Wingate Hughes Architect Sessions feature the top real estate brokers, architects, business leaders, and CEO/Founders in DC to demystify complicated business, design, and real estate issues affecting business owners and operators. If you are a small business owner, entrepreneur, or startup founder, these sessions will educate while introducing you to the best people and resources in our region. Please join us for one Architect Session or all four!
Become a Business Success in DC
Date: Thursday, January 31
DC is the hottest spot in the country for the entrepreneurship, tech, and retail industries. Our Smart City has countless opportunities, programs, and resources available for new companies like you to thrive. This session features Kate Mereand, Program Manager, Innovation & Equitable Development, Department of Small & Local Business Development (DSLBD) and Gavin Daniels, Co-founding Principal of Wingate Hughes.
Kate Mereand: Kate, Program Manager, Made in DC and Innovation & Equitable Development at the Department of Small & Local Business Development (DSLBD), dedicates her career to rethinking the design of government to meet the needs of the public in this new economy in ways that are fair, inclusive, and aimed at widespread growth. Her background is in management consulting, non-profits, human services, telecom, antitrust, and consumer protection. She received her law degree from GW and completed coursework towards a Public Policy degree at Georgetown’s McCourt School while working for the DC City Government.
Made in DC is a program of the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development which aims to support and promote businesses that design, make, produce, and/or assemble products in the District of Columbia. As a response to the momentum and growth of the maker and creative economy in Washington, DC, Made in DC functions as a citywide campaign and platform to create opportunity for maker businesses. Made in DC brings businesses together for resource and experience sharing, as well as function as a conduit and messenger between makers and local government. Kate is the main contact for the program.
Gavin Hughes Daniels: Gavin, AIA, IIDA, is co-founding principal of Wingate Hughes. Gavin pushes the firm to be better, more creative, and never forget that everything is about the relationship with the client. Gavin is the outspoken innovator of the office and the driving force behind Wingate Hughes’ culture of building client relationships and pushing beyond the status quo. He leads by example, creating designs that help clients rethink the way they see, use, and experience their spaces.
Spec Suites – Are They Your New Office Home?
Commercial real estate finds itself building and reinventing spec suites to remain competitive in Washington, DC’s tech-strong creative economy. More options, amenities, and sizes are available than ever before. With the wide range of choice, we’ll provide insight into the spec suite boom and discuss why CRE, building owners, and tenants are embracing the trend. For potential tenants, we’ll guide you through spec suite customization and tailoring and talk about what works and what doesn’t. The future for spec suites in the DMV is bright. See how you fit into the spec suite scene.
Becky Duvall: Becky, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED Green Associate, is a Studio Director for Wingate Hughes’ Light Box design studio, the only dedicated spec suite design studio in the country. She has 20 years of experience in asset transformation and upgrades for interior design projects, including fitness centers, conference facilities, restroom renovations, and lobby renovations and improvements in the hospitality, global non-profit, and architectural industries.
Gavin Daniels: See bio above.
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