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 General Manager of the Crowne Plaza Dulles Airport Hotel. He is responsible for the day to day operation of the hotel and strategic development while focusing on creating memorable guest experiences. Al joined SharCon Management and Development in 2014.
The Crowne Plaza completed a multi-million dollar renovation that modernized the 324-room property. With efforts to further enrich the property’s area airport locale, the goal was to present a refreshed look and provide an enhanced guest experience in every facet of their stay.
Al Hamdi is 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 Radisson, Marriott, Hilton, 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 General Manager.
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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Crowne Plaza Washington Dulles
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
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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