• Annual Meeting and Awards for Chamber Excellence (ACE) Luncheon

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    Name: Annual Meeting and Awards for Chamber Excellence (ACE) Luncheon
    Date: June 28, 2018
    Time: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM EDT
    Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
    Event Description:

    Congratulations to our ACE recipients!  Please see the press release and nominees in bold below.

    Join your Reston Chamber friends, members and guests at the Annual Meeting and Awards for Chamber Excellence Luncheon where we will recognize the individual and corporate members below, who have been nominated by their peers for their demonstrated excellence, industry innovation and Chamber support over the past year. Other highlights of this networking luncheon include transitioning to the 2018-2019 Board of Directors under Charlene Wheeless of Bechtel; learning about economic development priorities in the Commonwealth from Keynote Speaker Stephen Moret of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP); and celebrating our 35th Anniversary.

    Announcing Our 2018 ACE Nominees!
    Committee of the Year
    NoVA B2G Conference Steering Committee
    Resourceful Women
    Tuesday 11:30 Leadshare

    Small Business of the Year
    ch'i bodyworks
    Chip McCrea Photography
    Dave and JoAnne Adams Group
    Dimensional Concepts
    Embrace Home Loans
    Hughes & Abarca Insurance LLC
    LNI Digital Marketing
    Purple Squirrel Management Consulting
    SpeedPro Imaging Northern VA
    Sweet Signatures

    Medium Business of the Year
    AOC Key Solutions
    Communicate by Design (cbd-x)
    Clark Financial Solutions
    Gold's Gym Clocktower
    Hidden Creek Country Club
    M&T Bank
    Shelter House
    Synergy Design & Construction

    Large Business of the Year
    Access National Bank
    American Disposal Services, Inc.
    Crowne Plaza Dulles Airport
    SOS International (SOSi)

    Member of the Year
    Dan Nathan, AOC Key Solutions
    Dave Adams, Dave and JoAnne Adams Group
    Dave and JoAnne Adams, Dave and JoAnne Adams Group
    Ellen Jennings, BEI
    Susan Banville, Embrace Home Loans
    Janel Giambrone, M&T Bank
    Jennifer Rhodes, Tagence
    Jennifer Robinson, ch'i bodyworks
    Jerry Ferguson, Fairfax Public Access
    Kevin Learned, McMahon, Welch & Learned
    Kevin Lee
    Monica Archondo, Sweet Signatures
    Oahn Henry, Allegra Printing
    Randy Jones, First Financial Group
    Robyn McClure, Pinot's Palette
    Tom Madden, Visual Impact Productions

    New Member of the Year
    Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant
    Karen Dobson, GovCon Consulting
    Pure Perfection Catering

    Volunteer of the Year
    Dan Nathan, AOC Key Solutions
    Iris Britt, Iris Britt Consulting
    Jennifer Rhodes, Tagence
    Jennifer Robinson, ch'i bodyworks
    Kevin Taylor, cbd-x
    Lauralee Beall, First Baptist Church of Herndon
    Omicron Kappa Kappa (OKK) Foundation
    Randy Jones, First Financial Group
    Steve Salley, Salley Wealth Management
    Susan Banville, Embrace Home Loans
    Tom Madden, Visual Impact Productions

    Young Professional of the Year
    Amber Hart, AOC Key Solutions
    Ben Bookwalter, Able Moving & Storage
    Colin May, KME.digital
    Leland Rogan and Jake Endres, Crooked Run Brewing
    Tahirah Khan, Access National Bank
    Kelly McNerney, FJY Financial

    Click here to see the partial list of previous ACE Recipients.

    About our Keynote Speaker

    STEPHEN MORET is president and CEO of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), the economic development authority for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    Prior to VEDP, Moret served as president and CEO of the LSU Foundation, where he crafted a blueprint for the future of development at LSU, preparing the institution to launch the largest capital campaign of any kind in state history. Concurrently he served as executive director of the LSU Property Foundation, working to launch a $180-million, mixed-use real-estate development that will revitalize the western edge of the LSU campus.

    From 2008 through early 2015, Moret served as secretary of the Louisiana Department of Economic Development (LED), which he transformed into one of America?s top state economic development agencies. At LED, he directed business development efforts and cultivated higher education partnerships that helped secure a diverse array of economic development projects in urban and rural communities, including software/IT centers (e.g., CGI, CSC, GE Capital, and IBM), food/agricultural processing facilities, and a few of the largest foreign direct investment manufacturing projects in U.S. history. Altogether Moret and his team helped secure private-sector capital investments in excess of $62 billion. He also established LED FastStart, which The Economist called ?probably the most notable statewide workforce-development initiative [in America].?

    During Moret?s tenure, LED repeatedly was recognized as one of the top-performing state economic development agencies in the U.S., and Louisiana improved to its highest-ever position in every national ranking of state business climates. Business Facilities ranked LED FastStart the best state workforce training program in the U.S. every year from 2009 through 2015.

    Moret previously served as president and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce; a management consultant with McKinsey & Company; a public policy fellow with the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (a good-government think tank); a consultant to Harvard Business School; assistant to the chancellor of LSU; and an environmental consultant to industry at Trinity Consultants.

    Moret earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from LSU and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He earned a doctorate (Ed.D.) in higher education management, with Distinction for Dissertation, from the University of Pennsylvania, where his research focused on linkages between higher education and the labor market in the United States.

    Moret resides in Richmond with his wife, Heather, and their four children.


    Event marketing opportunities are available!  Promote your business to our members and secure new business leads with a sponsorship.  There are a variety of options for all members to participate!  For more information, please view our list of 2018 ACE Event Marketing Opportunities or contact Ashleigh Dorfman.

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    Sheraton Reston Hotel
    11810 Sunrise Valley Drive
    Reston, VA 20191
    Contact Information:
    Ashleigh Dorfman, CSEP Events & Development Director
    $85 Members
    $100 Future Member/Guest
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