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  • Awards Luncheon

    Our Awards Luncheon takes place amidst the stunning holiday backdrop of the Westin Washington Dulles Hotel. Along with holiday cheer and Broadway entertainment, we will celebrate amazing and newsworthy achievements of some of our region. This year’s winners each have a compelling story. The 2016 award categories are Arts, Community, EMS, Global, Health, Hospitality, Transportation, Veteran, Workforce, & Youth.


    The Dulles Regional Chamber hosted its Annual Stars Over Dulles Awards Luncheon at the Westin Washington Dulles on Tuesday, December 13. With over 200 in attendance, chamber members and people of the Dulles Region came together to celebrate with award winners and honorees of 2016.


  • 2016 Veteran Star Award was present to Col Bob Shawn, a fighter pilot of three wars.

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  • 2016 Transportation Start went to Patty Nicoson for her leadership in bringing the Silver Line to Dulles and beyond.

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  • The 2016 Hospitality Star went to The National Conference Center was recognized for its recent successes and multiple awards.

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  • The 2016 Arts Award was awarded to Signe Friedrichs and Arts Herndon for successfully uniting two arts organizations and producing outstanding programming.

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  • The 2016 Health & Wellness Star went to Inova's Institute for Personalized Health for leading the way in the integration of genomics into personalized medicine.

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  • 2016 Global Star was awarded to TriVision Creative recognizing their winning of the large Department of Commerce marking bid, as well as for their signal campaign for Afghan Women's Rights.

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  • 2016 Workforce Award was awarded to Madhu Garlanka and Allwyn Corporation for their outstanding software app GetAJob that links employers with entry-level applicants in the Dulles footprint.

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  • The 2016 Valor Award was presented to James Estep, who volunteers with both the Vienna Volunteer Five Department and Sterling Rescue.

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  • 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.

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  • Our 2016 Awards event was covered by our Photography Sponsor, Chasing Auras Photography.


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  • 2015 Public Service Star:
     Delegate Tom Rust, 86th District, currently serving as Chairman of the House of Delegates Transportation Committee. He has given his life to public service, including almost 20 years as Mayor of Herndon and another 12 years as Delegate. Tom has announced his retirement for this year.
    Sponsor: Pennoni

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  • 2015 Veterans Star:
    Our veterans are special people and there were years when we did not give them the thanks they deserved. Today we honor USAF Col. (Retired) Paul Patton of CACI, a role model for all in both his military and business careers. Paul is an incorporator and immediate past chairman of the board of POISE Foundation, the first African American developed and managed Community Charitable Foundation in Pennsylvania. Paul was in the military when he incorporated the foundation and served on the board for several years while in uniform.
    Sponsor: Fairway Independent Mortgage

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  • 2015 Community Stars:
     Friday Night Live! team, represented by Doug and Annie Downer, and Laura and George Price. They were miracle workers, organizing the entire drink concessions operation for the World Police and Fire Games this summer, filling 391 shifts with volunteers.

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  • 2015 Innovation Stars:
     The World Police and Fire Games, represented by Bruce Blechl and Jerome Williams, who participated in the Stockholm Games and sold the idea to Fairfax County. Also to Bill Knight and Barry Biggar, who took on the leadership of making the dream a reality.

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  • 2015 STEM Star
    The Children's Science Center, which opened its new Lab at Fair Oaks Mall this summer. The lab is a major addition to our region's ability to make science fun and encourage a new generation of STEM learners.
    Sponsor: Taubman Management

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  • 2015 Housing Star:
     Bill Lauer. Bill was an ardent champion of affordable housing, lending his expertise and his teams to advising and even building needed residences.
    Sponsor: Helios HR

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  • 2015 Deal of the Year:
     Sale of the Ashwell property to the Town of Herndon. Sometimes a real estate deal means so much more than just a transaction. This sale will allow the town to finally consolidate its plan for downtown redevelopment of Herndon.
    Sponsor: Fairbrook Hotels

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  • 2015 Technology Star:
     Pete Jobse and the Center for Innovative Technology. We honor Pete, who has led CIT as they created new pathways for technology including the Mach 37 incubator.
    Sponsor: CIT

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  • 2015 Global Business Star
    Trade Center Management Associates. TCMA, the exclusive manager of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, has transformed the property into a hub for government, business, commerce, and community. The Reagan Building is DC’s premier venue for hosting conferences, meetings and special events and also serves as the World Trade Center Washington, DC, offering a dynamic forum for trade promotion in the heart of the nation’s capital.
    Sponsor: CitiBank

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  • 2015 New Business Star
    Stone Springs Hospital Center. Stone Springs opened a beautiful new hospital center this year and will help thousands with the excellent staff and top notch resources
    Sponsor: Van Metre Homes

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  • Mike O'Reilly was presented with the 2016 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.


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