Flow real estate partners hired Christopher Skellya 14-year veteran of Washington, DC, commercial real estate, as vice president of property management for the company’s DC team.
Skelly just streamed from Blake Real Estatewhere he served three years as general manager.
“Everything about Stream is forward momentum and representative of the best that’s happening in DC commercial real estate right now,” Skelly told Commercial Observer. “I thrive on collaboration and working with dedicated and energetic people. I was lucky to have a lot of that energy in my previous roles, so I knew what I was looking for in a company.
Skelly’s older brother, Dennis, is with Stream nationally, so he had some insight into the business and what it’s trying to do.
“When I was recruited, it was great to have my brother as a trusted person to back up what I was hearing from my peers in the industry,” he said.
In his new role, Skelly will manage Stream’s portfolio of trophy-class assets, reporting to the recently promoted Regional Managing Director. Dorothy Hamilton. Among the properties it is responsible for managing are 1601 K St. N.W. and 801 17th Street NW.
“I will also play a lead role in growing our property management footprint in the DC market,” he said. “I will seek to uncover the most effective opportunities to leverage my sustainability and sourcing expertise – areas that I know Stream and our customers value. But my passion also lies in the practice of training and mentoring, so I will be working closely with the property management team and recruiting to solidify an A-plus team.
During his career, Skelly has managed over 5 million square feet of office and event space and worked with clients such as T price. Rowe, The Urban Institute, International Finance Corporation and DC United at Audi Field.
“Chris’ extensive knowledge of property management in the DC and Baltimore metro area, combined with his experience in property management, makes him an ideal fit for our team,” said Hamilton. “He also represents our core values of kind, intelligent, honest and passionate with his involvement in the real estate community.”
From a property management perspective, Skelly sees the trend of increasing building occupancy continuing in the area.
“The volume of law firms in DC is one of the many things that makes the market unique, and many of them operate almost on an ‘apprentice’ model that really encourages on-site collaboration,” a- he declared. “There are still a lot of unknowns, and the summer tends to be lighter in terms of transactions and decision-making, but I’ve seen a surprising amount of touring and hiring for what is traditionally a season. Plus, I expect the arms race for amenities to continue with more unique offerings to lure tenants into the office.
Keith Loria can be reached at [email protected].