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Michael J Darby

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Michael J Darby is the principal and co-founder of Monument Realty, one of the top performing and most active real estate firms in the Washington, DC area.  Mr. Darby has built Monument into a full service real estate firm with expertise in financing, project management, construction management, asset management, residential sales, commercial leasing and property management.

Through his dynamic leadership and visionary thinking, Mr. Darby has been a driving force in Monument's success, including such high-profile projects as 2055 L, Columbia Center and Franklin Square North. One example of his bold approach to development is Monument's multiple award-winning The Odyssey Condominium in Arlington, Virginia, which features striking architecture, expansive floor plans, luxury amenities, and stunning views of Washington across the Potomac.

An active member of the Washington region's construction and development industry for more than 25 years, Mr. Darby served as a senior vice president for Akridge prior to founding Monument. He also directed a number of downtown development projects while at CarrAmerica, including such landmark restoration projects as the Willard Hotel and the Southern Railway Building. Mr. Darby began his career in his native Australia, working with a Melbourne-based general contractor, and holds a degree in Construction Engineering and Business from the University of Melbourne.

Mr. Darby has been active in numerous regional real estate organizations over the years and encourages Monument employees to participate in leadership roles in such organizations as the DC Building Industry Association, NAIOP, ULI, Real Estate Group and CREW DC. He is an avid skier, cyclist and kite-surfer and enjoys community outreach. He and his company have been long time supporters of the anual Real Estate Games, a charitable sports competition that supports the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and he was the co-chair for six years. Additionally, Mr. Darby started the JDRF annual cycling competition which is now in its seventh year.