Thursday, February 16, 2017 – Dulles Rail Project Update
Thursday, December 15, 2016 – Annual Dulles International Airport Manager’s Update
Thursday, June 9, 2016 — Annual MWAA Update, Jack Potter, President & CEO
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 — Welcome WMATA GM and CEO Paul Wiedefeld
On March 15, 2016 at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel, CFD along with cohosts DATA, DCRA, NAIOP Northern Virginia, DRCC, Tysons Partnership and WATF welcomed Paul Wiedefeld to his new position as General Manager and CEO of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. After and introduction by Jim Corcoran, vice chair of the WMATA Board of Directors, Mr. Wiedefeld discussed the issues the organization is facing. He highlighted plans for restoring the region’s confidence in the 40-year-old Metrorail system. Thank you to sponsors of the luncheon Premier – Jacobs and MWAA, Benefactor – Capital Rail Constructors, EBA Engineering, and Parsons; and Patrons Dewberry, Signature Flight Support, and Washington Gas.
Thursday, February 18, 2016 –Metrorail Silver Line Phase 2 Construction Update
Phase 1 of the Silver Line is open and we are now well into the construction of Phase 2 to Dulles Airport and beyond. There is nothing more exciting for those of us in the Dulles Corridor than to see the long-awaited Dulles Metrorail Project’s march toward the airport. On February 18 at the Crown Plaza our speakers,Marcia McAllister, Communications Manager, Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, MWAA, and Leslie Pereira, Communications and Outreach Manager, Capital Rail Constructors, shared this always informative and up-to-the-minute update on the project.
January 21, 2016 — Annual Meeting and Installation of the Board of Directors
2016 begins the Committee for Dulles’ 50th anniversary year. On January 21 at the Holiday Inn Dulles Airport, CFD held its 50th Annual Meeting and welcomed its Board of Directors and Officers for 2016. The 50th Anniversary Subcommittee showed the first “Look back at CFD’s history presentation. View the presentation here.
December 17, 2015 — Annual Dulles Airport Manager’s Update
On Thursday, Dec. 17, at the monthly Committee for Dulles luncheon, Dulles International Airport Manager, Chris Brown, gave his annual update on the airport and outlook for 2016. CFD president presented the 2015 Hal Launders award to Stephen Grant and Nathanial Grant of GAM Graphics and Marketing for their organization’s many contributions toward the achievement of the Committee’s goals. CFD’s charitable arm, CFDCO, presented annual contributions to three nonprofit organizations working at Dulles International: Travelers Aid, MWAA Chaplains, and LAWS (Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter). Members and guests enjoyed the hospitality of Hyatt’s general manager, Michael Session, and his staff. Thank you to our luncheon sponsors and table hosts: Ammann and Whitney, Capital Rail Constructors, Dulles Financial Corporation, Giuliani Associates, Hensel Phelps, Landmark Aviation, Loudoun Economic Development, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, and Washington Airports Task Force.
November 9, 2015 — Celebrate Dulles Gala
On Friday, November 6, the Committee for Dulles celebrated its 49th anniversary and a “New Day at Dulles” at Lansdowne Resort. United States Senator Mark Warner addressed the attendees. He stressed the importance of Dulles International to the region and reaffirmed his support for the airport. MWAA President and CEO Jack Potter described the many recent improvements and enhancements that make it “a new day at Dulles.” Patricia Nicoson, president of the Dulles Corridor Rail Association was presented with the Tower of Dulles for her efforts to insure the construction of the Silver Line to Washington Dulles International Airport. A silent auction and raffle raised funds for CFDCO, the Committee for Dulles’ scholarship fund. Fourteen lucky attendees won pairs of airline tickets to places all over the world that had been generously donated by IAD airlines. Thank you to our sponsors and to everyone who worked so hard to make this fantastic evening possible.
October 15 — Air Service Update—Washington Dulles International Airport
The destinations that an airport’s airlines serve is important not only to its passengers and shippers, but to the economic health of the airport and the surrounding community. Our October luncheon speaker, Mark Treadaway, is Vice President of Air Service Planning & Development at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. His primary responsibility for the development and implementation of actions and strategies to meet the needs of the Washington region’s passengers and shippers.
Mr. Treadaway is a 1978 graduate of the University of Texas with a BBA degree in international business. He went onto receive an MBA in international management from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird Campus) in Phoenix, Arizona in 1980. Mark joined the Airports Authority in 1992 and has held several positions there in marketing and air service development. On October 15 at the Embassy Suites, Mr. Treadaway provided an update on all the developments underway to maintain and enhance air service at Washington Dulles International Airport for passengers and shippers in our region.
September 24 — The Honorable Thomas Davis Rust — An Appreciation
Earlier this year, Tom Rust announced that he will be retiring from the General Assembly at the end of this term. On Thursday, Sept. 24 at the Dulles Hilton the Committee for Dulles, the Dulles Corridor Rail Association, and the Washington Airports Task Force hosted and event to honor Tom and show our appreciation for his many contributions to the Dulles community.
