Business Notes

Business Notes

<lst>Chantilly's OMNIPLEX World Services Corporation President and CEO Julien Patterson has been named to Lead Virginia, a statewide program consisting of 40 of the state's top business leaders that focuses on key issues in the Commonwealth. Lead Virginia was created to assemble a network of state business leaders who share the same motivation to become educated about regional differences and statewide needs. Together, these diverse leaders from different industries and backgrounds promote a statewide perspective about the quality of life in the Commonwealth. Patterson will unite with other top executives in educational forums throughout the state to address challenges, opportunities and major issues facing the Commonwealth in the areas of technology, health, military, government, education, economic development, industry, immigration and transportation.

The Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce is holding "Power Networking" on Thursday, Aug. 25 from 8-9:30 a.m. at Holiday Inn Select-Dulles Expo Center, Chantilly. Bring 40 business cards and listen to guest speaker Nancy Dezan. Cost is $20 for members who pre-pay by Monday, Aug. 22 at 5 p.m., and $25 at the door. $30 for non-members. All are welcome. Register online by e-mailing or call 571-323-5300.

Doug Graham, Blue Ridge director of sales, will be speaking about information security at the breakfast networking meeting of the Herndon Dulles Chamber on Thursday, Aug. 25 at the Holiday Inn Select-Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. To register, call 571-323-5300, or register online via the Events page of Blue Ridge Networks was named last year by Deloitte Touche, LLP, as one of the nation's fastest-growing technology companies. Visit or contact John Chaconas at or 703-631-7691.

The Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce will honor Sue Davis with the designation "Best of Centreville-Chantilly" for August on Friday, Aug. 26 at noon at Westfields Marriott. Sue is completing her second year as coordinator of the annual Centreville Day in addition to her full-time job. She is a leader in separate efforts to restore the historic section of Centreville. Her husband, Geoff Davis, is on the Centreville Community Foundation board.

The Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly event to provide local businesses with a relaxed setting where can people can meet, greet and eat while exchanging business cards on Thursday, Sept. 1 from 5-7 p.m. at Residence Inn Marriott Chantilly Dulles South, 14440 Chantilly Crossing, Chantilly. Cost is $5 at the door. RSVP to Claudia Patchen at Call 703-376-6946.

The Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce and Empire Technologies hold "Digital Makeover: The Office of the Future is Now," consisting of panel discussions and exhibits, on Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with a mixer from 4-6 p.m. at Center for Innovative Technology, 2214 Rock Hill Road, Herndon. Show and/or see what's new in office technology and lead a business to a new era of productivity and profits. Potential exhibitors should call to learn if display spaces are still available. Cost is $10 for panels/showcase; $10 mixer; $15 combo ticket. Register to exhibit or attend at or call 571-323-5301.

Millenium Bank is sponsoring a business luncheon for people to introduce their business to more than 30 potential clients, eat lunch and listen to Patrick Walsh of Map Business Growth Strategy on Tuesday, Sept. 13 from noon-1:30 p.m. at Sheraton Reston, 11810 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston. Register in advance or reserve a spot by e-mailing or by calling 571-323-5300.

The Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce is holding a mixer for members and friends to view displays of businesses that help customers to have a healthy, happy and financially secure life on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at James Monroe Bank, 3914 Centreville Road, Chantilly. Register online at or e-mail, or call 571-323-5300.

Washington Business Journal is sponsoring a New/Prospective Member Orientation (Chamber 101) on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from noon-1:30 p.m. at ITT Technical Institute, 14420 Albemarle Point Place, Suite 100, Chantilly. Free lunch and networking with 30-40 other businesses. Pre-register with Membership Director Ellen Kaminsky at 571-323-5302 or e-mail

Connection Newspapers and Millenium Bank is sponsoring a networking breakfast and program on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 8-9:30 a.m. at Holiday Inn Select-Dulles Expo Centre, Chantilly. Cost is $20 for members who pre-pay by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20; $25 at the door; $30 for nonmembers. All are welcome. Register in advance at or e-mail or call 571-323-5300.

Community Residence Inc., a regional nonprofit organization that provides community-based programs and services to individuals with mental retardation/developmental disabilities, mental illness and physical disabilities, named David M. Guernsey, Bob Smucker and Beverly Thomas to its Board of Directors.

* David M. Guernsey is president and CEO of Guernsey Office Products.

* Bob Smucker is the founder and former executive director of Charity Lobbying in the Public Interest (CLPI).

* Beverly Thomas is a resident of Community Residence's Vaughn Ball House and works as a cook at the Clarendon Club House.

