Years in commercial real estate: 28 (18 as an attorney, 10 as a developer)
Why he should be on your speed dial: Di Rita's company has been one of the most active in downtown redevelopments in the past several years, completing the David Whitney Building redevelopment and turning the former Globe Trading Co. building on the Detroit River into a new Michigan Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Adventure Center. Current projects include The Plaza redevelopment of an old office midrise in Midtown into apartments and constructing five floors of multifamily housing called The Griswold atop a parking garage on Michigan Avenue downtown.
What's your outlook for the next two years for the industry? "If the economy can stay healthy, I think we will see more growth of residential, hospitality and commercial development in the greater downtown, with significant expansion into neighboring districts."
Favorite television show: "Mad Men"
Token you use in Monopoly: "The hat, of course."