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Modesitt Named 2002 Business Leader

<bt>Gregg Modesitt has received a number of awards for his business record and community service. On Jan. 23, the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce named Modesitt as the Business Leader of the Year for 2002 at a private luncheon at the Waterford.

“How about that?” said Modesett, when asked about the award. “It came as a surprise.”

The award may have shocked the local accountant, but his friends and peers thought the distinction well-deserved.

“You hear nothing but good things about Gregg,” said Claire Luke, executive director and CEO of the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce. “He has an extremely high professional record and is very community-minded.”

The title Business Leader of the Year is annually awarded to a local professional active in the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce and involved in the community. Past recipients of the 45-year-old award include former Sen. Jane Woods , attorney John McGeehan of McGeehan & Associates and Harry Doyle, an area manager for Verizon. Modesitt was chosen by a selection committee comprised of six undisclosed members of the chamber. He was one of several candidates nominated for the distinction.

Modesitt has served many local organizations in a variety of capacities during his 22-year career as an accountant. He was a member of the Virginia Asset Financing Corporation, a non-profit company that helps small businesses obtain loans. Modesitt also served on the Annandale Rotary Club and was president of the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce in 1998. He is currently serving as the president of the Old Lee Plaza Condominium Association.

In the words of Luke, the busy Modesitt is simply “one of those guys.”

“Gregg is basically a very giving professional,” said Luke. “He is one of the most active past presidents the Chamber has ever had.”

The awards Modesitt has received over the years attest to his record as an accountant and his active participation in the community. In 1981, the same year he started his CPA firm, he was honored as an Outstanding Young Man of America. In 1999, he received the Professional Business Award of the Year from the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce. Earlier this year, U.S. Rep. Tom Davis (R-11th) presented Modesitt with a Congressional resolution for his dedicated service to the community.

Modesitt enjoys the time he spends in the community as much as the people he helps. “I get a lot of self-satisfaction from community service,” he said. “I have been lucky during my life and I feel the need to give back.”

Many charities and associations have Modesitt to thank for years of dedicated service. He plays Santa every winter for local organizations that help disadvantaged children and his CPA firm does a large amount of non-profit work.

“Playing Santa Claus is always fun and I enjoy helping businesses at the Chamber,” Modesitt said.

Modesitt has lived in Northern Virginia since 1964 and has three children and three grandchildren.