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 For additional information on each committee, contact the Chamber Staff Liaison listed below or call 703.707.9045. You can also visit our calendars of Committee Meetings and LeadShare Meetings. Make your membership dues investment pays off by getting involved in one of our committees and/or discussion forums.

COMMITTEES
 

 Ambassador      Membership
 Business Education      Public Policy
 Communications      Resourceful Women of Reston
 Community Engagement      Virtual Realty Tour
 First Responders      Taste of Reston
 Government Contracting      Oktoberfest Reston
 Restaurant & Hospitality      Ethics Day
 LeadShare      Healthy Workplace Initiative

Ambassador

The mission of the Ambassador Committee is to actively engage the Chamber’s newest members by facilitating connections and involvement with current members. In addition, this committee conducts outreach to current Chamber members to ensure they are maintaining and maximizing the benefits of their membership.
Meeting Day/Time: 3rd Wednesday of the month from 8:30am - 9:30am
Committee Chair:  Laura Bryant, Springhill Suites Dulles Airport - (laura.bryant@bfsaul.com); 
Staff Liaison: Alicia Liddle (alicial@restonchamber.org)

Business Education

The mission of the Business Education Committee is to establish the vision and coordinate the delivery of a dynamic series of continuing educational workshops to Chamber members and the community for practical application in the growth and success of their businesses.
Meeting Day/Time: 2nd Thursday of the month from 10:00am - 11:00am
Committee Co-Chairs: Lisa Albrecht, Momentum Financial Team (lisa.h.albrecht@ampf.com); Angela Inzerillo, Impact Business Solutions LLC. (ainzerillo@advicoach.com)
Staff Liaison: Ashleigh Dorfman (ashleighd@restonchamber.org) 

Communications

The mission of the Communications Committee is to assist the Chamber in promoting our mission, vision and strategic priorities and achievements to our membership and broader community using a diversity of communications tools. In addition, the Communications Committee assists our members in utilizing the marketing benefits and opportunities that are available to Chamber members.
Meeting Day/Time: 3rd Wednesday of the month from 9:00am - 10:00am
Committee Co-Chairs:  Marion Myers, Myers Public Relations (
marion@myerspr.com);
Michael Delpierre, Conversion Pipeline (
mdelpierre@conversionpipeline.com)
Staff Liaison: Latraniecesa (LJ) Wilson (
ljw@restonchamber.org)

Community Engagement

The Community Engagement Committee works to connect the nonprofit and business communities around issues of corporate social responsibility, seeking raise awareness and offer opportunities for companies to get involved in giving back.
Meeting Day/Time: 1st Tuesday of the month from 8:00am - 9:00am
Committee Co-Chairs: Ginger Bristow, Leidos (Ginger.l.Bristow@leidos.com), Jen McCollum, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia (jen.mccollum@cfnova.org)

Staff Liaison: Latraniecesa (LJ) Wilson (ljw@restonchamber.org)  

First Responders

This committee works directly with the Reston District Citizens’ Advisory committee to recognize and support the critical First Responders in our community through public recognition of the service provided by our dedicated Fairfax County police, sheriff, fire and rescue employees.
Meeting Day/Time: 4th Monday of the month from 10:00am - 11:00am
Committee Chair: Carl J. Pletzke- (cjpicu@gmail.com);
Lori Reid, Executive Gift Planners - (lori@egpgifts.com)
Staff Liaison: Todd Rhoden (toddr@restonchamber.org)  

Government Contracting

The mission of the Government Contracting Committee is to serve emerging and middle-market government contractors and entrepreneurs by connecting them to contracting and educational enrichment opportunities.
Meeting Day/Time: Last Tuesday of the month from 8:00am - 9:00am
Committee Co-Chairs: Krista Gamble;
Ken Brody, David, Brody, & Dondershine, LLP (kbrody@dbd-law.com)
Staff Liaison: Ashleigh Dorfman (ashleighd@restonchamber.org)

Restaurant & Hospitality

The mission of the Restaurant & Hospitality Committee is to highlight the benefits, features and specials that our member companies offer to the Dulles Corridor community. This committee will work to increase business through creative projects that will provide greater exposure and awareness of their services within the Chamber and the community at large.
Meeting Day/Time: TBD
Committee Co-Chairs: Lisa Nicholls, Tira! Strategies (lisa@tirastrategies.com)
Staff Liaison: Latraniecesa (LJ) Wilson (ljw@restonchamber.org)

