The board welcomed seven new members to its 24-member group. Those new members include: Cherylyn Harley LeBon (DBL Lawyers), Dane Scott (Seasons 52), Erik Olafsson (Reese Yeatman Insurance), Michael Bradicich (General Systems Corporation), Raea Jean Leinster (Yuck Old Paint), Sid Ghatak (GSA) and William Dyess (The Dyess Group).
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Providence District Supervisor Dalia Palchik joined the meeting to welcome the new members.
“You, as the Tysons Chamber, I think are a very important voice and presence making investments in Tysons, but also helping to transform it to make it the place we want it to be: this vibrant, cutting edge urban place that can set a model for the rest of the country,” Connolly said to the board members.
Board chairman Andrew Clark echoed Connolly’s sentiment of progress by commending the board’s efforts and accomplishments in 2020. Clark particularly emphasized the chamber’s ability to host 40 virtual seminars, its fourth annual Tysons 2050 event and its first-ever Tysons Restaurant Week.
“We want to make sure that we continue to build, not just places, but this vibrant community where people enjoy to live, to work, to play and to hopefully retire as well,” Palchik said.
The Tysons chamber has a number of items on its 2021 agenda. Among those include a federal contracting event on Jan. 25 billed as a “Bid or No Bid” webinar, a venture funding event for small businesses during the first quarter of the year, and Tysons’ first car show, which the chamber is partnering with Tysons Corner Center to host.
“One thing we’re going to continue to do is build out our business verticals because we’re focused on value propositions for our members,” Clark said.
The chamber is also planning two restaurant weeks this year, its annual Tysons 2050 event in November, a summer soiree on Aug. 18, and partnering with The Tower Club to co-host a chef series.
“I believe post-pandemic, we’re going to be looking at a really exciting place that’s connected directly to our Metro system and the airport, but that is a place where people can identify and live and see as a neighborhood themselves,” Connolly said. “I’m really proud of what we’re planning to do and what we are doing in Tysons. We’ve got to stay with it; we’ve got to pay attention to it.”
The outgoing board members include: Maureen Caufield (Cogent Communications), Ken Fischer (Atigro), Tracy Harris (University of Maryland Global Campus/Ventures), Timothy Klinkner (Freedom Bank), Sarah White (White Knight Consulting), Kathy McNeill (Digital Solutions Company), Courtney Pierce (Courtney Pierce Insurance Agency), Mariam Tadros (Rees Broome), Gina Westfall (WeWork) and Angela Inzerillo (Impact Business Solutions).
The full 2021 Board of Directors is as follows:
- Adelle Elia (Elia Associaties)
- Alex Levy (First Stage)
- Andrew Clark (Persinger Planning)
- Anthony Anikeeff (Williams Mullen)
- Brenda MacRoberts (Arts Fairfax)
- Cherylyn Harley LeBon (DBL Lawyers)
- Dane Scott (Seasons 52)
- Maurice Springer (Cardinal Insurance & Financial)
- Michelle Walker (Trebla Consulting)
- Erik Olafsson (Reese Yeatman Insurance)
- Jeff Brouse (The Tower Club)
- Kara Shelton (CST Group)
- Kevin W. Corey (MVB Bank)
- Kevin Schafer (Industrious Office)
- Mike Batt (Fairfax County EDA)
- Micah Edmond (Indiana Innovation Institute)
- Michael Bradicich (General Systems Corporation)
- Peter Fish (McMahan, Welch and Learned)
- Raea Jean Leinster (Yuck Old Paint)
- Richard Luttrell (Apple Federal Credit Union)
- Sid Ghatak (GSA)
- Tucker Gladhill (GLK, INC.)
- Vicki Warker (Customer Driven Results, LLC)
- William Dyess (The Dyess Group)