Business Briefs

Business Briefs

Jim F. Berdine, owner of Ambiance Hair Design, celebrated the salon's fifteenth anniversary on Friday, Oct. 4, with an evening party. The shop is located at 155 Glyndon St., Vienna, in the Glyndon Shopping Center. Cafe Renaissance, Vienna Vinter and the soon-to-be-open Natta Thai Cuisine, all also located in the Glyndon Center, provided food and beverages. The celebration was attended by employees, product representatives, clients, friends and former stylists.

<lst>The Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce will feature the following events for October. Seating is limited, and reservations are required:

A golf outing is planned for Monday, Oct. 21, at 11 a.m., at the Westwood Country Club at 800 Maple Ave. E. Call office for registration form. 703-281-1333.

A ribbon cutting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Foster's Grille in the Magruder Shopping Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Meet one of Vienna's newest businesses. Call 703-281-1333.

The McLean Center Office of Weichert, Realtors, 1355 Beverly Road, honored sales associate Sue Huckaby for generating the most resale listings in the region in August. The entire branch was commended for producing the most resale listings and the highest resale dollar volume in the region. Call 703-893-1500.

The Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce unveiled its new Web site and logo on Wednesday, Sept. 25. The Web site is designed to provide important information concerning upcoming events, member benefits and contact information, and several interactive features will be added to the site over the coming weeks. Nautilus Communications, a chamber, designed and manages the site, which displays the new logo created by Vicki Serraino of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. Call 703-281-1333 or visit

Wally Adamson, branch manager of Weichert, Realtors’ Vienna/Oakton Office, is pleased to announce Cindy Dwyer as top producer with the most resale revenue units and the highest dollar volume. Craig Lilly was recognized as top sales associate.

Forrest Walton, branch manager of Weichert Realtors’ Oakton/Vienna Office, is pleased to announce Chong Weisman as the agent with the highest dollar volume and the most sales and Lynda O’Shaughnessy as top lister with the most listings sold. Rosalie Sarson was recognized for producing the most resale revenue units.

BOWA Builders Inc. has announced that Joseph

Burke has joined the firm as a sales representative. He will lead sales development in the Northern Virginia area.

Burke is a residential construction industry veteran with over 17 years’ experience, including several years as a sole proprietor of his own residential design/build business. Before joining Bowa, Burke held the director of design/build position for two D.C.-area remodeling firms: Sun Design Remodeling Specialists Inc. and CaseDesign/Remodeling. His leadership and superior customer service won Case several regional COTY awards for Entire House Remodeling. Other notable accomplishments included Top Gun Sales Awards 1999 and 2000 for sales results over $1 million.

Burke earned his bachelor of science in architecture from the University of Virginia and has been a guest speaker at Handley Woods Remodeling Business Symposium and Washington’s Design for Living Show.

The Board of Directors of the McLean Citizens Association has voted to support the Northern Virginia Sales Tax Referendum that will appear on the November ballot. Clark Tyler of the MCA's Transportation Committee and Jim Turner of the Budget and Taxation Committee presented the resolution to the Board. The Board voted to strongly support the sales tax referendum and urged the 70,000 residents of the McLean area to vote "yes" on the referendum. Copies of the resolutions adopted by the MCA Board can be viewed on the MCA's web site at

Long & Foster, Realtors, the five-state Mid-Atlantic region's largest residential real estate and related financial services firm, reported total sales for Set. 2002 of &2.8 billion and home sales of $1.9 billion for the month, the best September in the company's 34-year history. Long & Foster's real estate sales have been up consistently in the first nine months of 2002, and they are up 24 percent year-to-date over last year's record levels.

Tysons Business and Professional Women will host Carol Covin, author of "Money, Morale & Musical Chairs in the Job Market" at its montly breakfast meeting on Oct. 16, 7:30-9 a.m., at BearingPoint, 1676 International Drive. Cost is $5 for member, $10 for non-members. For more information or to make reservations call Liz Simpson at 703-734-0342.

Rockbridge Associates, Inc., today celebrated its tenth anniversary on Oct. 7. Founded by Charles and Deborah Colby, Rockbridge is a market research and consulting company that focuses on technology issues for organizations in the services and information sectors. The firm has melded traditional research methodologies with cutting edge technologies to provide clients with innovative and effective solutions to business problems.

Monte Carlo Night, sponsored by the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce, will take place on Nov. 2, from 7:30-11 p.m. at the Double Tree Hotel, 7801 Leesburg Pike.

A Business Mixer, sponsored by the McLean Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Nov. 20, from 7:30-9 a.m. at Mars, Inc. Tour & Breakfast at J. Gilberts, 6930 Old Dominion Drive.

Science Applications International

Corporation (SAIC) announced that Fairfax County Supervisor Gerald E. Connolly has joined the company as Director for Community Relations to further strengthen SAIC's commitment to business growth and community involvement in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.  Connolly brings with him more than 30 years of experience in international relations, legislative

affairs and public policy.

Connolly also serves as supervisor for the Providence District in

Fairfax County, and represents 110,000 citizens including the entire

business district of Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia's largest commercial center. Connolly also chairs the Reorganization, Legislative Affairs, and Procedures Committees in Fairfax County.

In 1989, Connolly served as vice president for SRI International,

Economic Policy Division, in the Washington, D.C., office.  During his tenure, Connolly was responsible for the management of SRI relations with senior officials in the Federal Government including both the Executive Branch and Congress.

In 1979 Connolly joined the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign

Relations as a senior staff member.  In this role, Connolly staffed the committee for annual legislation authorizing funds for security and economic assistance, international financial institutions, nominations, the State Department and the Peace Corps.

Connolly also staffed the Near East subcommittee for Middle East issues.  In this capacity, he was responsible for drafting legislation, negotiations, oversight of a $12 billion bilateral economic program, international economic policy and U.S. Agency for International Development programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

From 1975 to 1978 Connolly served as executive director of the U.S.

Committee for Refugees in New York and Washington, D.C., where he managed a program monitoring worldwide refugee problems.  Connolly began his career as a development associate for Heifer Project International in Little Rock, Ark., where he coordinated educational, promotional and fundraising


Dr. Gerald Gordon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, will speak at the next Greater McLean Chamber Business Forum on Thursday, Oct. 24. The luncheon program will be held at Fleming’s Steakhouse and Wine Bar in Tysons. Next to teaching at several local universities, Dr. Gordon has written eight books and numerous articles on strategic planning, economic development, and leadership styles. Tickets are $25 and seating is limited. Advance reservations are available now by calling 703-356-5424.

Sports Therapy Services, Inc. will be holding a free seminar titled “ The Benefits of Yoga for Runners” on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. The porgram will take place at STS in McLean, 6848 Elm St., and is open to the public. Call 703-442-0748 to make reservation early as space is limited.