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  • Dulles Chamber Urges Fairfax County voters to approve the School Bond Referendum Dulles Chamber Urges Fairfax County voters to approve the School Bond Referendum

    DULLES, VA – The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce urges Fairfax County voters to approve the School Bond Referendum on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Polls will be open from 6 AM to 7 PM.

    “Our Board of Directors unanimously voted to support this school bond,” said John Boylan, President & CEO, Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce. “With the expansion of school infrastructure, it will create opportunity in many ways – the opportunity for students, our community and our businesses.”

    The bonds will be used to finance capital improvement programs at schools in Fairfax County. The sale of municipal bonds is a form of long-term borrowing that spreads the cost of major capital improvements over the years that facilities are used. This method of financing ensures that current and future users help pay for the improvements.

    During the school year, approximately 188,000 students use Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) facilities daily for academic and extracurricular activities. 

    Construction funds are included in the bond in the Dulles Regional Chamber area include:

    • New construction of North West County Elementary  (Herndon); Fairfax/Oakton area elementary school (Oakton)
    • Elementary school renovations at Clearview (Herndon); and renovations planning for Fox Mill (Herndon); Oak Hill (Herndon)
    • Middle School renovations at Rocky Run (Chantilly); Hughes Elementary (Reston)
    • High School renovations at Oakton High School (Vienna)

    To see the list of School Improvement Projects included in the 2017 School Bond Referendum, visit: http://bit.ly/2zboUq4

     

    John Boylan hired as new President & CEO of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce, 6.1.2017 John Boylan hired as new President & CEO of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce, 6.1.2017

    John Boylan hired as new President & CEO of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce

    The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that John Boylan has been hired as its President and CEO, effective June 1, 2017.  He is the successor in this position to Eileen Curtis, who retired after 23 years of service leading the Dulles Chamber. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge both in the Private and Public arena with a principal focus in the government areas of defense and technology.

    He earned a BA from Fairfield University and a MA from California State University as well as a Fellowship at Tuft’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. John retired from the US Air Force after 20 years serving as a KC-135 Navigator, as well as working in Geospacial Intelligence and Political-Military Affairs.

    He was an Executive Vice President of National Security Group and Federal Marketing Practice for Cassidy & Associates, one of the Greater Washington area’s top lobbying firms. Of late, he has worked as Principal of Bridget Partners developing strategy, marketing and business development for businesses in healthcare, defense, energy and infrastructure. John has also worked at Lockheed Martin in Business Development and as VP of Government Relations with Riverside Research, a $100 million not-for-profit.

    John and his wife Ellen have three adult children, all living in Centreville, VA since 1993.

    "Everyone at the Chamber is incredibly excited to have John at the helm as we enter a new era for the Chamber. His knowledge, background and enthusiasm is everything we want in order to take the Chamber into its next evolution,” said James Lawson, Chairman of the Board, Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce. “I don’t think we could have picked anyone more suitable for the task at hand. It is going to be a pleasure working with him.”

    "Can’t say enough how excited I am to work with John in furthering the DRCC’s mission as the premiere chamber for innovation in the Dulles Corridor,” added Robert Gangi, Vice Chairman of the Board, Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce. “His experience, enthusiasm, and commitment to serve will propel him and the Chamber toward some really great things. Cheers to him!”

    The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce serves a footprint that supports all areas within an 8-mile radius of the tower at Washington Dulles International Airport, including Western Fairfax County, Eastern Loudoun County, and the Town of Herndon, with more than 800 business members in one of the nation’s foremost high-tech corridors. Our members represent a full spectrum of businesses by size and variety. The Chamber’s programs, networking opportunities, and workforce initiatives provide unparalleled support for business growth.

    Dulles Chamber brings on defense and tech veteran as new president article from Washington Business Journal, 6.2017 Dulles Chamber brings on defense and tech veteran as new president article from Washington Business Journal, 6.2017

    Please click here to view article.

  • Jan 2017: DRCC and Allwyn collaboration creates a workforce innovation tool for businesses and students! Jan 2017: DRCC and Allwyn collaboration creates a workforce innovation tool for businesses and students!

    The Education and Workforce Committee of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce and Allwyn Corporation, a software product development and consulting firm headquartered in Herndon VA, have teamed up to bridge the gap between students and business owners. They have developed a new website with unique internship, volunteer and job matching capabilities. The website, Get A Job, is a tool that provides local employers a unique way to identify candidates for their job openings through a user friendly dashboard.  The tool is unique because it is:

    • Local
    • Chamber Connected
    • Provides opportunity for jobseekers with limited professional work experience
    • Provides a program/tool for local academic institutions and other organizations

    The first phase of Get A Job will focus on applicants with limited or no professional work experience, in line with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Subsequent phases will cover a broader spectrum of applicants to include special features for veterans and then the general public.

     

    • The Get A Job App allows employers to post jobs in a mobile device friendly portal, find matching candidate profiles with relevant interests/skills and measure their recruiting success using Key Performance Indicators in support of increased efficiency in the hiring process.
    • The matching function pulls information from the candidate page and links with the requirement from the employer job posting to create a ranking list of candidates who fit best, bringing a pool of qualified/enthusiastic applicants to a company’s HR hiring process.   
    • The unique searching capability in the tool allows the employer to filter through a desired list and make side-by-side comparisons between candidates with ease.

    Take advantage of this NEW program EXCLUSIVELY available to the Dulles Chamber members by signing up today at getajobdulles.com.

    For Immediate Release
    Contact: Marketing and Communications Manager
    Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce
    (571) 323-5319

     

    Jan 2017: Your Chamber is providing members with wonderful opportunities! Jan 2017: Your Chamber is providing members with wonderful opportunities!

    With over 200 Networking opportunities, including Business, Bagels & More; our Business Success education series; Chamber 101; monthly mixers; and Leadshare groups, Chamber members also benefited from opportunities by:

    Deepening business relationships, while pursuing professional or personal interests, through active participation in Chamber groups and committees (see below);
    Advertising through the Chamber website, event sponsorships, and the digital newsletter;
    Utilizing member-to-member discounts, Hot Deals, the member directory, and access to the Chamber conference room;
    Connecting through office and digital plaques, sponsorships, member news, and blogs; and
    Getting HR Help through GetAJob.


    Committees and Groups:

    • Community Engagement Committee (CEC)
    • Dulles Executive Women (DEW)
    • Economic Development Committee
    • Education & Workforce Committee (E&W)
    • Health & Wellness Committee (H&W)
    • Herndon Committee
    • Hispanic Business Council (HBC)
    • Membership Engagement Team (MET)
    • Marketing Committee
    • Property Committee
    • Young Professionals (YP)

     

    Dulles Regional Chamber Honors Awardees Dulles Regional Chamber Honors Awardees

    Dulles Regional Chamber Honors Awardees


    The Dulles Regional Chamber hosted its annual Stars Over Dulles Awards Luncheon at the Westin Washington Dulles on Dec. 13.  Award recipients included Veteran Star Col. Bob Shawn, a fighter pilot of three wars.  Patty Nicoson was named Transportation Star for her leadership in bringing the Silver Line to Dulles and beyond.  Hospitality Star The National Conference Center was recognized for its recent successes and multiple awards.  Signe Friedrichs and Arts Herndon won the Arts Award for successfully uniting two arts organizations and producing outstanding programming.  Health & Wellness Star went to Inova’s Institute for Personalized Health for leading the way in the integration of genomics into personalized medicine.  Global Star TriVision Creative was recognized for winning the large Dept. of Commerce marketing bid, as well as for their signal campaign for Afghan Women’s Rights.  Mike O’Reilly was presented with the Community Star for his long-time leadership as Mayor of Herndon, Board Member of MWAA and Chair of Fairfax County’s Initiative to prevent and End Homelessness.


    Madhu Garlanka and Allwyn Corporation received the Workforce Award for their outstanding software app GetAJob that links employers with entry-level applicants in the Dulles footprint.  The Valor Award was presented to James Estep, who volunteers with both the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department and Sterling Rescue.  A special Youth Award was presented by Loudoun County Chair Phyllis Randall to Gavin Stone and Cameron Rogers, students from Riverside High, who demonstrated uncommon bravery and maturity at the scene of a fatal car crash.


     An Honor Roll of recognitions included the Fairfax City Band for being selected to represent the US as the Normandy ceremonial band for next year’s D-Day observances.  Thompson Greenspon was named a Top Work Place by the Washington Post and as a top 300 firm by Inside Public Accounting.  MainStreet Bank was ranked #3 among top performing banks by OTCQS.  The firm of Whitham, Curtis & Christofferson was recently appointed as Special Counsel to the Commonwealth for Intellectual Property matters and Marshall Curtis received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Virginia Bar Association.  CACI Vice President Paul Patton made the list of Pittsburgh’s Men and Women of Achievement, and Kerrie Wilson received the Virginia Legacy Award from the Commonwealth Institute.  JJ’s Deli received the 14 Gold Carrot Award for Food Safety from Fairfax County, one of only 16 restaurants out of 3000 to be so named.  Chris Clough of Sport & Health was one of 10 elite trainers selected to compete for the title of world’s Best Personal Trainer to Watch.  Bergmann’s Cleaning was honored for celebrating its 100th year.  The sold-out event also included holiday brass by the City of Fairfax Band Association and Broadway performances by Herndon’s NextStop Theatre.


    The Dulles Regional Chamber, one of the largest chambers in the DC Metropolitan area, has built its reputation around innovation and workforce; it serves western Fairfax, eastern Loudoun and the Town of Herndon.  As a chamber of commerce we are fortunate to be a part of community with hardworking and successful businesspersons and people of service.

     

    For Immediate Release
    Contact: Savannah Kaiser
    Marketing and Communications Manager
    Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce
    571-323-5319
    SKaiser@DullesRegionalChamber.org

     

    Dulles Regional Chamber Luncheon: A Business Case for Drones? Dulles Regional Chamber Luncheon: A Business Case for Drones?

    Dulles Regional Chamber Luncheon:
    A Business Case for Drones?

    The Dulles Regional Chamber presented A Business Case for Drones? at its November newsmaker luncheon, held at The National Conference Center in Leesburg.
    Over lunch, attendees heard from a panel of experts.  Moderator Tazewell Ellett, senior partner and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) expert at Hogan Lovells, spoke on the shifting regulatory environment regarding the proliferation of drones.  Among the panelists, Chris Jones, Northrop Grumman Executive Vice President and President of NG’s Technical Services, addressed the applications coming forward in the civilian market.  Steve Eisenrauch, Dominion’s Director of Electronic Transmissions Forestry and Line Services, demonstrated the use of drones in identifying line problems not otherwise visible from helicopters.  Dave Culler, CEO of Hazon Solutions in Newport News and a former TOPGUN, spoke about the new delivery system applications coming forward.  Harry Rauner, Regional President for Cardinal Bank, expressed the views of many after the event, proclaiming it “a wonderful and interesting luncheon … pretty cool stuff.  That was one of the most fun and enjoyable lunches I’ve had in a while.”

    The Chamber’s newsmaker luncheon series presents topics of interest in workforce development, technology, economic development, and finance.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    November 29, 2016
    Contact: Savannah Kaiser
    Phone: (571) 323-5319
    Email: SKaiser@DullesRegionalChamber.org

    Workforce innovation tool Get A Job is ready for employers! Workforce innovation tool Get A Job is ready for employers!

    The Education and Workforce Committee of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce and Allwyn Corporation, a software product development and consulting firm headquartered in Herndon VA, have teamed up to bridge the gap between students and business owners. They have developed a new website with unique internship, volunteer and job matching capabilities. The website, Get A Job, is a tool that provides local employers a unique way to identify candidates for their job openings through a user friendly dashboard.  The tool is unique because it is:   

    • Local
    • Chamber Connected
    • Provides opportunity for jobseekers with limited professional work experience
    • Provides a program/tool for local academic institutions and other organizations

     

    The first phase of Get A Job will focus on applicants with limited or no professional work experience, in line with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Subsequent phases will cover a broader spectrum of applicants to include special features for veterans and then the general public.

