- Herman G. Diebler, Jr.Herman G. Diebler, Jr.coFounder – Principal
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Herman provides highly integrated, strategic real estate development and brokerage services. He has a diverse background in mechanical engineering, design/construction, and real estate, which gives his clients a strategic advantage. Herman’s expertise allows him to leverage all facets of the Real Estate Ecosystem™, helping his clients make sense of its complexity, and drive successful results.
Prior to founding Verity Commercial, Herman was a top producer at Scheer Partners, Inc. He was also one of the first employees, and later a shareholder, of DPR Construction. He helped DPR generate $2 billion in revenue and expand to 15 offices around the country in eight years. He founded DPR’s Fairfax, VA, office and in five years helped it grow from one to 65 employees and build construction volume from $10 million to $115 million. Herman also founded Affiliate Bridge, a successful affiliate marketing internet business.coFounder – Principal
- Kenneth A. TraenkleKenneth A. TraenklecoFounder – Principal
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Ken is a recognized expert in commercial and investment real estate. He is among an elite corps of just 9,000 professionals throughout 30-plus countries who hold the CCIM designation. Ken’s past experiences and knowledge make him an invaluable resource to commercial real estate owners, investors, and users.
He has materially participated in over 500 commercial real estate transactions and brings both a big picture perspective and a hands-on approach to day-to-day operational issues. This experience drives an impressive track record of increasing the profitability of various properties and projects under his stewardship.
Ken has led a team of 15 commercial real estate brokers as vice president and manager for Randall Hagner, the respected Washington, DC-based real estate firm. At Randall Hagner, he was consistently the top producer.
Ken consults in the areas of financial modeling and acquisition evaluation. While with past companies, he advised clients in the areas of acquisition, feasibility, client relations, budgeting, operating expense analysis and control, real estate tax, insurance reviews, capital improvements, equity structuring, lease analysis and market awareness.
In addition to his real estate-related expertise, Ken also possesses a unique blend of entrepreneurial marketing, sales, analytical and operations experience. He developed these skills while serving as vice president of sales and vice president of strategic development at Cadbury Schweppes, Snapple Beverages and Nantucket Nectars.coFounder – Principal
- Skip DawsonSkip DawsonPrincipal
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Skip has more than 25 years of real estate experience in the local markets.
As one of Verity’s principals, he focuses on building the investment/sales/transactional platform for Verity and its clients, maintaining relationships with former clients, and providing operational management support.
Prior to joining Verity Commercial, Skip was executive vice president/ chief operating officer for First Potomac Realty Trust, a publicly traded real estate trust located in Bethesda, Maryland. Skip was responsible for the day-to-day operations, which included leasing, property management, construction, development and marketing for the firm from 1998 through 2013.
In 2003, Skip was involved with the company’s Initial Public Offering. During Skip’s tenure, the company grew from owning less than 1 million sq. ft. to over 14 million sq. ft. of properties located in Baltimore, Suburban Maryland, Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, Richmond and Chesapeake. By 2012, under Skip’s direction, First Potomac Realty Trust generated annual leasing revenue over $140 million, executed on an average of over 200 leasing transactions a year ranging from 1,500 sq. ft. to 250,000 sq. ft.Principal
- Dave MillerDave MillerPrincipal
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David Miller has been in the construction industry for 32 years and has completed projects in all market sectors including life sciences, healthcare, hospitality, government commercial, mission critical and education. Dave manages the company’s construction services and is also focused on expanding the business practice throughout the Mid-Atlantic.
Dave’s career includes 13 years with Skanska and 13 years with Turner Construction, Inc. He has experience with project management, field supervision, estimating and business development. His focus was on delivering life science, healthcare, commercial and higher education buildings. Dave was instrumental in starting two Skanska USA Building, Inc., offices, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and in Washington, DC/Baltimore. He managed the DC office for more than six years.
Before joining Verity, Dave was the vice president for Coakley & Williams Construction, Inc., where he managed preconstruction services focusing on government, education, commercial, and life science projects.Principal
- Billy FryeBilly FryeSenior Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
Billy Frye manages development and construction projects for Verity Commercial’s growing project management services. Billy’s construction and project management experience ranges in size and markets across the National Capital Region. He has completed projects ranging from $5 million to over $800 million for clients in the commercial, government, institutional, healthcare, educational, and multifamily residential markets. His management skills include oversight of contractors and design consultants from the preconstruction phase to final completion. Prior to joining Verity Commercial, Billy worked with MGAC, HITT Contracting and Duke Realty. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Building Construction from Virginia Tech.Senior Project Manager
- Barbara BechtleBarbara BechtleSenior Vice President
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Barbara Bechtle has over 25 years of diversified commercial real estate brokerage experience in Northern Virginia. Barbara has successfully provided representation for clients in sales and leasing of office, warehouse, retail and land transactions.
Barbara is known as the “condo queen,” selling over 1 million sq. ft. of office condominium space in the past 10 years. She is also a market leader in conversions.
Some of Barbara’s notable clients have included KIMCO, Atlantic Realty, Toll Brothers, Rockledge Development, Cypress Realty and Rappaport.
Prior to joining Verity, Barbara was a consistent top producer of transaction volume for Woodmark Commercial and Randall Hagner. Her productivity and excellence has garnered her numerous professional awards and much recognition in her field. Barbara brings to her clients a wealth of experience in all aspects of commercial real estate, including integrity and dedication to achieving her client’s goals.Senior Vice President
- Ellie BechtleEllie BechtleAssociate Vice President
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Ellie’s emphasis is landlord representation for leasing and selling office space in Northern Virginia. She is a seasoned real estate advisor with 10 years of experience. In 2013, Ellie completed over 20 deals that totaled $8.4 million.
