Business Notes

Business Notes

SunTrust Bank, Greater Washington recently promoted Maria Minguzzi to the position of vice president in its retail division. She will continue to serve as the senior branch manager of the McLean office, a position she has held for one and one-half years. Minguzzi, has been with SunTrust for five years and was previously a branch manager for the Vienna and Reston offices before moving to the McClean location. A graduate of University of Maryland, College Park, Minguzzi is a member of the greater McLean Chamber of Commerce and serves on its Ambassador and Education committees. She was also a mentor for the Fairfax Partnership for Youth, Inc. Minguzzi is a resident of McLean.

"Renewal Strategies that Benefit You and Your Work." Suzanne Adele Schmidt will speak at The Vienna-Tysons Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 11. Schmidt, co-founder of Renewal Resources, will offer simple, innovative and practical strategies for balance and renewal in the workplace at 11:30 a.m. at Nizam's, 515 Maple Ave., W., next to the VTRCC office. A book signing will follow the 12 p.m. lunch. Reservations required; call 703-281-1333 or visit

Tysons Business and Professional Women (BPW) will host Jocelyn Samuels, vice president, director of educational opportunities of National Women's Law Center, at its monthly breakfast meeting on Sept. 17, 7:30-9 a.m., at Holland & Knight LLP, 1600 Tysons Blvd., #700, McLean. Cost is $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers. For information or reservations, call Liz Simpson at 703-734-0342.

The Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce schedule is as follows:

Every Tuesday, a lunch and lead tip group allows members to meet and network, share leads and mingle, 12:15-1:30 p.m., at the Hyatt DoubleTree Hotel at Tysons, 7801 Leesburg Pike. R.S.V.P. to Harvey Silverman, 703-319-8806.

Every Friday, a business-to-business tip group meets, 12:15-1:30 p.m., at Shula's Steakhouse, 8028 Leesburg Pike, in the Tysons Corner Marriott. R.S.V.P. to Jodi Scholes, 703-255-1500.

Oct. 29 – The 57th annual Vienna Halloween Parade. Participants will have the opportunity to salute local volunteerism with the theme “Celebrate Our Volunteers: 100 Years of the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department.” Former Chiefs from the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department will serve as Grand Marshals. Volunteers are needed to help with organization, crowd control and constructing a Chamber float. Anyone interested in helping or in serving on the committee should contact the Chamber office.

The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce September schedule is as follows:

Sept. 11 - Roaring 20s annual action and casino event meeting, 12 p.m. Place is to be decided.

Sept. 16 - technology committee mixer, 5:30 p.m., community room, Governmental Center

Sept. 17 - education committee meeting, 8:30 a.m., place to be decided.

Sept. 17 - business mixer, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Ross, Langan & McKendree, L.L.P., 6828 Elm St., Suite 300.

Sept. 25 - membership committee meeting, 11:30 a.m., community room, Governmental Center. Lunch fee.

Sept. 25 - annual business awards dinner, 6:15-9 p.m., at Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, 7920 Jones Branch Road. $45 per person.

On Sept. 17, 18, 19 and 20, Saks Fifth Avenue at Tysons II will donate 2 percent of purchase prices to Life With Cancer and the Women's Cancer Research Fund during this four-day shopping events. The kick-off party, complete with shopping, entertainment, refreshments and door prizes, begins at 5 p.m. on Sept. 17. Tickets are $35 and are required for admission for that evening. Call 703-208-5611 for information.

The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Dinner will take place on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 6:15 p.m. People to be honored include Mary Kingman, Outstanding Business Person of the Year; Bob Oremland, Entrepreneur of the Year; Leslie Dawley, Innovative Business Person of the Year; Vinson Hall Retirement Community, Nonprofit Association of the Year; Paul Frank, recipient of the President's Award; Bill Folsom, recipient of the President's Award; Stacey Sim, Chamber's MVP. Tickets are $45 per person, with a cash bar. Tables of 10 are available. Respond no later that Sept. 15. Mail to the McLean Chamber, 1437 Balls Hill Road, McLean, or fax to 703-356-9244.

