENNIALS

At the Zillow Housing Forum on July 24 in Washington, D.C, Tom Bozzuto had a chance to talk with two peers on the topic of Millennials and how they effect housing the next generation. The concerns raised by panel indicated that Millennials had issues in deciding what is best to do in the uncertain economic climate; would the housing ecosystem collapse like it did during the recession; the reasoning behind renting, or alternatively, buying; do Millennials want single-family homes, or are there other attractions this particular generation requires; and what sort of policies should be considered to ensure this generation can continue having access to housing.

Tom commented on these concerns alongside Mollie Carmichael, Principal, John Burns Real Estate Consulting and Dowell Meyers, Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. The panel discussed how the economy of the past has a direct correlation to how the Millennials are going about purchasing homes. Tom brought up the idea that lifestyle choices, rather than economics, are driving Millennials to homeownership decisions, and that young Americans are more often than not, opting for smaller spaces in return for preferred location and retail conveniences.

According to the National Association of Realtors, there is research suggesting that improved job market conditions and migration patterns to metropolitan areas of young are leading to an increase in home buying among Millennials.

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RANKINGS REPORT

We are happy to report some of the newest rankings for the company. For the seventh time in a row, we have won the Washington Business Journal's “Best Places to Work.” Other notable rankings include:

#13, up from #14 in 2013, for Multifamily Executive Magazine's Top 25 Multifamily General Contractors.

#11, up from #21 in 2013, of Washington Business Journal's Top General Contractors.

#7, up from #8 in 2013, of Washington Business Journal's Top Private Companies.

And as of July 25, 2014, Bozzuto Management Co. ranked #5 on The Baltimore Business Journal's Residential Property Managers, based on the number of units managed.

Way to go team! Keep up the good work!

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AIM AWARDS

At the Apartment Internet Marketing Conference held in Huntington Beach, California May 5-7th, we were honored with the top video award for the Best Company Culture. Our 25th Anniversary won! It was the last award of the evening and the judges said the video really captured what Bozzuto stands for. They showed the entire 13-minute video to the audience. We had two team members attend the conference and they said the crowd's reaction was just wonderful.

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CHARITABLE ACTIVITY AND DONATIONS

Since the beginning of our fiscal year in April, we have given a total of $174,591, dispersed among many charitable organizations. Either through donations, raffles, auctions, or attending events. We work with charities across our geographic footprint. A big thanks to everyone at Bozzuto who helped make this possible, and to some of our corporate sponsorships:

Coalition of Smarter Growth
Maryland Science Center
ULI Baltimore
ULI Washington
Port Discovery Children's Museum
National Building Museum

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MARKETING

JUST A DROP IN THE LEMONADE CUP

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This June, as part of our “Live the Sweet Life” marketing campaign, we kicked off the Bozzuto Change Challenge to benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand, a foundation created to fund childhood cancer research. The foundation was created when 4-year old Alex Scott, a young girl diagnosed with childhood cancer, wanted to do something to help those children who also had cancer By the time she passed away at the age of 8, Alex had managed to raise more than $1 million, and today that number has reached to more than $50 million.

Each Bozzuto community was challenged to collect as much change as they could throughout the entire month of June, and on July 1st, the money that was raised was sent to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. Together, we managed to collect $9,292! The property that raised the most donations was The Pepper Building at $739.50, followed by The Sagamore, The Chelsea and The Lexington. While our efforts are just a drop in the lemonade cup, it is good to know every little bit helps. Way to go, team!

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HR/TRAINING

2014 BOZZUTO EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT SURVEY: THE RESULTS ARE IN!

Your voice matters

More than 1,000 Bozzuto employees participated in this summer's employee engagement survey - a tremendous response! The executive team has been busy reviewing the survey data and will be prioritizing action items based on your feedback. You had many wonderful things to say about the company and you also had some thoughtful and constructive suggestions on what can be done to make the company even better. We heard both.

As Toby stated in his companywide communication, “We want Bozzuto to be the best workplace possible for each of you. As we work through this process, I would ask that you think of ways we can leverage the many strengths that this survey reflects about the company...While we should continue to allow what is great about this company to proliferate, it is most important that we focus on our weaknesses and strive to be better every day. Your voice matters, and I (as well as my father, Rick and all the Partners) appreciate your feedback tremendously. We are genuinely focused on constantly improving this company.”