    • The Get A Job App allows employers to post jobs in a mobile device friendly portal, find matching candidate profiles with relevant interests/skills and measure their recruiting success using Key Performance Indicators in support of increased efficiency in the hiring process.

     

    • The matching function pulls information from the candidate page and links with the requirement from the employer job posting to create a ranking list of candidates who fit best, bringing a pool of qualified/enthusiastic applicants to a company’s HR hiring process.   

     

    • The unique searching capability in the tool allows the employer to filter through a desired list and make side-by-side comparisons between candidates with ease. Take advantage of this NEW program EXCLUSIVELY available to the Dulles chamber members by signing up today at getajob.allwynprotrack.com.

    For Immediate Release
    Contact: Savannah Kaiser
    Marketing and Communications Manager
    Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce
    (571) 323-5319; skaiser@dullesregionalchamber.org

     

    The Dulles Regional Chamber’s 57th Annual Chairman’s Luncheon! The Dulles Regional Chamber’s 57th Annual Chairman’s Luncheon!

    The Dulles Regional Chamber’s 57th Annual Chairman’s Luncheon, hosted by the Crowne Plaza Washington Dulles, took place Wednesday, July 13.  Former Chairman Bob Gangi of CitiBank passed the gavel on to New Chairman James Lawson of Impact Business Solutions, LLC.  In addition to electing the new chairman, members elected new and returning Board Members to serve a three year term as well as a new Board of Directors for the 2016-2017 term:
           Vice Chairman: Bob Gangi of Citibank
           Secretary: Robbin Shefski of Smart Business Options
           Treasurer: Tom Miller of Thompson Greenspon
           VP of Friday Night Live: Doug Downer of HRI Associates

    After celebrating the 2015-2016 year with Bob Gangi and looking ahead to the 2016-2017 year with James Lawson, members and guests heard from Keynote Speaker Attorney General Mark Herring, who spoke with the Chamber about local issues and keeping our communities and businesses safe and thriving.  

    Before closing the 2015-2016 chapter, it was important that accomplishments and hard work be celebrated!  This year’s Chamber Awards went to the following:
        • For Extraordinary Service: Paul Karstetter, Stitely & Karstetter, CPAs, 1994 – 2016
        • Volunteer of the Year: Andrea Savitch, Unique Travel Events, 2015 – 2016
        • Committee Chair Superstar: Sharon DeBragga, 2001 – 2016
        • Best New Program: Business Success, headed by Angela Inzerillo of Business Impact Solutions & Robin Suomi of Startup Growth, 2016
        • Best New Event: Dished! hosted by Hilton Washington Dulles Airport, 2016
        • Committee of the Year: The Herndon Committee, 2015 – 2016
        • Champion Partner: Doug Downer of HRI Associates, 2016
        • Champion Partner: MainStreet Bank, 2016
        • Champion Partner: Volkswagen Group of America, 2016
        • DRCC Chairman, in appreciation: Bob Gangi, Citibank, 2015 – 2016
        • Pay It Forward Superstar: Felipe Rodriguez, Aeronautical Systems, 2015
        • Chantilly Day Superstar: Kaiser Permanente, 2015

    Although Chairman’s Luncheon is the Chamber’s Annual Meeting, this year’s event marked the end of the Southwest Airlines ticket drawing!  Members who recruited a new chamber member were entered into the drawing for one free round-trip airline ticket.  The new member recruited was then entered into an identical drawing.  Our lucky winners were member David Werfel of David Werfel Group at RE/MAX and new member Zee Farzana of Rose Florist!

    With a wonderful turnout at the 57th Annual Chairman’s Luncheon, the Chamber hopes members and guests alike are excited for the year to come!  Stay tuned for photos of the event on the Chamber’s Facebook page: Official Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce.

     

    DRCC’s Dished! A Success DRCC’s Dished! A Success

    Friday, April 22, 2016, The Hilton Washington Dulles Airport hosted the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce’s first ever Dished! Dulles Chefs Showdown.  There were 145 guests that attended and up to 19 other businesses that contributed to the event’s success.  Moreover, while enjoying food, drink, good company, and a fiery competition, guests helped raise $2,400 for three non-profit organizations: Cornerstones, Our Daily Bread, and Western Fairfax Christian Ministries.

    The six local chefs that competed in the mystery basket challenge included Chef San Varith of the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport, Chef Chris Ferrier of The National Conference Center, Chef Hugo Nunez of The Westin Washington Dulles Airport, Chef Rick Koplau of the Hyatt Regency Dulles, Chef Victor Valenzuela of Holiday Inn Dulles, and Chef Todd Schofield of Marriott Westfields.  Instructed to use at least four ingredients of the mystery basket--- duck breast, shrimp, Thai eggplant, Boursin cheese, dried cranberries, rhubarb, and tamarind---and to duplicate the cultivated dish, it was Chef Koplau of the Hyatt Regency Dulles that was crowned winner.  Aside from being crowned winner, as a competitor, Chef Koplau described a positive experience: “[The] hosting hotel was kind and courteous. They seemed to provide everything that was needed.  All the product was fresh and amazing.  I truly enjoyed myself and would be more than happy to come back and do it all over again.”

    The three judges responsible were Chef Clay Doubleday of The Chantilly Academy, Food Network’s Chef Robert Wiedmaier of the Robert Wiedmaier Restaurant Group, and from the Travel Channel as well as the Food Network, Chef David Guas, owner of Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar and Eatery.  Chef Doubleday was very happy to see the event centered around our immediate community, further commenting, “[I was] so glad that the chefs that toil away unnoticed and, most likely, underappreciated, got a chance to show their skills and professionalism.  They work extremely hard under challenging conditions; it was nice to see the faces behind all that food.”  Chef Craig Mason, a key organizer for the event with the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport, also felt the coming together of the community:

              “I thought it was a great event that not only supported the local community, but really showcased some of the region’s best chefs.  They were given an opportunity to create, and they all rose to the challenge.  It was exciting to be involved in the event from the beginning and see it develop from just an idea to a great culinary event.”

    Of course, this event would not have been possible without our amazing sponsors.  The Dulles Chamber thanks the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport for hosting the event; our Gold Sponsors: the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, TriVision Creative, Herndon Community Television, & the Fairfax County Times; Drinks Sponsor: Fortessa Tableware Solutions; Mystery Basket & Dessert Sponsor: Whole Foods, Chef Sponsors: Visit Loudoun and Visit Fairfax; Photography Sponsor: Washington Executive Photographic Services; and our Music Sponsor: Tom Gavin of DJ Delights.
        
    With such a positive outcome, it is no surprise many are looking forward to next year’s Dished! Dulles Chefs Showdown.  Chef Mason admits he looks forward to next year’s event, with the spotlight on helping the local community as well as featuring local chefs in an exciting competition style format.  Chef Doubleday describes, “Having the community, businesses and individuals, out to support the community was inspiring.  It was a great turnout and a great deal of fun; I was happy to be a part of it,” and the Chamber hopes you can be a part of it in 2017.

    If you attended this year’s Dished! event, please contact the Chamber with any feedback you may have.  Help us make Dished! 2017 an even bigger success!

    For Immediate Release
    Contact: Savannah Kaiser
    Marketing and Communications Manager
    Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce
    (571) 323-5319; skaiser@dullesregionalchamber.org

     

  • Chamber Partnership Urges Compromise on GO Virginia Legislation Chamber Partnership Urges Compromise on GO Virginia Legislation

    Made up of the Dulles Regional, Greater Reston, Loudoun County, and Mount Vernon Lee chambers of commerce, the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership has been a vocal supporter of GO Virginia legislation throughout Virginia’s 2016 legislation. GO Virginia is expected to incite economic prosperity for the state of Virginia through cross-jurisdictional cooperation.  Therefore, the executives of the Partnership urge Governor Terry McAuliffe and elected officials to work together to put this program in place.  Seeing that the program was included in the Governor’s proposed budget and throughout the 2016 legislative session, the Partnership hopes this program to be implemented in the near future.

    To read the full release, click here.

  • Eileen Curtis to be honored by Caldwell University Eileen Curtis to be honored by Caldwell University

    On April 1st, 2016, Eileen Curtis will be one of three to be honored by Caldwell University for professional alumni excellence. Eileen will specifically be honored her Excellence in Cultural Programing.

    In the past, Eileen has been recognized as Woman of the Year by Herndon Business and Professional Women and as the Chamber Executive of the Year by the Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

    The ceremony will take place at 6:00pm at the Essex Fells Country Club.

    Congratulations, Eileen. We are so proud of you!

    To read the full press release, click here.

    For Immediate Release
    Contact: Dylan McGuire
    Marketing and Communications Manager
    Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce
    571-323-5319; dmcguire@dullesregionalchamber.org

  • New Chamber Benefit Now Available To All Members New Chamber Benefit Now Available To All Members

    We are very pleased to announce that the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce has negotiated a NEW CHAMBER BENEFIT that is now available to all members. This new benefit is yet another example of our commitment to be a resource for our members, by making available programs and initiatives that help you to better manage and lead your organizations, and in doing so, grow your business!

    SO WHAT IS THIS NEW CHAMBER BENEFIT ALL ABOUT?

    • Program is fully funded - no cost to you to participate
    • Value of Benefit - minimum $60 per employee in your organization
    • Great Human Resource and Management Development Tool
    • Employee Assessments provided and scored for every employee in your organization (including a video based training program, and your own dedicated Website for storage)
    • And much, much, more...

    WANT TO KNOW MORE? PLEASE FOLLOW THESE THREE SIMPLE STEPS:

    1. Watch this short (4-minute) Program Announcement Video.

    2. Interesting, right? Want even more information? Click here to answer 10 easy questions (2-3 minutes).

    3. Be sure to reference the "Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce" when question #1 asks how you were referred to this project (otherwise, the funds needed to implement this project for your organization will not be GUARANTEED)

    Finally, now that you have completed their questionnaire, you will soon be contacted by a representative from Greer Consulting, Inc. (the company that is funding this program for our chamber) to answer any additional questions you may have. You may also contact them directly, by calling 314-307-1466.

    Dulles Regional Chamber Completes 4th Annual InNOVAte Conference Dulles Regional Chamber Completes 4th Annual InNOVAte Conference

    On November 5, 2015, the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce held their 4th annual InNOVAte Conference. This year’s conference was centered on the theme of ‘The Internet of Everything: Surviving our connected world’. The half-day conference consisted of four panels and over a dozen exhibitors showcasing their new products, services, and ideas.

    The four panels focused on security, infrastructure, transportation, and a demo stage, respectively.

    The Security panel was made up by Ken Spedden of Innovative Solutions Consortium as the moderator and Jeffrey Green of Symantec, Robert Stratton of MACH37, and Tony Summerlin of the Federal Communications Commission as the three panelists.

    The Infrastructure panel consisted of Courtney Spaeth of growth.[period] as the moderator and Peter Tseronis of the U.S. Department of Energy, Jeanne Bailey or Fairfax Water, and Marc Gaudette of Dominion as the three panelists.

    The Transportation panel comprised of Sanjay Raman of Virginia Tech as the moderator and Frank Weith of the Volkswagen Group of America, Nitin Pradhan of the USDOT and Launch Dream, and Mark Blanks of Virginia Tech as the panelists.

    The Demo Stage was made up of Jan Mul of FCEDA as the moderator and Ran Farmer of 3D Herndon, Michael Madon of RedOwl, Frank Weith of Volkswagen Group of America, Murat Kudzu of Virginia Tech, and Alvin Butler of Text2Them.

    Each panel provided deep insights on how the Internet of Everything is being used in their work as well as where they saw it being used moving forward. The theme for the 2016 InNOVAte conference will be announced early 2016.

