- The Washington Times - Monday, April 23, 2001

Promotion gives Priest chance to lure business

If anyone knows that the District is a good place to work, it's Tim Priest.

Mr. Priest, 31, was promoted to director of business development for the Greater Washington Initiative on April 9. He had served for the past 2* years as manager of business development for the nonprofit economic development organization. As director, his main job is trying to attract businesses from other parts of the country and the world to the Washington area.

"Our main focus is to manage business development in the world, from the U.K., Germany, Israel, and also Boston, New York, Chicago, and the Silicon Valley," he says. "We try to make an impact with CEOs to say that this area is open for business."

But Mr. Priest says, due to the economic slowdown, GWI's focus has recently shifted from American companies to luring foreign companies to the area.

"I'm really excited about the promotion. With the economy slowing down, [my work] will be more international," he says. Mr. Priest says the company has helped Wilson Harvey London, an advertising firm, move into the area, helped Mitsubishi Corp. open a venture capital firm in Tysons Corner, and helped orchestrate a partnership between the University of Maryland and Fujitsu Ltd.

"International business has just been more positive. We've been working with those markets more aggressively and spending more time there," Mr. Priest says.

Thomas Morr, managing partner of GWI, says Mr. Priest has comfortably stepped into the shoes of his predecessor, Robert Sweeney.

"Since the departure of Robert Sweeney, Tim has been performing the job as director in his effective, thoughtful and innovative manner," Mr. Morr says. "Given his knowledge and experience, he is well-prepared to help take the business development efforts … to an even higher level."

Mr. Priest lives in Takoma Park with his wife, Larissa Guran.


• Donna Schoch-Spana joined Eisner Communications in Baltimore as associate creative director to lead broadcast production. Before joining Eisner, Ms. Schoch-Spana worked at Doner Direct as a senior producer.

• Deborah Lombardi joined Hambright, Calcagno & Downing Advertising and Public Relations (HCD) as an account coordinator in the account services department in the Springfield office. Prior to joining HCD, Ms. Lombardi was an administrative assistant for the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra.


• The D.C. architecture and design firm, OPxX added Hillary L. Altman, former director of the General Services Administration's Center for Urban Development, to its team.

• Jim Villars joined MulvannyG2 Architecture as an associate in its Sterling office. He previously worked for Price Club/Price Enterprises as vice president for East Coast construction, acquisition and property management.

• Timothy Taylor joined Gensler's D.C. office as director of specifications. Mr. Taylor joined the firm from URS Greiner, where he served as a director of specifications.


• The National Capital Planning Commission named Patricia E. Gallagher executive director. Ms. Gallagher joined the Commission from the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development where she most recently served as deputy commission of strategic planning.

• David B. Cardwell was named vice president of finance and technology for the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC) in the District. Most recently, he was a senior manager for product development at Freddie Mac.

• Diane Lifsey, who served as minority staff director of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, joined the National Council on the Aging in the District as deputy director for public policy and advocacy.

• Barbara Woolley was appointed manager for public outreach at AARP. Ms. Woolley most recently has been special assistant to the president in the Office of Public Liaison in the Clinton White House.

• Goodwill Industries International, with headquarters in Bethesda, appointed George W. Kessinger president and chief executive officer. Previously, Mr. Kessinger was president and chief executive officer of Goodwill Industries of Orange County, Santa Ana, Calif.

• President Colleen M. Kelley of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) was appointed to the General Accounting Office panel that will review government practices dealing with the use of outside contractors.

• John Bradley joined the D.C. office of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International) as advanced technologies director.


• Franklin Capital Group, Alexandria, promoted Benjamin D. Mottola to senior vice president of acquisitions, Stephen P. Wilson to senior vice president of development and Karen S. Faucette to vice president of administration.

• United Bank, with headquarters in Vienna, promoted Deborah Cumnock and Marita Castro to bank officer. Ms. Cumnock is a real estate credit analyst in the real estate lending department. Ms. Castro is a government contract specialist in the commercial lending department.

