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Creating a Renaissance in Washington Real Estate

Real estate development company Renaissance Centro was founded by Albert H. Small, Jr., and has a 30-year legacy of nationally recognized projects. Renaissance Centro’s focus on quality urban, walkable, transit-oriented projects helps ensure that each project endures over time, and has resulted in consistent praise from purchasers, tenants, neighbors and public officials, as well as the real estate community at large.

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Albert H. “Sonny” Small, Jr.

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Albert H. “Sonny” Small, Jr.
Founder and Managing Member

Mr. Small is the founder and president of Renaissance Centro as well as the former Renaissance Housing Corp., one of Washington, DC’s most highly recognized developers and home builders. Renaissance Housing Corp. received the coveted America’s Best Builder Award from the National Association of Home Builders and Builder Magazine, and earned recognition as Builder of the Year, as well as over 30 other industry awards.

During his more than 20 years at Renaissance Housing Corp., the firm achieved sales revenue in excess of $2 billion on over 3,500 homes and lots. In 2005, Renaissance Housing Corp. was sold to WCI Communities, and Mr. Small turned his attention to the larger scale commercial projects that Renaissance Centro has been undertaking.

Mr. Small has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Tulane University and a master’s degree in real estate and urban development from American University. He is a director of United Bank Corporation, a director of Griffin Land & Nurseries, and is active in YPO, civic boards and philanthropic organizations.

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Douglas Erdman

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Douglas Erdman
Principal and Member

Mr. Erdman simultaneously serves as a principal of Renaissance Centro and president of Community Realty Company, Inc., a full-service property management, leasing and sales organization specializing in commercial office, retail and multi-family assets, and providing services to a portfolio of properties which has included tens of thousands of multi-family units and several million square feet of office space.

At Renaissance Centro, Mr. Erdman is instrumental in the development of a wide array of projects, including luxury condominiums, market-rate rental apartments, active adult rental apartments, general and medical office buildings, and retail centers. He has also been a key principal in the acquisition, repositioning and renovation of many notable properties.

Mr. Erdman has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Towson University and has completed numerous post-graduate courses and programs in real estate urban development. Mr. Erdman holds a real estate broker’s license in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC, and is a Certified Property Manager®. He is very active in several philanthropic and professional organizations, including ULI.

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Ilan A. Scharfstein

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Ilan A. Scharfstein
Vice President

Mr. Scharfstein has served as a development manager with Renaissance Centro since joining the company in 2012, focusing on hotel and residential projects. Mr. Scharfstein oversees development of the Hyatt Place Georgetown, currently under construction on M Street, NW. Contemporaneously, he is working through entitlements on a mixed-use project adjacent to the Judiciary Square Metro station and a high-rise condominium at Arbor Row in Tysons, Virginia.

Mr. Scharfstein hails from New York City where, after graduating from Columbia University, he worked in residential leasing and management. He moved to the DC metro area to pursue a Master of Architecture degree at the University of Maryland and subsequently spent a decade working for The JBG Companies entitling, renovating and developing projects ranging from hotels to condominiums to community parks.

Out of the office, Mr. Scharfstein proudly serves on the board of Yachad, a non-profit focused on the creation and preservation of affordable housing in Washington, DC.

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Mark Hendrickson

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Mark Hendrickson
Vice President

Mark Hendrickson joined Renaissance Centro in 2015 with over 19 years of real estate development and project management experience. Most recently, Mr. Hendrickson served in development roles with Grosvenor Americas and Federal Realty Investment Trust. Prior employers include Balfour Beatty Construction, PN Hoffman and Clark Construction Group. He has experience developing across a wide range of asset classes.

Mr. Hendrickson holds B.A. and M.S. degrees in Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with post-graduate studies in real estate finance through George Washington University and Georgetown University. At Renaissance Centro, Mr. Hendrickson is focusing on residential and mixed-use projects in Northern Virginia.

Mr. Hendrickson is a member of ULI and ICSC.

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The Renaissance Centro Team

The principals of Renaissance Centro, Albert H. Small, Jr., and Douglas Erdman, have been instrumental in numerous premier development projects in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, from award-winning master-planned communities to luxurious condominium buildings, and from boutique hotels to trophy office properties.

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Albert H. “Sonny” Small, Jr.
Founder and Managing Member

Mr. Small is the founder and president of Renaissance Centro as well as the former Renaissance Housing Corp., one of Washington, DC’s most highly recognized developers and home builders. Renaissance Housing Corp. received the coveted America’s Best Builder Award from the National Association of Home Builders and Builder Magazine, and earned recognition as Builder of the Year, as well as over 30 other industry awards.

During his more than 20 years at Renaissance Housing Corp., the firm achieved sales revenue in excess of $2 billion on over 3,500 homes and lots. In 2005, Renaissance Housing Corp. was sold to WCI Communities, and Mr. Small turned his attention to the larger scale commercial projects that Renaissance Centro has been undertaking.

Mr. Small has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Tulane University and a master’s degree in real estate and urban development from American University. He is a director of United Bank Corporation, a director of Griffin Land & Nurseries, and is active in YPO, civic boards and philanthropic organizations.

Douglas Erdman
Principal and Member

Mr. Erdman simultaneously serves as a principal of Renaissance Centro and president of Community Realty Company, Inc., a full-service property management, leasing and sales organization specializing in commercial office, retail and multi-family assets, and providing services to a portfolio of properties which has included tens of thousands of multi-family units and several million square feet of office space.

At Renaissance Centro, Mr. Erdman is instrumental in the development of a wide array of projects, including luxury condominiums, market-rate rental apartments, active adult rental apartments, general and medical office buildings, and retail centers. He has also been a key principal in the acquisition, repositioning and renovation of many notable properties.

Mr. Erdman has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Towson University and has completed numerous post-graduate courses and programs in real estate urban development. Mr. Erdman holds a real estate broker’s license in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC, and is a Certified Property Manager®. He is very active in several philanthropic and professional organizations, including ULI.

Ilan A. Scharfstein
Vice President

Mr. Scharfstein has served as a development manager with Renaissance Centro since joining the company in 2012, focusing on hotel and residential projects. Mr. Scharfstein oversees development of the Hyatt Place Georgetown, currently under construction on M Street, NW. Contemporaneously, he is working through entitlements on a mixed-use project adjacent to the Judiciary Square Metro station and a high-rise condominium at Arbor Row in Tysons, Virginia.

Mr. Scharfstein hails from New York City where, after graduating from Columbia University, he worked in residential leasing and management. He moved to the DC metro area to pursue a Master of Architecture degree at the University of Maryland and subsequently spent a decade working for The JBG Companies entitling, renovating and developing projects ranging from hotels to condominiums to community parks.

Out of the office, Mr. Scharfstein proudly serves on the board of Yachad, a non-profit focused on the creation and preservation of affordable housing in Washington, DC.

Mark Hendrickson
Vice President

Mark Hendrickson joined Renaissance Centro in 2015 with over 19 years of real estate development and project management experience. Most recently, Mr. Hendrickson served in development roles with Grosvenor Americas and Federal Realty Investment Trust. Prior employers include Balfour Beatty Construction, PN Hoffman and Clark Construction Group. He has experience developing across a wide range of asset classes.

Mr. Hendrickson holds B.A. and M.S. degrees in Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with post-graduate studies in real estate finance through George Washington University and Georgetown University. At Renaissance Centro, Mr. Hendrickson is focusing on residential and mixed-use projects in Northern Virginia.

Mr. Hendrickson is a member of ULI and ICSC.