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                                                                                                 August 2018 Issue 2


News from the Northern Virginia Chamber 

Northern Virginia Chamber Announces Julie Coons as Next President and CEO
The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce announced that Julie Coons, CAE will serve as the Chamber’s next President and CEO effective September 10, 2018. Ms. Coons has significant experience leading regional and national business organizations, currently serving as Chief Operating Officer of the Council of Better Business Bureaus based in Arlington, Virginia. Ms. Coons brings to the Northern Virginia Chamber diverse experience leading regionally-focused business organizations, guiding financial and brand transformations, and successfully advocating for business in local, state, national and international arenas. Among her many leadership roles, she served previously as President and CEO of the Electronic Retailing Association and, prior to that role, as President and CEO of the Maryland Tech Council. To read a full press release, click here.

News has been featured in the following media outlets:
The Washington Business Journal
Virginia Business
Washington Tech

PolicyMaker Series: 10th Congressional District Debate 2018

The Loudoun Chamber, along with regional business and academic partners, will host U.S. Representative Barbara Comstock (R) and her challenger, State Senator Jennifer Wexton (D), in a debate between the candidates for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District seat, a race that will help determine the balance of power in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2019. The debate will be held on Friday, September 21 from 8:00-10:00AM at The National in Leesburg. This debate is being presented in partnership with the Dulles Chamber, Greater Reston Chamber, Greater McLean Chamber, Northern Virginia Chamber, Tysons Regional Chamber, the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University and the Northern Virginia Technology Council. To learn more and register, click here.

Annual Capital Region Business Forum on 9/6

The Annual Capital Region Business Forum will be held this year on Thursday, September 6 from 7:30-9:30AM at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. The Forum will provide key leaders the opportunity to discuss their cooperative efforts to bolster the regional economy in an ever competitive global marketplace. The event will address opportunities and challenges that affect the District of Colombia, the State of Maryland, and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Learn more about the event and register here

Northern Virginia Regional Elected Leaders Summit NEXT WEDNESDAY 8/29
Join the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Virginia Regional Commission for a roundtable featuring the Mayor of the City of Alexandria (invited) and Chairs of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties NEXT WEDNESDAY, August 29 from 8:00-11:00AM at Waddell Theater! Engage with local government leaders and top business influencers in a discussion on how the regional economy is growing and thriving. Watch this video to learn more about the event. To learn more and register, click here.


briefcase Member News

Leadership Fairfax’s Emerging Leaders Institute Now Accepting Applications
Leadership Fairfax is currently accepting applications for their Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) Class of 2019. The Emerging Leaders Institute is designed for new to mid-level professionals of any age with a desire to improve and increase their leadership competencies, partner with community organizations and expand their professional networks. The program begins in September and lasts for 10 months, educating participants in various leadership skills including conflict management, community outreach, negotiations, public speaking, project management, media training and communications. To learn more, click here.

Hopecam Celebrates 15 Years with Annual Gala on 10/19
Hopecam is celebrating 15 years of helping children with cancer defeat social isolation by connecting them to their classrooms, friends, and support systems while in treatment. To celebrate this milestone, Hopecam is holding their annual Gala on Friday, October 19th at The Silverline Center in Tysons. Join friends and business colleagues for an entertaining evening, benefiting children with cancer. To learn more about Hopecam, click here.

SOSi Hires Former Acting Deputy Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as Vice President for Corporate Security
SOS International LLC (SOSi) announced the hiring of Peter T. Edge as its Vice President for Corporate Security, tasked with strengthening all facets of security at SOSi for both employees and clients. Mr. Edge retired as a member of the U.S. Government Senior Executive Service with over 32 years of federal and state law enforcement experience. Since 1993, he served as a special agent of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and its predecessor agency, the U.S. Customs Service. He eventually became the Deputy Associate Director, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in 2011 and acting Deputy Director in 2017. To read a full press release, click here.