Stay tuned for further updates - our goal is that the survey results take shape in the form of changes that will positively impact you, your department, team or region.

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BOZZUTO DIVERSITY & INCLUSION STUDY CIRCLE PROGRAM

With great enthusiasm, the Bozzuto Diversity & Inclusion Study Circle Program launched in late July for senior leadership, HR, Marketing and Development. Study circles are small, diverse groups of people, led by an impartial facilitator, that meet to discuss, collaborate and action plan on specific issues facing the company. As Tom wrote in the last edition of The Buzz, our workplace and the communities we serve are diverse and dynamic environments. Discussing, understanding and celebrating the diversity within our own Bozzuto family makes us a better company and strengthens our brand, both internally and externally. By offering employees the opportunity to participate in these experiences, we nurture a culture of inclusion and continue to foster a diverse workplace that encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness, enabling individuals to contribute to their full potential.

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INTERN Q&A WITH TOBY BOZZUTO

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On July 17th, a group of 24 BMC interns from 12 different universities, met with Bozzuto President Toby Bozzuto during our popular Personal Branding training session.

Toby provided the interns with background on the company, where we came from and where we're headed. In turn, the interns put him in the hot seat with great questions about success and failure, company culture and growth and what advice he might have for students.

Toby shared that he was able to learn something from the jobs that weren't glamorous or weren't part of his lifelong career plan. He told the interns to be passionate about what they do at every level and to always work on themselves - especially in the difficult times.

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CONCIERGE CLUB TRAINING PROGRAM

The Concierge Club is a brief training opportunity for resident concierges to be introduced to new customer service concepts, share best practices, learn about industry trends and above all, create camaraderie with fellow concierges. The club is comprised of all full-time and part-time concierges. One of the most important aspects of concierge service is responsibility is community outreach. Through community outreach efforts, the concierges create partnerships with local businesses with the goal of extending those benefits to residents to provide a top-notch living experience.

Recently, at one of our newest properties in Boston, Caroline Sheehy, concierge at Waterside Place, truly enlivened this concept. She reached out to local businesses around the Seaport area, and a resident. As a result, a total of 35 vendors attended the event. All businesses that attended donated their time and services ranging from complimentary massages to gift certificates, to free roses. Local restaurants that participated brought a sampling of their specialty dishes. Many of Waterside Place's residents were in attendance to show support and to try out what local vendors had to offer. Some even stayed well after the event concluded! In all, about 100 people attended the event. It was a huge success!

Concierge Training program

Concierge Training program

Concierge Training program

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RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT

GENERATIONAL IMPLICATIONS FOR THE APARTMENT MARKET

By Mark Franceski, Director of Research

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I'm reading a book entitled The Age Curve: How to Profit from the Coming Demographic Storm that has a simple thesis: the sheer size of the Baby Boomer (75-80 million people, depending on who you listen to) and Millennial (80-100 million people) generations will dictate economic trends and consumer demand for the foreseeable future. In other words, what these people want, they get. The most successful businesses will be those that find the best way to give them what they want. What does this mean for the housing industry in general and the apartment market in particular?

According to the most recent Census figures, the largest five-year age cohort is people aged 20-24, the first time in recent history that the largest age group has not been from the Baby Boomer generation. By 2020, eight of the 10 largest cohorts will be Millennials. This explains the massive boom in the apartment industry as younger people drive the growth and revitalization in urban areas that are increasing development of public transit, retail space and new apartments. Thus, it shouldn't be surprising that 53% of Bozzuto Management Company's customers are members of the Millennial generation, rising to 60% in urban-located projects. This provides some comfort that even though we are experiencing record levels of supply coming to the market, demographics dictate that demand for apartments will continue to grow.

But what about Baby Boomers and their housing demands? While Millennials get most of the attention, the Baby Boomers are not going down without a fight. The following chart clearly shows the wave of Baby Boomers currently entering their 50s and 60s and as these people retire, their lifestyle needs and choices are sure to change. As documented in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, a lot of Baby Boomers want to get in on the urban action too, and are choosing to simplify their life by downsizing and moving closer to the action. At the very least, more Baby Boomers will choose to rent to enjoy the benefits of location, flexibility, and simplicity. Nationally, Baby Boomers have a homeownership rate in the mid 70% range, representing 45 million households. Employing a conservative shift in the homeownership rate of 3% creates nearly two million new renter households with unique preferences. These people will demand apartments that cater to their needs - convenience, socialization, hobbies, changing medical needs, etc - and if the premise of the book is correct, they will get it. That is why Bozzuto is taking this growing customer segment seriously in order to understand and meet their changing needs and ultimately provide them with the best possible place to live.