Healthy Workplace Initiative

Workplace wellness programs are an investment in your company and your workers. According to a 2013 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, productivity losses related personal and family health problems cost U.S. employers 1,685 per per employee per year, or 225.8 billion anually. Workplace wellness inititatives improve company productivity by attracting talented staff, reducing absenteeism, and improving work morale.
Meeting Day/Time: TBD
Committee Co-Chair:
Lindsay Rende, Reston YMCA (Lindsay.Rende@ymcadc.org) Karen Cleveland, (karen@clevelandcoachingandconsulting.com)
 Staff Liaison: Alicia Liddle (alicial@restonchamber.org)  

LeadShare

The mission of LeadShare is to facilitate business growth among Chamber  members. LeadShare groups connect members to learn about each other’s businesses, exchange warm leads and facilitate introductions to prospective clients.  The Chamber operates four industry-exclusive groups of no more than 30 members who meet twice a month for one hour. Our LeadShares are industry exclusive so that your business has the full market share within your group. Regular attendance is mandatory in order to participate.
Meeting Day/Time: Varies; please contact Alicia Liddle for details.
Tuesday Co-Chairs: Carl Larsen, M&T Bank (
clarsen@mtb.com);  Tina Fisher, Bechtel Conference Center (tfisher@asce.org)
Wednesday Co-Chairs: Laura Poindexter, QueenbCreative LLC (
laurab@queenbcreative); Stephanie Barksdale, Comcast Business Class (stephanie_barksdale@cable.comcast.com)
Thursday Co-Chairs: Fred Diamond, Institute for Excellence in Sales & Business Development (
fdiamond@i4esbd.com)
Staff Liaison: Alicia Liddle (alicial@restonchamber.org)

 

Membership

The mission of the Membership Committee is to assist the Chamber in actively recruiting new member companies of all sizes. The Membership Committee conducts targeted outreach to prospective members by promoting the value of membership.
Meeting Day/Time: 3rd Tuesday of the month from 8:30am - 9:30am
Committee Co-Chairs: Sam Cousins, SBIS (sam@sbisonline.com); Charles Kapur, EagleBank (ckapur@eaglebankcorp.com)
Staff Liaison: Todd Rhoden (toddr@restonchamber.org)

Public Policy

This is a chair-appointed committee but if you are already active in political circles and enjoy delving into complicated and pressing business issues, you should apply to be a member of this very important committee.
Meeting Day/Time: 2nd Friday of the month from 8:00am - 9:00am
Committee Co-Chairs: Tracy Baynard, McGuireWoods Consulting (tbaynard@mwcllc.com) and
Mark Looney, Cooley LLP (mlooney@cooley.com)
Staff Liaison: Mark Ingrao (marki@restonchamber.org)

Resourceful Women of Reston

The mission of the Resourceful Women of Reston is to artfully blend networking, social activity and professional development to connect resourceful women and foster growth and entrepreneurship.
Meeting Day/Time: Bi-monthly on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Committee Co-Chairs: Diane Holland, Access National Bank (dholland@accessnationalbank.com) and Jane Raymond, Reston Hospital Center (jane.raymond@hcahealthcare.com)
Staff Liaison: Ashleigh Dorfman (ashleighd@restonchamber.org)
 


 

SPECIAL EVENT COMMITTEES

Virtual Realty Tour 

Join the committee that puts together the largest and most popular annual commercial real estate virtual tour of the Dulles Business Corridor. This highly anticipated and attended event will be right up your alley if you're interested in the local area commercial real estate industry.
Staff Liaison: Ashleigh Dorfman (ashleighd@restonchamber.org)  

Taste of Reston 

If you are a "foodie" then this is the committee for you! We are hungry for volunteers to dive into the popular spring festival that features Reston's best restaurants. Join in the efforts to recruit sponsors, restaurants, and vendors and assist with overall festival logistics.
Staff Liaison: Ashleigh Dorfman (ashleighd@restonchamber.org)  

Oktoberfest Reston

Get in the mood for fall fun by helping plan Northern Virginia's largest outdoor autumn festival. Join in the efforts to recruit sponsors, restaurants, and vendors and assist with overall festival logistics.
Staff Liaison: Ashleigh Dorfman (ashleighd@restonchamber.org)  

Ethics Day 

This committee brings the resources of the business community to local schools. Activities include our formal School Partnership Program with South Lakes High School and Ethics Day, a day of ethical decision making held for all seniors at SLHS each November.
Staff Liaison: Ashleigh Dorfman (ashleighd@restonchamber.org)  
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