    For Immediate Release
    Contact: Dylan McGuire
    Marketing and Communications Manager
    Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce
    571-323-5319; dmcguire@dullesregionalchamber.org

    Dulles Chamber signs petition to support non-stop flights from DC to Tel Aviv Dulles Chamber signs petition to support non-stop flights from DC to Tel Aviv

    The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce has signed a petition recently to support nonstop flights between the Washington DC metropolitan area and Tel Aviv. The Chamber signing this petition is in direct support of the Washington Dulles International Airport. To help support the Chamber and Dulles International Airport by signing the petition, click here.

    WMATA Names New Metro Chief Executive WMATA Names New Metro Chief Executive

    On Thursday, November 5th, Paul Wiedefeld was names Metro’s new general manager and chief executive officer with unanimous Board support. Wiedefeld brings 30 years of public and private sector transportation management experience. He is formerly the CEO of the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport where he oversaw the largest expansion in the Airport’s history. Mr. Wiedefeld said he was “Humbled and excited to learn of the Board’s unanimous support.” He will be formally appointed on November 19 at the next Board of Directors meeting. To read the full press release from Metro, click here.

    Dulles Regional Chamber to Provide Certificates of Origin Dulles Regional Chamber to Provide Certificates of Origin

    For Immediate Release:

    The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce has just announced a new service it will provide for the Dulles Region community. Effective immediately, it will now provide Certificates of Origin to area freight forwarders. The chamber also provides notary service along with validation on the Certificate of Origin. Thanks to the support of Citibank’s Commercial Banking team, this service is free to all DRCC members and $85 per request for non-members. To take advantage of this new service, please contact Stephanie Barko at (571) 323-5304. The chamber office is located at 3901 Centerview Drive, Suite S, Chantilly and its office hours are 9 am – 5 pm.

    Contact: Dylan McGuire
    Marketing and Communications Manager
    Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce
    571-323-5319; dmcguire@dullesregionalchamber.org

    Dulles Regional Chamber Helps Raise Homelessness Awareness Dulles Regional Chamber Helps Raise Homelessness Awareness

    In partnership with the Office to Prevent Homelessness, the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce (DRCC) has been a proud advocate for the fight to end homelessness. With more than 1,200 homeless people living in Fairfax County, one of the nations wealthiest, and over 50 percent of them currently working, it is an issue that is not given the weight and severity it deserves.

    The Mannequin Project is what the Office to Prevent Homelessness uses to help raise awareness on the issue. Using the hashtag #ItsTimeToEndHomelessness, they offer businesses the opportunity to host any of 40 different mannequins that represent the homelessness in the county.

    The Chamber has adopted two of the 40 mannequins around Fairfax County, each representing a different homeless personality in the county. The mannequins are made of duct tape and dressed in clothes to better represent the persona that they are portraying, but remain faceless to symbolize the afterthought given to them.

    Since the project’s initial launch in April of 2015, the mannequins have made a significant impact on the community. New outlets such as WUSA9, The Washington Post, Reston Now, and more have run stories highlighting both the impact being made from the project, as well as the role that the DRCC has played in the project’s success.

    One common aspect being touched on by all of the articles is the ‘fear factor’ that the mannequins are having on people. While this may not have been the initial goal of the campaign, and some within the project dislike that it is drawing that type of emotion, it certainly raises the awareness of the mannequins and draws people into learning more about their story.

    When asked about the project Eileen Curtis, President of the DRCC, talks about how initially people are taken back, but quickly realize what the mannequins represent and are then intrigued and favorable towards the situation.

    Businesses can join the program by donating $200 to host a mannequin. The program is designed to have mannequins changing locations every few weeks to give them the most visibility they can achieve.

    For Immediate Release
    Contact: Dylan McGuire
    Marketing and Communications Manager
    Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce
    571-323-5319; dmcguire@dullesregionalchamber.org

    Friday night live! Volunteers shine at world police and fire games Friday night live! Volunteers shine at world police and fire games

    For Immediate Release
    Contact: Dylan McGuire
    Marketing and Communications Manager
    Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce
    571-323-5319; dmcguire@dullesregionalchamber.org

    From June 24 - July 5, The Friday Night Live! (FNL) volunteer team, led by Doug Downer, had the responsibility of filling almost 500 volunteer shifts cumulating over 2,400 hours of service. The FNL Team was chosen by the World Police and Fire Games to run all 5 of the concession stands inside of the athlete’s village in the Reston Town Center for the entirety of the games.

    Although Downer knew that he and his FNL team would be able to fill up all of the volunteer hours and deliver on the job they had accepted, it was not what he originally expected he would be doing. Downer and the Games had initially agreed upon the FNL team taking on a much smaller responsibility; that was until World Police and Fire Games representatives attended FNL. After seeing the team of volunteers run FNL with a level of professionalism and expertise, they asked the group to take on a much bigger responsibility. Downer admits he was a little concerned at first, but knew that they would be able to get it done.

    The day the games started, Downer was still looking to fill some of the volunteer spots, but he knew that would quickly change. He said, “We had a lot of people that signed up once and wanted to come back and do it again. By the third day of the games I was actually turning away volunteers.” The more people experienced the atmosphere and the excitement of volunteering for the Games, the more quickly spots filled up. Downer continued to say, “We had people who would go home after their first shift and sign up for five more.”

    As far as those being served, the athletes could not have been a better crowd. “We were very fortunate. We had the best volunteer job in the whole event,” said Downer on getting to work with the athletes in a fun, relaxing atmosphere.

     Live up to our commitment to the organizers, help the athletes have fun, and have fun ourselves. Those were the goals that the FNL team set at the beginning of the games, and as anyone who was around the games knows, they did all of that and more.

    The Chamber Welcomes Bob Gangi as 2015-2016 Board Chairman The Chamber Welcomes Bob Gangi as 2015-2016 Board Chairman

    For Immediate Release
    Contact: Dylan McGuire
    Marketing and Communications Manager
    Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce
    571-323-5319; dmcguire@dullesregionalchamber.org

    The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed Bob Gangi, Senior Vice President and Relationship Manager of Citibank, as chairman of its 2015-2016 board of directors.

    Gangi, who succeeds Mary Gayle Holden, Esq., is a Northern Virginia native with a degree in economics from George Mason University. He has been in the commercial banking industry for over 20 years with a focus on business development, relationship management, and government contracting. His extensive career includes time at Sandy Spring Bank, Commerce Bank, UPS Capital, and his own consulting practice.
    In his time with the Chamber, Gangi has made a big impact. He helped start the GovCONnection Committee, a series based on educating small and medium contractors on hot topics in government policy. He also spearhead the Chamber’s T3 Teaming, Training, and Transitioning, for Veterans Committee, which helps maintain a beneficial relationship between veteran-owned businesses and the DRCC members.

    Outside the Chamber, Gangi manages two other networking groups focused on driving strong relationships and new business opportunities. He is also the president of his neighborhood Homeowners Association and the chair for his church’s annual Labor Day Food Festival.

    Eileen Curtis, president and CEO of the Dulles Regional Chamber, was thrilled to welcome Mr. Gangi as the next Chairman. “He lights up the room with his energy,” she said when describing what it is like to work with Mr. Gangi. “You’re having a pleasant experience even while doing business with him.”

    That feeling of comfort is certainly mutual for Gangi. When asked what keeps him working with the DRCC he said, “The people – volunteers and business owners - all with the same willingness to help each other better themselves.”

    He was “humbled and honored” after learning he was going to be the next chairman. His passion for helping businesses, combined with a strong sense of civic duty will allow him to help guide the DRCC through the next year. “Identifying and implementing tactics that will allow the organization to thrive this year and in the years to come” is the goal he has for the coming year with the DRCC.

    There is, however, one goal that he says is the most important to him. “Not to lose track of my family.” This is represented in his one other title: Co-manager for his daughter’s travel soccer team. Gangi knows that the role of chairman comes with hard work and distractions, and he hopes he will always keep what is most important to him first.

    DRCC Unveils Four New Services! DRCC Unveils Four New Services!

    In keeping with the DRCC’s reputation as one of the most innovative chambers, we unveiled FOUR new, upcoming services we will be offering to our members! The first is The Profile Project. We believe that the chamber is here to serve you inside and outside of business. Thus, we have developed a program that will allow you to make connections with fellow members based on like interests, hobbies, and university affiliates. This brings relationship building to you in a way that has not been done before!

    Connect4Lunch is our next new service that allows you to make introductions in a new fashion. By designating open time slots on your lunch schedule, other members will be able to request a lunch meeting with you, and you with them. It is a great way to make an introduction, build your network, and promote your business.

    Stay in touch with the chamber through our new Text Message Notifications. Receive any breaking news, event updates, committee information, and more straight to your phone. All that needs to be done is to text DullesMember or DullesFutureMember to 80309 to opt in!

    For yet another year, the DRCC is happy to reveal the Chamber Trip location. From March 16 – March 23, 2016, join other chamber members on a deluxe trip to Tuscany, Italy. After a huge success in China and the overwhelming interest in this year’s trip to Ireland, we are excited to be back for another adventure!

    We take pride in serving our members as best as we can, and we look forward to continuing to help!

    Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership Releases its Second Annual General Assembly Legislative Scorecard Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership Releases its Second Annual General Assembly Legislative Scorecard

    June 23, 2015
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership Releases its

    Second Annual General Assembly Legislative Scorecard

    Partnership of Loudoun, Reston, Dulles Chambers Created Scorecard to Track
    General Assembly Members’ Votes on Key Business, Economic Priorities

    Northern Virginia – The Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership today released its second annual Virginia General Assembly Legislative Scorecard, a report that details the voting records of the Partnership’s Senate and House of Delegates members on the bills outlined in the Partnership’s 2015 Legislative Agenda. 

    Comprised of the Dulles Regional, Greater Reston and Loudoun County chambers of commerce, the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership recently completed its sixth year of working in Richmond to represent the economic and quality of life interests of the businesses and residents in Loudoun and western Fairfax Counties.

    “Our members and the communities we represent deserve to know how our state legislators are voting on the issues that will impact the economy and quality of life in Northern Virginia. While most legislators earned high marks for their voting records on the Partnership’s priorities, a few have some work to do,” said Loudoun County President & CEO Tony Howard.

    The Scorecard reflects votes taken by the House of Delegates and Senate and, in a few cases, by the subcommittees and committees on which a legislator served during the 2015 General Assembly session.  Prior to every vote, the Partnership communicated its position on each bill and reminded the legislators that these bills would be included in the Scorecard.   In addition, bonus points were awarded if a legislator served as a chief patron for one of the Partnership’s priority bills and deducted if a legislator served as a chief patron for a bill that was inconsistent with the Partnership’s priorities. 

    “Scorecards are a valuable tool to communicate to our members how their legislators vote on issues important to the business community in a quantifiable way.  This year, the members of our three chambers choose, as areas of importance, economic development, energy, healthcare, transportation and workforce development.  We believe this scorecard approach is the most straightforward format of identifying legislator’s support for the Partnership’s initiatives,” said Greater Reston Chamber President & CEO, Mark Ingrao.

    The Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership’s 2015 lobbying campaign focused on five broad priority areas: Economic Development, Workforce Development, Energy, Healthcare and Transportation.

    “Northern Virginia is undergoing a sea-change in its economic drivers and this shift will be enhanced or constrained in substantive ways by the flexibility allowed us by legislation.  It has never been more important that business stay attuned to the issues monitored by our partnership.  Economic development will hinge on workforce development, which will be impacted by transportation and healthcare.  Energy as a global issue will continue to infuse local (re)development,” said Dulles Regional Chamber President and CEO Eileen Curtis.

    The purpose of the Scorecard is to help Northern Virginia’s business leaders recognize those legislators who support the Partnership’s efforts to improve the business climate and quality of life in Northern Virginia and to promote a dialogue with those legislators whose votes don’t align with Partnership priorities.

