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                                                                                                 March 2018 Issue 1


News from the Northern Virginia Chamber 

Applications Open for the 2018 Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards

Long considered one of the must-attend events for businesses in the Washington region, the Northern Virginia Chamber’s Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards honor individuals, businesses and non-profits for above-and-beyond business leadership, employee engagement, and corporate social responsibility. The application period is open from February 12 to April 13. Click here to read more about the submission process. Click here to view a copy of the 2018 application. Please note the application questions and/or process are subject to change from year to year. Finalists and winners are announced at the Awards event on Wednesday, June 13. Learn more about the awards and register for the event here

Northern Virginia Chamber Launches New Website
The Northern Virginia Chamber is thrilled to introduce our brand new website! Fresh new pages and easy access to everything you need. The Northern Virginia Chamber will continue to make updates to the new site and we hope you take some time to check it out. Click here to access the new site.

Register for the She-Suite® Summit!
The Chamber is partnering with Velvet Suite on their She-Suite® Summit, which is now open for registration and will be held on Friday, March 16 from 8 AM - 5PM at The Ritz Carlton Tysons. The summit includes conference sessions, keynotes, networking breakfast, awards luncheon, a 90-Day Action Plan, and a VIP reception. Gain influential connections and proven work/life strategies. Register here

Greater Washington Innovation Awards Finalists Announced!
The Northern Virginia Chamber has announced the finalists for the Greater Washington Innovation Awards. Click here to view the finalists list. The Greater Washington Innovation Awards is the premier event celebrating the thought leadership, innovation and creativity of the individuals and organizations in select industries in the Greater Washington metro area. Click here to learn more about the event and register. 





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George Mason University Offers Unique Benefits and Resources to Chamber Members
George Mason University and the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce have formed a strategic partnership to align the “voice of business” with Virginia’s largest public research university. There are many ways Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce members can connect with Mason including: recruiting talent, leadership development, utilizing event spaces and much more! Questions? Contact Toni Andrews, Associate Director of Community & Local Government Relations at George Mason University, or 703-993-9817. To learn more, click here.

ACT I Announces the Addition of Neil Albert as the Company’s President
Advanced Concepts and Technologies International, LLC (ACT I), announced the addition of Mr. Neil Albert as the company’s President. In this role, he will oversee ACT I’s growth strategy, business development, and financial performance. Most recently Mr. Albert served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of MCR, LLC where he developed, established, and guided their corporate growth strategy. Under his leadership, he transformed the company from a cost and financial services firm to become a market leader in Integrated Program Management support services; growing the company from $25 million to $150 million in revenue. To read a full press release, click here.

Joe Craver Appointed CEO of CSS
The CSS Board of Directors announced that Joseph W. Craver III is CSS’ new Chief Executive Officer. In the relatively short period of time since Joe’s addition to CSS two years ago, the Company has won more than $130 million of contracts, implemented a new compensation system for its employee‐owners, implemented an assortment of employee benefits, and significantly reduced CSS’ healthcare costs. Click here to learn more about CSS.

Dewberry Project Recognized with Two Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Awards

The Northern Virginia chapter of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP) recently recognized the MITRE 4 Building project with an Award of Merit in the buildings category and an Award of Excellence in the interiors category. Dewberry provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering services on the project. The Award of Excellence was awarded to the MITRE 4 facility for its design of The Percolator, a coffee and retail space located on the third floor of the building. The space is conditioned via the building standard low-temperature, high differential, energy-efficient chilled water-based variable air volume air conditioning system. To read a full press release, click here

George Mason University Real Estate Leadership Lecture

The George Mason University Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship invites the business community to its annual Real Estate Leadership Lecture on Tuesday, March 20 at 5:30 PM in Arlington. The featured lecturer is Chip Akridge, founder of prominent real estate development firm, Akridge. Join to reflect on a four-decade career in developing iconic properties, building an enduring company, and strong civic commitment to regional development. To register, click here.

PenFed Credit Union and White64 Named Recipients of National Financial Advertising Awards
For the second year in a row, PenFed Credit Union and its marketing and advertising agency, White64, have been named winners of an internationally recognized industry award for financial advertising. The Midas Awards® for The World’s Best Financial Advertising is the only awards show to recognize excellence in financial advertising and marketing on a global scale. PenFed and White64 won a Gold Midas Award for Editing and a Silver Midas Award for Non-Broadcast Video for their vignettes shown at the 2017 PenFed Foundation Night of Heroes Gala. To read a full press release, click here

TEDxTysonsSalon: Casting a Wider Net
On Monday, March 19th at Booz Allen Hamilton in Tysons, VA, join TEDxTysons for an after-work salon and join the discussion around the possibilities and challenges of our rapidly growing digital world. Network reception and technology expo will follow. Click here to learn more.

