Member Spotlight - Kevin Dunmire

Member Profile: Kevin Dunmire

To promote new connections in business and at events, NAIOP DC|MD’s Membership Committee is pleased to introduce a new feature in Developments and on Member Spotlight.  We are pleased to present Akridge’s Kevin Dunmire in our second Spotlight.

Mr. Dunmire is a Senior Project Manager in Development with Akridge, where his current projects include the Milken Museum and Conference Center and Burnham Place, a three-million SF project rising over the rail yards behind Union Station.  

He has spent his life along the I-95 corridor between Baltimore and Washington, gaining a local perspective on Real Estate and sharing a love for local sites with his three children.  By the next time you seem him in person, he may have completed his Master in Business Administration at the University of Virginia’s Darden School, where he is one course from graduation. Here are part of his responses to our questionnaire:

Q: Please describe your involvement with the Chapter (committees, awards, service)
A: I’ve only recently joined NAIOP and am currently part of the REEL program.  As I learn more about the organization I plan to increase my involvement with other committees and programs.

Q: Why and when did you join NAIOP?
A: At the time of drafting this bio, I’ve only been a member of NAIOP for a few months, although I’ve enjoyed many NAIOP events in the past.  Really there are two main reasons I joined NAIOP, the first is to develop and foster meaningful relationships with those in the organization and industry, which I believe is absolutely essential to being successful in any profession.  The second is to learn, to learn from those I’ll meet through the organization and from NAIOP sponsored events and seminars.

Q: What has surprised you about your membership?
A: I think it’s what I learned at the new member luncheon last month.  Each person at the event stood up and told the group a little bit about themselves and I was surprised (although I guess I really shouldn’t have been) at the broad spectrum of professionals who are in this organization.  I think there’s a major benefit to NAIOP members to have access to professionals who have areas of expertise outside of their own.

Q: What is your favorite annual event?
A: NAIOP’s Awards of Excellence Gala has always been one of my favorite industry related events.  It’s great to see friends and colleagues enjoying themselves out of the workplace setting.
Q: How long have you been in Real Estate / Construction, and what drew you?
A: I’ve been in the real estate/construction industry for about 12 years now.  The initial draw to the industry was my father and his love for house “projects”.  For as long as I can remember, I was always helping him with work around the house, be it plumbing, painting or making his own kitchen cabinets.  I’ve always been exposed to the elements of building something and being “hands on”, so I think that had a lot to do with me wanting to get into the industry.

Q: Who has inspired or mentored you in the industry?
A: Over the years I’ve been fortunate enough to have a number of mentors, however the one that really sticks out to me was the first boss I had directly out of college.  He provided me with great opportunities early on in my career and would always share little nuggets of wisdom that I’ve carried with me throughout my career.  One of which that I think is applicable to this question is that he would always tell me not to copy anyone else’s style of management, rather observe and learn from everyone you encounter, identify what works and what doesn’t, and use what you learn to develop your own style.

Q: Describe your responsibilities in your current position
A: My current focus is on two projects, the first of which is the Milken Museum and Conference Center which includes the redevelopment of two historic bank buildings (located at 1501 & 1503 Pennsylvania Ave NW) into a museum and a third building (located at 730 15th Street) into Class A office space.  The second of which is Burnham Place, a truly remarkable project which includes developing the air-rights above Union Station’s railyard.

Q: Describe a professional success you are proud of
A: This may sound cliché, but I’m proud of every project that I’ve ever been a part of.  To be a part of bringing an idea or a vision to reality is extremely gratifying and a major reason as to why I remain in this industry.  I love being able to drive my kids around D.C. and pointing out to them which buildings their dad worked on.
Q: Are you originally from the Metropolitan area?
A: Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) I really haven’t traveled far from my home.  I grew up in Baltimore, went to high school in Towson, college at the University of Maryland, live in Bethesda and work in D.C.   It’s a good thing I like the different seasons.

Q: What is the starkest change you’ve noticed to the area?
A: Outside of referencing a submarket that’s particularly hot right now, I’ld have to say it’s the number of people who commute to work or around D.C. on bicycles.  I’m guessing the rise of Capital Bikeshare was a major factor in this movement, or perhaps I just didn’t pay that much attention when I was working on a job site, but it sure seems that over the past few years there’s been a significant uptick in the number of bikes on the road in D.C.

Q: Where did you come from and why?  Have you adopted any local sports teams?
A: Ravens and dem O’s (I know…boring).  

Q: Describe your non-work life: hobbies, family, service, etc.
A: Outside of work I would say it’s all about family.  My wife (who works for Whiting-Turner) and I have (3) young children who demand just a bit of attention.  When I’m not shuffling kids off to birthday parties or taking them to practice, I try to get out for a bike ride or the occasional round of golf.  

Q: What’s on your TV screen when it’s on?
A: (see above)…and you’ll understand why we watch Netflix.  We’re a little behind on this one but we’re midway through Season 3 of Breaking Bad.

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