Bisnow Morning Brief: What You Didn’t Know About Kevin Roberts

In The News August 31, 2015
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Title: VP, Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners.

Photo: Working on painting in “Hardware” series.

Job: Lead teams in multifamily and commercial development – over 1M SF in central DC submarkets like H St, NE and Half St., SE.

Years on the job: Over 3.

Company: Develops Class A office and mixed-use in core and emerging DC submarkets. Pipeline over 1.3M SF.

Memorable project: Redevelopment at 645 H St., NE – full gut renovation of 85k SF Class B building from office to office/retail mix. Sold in June for over $600/SF.

Current projects: ANTHOLOGY – over 300 apartments and retail at 625 Half St., NE to complete June 2016; 462k SF mixed-use project at Half/N St., SE.

CRE career: Catellus Development in San Fran in 2000, managing large-scale public/private development projects, including redevelopment of former Naval Air Station Alameda. Also did light industrial, data centers and warehouses in Central Valley, CA.

Grew up: LA and Huntington Beach.

Current home: H St, NE.

Why DC: JBG job after business school in 2005. Schools: UCLA (history); UC Berkeley (city planning masters); and Wharton (MBA). First job: Parking valet (including bow tie and suspenders) in Newport Beach.

Job in another life: Film director.

Daily habits: Mens sana in corpore sano, swim and yoga.

Favorite app: Parkmobile.

Favorite movies: Harakiri and After the Wedding.

Favorite restaurant: Maketto.

Top 3 songs: Queens of the Stone Age – “In the Fade”; Mogwai – “Travel is Dangerous”; Interpol – “Who do you think”.

Favorite book: “Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet” by David Mitchell. Favorite vacation spot: Copenhagen.

Guilty pleasure: Banana Bourbon Caramel ice cream from Jubilee.

Bucket list: Visit Cleveland – always intrigued by Rust Belt NFL cities while growing up in sun-soaked SoCal.

Hobbies: Oil painting on canvas (latest artwork) and college football at Biergarten Haus on Saturdays.

Startling fact: Artwork was exhibited in group show at Foundry Gallery in DC in 2014.

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