• Michael Schooley joined the Baltimore-based actuarial, benefits and investment firm Bolton Offutt Donovan Inc. (BOD) as a consultant. Prior to joining BOD, Mr. Schooley was consultant and actuarial associate with Aon Consulting.


• Alan Y. Weiner was appointed vice president, underwriting and care econometrics at Dental Benefit Providers Inc., with headquarters in Bethesda. Mr. Weiner was manager of pricing for Illinois Blue Cross Blue Shield.

• Celera Genomics, Rockville, appointed John Reynders vice president of information systems. Before joining Celera, Mr. Reynders worked at Sun Microsystems Inc. in their high performance computing area.


• Vaxcom Services Inc., Fairfax, appointed Laurence M. Phillips vice president of operations. Mr. Phillips was most recently senior business manager and director of business development for the Raytheon Co.'s Linthicum office.

• Lauren Belvin joined the Qwest Communications in the District as vice president of federal relations. Ms. Belvin joined Qwest from the law firm of Wilkinson Barker where she practiced telecommunications and administrative law.

• Hadron Inc., Alexandria, appointed Charles L. Bailey vice president of science for its Advanced Biosystems Inc. subsidiary. Most recently, Mr. Bailey worked in senior management positions for SRS Technologies.

• E-centives Inc., Bethesda, appointed David A. Samuels as chief financial officer. Mr. Samuels served as vice president of finance for Teligent International.

• Comcast named Curt Pendleton area vice president for its systems in D.C. and Prince George's County. Most recently, Mr. Pendleton was area vice president for Comcast's New Castle, Del., systems.

• Barcoding.com, Baltimore, named Kenneth Tadkowski vice president of sales. Mr. Tadkowski was with Datavision/ Prologix, where he worked with bar coding technology.

• Ciena Corp., Linthicum, Md., appointed Robert Finch senior vice president of corporate development. He was most recently the vice president of operations for Broadband Office.


• Sonja S. Warg was appointed sales and catering manager of the Morrison-Clark Historic Inn & Restaurant. Ms. Warg joined the Morrison-Clark from Swissotel Washington-Watergate, where she was corporate catering manager.

• Peggie Arvidson was named director of sales for the Pennsylvania House in the District. Most recently, Ms. Arvidson was an independent contractor for start-up companies and an area vice president for Alliance Consulting.

• The Morrison-Clark Historic Inn & Restaurant, the District, appointed Richard A. Thompson executive chef and Margaret N. Thompson executive sous chef. Both previously worked at the International Country Club in Fairfax.


• Elizabeth M. Conway joined the D.C. office of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand Chartered as a consultant in the firm's federal affairs and legislative group. Ms. Conway served as executive assistant and political designee for Sen. Larry Craig, Indiana Republican.

• Andres Rigo Sureda, former acting vice president and general counsel of the World Bank, joined the D.C. office of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP as senior adviser of the firm for international financial matters.

• Kerry B. Long joined Fulbright & Jaworski's equipment finance practice group as a partner and Andrew E. Falk as a counsel in the firm's D.C. office.

• Charles S. Konigsberg joined the D.C. office of Ungaretti & Harris as a partner, Page C. Faulk as an associate and Spencer O. Perlman as a legislative affairs manager in their legislative, regulatory and public policy department. Mr. Konigsberg was formerly minority chief health counsel and general counsel at the Senate Finance Committee. Ms. Faulk was senior legislative assistant to Sen. Ben Nighthouse Campbell, Colorado Republican. Mr. Perlman was formerly legislative director for Rep. John Edward Porter, Illinois Republican.

• Cynthia K. Nicholson joined the D.C. office of Hale and Dorr as a junior partner in the intellectual property department. Previously, Ms. Nicholson was a partner at Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe LLP.

Eric L. McFadden joined Hale and Dorr as an associate in the intellectual property department. Mr. McFadden was an associate at Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe LLP.