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HOMES SPOTLIGHT

BHI LAUNCHES LIVE CHAT

Bozzuto Homes launched a lead nurturing program in July consisting of two New Home Specialists that will receive all online and phone leads for all Bozzuto Homes communities. A key piece of this program is the ability to “Live Chat” with prospects on all community and Bozzuto.com websites. You will now see the Live Chat boxes when you visit these websites. When engaged, the New Home Specialists can respond with detailed information about pricing, floor plans, and features of our communities. The Specialists booked 48 appointments in the first two weeks of the program; keeping our onsite teams busy showing model homes and meeting potential buyers. Bozzuto Homes looks forward to seeing results of this new program over the next few months.

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WHAT'S IN A NAME?

Our boutique condominium development on D.C.'s V Street has officially been named Parker15. The name was inspired by the area's rich history of African-American culture, jazz and Bebop music, and historic local clubs and jazz venues. The building was designed with simple, geometric shapes to reflect to the lively character of the surrounding neighborhood. The street is still home to live music venues, restaurants, bars and boutiques. Parker15 is expected to be completed by first quarter 2016.

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BBQ, BEER, AND HARD HATS, OH MY!

On June 28th we put on our hard hats, loosened our belts, and took a tour of Shipley's Grant, fully equipped with a state of the art BBQ food truck, and a beer tasting event. Shipley's Grant has been accepting residents for about seven years, but the property is still growing, making way for a more complete village-style community. Visitors were able to see the Charleston and McHenry floor plans in the construction phase, but don't worry, the hard hats made it completely safe for everyone to tour the nearly-complete homes after tasting some great summer treats.

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MANAGEMENT SPOTLIGHT

WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO LIVE? BOZZUTO KNOWS

According to a national online reputation assessment study, BMC's The Sagamore is the best place to live in New York City, while Concord in Crystal City is the best place to live in Arlington, VA. The Halstead came in fifth place for Arlington, VA.

The research was conducted by J Turner Research, which tracked and analyzed information on 103 NYC apartments and 120 Arlington, VA properties. New York had an average satisfaction rating of 47 out of 100, and The Sagamore ranked number one with a score of 70. Concord won by a slightly higher margin with its final score being 81, and Arlington's average score at 50. Halstead ranked closely behind Concord with a 75.

“It is an incredible achievement for several of our management properties to be recognized as the “Top Property” in their cities,” said Julie Smith. Congratulations to those properties and their management teams!

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RETAIL ASSETS TEAM

Monica LaVorgna has joined the retail assets team as Senior Manager. Monica got her start in residential management and most recently worked for St. John Properties where she managed a commercial portfolio of three million square feet. Monica works with the property teams on day-to-day asset management and operations as it relates to retail and retail environments.

Todd James has joined BMC as Senior Manager of Tenant Coordination and Retail Operations. Todd comes to Bozzuto from Under Armour, where he was responsible for facilities and capital/construction projects at Under Armour's corporate campus. Todd is BMC's new point person for retail tenant build-outs, providing oversight and serving as the liaison between the new tenant and property management.

Please welcome Shanta Peru as our new Visual Merchandiser. Shanta was most recently with Jonathan Adler and Crate and Barrel where she was a visual merchandiser. Shanta is now Bozzuto's in-house resource for both retail and residential visual merchandising needs, assisting with vacant storefronts, signage, working with merchants on their storefronts, holiday décor (exterior and interior), and serving as a resource for recommending furnishings and fixtures in residential common areas, model apartments and guest suites.

Lastly, Kellyn Mahan is our new Marketing Manager of Retail Assets. Kellyn joined Bozzuto from Federal Realty where she handled marketing for 2 large mixed-use properties - Rockville Town Square and the Village at Shirlington. In her new role, Kellyn focuses on property activation and event marketing for Bozzuto's mixed use properties with a large retail component and is Bozzuto's in-house resource for advising merchants in our portfolio on marketing.