    To view the complete Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership 2015 Scorecard, please click here.

    To view the complete Scorecard criteria, please click here.
     

    The Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership is a collaboration between the Dulles Regional, Greater Reston and Loudoun County chambers of commerce. The Partnership collectively represents more than 2,800 businesses and 100,000 jobs, providing an unparalleled voice for Northern Virginia’s business community in Richmond.

    Contact: Mark Ingrao (Reston) - 703.930.6518
    Eileen Curtis (Dulles) - 571.323.5301
    Tony Howard (Loudoun) – 571.209.9020

    Hot Issues for Workforce: a message from our President Hot Issues for Workforce: a message from our President

    Dear DRCC Members:

    Our chamber has a long and deep relationship with Northern Virginia Community College. Recently we were asked to participate in the selection process for NOVA’s new president and we look forward to welcome Dr. Scott Rawls to his post come September. Last week I attended a breakfast hosted by NOVA’s Workforce Development team and wanted to bring you news from that meeting.

    NOVA is building a Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training at its Woodbridge campus, to be operational some time in the next year. It will serve as an engine for new ideas and job creation as well as a training and education center. It will involve cyber security, Healthcare, workforce training and a certified testing center. It will provide a dedicated secure space in the Center so that DoD contractors may hold meetings or review classified documents. 

    The workforce-oriented audience participated in an interactive discussion that revealed the following:

    Over the next 12 months, training program demand is anticipated in these areas:

    • English as a Second Language 
    • Healthcare and Medical programs
    • HVAC
    • IT


    The following trends are affecting area businesses. NOVA Workforce Development Division is eager to research and develop training programs for:

    • Import, export, and Global Trade programs
    • “Getting Started” comprehensive workshop for Virginia businesses, complete with registration and financing
    • A workshop that focuses on working with Government organizations


    Additionally, our group stressed the demand for comprehensive Internship programs to help develop our Workforce. NOVA will seek ways to expand their capabilities beyond their TRiP program, which currently provides an IT internship program for career switchers. I would encourage companies to strategize on how to build internships into their operations. It helps the company and the workforce of tomorrow. 

    DRCC Lobbies for More Research and Development Funding DRCC Lobbies for More Research and Development Funding

    The Dulles Regional Chamber has joined the Business for Federal Research Funding Coalition, a national organization advocating for an increase in critical federal research accounts. As the FY16 appropriations process progresses, we urge our lawmakers to pass appropriation bills that robustly fund research as it is a key driver of our national innovation economy.

    It is our chamber’s view that federal investments in research funding are key drivers of the economy and we want to bring increased focus to the critical impact research has on the nation’s economy and ability to compete globally. We need the investment of federal dollars in basic research, and believe that the return on investment will be seen in every corner of our country. The innovations that flow from basic research are at the root of countless companies, products, and jobs and lead to scientific breakthroughs and new technologies from the internet to communications satellites and defenses against disease.

    In order to provide for the development and advancement of a strong innovation economy, and to remain global leaders in research, Congress needs to increase federal accounts responsible for dispersing research funds at a steady rate above inflation each year. The coalition is primarily focused on increasing research funds for the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy, and Homeland Security.

    Connect Northern Virginia Connects Businesses & Nonprofits at Our Annual BCIC Breakfast Connect Northern Virginia Connects Businesses & Nonprofits at Our Annual BCIC Breakfast

    The Chamber’s annual non-profit breakfast, run by our Business and Community Impact Committee and sponsored by Cardinal Bank, offered a wonderful introduction to the still-new super portal, ConnectNorthernVirginia.org. We highly recommend it for our businesses to post your big events (and thus avoid competing engagements) or to advertise for an intern, an employee, or your donations of used computers & furniture. It is also a great tool for engaging your staff in volunteer opportunities, according to geography, hours, and interest. Already we have heard that Family Hearing Services, Inc., the David Werfel Group at ReMax/Gateway Chantilly, Air & Space Self Storage, Thompson Greenspon, CPAs, and Smart Business Options have registered on the portal. For a real upgrade in managing your company’s outreach, we recommend you visit www.ConnectNorthernVirginia.org.

    L to R: Marysteve Bradley and Susan Sanow, Connect Northern Virginia; Monica Tressler, Cardinal Bank; Sheila Dixon, Our Daily Bread and co-chair of BCIC; Eileen Curtis, DRCC President

    Announcing Nominations for 2015-2016 Board of Directors Announcing Nominations for 2015-2016 Board of Directors

    The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce is announcing nominations for this yearís class of Directors, to be voted upon at the annual meeting set for July 8, 2015. They are as follows:

    Edward Hutner, Deltek
    Nicole Barranco, Volkswagen Group of America
    Kirby Black, Eggspectation
    Carl Brown, Staybridge Suites Chantilly
    Annie Hunt Burriss, George Mason University
    Jeff Dick, MainStreet Bank
    Dara Dirth, NJVC
    Doug Downer, HRI Associates
    Toune Greene, ITT Technical Institute
    Dennis Hazell, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
    Mary Gayle Holden, attorney
    Matt Hurst, Hilton Washington Dulles
    Valerie Kaiser, Kaiser Financial Solutions
    Geoffrey Lawson, National Conference Center
    Mary MacPherson, Northern Virginia Community College
    Tammy Meyer, Stonebridge Title
    Don Owens, Griffin-Owens Insurance Specialists
    Vinay Patel, Fairbrook Hotels
    Felipe Rodriguez, Aeronautical Systems
    Becky Ventorini, Udvar-Hazy Center, Smithsonian's Air & Space Museum

    In accordance with the chamber's bylaws, additional names of candidates for Directors can be nominated by petition bearing the genuine signatures of at least fifteen (15) Regular Members of the Chamber who are in good standing. Such petition shall be filed with the Nominating Committee thirty (30) days before the annual meeting. The determination of the Nominating Committee as to the legality of the petition(s) shall be final. Determination. If no petition is filed within the designated period, the nominations shall be closed and the nominated slate of candidates shall be considered for voting at the annual July meeting of the general membership. No nominations shall be accepted after the end of the designated period.

    Chamber Supports Global Trade Chamber Supports Global Trade

    Your support of the Dulles Regional Chamber allows us to do many things for our business community, including lobbying on behalf of business-friendly issues. Last week the Dulles Regional Chamber added its name to a letter in support of the U.S. Export-Import Bank to the Hill. The letter is signed by over 1,000 businesses and organizations, and was sent to all members of the U.S. Congress urging swift, long-term reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank. The Ex-Im Bank will expire on June 30 if Congress fails to take action.

    Ex-Im provides loans, loan guarantees and export credit insurance to help cover financing gaps for American exporters. It helps level the playing field for U.S. companies seeking new sales in fiercely competitive global markets. The Bank’s support is especially important to small and medium-sized businesses, which account for nearly 90 percent of the Bank’s transactions. Not only does Ex-Im directly support American jobs, it operates at no cost to the U.S. taxpayer.

    If Ex-Im is not reauthorized before June 30, American companies would be put at a unique disadvantage in global markets, resulting immediately in lost sales and lost jobs. U.S. businesses of all sizes would be deprived of a vital financing source at a time when boosting exports is increasingly vital to growing our nation’s economy and jobs. Our Chamber leadership believes that global trade will play a significant new role in Northern Virginia’s economy as we seek economic diversification. If you would like to add your voice to the many seeking continuance of the Ex-Im Bank, I urge you to contact your Congressmen and Senators.

    Dulles Regional Chamber Honored by Phi Delta Kappa Dulles Regional Chamber Honored by Phi Delta Kappa

    Dulles Regional Chamber Honored by Phi Delta Kappa

    The Fairfax Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa recently honored the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce as the 2015 Friend of Education for its commitment to education. The award recognizes an outstanding person or organization that improves the quality of the educational experience for students in their community. The presentation was made at the Country Club of Fairfax on May 20. Accepting on the chamber’s behalf was Eileen Curtis, President of the Dulles Regional Chamber.

    Jay Garant, who oversees Office of Business-School Partnerships for Fairfax County Public Schools, cited the Chamber’s long-standing commitment to education. It is a partner to six area schools in western Fairfax: Centreville, Chantilly, Herndon, and Westfield High Schools, as well as Mountain View Alternative High School and Chantilly’s Governor’s STEM Academy. In that capacity, the chamber has, over the years, staged student job fairs, ethics days, college fairs, and financial literacy training. It provides STEM-H scholarships to each of its partner schools, and it involves the students in STEM-H (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Health) related programs, such as cybersecurity and healthcare jobs of the future.

    A unique educational offering of the Dulles Regional Chamber is its annual public recognition of Educators of the Year for each partner and member school. This year, the presentations were made at the chamber’s Chantilly Day, with FCPS Superintendent Karen Garza assisting in the presentation.

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    About the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce

    The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce (DRCC) exists to promote and advocate on behalf of commerce and innovation in the Dulles Region. Located in one of the top technology corridors in the nation, it is the premier chamber serving this dynamic region, including western Fairfax, eastern Loudoun and the Town of Herndon. As one of the largest chambers in the D.C. metro area, the Dulles Regional Chamber works to foster business growth and lifelong connections among its members, support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Health) education, spearhead workforce initiatives and economic development solutions, and partner with the communities it serves. For more information, visit our website.

    About PDK International and the Fairfax Chapter

    Phi Delta Kappa is an international educational association founded in 1906. Its mission is to promote high-quality education, in particular publicly supported education, as essential to the development and maintenance of a democratic way of life. More information is online at www.pdkintl.org. More information about the Fairfax Chapter can be found online.

    News Release
    May 22, 2015

    Dulles Chamber Raises Thousands for Education at 'Pay It Forward' Casino Event Dulles Chamber Raises Thousands for Education at 'Pay It Forward' Casino Event

    The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce held its annual education fundraiser March 7 at the Salamander Resort in Middleburg, raising thousands of dollars to support students in Northern Virginia.

    The James Bond-themed casino event attracted 150 guests eager to ‘Pay It Forward’ in support of the region’s future workforce.

    “Our chamber is deeply committed to the education of local students and we are delighted to once again provide local businesses with a way to directly impact this vital community,” said Eileen Curtis, president and CEO of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce. “It was a lovely evening, where entertainment and generosity paired to make exceptional memories.”

    Beneficiaries of the evening included the chamber’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) scholarship program, which awards a scholarship to one student at each of the six high schools the chamber partners with annually.

    “As the only area chamber partnering with this many high schools, we want to ensure that students have the resources they need to pursue careers that will not only be personally fulfilling, but also contribute to the future of business in the Dulles Region,” Curtis said of the scholarship recipients, who are selected and receive their awards each spring.

    Other beneficiaries of the evening included the Children’s Science Center, the Fairfax County Public Schools’ Homeless Liaison Office, and Mobile Hope Loudoun.

    “It was thrilling to see peoples’ eagerness to support a great cause and be able to offer them a fun way to relax and enjoy themselves,” said Premier Realty Group Vice President Gina Poindexter, who once again served as chair of the event’s planning committee and was instrumental in organizing the evening and bringing about its success.

    “Helping to make a difference in children’s lives gives me great satisfaction,” Poindexter said. “It’s what this night is all about.”

    Joining the evening’s title sponsor Aeronautical Systems Inc., other businesses stepped up to support the event, including Salamander Resort, Cox Business, Fantasy World Entertainment, Reston Limousine, HRI Associates, Systems Furniture Gallery, Middleburg Bank, Thompson Greenspon CPAs, and Cornerstones.

    Click here to view photos from the evening.

    Former Herndon Chamber President Judy Downer Passes Away Former Herndon Chamber President Judy Downer Passes Away

    Judith W. Downer: 1939-2015

    Last week, the chamber and the Herndon community lost one of its most beloved people, when former Herndon Chamber President Judy Downer passed away on February 25 in Reston, VA with her children at her side. She was a loving and devoted mother to Douglas (Annie) Downer, Debra (Tim) Vigotsky and Doreen (Jay) Meadows. Grandchildren Timothy Vigotsky, Kaitlyn Downer, Christopher Vigotsky, Julia Downer, Miranda Meadows and Monica Meadows and Step-Grandchildren, Zachary and Joshua (deceased) Hennessa. She also remained close with her ex-husband, Richard Downer and former daughter-in-law, Lynne Downer.

