President’s Award

Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie

An experienced attorney, civil rights advocate, and community leader dedicated to improving the lives of Ward 5 residents.

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Emerging Leader Award

Ashley Atwater is a principal and heads up operations for MBB Affiliates, LLC.  Ashley manages the day-to-day operations overseeing the property management staff, maintaining client relationships and working closely with engineering and accounting.  Ashley also leads MBB’s business development activities and corporate marketing campaigns. 

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Entrepreneurial Spirit Award

Natasha Mosley joined The Menkiti Group development team as the Development Acquisitions Manager in July 2016 to assist in growing the single-family home development portfolio. Her primary responsibilities include sourcing, analyzing and acquiring real estate opportunities. Natasha manages all new acquisitions from inception through contract stage, due diligence, and closing. Natasha manages and coaches the development team associates, coordinates on design, construction schedule, budgets and executive reporting.

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DC Legacy Award

Smoot Construction provides designing, building, general contracting, and construction management services to transportation, education, and commercial industries. 

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Community Impact / Economic Development Award

Providence Place

In partnership with the District of Columbia’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Atlantic | Pacific Communities and PNBC CDC, Providence Place is a planned unit development comprised of 93 mixed income apartment homes located on the historic campus of the Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC) in the Lincoln Heights/Deanwood neighborhood. The redevelopment plan involves the new construction of a 4/5 story building featuring one, two, three and four-bedroom apartment homes, resident programming space, a computer lab and several courtyards and plaza seating areas.

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Deal of the Year Award

Overlooking historic Meridian Hill Park, the 644-room Meridian Hill Hotel was finished in 1942 as the first government owned hotel built exclusively to house young women who moved to the District to fill government jobs during World War II. Jair Lynch acquired the development rights in September 2015 from Howard University through a highly competitive process and closed the transaction in December 2015.  Renovation of the 8-story 182,000 sf hotel into a modern boutique residential building will provide 206 new apartments with panoramic views of downtown Washington and a full suite of modern amenities.  

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