- The Washington Times - Monday, October 15, 2001

From fund raising job to marketing success

Tabitha Bowling's unsuccessful foray into fund raising became the impetus for her to start a career that eventually made her director of marketing at Whereoware.com, a McLean technology service provider for the gift and home industries.

Ms. Bowling says companies like Whereoware.com are important because many retailers that specialize in selling items for gifts and for the home are mom-and-pop shops that may not be technology-savvy.

"They've been doing business the same way and it's become costly and inefficient," she says. "Whereoware.com makes lots of products that are designed to speed up the process."

After she graduated, Ms. Bowling, 26, had taken up fund raising for a company, a job that left her feeling frustrated.

"I didn't have the best experience… . I decided to either do it on a volunteer basis or do it on my own."

In school, she was the chairman for the senior gifts campaign at Hamilton College, where two trustees of the campaign worked at George Little Management LLC, a trade show partner of Whereoware.com. Through networking with one of the trustees, she got a job there as George Little's manager of e-commerce and Internet initiatives, and from there, joined Whereoware.com in 2000.

She was named to the newly created position in August. She had previously been the company's director of marketing implementation, when she started her job almost two years ago.

"It's an exciting opportunity that they have the confidence that I can step up to the plate and do it. The job requires me to be pretty creative and pretty resourceful. To me, that's really exciting."

Though Ms. Bowling is excited by her promotion, Eric Dean, the president and chief operating officer of Whereoware.com, says it was a natural step.

"We're delighted to have Tabitha working with us in this new capacity. We're confident that she'll be able to combine her extensive trade-show background and technology skills in a way that will be beneficial for Whereoware, as well as our customers and trade show partners."

Ms. Bowling lives in the District.

Kate Royce

ADVERTISING, MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS

• Tammy Campbell-Ebaugh joined Crosby Marketing Communications, Annapolis, as vice president of marketing strategy and branding. Most recently, Ms. Campbell-Ebaugh was vice president of marketing at Ratner Cos.

• Jody Thomas and Teresa Larson joined Smith Fairfield Inc. (SFI), Alexandria, as senior vice presidents. Ms. Thomas served as national political director and finance director for Rep. J.C. Watts Jr., Oklahoma Republican, a position she will continue to hold at SFI. Ms. Larson was director of development for the Smithsonian National Zoo for five years, raising record-breaking funds and in-kind services.

ARCHITECTURE, CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING

• Vanderweil Engineers promoted Roger Frechette III to president of its D.C. regional office in Alexandria. Since 1998, Mr. Frechette has directed that office's design studio.

• Karol Kaiser joined the D.C. office of Einhorn Yaffee Prescott, Architecture & Engineering's (EYP) human resources department as dean of EYP University and senior associates. Before joining EYP, Ms. Kaiser was director of events marketing for the Urban Land Institute.

• Cannon Design appointed Roland Lemke, project designer and planner, to vice president in the firm's D.C. office.

• Andrew C. Smith joined Weihe Design Group PLLC as an associate.

• GeoStructures Inc., headquartered in Leesburg, Va., named Nyle Hothem regional sales representatives for its North Carolina market.

ASSOCIATIONS, GOVERNMENT & NONPROFITS

• C. Williams Jones of Easton, Md., was elected to the board of directors of the National Retiree Legislative Network Inc., headquartered in the District. He retired from NYNEX in 1990.

• The Machinery Dealers National Association, Alexandria, named Mark J. Robinson executive vice president. Mr. Robinson has been acting executive director since May.

• Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, headquartered in the District, announced that Peter Eigen, founder and chairman of Transparency International, joined the Global Policy Program as visiting scholar, and Shlomo Avineri, professor of political science and director of the Institute for European Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will return as a visiting scholar.

John Hewko, an international partner at the law firm of Baker & McKenzie, and Dmitry Vasiliev, former chairman of the Federal Commission for the Securities Market of the Russian Federation, joined the Endowment in the District and Moscow, respectively, to research rule-of-law issues in Russia, Ukraine and other post-communist countries.

• Steve Bartlett, president of the Financial Services Roundtable, was named by President Bush to the new Commission on Excellence in Special Education. Mr. Bartlett is a former member of the U.S. House of Representative and mayor of Dallas.

• John DeNoma, regional manager for NaturalLawn of America Inc., headquartered in Frederick, Md., was selected to lead the effort to educate land and homeowners about environmental and economic costs of over-fertilization of soil and pollution in bodies of water in the state of Maryland.

FINANCIAL & LEGAL

• First Virginia Banks Inc., headquartered in Falls Church, promoted Melodye M. Tomlin to executive vice president and Northern Virginia manager of First Virginia Operations Services Inc.

• David M. Evinger was promoted to senior vice president of commercial lending for Cardinal Bank, headquartered in Fairfax. Mr. Evinger had been vice president of commercial lending since 1999.

• Peter Lowrey joined the Alexandria office of the Rutherfoord Cos. as a benefit consultant for Rutherfoord Benefits Services. Mr. Lowrey was previously employed by Mid-Atlantic Medical Services Inc. in Northern Virginia.

The Rutherfoord Cos. promoted FranK Roddey to assistant vice president, surety manager, from surety manager.

c Susan Esserman, former deputy U.S. trade representative, rejoined the D.C. office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP as a partner to lead the firm's global business services team.

• Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell named James C. Duff managing partner of the firm's D.C. office. Mr. Duff is also currently serving as co-chairman of the firm's public policy group.

