Business Notes

Business Notes

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

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. Award recipients include Paul Frank of 1st Service Bank, President’s Award; Vinson Hall Retirement Community, Nonprofit of the Year Award; Bob Oremland of Staybridge Suites Hotel in McLean, Entrepreneur of the Year; Leslie Dawley of Hedgerows, Innovative Business Person of the Year; Mary Kingman of American Legion Post 270, Business Citizen of the Year; Stacy Sim on Virginia Commerce Bank in McLean, Most Valuable Member; and William Folsom, photographer, President’s Award. $45 per person, open to the public. For additional information, contact the chamber office at 703-356-5424.

“Today's Investment Climate.” A private briefing featuring James W. Brinkley, president, Legg Mason Wood Walker Inc. and former chairman of the board of directors of the Securities Industry Association, will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., at The Hyatt Regency Reston, 1800 Presidents St., Reston. Legg Mason Wood Walker Inc. is the event's sponsor. No charge, but registration is required. Contact Jerry Booth, 703-761-7686 or

"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 5:30-6:30 p.m., Legg Mason, 8444 Westpark Drive, Suite 100, McLean.

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

An evening networking mixer hosted by The Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce and co-sponsored by nonprofit members of the VTRCC on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., 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

More than 50 Fairfax County businesses will be exhibiting at the Capital Home Show, Sept. 26-28, at Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. These local companies use the show as a sales and marketing tool in order to reach more than 30,000 homeowners from around the region. The show is produced by dmg world media, an international exhibition and publishing company that produces more than 300 market leading trade exhibitions, consumer shows and fairs each year, including the Capital Home & Garden show in the spring.

Area businesses to exhibit at the show include: 3M Energy and Security Solutions and Tech Houses of McLean; Décor & You and Spas East of Vienna.

The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce will host its annual political forum on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7 a.m. at McCormick and Schmicks. All seven local candidates have confirmed their participation. State Senate, 32nd District: Janet Howell and Dave Hunt. State Delegate, 34th District: Vince Callahan (unopposed). Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors: Gerald E. Connolly and Mychele Brickner. Dranesville Supervisor: John Foust and Joan DuBois. Potomac Valley Bank and Gloria Adams of Long & Foster are sponsors. For information or to register, call 703-356-5424 or visit

Race fans can register at the UPS Store located at 1350 Beverly Road in the Ashby Building in Mclean to win a trip to the George 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Oct. 28. Other prizes include models of the UPS Store car and a Dale Jarrett #88 UPS uniform jacket. The “Ship with UPS, Race with Dale Jarrett, Ride the Brown Truck” promotion will continue through Oct. 3. Visit

The Vienna-Tysons Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament 2003 will take place Oct. 6, with registration at 11 a.m. and a shotgun start at noon at the Westwood Country Club. Proceeds benefit the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department. The cost is $780 per foursome or $195 per person and includes golf and cart, refreshments, lunch, golf balls, auction, course contests, awards banquet, and first, second and third prizes. For sponsorship opportunities or more information, call the office at 703-281-1333 or Joe Cacciapaglia at 703-850-9188.

Business and Professional Women (BPW) of Greater Fairfax will host designer Judith Loomis discussing “The Art of Feng Shui” at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 6:30-9 p.m., at Tysons Corner Embassy Suites, 8517 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. The cost is $25. For information and reservations, call Elyse Galik at 703-471-4604.

The Vienna Halloween Parade will take place Oct. 29 on Maple Avenue. The parade committee has chosen the theme "Celebrating Our Volunteers: 100 Years of the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department.” There will be a mixer co-sponsored by the Vienna Chamber of Commerce and the Vienna Inn from 5-7 p.m. at SunTrust bank, 515 Maple Ave. E. The cost is $5 for the mixer. The parade will run 7-9 p.m. For sponsorship opportunities, to receive a registration packet or for more information, call the office at 703-281-1333.

Sport & Health Co., 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-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 members of the Tyson's Corner Rotary Club are pleased to contribute $1,000 to support the Guatemala Literacy Project in the name of Glenn Rounsevell. The Guatemala Literacy Project is a Rotary-sponsored program that provides books and study materials to children in Guatemala. Glenn Rounsevell, a resident of Falls Church, has actively supported projects to improve literacy both here and abroad. He is the former owner of Flint Hill School in Oakton. The Rotary Club of Tysons Corner meets at 7:30 a.m. on Thursdays at the Tower Club.

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

Sandy Alison Diamonds & Fine Jewelry has moved to a new location in Great Falls. Second generation owners of Treasure Chest Fine Jewelry founded in 1960, Sandy Rubin and Alison Sherman decided to move locations after their Rockville store and shopping center was slated for demolition. Services include jewelry and watch repair, custom design, appraisal services, executive shopping service, on-file wish lists and complimentary gift wrap. Rubin is a graduate gemologist and both are members of Jewelers of America. The new location is 9845 Georgetown Pike in the Great Falls Center. During the Grand Opening Celebration, 10 percent of proceeds will be donated to the great Falls Volunteer Fire Department.

Todd Roy has been added to the Pinnacle Design and Consulting team. Roy received his master's degree in architecture 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 Meta Carta team in the federal sector.

Jon Berghoff, co-founder of Berghoff Consulting in McLean, is $30,000 short of reaching the Vector Marketing Corp. 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 No. 1 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 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 prescreening of The Johnson Group's documentary, "Paper Clips," for one week starting Aug. 29 at the Angelika Theatre, 18 W. 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 e-mail 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 recent weeks. The most notable virus outbreak, a new variant of Sobig, known as Sobig.F, was 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 e-mails 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 in-boxes.

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 leasing 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.

America's largest bipartisan women's business organization, Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), opened a Washington, D.C., office at 1615 L St. 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.

Sullivan is president of Madison Services Group, a woman-owned company in McLean, which provides government relations services to corporate and nonprofit clients. She knows Capitol Hill both as a lobbyist and a senior adviser 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

The McLean Massage Therapy Center has opened at 1447 Dolley Madison Blvd., Suite G-2, McLean. The center’s expertise is massage therapy techniques that result in pain relief and stress reduction. The center provides not only traditional massage therapy but also cutting-edge methods such as Muscle Release Technique (MRT). MRT helps individuals with neck pain, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, fibromyalgia, sciatica, plantar fasciitis and more.