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Welch, Graham & Ogden Insurance has been selected as one of the 195 independent brokers from around the country participating in the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America Best Practices survey. More than 900 agencies were nominated. To be chosen, agencies had to qualify based on revenue, customer service, growth and stability.

Welch, Graham & Ogden Insurance, founded in 1896, was based in Alexandria for more than 100 years and is now in Chantilly. For more information visit www.wgoins.com or call 703-803-1300.

MacNair Travel Management, a privately owned American Express Representative Office, announced today that Tharwat Abouraya has joined the company as Director of the Dream Trips Division. Serving as the leader of the division, Abouraya will be responsible for creating new and innovative travel opportunities for Dream Trippers and expanding the operation through acquisitions, the development of stronger independent consultant and group leader programs, and the addition of full-time staff. Prior to MacNair Travel, Abouraya served as Regional Director for the American Express Consumer Travel Network where he directed all financial, marketing, and customer service operations in American Express-owned stores throughout regions along the East coast. He earned the top degree available in the travel agency industry, the Certified Travel Counselor (CTC) bestowed by The Travel Institute of Wellesley, Massachusetts. Visit www.macnairtravel.com for more information.