• Daniel R. Valente joined the Rockville-based law firm of Shulman, Rogers, Gandel, Pordy & Ecker's corporate department as an associate. Mr. Valente was previously associated with Patton Boggs LLP.

Heather L. Howard joined the commercial litigation department as an associate. Before joining Shulman Rogers, Ms. Howard was a law clerk to Judge Lenore R. Gelfman, Circuit Court for Howard County, Fifth Judicial Circuit.

Brian A. Loffredo joined the commercial litigation department as an associate. Previously, Mr. Loffredo was an associate at Goldstein & Loots PC.

• Gold Morrison & Laughlin PC, McLean, named Raymond R. Pring Jr. a principal of the firm. Jennifer M. Kappel, Laura D. Pho and Dylan G. Trache joined the firm as associates.

• The D.C. office of Kilpatrick Stockton LLP expanded its National Capital region with the addition of John C. Hardwick Jr. as a partner in the labor and employment practice.

• Barry M. Hartman, former acting assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, Department of Justice, has rejoined the D.C. office of Kirkpatrick and Lockhart LLP as a partner to head the office's environment and natural resources practice.

HEALTH CARE & BIOTECHNOLOGY

• TherImmune Research Corp., Gaithersburg, added G. David Young as director of pathology. Before joining TherImmune, Dr. Young was the director of toxicology and pathology at Spring Valley Laboratories.

• Peter Goodman was appointed as director of environmental services for Ginger Cove, an Annapolis life-care retirement community. Most recently, Mr. Goodman was facilities and events coordinator for Wyndholme Village Retirement Community for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Baltimore.

HIGH TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Arinc Inc., Annapolis, appointed Stephen E. Means vice president of marketing and sales. Most recently, Mr. Means served as Arinc staff vice president.

• Larry Kaplan joined Dimension Data, headquartered in Reston, as vice president of its financial services practice in the company's U.S. e-Business Services Group. Previously, Mr. Kaplan served as vice president of financial services at NerveWire.

• Baltimore-based Community of Science Inc., a Web site for researchers and research and development corporations worldwide, appointed D. Glen Parrillo vice president of finance and treasurer. Most recently, Mr. Parrillo headed the finance team for VetCentric Inc.

HOSPITALITY & RETAIL

• Michael DeFrino was named director of operations, East Coast Hotels, for the Kimpton Hotel Group. Most recently, Mr. DeFrino was director of operations for Kimpton Group's Midwest Hotels.

• Mile One has formed a new automotive marketing division and named Gerry Blair president. Mr. Blair joined Mile One in 1998 as a vice president. Mile One consists of Heritage Automotive Group, Baltimore Area Saturn Retailers, Herb Gordon Automotive Group, Tischer of Silver Spring, Mr. Tire Auto Service Centers and Allstate Leasing and Rentals.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES & REAL ESTATE

• Daniel J. Whelan joined the Rockville office of American Express Tax and Business Services Inc. as a managing director.

• Manekin LLC, Columbia, Md., promoted Will McCullough, Adam Nachlas and George Santos, three sales and leasing associates in its brokerage division, to vice president.

• Larry Wolcott joined Trammell Crow Residential (TCR) in Rockville as project manager for the Alexan Virginia Center construction team. Before joining TCR, Mr. Wolcott was a project manager at Brisben Development.

• Katherine Dargusch joined Beazer Homes, Chantilly, as a purchasing assistant. Most recently, Ms. Dargusch was a teacher's aid in the Fairfax County school system.

Tetyana Wynn joined Beazer Homes as a purchasing administrative assistant. Previously, Ms. Wynn was a sales associate with Jeanette's Bride and Tux Boutique.

KUDOS

• Two prominent magazines rated Booz Allen & Hamilton, McLean, as one of the best places to work. Working Mother magazine named Booz Allen to its 16th annual list of the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers nationwide for the third year in a row. Washingtonian magazine chose Booz Allen for its annual list of 50 Great Places to Work in the D.C. region for the second time.

• Arnold & Porter, the District, was named one of the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers by Working Mother magazine for their efforts to help employees balance their personal and professional lives. Arnold & Porter was one of only two law firms in the country to make the list.

• Riderwood Village, an independent-living community designed for moderate-income senior citizens in Silver Spring, has been honored by the Washington Building Industry for excellence in overall design, innovative use of space and comparative value within the market segment. Riderwood Village is developed and managed by Erickson Retirement Communities.

• Hargrove Inc., the Lanham-based trade show, special events and custom exhibit company, was named Business of the Year by the Prince George's Chamber of Commerce. The chamber also recognized Hargrove's half-century of presence and growth in Prince George's County.

• The engineering, planning and environmental firm of Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson (JMT), Baltimore, has received two awards for excellence in design from the National Steel Bridge Alliance. The Paper Mill Road Bridge in Baltimore County was recognized with the Prize Bridge Awards as the outstanding entry in the Long Span Category. JMT's Bristol Road Bridge project, located in Bucks County, Pa., was acknowledged with a Merit Award in the Short Span Category.

Both projects have been honored by other agencies. The American Public Works Association of VA-DC-MD selected JMT as its 2001 Contractor of the Year for the Paper Mill Road Bridge project. The American Road & Transportation Builders Association-Transportation Development Foundation chose the same project to receive a Globe Award for excellence in environmental protection and mitigation. Meanwhile, the Consulting Engineers Council of Pennsylvania presented JMT with its 2001 Diamond Award for Engineering Excellence for the Bristol Road Bridge project.

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