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Jim Abdo

President + CEO | Abdo Development

Mr. Abdo is the CEO and President of Abdo Development, a District of Columbia development and construction company that has built its reputation as a pioneering, innovative developer of award-winning residential, commercial, hospitality and retail development. Founded by Mr. Abdo in 1996, the company has a strong philosophy in smart growth and adaptive reuse.

To date, the company has completed over thirty significant development projects, totaling nearly 1B dollars and approximately 2 million square feet, and has received critical acclaim from both the community and the press for its responsible approach to development and is considered a leader in the renewal of Washington’s historic districts.

Mr. Abdo currently sits on the board of the Institute of Current World Affairs, is an Honorary Trustee of Arena Stage, and is a member of the Federal City Council. He is also a former board member of The Bank of Georgetown, Fight for Children, DC Building Industry Association, the DC Preservation League, the DC Chamber of Commerce, the College of Wooster Alumni Board and others.

A long-time D.C. resident, Mr. Abdo also served as a board member and chair of the Development Committee for the Washington Convention & Sports Authority Board, which was responsible for the development of the $537 million convention center hotel.

Mr. Abdo has been the recipient of numerous awards, including TransWestern Trendsetter of the Year, Washingtonian Magazine’s Washingtonian of the Year, Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, and CEO of the Year from SmartCEO Magazine.

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