4th Annual “Build It In DC” Conference Highlights All-Women Real Estate Development Panel

An Inclusive Space for Contractors, Builders and Government Entities to Connect 

(WASHINGTON, DC) July 17, 2018 – The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) and Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) will host the 4th annual “Build It In DC” conference on Thursday, July 26. The conference serves as a unique opportunity for professionals in the real estate development and contracting industries to learn and connect directly with industry leaders and DC government decision-makers.

“As we’ve seen this event grow over the years, we’re really excited about meeting newcomers who want to build in the District and connecting them with decision makers,” said DCRA Director Melinda Bolling. “We have a unique vantage point in that each permit gives us a peek into the potential direction and growth of our city. This event provides us with valuable insight from the development community’s perspective.”

“Build It In DC” exists to inspire, inform, and connect the contractor and building improvement industry to resources needed to thrive in the District of Columbia. This year’s conference offers a dynamic line-up of speakers presenting best practices and case studies along with structured relationship building in the “Coffee + Connect” networking lounge.

The event serves as one of the District’s strongest resources for real estate development and construction professionals looking to learn more about permitting and regulatory information directly from the decision-makers and industry leaders in DC’s flourishing development landscape.

As DC’s development industry continues to diversify, Build It In DC is pleased to feature the first all-women closing panel, “The Future of Real Estate Development” at this year’s event moderated by Lisa Mallory, CEO of District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA). Panelists include Pamela Bundy, President & CEO, Bundy Development Corporation; Vicki Davis, Managing Partner of Urban Atlantic; Jodie McLean, CEO of EDENS; and Barbara Mullenex, Managing Principal of Perkins Eastman DC. The panel’s diverse exposure to all aspects of the District’s development landscape including legislative, government, developers and architects provide unique insights for attendees while showcasing the city’s innovative upcoming projects including Walter Reed, The Wharf and Union Market.

The interactive sessions will provide keen perspectives on DC’s development future and attendees with an opportunity to interact and ask questions to this esteemed panel of women leaders in real estate development.

“Washington, DC is constantly challenging the norm through inclusive innovation and support for our business communities. Build It In DC serves as a platform to highlight the robust resources available to real estate and contracting professionals and WDCEP is their first stop for business support through collaboration with our public partners,” said Keith J. Sellars, President & CEO of WDCEP.

This year’s Build It In DC conference will feature the following lineup:

Build It In DC Featured Programming

Opening Session:

  • Welcome – Jacqueline Noisette, Manager, Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) at DCRA
  • Introductions – Director Melinda Bolling, DCRA
  • Remarks – Keith Sellars, President & CEO, WDCEP
  • Keynote Speaker – Robert J. Murphy, Managing Principal, MRP Realty
  • Build It In DC Video – Jonathan Williams, Program Analyst, Communications, DCRA
  • Remarks – Vincent Parker, Administrator, Business and Professional Licensing Administration, DCRA

Breakout Sessions:

  • Coffee + Connect Networking LoungeDevelop new relationships with building industry professionals for your future developments while powering-up electronic devices with charging stations and free access to Wi-Fi.
    • Melinda Bolling, Director, DCRA
    • Harriet Broadie, Business Licensing Manager, DCRA
    • Maria Thompson, Senior Vice President, PN Hoffman
    • Clarence Whitescarver, Deputy Building Official, DCRA
  • Navigating Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) OpportunitiesHelp your company better position itself to compete on contracting opportunities in the District. During this session, CBE-certified businesses will have the opportunity to receive insights from District Government agencies, contractors and learn about upcoming opportunities.
    • Melissa Resil, Business Certification Manager, DSLBD | Moderator
    • Franklin Austin, Contracting Officer, DGS
    • Michael Bing, Small Business Development Manager, DSLBD
    • Robert Summers, President & CEO, Paradigm Management           
  • Access to Capital: Financing Incentives + Opportunities Financing can be a significant obstacle for entrepreneurs looking to start or expand their business. A panel of banking, community investment funds and government experts will discuss how to secure financing, establish a “credible” track record, understand interest rates, and obtain additional financing options.
    • Justin Little, LEED Green Associate, Southway | Moderator
    • Clarence Adams, President & CEO, Capitol Credit Group
    • Jonathan Kayne, Director of Special Projects, DMPED
    • Ian Lawrence, Director of Lending, WACIF
    • Doyle Mitchell, Jr., President & CEO, Industrial Bank 
  • Setting the Standard: Green Technology in BuildingsThe District is on the path towards making our city the healthiest, greenest city in the country. Join this session to learn more about Green Building standards from local building professionals who are on the cutting edge and about DC-specific case studies of net zero energy homes and buildings.
    • David Epley, Green Building Program Manager, DCRA | Moderator
    • Zach Dobelbower, Associate Director for Energy & Sustainability, DGS
    • Holly Lennihan, RA, LEED AP, Director of Sustainable Design & Senior Associate, Hickok Cole
    • John Miller, Principal, Flywheel Development 
  • Inclusive Building: A Case Study in Affordable Housing During this interactive session, learn the ins and outs of developing an affordable housing project in the District. Using case studies, the presenters will explore the land acquisition, construction, rehab, and financing options used by affordable housing developers in successfully completing projects.
    • Scott Bruton, Vice President of Housing Policy, CNHED | Moderator
    • Jim Campbell, Principal, Somerset Development
    • Scott Kline, Vice President, National Housing Trust
  • Alternative Building Materials + Methods of ConstructionLearn about new, innovative, and alternative building materials to make more informed decisions about your construction methods featuring examples in other countries and explore how building construction takes place in the 21st century and beyond.
    • Lynn Underwood, Chief Building Official, DCRA
  • Closing Session: Future of Real EstateBuild It In DC’s first all-women panel addressing pioneering opportunities and the challenges faced in navigating development now and into the future.
    • Lisa Mallory, CEO, DCBIA | Moderator
    • Pamela Bundy, President & CEO, Bundy Development Corporation
    • Vicki Davis, Managing Partner, Urban Atlantic
    • Jodie McLean, CEO, EDENS
    • Barbara Mullenex, Managing Principal, Perkins Eastman DC


About Build It In DC

Build It In DC is a half-day conference that exists to inspire, inform, and connect the contractor and building improvement industry to resources including access to permitting and regulatory information directly from industry leaders.

About The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)

DCRA is responsible for regulating construction and business activity in the District of Columbia. The agency operates a consolidated permit intake center, as well as reviews construction documents to ensure compliance with building codes and zoning regulations. Construction activity, buildings and rental housing establishments are inspected, and housing code violations are abated, if necessary. To protect consumers, DCRA issues business licenses, professional licenses, registers corporations, inspects weighing and measuring devices used for monetary profit and issues special events permits.

About Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP)

The Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) is a non-profit, public-private organization that drives inclusive economic growth and job creation, supports business and promotes Washington, DC as a leading global city. Our mission is to promote DC’s economic and business opportunities and support business retention and attraction activities. Our partners including private companies and public-sector organizations give us access to a variety of resources including signature, award-winning publications.

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