An evening networking mixer hosted by The Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce and co-sponsored by nonprofit members of the VTRCC will showcase area nonprofits including Court Appointed Special Advocates, Historic Vienna, Inc., INOVA Blood Donor Services, The Shepherd's Center, The Women's Center, Vienna Choral Society, Vienna Arts Society, Vienna Optimist Club and the Vienna Theatre Company. Each nonprofit will have information about the organization and a representative present to answer questions. $5. Call 703-281-1333 or visit

Sport & Health Company, the Washington, D.C. metro area's largest health club company, has announced that its Tysons Corner Center Sport & Health Club will be open to members 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday, for a two-month trial period from Sept. 1, to Oct. 31. The new hours of operation have been implemented in response to growing member demand and general consumer interest and will mark the first time any of the Sport and Health Clubs have offered access on a 24-hour basis. The Tysons Corner Center Sport & Health Club is located at 8209 Watson St., McLean.

The first Talbots Men's store in the Washington, D.C. area officially opened its doors on Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Located next to the existing Talbots store at Tysons Corner Center, Talbots Men's offers sportswear for weekday and weekend. The grand opening included a shopping benefit hosted by Arnold B. Zetcher, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Talbots, and featured informal modeling by members of the McLean Police Department and Dunn Loring Fire & Rescue Department. Through Sept. 20. there will also be drawings for prizes such as dinner for two at Citronelle, Redskins tickets, a fly-fishing excursion and more.

The Craftmark Group was ranked 48 out of 100 on the list of the largest privately held companies in the Washington metropolitan area. The annual revenue for 2002 totaled $247 million. The McLean-based home builder, consisting of Craftstar and Craftmark Homes, was the top residential home builder to be featured on the list. The list of largest private companies is published annually by the Washington Business Journal and focuses solely on businesses in the Washington metropolitan area.

Golfdom has joined forces with the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society to take part in the Freddie Mac Longest Day of Golf. Throughout the months of September and October, area golfers have the opportunity to play golf all day free at 42 local sponsoring host courses. The golf clubs donate the green fees while participants commit to raising money to help people affected by multiple sclerosis. When anyone registers for Golfdom’s Very Important Golfer (VIG) program, $20 of his $25 VIG initiation fee will be donated to the National MS Society. Additionally, Longest Day of Golf participants who reach certain fund-raising levels will earn Golfdom gift certificates ranging from $25 to $350. All certificates will be redeemable at Golfdom, located at 8203 Watson St., McLean. To register a foursome or to learn more about the National MS Society, call 202-296-5363, or visit

Todd Roy has been added to the Pinnacle Design and Consulting team. Roy received his master's in architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic and State University and comes to Pinnacle Design and Consulting from Devereaux and Associates of McLean.

Re/Max Gateway president Scott MacDonald announced that Patrick Jablonski has been named chief operating officer. Jablonski will be responsible for company expansion, agent development, recruitment and training.

On July 25, Meta Carta announced that it had promoted Randy Ridley to the position of vice president and general manager, Federal Systems. In this capacity, he will have overall responsibility for management of the MetaCarta team in the federal sector.

Jon Berghoff, co-founder of Berghoff Consulting in McLean, is $30,000 short of reaching the Vector Marketing Corporation Hall of Fame. The threshold is $500,000. He broke several company sales records five weeks into his career; he has now been with Vector four years. He was twice the number one sales representative in the company, winning the Vector All-American College Scholarships while a student at DeAnza College, Cupertino, Calif. He opened a branch office for Vector and trained 90 sales representatives in one summer. This year Berghoff and his brother, Mike, moved to McLean and opened a Berghoff Consulting to provide motivation and training to Vector representatives and other growing businesses across the country.

