Valerie Kaiser is the co-founder and partner of EldenStreet Financial, specializing in financial, business and estate planning. She has more than 22 years of experience in financial planning, implementation and service, working with families and business owners who want a realistic approach to wealth accumulation and reduced investment risk with better coordination of personal and business assets; all to enhance retirement security and improve family wealth transfers.
She holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional designation and is both an Investment Advisor Representative (IAR) with Eagle Strategies LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor, and a Registered Representative with NYLIFE Securities LLC. She currently holds FINRA Series 7, 63 and 65.
Valerie is a graduate of The College of William and Mary with a B.B.A degree in business management with a minor in mathematics. Presently, she is actively involved in the community through her work for several organizations and memberships including executive board member of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce; Committee Chair for Dulles Executive Women, a select group of women CEOs and leaders; board member for Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association; she is a member of the Women in Business Initiative (WIBI) Advisory Board sponsored by the George Mason University School of Business as well as the Loudoun Commission on Women and Girls board.
Valerie and her husband, Bruce, reside in Sterling, Virginia, where they enjoy being with their large family of five children, a daughter-in-law, son-in-law and five grandchildren.
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Al Hamdi is the President of SKYS Unlimited Hospitality Management Group. He is responsible for the day to day operation of a portfolio of hotels and retail operations. Focused on strategic development and asset appreciation while creating remarkable guest experiences, associate growth, maximizing ROI for the company’s stakeholders and investors.
A Hotelier with over three decades of experience in the industry. Prior to his current role, his career has included positions with leading brands including Crowne Plaza, Radisson, Marriott, Hilton, Clarion and Sheraton. Al began his career with Marriott starting as a Restaurant Busperson at the Bethesda Marriott. That led to his successful career in the hospitality industry, culminating in his current role as President.
Al is member of the Board of Directors of the DRCC and serves on the Executive Committee Board of Directors of the International Hotel and Restaurant Association. He has also served on boards of various trade and non-profit organizations. His commitment and community involvement was recognized by being the recipient of Outstanding Corporate Generosity Award, Corporate Volunteerism Award and First Responders Service Award.
Al currently resides in Rockville, MD with his wife and three wonderful children.
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SKY Hotels & Resorts
John Boylan is an Air Force veteran with a background in the defense and technology industries. Boylan was formerly a principal with Bridget Partners, a business consultancy based in Centreville, Va. He was previously an Executive Vice President at lobbying firm Cassidy & Associates, specializing in national security and federal marketing. He also worked in business development at Lockheed Martin Corp and was a Vice President of Government Relations with Riverside Research, a nonprofit focused on scientific research in support of the Federal Government. Boylan served in the Air Force for 20 years, working as a Navigator on a KC-135 tanker as well as in Geospacial Intelligence and in Political-Military Affairs. He and his wife, Ellen, have called Centreville home since 1993.
DRCC President and CEO
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Dulles Regional Chamber
Mary Gayle Holden is an attorney whose clients include many area leaders. She helped start DRCC’s executive women’s group Power of Thirty before becoming Chairman of the Board in July. Her many past roles include President of the Committee for Dulles, Commissioner on the Loudoun Economic Development Commission, and an appointee on the Advisory Committee to the General Assembly on Emerging Technology for the Joint Commission on Technology and Science.
Mary Gayle Holden, Esq.
Legal Counsel, Past Chairman
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Turner & Kinney
Doug Downer is the President of HRI Associates, an independent insurance company based in Herndon since 1952. Doug is a past chairman of the chamber, a graduate of Leadership Fairfax and served on the board of Volunteer Fairfax. Doug is the founder and chairman of Friday Night Live!, begun in 1995, a summer music concert series that takes place on the lawn of Herndon’s Town Green.
Doug Downer CIC
VP, Friday Night Live!
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James Lawson is very active in the Northern Virginia business sector and holds a number of positions with local chambers, boards of trade and other organizations. He has a strong reputation for helping executives understand and implement what it takes to be successful. He also helps to create relationships between businesses that have mutually beneficial products, services and contacts.
Immediate Past Chair
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Impact Business Solutions, LLC
When Kerrie Wilson was presented with The Commonwealth Institute’s Virginia Legacy Award in 2016, she was described as “a tireless advocate for positive change on issues that strengthen families and communities in Virginia.” With over 35 years’ experience in advocacy, policy development, and nonprofit leadership in the field of health and human services, and multiple awards recognizing her achievements, Kerrie holds fast to the vision of a community where all have equitable access to the resources they need to participate and prosper. As CEO of the Reston-based nonprofit Cornerstones and its affiliate, Cornerstones Housing Corporation, Kerrie has helped create that community through innovative and strategic partnerships, impactful programs, and successful advocacy for those whose voices needs to be heard.
Prior to joining Cornerstones in 2001, Kerrie’s career began at the American Cancer Society where she worked on issues related to cancer prevention and control in women, minorities and the medically underserved and eventually became the National Vice President for Government Relations.
Kerrie’s expertise has been sought out by many nonprofit boards and government task forces. Serving on the Meyer Foundation board of directors, she helped give shape to the foundation’s transformation as a leading voice for dismantling structural racism and building an equitable Washington, DC region. Kerrie is one of a small group of stakeholders from all sectors of the community charged with developing key strategies and an implementation plan for the groundbreaking “One Fairfax” resolution adopted by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and School Board in 2017. One Fairfax embraces “equity” as an overriding principle to advance opportunity for all residents of the county.
Kerrie is on the board of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, is Vice President for Community and serves on the Executive Committee of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Nonprofit Advisory Council for the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the board of directors of the Virginia Housing Alliance, and the Virginia Nonprofit Leadership Council.
In the high-cost-of-living greater Washington D.C. area, Kerrie has been a champion for affordable housing. She is co-chair of the Fairfax County’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC), which recently developed and delivered a Community-Wide Housing Strategic Plan to the Fairfax Board of Supervisors. AHAC recommends strategy for advancing affordable and workforce housing and provides oversight for a local housing trust fund used to preserve 2,400 units of affordable housing and provide long-term rental subsidies. She also played a key role on the Executive Committee of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness that has seen a 47% reduction in homelessness since 2008.
Cornerstones exists so that individuals and families in the Dulles corridor who are homeless, isolated or living in poverty can access resources that offer stability, empowerment and hope for healthy and connected lives. Cornerstones’ signature approach – working in purposeful and targeted partnerships – brings together people and strategies from multiple sectors to harness and target expertise and resources for greater community well-being.
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They include senior executives from Fortune 500 companies, winners of national and international awards, and recognized business leaders.
Together, the leadership is constantly exploring innovative ways to interact with the chamber’s members and address the changing landscape of business in the Dulles Region.
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