    Judy was born in Brooklyn, NY but moved to Herndon, VA in 1965 where she raised her family, made hundreds of friends and lived the rest of her life. She was a real estate broker and co-owned Hometown Properties with her close friend, Barbara Hoss (Godowsky), before selling to a national firm. She was an active member of the Herndon community as a member and past President of the Herndon Fortnightly Club; served as first vice president of the Greater Herndon Citizens Association; served as president of the Herndon Chamber of Commerce, a member of its Board of Directors and founded the Environmental (recycling) Committee and the McLean area Telecommunication Task Force; and served as co-chairman of the Herndon-Reston Recreational Task Force; assisted in starting the SAGA (Students Against Global Abuse) program at Herndon High School and the Herndon Ladies Brunch; and an active member of the Dranesville District Comprehensive Plan Review Task Force, Tree-Action, and Herndon Planning Commission.

    In December 1992, she was appointed as the Dranesville District Representative to the Fairfax County Planning Commission by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, and served in that capacity until her retirement in December 2000. During her tenure, she was selected parliamentarian in 2000, and served as both vice chairman and chairman of the Redevelopment and Housing Committee, focusing much of her attention on affordable housing issues throughout Fairfax County; she was appointed to the Supervisors Task Force on Baseball Selection Site Selection, Task Force of Revitalization and was an ex-officio member of the Dulles Corridor Land Use Task Force.

    Because of her spirit of volunteerism and commitment to the community she was recognized and presented proclamations by both The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and The Herndon Town Council in 2001. In addition, she was named “Lady Fairfax” in 1991 to represent the Dranesville District. She received the Town of Herndon Distinguished Service Award at the Mayor’s Volunteer Appreciation Night in 1990 and was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Herndon Rotary Club and Greater Herndon Jaycees in 1991. She received an Outstanding Service Award and Certificate of Appreciation from the Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce.

    She was an avid pet lover and raised many (mostly rescued) pets during her lifetime including horses, ponies, dogs, cats, a Parrott named Apollo and countless others.

    A celebration of life will be held on her 76th birthday, March 21st from 4-7PM at ArtSpace Herndon, www.artspaceherndon.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in her memory to a few of her favorite charities: The Fortnightly Club of Herndon scholarship program, the ASPCA or Habitat for Humanity.

    Long-Time Herndon Chamber Volunteer Vi Bateman Passes Away At Age 91 Long-Time Herndon Chamber Volunteer Vi Bateman Passes Away At Age 91

    Violet Kaleh Carmona Bateman: 1923-2014

    Violet “Vi” Kaleh Carmona Bateman died on December 30, 2014 at home in Bealeton, VA with both her daughter and granddaughter by her side. Violet was ninety-one years old. Violet had been a long time resident of Herndon until three years ago, when health concerns required her to move in with her daughter and son-in-law at their family farm in Bealeton, VA.

    At the tender age of ninety-one, Violet as vivacious as ever, was still enchanting every person she met with her beautiful smile and infectious laugh. Her poise and grace carried her faithfully throughout the years, and anyone who had met Vi, knew that she was a special woman. She will be missed greatly, and her memory cherished for years to come.

    Violet worked tirelessly in her hometown of Herndon to execute the building of the Herndon Community Center, and was a member of the initial committee to accomplish the development of the “Herndon Harbor House” housing project for the elderly. She was also an active member of the Herndon Chamber of Commerce, and volunteered in her church as well as many other organizations.

    She is survived by three children; Richard Carmona of Jeffersonton, VA, Gregory Carmona of Houston, TX, and Carla Jean Carmona-Chapman of Bealeton, VA. As well as ten grandchildren; Kaleh Carmona Boeker, Krista Lynn Boeker, Kyle Michael Boeker, Daniel Carmona, Elisha, Matthew Carmona, Noel Carmona, Michael Carmona , Richard Carmona, and Nathan Carmona. She was also blessed with three great grandchildren; Isabella Skye Boeker, Katerina Rayne Boeker and Juliet Ella Carmona.

    The family will receive friends and relatives on Friday, the 9th of January from 2-4PM and 6-8PM at Adams-Green Funeral Home in Herndon, VA. The funeral will be held the next day, Saturday the 10th of January at 11:00AM at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church: 432 Van Buren St. Herndon, VA 20170. The interment will be held at the Chestnut Grove Cemetery in Herndon, VA, following with a reception at St. Timothy’s beginning around 1:00PM.

    Memorial contributions can be made to The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation: 6935 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 518, Bethesda, MD 20815 or on their website http://www.hcef.org. In addition to St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church; memo "Reserve Fund." Flower arrangements can be sent from the Herndon Florist, which can be reached at 703-437-4990.

    And as Vi always said, “Don’t forget to keep smiling.”

    InNOVAte Conference Highlights Health Care Innovations InNOVAte Conference Highlights Health Care Innovations

    The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce recently held its 3rd annual InNOVAte conference in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, focusing on the concepts and technologies transforming the health and wellness arena.

    Held at the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) in Herndon and presented in cooperation with The Virginia Biotechnology Association (VirginiaBio), the conference focused on ideas related to “Health Care of the Future … Today.”

    “We wanted to spark the public’s imagination and generate excitement about where health and related industries are headed as they seek to help us live longer, healthier lives,” said Eileen Curtis, president and CEO of the Dulles Regional Chamber. “Health care and innovation are already intertwined, especially in Northern Virginia, and we have an opportunity to invest in our economy when we promote that partnership of ideas.”

    Opening with a keynote address by Dr. Bernadette Loftus, associate executive director of the Permanente Medical Group, the conference began on a note of vision, as Loftus discussed the future of care and the types of innovation that are driving us to expand how we pursue preventative health measures and treat diseases.

    The subject of health care innovation was at the forefront of the day’s breakout sessions, which ranged from telemedicine and molecular biology, to how we work and age, and advancements that are helping us live better longer.

    A closing keynote by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe ended the day with a look at how health care can transform not only individual lives, but also the economy as innovation and public funding help diversify industry in the Commonwealth.

    In addition to strong session by Loftus and McAuliffe, the day featured many other dynamic speakers such as:

    • Dennis Truong, M.D., Telemedicine Director, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group;
    • Rob Brooke, Federal Funds Director, Center for Innovative Technology (CIT);
    • Keith Crandall, Ph.D., Director, Center for Computational Biology at George Washington University’s Ashburn campus;
    • Crystal Icenhour, Ph.D., CEO, Aperiomics; and
    • Virginia Espina, Ph.D., MT(ASCP), George Mason University.

    With more than two dozen speakers in total, InNOVAte’s nine breakout sessions boasted a wealth of subject matter expertise on the latest developments in panomics, precision medicine, healthy workplaces, big data solutions, venture capital, and more.

    An exhibit hall and mobile app demonstration area rounded out attendees’ opportunities to explore new advancements and technologies.

    As a part of the chamber’s workforce initiative and commitment to STEM education, InNOVAte featured a special student session focusing on health care careers of the future.

    More than 80 students from five high schools in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties attended the panel session, where they heard from nine professionals in fields such as medical technology, pharmacy, chiropractic, and health administration.

    Not only did these professionals field questions and offer advice, they also provided students with an inside look at their own careers and the courses of study that helped them achieve their current positions within the world of health and wellness.

    “We started this year’s conference by inspiring the workforce of tomorrow and continued to expand the vision of everyone in attendance with each new session of the event,” Curtis said. “It was a day to be inspired, make connections, and ultimately understand the innovations that are enhancing not only our economy, but our lives.”

    For more information on InNOVAte, visit www.Innovate-Nova.com.

    Friday Night Live! Chairman Receives Special Recognition by Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Friday Night Live! Chairman Receives Special Recognition by Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

    Doug Downer, president of HRI Associates, and VP of Friday Night Live! for the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce, was recognized by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors at their October 28 meeting for his work in producing the chamber’s free outdoor summer concert series.

    Downer, whose independent insurance company has been based in Herndon since 1952, is a past chairman of the chamber, a graduate of Leadership Fairfax and served on the board of Volunteer Fairfax. He is the founder and chairman of Friday Night Live!, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year.

    Started in 1994, Friday Night Live! is a free summer concert series held on the Herndon Town Green every May through August. Northern Virginia Magazine named it BEST of NoVA 2012 and the Washington Post has called it “the finest free summer concert series in the entire D.C. metro area.” It is considered a “must see” event in Fairfax County.

    Click here to learn more about Friday Night Live.

    Third Annual Innovate Conference Spotlights Healthcare Advancements Third Annual Innovate Conference Spotlights Healthcare Advancements

    The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, is pleased to announce its 3rd annual Innovate Conference on Thursday, November 6 at the Center for Innovative Technology in Herndon.

    Presented in cooperation with The Virginia Biotechnology Association (Virginia Bio), this year’s conference theme “Healthcare of the Future … Today,” focuses on the concepts and technologies that are transforming personal health management and healthcare.

    “Every year Innovate gathers together progressive minds to explore and display a groundswell of ideas that stimulate our collective thinking,” said Eileen Curtis, president and CEO of the Dulles Regional Chamber. “As an acknowledged leader in 21st century approaches to healthcare, Kaiser Permanente is an exceptional partner to explore the niche of health and wellness-related ideas that advance and impact our daily lives on both a personal and business level.”

    Bookended by keynote addresses from Dr. Bernadette Loftus, associate executive director of the Permanente Medical Group in Rockville, Maryland, and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, this half-day event features exhibits, breakout sessions, and special demonstrations of health and wellness apps.

    Breakout sessions range from telemedicine and molecular biology, to how we work and age, and advancements that are helping us live better longer. Topics of discussion will include pro-active health strategies for work and home, and the latest developments in panomics, precision medicine, healthy workplaces, telemedicine, big data solutions, and more.

    Anticipated speakers represent not only the most forward-thinking minds from Kaiser Permanente, but also companies and organizations such as:

    • Alzheimer’s Association;
    • American Heart Association;
    • Aperiomics;
    • BioVista;
    • Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine, George Mason University;
    • Center for Innovative Technology;
    • Computational Biology Institute, George Washington University;
    • Mid Atlantic Venture Association;
    • Sabin Vaccine Institute;
    • and Venebio Group, LLC.


    As a part of the chamber’s workforce initiative and commitment to STEM education, Innovate will also feature a special student session focusing on healthcare careers of the future. More than 100 students from three counties are confirmed to attend this dynamic panel discussion addressing career fields such as public health, medical technology, the pharmaceutical industry, and biological sciences research.
    “Whether you’re a medical professional, educator, business leader, or local resident, if the intersection of healthcare and technology interests or affects you, this is one event you won’t want to miss,” Curtis said. “Join us to spark your imagination, create new goals, and thrive in your life and business.”

    For more information on the 2014 Innovate Conference, or to register for the event, visit www.innovate-nova.com. General admission is $50. Sponsorships and exhibit space are still available.

    Herndon Chamber Launches New TV Series Herndon Chamber Launches New TV Series

    The Herndon Chamber, led by president and CEO Eileen Curtis, recently launched a new television series in cooperation with the Herndon Community Television Corporation (HCTV).

    The new “Circle of Influence” series is meant to provide current information on community life in Herndon and serve as a vehicle for promoting Herndon businesses.

    Initial guests include:

    • Mayor Lisa Merkel, Town of Herndon;
    • Jim Hannon, assistant principal at Herndon High School;
    • Signe Friedrichs, director of the Council for the Arts of Herndon;
    • Cindy Schelhorn, communications director of the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter;
    • Mike Faul of Potter’s Fire and Vinay Patel of Fairbrook Hotels, co-chairs of the chamber’s Herndon Committee;
    • Lauri Swift, membership director for the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce.


