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Men of the Moment 2018

BY Mimi Faucett | March 28, 2018 | Feature Features National

From cutting-edge creative directors to a dapper CEO, the guys in DC are having a moment. Here, five of the city's leading gents sound off—in their own words.

Tamon George
Director, Content Strategy; co-founder, Creative Theory Agency
WHAT'S NOW
Continue creating innovative creative strategy campaigns that disrupt the digital landscape

WHAT'S NEXT
Work on more passion projects as a company. Oh, and travel the globe.

“I came to the U.S. in 2013 as a student, and immediately became fascinated by innovation strategy and digital media. After I finished my MBA, I had a great opportunity to become an entrepreneur. I met my co-founder, Gary Williams Jr., in 2015, and we were off to the races. In 2017, we worked on two amazing projects with Google that we’re really proud of. First, we created and helped launch a magazine that highlights women entrepreneurs in the Google ecosystem. And, second, we were able to build out and execute a creative project for the Pixel 2 smartphone launch. As a creative strategist, brainstorming is beyond my favorite thing to do. Thinking about possibilities, trying to take an idea further—truly invigorating. As a company, we bring our community with us in every project we work on. We focus on impact, diversity and building belonging—simply because it’s who we are. I see innovation as something that lives in collaboration, and learning from others and what they’re thinking and working on is plenty of stimulation to push us ahead of the curve.”

Makeup by Esquire Stelly, hair by Charcelle Wilson, both for GLAMSQUAD

F.P. Santangelo
Analyst for the Washington Nationals on MASN
WHAT'S NOW
Starting his eighth season as the Washington Nationals analyst this year

WHAT'S NEXT
Hopefully broadcasting from a parade in October

“My father took me to a baseball game when I was 6 at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. Walking into the ballpark in the middle of a city and seeing green grass and grown men playing baseball was the greatest thing I had ever seen. I was sold. After playing baseball 14 years professionally for the Expos, Giants, Dodgers and A’s, I have been in the broadcasting world now since 2005. 2017 was a year of growth, both as a person and as a broadcaster. The part I cherish most about being a broadcaster is that, like it was as a player, it’s a constant challenge to get better every day. I’m lucky enough to go to a major league ballpark every day for work and talk about baseball. How cool is that? I get to watch Bryce Harper play every day, watch Max Scherzer pitch every fifth day and this year at Nats Park, watch the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game. I love being able to teach the game of baseball to the fans. Whether you’re the expert fan or just learning to love the game, my goal is to explain and teach it so the whole family falls in love, not just with baseball, but with the Nationals too.”

Makeup by Esquire Stelly, hair by Charcelle Wilson, both for GLAMSQUAD; Clothing provided by Stitched, located at MGM National Harbor; Styled by Courtney Wells Fusco

Marcus Loevenforst
General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington D.C.
WHAT'S NOW
Recently named general manager of The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown

WHAT'S NEXT
Beginning much-anticipated renovations of the hotel later this year—and bringing on a new celebrity chef

“My career in hospitality began 25 years ago in stewarding at the InterContinental Stuttgart in Germany. In 2017, I was presented with the unique opportunity to reposition The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C. in the heart of our nation’s capital. I saw two opportunities with this hotel—one being the new owner relations with Hersha Hospitality and The Ritz-Carlton, the second being the opportunity to reposition this iconic, historic hotel in Georgetown into somewhat of a lifestyle product over the next two years. From our new spa that opened at the beginning of last year to a new restaurant concept led by a celebrity chef to a reimagined room concept by 2020, I saw the potential to be a part of creating something that would—once again—set a new standard for our brand. Our team is incredibly diverse and filled with talent from around the globe. I look forward to the opportunity of continuing to support them as we work together to give Georgetown a brand-new product over the next two years.”

Makeup by Esquire Stelly, hair by Charcelle Wilson, both for GLAMSQUAD

Warren Weixler
Principal and CEO, SWATCHROOM
WHAT'S NOW
Recently designed Morris American Bar and Karma Modern Indian, for starters

WHAT'S NEXT
Taking on an innovative hotel in Paris, orchestrating a new spin on cigar lounges for Rocky Patel and working with Massimo Fabbri on his chef-driven concept San Lorenzo

At SWATCHROOM, we perform design and execution services for three offering types: hospitality, developer repositioning and brand activation. Most recently, we opened Morris American Bar with David Strauss, an amazingly detailed cocktail guru. We also delivered Karma Modern Indian near Chinatown at the end of last year. I believe our success is driven by three components. We ensure, one, that each concept is driven by a strong narrative. The requirement to tell a story and establish a common thread in the design language begins to solidify the experiential elements of any project. This is further developed by, two, our maker-artisan approach—not only by designing art and custom-made goods, but knowing how to make these goods, or which artisans to tap for collaboration, ensures unique and authentic results for our clients. Lastly, our team is a group of rock stars who continually strive to innovate and not repeat the same narrative twice. They are the heartbeat of SWATCHROOM. The creative currency in this town has increased in value; the maker movement has planted roots; and the local arts scene is exploding. DC’s creative culture is strong, and I am proud that we get to contribute to its growth and maturity.”

Makeup by Esquire Stelly, hair by Charcelle Wilson, both for GLAMSQUAD

Juan Coronado
Partner and creative director, Colada Shop
WHAT'S NOW
Opened the second—and wildly successful—location of Colada Shop

WHAT'S NEXT
Continue to keep Cuban culture alive in DC, one food and beverage outpost at a time

“The story behind Colada Shop is basically that my partners and I wanted to create a unique concept that blended together the contemporary lifestyles of Washingtonians with Cuban traditions. With Cuba’s mystic history and the travels our team took to Havana serving as inspiration, we are striving to take guests on an imaginative journey of the island via classic beverages, cocktails and small bites. We want guests to feel like they are being transported to a familiar home, a known Cuba—if we are doing that, then we have achieved our goal. Opening day in DC was in the middle of the winter; but the gods listened to our prayers, and we had a brief ‘heat wave,’ so we were able to showcase our patio, open our ventanita and welcome Washingtonians. Guests can expect a fantastic beverage program inspired by the rich history of Old Havana and a collection of eras. We have classics like the mojito, the piña colada and other reimagined drinks. Asking me about my favorite cocktail is like asking a parent about his favorite child. Each tells a singular and rich story, so each one speaks to me in a different way. I guess I’ll say my favorite cocktail is always the next one…”

Makeup by Esquire Stelly, hair by Charcelle Wilson, both for GLAMSQUAD

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