Business Notes

Business Notes

The Vienna-based Southern Management Corporation, a residential property company, was honored by the Commonwealth of Virginia with a Virginia Governor's Service and Volunteerism Award for Large Businesses. The awards recognize voluntary efforts in the areas of government, homeland security, national service, nonprofits and civic engagement. Southern Management was recognized for its support of military families in the capital area. Since 1986, the company has provided complimentary housing to hundreds of military personnel through the Emergency Housing Program. Southern Management also is an active participant in the Military Housing Set-Aside Program, which sets aside a certain number of apartment homes at Southern Management communities for military personnel that cannot secure base housing. Also, Southern Management employees have given thousands of hours of volunteer time preparing care packages and toiletry kits for the Operation USO Care Package program and donated more than $5,000 to the program.

LTC Financial Partners is running a contest to change the perceptions that people over 65 are over the hill. Contestants may fill out the question, "I am over 65 and ..." in 25 words or less and submit it via internet at or contact Penny Gilbert at 703 281-0914 for more information.

WildBlue Communications Inc.'s high-speed Internet via satellite service is now available throughout McLean. WildBlue provides high-speed Internet access via satellite to homes and small businesses in communities not currently served, or underserved, by other high-speed providers. Service is available simply by calling 1-866-WildBlue (945-3258) or by visiting

The Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce offers the following upcoming events:

* Lunch and Lead Tip Group. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12:15-1:30 p.m., at Shula’s Steakhouse, 8028 Leesburg Pike in the Tysons Corner Marriott. RSVP to Harvey Silverman at 703-319-8806. Dutch.

* Executive Lunch Club. Every Friday from 12:15-1:30 p.m., at Shula’s Steakhouse, 8028 Leesburg Pike in the Tysons Corner Marriott. RSVP to Harvey Silverman at 703-319-8806. Dutch.

Vienna-based Backfence Inc. has launched its latest community site in Arlington, providing “hyperlocal” coverage of the county. gives Arlingtonians a place online to can find local information, share stories, pictures and events, comment on local issues, review local businesses and advertise goods and services. As with Backfence’s previous sites in McLean and Reston and in Bethesda, Md., all of the content on the site is supplied by members of the community.

Chalk Inc. has been named exclusive eLearning solution provider for Digital Media Broadcast Corporation (DMBC). Chalk Inc. announced a three year strategic alliance with DMBC, a Virginia-based provider of niche digital broadcasts over a dedicated "Virtual Private Network". Whereby Chalk will become the exclusive provider of eLearning software, services and content to DMBC's clients.

Merrifield-based independent public broadcaster MHz Networks has launched Worldview, an internationally diverse, 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week program stream for public television stations. The new stream aims to attract globally aware viewers with a range of international programming blocks — world news, foreign affairs, international mysteries, world music, sports and foreign films — all in English or subtitled. The evening world news block features newscasts from Taiwan, India, Japan, France and Germany, with Bolivian and Russian news being added in March and pan-African news arriving by June. The World Music block features "Strictly Global," with videos from all over the world. The Emmy Award-winning "MHz Presents" features artists from all genres of music. Both "Strictly Global" and "MHz Presents" are MHz original productions. The international mystery block features iconic detectives from all over the world.

McLean-based Communiqué Conferencing Inc., audio and Web conferencing service provider, was named "Best Webinar Solution" by Elearning! Magazine. Elearning! readers and industry professionals nominated and cast ballots for the best e-learning solution providers across nine product categories.

Michael Briglia has been named vice president of commercial banking at First Horizon Bank's Northern Virginia-based commercial banking team. Briglia will operate from the mid-Atlantic regional headquarters in Tyson's Corner. He brings 15 years of experience in business development to the team. His responsibilities will include providing commercial lending products and services including commercial deposit and treasury management services.

Talbots Kids, located at Tysons Corner, honored manager Jessica Smith at a recent awards dinner naming her store the 2005 Kids Store of the Year. The award, which recognizes outstanding performance, was one of the highest honors presented at the banquet. Smith and her staff are noted for achieving strong sales performance and the highest standards of customer service.

JP Brehony Homes/Commonwealth Housing Corporation of Vienna has been chosen as the Custom Builder of the Year by the Custom Builders Council of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association. JP Brehony has been in business since 1991 and primarily builds upper-end, single-family custom homes in and around the town of Vienna.

Archisha Mehan has joined Cardinal Bank as assistant vice president in the Small Business Division. She will be responsible for business development in the Fairfax County market. Mehan is a graduate of the University of Bombay with a bachelors of arts in financial accounting and a masters from the University of Stirling, U.K.

HBL of Tysons, a luxury and sports car dealer, has hired the Bomstein Agency to provide advertising services for its dealership group. The agency's account services, creative and media departments will work to manage all aspects of HBL's advertising in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland.

Vienna-based Billy Casper Golf recently completed a remodeling of the clubhouse at its Reston National Golf Course and will now begin expanding the course's practice facilities. The practice facilities are projected to be complete by mid-April.

Billy Casper Golf, based in Vienna, recently honored a dozen superintendents at an annual meeting in Atlanta for their efforts maintaining course conditions at golf facilities located across the United States managed by the firm.

Greg Dubois, who oversees the agronomic operations at the award-winning Wintonbury Hills in Connecticut, won the Superintendent of the Year award.

Other winners of BCG's Superintendent Awards are:

Newcomer of the Year: Dennis Bowsher of Virginia Oaks, Va., and Jim Woodworth of Bent Creek, Fla.; Most Improved Golf Course of the Year: Lee McBurnett of Stonebridge Meadows, Ariz., and Mark Pelkey of Lyman Orchards, Conn.; Communicator of the Year: Rick Guillon of Avon Fields, Ohio; Utility Man of the Year: Jesse Seguin of Chick Evans, Ill., and Roger McDuffa of Highland Woods, Ill.; Bang for the Buck Award: Mark Seman of Sumner Meadows, Wash.; Outstanding Shop Award: John Kennedy of Stoneleigh, Va.; Team Player of the Year: Chris Fronczek of Eisenhower, Md.; Assistant Superintendent of the Year: Jason Wolfe of Highland Woods, Ill.

Charm City Concierge, co-owned by Nancy Green of Vienna, was recently featured on Good Morning America. The story was about national trends for corporate concierge services and how companies like Charm City Concierge continue to grow and be successful.