    New series episodes will be added monthly and feature representatives from local businesses, community organizations, government, non-profits and the chamber.

    Residents are encouraged to check HCTV listings for the most up-to-date airing schedule.

    Dulles Chamber Banking Luncheon Offers Industry Insight, Presents Lifetime Achievement Award Dulles Chamber Banking Luncheon Offers Industry Insight, Presents Lifetime Achievement Award

    The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce held its annual Banking Luncheon on September 5 at the Hyatt Dulles hotel in Herndon, Va., where nearly 200 area bankers and financial leaders gathered for this premier industry event.

    This year’s sell-out crowd enjoyed a keynote address by Barbara Rehm, special adviser for Promontory Financial Group, a leading strategy, risk management and regulatory compliance consulting firm that offers clients astute insights into major financial regulatory issues.

    Prior to joining Promontory, Rehm spent 26 years at American Banker and was a front-line observer of the savings and loan crisis and Washington’s response to it. She rose to become Washington bureau chief and served as its editor-in-chief during the unfolding of the global financial crisis. Later, as the paper’s editor-at-large, she was a widely followed columnist on financial regulatory matters and frequently appears on major television networks.

    Rehm provided expert commentary on how banks make decisions regarding their business customers. She defined the new normal that dictates those decisions and addressed the hot topic of consumer financial protection.

    “Ms. Rehm’s presentation was both engaging and informative, alerting us to the current issues within the banking industry and offering commentary that could help us find resolutions,” said Eileen Curtis, president and CEO of the Dulles Regional Chamber. “Her substantial analysis of the industry and contribution to it lends a wealth of experience and information of which we should all take note.”

    During the luncheon, the chamber also presented a lifetime achievement award to a notable member of the region’s banking industry: Dave Summers, chairman and CEO of Virginia Heritage Bank.

    In addition to his leadership with Virginia Heritage Bank, Summers has been a very active and strong supporter of the Virginia Bankers Association (VBA) for many years. His industry leadership includes service on the VBA Board of Directors, taking a leadership role with the VBA Government Relations and BankPAC Committee, and leading by example through Virginia Heritage Bank’s active involvement in and support of VBA advocacy efforts.

    Summers has also chaired Bankers Insurance, LLC, a large bank-owned insurance agency started by the Virginia Bankers Association in 1999. He has supported the Association’s Education Foundation, which focuses on financial literacy programs across Virginia.

    Throughout his tenure in the banking industry, Summers has also worked on behalf of Community Bank of Northern Virginia, and Loudoun County IDA.

    Led by Summers, Virginia Heritage Bank is a Dulles 28 Benefactor of the chamber.

    “We are delighted to present this award to someone who has had such a huge impact on the Northern Virginia banking community,” Curtis said. “This kind of leadership positively impacts the growth and stability of financial institutions in our region and deserves to be recognized.”

    The award was presented by Mary Gayle Holden, chairman of the Dulles Regional Chamber Board of Directors, and Shaza Andersen, president and CEO of WashingtonFirst Bank, the event’s title sponsor.

    Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership Praises Delegate Tom Rust's Medicaid Expansion Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership Praises Delegate Tom Rust's Medicaid Expansion

    The Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership today credited Delegate Tom Rust for introducing the Virginia Health Care Independence Act, a bill designed to allow the Commonwealth to capture as much as $2 Billion in federal funds to fund a private sector solution to close the health care coverage gap for Virginia’s working poor and uninsured population. This outcome was endorsed by the Partnership last February during the 2014 General Assembly debate over Medicaid expansion in Virginia.

    Delegate Rust’s plan also is intended to reduce the public costs of Virginia’s health care system, dramatically reform Medicaid while protecting Virginia against any future decision by the federal government to potentially reduce its contributions to the expanded Medicaid program.

    “We applaud Delegate Tom Rust for having the leadership to put forward this Virginia Health Care Independence Act bill that addresses the health care coverage gap and Medicaid expansion. We believe this is a good compromise bill that aligns with the elements of the Partnership’s priorities regarding this issue,” said Greater Reston Chamber President and CEO, Mark S. Ingrao, CCP, CAE.

     “During the last General Assembly session, the Partnership endorsed an approach to Medicaid expansion that relied on a private sector approach to ensure all Virginians have access to affordable and stable health insurance, while capturing more of the hard-earned tax dollars that our business and citizens send to Washington, D.C. every year,” said Loudoun County Chamber President and CEO Tony Howard.

    “The bill’s approach is good for Virginia’s residents, employers and overall fiscal health of Virginia. It supports continued reform of the current Medicaid system – we believe this approach is a win-win on a critical issue for Virginia,” said Eileen Curtis President of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce.

    The organizations that comprise the Partnership believe the principles outlined in its position should be thoughtfully considered and included in an ultimate solution to reforming Medicaid and increasing coverage for Virginia’s uninsured population.

    To read the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership’s Position Statement on Medicaid click here.

    The Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership is collaboration between the Dulles Regional, Greater Reston and Loudoun County chambers of commerce. The Partnership collectively represents more than 2,800 businesses and 100,000 jobs, providing an unparalleled voice for Northern Virginia’s business community in Richmond.

    Dulles Chamber Supports Innovation At Get Started Nova Startup Competition Dulles Chamber Supports Innovation At Get Started Nova Startup Competition

    The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce, a leader in local innovation support initiatives, recently sponsored the Get Started Nova pitch completion hosted by Cox Business and Inc. Magazine on Thursday, August 21 at the Center for Innovative Technology in Herndon, Va.

    The startup competition featured five finalists selected from Virginia businesses to pitch their ideas to a panel of expert judges including Ted Rubin, social marketing strategist, brand evangelist and CMO, Michael Bare, president of Bare International and Josh Linker, author of Disciplined Dreaming and CEO and managing partner of Detroit Venture Partners. The event was moderated by Kris Frieswick, senior editor for Inc. Magazine.

    “We are proud to sponsor this event and believe that innovative thinking is the key to growing our region’s economy and quality of life,” said Eileen Curtis, president and CEO of the Dulles Regional Chamber.

    The chamber was pleased to support two of its members, Unique Travel Events and Neuf Consulting, who appeared as finalists. Both companies pitched their startup ideas in two and a half minutes, answering questions from the judges and sharing their spirit of innovation with the audience.

    Ultimately, FeedbacK Enterprise, LLC, a company that develops analysis technology to deliver personalized, adaptive and instant feedback coaching was the evening’s winning pitch. The company won more than $10,000 in cash and services from Cox Business and other partners including the Dulles Regional Chamber, which provided a complimentary 1-year small business membership as part of the prize package.

    “This was a remarkable chance for Northern Virginia businesses to make connections and stretch their vision,” Curtis said. “We are living and working in a fantastic area for the growth of ideas and our chamber is dedicated to supporting and nurturing that innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.”

    In keeping with this commitment, the chamber is currently preparing for its 2014 Innovate Conference, which will focus on concepts and technologies that are transforming personal health management and healthcare in Northern Virginia. Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and featuring a closing keynote address by Governor Terry McAuliffe, the event promises to ignite interest and garner attendance from both medical and business professionals alike. For more information or to register visit www.innovate-nova.com.

    Annual Banking Luncheon Keynote to Discuss Consumer Financial Protection Annual Banking Luncheon Keynote to Discuss Consumer Financial Protection

    The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Banking Luncheon next Friday, September 5 at the Hyatt Dulles hotel in Herndon, Va., where 200 area bankers and financial leaders are expected to gather for this premier industry event.

    This year’s nearly sold-out event features a keynote address by Barbara Rehm, special adviser for Promontory Financial Group, a leading strategy, risk management and regulatory compliance consulting firm that offers clients astute insights into major financial regulatory issues.

    Prior to joining Promontory, Rehm spent 26 years at American Banker and was a front-line observer of the savings and loan crisis and Washington’s response to it. She rose to become Washington bureau chief and served as its editor-in-chief during the unfolding of the global financial crisis. Later, as the paper’s editor-at-large, she was a widely followed columnist on financial regulatory matters and frequently appears on major television networks.

    During the luncheon, Rehm will provide expert commentary on how banks make decisions regarding their business customers. She will help define the new normal that dictates those decisions and address the hot topic of consumer financial protection.

    “We are pleased to provide our financial community with commentary by someone who has monitored, informed and influenced debate on national banking issues,” said Eileen Curtis, president and CEO of the Dulles Regional Chamber. “Learning from Ms. Rehm’s wealth of experience and information is an essential part of solving our most critical financial issues.”

    The chamber thanks WashingtonFirst Bank for its support of this event as title sponsor. The banking luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Dulles on Friday, September 5. To register, visit www.dulleschamber.org.

    Chamber Welcomes Mary Gayle Holden as 2014-2015 Board Chairman Chamber Welcomes Mary Gayle Holden as 2014-2015 Board Chairman

    The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed Mary Gayle Holden, attorney and founder of her own sole-practitioner firm, as chairman of its 2014-2015 board of directors.

    Holden, who succeeds Don Owens of Griffin-Owens and Associates, is a Charlottesville native with degrees from Roanoke College and the University Of Virginia School Of Law. Her substantial career includes time at Fairfax law firm McGuire Woods (formerly Booth Pritchard and Dudley), Washington D.C. firm Foley and Lardner, and now her own practice.

    In addition to her leadership within the chamber, where she helped start the Power of Thirty, a committee for executive women in the region, Holden is also a past president of the Committee for Dulles, a commissioner on the Loudoun Economic Development Commission, an appointee on the Intellectual Property Advisory Committee of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science for the 2002 session of the Virginia General Assembly, a director of Women in Technology, an appointee to the Affirmative Action Committee for Loudoun County, director of the Loudoun Arts Council, member of the George Washington University Loudoun Campus Advisory Board, and member of the Advisory Board of the Loudoun Volunteer Financial Council.

    She currently serves as secretary of the Purcellville Business and Professional Association and a member of the Last Tuesday Club.

    “We are thrilled to have Mary Gayle guide our organization this year and anticipate new and exciting developments during her chairmanship,” said Eileen Curtis, president and CEO of the Dulles Regional Chamber. “We ask the Dulles region to join us in welcoming her to this role.”

    “Every chairman brings a fresh perspective and vision that only serves to strengthen the chamber’s mission to the community,” Curtis said. “Mary Gayle brings us a deeper involvement with the leaders in eastern Loudoun County, thus helping us to better serve our Loudoun members. As a land use attorney, she also has a special knowledge of economic development projects going forward in our region.”

    Holden’s path to chairmanship began with nomination for the chamber’s executive board, an experience she said left her speechless.

    “It was one of the highest compliments I have ever been given,” she said.

    Holden believes her position as a resident and business owner in Loudoun County will lend a different perspective to her leadership this year. Not only does she plan to bring a unique outlook, but also the knowledge that comes from regularly tuning into events from her clients’ primary jurisdictions: Loudoun, Fairfax and Prince William Counties.

    “The Dulles Chamber has been a wonderful place to keep in touch with what is going on in this region,” Holden said. “The dedication and commitment [of its members and board members] made me want to become involved at a higher level.”

    Her goals for the year include continued work on the chamber’s relevancy to the local business community.

    “We are about helping our members’ businesses, whether it’s making introductions to other business leaders, adding value through community involvement, providing information on particular business issues, or helping to make the Dulles region a better place to live and work,” Holden said. “I am honored at the opportunity to serve our chamber members and excited to see where the chamber has been and where it is going.”