Andrew Henderson, CPA, CVA Named Audit Principal at Thompson Greenspon
Thompson Greenspon, a full-service CPA firm in the Washington DC Metro area, announced that Andrew Henderson, CPA, CVA, has been named a Principal of the firm effective August 1, 2018. Since joining the firm in 2002, Andrew has had a significant impact on client service, team leadership, and overall growth of the firm. Thompson Greenspon has always sought to recognize the dedication of its team members and promote from within. Starting at the firm as a Staff Accountant, Andrew has consistently excelled in terms of service excellence, contribution to the firm’s growth in the government contracting sector, investment in people and expert knowledge. To learn more, click here.

Thompson Greenspon Announces Staff Promotions
Thompson Greenspon announced the continued growth of their firm with the following staff promotions, effective August 1, 2018: Sarah Ferens, CPA to Tax Manager, Iryna Passerini to Audit Senior, Brian Ratchford to Tax Senior, and Carey Besch, CPA, M.Ed., to Business Services Specialist. Thompson Greenspon is delighted to have so many of their people moving ahead in their careers. These promotions are just one part of the firm’s drive to ensure they offer the best career development opportunities possible for employees – a key component in maintaining highly-skilled employees that address the full range of challenges experienced by their clients. To learn more about Thompson Greenspon, click here.

Join Collect for Kids to Help FCPS Students in Need Get School Supplies
Did you know: 55,000 kids in Fairfax County live in poverty? Visit Caboose Brewing Co., Fairwinds Brewing Co., Forge Brew Works, Lake Anne Brew House, or Mustang Sally Brewing Company with a backpack to receive a discount on your purchase or text BACKPACK to 571-992-0018 to donate to Collect for Kids! To learn more, click here.

Dewberry Selected to Design Route 7 Corridor Improvements
Dewberry has been selected by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to provide transportation engineering services for the Route 7 corridor improvement project in Fairfax County, Virginia. The firm is teamed with Shirley Contracting Company, LLC on the design-build project. The project is intended to widen Route 7 from a four-lane divided highway to a six-lane divided highway from Reston Avenue to Jarrett Valley Drive. To read a full press release, click here.

Intelligent Waves Appoints New Chief Financial Officer
Intelligent Waves LLC (IW) announced Pat Herrity has joined the technology and communications solutions provider as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Herrity brings with him a Big Six background with extensive expertise in strategic planning, finance, operations, administration, tax strategies, technology commercialization, and profit and loss management along with a deep appreciation for IW’s mission of driving technology transformation across the federal government. To learn more, click here.

FCEDA’s Gordon Pens New Book on Community Economic Growth
The latest book by Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) provides an in-depth analysis of what causes certain communities to thrive while others decline. “Understanding Community Economic Growth and Decline: Strategies for Sustainable Development” has just been published by Routledge Press. It is the 13th book that Gordon has written about economic development or strategic planning. To read a full press release, click here.

Register Today for GoCanvas’ Transform 2018
Sign up today for Transform 2018, GoCanvas’s 2nd annual user conference at the Convene conference center in the hub of Tysons Corner on October 4. By attending, you'll join current and future GoCanvas subscribers in a day filled with amazing speakers and presentations. In addition to the highlighted presenters, there will also be several breakout sessions where attendees will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one or within small groups with Customer Success and Support teams to get hands-on training with the GoCanvas platform. They will also review all the latest updates, including the upcoming major release of GoCanvas 10. To learn more about the event and register, click here.

Hilton McLean Special Offer for Meeting Planners
At Hilton McLean only, receive an exclusive offer to keep you going through the summer. Book by August 31, 2018 for meetings through November 30, 2018. Through your booking, you will receive complimentary coffee and WiFi, 10% Discount F&B Menus and A/V PLUS 2X Hilton Honors Points. The booking contact email is To learn more, click here.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation’s 15th Annual Capital Area Golf Tournament
Save the Date! The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation’s 15th Annual Capital Area Golf Tournament in memory of 1st Lt. Robert Kelly is on Monday, September 24 at the Army Navy County Club. The proceeds from this tournament help thousands of Marines’ sons and daughters with need-based scholarships. Click here for more information.  

