Business, July 24-31

Business, July 24-31

Send notes to the Connection at or call 703-917-6459. Deadline is Friday. Dated announcements should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.

Springfield Art Guild invites all artists to exhibit in the Greenspring Garden juried art show from Aug. 25th through Oct. 27. Work will be received Aug. 25. Visit or call Donnalynne Lefever at 703-644-6677 for the prospectus.

U.S. Navy Reserve officer Lt. Cmdr. Irvin Gray was recognized at The SemperComm Foundation's annual gala on May 22 with the 2008 SemperComm Award. Gray resides in Washington, D.C. The SemperComm Award is given to nominated U.S. military service members for their efforts to boost the morale of fellow service members. The SemperComm Foundation is a charitable nonprofit organization working to boost the morale of military service members stationed at small and remote overseas bases.

Marilyn Suszko received the Volunteer of the Year Award for 2007 from Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. Suszko began volunteering at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital 12 years ago. She has served on the Scholarship and Nominating Committees, as recording secretary, vice president and president, and she is currently historian for the Auxiliary Board. Suszko has given over 8,300 volunteer hours on the surgical floor, as a patient visitor and in our Gift Shop.

The Credit Union Executive Society, headquartered in Fairfax, has given an industry honor to Apple Federal Credit Union. Apple’s eco-minded Go Green Web site Awareness Campaign was recognized with a Golden Mirror Award for achievement in electronic marketing. This is the second recognition Apple has received for this campaign. During the Credit Union National Association’s annual conference, Go Green was selected to receive the organization’s Diamond Award merit honors.

Bergeron's Flowers & Events, a Springfield florist serving the area for over 20 years, has just opened a new Web site, open 24 hours a day. Customers worldwide can now purchase flowers from the shop at

Shane Ostrom of Fairfax recently passed the CFP National Certification Exam to become a Certified Financial Planner. Ostrom is Deputy Director of the Benefits Information Department for the Military Officers Association of America in Alexandria.

The Small, Women- and Minority-owned (SWaM) Mentoring Program will celebrate the graduation of its first class on June 27. Sponsored by the Business Opportunity Center at Northern Virginia Community College, the SWaM Mentoring Program is designed to help businesses successfully bid for state and/or local government contracts. Participating companies receive business counseling and technical assistance, and participate in workshops on business topics while networking with buyers and vendors who are looking for subcontractors. Sixteen companies participated: ACE Products, Activate Results, Blend In Design, C&C General Builders, Capital Construction, ContractDesk, Element H2O, Gordon Information Services, Information Technology Solutions, McManis & Monsalve Associates, Olshesky Design Group, Potomac Springs Landscape, Robert E. Beach Architects, Sparkle Cleaning, Systems Engineering and We Clean. Program manager Chris Tran is accepting applications for the session which begins in September. Contact Tran at or 703-323-3329.

Chip Henson has joined insurance agency Johnson & Strachan Inc. as a property and casualty sales executive. Henson, who earned his bachelors degree in marketing management from Virginia Tech, previously worked as a senior sales representative for Liberty Mutual in Fairfax, where he specialized in business property and casualty insurance. Henson is a native of Madison Heights, Va. and currently resides in Herndon with his wife, Olivia.

DisplayWorks has won a 2008 MOD Award in the 10’ x 20’ Exhibit category. The winning exhibit was designed for Össur, a manufacturer of orthopedic and prosthetic devices. Össur, a pioneer in non-invasive bionic technology products, wanted a 10’ x 20’ modular solution that could be broken down into two 10’ x 10’ exhibits for exhibiting at smaller venues. The design needed to remain consistent with the brand presentation of Össur’s larger properties. The resulting exhibit is a clean backdrop that provides a contrast against which Össur’s metal prosthetic devices may be displayed, and an exhibit with a modern, medical look. The annual MOD Awards, sponsored by Event Design Magazine, recognize excellence in modular exhibit designs.

Storage Strategies, Inc., data storage services firms based out of Springfield, has been rated as a top government-contracting firm by Dun and Bradstreet, who provide industry performance ratings. In the July 7 report, SSI rated 96 out of 100. Categories included reliability, cost, delivery of service, quality of service, business relationship and personnel. Storage Strategies is an independent data storage management consulting and engineering firm that provides information technology leaders and organizations with data storage expertise.

The Junior League of Northern Virginia has announced the 2008-2009 board of directors, with Tamara W. Ashford of Alexandria succeeds Emily Oehler as president. Ashford was previously Treasurer/Finance Council director and Membership Council director, and has held the positions of JLNV Thrift Shop Treasurer, Provisional Advisor and the Resource Development Committee. Also elected to the Board of Directors were:

· Nene Spivy, president-elect

· M. Tracy Ault, sustainer representative

· Darlene Bakke, community council director

· Kathy Boatwright, treasurer/finance council director

· Teresa Demangos, treasurer-elect

· Tanya La Force, fund development council director

· Beth Malara, nominating committee chair

· E. Jill Parlett, planning council director

· Whitney Richardson. communications council director

· MaryJo Robinson, parliamentarian

· Katharine Vaughn, secretary

· René Wilkinson, membership council director

Susan Borrelli, formerly of Weichert Realtors and Ron Kowalski of Long & Foster Realtors announce a real estate partnership focusing on the Lorton and Fairfax Station markets, and to bring state-of-the-art internet, search engine optimization and lead generation technology together with marketing and systems capabilities while marketing their listings to buyers interested in living within reasonable commute distance to Fort Belvoir, the Pentagon and Quantico.