    New Members - July 2014 New Members - July 2014

    Corporate Results, Inc. (CRI)
    Business Consultants
    Jay Gruendl
    Herndon, VA
    703-848-7939

    Cracker Barrel
    Restaurants
    Kyle Peterson
    Sterling, VA
    (703) 464-0044

    LearningRx
    Education/Tutors
    Casey Bauer
    Chantilly, VA
    (703) 657-7563

    Northern Virginia Family Service
    Counseling Services
    Colleen Ross
    Oakton, VA
    (571) 748-2532 

    Oakcrest School
    Education
    Bernardine Clark
    McLean, VA
    (540) 790-7450

    Sanabria Insurance Group
    Insurance & Financial Services
    Manuel Sanabria
    Leesburg, VA
    (703) 443-1984

    Washington Metro Institute of Sleep Technology
    Health Care & Wellness 
    Specialists
    DK Sinkfield
    Vienna, VA
    (703) 521-5500

    Donations Will Be Given to McAllen Chamber in Texas to Assist Dehydrated Youth Donations Will Be Given to McAllen Chamber in Texas to Assist Dehydrated Youth

    A Community Effort

    Compassion. Community. Collaboration.

    The Dulles Regional Chamber has a long history of championing worthy causes, both locally and nationally, including its most recent partnership with the McAllen Chamber of Commerce to provide much needed nourishment to thousands of dehydrated immigrant children.

    To businesses and residents in Northern Virginia, McAllen, Texas may seem a world away, but the Dulles Regional Chamber is asking its community to help support fundraising efforts to purchase Pedialyte for these border children.

    “This is an opportunity to put politics aside and help children in need,” said Eileen Curtis, President and CEO of the Dulles Regional Chamber. “As a chamber, our commitment to serving others reaches not just to our own community, but also to national and international causes of merit.”

    The chamber is accepting donations, which it will forward to the McAllen Chamber for the purchase of Pedialyte. Each case of the electrolyte drink costs $72 and will feed 64 children.

    A report by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection indicates more than 50,000 unaccompanied youth have crossed the border in the last nine months, with roughly 42,000 coming through the Rio Grande Sector, where McAllen is the second largest city.

    According to McAllen Chamber President Steve Ahlenius, who provided Curtis with a first-hand account of the situation, the children range from 18-months to 17-years-old and have been wearing the same clothes for several weeks. The journey to the U.S. border leaves them dehydrated and often unable to keep food down.

    A recent article by NBC News indicates the Rio Grande Sector saw an average of more than 300 children a day cross the border during the last three weeks of June.

    “The sick and malnourished condition of the children coming across our border ought to move us to compassion regardless of our views on immigration,” Curtis said. “The Dulles Chamber is proud to be a partner in an effort that will directly affect the health and wellness of so many children for the better.”

    Volkswagen Group of America, a long-time Dulles Regional Chamber member and benefactor, has already answered the chamber’s call for contributions, donating $1,200, enough to meet the needs of 1,000 children.

    “When the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce came to us with a request to help children suffering from dehydration, the Charitable Contributions Committee saw this as a humanitarian need and responded,” said Anna-Maria Schneider, Vice President of Industry and Government Relations for Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “Our philanthropic work is meant to help underserved communities, and the money will be used to buy Pedialyte and basic nutritional needs for these children. It was a unanimous decision.”

    Contributions are being accepted through a special Aircharity donation portal, a custom-built fundraising platform hosted by MainStreet Bank, another chamber member who has stepped up to assist this effort by waiving all fees for donations received through credit card or electronic check, ensuring that 100 percent of donations go directly to the border children.

    Click here to donate today.

    Local Assistance for Border Children

    In addition to the chamber’s partnership with the McAllen Chamber, the Dulles Regional Chamber’s Hispanic Business Council is championing a local effort to provide assistance to border children.

    On Wednesday, July 23, the council held a special happy hour to accept monetary and clothing donations for immigrant children. The donations will be turned over to Youth for Tomorrow, a Northern Virginia non-profit that provides a home to at-risk children.

    The council is encouraging residents and businesses to continue donations to the organization.

    Monetary donations may be made through the Youth for Tomorrow website.

    The following is a list of needed items: new clothing and underwear for children age 7-17 years old, white towels, twin size blankets, twin sheets, twin bedspreads, new pillows, and personal hygiene products including shampoo, conditioner, soap, hand soap, lotion, deodorant, hair brushes, tooth paste, toothbrushes.

    These items may be dropped off at one of the following locations (location information courtesy of the Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations [VACOLAO]):

    B-thrifty
    13412 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Woodbridge, VA 22191
    (Please take donations to the back door)
    Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    Hispanos Unidos de Virginia
    1402 Shepard Drive, # 101, Sterling, VA 20164
    Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

    Centreville Chiropractic Center
    13880 Braddock Road, Suite 108, Centreville, VA 20121
    Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Friday 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
     

    New Members - June 2014 New Members - June 2014

    Accommodations Unlimited
    Event Facility Services & Specialist
    Wendi Picker
    Alexandria, VA
    (703) 830-6645

    Apple Spice Junction
    Delicatessens/Caterers
    Jean Scheib
    Herndon, VA
    (703) 689-3334

    Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project
     associated with MWAA
    Transportation
    Marcia McAllister
    Vienna, VA
    (703) 572-0506

    Fair Oaks Mall
    Retail Mall
    Ed Cassidy
    Fairfax, VA
    (703) 359-8302

    Loudoun Laser & Medical Spa
    Skin Care/Spa
    Sultana Darya
    Ashburn, VA
    (703) 858-9988

    Results in Coaching
    Business & Executive Coaching
    Wendi Hatton
    Springfield, VA
    (703) 408-4038

    New Veterans Initiative Lines Up With Chamber's Efforts New Veterans Initiative Lines Up With Chamber's Efforts

    One group’s growing need may well be addressed by another group’s growing need.

    The healthcare IT field is expected to grow jobs by over 20 percent in the next six years. At the same time, returning military service members need to find meaningful careers as they transition back to civilian life. With a quarter-million troops currently seeking employment, a natural opportunity is evolving.

    The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is working with other groups to offer the Veterans Career Services Initiative in order to bring military veterans into the healthcare IT field.

    This is the type of program that the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce supports through its T3 (Training, Transitioning, and Teaming for Veterans) Committee.

    “We are delighted to hear of such a strong push to bring employment opportunities to our veterans,” said Dulles Regional Chamber President Eileen Curtis. “Through our T3 and GovCONnection Committees we always are looking for all avenues to assist our returning military.”

    “This year, InNOVAte, the chamber’s annual conference on cutting-edge technologies, will focus on healthcare innovation and we see the HIMSS initiative as a model for how those technologies will help the community,” Curtis said.

    The chamber will be offering its own T3 programs this winter to bring together veterans and those organizations around the DC Metro area that need qualified workers. Details of the T3 initiatives will be available soon at DullesChamber.org.

    Waning Interest In Meals Tax Is Good For Chamber Members Waning Interest In Meals Tax Is Good For Chamber Members

    Currently Fairfax County does not have a meals tax and it appears that there won’t be such a tax for the foreseeable future. Cities and towns in Virginia have the authority to enact a meals tax by vote of the jurisdiction’s governing body. However, counties in the Commonwealth, including Fairfax County, can only establish a meals tax if a referendum is approved by voters.

    A task force met over several months in Fairfax County to determine the advisability of placing such a referendum on the ballot for voter consideration. The report was delivered to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in June.

    Dulles Regional Chamber President Eileen Curtis and Advocacy Committee Chairman Dave Cordingley of MainStreet Bank participated in the meals tax task force along with close to fifty representatives of interested groups around the county. Headed by Kate Hanley, former chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, and former U.S. Congressman Tom Davis, the task force recognized that there were numerous issues in support of or in opposition to a meals tax.

    “The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce steadfastly opposes the imposition of any single industry tax such as a meals tax,” Curtis said.

    Those favoring the proposed tax said that it would allow the county to provide a new revenue stream for a budget that is stretched by the needs of infrastructure improvements, education demands and other county services. On the con side, a meals tax sends an anti-business message and impacts the already-fragile restaurant industry, which ultimately could negatively impact jobs in the county.

    There were further concerns about the best time to place the question on the ballot. Each of the next three years posed unique problems. If presented in 2014, there would be little time to educate the public on the pros and cons of the issue. In 2015, proponents would face an off-year election, historically yielding low voter turnout. Also the potential revenue from 2014 would be lost. If presented in 2016, two years of potential revenue would be lost and the current board could not bind the future board to such a move.

    Ultimately the task force did not make a recommendation regarding the meals tax but did forward a document outlining the positions, nearly equal pro and con, for having a meals tax; the timing in which such an issue might appear as a referendum; and the dedication the new potential revenues could address. Without a firm recommendation there seems to be little interest in presenting a referendum to the voters. According to The Washington Post, Board Chairman Sharon Bulova believes that any meals tax referendum would happen after the 2016 elections at the earliest.

    Governor Terence McAuliffe's Statement on 2015-2016 Budget Actions Governor Terence McAuliffe's Statement on 2015-2016 Budget Actions

    Good Morning.

    Over the past six days, my finance team and I have carefully reviewed the Biennial Budget that was transmitted to my office last Sunday by the General Assembly.

    This budget was completed almost three months late, after the Republican leadership of the House of Delegates stubbornly refused to take even the most modest steps toward closing the health care coverage gap.

    Virginians in every corner of the Commonwealth know that the lack of health care is hurting families, stunting economic growth, damaging hospitals and clinics, and causing too many of our citizens to suffer needlessly.

    It is unconscionable that one of the wealthiest states in one of the wealthiest nations in the world does not provide health care to its needy citizens, particularly when we have already paid for it.

    Providing health care to people who are sick is a moral imperative.

    Time and time again, a bipartisan coalition in the Senate and I offered the House Republicans the opportunity to compromise. They had the chance to come to the table and help fix this serious problem, and every single time, they said NO.

    When I took the oath of office in January, I had just come off a campaign in which I ran and won on a platform of expanding Medicaid services to 400,000 Virginians. This was a program just like 27 other states have enacted.

    Some of the most conservative Governors in the nation have implemented this program. Not only did the Republican leadership refuse to compromise, they refused to even discuss the issue.

    My team and I then worked very closely with Republican members of the Senate on a compromise plan called Marketplace Virginia.

    As with any compromise, I didn’t like every part of Marketplace Virginia, but I knew that it was our best chance to get a plan through the House of Delegates, and to thereby help those Virginians who desperately need health care.

    Presented with the idea of Marketplace Virginia, the Republican leadership of the House of Delegates responded with a resounding NO.

    Again, they rejected compromise.

    When the General Assembly failed to complete its work on time and adjourned March 8th without a budget, I offered yet another compromise.

    I proposed to close the health care coverage gap with a two-year pilot program and received a written commitment from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services affirming that Virginia could withdraw from the expanded program at any point we wanted with no ongoing obligation to the beneficiaries.

    Once again, the Republican leadership of the House of Delegates said NO and refused to compromise.

    They chose instead to subject our citizens to a protracted budget stalemate that was unfair to local governments, veterans, law enforcement officers, our state workforce and most importantly the vulnerable men, women and children who depend on state government for important human services.

    Then, last Thursday night, after the Senate of Virginia acceded to the demands of the House to “decouple” health care from the budget, and to drop Marketplace Virginia completely, the House again said NO.

    Together with their new-found majority in the Senate, House Republicans demanded an amendment that effectively eliminated the Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission or MIRC as a vehicle for closing the coverage gap.

    By refusing any and all compromise, the House leadership has turned its back on people all over Virginia who were looking to us to help them and their families gain access to life-saving treatments and medicine.

    By refusing any and all compromise, the Republican leadership has elected to forfeit more than $5 million per day in funding that our people have already sent to Washington.

    We have already lost $852 million as of this morning. This is the context in which I had to evaluate this budget. It was long overdue. It failed to address health care – one of the most pressing needs of our people. And it contained reductions in spending that were much deeper than necessary because the General Assembly refused to accept Medicaid funding.

    Frankly, if it were not June 20th – with only 10 days left in this fiscal year, I may well have vetoed the entire budget. But given the severe difficulties the General Assembly had in getting even this weak budget to me, I seriously doubt that they could have prepared a budget in the next week without disrupting or imperiling critical services or jeopardizing our AAA Bond Rating.

