The Washington DC Economic Partnership Announces Finalists for Inaugural We DC Awards

Meet the Winners at Annual Meeting & Economic Showcase on October 30

October 13, 2015 (Washington, D.C.) – The Washington, DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) today announced the finalists for their inaugural We DC Awards, which honor and recognize Washington, D.C. leaders that have contributed their vision, energy, investment, and time to develop a thriving economic ecosystem in the areas of Real Estate, Innovation + Technology, and the Creative Economy. This year’s winners will be presented at WDCEP’s 2015 Annual Meeting and Economic Showcase taking place on Friday, October 30 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Three visionaries from Washington, D.C. whose company or individual contribution has made a significant impact within the city will be recognized.

Finalists were selected by an internal WDCEP panel and the final winners will be selected by the Board of Directors of WDCEP. Three visionaries from Washington, D.C. whose company or individual contribution has made a significant impact within the city will be recognized. The finalists for each category are as follows:

We DC | Real Estate  | We Dream

This award will recognize an individual and/or company that are in commercial or housing development, architecture, construction management, real estate brokerage, and property management.

  • Akridge (Developer)
  • Bo Menkiti, CEO Menkiti Group (Developer)
  • Monty Hoffman, Founder & CEO, PN Hoffman (Developer
  • Shalom Baranes Associates (Architecture Firm)

We DC  | Innovation + Tech  | We Imagine

This award will honor an individual or company in the high technology, web application, graphic design or data and research.

  • Sibyl Edwards, President, DC Web Women
  • Andrew C. Florance, Founder & CEO, CoStar Group
  • Allen Gannett, Founder & CEO, TrackMaven
  • Ben Miller, Co-Founder & CEO, Fundrise

We DC  | Creative Economy  | We Create

This award will recognize an individual or company in the theatre, restaurant, or culinary, culture (museum, gallery, etc.), music, art, or film industries.

  • Julianne Brienza, Founder & CEO, Capital Fringe
  • George Koch, President, Center for the Creative Economy
  • Shane Pomajambo, Founder, Curator, and Director, Art Whino + Blind Whino
  • Jonas Singer & Cullen Gilchrist, Co-Founder & Co-Owner, Union Kitchen

This year’s Annual Meeting will also feature special guest Mayor Muriel Bowser and three industry leading keynote speakers Tim Spangler, Senior Vice President of Retail of REI, Donna Harris, Co-Founder of 1776, and Jim Abdo, President & CEO of Abdo Development. Each will take the stage to discuss how retail impacts urban development, perspective of the creative economy from a development perspective, and how technology incubators will continue to shape the future of Washington, D.C.’s economic landscape. The 2015 annual meeting will mark 15 years of WDCEP’s contribution to the District’s economy and celebrate the city’s accomplishments achieved throughout the year.

For more information about the We DC finalist and/or WDCEP’s Annual Meeting, visit

Learn and register for the Annual Meeting + ECON Showcase. 

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