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Arlington resident Lesley L. Coulson has joined the intellectual property practice of the law firm Miles & Stockbridge. Coulson will work in the firm's Tysons Corner office as an associate. Coulson's practice will focus on intellectual property matters involving electrical, mechanical and computer technologies. Coulson also brings nine years of experience in computer software development to the firm, including analysis and design, programming, configuration management, software testing and quality assurance, and product and project management.

Rob Hartwell, former chief of staff to Rep. Dick Schulze and Nick Smith and vice president of Government Affairs, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, has joined American Systems International Corp., a firm specializing in traditional congressional and administration government relations consulting, as a senior consultant.

SOC Enterprises was selected as the winner of the 2002 James B. Hunter Human Rights Award by the Arlington Human Rights Commission. These awards are intended to highlight the work of individuals, organizations, and businesses in Arlington for sustained commitment and outstanding accomplishments in the area of human rights. SOC Enterprises received the award in the community/nonprofit organizations category.

The Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington has been recognized by its parent company, Starwood, as the top hotel out of 700 North American Sheratons to achieve the highest improvement in customer surveys. The recognition rates the Sheraton National as most improved from the third quarter of 2001 to the same period this year. The scores reflected an improvement of nearly 48 percent. The Guest Survey Index system used by Starwood rates service, product quality and overall guest experience.