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Chamber of Commerce Installs New Leadership

Outgoing Chamber Chairman Michael Gailliot installs new officers and board members for 2013.

Outgoing Chamber Chairman Michael Gailliot installs new officers and board members for 2013. Photo Contributed

New The Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce leadership for 2013 was sworn into office at the annual “Installation Extravaganza” Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Mount Vernon Country Club and Supervisor Jeff McKay mentioned three “extravaganzas” from the past week including the new transportation bill passed by the General Assembly, the release of the FY 2014 Fairfax County Budget, and Sequestration.

The new leadership team is Chairman Barbara Doyle, CEO Inova Mount Vernon Hospital; President Ashley McNeff Behrens, CEO USHI Inc.; Vice President Sean O'Connell, PBMares LLP Certified Public Accountants; Secretary Katy Fike, McEnearney Associates, and Treasurer Sam Misleh, Walker's Grille.

Outgoing Chairman Michael Gailliot, Hilltop Golf Club, was recognized as an exemplary leader in the chamber and the community and an advocate for turf fields at Mount Vernon high school and athletic opportunities for youth.

New chamber board members are Mike Berlin, Covanta Energy; Rachel Carter, Coldwell Banker; Jane Gandee, ServiceMaster of Alexandria-DC; Doug Jones, Rent-All Center; and Melissa Wood, George Washington's Mount Vernon.

McKay urged small business owners to pay attention to what is happening and not get discouraged by talk of Sequestration. He said that Fairfax County is a strong community and that it will get through Sequestration as a strong community.

McKay said that there were more land use applications in Lee District during 2012 that in any other magisterial district in Fairfax County. “Ninety percent of the current office space is being developed in Lee District,” said McKay.

Fairfax County just received funding through the General Assembly to complete a final transit study for Richmond Highway which will be completed in 2014. This study will identify transit modes for the highway and identify a way to move forward to widening Route 1 from Woodlawn to Buckman Road.