FD Stonewater announced today that effective July 17, 2017, Norman Dong, the former Commissioner for the United States General Services Administration, Public Buildings Service, will be joining the firm as Managing Director. Mr. Dong will assume a leading role within the firm’s Federal Government real estate third-party advisory and principal development platforms. Mr. Dong has a distinguished history working in both the private sector and as a Government executive. During his tenure as Commissioner for the GSA’s Public Buildings Service, Mr. Dong led the asset management, design, construction, leasing, building management, and disposal of nearly 374 million square feet of government-owned and leased space across all 50 states, six U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
“I’m delighted to join FD Stonewater, as this is a unique opportunity to leverage my experiences to achieve positive outcomes for Federal Government real estate from a different perspective,” said Dong. “I am impressed with the caliber of FD Stonewater’s team and the national resume of work that this firm carries. It’s rare to see a firm with their depth and breadth of experience, and they have maintained a nimble and entrepreneurial business model that undoubtedly serves both their private-sector clients and the public sector well. I hope to build on this success as the firm continues to grow.”
A graduate of Yale University and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Mr. Dong has spent the last decade of his 30-year career serving the Federal Government in executive, management, and advisory capacities; including previously held positions as Deputy Controller of OMB, CFO of DHS/FEMA and Deputy Mayor for Washington, DC. Mr. Dong’s notable accomplishments as Commissioner for the GSA’s Public Building Service include reducing the Federal real estate footprint, which resulted in annual savings of more than $100 million, as well as overseeing a multi-billion-dollar capital program to support new construction and major renovation of various GSA properties. In addition, Mr. Dong developed the portfolio strategy to identify productive use for underutilized GSA properties, which will yield more than $1 billion in value to the Federal Government while supporting local urban development objectives.
FD Stonewater Principal Richard Mann said, “Norm is a tremendous addition to the team and we expect him to make an immediate impact on the business; particularly with our clients who own Federal Government leased real estate across the country. His notable background, insight, and expertise in Federal Government real estate matters are well-suited for the firm’s strengths and enhances our strategic advisory practice and development platforms in this arena.” Principal Joseph Delogu further commented, “We are pleased to welcome Norm to the firm and we are confident he will bring a fresh and very current perspective to our business. His experience and wealth of knowledge is extremely valuable, particularly in today’s highly competitive marketplace when crafting sound strategy is more important that ever. We are confident that Norman will be integral in solidifying our firm’s status as the preeminent expert for Federal Government leasing, development, and advisory services.”