(L-R) 2014 Chair-elect Kevin Shooshan, 2014 Chair Tim Hughes, and 2013 Chair David DeCamp
Arlington, VA - On Friday, December 13, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce held its 89th Annual Meeting at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel. The event was a celebration of the accomplishments of 2013, as well as a look into the the coming year. The 2014 Directors and Officers were announced, including the selection for 2015 Chair Kevin Shooshan, The Shooshan Company. Dr. Matthew Shank, President of Marymount University, concluded the meeting with an energetic keynote about incorporating love in business.
Dr. Shank's message was simple, "Love your staff, love your customers, love your community, and you will prosper."
The Annual Meeting began with remarks from 2013 Chair David DeCamp, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, who mentioned that in 2013 the Chamber's number one legislative objective was accomplished with the passing of the Virginia transportation bill. In addition, he discussed the realignment of the Chamber's operations through the strategic plan, which has resulted in a number of achievements including growing Chamber membership.
Following the welcome, DeCamp and Chamber President Rich Doud honored those who significantly contributed to the Chamber's prosperity over the past year through the award presentation. The prestigious President's Award, sponsored by Comcast, was presented to Mark Hadeed, Hadeed In Home & Office Cleaning Services. Hadeed has been an incredible support to the Chamber, providing leadership on our Board of Directors and recruiting more new members in 2013 than any other member. He not only recruits members, but makes sure all of the Chamber's members are happy and active within our chamber.
Technology Management, Inc. (TMI) was honored with the Chair's Award, sponsored by Monday Properties, which was accepted on behalf of TMI by David Issacson, President and CEO. In addition to being an Annual Corporate sponsor, TMI has sponsored numerous Chamber programs which enables the Chamber to hold ticket prices down and make events affordable to a wider audience. TMI's primary Chamber representative, David Isaacson, also gives his time to the Chamber serving on the Board of Directors, being a top producer in our Opportunity Works campaign, and always stepping up to volunteer when needed.
The Committee of the Year Award was presented to the Communications Council. Under the leadership of co-chairs Shannon Bailey, Global Thinking, and Maritza Lizama, Limón LLC, the committee developed a successful event series featuring expert panelists whom shared their knowledge of various marketing topics. The Communications Council has also proven to be an invaluable resource for the Chamber's communications efforts, consulting with the Chamber on a number of new initiatives including launching a Chamber blog.
After looking back on 2013, the meeting turned to 2014 with remarks from the 2014 Chair Tim Hughes, Bean, Kinney & Korman P.C. Hughes announced the appointment of the 2014 Board of Directors and Executive Committee, including 2015 Chair Kevin Shooshan, The Shooshan Company. For a complete list of 2014 appointments, contact Amy Fisher, Communications Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible, including Grand Sponsor, TD Bank.