Business Notes

Business Notes

Washington Dulles Airport led the nation's airports over Thanksgiving in the speed with which travelers were checked through security. A survey of the nation's major airports, conducted by Travelocity, showed that travelers at the airport waited an average of one minute to pass through security on Thanksgiving day and two minutes the following Sunday.

Beth Torre and Beatrice Giron have joined Harvey Insurance and Financial Services of Chantilly. Torre has more than 20 years in the insurance business and will be an associate and marketing specialist. Giron has three years of experience and will be an associate. Harvey Insurance and Financial Services is a Nationwide agency with nine employees that has been in the Chantilly area for more than 15 years.

Farouq Zarif, a former General in the Afghanistan Army in charge of protecting the Afghan President, will be the guest speaker at the weekly breakfast meeting of the Dulles Rotary Club this Friday, Jan. 10. The club meeting, which is open to the public, is held at 7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria of the Center for Innovative Technology on Innovation Drive (off Route 28, just north of the Dulles Toll Road) in Herndon. Zarif had to leave Afghanistan when the Russians invaded and became a U.S. citizen last November. The program was arranged by Dulles Rotary Club member Roddy Dean, First Virginia Bank. Local clubs of Rotary International around the world are made up of business and professional people who provide mutual support and assistance with community projects, especially oriented to youth and children. For more information, call Club Service Director Jerry Foltz at 703-830-4194.

The Fairfax Junior Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit group which organizes charitable activities across Northern Virginia, will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Mama's Italian Restaurant, 9715 Lee Highway, Fairfax. All members of the community are invited and there is no charge. Learn about its many activities, including volunteering and fund-raising for local charitable causes, business networking and more. Call James Parmelee at 703-502-0161 or go to the Web site at

John Gaston, PE, has been hired as a project engineer in the Dulles office of Burgess and Niple. In this position, he provides site civil engineering services both for public utility infrastructure and commercial, industrial and residential development projects in the mid-Atlantic region. Gaston was previously employed by Burgess & Niple from 1998 to 2001. An experienced design engineer, he has completed many large commercial projects in the metropolitan D.C. area. His areas of technical expertise include roadway and parking facility design; site grading and layout; erosion and sediment control measures; and design of water, sanitary sewer and storm drainage systems. He resides in Fair Oaks with his wife Denyse and daughter Camille.

Gov. Mark R. Warner recently announced appointments to several Virginia boards and commissions. Louis J. Cernak Jr. of Clifton was named to the Safety and Health Codes Board. He is a business manager at the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 99.

"I am pleased that there are so many people willing to dedicate their time and expertise in helping the people of the Commonwealth," said Gov. Warner. "I thank them for their service."

The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce will honor 84 members of the county's Police Department, Fire & Rescue Department and Office of the Sheriff at the 25th Annual Valor Awards ceremony on Feb. 18. Joined by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the Fairfax County Chamber will honor these public service heroes for their extraordinary acts of courage in the line of duty over the course of the past year. This Silver Anniversary ceremony features the highest number of individual award winners ever, including 20 Silver Medal of Honor presentations, the premier honor given this year.

R.W. Murray Co. of Chantilly recently announced its plans to build a 35,000 square-foot building on Balls Ford Road in view of I-66. This is the first of three buildings to be constructed in a new office park called Battlefield Overlook I. The company will relocate 31 employees to this location and will occupy 10,000 square feet for its corporate headquarters. The remaining 25,000 square feet will be speculative office space and available for lease.

Donald C. Winter, 54, has been named a corporate vice president and president of the Northrop Grumman Mission Systems sector, formerly TRW Systems, where he served as president and chief executive officer. Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, with expected 2003 revenues of $3.9 billion, employs approximately 16,000 people and is headquartered in Reston.

Timothy W. Hannemann, 59, has announced his intention to retire as president of the Northrop Grumman Space Technology sector, formerly TRW Space and Electronics, on Jan. 31, 2003.

Wesley G. Bush, 41, will become corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman Space Technology effective Feb. 1. The sector, headquartered in Redondo Beach, Calif., has 2003 estimated revenues of $2.5 billion and employs approximately 8,600 employees.

"We are pleased to have such highly qualified executives to lead our two new operating sectors," said Kent Kresa, Northrop Grumman chairman and chief executive officer. "These two operating sectors join us with tremendous momentum, having won several large contracts in the past few months."

Winter has served as president and CEO of TRW Systems since January 2000. A 28-year company veteran, Winter has also held senior systems engineering and program management positions for a variety of space system programs.

Bush most recently served as president and CEO of TRW Aeronautical Systems prior to its October 2002 sale to Goodrich Corporation. Previously, Bush spent 15 years at TRW Space & Electronics, where he had broad technology and operational experience in a series of management positions, leading to a vice president and deputy assignment. He also served as vice president and general manager of TRW's Telecommunications Programs Division, where he was responsible for developing and producing advanced satellite and terrestrial wireless communications.