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LEASE ADMINISTRATION TEAM

Sue Winer, recently promoted to Retail Accounting Manager, has over 10 years of experience in commercial accounting, most recently with Equivest Development in Philadelphia. Sue oversees retail property accountants and lease administrators, and serves as a liaison to ownership groups.

Ron Ramos is Senior Lease Administrator. Ron's experience prior to Bozzuto includes retail lease administration at The Peterson Companies and The Mills Corporation.

Valetta Gore, who joined Bozzuto last year, is Senior Accountant. Previously, she worked for Combined Properties in Washington, D.C.

Mariana Sonu is our new Lease Administrator. Mariana is brand new to the team, handling lease administration for a portion of the retail portfolio. Mariana came to Bozzuto from Rosenthal Properties.

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BOZZUTO CELEBRATES MOMS AND DADS!

Spring is the season of new life and new beginnings, so it's no wonder that's when we celebrate Mother's Day and Father's Day. This year, Bozzuto honored our Moms and Dads with some special treats!

Julie Smith invited our moms to her house for a brunch and motivational speaker who talked about juggling work and motherhood. Dads enjoyed a tour and beer tasting at the Blue Jacket Brewery in D.C.

We cannot thank all of our moms and dads enough for all the hard work they do here and at home.

Bozzuto Mom's

Bozzuto Dad's

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CAPITOL FILE MAGAZINE CELEBRATES SUMMER ISSUE AT THE APARTMENTS AT CITYCENTER

Capitol File Magazine celebrated its summer issue at Apartments at CityCenter in D.C. on July 17. The event had a charitable element which benefited the Humane Society of the United States, a perfect match for our pet friendly homes! More than 250 guests enjoyed an alfresco evening of tasting gourmet bites from Mango Tree and RareSweets and refreshments from Early Mountain Vineyards and Moet Ice Imperial. The event space was outfitted with pops of color by Events by Andre Wells and Capital Party Rentals.

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DEVELOPMENT SPOTLIGHT

LET THE LEASING COMMENCE!

It's true! Monroe Street Market's final building, the Cornerstone, has officially commenced leasing. In honor of this proclamation, Monroe Street Market has began hosting a new weekly farmer's market. The market will be held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through November 22. The market will be operated by Lydia's Fields, a local farm dedicated to growing organic produce. The market will also feature 10-20 regional farmers and food producers including Chesley Farms, Upper Crust Bakery, Zeke's Coffee, Sweet Teensy, Delish James and Jellies, and Bonaparte Breads.

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HÄLSA JOINS MONROE STREET MARKET

hälsa is a new health-conscious, quick-serve restaurant that will give Monroe Street Market residents and visitors fast, healthy food options by providing menu items created from locally-sourced D.C. farmers. The menu will vary based on which foods are in season and will feature grab and go items, hot plates, breakfast and lunch service, and carry-out options.

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CATHEDRAL COMMONS WELCOMES NEW RETAIL TENANTS

Cathedral Commons is booming with new lists of retailers that will join the mixed-use development on Wisconsin Avenue in Washington, D.C. In addition to the anchor stores Giant Food and CVS, Cathedral Commons has signed dry cleaning company Parks Fabricare, Solidcore, Wylie Wagg, Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar, Raku, iDoc Optical, Wells Fargo, SunTrust Bank, and Starbucks.

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A BRIGHT NAME FOR VALLEY FORGE DEVELOPMENT

The brightly colored name for the Village at Valley Forge will be Indigo 301. The name was carefully chosen to represent the influence of the vibrant, organic theme and color palette for the project. Adding 301, the actual street number, to the end of the name adds a unique and sophisticated twist.

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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL AT THE ESPLANADE

On July 15, The Esplanade held a sweepstakes in which one lucky person had a chance to win two free passes for the Cirque du Soleil summer performance Amaluna at the National Harbor. It was the perfect way to help showcase the wonder and splendor Cirque du Soleil provides Inner Harbor spectators each year, similar to the heart-pounding feel The Esplanade will give residents and visitors. The Espalande will begin pre-leasing early September.

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CONSTRUCTION SPOTLIGHT

LIGHTNING PHOTO

Our construction camera captured this amazing photo of lightning crashing behind The Rotunda project in Baltimore.

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