Prior to her four years at Verity, Ellie Bechtle, along with colleague Barbara Bechtle, was part of the 108-year-old Randall Hagner Company (then called Woodmark Commercial). Ellie works closely with the owner occupant and office condominium experts at Verity Commercial. Ellie’s services include the leasing and selling of office, warehouse and retail properties.
Ellie brings to the team a B.S. from Penn State University and 12 years of experience in sales, marketing and public relations.
Her talents include excellent follow-up and servicing skills, as well as creative marketing solutions, which helped her achieve several awards at Randall Hagner, Woodmark and Verity Commercial.Associate Vice President
- Oyku HannaOyku HannaVice President
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Oyku provides landlord and tenant representation services. Born and raised in Turkey, Oyku brings an international perspective to her work at Verity. Being a native Turkish speaker makes her a valuable advisor for the Turkish community.
Oyku obtained her business administration degree from George Washington University and has worked for major institutions including the World Bank and Crowell and Moring Law. Prior to joining Verity, Oyku was Director of Business Development at KGO Project Management, where she assisted her clients with their office relocations, expansions and new build-outs. This background has secured her many important connections in the real estate world with all the local team players such as architects, engineers, furniture sales representatives and various other vendors.Vice President
- Mara ConnersMara ConnersSales and Leasing Associate
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Mara is a Sales and Leasing Associate at Verity Commercial specializing in landlord and tenant representation work.
Mara has over six years of experience in the telecom industry as a marketing and program manager. She has refined communication, customer service, contract negotiation and organizational skills, which she developed at Freddie Mac, Teligent, Inc., and Cable & Wireless.
Mara brings an array of local contacts through her long tenure in the area and involvement in various community volunteer and leadership roles, which is a huge value-add to Verity. In addition, she worked as a researcher and web content writer for Our-Kids.com.Sales and Leasing Associate
- Bob M. LongBob M. LongVice President
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Bob is a real estate industry veteran with over 30 years of experience in general contracting, development, and brokerage in the metropolitan D.C. region. An architect by degree, Bob brings his design and engineering perspective to assist clients with their program requirements and budget constraints to ensure project deadlines are met.
He has a wealth of experience managing design and construction of base building, tenant fit-up, and land development projects, including many highly complex and demanding assignments. Because of his property development background, Bob is well-versed in the entitlement process and permitting requirements that must be attained prior to starting construction, which is critical to the success of build-to-suit and design-build projects.
As a real estate broker for over 10 years, Bob has directly participated in numerous land sales, office condo sales, and lease transactions. Prior to that, Bob held management and executive level positions for private development and general contracting companies, including Westbrook Partners, Fremont Properties, Abrams & Associates and OMNI Construction. While at Terrabrook (Westbrook’s affiliate), Bob managed the planning, design, construction and successful delivery of more than 1 million sq. ft. of new office buildings, 730 multi-family units, a restaurant park and major road improvements in the Reston Town Center in a span of just over two years.
Bob holds an LEED AP accreditation, and he is a past member of various NAIOP, MNCBIA, Reston Town Center, and Washingtonian Center committees.Vice President
- Natalie BrodersenNatalie BrodersenSales and Leasing Associate
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Natalie Brodersen specializes in landlord and tenant representation at Verity Commercial. She brings over 12 years of real estate experience to Verity’s advisory team. Prior to joining Verity, she worked with local commercial business owners addressing their real estate sales, purchases, and leasing needs. Natalie is client focused with demonstrated capabilities in lease and sale negotiations, marketing and financial analysis, and property management. As a native to the local region, she is familiar and knowledgeable with the Washington, DC metropolitan area commercial real estate market. Natalie obtained her master’s degree in business from George Mason University and is fluent in Spanish.Sales and Leasing Associate
- Bill ReillyBill ReillySales and Leasing Associate
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Bill’s focus is on Verity Commercial’s advisory services as a Sales and Leasing Associate. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University where he studied Real Estate Finance. Prior to Verity Commercial, Bill worked in real estate learning real estate fundamentals and developing skills in business development, customer service, and market research and analysis. Bill continues his interest and career growth in real estate with Verity. His education included courses in risk analysis, real estate law, business information systems, capital market analysis, economics, and finance.Sales and Leasing Associate
- Henrietta MeyerHenrietta MeyerOffice Manager
Henrietta supports Verity Commercial’s diverse team as office manager. Having been with Verity from the beginning, she is knowledgeable with commercial real estate practices. Some of her duties include listing and lease preparation, billing and collection, flyer and eblast creation, and official office baker. Henrietta has her BS and MS in education from Illinois State University with an emphasis in early childhood education, which comes in handy with the team.Office Manager
- Kellie CislerKellie CislerMarketing and Communications
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Kellie joins Verity Commercial with over 10 years of marketing experience in the architecture and engineering industry. She supports Verity’s marketing and communications efforts related to client prospects, client retention initiatives, and business development. Kellie is responsible for client relationship management systems, collateral, brand management, and media efforts. She also brings experience in sales, customer service, and office administration. Prior to joining Verity, she supported marketing functions for a national architecture, engineering, and consulting firm headquartered in Northern Virginia.Marketing and Communications