Tysons Tailgate: Building Brighter Futures
As part of the third annual #TysonsCares Season of Giving, the Tysons Partnership will host Tysons’ largest outdoor party of the year – Tysons Tailgate: Building Brighter Futures– on the gorgeous grounds of Valo Park. Enjoy live music, beer and wine tents, tailgate snacks, lawn games, fun raffle prizes, and an opportunity to help your neighbors in need, Second Story. To learn more about the event, click here.

2018 NVAR Economic Summit: Mortgages, Millennials, McMansions & More 
The Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® will host its annual Economic Summit on Thursday, September 13 from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Learn how local and national issues impact the market and the future of real estate. Join the panel of experts to learn about the economic news that impacts your business. Learn more about the event and register here.

AT&T Is Presenting Sponsor for Volunteer Fairfax’s VolunteerFest 2018
AT&T will be the presenting sponsor of VolunteerFest 2018, a signature event of Volunteer Fairfax. VolunteerFest, an annual regional day of community service that takes place each fall, mobilizes hundreds of volunteers at project sites across the region to help nonprofits accomplish tasks that they typically would not have the time or resources to do. To learn more about Volunteerfest, click here.



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Upcoming Regional Member Events

Winning GWACs, IDIQs and Task Orders for Federal Contractors
Centre Law and Consulting
August 23, (Webinar)

ADA and Business Boot Camp
Mid-Atlantic ADA Center
September 6

FPDS-NG: What Your Competitors Don't Want You To Know Webinar
Centre Law and Consulting
September 12, (Webinar)

Reviving the Dream: Designing Technology for Social Wellbeing
The Community Foundation
September 13, 8:00-10:30AM

2018 NVAR Economic Summit: Mortgages, Millennials, McMansions & More
The Northern Virginia Association of Realtors 
September 13, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Wolf Trap Ball

Wolf Trap 
September 15, 7:00 PM

Flowdowns: Are you "Flowing" FAR and DFARS Flowdown Webinar
Centre Law and Consulting
September 18, (Webinar)

Lunch and Learn: Organizational Resiliency 101 - Are You and Your Company Prepared for a Crisis?
Protorae Law PLLC
September 19, 12:00 - 1:30PM

Teaming Agreements: Do's and Don'ts
Centre Law and Consulting
September 20, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Fairfax County Brewfest
Visit Fairfax
September 22, 12:00 - 6:00 PM

2018 Walk to End Alzheimer's - Northern Virginia 
Alzheimer's Association 
September 23, 2:30 PM

PenFed Foundation Military Heroes Golf Classic
PenFed Foundation
September 24, Registration starts at 6:30AM
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundations's 15th Annual Capital Area Golf Tournament
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
September 24

Tysons Tailgate: Building Brighter Futures
Tysons Partnership Community
September 27, 5:00 - 8:00 PM

A Practical Guide to Government Contract Law
Centre Law and Consulting
October 2-3, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Transform 2018
October 4, 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

2018 Raise the Region Gala - Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

Community Foundation for Northern Virginia 
October 5, 6:30 - 10:00 PM

2018 Reaching Forward, Giving Back Gala
The Women's Center 
October 13, 6:30 - 11:00 PM

Give Hope, Get Connected! Gala
October 19, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

Boot Camp for GSA Schedules
Centre Law and Consulting
October 24-25, 8:30 AM - 3:30PM

George Mason University School of Business Annual Business Celebration
George Mason Univeristy
October 25, 6:00 - 10:00 PM

Bourbon and Bubbles
Wolf Trap 
November 2, 7:00 PM

Data Community DC
November 7


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