Amyx, Inc. Announces Numerous Task Orders Awarded In Support of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)
Amyx, Inc, announced that it has won six task orders in the first year of the Defense Logistics Agency’s J6 Enterprise Technology Services contract. Across those six task orders, totaling in excess of $30Million, Amyx will be providing a broad spectrum of services, including logistics systems modernization and cybersecurity support with particular focus on industrial control systems, risk management framework, and cloud migration. Additionally, Amyx will be providing multiple levels of support to DLA’s single largest system, the Enterprise Business System, which includes technical feasibility studies, sustainment, retirement and infrastructure of multiple SAP modules. To learn more about AmyX, Inc, click here.

Northern Virginia Chamber Member Robb Deigh Releases New PR Book for Small Businesses
Robb Deigh, president of RDC Public Relations, LLC has recently released his new book, “SPARK: The Complete Public Relations Guide for Small Business.” You have a great small business with great products or services. You’re active in Chamber activities, your website is adequate and you even do some regular posting on social media. So how come you still feel invisible and your competitors are getting all of the attention? The book is available on Amazon, here. Robert Deigh was also featured in a profile in the national magazine of the Public Relations Society of America as part of an interview about his new book and company. To read the interview, click here

George Mason University Deans’ Business Competition
George Mason University is hosting the annual Deans’ Business Competition on the Fairfax campus in the Mix@Fenwick on Thursday, April 12. The “2018 Day of Innovation” will be from 11 AM – 5 PM with three separate competitions: Traditional business, Social entrepreneurship & global impact, and Mobile game design. Come see students from across the region pitch for over $30k in prizes! Learn more here.

Cheryl Kosmann Joins SOSi as the Company’s Vice President for Procurement
SOS International LLC (SOSi) announced the hiring of Cheryl Kosmann as its Vice President for Procurement, tasked with overseeing the company’s subcontracting and procurement activities worldwide. Ms. Kosmann brings 30 years of supply chain and subcontract experience in the government and commercial sectors to SOSi. For approximately a year and a half, she served as the Chief Operating Officer of a small government contracting firm in northern Virginia. Prior to that, she was Executive Director of Procurement in the National Security Solutions division of L-3 Communications, a $10 billion organization supporting the U.S. intelligence community. To read a full press release, click here

Trowbridge & Trowbridge Expands Leadership Team
Trowbridge & Trowbridge, LLC (T&T), announced changes to enhance their leadership structure. The company has appointed Cass Panciocco to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO), and promoted long-term previous COO, Chris Brandell to Executive Vice President. In this capacity, Panciocco reports to T&T President & CEO Karen Trowbridge, and will leverage over 30 years' industry experience to provide leadership and oversight of T&T's customer-facing Operations and service delivery functions. He will also manage all Business Development initiatives which focus on the design, development, implementation, and improvement of industry leading solutions to federal customers in the defense and civil markets. To read a full press release, click here

Portion Of 495 Outer Loop Express Lanes To Close During Overnight Hours This Weekend
The 495 (Capital Beltway) Outer Loop Express Lanes will be closed from the Northern Entrance and the Dulles Toll Road (Route 267) to the Jones Branch Drive interchange the weekend of March 9 to install beams for the Jones Branch Connector bridge, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. The closure will occur from 11 p.m. Friday, March 9 to 4 a.m. Monday, March 12. During the closure, drivers will be unable to enter the southbound 495 Express Lanes from the southbound general purpose lanes on I-495, the Dulles Toll Road entry point or the Jones Branch entry point. To read a full press release, click here.




Upcoming Regional Member Events

Strengthening the Pipeline from School to Work: Private Sector and School Partnerships
George Mason Fairfax Campus
March 8, 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Langley High School Senior Ethics Forum
Mclean Bible Church
March 13, 8:15 AM - 2:45 PM

Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 9th Annual Business Expo
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
March 16, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

TEDxTysonsSalon: Casting a Wider Net
Walter Booz Allen Hamilton - Tysons
March 19, 5:30 - 8:00 PM

George Mason University Real Estate Leadership Lecture
George Mason Campus - Arlington
March 20, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Girls on the Run of NOVA
March 22, 6:30 - 9:30 PM

Innovations in Workplace and Community Wellness
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
April 10, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

5th Annual Changing Lives Benefit Breakfast
Westwood Country Club
April 12, 7:30  - 9:00 AM

Deans' Business Competition
George Mason Fairfax Campus
April 12, 11:00 AM  - 5:00 PM

32nd Annual Leadership Conference
The Women's Center
April 14, 2018, 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Fifth Annual Bite Me Cancer Wine Dinner
Bite Me Cancer
April 21, 5:30 - 10:00 PM

Off the Wall: Featuring The Mural Arts Project
Art and Design Building – George Mason Fairfax Campus
April 21, 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Webinar: Option Renewals and IOA Assessments
Centre Law & Consulting
April 26, 1:00 - 2:00 PM 

5th Annual Casino Night
Volkswagen Group of America Headquarters
April 27, 6:00 - 10:00 PM

8th Annual 8K/3K Fairfax Run for the Children
Fairfax County Courthouse Complex
April 28, 8:00 AM

Springtopia - A Season of Hope
Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner
May 12, 6:00 PM


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