Have any business notes to submit to the paper? New store? New name? New location? Fax a brief write-up to 703-917-0991 or call Sarah Lucas at 703-917-6440.

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has won three regional awards for career and technical education from the Virginia Council for Career and Technical Education. The Advisory Council-Committed Award was given for FCPS’ contributions to the marketing program over the past 30 years. The Business and Industry Partnerships Award was given to the FCPS-Ford-Washington-Area New Automobile Dealers Association partnership at Marshall Academy. Representing HVAC at Edison Academy, Rob Stringham received the Creating Excellence Individual Educator Award. These awards were presented on June 17 in Richmond. For more information, contact Nancy King at 703-208-7795.

EcoStewards Alliance recently awarded executive director of the Center for a New American Dream, Betsy Taylor, its 2002 EcoSteward of the Year. The award is presented annually to the person who makes an impact modeling sustainable ecological and economic choices. Taylor is the recipient of this honor for her work to increase awareness of the dangers posed by runaway consumer culture and the impact of individual choices on the environment. She has led campaigns such as Our Kids and Commercialism, Simplify the Holidays, and Turn the Tide: Nine Actions for the Planet. EcoStewards Alliance is a nonprofit organization that tries to reduce consumption of the Earth’s resources, enrich community and quality of life, and restore habitats and watersheds in the Potomac Valley Region.

Susan C. Thorniley of Burke was unanimously elected to a one-year term as chairman of the Fairfax Public Library Board of Trustees at the June 2002 meeting. Telework Centers will hold an Open House on Sept. 20, noon-4 p.m., at 4031 University Drive, Suite 110, Fairfax. For further information, call 703-367-4636 or e-mail

Raymond F. Kogan has joined The Dewberry Cos. as director of strategic planning and marketing. A registered architect since 1979, Kogan has been rated as one of the top speakers at the American Institute of Architects national convention for seven consecutive years, and he has also addressed other national professional and trade organizations, including the American Consulting Engineers Council, the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), and the Associated Builders and Contractors. He has also authored articles on management and marketing issues, which have appeared in numerous professional and trade publications. Before joining Dewberry, Kogan was a principal and vice president for Zweig White, a management consulting firm serving the design and construction industry. Kogan received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Ohio State University. He is an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), teaches CEU-authorized seminars for the AIA, and was one of SMPS’ first certified professional service marketers.

Karen Decker, president and owner of Washington’s International Center for Language Studies (ICLS), has been named vice president-elect of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP), a national organization committed to working on behalf of English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) instruction and other related issues within the profession. The appointment places Decker on the AAIEP’s executive board. She will focus on government relations and will represent the association’s positions on issues that affect international students in Intensive English Programs. The International Center for Language Studies was founded in 1966 and works extensively with university students, diplomats, government and military officials and business executives, offering instruction in more than 80 languages.

Diane H. Acurso, CPA, supervisor at the Fairfax accounting firm of Thompson Greenspoon and Co., P.C., has recently earned the professional designation of certified specialist in estate planning (CSEP). This designation was awarded by the National Institute for Excellence in Professional Education LLC, in conjunction with various state CPA societies.

David Allen Seager, a Fairfax financial representative, has been named an Outstanding Volunteer by the Northwestern Mutual Foundation for his work with the Northern Virginia Technology Council Foundation (NVTCF). Seager was selected as Outstanding Volunteer in Northwestern Mutual’s national Community Service Award program, which is open to 7,800 financial representatives of the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. To honor Seager’s achievements, a $10,000 check from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation will be presented to the NVTCF in August. Seager will be recognized for his achievements during the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network’s Annual meeting on July 23, 2002. The NVTCF, of which Seager is a founding member, works to improve the lives of people in Northern Virginia by fostering interest in technology and providing educational opportunities in technology.

The law firm of Culin, Sharp & Autry PLC has created a business document checklist for those in the Fairfax City Business Community. The checklist is meant for multiple owners of a business and is free. For a copy of the checklist, call 703-385-5700 or by e-mail at

Daniel E. Burnett recently became an audit manager for Thompson, Greenspoon & Co. P.C. He moved from New York to Virginia. He has spent seven years in public accounting as well as eight in the private sector and is a CPA in both states.

Michael J. Lamore joined Horne Engineering Services, Inc., on July 15, 2002 as Vice President, Engineering Services. Mr. Lamore will assume leadership of the company’s current environmental construction and remediation projects and future field services opportunities. Mr. Lamore has more than 17 years of experience in the design and construction of civil and environmental projects, both nationally and internationally, for federal, industrial, and commercial clients. This experiance includes engineering, construction, permitting, finance, real estate, contracts, procurement, subcontracting, project controls, and client management.

Crystal L. Danielson was recently promoted to the position of executive vice president of the Washington Metropolitan Chapter of Community Associations Institute (WMCCAI). She will now be responsible for the Chapter’s goals and activities.