Business Notes

Business Notes

DeBaggio's Herb and Farm Nursery greenhouse, located in Chantilly, opened Nov. 26 and will remain open seven days a week from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. until the season ends on Dec. 23. Buy Honey and Herbal gifts for the holidays, Rosemary plants, topiary for the holidays, scented geraniums, and assorted herbs. Each Saturday there will be product samples from Bigg Riggs and Bittersweet Herb Farm. Debaggio's is located on 43494 Mountain View Drive, Chantilly. Call 703-327-6976.

Tom Donegan, broker/owner of RE/MAX Premier, and fellow rider Bob Loy went on stage at the Norfolk Veteran's Day concert to present the first $5,000 contributed for the Ride for America's Patriots, an upcoming cross-country motorcycle ride to honor veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. On hand to receive the check was J.R. Martinez, spokesman for the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes. Donegan and Loy appeared at the Nov. 11 event at the invitation of Norfolk mayor Paul Fraim.

Navy Federal Credit Union, located at 5900 Centreville Road, Suite 110, is an official drop-off site for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Campaign. Donations will be accepted until Dec. 16.

Navy Federal Credit Union is also sponsoring a coat and winter wear drive through Jan. 31. All donations will benefit the Western Fairfax Christian Ministries in Chantilly. Accepting donations of new or gently used coats, gloves, hats and boots for adults and children.

The People's Pottery Shop presents "Eat, Shop, Fund-raise" on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 6-9 p.m. There will be wine and cheese at this open house located at Fair Oaks Mall, center court, upper level. Win door prizes and raffles. This event is for the Assistance League of Northern Virginia, a chapter of the National Assistance League. Proceeds will support the philanthropic projects including Operation School Bell and Operation Hugs.

Navy Federal Credit Union, located at 5900 Centreville Road, Suite 110, is an official drop-off site for The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Campaign.

G&C Express Auto Services, a Chantilly-based company that provides auto repair services, is offering to donate a free oil change service to any person that brings in a toy for the Marines' Toys for Tots program. Starting Nov. 1 and continuing until Dec. 30.

The oil changes will be freely given to anyone with a toy for the Marines program, no strings attached. The donations will be accepted at G&C Express Auto Service located at 14008 Willard Road, Chantilly.

Bowman Consulting has launched a leadership coaching program as part of its recruitment, retention and employee performance program. Leadership coaching is typically found in the Fortune 500 and major consulting firms. This leadership coaching program is modeled after The Wharton School of Business, Executive Coaching Workshops. Trish Hollar, chief human resources officer, has participated in the workshops and leads the coaching program for Bowman Consulting. Coaching develops leaders in the context of their current jobs, without removing them from their day-to-day responsibilities.

Chantilly business Communication Technologies Inc., a national leader in telecommunications, broadband, IT-managed services and training for both the federal government and the private sector, is the only non-Fortune 500 company in the Washington, D.C., area to be named to the nationwide "Top 25 Military Friendly Employers" list of G.I. Jobs magazine for 2005. COMTek is one of only four companies in all of the U.S. outside of the ranks of the Fortune 500 to be so honored. As part of its extensive work for the federal government, COMTek employs and trains former active duty and reserve military personnel.

The Fairfax County Public Library now allows customers to use Visa or MasterCard credit and debit cards to pay for overdue or lost books.

Credit card payments are accepted at all library branches, including the Access Services branch in the Fairfax County Government Center.

William Earl Whaley, regional manager of Omnisec International Investigations Inc., was named in the "Who's Who in Executives and Professionals" by the National Register.

Whaley worked in the FBI for more than 25 years before moving to MSM Security Services Inc. and ManTech MSM Security Services in 1991. He began with Omnisec in 2004.

The Northern Virginia Conservation Trust (NVCT), a Virginia based nonprofit land trust that has been a leader in land conservation for 11 years will host: The Fifth Annual Conservation Breakfast, on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Marriott Fairview Park, Falls Church. David S. Broder, Pulitzer Prize winner and a national political correspondent for The Washington Post, will be the guest speaker. He is author or co-author of seven books, including: Democracy Derailed: Initiative Campaigns and the Power of Money (Harcourt, 2000).Tickets are $50. Contact Alison Mize at 703-354-5093 or at

OMNIPLEX World Services Corp. of Chantilly, which delivers intelligence, investigative and security services to corporations and government agencies located throughout the world, announces that Jon Peterson, CFO, has been recognized for a second year in a row as a Super CPA by the Virginia Society of CPAs (VSCPA) and Virginia Business Magazine.

Super CPAs is a distinct, peer-nominated honor. The VSCPA sends out ballots to its 8,000 members who then write in their nominees in 10 categories. Peterson was awarded the Super CPA in the Financial Managers, CFOs and Controllers category.

Douglas E. Yon, P.E. has accepted a position with Facility Engineering Associates, P.C. (FEA) as Project Manager in the Condition Assessment and Facility Management group in Fairfax. Yon comes to FEA from VFA, Inc. in Boston, Mass. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts and Florida. Mr. Yon brings over 25 years of facilities, construction and energy management experience to FEA. As a facilities assessment consultant, project manager and assistant project director, Mr. Yon’s past responsibilities included analyzing and resolving building mechanical and electrical system problems, performing infrastructure and facility assessments, performing and managing facility Capital Planning and Management Solutions (CPMS) projects, and combining innovative business and technology practices for better return on capital investment for building property portfolios.

Chantilly resident Daniel L. Moore, AIA, an architect specializing in healthcare facilities design with PSA-Dewberry, has been elected to the board of directors of Special Love Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides programs for children with cancer and their families.

Moore has been active with Special Love for many years, and PSA-Dewberry is an annual sponsor of the organization’s Camp Fantastic Golf Tournament fund-raiser, which supports Special Love’s week-long camp in Front Royal.

His work has included the design of cancer treatment facilities at several leading hospitals in the region, including Georgetown University Medical Center, the University of Virginia Health System, Washington Hospital Center and Culpeper Regional Hospital.

Commerce Bank is searching for 200 community service-oriented high school seniors for the Commerce Bank American Dream Scholarship program, which awards $200,000 annually to graduating seniors who achieve both academic excellence and serve the community.

Student applications will be evaluated for accomplishments in and out of the classroom. Scholarship winners will be selected based on six criteria: academic achievement, goals and aspirations, demonstrated leadership, participation in community service activities, work experience and personal recommendations.

Applicants must:

* Be graduating high school seniors, residing in a county served by Commerce Bank

* Plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the United States

* Have a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent

* Demonstrate involvement in community service, volunteerism, school activities and/or employment responsibilities

Candidates can submit applications from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15, 2005. Applications are now available at all Commerce Bank locations. To find a Commerce store, visit Call 507-931-1682.

A Business Networks International (BNI) Referral Networking meeting takes place every Thursday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Centreville Lonestar Steakhouse off Route 29 in the Centreville Square Shopping Center. Contact Chris Allen at 703-653-8946.

The Virginia Land Title Association (VLTA) held its annual Fall Seminar Oct. 14 at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel. The seminar offered six hours of continuing education for Licensed Title Insurance Agents. VLTA operates for the benefit of persons associated with the land title industry. The VLTA mission includes actively promoting standards and regulations that increase the effectiveness of the industry through legislative initiatives and through educational programs. Visit