DULLES, VA -- The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce announced its annual business
awards winners at the “Stars Over Dulles” Awards Luncheon event on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at Hilton Washington Dulles Airport in Herndon. The master of ceremonies was James Lawson, Chairman of the Board, Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Guests in attendance at the event included Sheriff Mike Chapman, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office; Virginia Delegate Jennifer Boysko; Town of Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel; Town of Herndon Vice Mayor Jennifer Baker; and many regional business and community leaders.
The award winners were presented with a Congressional Record recognition by a representative of the office of Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA 11th District) and a Congressional Proclamation by a representative from the office of Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA 10th District).
Fun activities punctuated the event, including a visit from Santa Claus, who gave each of the award winners a Southwest Airlines airline ticket, courtesy of Karen Price-Ward, Community Affairs & Grassroots Manager, Southwest Airlines. DJ Karpediem, a locally-based and internationally known disc jockey, provided the music for the event.
“The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce was proud to host our annual Stars Over Dulles event to recognize exemplary companies and organizations in the Dulles region,” said John Boylan, President and CEO, Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce. “It was a difficult decision to choose between the finalists but our Board selected outstanding winners for the 2017 awards.”
• Paul J. Wiedefeld, General Manager and CEO, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (award accepted by Gregory Potts)
• Madhu Garlanka, CEO, Software Products, Allwyn Corporation
• MainStreet Bank (award accepted by Jeff Dick)
• Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles (award accepted by Sharon Meyers)
Small Business Leader:
• Jay Johnson, CEO, Five Minute Productions
• Geoffrey Lawson, VP & GM, The National Conference Center
• Praduman Jain, CEO, Vibrent Health
• Laura Readyoff, Owner, The Music Loft, LLC
• Jim Kuiken, The Kuiken Group
• Children's Science Center (award accepted by Nene Spivy)
Corporate Social Responsibility:
• John Sekas, Sekas Homes, Ltd.
New Chamber Member:
• Mustang Sally Brewing Company (award accepted by Sean Hunt)
First Responder Agency of the Year:
• Loudoun County Sheriff's Office (award accepted by Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman)
Eileen Curtis Lifetime Achievement Award:
• Art Anselene, Town of Herndon (retired)
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:
To see the list of School Improvement Projects included in the 2017 School Bond Referendum, visit: http://bit.ly/2zboUq4
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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.
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