Alumnus Awarded for Excellence in Commercial Real Estate – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Alumnus Awarded for Excellence in Commercial Real Estate

Just a few months ago, Hobart and William Smith’s very own Mitchell Schear ’80, president of Vornado/Charles E. Smith, was recognized with the 2007 Achievement Award by the District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA).

The award recognizes leaders that have made extraordinary contributions to both the D.C. real estate industry and the D.C. community. It is one of the most prestigious honors in D.C.’s real estate community.

“I was so very honored to receive this award, Schear explained. Although this award was in recognition of his many accomplishments to date, Schear remarked at the Awards Dinner that “the next 25 years will be even better.

Schear is known as a leader of commercial real estate in the D.C. area. He is the president of Vornado/Charles E. Smith, the Washington, D.C. division of Vornado Realty Trust.

“It’s very exciting to be part of such a dynamic organization in such a great city, Schear says, referring to the 400 employees and more than 25 million square feet of property overseen by Vornado/Charles E. Smith in the Washington metro region.

He laid the foundation of his success right here at Hobart and William Smith where he graduated Hobart Class of 1980 with honors and a B.A. in individual studies. Already showing his ability as a change agent, Schear was a student trustee, a Druid and received the Roger Frankel Award by HWS for the greatest contribution to the Hobart and William Smith community in his four years as a student.

After graduation, Schear built upon his HWS education by earning an M.B.A. from George Washington University. Schear has served on the Board of Directors of several DC organizations, including the Founding Board and the Executive Committee of the Downtown D.C. Business Improvement District, the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, the Economic Club of Washington and the Field School. He has also been the vice chair of the Washington Convention Center Authority, a past Chair of the Board of the Lowell School and a past Board member of DCBIA.