First Virginia Community Bank, based in Fairfax, has donated $10,000 in support of the USS Arlington, a ship named for the Pentagon’s home city to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
The contribution will go toward the USS Arlington’s commissioning, the ceremony marking a ship’s placement in active service, planned for early April at Naval Station Norfolk.
The donation also will help fund construction of a Tribute Room on the ship to honor the heroes of 9/11. Steel taken from the Pentagon after the attacks will be displayed aboard as a commemorative symbol.
“Our involvement with the USS Arlington is a manifestation of our core belief in supporting the communities in which we do business,” said David Pijor, the bank’s chairman and chief executive officer.
FVCbank was recognized for its support at a January reception at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington. The commissioning committee and the Navy League of Hampton Roads, a nonprofit organization that is raising funds for the ship’s enhancements, presented a plaque to Pijor, bank president Burwell Gunn, and Sid Simmons, who sits on FVCbank’s board of directors.
The USS Arlington, an amphibious transport dock, has two sister ships also named to commemorate the Sept. 11 events: the USS New York and Somerset.
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Vienna recently elected new members to serve on its 2013-14 Board of Directors.
John Lee IV, president of Schneider Electric IT Mission Critical Services Inc., will retain his status as foundation board chairman. Gil Guarino, of Guarino & Associates LLC, will serve his second year as vice chairman/secretary.
Newly elected members include the following:
• Jeffrey “Skunk” Baxter, defense consultant/musician, Beverly Hills, Calif.
• Nicholas Calio, president and chief executive officer of Airlines for America, Washington, D.C.
• Frederick Humphries Jr., vice president of U.S. Government Affairs for Microsoft Corp., Washington, D.C.
• Arvind Manocha, president and chief executive officer of Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Vienna.
• Bruce McNair, principal of Avison Young, Washington, D.C.
• Roger Mody, co-owner of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, Washington, D.C.
• Patrick Pacious, executive vice president of Global Strategies and Operations for Choice Hotels, Silver Spring, Md.
• Darrin Talley, vice president of Marketing and Technology for ExxonMobil Fuels, Lubricants & Specialties Marketing Co., Fairfax.
• Kathy Warden, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman Information Systems, McLean.
• John Wood, chairman and chief executive officer, Telos Corp., Ashburn.
Fairfax County residents Boofie O’Gorman of Long & Foster Cos. and William Bouie of Acuative Corp. were named chair and vice chair/secretary, respectively, of the Wolf Trap Associates Board. As such, they will serve as ex officio members of the Foundation Board of Directors.
FASTSIGNS of Herndon, at 13968 Park Center Road, was named one of the top centers out of more than 450 U.S. locations at the 2013 FASTSIGNS Convention, which recently took place in Dallas.
The locally owned and operated business received the Pinnacle Club Award, given to centers ranked 26 to 125 in the country for sales volume from the previous year. This is the fourth year in a row that the Herndon center has received this distinction.
“My team and I were blown away to learn that our center was being recognized for outstanding sales with the Pinnacle Club Award,” said Chuck Manns, who with his sister Sarah Manns owns FASTSIGNS of Herndon. “This award is a testament to all of the hard work, excellent customer service and innovative thinking that the team provides on a daily basis.”
The center provides visual communications solutions, including interior décor, window and floor graphics, printing, point-of-purchase signs, trade show displays, vehicle wraps, digital signs and mobile websites.
Digital Intelligence Systems LLC, a global IT staffing and consulting firm based in McLean, has appointed Thomas Fink as its chief financial officer. In his new role, Fink oversees the company’s finance and business operations and is responsible for strengthening internal financial functions and managing growth capital as DISYS continues to expand.
Fink has more than 25 years of corporate finance experience. He was the first CFO for CapitalSource Inc., a commercial lending company, where he helped manage the company’s capital structure and led its transition from a private to a public company. Fink also spent 12 years in the aviation industry, where he became the treasurer and then vice president of purchasing for US Airways.
Firehouse Subs has opened its first restaurant in Chantilly, at 13812 Metrotech Drive, welcoming diners with a custom, hand-painted mural depicting rescue truck No. 415 from the Fairfax Fire County Fire & Rescue Department and a retired space shuttle.
The restaurant serves hearty, steamed subs 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. David Park is the local franchisee.
Firehouse Subs was founded in Jacksonville, Fla., by former firefighting brothers Chris and Robin Sorensen. In 2005, they created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to provide funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. Through the foundation, $5.7 million has gone to hometown heroes in 36 states and Puerto Rico, with more than $293,100 going to Virginia.
Dolcezza, which means “sweetness” in Italian, is now scooping artisanal gelato at its fourth location, at 2905 District Ave., Suite 155, in the new Mosaic District in Falls Church.
Dolcezza offers daily made gelato produced in small hand-made batches using locally grown ingredients: fruits, herbs, eggs, cheese, milk and cream.
More than 400 rotating flavors are served year-round. A small two-flavor serving is $5; a large three-flavor serving is $6.15. Pints are available for $10.50.
Violeta Edelman, Robb Duncan and Dimas Rodriguez own the shop, which is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fairfax’s Zagat-rated Indian restaurant Curry Mantra has opened its second location, Curry Mantra 2, at 1077 W. Broad St. in Falls Church. The new 50-seat restaurant specializes in upscale cuisine.
“We truly want to provide an experience here that is ‘beyond the ordinary’ with our open kitchen, authentic décor, expansive wine list and new high-end Indian dishes that take me back to the old country,” owner/operator Asad Sheikh said.
Curry Mantra 2 is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and from 5 to 10 p.m. for dinner. Weekend brunch is offered from noon to 3 p.m. Carryout is available.
Curry Mantra was given the Noteworthy Newcomer Award in Washington D.C./Baltimore by Zagat in 2012 and was named one of Northern Virginia’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2011.
Curry Mantra 3 is scheduled to open in early May at 262-H Cedar Lane S.E. in Vienna.