Tom Rust is recognized as one of the most effective legislators in the Virginia General Assembly, consistently gaining high marks from the nonpartisan Virginia Foundation for Research and Economic Education (Virginia FREE). In 2011, Tom was named Legislator of the Year by the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-VA) for his work on behalf of the citizens of Virginia. On the transportation issue, Tom worked across the aisle to help pass the first new comprehensive funding plan in 27 years that will generate more than $1.5 billion in funding exclusively for Northern Virginia to build the safe, modern transportation system it needs – and close the gap in maintenance funding.
In 2011, Tom served on the Governor’s bipartisan Higher Education Commission and acted as co-patron of the commission’s ‘Top Jobs’ higher education legislation. This legislation has created a pathway towards awarding 100,000 more degrees over the next 15 years and will bring more innovation and accountability and STEM programming to Virginia’s colleges and universities. Tom is the recipient of the Virginia Education Association’s 2013 Legislative Champion Award, in recognition of his work to support public education, and was honored by the Potomac & Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling for policy initiatives to promote equal access to higher education and encourage student achievement.
The Washington Post has called Tom “one of the more effective lawmakers in the General Assembly.” The Loudoun Times has said that “Tom is not afraid to spearhead noble – yet immensely complex – efforts on such pressing issues as transportation, state finances, healthcare and education” and that “he tells it like it is – voting and talking with purpose, pragmatism, intelligence and integrity.”
Before he was elected Delegate, Tom served as the Mayor of Herndon (1976-1984 and 1990-2001) and on the Herndon Town Council (1971-1976). Tom has also served on the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors (1996-2001) and served as Vice-Rector from 1999 to 2001. He also served on the Longwood College Board of Visitors (1980-1988), and also served as Rector from 1981 to 1988.
Tom has been a longtime community leader in Northern Virginia, serving on numerous civic and charitable boards including the Jeanie Schmidt Free Clinic, Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, Northern Virginia Community Foundation, Dulles Corridor Rail Association (Vice Chairman), and Fairfax-Falls Church United Way (Former Chairman, Executive Committee).
August 20 – James MacGregor, Publisher, Washington Business Journal
James MacGregor, former publisher of the Silicon Valley Business Journal in San Jose, California, was named publisher of the Washington Business Journal in October of last year. Mr. MacGregor, 45, succeeded Alex Orfinger, who in September 2014 was promoted to executive vice president the parent company, American City Business Journals, after 18 years as publisher in Washington.
In Mr. MacGregor’s “Publisher’s Notebook” on January 30, he reflected on his first 100 days in D.C. saying “this region is complicated and it is in a period of significant transition. How will we continue to enjoy the benefits of a strong economy and reduce our reliance on the federal government? What will fill the gap? Is it technology, education or health care? I think it’s probably a combination of all of the above. Just as importantly, what can the business community do to lead the effort?”
He also noted “the disconnect in our region is greater than I imagined. There is an old line in real estate that says that where the CEO’s slippers are determines where a company will be located. That’s true. But if the rest of the staff can’t get to work in a reasonable amount of time or can’t afford to live where the company is located, that CEO is going to have a problem. Issues such as transportation and affordable housing are regional issues that require regional solutions. Companies have customers and employees all over the region and the business community can play a significant role in providing the solutions the region needs.”
July 16 Member Reception
On July 16, CFD members and potential member guests met for our annual reception and Salamander Resort. Guests enjoyed a beautiful midsummer evening networking with friends, old and new. Thank you to our reception sponsors: Leo Titus, ECS Mid-Atlantic; Dave Kirby; Bill Goldsmith, christopher consultants: Stephen Grant, GAM Graphics and Marketing; Tyiesha Thaxton, Lansdowne Resort; and Dennis Drinkard, Smoother Transitions, Long and Foster. Also, thanks you to Mike Hajoun, Madison Limousine for providing a bus from the Hyatt Dulles to the resort and back after the party. Over $500 was raised for the CFDCO Scholarship fund with great door prizes donated by WATF and Duty Free Americas.
June 18 – Annual MWAA Update
Speaker: John E. Potter, President & CEO
Traditionally, the Committee for Dulles has invited the President and CEO of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority to provide a yearly update and outlook at our June luncheon. John E. (Jack) Potter has once again generously agreed to provide this year’s update on June 18 at the Dulles Marriott.
Since last year’s update, Phase 1 of the Silver Line project has opened and construction of Phase 2 is well underway. New mixed use development projects, spurred by the rail line, are visible throughout the corridor. In addition, MWAA has initiated significant actions to address the challenges facing Dulles and the passenger level imbalance between its two airports. Mr. Potter thanked the Committee for Dulles for it’s steadfast support of Washington Dulles International Airport. He also applauded the CFDCO for its scholarship initiatives and urged attendees to participate in the monthly raffles that provide financial support for the effort.
Thank you to our luncheon sponsors and table hosts: Capital Rail Constructors, Dulles Financial Corporation, Landmark Aviation, PSI, Signature Flight Support, and the Washington Airports Task Force.