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Getting To Know ... Sandra Hambley

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Sandra Hambley, owner of Decor & You in Vienna, was recently named Franchisee of the Year by the International Franchise Association, an organization that protects, enhances and promotes franchising. Hambley is this week's People Profile.

Number of Years in the Vienna Community. I have worked for more than two years in Vienna, and have lived in Alexandria and Annandale for over 12 years.

Family: Lyn Holtz, husband, who works as an electrical engineer in Merrifield.

Education: Bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Pennsylvania State University.

Current job/primary occupation? Interior Decorator / Regional Director for Decor & You.

Achievements:

* marrying my high school sweetheart

* tackling four years of renovations and improvements on our home

* leaving a challenging corporate career to begin a decorating business with Decor & You 2 1/2 years ago

* scoring the highest sales volume among 40 Decor & You franchises across the country and winning a trip to France.

Activities/interests/hobbies: Co-ed softball and oil painting

Favorite local restaurant or place in Vienna? Between appointments I frequent Tyco Cafe at 8229 Boone Blvd., which happens to be the cafeteria in my office building. Jammin’ Java is also a great place for a morning beverage.

What are your community concerns? What are some ideas you have on ways to improve your community? Although traffic is always a concern for most people, all the new housing developments excite me. Growth means more potential homes to decorate.

What community "hidden treasure" do you think more people should know about? People always think of visiting the museums and monuments in Washington D.C., but Fairfax County has many wonderful parks and historic homes. These include Mount Vernon, Gunston Hall and Woodlawn Estate. Fairfax County is a great place to experience history.

Personal goals: Develop a great team of Decor & You decorators in the greater Washington, D.C. area who can truly balance their personal lives and business.

Know of someone who should be recognized for his or her accomplishments? Send People Profile nominations to Nina M. Dry at vienna@connectionnewspapers.com or call 703-917-6422.