PassionFish Bethesda, 7187 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD, USA

Date and Time

Thursday, July 11 2019 - 6:30 PM

Event Details

SPIRE members and guests enjoyed a fabulous dinner and conversation with Bob Buchanan, Principal, Buchanan Partners, LLC and recipient of the Urban Land Institute’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. (View Bob's Tribute Video here.)

Bob is a third-generation builder and developer who has received numerous awards for his leadership and commitment to excellence. His work has been focused in development of office, retail, industrial, residential and large mixed-use planning communities, and he has been named several times to the Power 100 List of the region’s most influential business leaders. Although Bob hails from Yale, he’s a Stanford parent, Class of 1991, and a Stanford grandparent, Class of 2019. And maybe more to come?

For this special evening, we sat down with Bob over dinner at one of Bethesda’s top destination restaurants, PassionFish. We had an informal discussion where Bob shared some of his experiences and talked with us about some of the local issues he's been tackling as Chair of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, including those around land use, entitlement and community building. He spoke with us about the benefits of devoting one's energy to the nexus of public-private partnerships at all stages of one's life and career. He also referenced Tim Cook's Stanford 2019 commencement address in which he talked about realizing that you'll never be ready for what comes your way and that's ok. You can handle it. And you can find hope in that.

It was a wonderful night spent with great company, conversation and amazing food. The fish dishes were delicious and many desserts were shared amongst the group. We all felt incredibly fortunate to spend time with this influential local leader, learn about some of the pressing issues in the area, hear some heartfelt words of wisdom, and make some new connections with local alumni.


Robert Buchanan is a third-generation builder/developer involved in office, retail, industrial, residential, and large mixed-use planned communities. He is a Principal of Buchanan Partners, a full-service real estate development company. Mr. Buchanan is also President of the 2030 Group, an association of Washington metropolitan area business leaders focused on regional long-term decision-making and solutions. In 2015 Bob Buchanan was elected Chair of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation.

In November 2018, Bob was honored with the Urban Land Institute’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. ULI Washington established the Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize a leader from the Washington real estate community whose life exemplifies the mission of ULI and who, in addition to a lifetime of commitment to real estate, has given back to the community through demonstrated civic, charitable and philanthropic endeavors. View Bob's Tribute Video here.

In 2017 and for several years now, in recognition of his work, Mr. Buchanan has been included in the Power 100 List of the region’s most influential business leaders. He was also selected as the 2017 Regional Leader Honoree by Leadership Fairfax Northern Virginia Leadership Awards. In addition to these awards, Mr. Buchanan received the 2015 Arts Patron of the Year Award, Montgomery County’s prestigious County Executive’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities and the 2015 Signatures of Loudoun Vision in Design Excellence Award.

Mr. Buchanan’s current memberships and affiliations include; Board of Directors, Ruppert Companies, Board of Directors, Washington Airports Task Force.

Bob Buchanan has a B.A. Degree from Yale University.