NICHOLAS R. SMITH is a co-founder and Principal of DSC Partners LLC. Prior to forming DSC, Mr. Smith was a co-founder of First Potomac Realty Trust (NYSE: FPO) and served as the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer from 1997 until 2015. He led First Potomac’s growth from four properties totaling 800,000 square feet in 1997, through its IPO and listing on the New York Stock Exchange in 2003, to become one of the largest and fastest-growing real estate companies in the Greater Washington region with a portfolio valued in excess of $2.5 billion.
Previously, Mr. Smith was Vice President of Donatelli & Klein, Inc., a real estate development and investment firm located in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Donatelli & Klein, Mr. Smith was with Garrett & Smith, Inc., a real estate investment and development firm based in McLean, Virginia and Transwestern (formerly Barrueta & Associates, Inc.), a Washington-based commercial real estate brokerage and property management firm.
He currently serves on the boards of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare in Washington, D.C., the Choral Arts Society of Washington, and the Castleton Festival in Rappahannock County, Virginia. He also serves on the Council of Advisors for the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation Graduate Programs in Real Estate. Mr. Smith is a graduate of the Catholic University of America.