Dan Carraher, a hospitality industry veteran, has been named director of sales and marketing for Westfields Marriott in Chantilly. Carraher brings to the property 23 years of leadership experience in sales and strategic relationship management with Marriott.

Fairfax resident Jill Manske, ACSW, LISW, was named 2005 Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers. As director of Social Work Services for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Manske has built a more patient-focused atmosphere, particularly as the VA prepares to serve the largest wave of combat soldiers in recent generations.

Johnston McLamb CASE Solutions Inc. has been named among the top 50 Best Small & Medium Companies to Work For in America for a second straight year. Companies were selected and ranked by the Great Place to Work Institute (GPTW).

A Business Networks International (BNI) Referral Networking meeting takes place every Thursday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Centreville Lonestar Steakhouse off Route 29 in the Centreville Square Shopping Center. Contact Chris Allen at 703-653-8946.

Chantilly's Community Residences Inc., a leading provider of outcome-driven services for people with a wide range of disabilities in Virginia and Maryland, was recently the recipient of a $5,000 grant presented jointly to the nonprofit by the Warren G. Stambaugh Memorial Foundation and James Monroe Bank. The money will be used to benefit CR's Stambaugh House, improving the driveway and parking lot to increase the accessibility for handicapped consumers and visitors.

Christopher P. Hodges, P.E., CFM has been re-elected as president of the Capital Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (CCIFMA) of Fairfax, effective July 1. CCIFMA is the largest chapter of IFMA, offering educational, social, networking and community programs to its nearly 800 members in the metropolitan area. Hodges served as president of CCIFMA from 2002-2003. While in term, CCIFMA was awarded Chapter of the Year for excellence in strategic planning, membership growth and retention, professional development, programming, fundraising and community service.

James Monroe Bank announced the appointment of Richard A. Hutchison and John L. Carter to oversee the expansion and general operations of James Monroe Mortgage, a division of James Monroe Bank, on Monday, July 25. Hutchison and Carter are both natives of Northern Virginia and were formerly with Community Bank of Northern Virginia. Hutchison brings 28 years of retail banking experience and was a senior officer and part of the management team at Community Bank. Prior to working for Community Bank, Carter owned and operated ELS Mortgage in Fairfax. Carter's 18-year experience includes mortgage company ownership and management. Hutchison-Carter will merge existing mortgage operations of James Monroe Bank into James Monroe Mortgage with the main office located at 4211 Pleasant Valley Road, Chantilly. James Monroe Bank is a full-service community bank founded in 1998.

The Keener Agency has been appointed to sell personal lines insurance coverage from Travelers, a member of St. Paul Travelers. The agency will now be able to offer customers Travelers coverage for their automobiles, homes or condominiums. Established in 1973, Keener Insurance Agency Inc. is an independent insurance agency offering a full range of insurance products including auto, home, life, health and business insurance. Keener Insurance is a member of the professional Insurance Agents of Virginia and D.C.

OMNIPLEX World Services Corporation has named Chris Hamilton as its vice president of business development. In his new role, Hamilton will be responsible for developing strategic marketing programs, developing and maintaining strong business relationships, identifying and qualifying business opportunities and conducting competitive analysis. Prior to joining OMNIPLEX, Hamilton served as director of national security programs for Reston-based Intelligence Data Systems. OMNIPLEX World Services Corporation is a privately held company based in Chantilly with an annual revenue of $100 million.

R.W. Murray Co. has been awarded a general contracting services award for their upscale masonry restaurant and retail center by Middleburg-based The Long Companies. The 21,626 SF project will be located at 5005-5009 West Stone Plaza Drive, near the new cloverleaf at Route 28 and Westfields Boulevard in Chantilly. Madison Retail Group is managing the leasing of the project. The project will cost approximately $2.39 million to complete, and Fairfax-based Zivic & Hurdle are providing architectural services. Lester Carver of R.W. Murray Co. is the project manager. The retailers anticipated are: Moe's Southwest Grill, Quizno's, Cingular Wireless, Scotto's, Allure Salon, Eggspectation and Ghang's Dry Cleaners. The center is expected to be completed in September.

<lst>The Board of Directors of the Virginia Club for Growth has appointed Kellie DeRouen as the Club's executive director.

"Kellie's selection recognizes her involvement in state and local politics as a grassroots activist. She is widely recognized as an effective advocate who has worked diligently to promote the cause of the conservative movement in Virginia politics," said Phillip Rodokanakis, president of the Virginia Club for Growth.

The Virginia Club for Growth and the Virginia Club for Growth PAC are comprised of Virginia citizens and taxpayers dedicated to fighting for lower taxes, reduced regulatory burdens, controlled government spending, and other policies that will expand overall economic growth and prosperity for the working people of Virginia.