Robert H. Duesenberg of Oakton, who served on the Valparaiso University Board of Directors for seven years, was elected an honorary member of the board at its summer meeting on campus. Duesenberg, retired senior vice president and general counsel of General Dynamics Corp., was elected to the University's governing body in 1996. Before joining the board, Duesenberg served on the Valpo President's Advisory Council and, along with his wife Lori, chaired a $35 million campaign that funded construction of the Center for the Arts on campus.

Duesenberg received his bachelor's degree from Valpo in 1951 and his law degree from the University's School of Law in 1953. Valparaiso University is located in Valparaiso, Ind.

Miramax Films presented a special pre-screening of The Johnson Group's documentary, "Paper Clips," for one week starting Aug. 29 at the Angelika Theatre, 18 West Houston St., New York, N.Y. The documentary tells the story of children in Whitwell, Tenn., a community of about 2,000 people that is almost exclusively white and Fundamentalist Christian. Led by their principal's desire to help the students explore the diversity beyond their valley, the documentary follows the students' response to learning about the Holocaust with a promise to honor every soul lost in the event.

The Johnson Group is located in McLean.

On Saturday, Aug. 23 and Sunday, Aug. 24, H&M clothing store collected gently used children's books to be donated to a needy local school selected by the participating store. In return for their donation, patrons received a coupon of 20 percent off an entire outfit from the children's department. All children who visited the store received H&M book covers to decorate while parents were shopping. H&M is located in Tysons Corner.

Excedent Technologies, a global leader in business email outsourcing, anti-virus and Spam filtering solutions, announced that it has successfully defended its customers from the latest epidemic of computer viruses and worms that have wreaked havoc across the Internet in the last two weeks. The most notable virus outbreak, a new variant of Sobig, known as Sobig.F, was first discovered on Aug. 19, and has since become the most widespread virus in history.

Excedent works with industry leaders to protect customers from harmful viruses and the company was able to immediately quarantine emails containing Sobig.F.

Excedent provides small businesses and service providers with hosted e-mail accounts protected from computer viruses, junk e-mail and other nuisances spread through e-mail. The company employs server side virus protection in order to prevent viruses from reaching customer inboxes.

KLNB, Inc. will relocate and expand its full-service Northern Virginia office by moving from McLean to 8027 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. The new office features eight NAI KLNB brokerage professionals focusing on the sale and leading of office, flex and industrial real estate, and eight KLNB retail professional specializing in the leasing and sale of retail space. The Vienna office is one of four full-service locations operated by KLNB.

"Retirement Plans for Small Businesses" is an educational seminar that addresses the different employer sponsored retirement plans available for small businesses on Sept. 25 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Legg Mason, 8444 Westpark Drive; Suite 100; McLean.

Sponsor: Legg Mason Wood Walker, Inc. Cost: No charge, but registration is required. Contact: Jerry Booth at (703) 761-7686 or

America's largest bipartisan women's business

organization, Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) today announced the opening of a Washington, D.C. office at 1615 L Street, N.W. Ann Sullivan, of McLean brings extensive Capitol Hill lobbying and business ownership experience to lead the new WIPP Washington office. WIPP is headquartered in Oklahoma City, where it was founded and in two years has rapidly grown to 460,000 women in business nationwide.

Sullivan became associated with WIPP two years ago as Federal

Legislative Consultant and will continue in this capacity as well as

head the WIPP Washington office.  Complete contact information for the new office is 1615 L St., N.W., Suite 650, Washington, D.C.

20036.  The phone number is (202) 626-8562 and fax number is

(202) 223-6601.

Sullivan is president of Madison Services Group, a woman-owned

company in McLean that provides government relations services to

corporate and non-profit clients.  She knows Capitol Hill both as a

lobbyist and a senior advisor in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of

Representatives. Sullivan was involved at the forefront of government deregulation of the energy industry. Her legislative expertise includes government procurement, health care, tax, environmental and energy policies.

Women Impacting Public Policy is a national bipartisan group

comprising over 460,000 diverse businesswomen and women business owners.  WIPP strengthens members' sphere of influence in the legislative process of our nation, creates economic opportunities for members and builds alliances with other small business organizations. Visit