George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

Annual Real Estate Leadership Lecture

This signature event provides a new generation of real estate development professionals with a rare opportunity to share in the wisdom and wit of the visionary leaders who have shaped and continue to define the National Capital Region.


Oliver T. Carr Jr.

A more than five-decade career in real estate development and civic engagement that has shaped the communities of our region
April 16, 2019   

Oliver T. Carr, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Carr Properties, oversees strategic planning and operation of Carr Companies which has been part of the Washington DC real estate industry since 1918. As the Founder of The Oliver Carr Company (1962) and CarrAmerica (1993), Mr. Carr has developed over 11 million square feet of office, retail, residential and hotel properties in the Washington, DC region and managed 26.3 million square feet of commercial space in 12 markets across the country.

An inductee of the Washington Business Hall of Fame, Mr. Carr is also Chairman Emeritus of George Washington University’s Board of Trustees, former Director of the Greater Washington Board of Trade and a former Trustee of the Federal City Council. In 2016, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Urban Land Institute – Washington. In addition to Carr Hospitality and Carr City Centers, Mr. Carr is Founder and Chairman of Carr Workplaces, a national workplace solutions company, and Rising Stars, 501(c) (3) Private Foundation dedicated to the support of organizations which help “at-risk” children succeed in their lives, especially as the result of their preparation for work. The Carr Companies are focused on helping build a sense of community wherever they are active in collaboration with local government and not-for-profits to help people thrive regardless of their station in life.


Milt Peterson

An evening to reflect on a five-decade career in real estate development
April 2017

For more than fifty years, Milt Peterson has been a major player in shaping both the economy and communities in our region. He is the Principal and Chairman of Peterson Companies, one of the largest real estate development companies in the Washington region. Over the past fifty years, he has built a company with a reputation based on integrity and vision. Known for developing high-quality, well-designed, cutting-edge properties, Peterson Companies has developed, acquired, managed and leased more than 35,000 residential lots and approximately 34 million square feet of retail, hotel and office space throughout Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC including developments such as National Harbor, Fair Lakes, Burke Center and downtown Silver Spring.


Ray Ritchey

A Life of Real Estate Leadership
April 2016

Ray Ritchey serves as senior executive vice president of Boston Properties. He is responsible for all business development, leasing, and marketing as well as new opportunity origination in the Washington, D.C. area. He also directly oversees similar activities on a national basis. Ritchey joined Boston Properties in 1980, leading their expansion to become one of the dominant real estate firms in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.


Bob BuchananBob Buchanan

Can Regionalism Turn Around Our Deteriorating Economy and Buffer Unprecedented Threats to the National Capital Region's Quality of Life?
April 2015

Bob Buchanan is one of the real estate industry's best and brightest. Several years ago he recognized that the National Capital Region was entering a new and dangerous economic environment. He created the 2030 Group and single-handedly cajoled the regions's leading real estate professionals to join in the effort to use a regional strategy to understand and confront our growing economic failures.


 Til Hazel

Leadership In Real Estate—The Fight For Fairfax County
February 2014

Til Hazel is an attorney and real-estate developer in Northern Virginia who is credited with developing several portions of Fairfax County into major commercial areas from the 1960s through the present. He was involved in the creation of Tysons Corner, Virginia, considered one of the country's most successful privately funded developments.