May 13, 2016 at 10:00 am EDT | by Peter Rosenstein
Comings & Goings
Comings & Goings, gay news, Washington Blade

The ‘Comings & Goings’ column chronicles important life changes of Blade readers.

The Comings and Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our community. We want to recognize those landing new jobs, new clients for their business, joining boards of organizations and other achievements. Please share your successes with us at

Lynn Hackney, gay news, Washington Blade

Lynn Hackney

Congratulations to Lynn Hackney who sold her firm Urban Pace to Long and Foster. Hackney is a well-known entrepreneur and innovator in the Washington, D.C. multifamily real estate industry. According to its website, “Urban Pace, is the leading condominium sales and marketing firm in the nation’s capital (also serving urban Maryland and Virginia).” Since Hackney founded Urban Pace in 2001, the company has orchestrated the disposition of more than $1.8 billion of real estate assets comprising more than 6,000 condominiums and townhomes. According to the Washington Business Journal, Hackney said, “Urban Pace will continue to operate at the same location with the same staff but teaming up with a larger real estate company made sense since many players in the condo marketing space have done so over the years.”

Hackney is also a partner in Allyson Capital, a New York- and D.C.-based firm specializing in equity and debt for residential and commercial real estate transactions. Complementing Urban Pace’s full range of services to developers, Allyson Capital provides specialized financing for projects with an average valuation of $30 million each.

In 2015, Hackney was the winner of Smart CEO’s Brava Award, placing her among Washington’s most distinguished women business leaders. She serves as vice president on the executive committee of the District of Columbia Building Industry Association and was a founding member of the Washington ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative and board member of Capital Bank.

In addition Hackney, along with her wife Kimberly Hoover, has been a major fundraiser and volunteer in several national presidential election campaigns. She is a longtime resident of D.C. and earned a master’s degree in business administration from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from Virginia Commonwealth University.

David Shotwell, gay news, Washington Blade

David Shotwell

Congratulations are also due to David Shotwell who was recently named one of Compass’ newest vice presidents. Compass is a New York-based real estate brokerage with a large presence in D.C. and other top markets in the country. This recognition was based on client satisfaction, brand ambassadorship, brokerage and industry engagement and sales production.

Shotwell’s clients include first-time buyers and sellers to seasoned investors, with a special focus on livable neighborhoods and empty nesters. Before he began his career in real estate, Shotwell worked at AARP for 13 years, where he led national efforts to promote livable communities, including walkable neighborhoods, accessible housing, access to transportation options, smart growth and mixed-use development. He is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS), an Accredited New Urbanist from the School of Architecture at the University of Miami and a member of The Congress for New Urbanism (CNU).

Shotwell takes his love of the city and its surrounding neighborhoods beyond buying and selling — since moving to D.C. in 1998, he has lived in Shaw, Logan Circle, U Street, Woodley Park, Old Town, Alexandria and Del Ray. He and his partner currently own a home in D.C.’s Bloomingdale neighborhood. Shotwell is hooked on HGTV and real estate blogs, but he isn’t always thinking about home. An avid traveler, he has visited every continent except Antarctica.

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