• Gordon Giffin United States ambassador to Canada, announced his intent to return to Longridge & Norman as vice chairman and managing partner of the firm's D.C. office. Mr. Giffin will head the firm's international trade practice. Joining Mr. Giffin in the D.C. office will be Maryscott Greenwood who served as the ambassador's chief of staff in Ottawa.

• Henry F. Brandenstein Jr. and Joseph F. Jackson joined Williams, Mullen, Clark & Dobbins' banking section. Both partners will practice from the firm's Tysons Corner office. Mr. Brandenstein was a principal with Rees, Broome and Diaz PC in Vienna. Mr. Jackson also practiced with the Vienna office of Rees, Broome & Diaz.

• Randi W. Shumaker joined Williams, Mullen, Clark & Dobbins as marketing and business development manager, serving the firm's Tysons Corner and D.C. offices.

• Mark R. Parris, a former U.S. ambassador to Turkey, joined the D.C. office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell as a senior public policy adviser.

• Janet Studley, a partner in the D.C. office of Holland & Knight LLP, was elected to the firm's directors committee. Ms. Studley is a member of the firm's public law practice.

• Rodney E. Slater, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, joined the D.C. office of Patton Boggs LLP as a partner and head of its transportation practice.

• John F. Woods joined the Reston office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo PC as counsel, practicing in the business and finance section.

• Craig Engle, former general counsel to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, joined the D.C. office of Arent Fox as counsel in the firm's government relations, political law and business practices.

• Luis Francisco Munoz Bedos joined the D.C. office of Greenberg Traurig LLP as a director of international trade. Mr. Munoz Bedos was formerly a partner in the Chilean law firm of Munoz Rios y Cia Limitada Abogados.


• Christine Madden, Grand Hyatt Washington's employee relations manager, has been named Manager of the Year by both the hotel and the Washington, D.C., Hotel Association through the Stars of the Industry Awards. Both awards recognize exemplary professionalism and services to guests, employees and the community.

• Arthur Arundel, newspaper and broadcast executive, was included into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. Mr. Arundel was cited for his pioneering role in creating the nation's first all-news broadcasting station in the District, WAVA, which in 1960 became the early predecessor to news operations like CNN.

• Temporary Staffing inc. (TSi), a regional staffing service with offices in the District, Crofton and Bethesda, Md., awarded David Cleveland the TSi 2000 Employee of the Year Award.

• SatoTravel, Arlington, has won the Military Traffic Management Command's Quality Award, a honor that is presented annually to a select few transportation-industry firms in recognition of their commitment to excellence in serving the Department of Defense.

• DynCorp Information & Enterprise Technology Inc., Reston, was honored with two performance awards for its support of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The Contractor of the Year Award was presented to DynCorp employee Jose Baca and the Team of the Year Award was bestowed on the AFRL International Office, where DynCorp employees support of the office's strategic mission.

• Saratoga Food Group, a Silver Spring franchise partner of AFC/Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits, has been named Developer of the Year by Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits. Saratoga was selected for its aggressive development in opening eight stores in less than year.

• The John Ackridge Companies, with headquarters in the District, was honored with the 2001 National Commercial Real Estate Customer Service Award for Excellence, presented by the Building Owners and Managers Association International and CEL & Associates Inc.

• Robert B. Hirsch, senior partner in the D.C. office of Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn, has received the American Jewish Committee's Judge Learned Hand Award, presented by the Washington Chapter of the American Jewish Committee.

• Mona, a full-service electrical contractor based in Clinton, Md., was recognized by its peers at the Washington Building Congress with three Craftsmanship awards for significant achievements in its work at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland.

• The Screenprinting and Graphic Imaging Association presented Globe Screenprint of Baltimore a Silver Award of Distinction in the Single Sheet Posters category for its Pam Shriver Tennis Challenge Tennis Counter Card. The company also received the Best of Category Award in the Screen Printing Non-Process category for its Pam Shriver Tennis Challenge Tennis Counter Card and in the Screen Printing Process category for Marriner Marketing Communications' Maximum Millennium.

• D.C.-based Cannon Design's work for the Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building in Las Vegas has been recognized with the General Services Administration's Honor Award for Architecture.

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