Jonathan Morris

Profile Updated: June 14, 2019
Residing In: Washington, DC USA
Spouse/Partner: Irene Lummertz -- native of Brazil -- cocoanut water is our FIGI
Homepage: People have a "Homepage?"
Occupation: Chief Investment Officer, Armada Hoffler Properties, Inc. Virginia Beach & Professor, Georgetown University Graduate School - Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
Children: Andrew 28 in August 2019
Gregorio 21 in February 2019
Yes! Attending Reunion
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Just moved to Virginia Beach - my first time in Virginia. Living and teaching a unique graduate program class at Georgetown. The program on REITs, allows me to use my knowledge gained working for three REITs. Each one was a "Best in Class" company.

Coming up on five years and approximately 140 students, it's been a terrific breath of fresh air. My students are generally between 25 and 35 and working. I teach from 8:00pm to 11:00pm two nights a week. I also give a Saturday "Workshop" which is an eight-hour immersion class and I advise one student per semester on their Master's Thesis. These papers run from 50-100 pages. Two have been published in industry periodicals. I have helped several students secure new jobs and advised dozens on how to advance their careers.

School Story:

I am amazed at how many "lives we live." While most of my time has been in DC proper (moved down for graduate school at GWU right after graduation from undergrad) I have moved every 8-10 years or so. About 20 years ago, I pursued the purchase of an apartment in Palm Beach, Florida, a destination vacation spot. Now it's more "home" than DC but DC is still home (for now).

I look at the 700+ names in iur graduating class and find so few that I see. Only about 30% of the class has signed up for this site. I'm not sure what this paragon tells you, but it doesn't scream "involved." I don't even have Facebook but I enjoy seeing the photos of classmates. If you run across WWHS 73 friends please encourage them to join.

Who was your favorite teacher in high school?

Every day was a learning & growing experience sprinkled with a lot of fun, football games & track meets. I now see that.

Name one song that takes you back to high school whenever you hear it.

Tons of them. Tiny Dancer, Elton John, Running on Empty, Jackson Browne, much more.

How did you find out about this website (please be specific; we want to know how to best reach people)?

Google Walt Whitman and you'll get here easily. You may have to LOOK for a minute or two but it's pretty obvious.

There are several people out there who I would enjoy speaking with and even seeing again. I do hope they access this site and email me (jonathanmorrisdc@gmail.com) and please send some photos if you do communicate.

We lost a lot of good people -- Robert Mintz, a long time friend died in Colorado in some fluke post-surgery issue and I just read that Bill Denells just passed. We are all getting older simultaneously and if there's someone from WWHS that you hung out with regularly but didn't make it into your adult life, or you theirs, go ahead and reach out to them and say "hello." It takes a minute and costs zero. You'll make a new friend, again.

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Thanks to all of you who wrote me in response to my recent soliloquy. I appreciated hearing from you and hope everyone is doing well. Feel free to write: jonathanmorrisdc@gmail.com. Ciao!

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Last week on 5/6/2019 to be exact I began a new position & started yet another new adventure in life. Armada Hoffler is a mid-size public real estate company based in Virginia Beach, VA. It’s a public Real Estate Investment Trust or “REIT.” Back in 1994 I was a member of the IPO team to launch Charles E. Smith Residential, a conversion of The Charles E. Smith Company’s apartment division. I was there for 10 years & acquired $2.1 billion of apartments. I then worked at Boston Properties which is widely recognized as the number one ranked public REIT in America (out of approximate 190). Eight years ago I created a special graduate level class at Georgetown University called simply “REITs” and this summer I have been asked to be part of the faculty to teach the subject at the S&P Global’ REIT SCHOOL in Chicago, a prestigious high level immersion over three days on the structure & operations of public REIT’s. I have moved several big suitcases full of clothes into a furnished apartment here in VB Town Center, a mini Reston Town Center which was developed by Armada Hoffler. As Chief Investment Officer I plan to help grow the company through both new developments and acquisitions which has been my professional specialty for 25 years. The NYSE ticker symbol is AHH. You won’t find the Press Release on the site yet as I’m telling you first.

If you’re traveling south (or north or east) and Virginia Beach is in the area you’re visiting please reach out (jonathanmorrisdc@gmail.com is best). As many of you have “hung up your cleats” and retired or may be about to, I tried that in 2004/2005 and was so bored. Hence, this new gig will keep me on my toes for the foreseeable future. I’ve still got my old cleats or “spikes” actually since I continued running track into college and have been running ever since. They say that a shark must keep moving forward or it will die. I feel the same about humans. We must be actively engaged in a worthwhile pursuit or life can become monotonous. So please join me & put on iyour New Balance, Adidas, Puma’s or whatever you run in and let’s go! (Photo: 1975 Thanksgiving in short break from Towson University).

PS: on March 17 2019 my father passed away at 88 years old. He had been unwell for a few years prior but it was still devastating. He led a long & fruitful life and married my mother when she was 17 and he was 19. He loved all the activities I was involved with at WWHS & attended all my home football games, snapping photos on his cherished Leica cameras. Those photos remain as sharp today as any technological camera lens can produce. The memories are just as sharp if not more so. “High School” for many is a Rite of Passage for many of us & it sure was for me. The friendships, good times and even the love affair (you know who I mean) that were sparked at Whitman live on in one form or another. Three years isn’t a long time in the overall scheme of things but man oh man, it was the early part of the 1970’s, a very special time and we were all in a very special place together. Hold your family & friends close - they are what make you who you are. Godspeed. JM

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