He’s got an eye for retail

David Ward joined H&R Retail as a sophomore in college. In 20 years, through local retail’s evolution from massive suburban leases to urban mixed-use developments, he’s worked his way up to the top job. His brokerage firm has handled name-brand retail for high-profile projects from Silver Spring’s Ellsworth Place to Tysons’ Whole Food-anchored The Boro. This year, he has even bigger goals: Grow his retail real estate brokerage by 25 percent.