Washington Real Estate Investment Trust has appointed Gerald M. Wade financial vice president and controller.

Wade has been controller since 1975, when he joined the trust. According to the announcement, the appointment as vice president "more accurately reflects the expanded scope of his responsibilities at WRIT."

Wade was financial vice president of a local mortgage banking firm prior to joining WRIT.

John E. Shlaes is founder and president of a new company. Conferences, Inc., which has offices at 2101 L St. NW. Shales was director of White House conferences during the Ford administration.

The new business will provide conference planning and related services to corporations, associations and other organizations.

District of Columbia National Bank has elected James C. Brandon senior vice president for finance and cashier.

Brandon formerly held the post of controller in addition to being a senior VP. He will now be responsible for overall financial planning at the bank, as well as overseeing the controller's and operations departments.

D.C. National Bank also named Sally F. Eynon vice president and manager of retail banking, a new position. She will be responsible for all retail banking in addition to heading the personnel, public relations and shareholder relations departments.

Prior to joining D.C. National, Eynon was in charge of all marketing activities in the northern region for Bank of Virginia.

Newly-appointed general manager of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington is Klaus P. Reincke. When the Hyatt opened in 1976, it was the first large hotel to open in Washington in ten years. The hotel now projects sales of $18 million in 1977.

The National Railroad Passenger Corp. (Amtrak) announced two promotions recently.

Robert A. Herman has been named vice president and general manager of national operations for Amtrak, a position he has held for several months on an interim basis. Herman has been regional vice president of operations for the Northeast Corridor.

Herman, who came to Amtrak from the Penn Central Railroad in 1975, will be in charge of the System's operations nationwide, with the exception of the Northeast Corridor.

Vice president and general manager of Amtrak's Northeast Corridor is Albert M. Schofield. He replaces Charles E. Bertrand, who resigned the post to become president and chief executive officer of the Delaware and Hudson Railway.

Schofield will be in charge of the day-to-day operation of the 456-mile corridor between Washington and Boston, the most heavily traveled rail route in the country. Schofield has been project director on the $1.9 Billion Northeast Corridor Improvement Project.

Martin Marietta Corp, announced that David S. LeVine, president of Martin Marietta Chemicals, will take on the added responsibility of president of the cement subsidiary at the end of the year.

Martin Marietta Cement president John E. D. Grunow has resigned effective at the end of the year, to devote more time to family business interests.

Commercial Office Furniture Co., now in its fiftieth year of operations, announced several management changes.

J. B. Runnels is now chairman of the board and treasurer. Henry Niven has been promoted to executive vice prisident and will be in charge of all sales operations. Charles Runnels Now holds the posts of vice president and secretary. And Ken Morrison has been named vice presidentfor government sales.