June 26 was an eventful day for the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. At its annual meeting at the Reston Sheraton Hotel, the chamber, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, presented its most prestigious honor, its annual ACE Awards for Chamber Excellence. It also named its 2013-2014 leadership.
C. Michael Ferraro, president and CEO of Training Solutions Inc., stepped down as chairman of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) board of directors, handing over leadership to Jane Raymond, vice president, COO and ethics compliance officer of Reston Hospital Center. She joined Reston Hospital in 1987 as director of physician services, one year after the hospital opened, and is a longtime supporter of civic activities in the Reston area.
Slightly adjusting Reston founder Robert E. Simon’s community mantra—“live, work and play,” Raymond urged GRCC members to “live, work and serve.”
Karen Cleveland was named the chamber board’s chairman-elect. The GRCC’s first executive director 30 years ago, Cleveland, the former president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia, currently is president of Cleveland Coaching Group, which identifies and develops the leadership abilities of individuals (especially executives), teams and companies.
According to GRCC, ACE Awards are presented to members and member companies that have “demonstrated excellence, innovation and community involvement over the past year.” Names of awardees are kept secret until they are announced at the annual meeting.
The top ACE Award, the Joe Ritchey Pinnacle Award, was presented to Marion Myers, founder and president of Reston-based Myers Public Relations. “This is not something I expected,” an appreciative Myers enthused.
A former chairman of the GRCC board and a current member of the Arts Council of Fairfax County board, Myers, whose firm also is known for its pro bono services to nonprofit community groups, noted that this award has special meaning for her. She said, “Joe Ritchey is an old friend and colleague and someone I have great respect for. … This is a huge compliment and honor.”
She added with a laugh, “I didn’t have ulterior motives; it was a surprise” when it was noticed that two reporters from local newspapers were invited to sit at her firm’s table.
Other ACE Awardees include:
Presidential Award, Bill Byers, chief lending officer, executive vice-president, First Virginia Community Bank
Member of the Year, Cynthia Hyland of Northrop Grumman Corp.
New Member of the Year, Lindsay Mensch, marketing director at Team Velocity Marketing, Herndon
GRCC Committee of the Year, Business Education, co-chaired by Angela Inzerillo, AdviCoach, and Cindy Simons Bennett, Willow Tree Media
Small Business, Conversion Pipeline, Reston, Internet marketing agency helping small businesses
Medium Business, Atrium Catering & Design, Herndon
Large Business, Access National Bank, Reston, and president/CEO Mike Clarke
Volunteer of the Year, LauraLee Spatzer, office manager Royco Inc., Silver Spring, Md.
And First Responder of the Year, Sally Dickinson, North Point Fire Station 439