Paul T. McDermott
Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Paul T. McDermott was elected to the Board of Trustees and named President and Chief Executive Officer of WashREIT in October 2013. In 2018, Mr. McDermott was elected Chairman of the Board of WashREIT. Prior to joining WashREIT, he was Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Rockefeller Group Investment Management Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd. from June 2010 to September 2013. Prior to joining The Rockefeller Group, he served from 2006 to 2010 as Principal and Chief Transaction Officer at PNC Realty Investors. Between 2002 and 2006, Mr. McDermott held two primary officer roles at Freddie Mac -- Chief Credit Officer of the Multifamily Division and Head of Multifamily Structured Finance and Affordable Housing. From 1997 to 2002, he served as Head of the Washington, D.C. Region for Lend Lease Real Estate Investments.
Stephen E. Riffee
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Riffee joined WashREIT in February 2015. Prior to joining WashREIT, Mr. Riffee served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT), a NYSE office REIT. In this role he oversaw all financial functions, including accounting, financial planning and analysis, tax, treasury, capital markets and investor relations. Additionally, Mr. Riffee oversaw the legal department and information technology at COPT. Before joining COPT in 2006, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for CarrAmerica Realty Corporation, a national NYSE public office REIT. At CarrAmerica, he developed excellent financial and IT teams, successfully implementing technology and processes to improve efficiency, planning and results at the company. Previously Mr. Riffee held roles with Marriott International and Burlington Northern and practiced as a CPA with KPMG Peat Marwick. He is a graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce of the University of Virginia.
Susan Lilly Gerock
Senior Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
Ms. Gerock joined WashREIT in April 2016 and serves as Senior Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. In her capacity, she is responsible for the leadership, integrative management and direction for company information systems including corporate-wide planning, budgeting for information technologies and coordination and integration of all company information technology matters. She has over 22 years of management and information technology experience in commercial real estate, manufacturing and retail. Prior to joining WashREIT, she held various roles at Corporate Office Properties Trust, her most recent serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. She previously served as a Senior Information Technology Director for CarrAmerica and as an Information Technology Director for Archstone-Smith. Ms. Gerock holds an undergraduate degree from The College of William & Mary and holds a Master of Science, Management of Information Technology degree from the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce. Ms. Gerock is active in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake.
Edward J. Murn IV
Managing Director, Development and Multifamily Division
Mr. Murn joined WashREIT in April 2013 as Managing Director, Head of Residential Division. Prior to joining WashREIT, he was Director of Development at The Tower Companies, where he was responsible for metro DC area projects including The Blairs, White Flint Mall, and Tower Oaks. His previous experience was as Vice President of Multifamily Development and Team Leader at Kettler, Inc.; as Director of Acquisitions & Development, Northeast Investment Group at Archstone-Smith Trust (now Archstone); and as Director of Capital Markets at Charles E. Smith Residential Realty, Inc. Mr. Murn began his professional career as a banker with Citizens Bank of Maryland and First Horizon Construction Lending. He holds a Master of Science in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Business Administration from Loyola College, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Richmond. Mr. Murn is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and Johns Hopkins Real Estate Forum.