Meet CPE’s 2017 Stars to Watch: Mark Witschorik, Columbia Property Trust

"Mark is one of the most multi-dimensional, well-rounded real estate guys in the market," a colleague says of this Washington, D.C.-based REIT executive.

Mark Witschorik, Columbia Property Trust
Mark Witschorik, Columbia Property Trust

Each year, CPE features some of the commercial real estate industry’s top young talent. The high achievers selected as Stars to Watch represent a broad range of specialties, companies and geographic locations.

Following is a brief introduction to one of this year’s outstanding young professionals. Read here about all of the 2017 Stars.

Age: 34

On the job: Vice President, Eastern Region, Columbia Property Trust.  Responsible for the financial performance of more than 2 million square feet of Class-A office space, concentrated in Boston and Washington, D.C., Oversees operations, transactions, leasing, capital projects, and tenant relations.

With Company Since: 2014

What Others Say About Him: “Mark is one of the most multi-dimensional, well-rounded real estate guys in the market. He brings an immense depth of knowledge regarding the acquisition, development, leasing and deal structuring aspects. He’s deeply in tune with the local market and is a ‘student of the game’ with the market movements and what is driving opportunity as well as challenge.”

Evan Behr, Managing Director, JLL, Washington, D.C.

Big Deals: Played an integral role in the recent signing of over 100,000 square feet in leases at 80 M St. in Washington, D.C., highlighted by a 15-year, 68,673-square-foot lease with WeWork. He is overseeing a $3 million reimagining of 80 M Street that will complement WeWork’s distinct design aesthetic and reflect the emerging urban/industrial aesthetic of the property’s Capital Riverfront neighborhood.

Early Mentor: George Voris, a colleague at J Street Cos. in Washington, D.C. who gave Witschorik the lay of the land plugged him into the local commercial real estate community.

Quotable: “These are major cities, but the community is small and by working together with that community, (we create) opportunities.” (Mark Witschorik on Columbia Property Trust’s development strategy)