    Let me be crystal clear, I am moving forward to get Virginians health care. I intend to sign this legislation, but not without using my constitutional authority to make several line item vetoes. Today, I am announcing that I will be vetoing several items in this budget:

    First, I am vetoing the MIRC entirely. It is increasingly clear to me that the MIRC is merely a sham to pretend that the legislature is serious about Medicaid reform and expansion. Even the former Attorney General questioned its constitutionality.

    My administration will continue to press for and achieve greater efficiency in Medicaid and other health care delivery programs. My administration has demonstrated time and time again that we will work with anyone in the General Assembly – Democrat or Republican – to advance these goals.

    What we will NOT do is waste any more time on a process in which:

    • the needs of real people are not even discussed;
    • the metrics of reform are ignored; and,
    • the goal posts are moved or even uprooted constantly.

    I have instructed Secretary Hazel and Secretary Brown and their teams not to attend or assist with any more meaningless MIRC meetings.

    Second, I am vetoing the Stanley floor amendment because it is unnecessary given that there is no appropriation for expanded Medicaid pursuant to the Affordable Care Act.

    It restricts something that doesn’t exist. With respect to health care, I am moving forward. There are several options available to me.

    I have directed Secretary Hazel to work with our federal partners in Washington, the insurance industry, health care providers, our university medical centers, non-profit organizations, our local health departments, and the hospital industry to extend the promise of health care to our people.

    Secretary Hazel will have a plan on my desk by no later than September 1st detailing how we can move Virginia health care forward even in the face of the demagoguery, lies, fear and cowardice that have gripped this debate for too long.

    Third, I am vetoing funding for all new judgeships in which confirmation is limited to a regular or special session of the General Assembly. This language is plainly an attempt to significantly limit the power of the Governor and is thus unacceptable.

    Fourth, I am vetoing an appropriation that will allow Chesterfield County to partner with the City of Petersburg to address challenges confronted by the Petersburg schools. This presents a number of legal problems and bad precedents, and was not requested by either locality.

    Fifth, I am vetoing the item that would take $4.6 million from the Federal Action Contingency Trust (FACT) fund. My intent would be to use some or all of this money to protect our interests in military facilities that may otherwise be at risk of federal cut backs.

    I will not sit idle and allow the General Assembly to cripple our military assets.

    Sixth, I am vetoing the appropriation for the newly created Virginia Conflicts of Interest and Ethics Advisory Commission. The ethics reform bill passed by the General Assembly was far weaker than what Virginians deserve of proper ethics reform.

    I plan to present revised legislation to the 2015 General Assembly session on this topic, and the creation of a new bureaucracy beforehand would be unwise and premature. I also question the constitutionality of the commission given its scope of responsibilities.

    My Administration and their families live under a $100 gift band. Virginians deserve a General Assembly that gets closer to that standard.

    Seventh, at the request of the Attorney General, I am vetoing language dealing with asset forfeiture settlements.

    The Attorney General has indicated that while they are willing to continue to work on a possible resolution of issues, the adopted language will cause the Commonwealth difficulty in executing future settlements of this type. Put simply, the language is half baked and needs more work.

    While not a veto, I have also directed the Department of General Services and other staff to suspend all activities to advance the replacement of the General Assembly building, the renovation of Old City Hall or the construction of the new parking deck near Capitol Square.

    In my view, it simply sends the wrong signal to our people to be constructing expensive new facilities in Richmond at a time when we can’t find $10 million to decrease homelessness.

    My staff and I will continue to examine the budget through the weekend, and it is likely that we will have additional vetoes or amendments. I appreciate the work that the money committee staffs have done and will continue to do on this budget during the weekend.

    Finally, I want to thank Virginia’s dedicated state workforce for their patience and continued hard work during this period of uncertainty. It is our workforce that makes state government so effective and I am grateful to them for all they do.

    Thank you.

    Governor McAuliffe’s Announced Budget Actions:

    1. Governor McAuliffe intends to veto language authorizing the Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission to Approve Medicaid reforms as a requirement for Medicaid Expansion (MIRC). The General Assembly made the Commission irrelevant by removing their appropriations authority from the budget. The MIRC has also consistently allowed partisan political considerations prevent action despite the criteria for Medicaid expansion having been fulfilled.
    2. Governor McAuliffe intends to veto the amendment limiting any appropriation or expenditure of funds in the State Treasury to address the health care coverage gap without specific authorization or an appropriation bill enacted by the General Assembly on or after July 1, 2014. The amendment is unnecessary given its intent to restrict an appropriation that does not exist anywhere in the budget.
    3. Governor McAuliffe intends to veto funding for all new judges to which the General Assembly has attached language limiting the Governor from making appointments when the legislature is out of session. The Governor’s right to fill judicial vacancies when the General Assembly is out of session is key to keeping the judiciary running efficiently.
    4. Governor McAuliffe intends to veto an appropriation that will allow Chesterfield County to partner with the City of Petersburg to improve the quality of Petersburg schools. The Governor is committed to improving underperforming schools, but he is concerned about the constitutionality of the legislation and neither locality requested the change.
    5. Governor McAuliffe intends to veto an item that would revert $4.6 million away from the Federal Action Contingency Trust (FACT) Fund. This money is needed to help protect Virginia’s military installations from federal cuts or potential actions of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission.
    6. Governor McAuliffe intends to veto the appropriation for the newly created Virginia Conflicts of Interest Advisory Commission out of his concern over the weakness of the ethics legislation passed by the General Assembly. He intends to introduce stronger legislation in the next session, making the creation of a new bureaucracy premature and unwise.
    7. Governor McAuliffe intends to veto budget language dealing with asset forfeiture settlements at the request of the Office of the Attorney General. The Attorney General has indicated that while they are willing to continue to work on a possible resolution of issues, the adopted language will cause the Commonwealth difficulty in executing future settlements of this type.
    8. The Governor also announced that, in addition to his actions on the budget, he has directed the Virginia Department of General Services to suspend any actions on the new $300 million General Assembly Building in Richmond. He believes building new expensive offices for legislators to use part time is wrong when the General Assembly could not even find additional money to fight homelessness in Virginia.

    Contact: Brian Coy, 804-225-4260,
    Brian.Coy@Governor.Virginia.Gov

    Dulles Chamber Hosts High Level Conversations With Senator Kaine Dulles Chamber Hosts High Level Conversations With Senator Kaine

    The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted an afternoon of conversations with Senator Tim Kaine on April 7, featuring not only an intimate discussion of hospitality issues for area hoteliers, but also a panel discussion of health related jobs and innovations co-sponsored by We Work For Health and Virginia Bio.

    During the afternoon, hoteliers had an opportunity to meet with Senator Kaine to discuss the depressed nature of hospitality in Northern Virginia in light of the industry’s rebound elsewhere throughout the country.

    “The hospitality industry in our region is struggling due to the deterrents of sequestration, government shutdowns, and per diem rates among other things,” said Eileen Curtis, president and CEO of the Dulles Regional Chamber. “The combination of increased federal regulations regarding business travel and the vulnerabilities of industries such as government contracting that provide a large percentage of business travel have negatively impacted our area.”

    A related concern expressed during discussions was the relative health of domestic travel at Dulles International Airport.

    Senator Kaine noted that he and Senator Mark Warner are aware of the imbalance between Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport, remarking that the original intent of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority was not to set the two airports in competition, but to have them work as a team.

    “Senator Kaine indicated that federal legislators are giving serious attention to the matter,” Curtis said.

    Hotel owners and managers in attendance were unanimous in noting that the health and revenue of the Northern Virginia hospitality industry are serious components of state revenues as a whole and could negatively impact the state’s budget if measures are not put in place to stimulate that sector.

    Following these intimate discussions, the senator took part in a panel discussion the chamber hosted in partnership with We Work For Health and Virginia Bio.

    Moderated by Don Owens of Griffin-Owens Insurance Group, the current chairman of the Dulles Regional Chamber Board of Directors, the panel included Senator Tim Kaine, Virginia Bio President Jeff Gallagher, and Patients First Founder Dr. Dana Kuhn.

    The panel discussed innovations, jobs, and the future workforce of life science industries.

    Referencing these advancements, Gallagher noted the impressive incubation of biopharmaceuticals taking place Virginia, while Kuhn spoke of the innovative ways in which Patients First is helping those with chronic illnesses cut medical costs.

    “Senator Kaine was liberal in his praise of Virginia’s progress, but also pointed out areas he felt could be improved, including the need for attracting more venture capitalists and creating a solid research and development community,” Curtis said.

    Kaine indicated that the proximity of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office should be a major incentive to expand the research, development and investment community.

    The senator also addressed the need for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) training, citing his support of career and technical education.

    “The senator feels that career and technical education can not only support STEM industries, but can also provide real-life applications for related subjects that may entice students to engage in STEM-related courses of study,” Curtis said. “The panel provided much-needed insights into an industry that has great potential not only for current innovators, but for the future workforce of Virginia.”

    Dulles Chamber Supports Landfill Extension Dulles Chamber Supports Landfill Extension

    Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Eileen Curtis recently joined area leaders in discussing the Lorton Landfill with Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova.

    “The landfill, which is due to close in 2018 under its current contract, is an issue that has wide implications for our county and region,” Curtis said following the meeting.

    EnviroSolutions Inc., a local waste collection, disposal and recycling company, is petitioning Fairfax County to extend its contract to 2034.

    Proponents of the extension expect it would return millions of tax dollars to the county’s revenue base and provide a state-of-the-art green energy park at the site that would embrace alternative energies such as wind turbines, as well as geothermal and solar initiatives.

    Those in favor of the extension believe the landfill’s closure would force construction debris to be hauled south of Richmond for disposal, generating higher costs and a negative impact on economic development.

    “The resulting impact also has the potential to add to our local transportation issues,” Curtis said.

    The Fairfax County Planning Commission narrowly approved recommending the extension to the board of supervisors. While the concept was reasonable, some commissioners felt the application information to be incomplete.

    “While there are uncertainties yet to be resolved, the concept of maintaining this huge asset for the county and introducing a green energy park is compelling,” Curtis said. “The Dulles Regional Chamber will support this plan.”

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    Anil Bhatia
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    (571) 249-4657

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    Paige Kroner
    Dulles, VA
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    Olivia Russell
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    Daniel Bishop
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    (703) 430-7625

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    Amanda Shallant
    Herndon, VA
    (703) 489-1461

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    Sterling, VA
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    Centreville, VA
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    Chantilly, VA
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    Chantilly, VA
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    Staybridge Suites Chantilly Fairfax Wins Award Staybridge Suites Chantilly Fairfax Wins Award

    Staybridge Suites Chantilly/Fairfax hotel received the IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) 2013 Quality Excellence Award, given to hotels achieving distinction in all aspects of their operations.

    The Staybridge Suites Chantilly/Fairfax is one of 94 properties selected from the company’s more than 4,600 hotels in recognition of overall quality excellence. The hotel was recognized during the 2013 IHG Americas Investors & Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, Oct. 28-30, 2013, held at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Resorts-Hotel-Casino.

    “I am pleased to honor the Staybridge Suites Chantilly/Fairfax with the Quality Excellence Award,” said Kirk Kinsell, President - the Americas, IHG. “Winners in this category demonstrate the highest standards in product quality, hotel operation and customer satisfaction embodying great brands. We’re very proud Staybridge Suites Chantilly/Fairfax is part of the IHG family.”

    The Staybridge Suites Chantilly/Fairfax is an upscale, all-suite hotel located five miles from Dulles International Airport in the Dulles Technology Corridor. The 142 suite hotel carries the highest rating on Tripadvisor.com and is one of only five DC area hotels to do so.

    Nearly 6,000 franchise owners, operators and company officials attended the 2013 IHG Americas Investors & Leadership Conference.


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